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Trimming the Fat
Added on: Wed Apr 09 2003
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Display Properties


The first area we’ll be working in is the display properties. I’ve taken the liberty of recording screenshots of each particular step and menu arrangement for you all. The red rectangles are representative of the particular tab/button/menu were currently working in, as well as where you should be selecting/deselecting with the mouse. I’ll actually type some characters in meaningful arrangements when its time to actually disable/enable a certain feature or crapware.

We’ll be starting out by disabling the Windows XP theme. Right click anywhere on the desktop and go to properties. This will bring up the display properties window, at which you can go to the themes tab, and select windows classic from the list of available themes. Through further modification this will change to “modified theme” but for right now, just choose classic. This reverts some of the look and functionality of XP back to Windows 2000 basics.

A lot of these modifications affect the look/interface of Windows XP. You may love reverting back to a Windows 2000 aesthetic, you also may want to punch me in the face for suggesting doing so. If you don’t like disabling/enabling something, then don’t do it. These are just suggestions on how to improve system performance, not hardcore “Do it or Die” instructions.


Next we move on over to the Desktop tab. Here you’ll see I picked a random background just to give something more interesting to look at during the walkthrough. Of course choosing no will give you a bit faster load time (about 1), but then you don’t have any curves to look at…and what’s a pimp without curves?

You’ll see at the bottom there is a Customize Desktop button, pressing this opens yet another window, which allows you to remove icons from the desktop, and turn off Microsoft’s “desktop cleaner”. Anytime you can turn off something that Microsoft does for you, is usually a good thing. (Anything they can do, you can do better, including binge drinking)

While still within the Customize Desktop tab, we can move over to the “web” section and disable the Active Web page, which exists on the desktop. Sure you can do some cool things if its enabled, but this is a work machine, turn it all off!



 
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