Have you ever wished to tweak Windows and customize it to meet your own specifications? Well, this is the place to unlock Windows hidden features to help you tame your wild machine.
TIP #1: Never see the Windows password screen again.
Does your computer at home ask for your user identification every time you start it up? If you are the single user of a home computer, you probably don't need to see the logon screen every time you boot up. To Turn off password protection:
  • Open the Network Control Panel.
  • Make sure the Windows logon is selected, not the Microsoft network logon.
  • Restart your computer.
  • When the logon window comes up, enter a name (it doesn't matter what name you pick), leave the password blank, and hit return.
  • When it asks you to confirm that blank password, hit return again.
  • After that, you should never see the logon screen again.
TIP #2: Reverse Buttons
Lefties get no respect. They're second-class citizens in a right-handed world, and there's no exception when it comes to computers. It might not make a big difference to most people, but the standard configuration of buttons on a mouse can be frustrating for some lefties. To compensate for differences in dexterity, left-handed users might prefer to reverse their mouse buttons. Here's how to do it:
  • Open your registry and find this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelMouse. If you can't find it, create it.
  • Create or modify the string value 'SwapMouseButtons', and set it to 1 to reverse your buttons.
TIP# 3: Ban the Beep
The internal PC speaker is capable of creating some of the most annoying sounds known to man. If you get as agitated as I do by this high-pitched cacophony, there's a simple way to make it stop. Disable the beeping with this simple tweak:
  • Open your registry and find this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelSound
  • Create or modify the string value named "Beep", and set it to "No" to disable the infernal beeping.
TIP #4: Windows 2000 – A New Theme
You’ve probably noticed that the Themes option is missing in the Windows 2000 control panel. This doesn’t mean you can’t switch between your themes, however.
  • Just click the Start button, and then click on Run in the Start menu.
  • Type 'themes' in the Open box and Press Enter.
You’ll have access to all of your Windows 2000 Themes settings.
TIP #5: Windows XP - Unexpected Rebooting
If your system is rebooting unexpectedly, you definitely have an underlying problem that’s causing it. Consult your Event Viewer to figure out what’s going wrong. In the meantime, change your system’s default system failure settings to avoid losing anything that happens to be open when the reboot occurs.
  • Open the Control Panel and access the System applet.
  • Select the Advanced tab and locate the Startup and Recovery heading.
  • Click on the Settings button.
  • Under System failure, uncheck the Automatically restart box.
That will solve the immediate problem, but don’t forget to check for the underlying cause.
TIP #6: Windows XP – Quick Launch
The Quick Launch bar is a fast way to access frequently used programs. It’s especially handy if you have several applications open at once. XP will load several applications into Quick Launch – one click on the desktop hides everything, another click brings back all the windows just as they were.

If your Quick Launch bar is not currently displayed, it’s very easy to launch it.

  • Begin by right clicking on the task bar in an empty area.
  • From the pop up menu select Properties.
  • Under Taskbar Appearance, check the Show Quick Launch box.
  • Click OK.
  • Once the Quick Launch bar is displayed, click Show Desktop to minimize all programs.