Collected on this page is a selection of some of the Windows XP Tips you will find in the pages of Hsin Lin Freeware Files.
To clean the Windows Prefetch Directory. (Windows XP)
Windows XP prefetches programmes and keeps them available for Windows to use in the prefetch directory. This directory can become cluttered and have files from long gone programmes.
To clean the prefetch directory:
Start | Run | Prefetch
Then select all the files (Ctrl A) and delete them - empty prefetch directory!
To delete an item immediately without sending it to the Recycle Bin. (Windows XP Pro)
It is possible to delete a file immediately in XP Pro without sending it to the recycle bin first. Go to the Start Menu, select Run and type 'gpedit.msc'. Select User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer and find the Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin setting.
To lock your desktop with just two mouse clicks. (Windows XP)
To lock your XP works-tation with just two clicks of the mouse. First create a new shortcut on your desktop using a right mouse click, and enter 'rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation' in the location field. Name the shortcut whatever you like. Then just double click on it and your computer will be instantly locked. The Windows key + L also does the same thing.
To run a program as a user without logging out then in again. (Windows XP)
You can run a program as a different user without logging out and then in again. First right click the icon of the program you wish to run, select Run As... and enter the user name and password. This will only apply for that run. Works well if you need to have administrative permissions to install a program, which many programs require.
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