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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Restoring Desktop Icon to the Quicklaunch Bar

If you mistakenly deleted the icon for the Desktop on the Quicklaunch toolbar
Go to C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
(where user_name is replaced by your login name)
Create a Text file called ShowDesktop.SCF with the following contents:
You can also DOWNLOAD a file, uncompress it, and copy to the toolbar or wherever you would like.

Viewing Installed Drivers

If you want to see a list of installed drivers, you can run the driverquery program
There are a lot of available switches to view different types of information.
On use can be to export to a CSV file for viewing in Excel
An example would then be:
Driverquery /v /fo csv > drivers.csv

Operation Was Attempted on Something That Is Not a Socket Error
If you get this error when you try and renew your IP address,
Likely the winsock2 registry entries are corrupted.
The basic steps to fix this are:
1.Remove the old registry entries - Reg file


2. Import the correct registry entries - Reg file

3. Reboot the computer

Speeding Up Network Browsing

There are a lot of things which can negatively impact how fast XP will browse network shares.
One has been previously covered regarding browsing to Win9x computers.
Other things you can try, especially when there is slow browsing to network shares with a lot of files:
1. Remove current shortcuts in My Network Places
2. Change the registry so shared folders on remote computers are not automatically added to My Network Places when you even open a document from that shared folder
1. Start Regedit
2. Create a DWORD value:
HKEY_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer \ NoRecentDocsNetHood to 1.

4. I have also seen setting the following help as well.
HKEY_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer \ UseDesktopIniCache to 1.

Reg file to do both
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



3. Increase the amount of data is buffered at one time to send to a client. On the computer with the shared directory:
1.Start Regedit

3.Create a DWORD Key called SizReqBuf
4.Give it a value of Hex FFFF
Reg file
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00