This information does not really pertain to Windows security, but it
is useful information to people that like to improve the speed or
usability of Windows. Mostly advanced users will be interested in this
System Properties Information
When you bring up the System Properties dialog in Windows, you may sometimes see a log and support information about your computer. The logo is stored in the Windows system directory (normally c:\windows\system) in a file called Oemlogo.bmp. You can create a different bitmap with a maximum size of 180 by 114 pixels; any color depth (4-bit, 8-bit, even 24-bit) seems to work fine. Save the bitmap to your Windows system directory under the name Oemlogo.bmp. Next, create a file named OEMINFO.INI in the same directory. The format of this file is simple. The first section specifies general information, which is displayed to the right of the logo. For example:
To see the first icon of each DLL (dynamically loaded library) in Windows Explorer change the following key with regedit
to this key
Speed Up Browsing of Other Computers on the Network
If you are using Windows file sharing, Windows 2000 and XP can be slow while browsing other computers on the network. You can speed it up by deleting all of the CSLIDs (Class Identifiers) of "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace"
Remove Some Internet Explorer Extensions
Some programs are installed as extensions to Internet Explorer. Some
of these are listed under the Tools menu in Internet Explorer. You can
delete some of these menu items, but deleting the CSLIDs under the
folling registry key
Disable Web-Based Enterprise Management
There isn't a way to disable WBEM, but you can stop it logging. You
can add this to your registry:
You can also remove C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem from your path environment variable.
Remove My Recent Documents From the Start Menu
To stop Windows from displaying the My Recent Documents on the Start Menu, add this to your registry.
Command Prompt Completion
To allow the tab key to complete the rest of the command on the command prompt and cycle through the possible commands or files, add this to your registry.
Using Notepad or Wordpad By Default
Instead of opening a dialog to associate every file, a lot of people just want to see the text of the file. You can do this by adding this to your registry. You may need to modify the path in this example in order to get Wordpad to work right.