Enable Verbose - Show Detailed Information While Windows Start

At times windows take hell lot of time to start or to shutdown. You are getting frustrated why it is happening but have no idea how to know about the reason. Well here is a registry hack which will tell you what windows was doing that took so long to start or shutdown…

By this registry hack you can get detailed information of what windows is doing during startup, Shutdown, Login or logoff. Activating this will slow down the windows further but as this shows detailed information about what it doing it will be good for troubleshooting purpose. It can also be handy for tuning so if you see any application or file takinga lot of time to load during startup you can remove that from startup. If it is a service you can set it to start in delayed mode (vista only).

I would recommend don’t use this setting turned on always, set it only when you want to troubleshoot as it further slow downs windows. Step to do it are explained below –

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Change Thumbnail Size and Quality

Thumbnails are used to show a preview of image without opening the image in any Image Viewer or Editor. To Show thumbnails of pictures in Windows you have to enable thumbnail View. Once you enable Thumbnail view windows create a Thumbnail Database file (thumbs.db) in same folder and cache the thumbnails of images into this file. This way windows will show you preview of images faster next time you browse through same set of pictures.

If you like the Thumbnail view of images but not satisfied with quality or size of the thumbnails you can change default setting of these by using following registry hack.  (Always backup your registry before making any changes).

However Before changing these settings be sure that your computer have enough RAM and processing resources to handle these. As Thumbnail views can use a lot of system resources making your computer slow. If you increase the quality and size of thumbnail view, Browsing through files will require more time as building thumbnail is quite a slow process. Also if you have very large folders with thousands of images in it. Then it will be very time consuming and also your thumbnail cache can grow big.

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