11 December 2011

Tweaks to Speed Up Your Computer’s Boot Time


Most Of us hate the delay of rebooting our computer, It may be just 2 or 3 minutes, but we feel like it's very longer. Back to the point, I found some tips to make the boot time less than the usual. 
But I have my own way of get rid of this booting delay. I never shutdown, I JUST HIBERNATE. :) Pretty easy huh? Ok, This post will explain how to make your computer boots faster. 

Clean Up Your Desktop

When your PC boots, It has to load all documents, pictures,Icons, etc which you placed in your desktop.. It may also take a bit of time, specially, when you set a high res wall paper with high quality, It'll steal some seconds. 

Tweak Your BIOS

When you first set up your computer, your BIOS is set up to make things a bit more convenient for you, but once you're all set up, those things can be disabled. If you hold the DEL key when you start up your computer (or whatever key your BIOS tells you to enter setup), you can turn on the "Quick Boot" option and move your hard disk to the top of the boot priority list. The Quick Boot setting will turn off the tests your computer runs when it first turns on, and the boot priority tweak will tell your computer not to look for CDs, thumb drives, or other media when it first starts, which will get you booted into your OS quicker. If you ever need to boot from CD though, you'll have to go back into the BIOS and change this again before you do.

Clean Out Programs that Launch at Startup

One of the most tried and true ways to speed up your boot process is to keep unnecessary programs from starting up with your computer. You can do this by running msconfig from the Start Menu's search box, and going to the Startup tab. This applications list will tell you what each of those applications does, so you know which ones you can disable and which ones you don't want to. Previously mentioned Soluto is also a fantastic way to clean up these programs, and these days it's got a bunch of other handy features that make it worth a download.

Delay Windows Services That Run at Startup

Many people argue that disabling Services from msconfig will also speed up your boot time, but we've found that this is more problematic than anything. However, you can delay certain startup services so that your computer boots quickly and then worries about them later—after all, you don't need all those services the minute you start up your machine.

Change Your Boot Menu's Timeout Values

If you're dual-booting your machine, then your boot menu probably has a "timeout value", meaning the amount of time it waits for you to make a selection before it just boots into the default OS. On Windows, this timeout value is often 30 seconds, which is a long time to wait if you aren't looking directly at your screen. To change this timeout value, head to msconfig and click on the BOOT.INI tab, and change the number in the timeout box to something lower. If you're dual-booting with Linux, you're probably running the GRUB boot menu, and you can change the timeout on that too.

Disable Unused Hardware

Your computer loads a lot of drivers when it first starts up, some of which you might not even use. Head into the Device Manager from the Start Menu's search box, and look for anything you aren't using—Bluetooth controllers, modems, and virtual Wi-Fi adapters are common culprits. Right-click on the entry you want to disable and hit "Disable". Remember to only do this with things you don't actually use—if you use Wireless Hosted Networks, you'll need to keep those virtual Wi-Fi adapters enabled. It's also worth mentioning here that keeping all your drivers up to date will help this portion of the startup time, too (which you can do with the help of a program like previously mentioned Device Doctor).

Keep Your Antivirus Running and Up to Date

This should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway: install some antivirus software, keep it up to date, and run a regular scan. This is more of a preventative measure than an actual boot-speeding tip, but if you ever do get malware, it's sure to slow your computer's boot time. With a good antivirus around like Microsoft Security Essentials, you'll be more protected against that happening. Don't like MSE? There are some great ones out there too, so there's no reason not to have one around.

Remove Unnecessary Fonts

Since the dawn of time, Windows has loaded fonts at startup and slowed down the boot time. This is less of a problem than it used to be, but it can still slow you down a bit. Windows 7 loads over 200 fonts at startup; even more if you've installed Microsoft Office. Chances are, you use very few of those fonts, so you can hide them to speed up that process. In Windows 7, open up the Fonts folder from the Start Menu's search box, and check off all the fonts you don't need. Then click the "Hide" button in the toolbar. This way, if you ever want them, you can bring them back, but Windows won't load them at startup. Note that just removing a few fonts probably isn't going to make a noticeable difference—you'll probably need to get rid of a few hundred. That said, you might have hundreds more fonts installed than you realized, so that isn't as ridiculous as it sounds.

Upgrade Your RAM

Installing more RAM has always been an effective way of speeding up your computer, and that hasn't changed. RAM is pretty cheap these days, so if you're running low, there's no reason not to stock up and make your computer run a little smoother. We've gone over how to replace it in both a desktop and a laptop, and even for the inexperienced, it's a pretty simple procedure.

Give Your Computer a Static IP

When you first start up your computer, it spends a significant amount of time asking the network for an IP address. You can get rid of this process altogether by giving your computer a static IP address that never changes. Not only does this make your network easier to manage (since each computer will always have the same IP address), but it can shave a bit more time off your startup. Here's how to do it in different versions of Windows.

Install a Solid State Drive (SSD)

These days, your hard drive is probably the biggest bottleneck in your machine. One of the best upgrades you can make to your computer is to install a solid state drive, which has super-fast read times that can speed up your startup considerably. They're certainly not a cheap upgrade, nor are they without their own maintenance requirements, but if you want to speed up your computer and its boot time, you can't go wrong by installing an SSD. The difference will be shocking.

Thanks LifeHacker for the tips..

06 December 2011

Send Free SMS worldwide from Your Mobile


Today I wanna share a SMS service which allows you to send sms to any mobile in the world with your mobile number.. There are lot of services like this, but most of them aren't free.. Some of them are limited to some countries.. But JaxtrSMS allows you unlimited messages to the mobiles. This application supports various platforms such as Android, iOS, Blackberry, J2ME, Symbian and Nokia.
You can download it from the following link  http://www.jaxtrsms.com/home.html

Feel free to leave some comments.. 

For testing purpose ef1452ed5bcffb030f9ff1b0110aacd6d148a195f06892f9ee

03 December 2011

Solution for the VBscript Engine Not found Error(Customizing Desktop)

Some of our guys experienced an error while trying to shutdown from the shutdown button on the customized desktop. 

Usually some Antivirus vendors replace the original VBscript dll to ensure no bad scripts should be executed on the computer. There is some tweaks to re-enable VBscript engine, you can find it in google. But I don't recommend that because it may make your computer vulnerable. If you still want to do it, please go to bottom of this post.
       So, I came up with another alternative solution which we can use bat files to do the shutdown, logoff and restart. I already explained how to make such bat files on my post about Shutdown your PC remotely using Email / Mobile. However  I'll give you the step by step instruction.

      A. Create a text file and type "shutdown.exe -s -t 00" without quotes and     save it as shut.bat(change .txt to .bat)
      B. Create a text file and type "shutdown.exe -r -t 00" without quotes and save  it as res.bat(change .txt to .bat)

      C. Create a text file and type "shutdown.exe -l -t 00" without quotes and save it as log.bat(change .txt to .bat)

02. Navigate to Documents/Rainmeter folder and create a new folder named Scripts, then copy all three bat files to that folder.
Note down the file paths (eg: C:\users\Admin\Documents\Rainmeter\Scripts)

03. Right Click on the shutdown button on your desktop, then click edit skin.

04. Find the following Code snippet 

     LeftMouseDownAction=!Execute ["#SystemPath#wscript.exe" 
    and replace the part ["#SystemPath#wscript.exe" 
     "#CurrentPath#SysTray.vbs"] with ["C:\Users\ADMIN\Documents\Rainmeter\Scripts\log.bat"] (Remember this path must be the path you placed your bat files. My account name is ADMIN so it came as ["C:\Users\ADMIN\Documents\Rainmeter\Scripts\log.bat"], but it may differ in your case.

04. Do the same for [Shutdown] and [Restart] snippets too.. Remember to give the correct bat file, for shutdown shut.bat and Restart res.bat.

05. Click Save and close.

06. Right Click the shutdown button and click refresh skin. That's it. You are done..

Enabling VB Script Engine:

1. try to register vbscript dll 
    Open a command prompt as Administrator and type "regsvr32 vbscript.dll"
2. If registering didn't solve the issue, probably your Antivirus vendor has changed the registry value

 If your vbscript dll was disabled by your antivirus, you can enable it by editing the registry key. In my case, McAfee antivirus changed the registry as follows.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Classes \ CLSID \ {B54F3741-5B07-11cf-A4B0-00AA004A55E8} \ InprocServer32]
@ = "C: \ \ Program Files \ \ Common Files \ \ McAfee \ \ SystemCore \ \ ScriptSn.20101116171926.dll"
"ThreadingModel" = "Both"

 So, I changed it back to

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Classes \ CLSID \ {B54F3741-5B07-11cf-A4B0-00AA004A55E8} \ InprocServer32]
@ = "C: \ \ Windows \ \ System32 \ \ vbscript.dll"
"ThreadingModel" = "Both" 

Note: In a 64 bit machine, the path will be

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{B54F3741-5B07-11cf-A4B0-00AA004A55E8}\InprocServer32

02 December 2011

Custom Desktop..(Give a new attractive look to your desktop..)


Today I come a cross with Desktop Customization which gives a new, attractive and Geek look to your desktop.. It is not only attractive, but also useful too.. There is a popular app called Rainmeter which help us to do all the customization.. And download a basic skin suit Enigma to get started.. There are thousands of skins and themes available in net.. We can even create our own skins and themes.. So, what I did was, Installed Rainmeter, downloaded no of themes and skin packs, then put those together to get the look.. Now I'll give you the theme I created with mixture of skins. You can try it.. You can also download other skins and make your own theme. It is depend on your creativity..
You can download skins from deviantart.com to make your own customized desktop..
Ok. That was the easiest part. The tricky part is to edit the existing skins to fit your needs. For example, you must edit the weather skin to add your location code.. These files are just text files with .ini extension which means those are the config files.. You can open those files by right click the skin and by clicking edit skin.. So, Install, play with it, ask if you have any doubts..

Here is the link to download my theme

Note: First you must install rainmeter, then Enigma Suit(optional) after that just double click the file downloaded from the above link.