[thelist] Which OS to trust for keeping productive?

Ken Schaefer ken at adOpenStatic.com
Fri Jul 30 09:06:01 CDT 2004

From: "Dave" <schemer at speedeenet.com>
Subject: Re: [thelist] Which OS to trust for keeping productive?

: Ok, then I guess I will move on with XP Pro from here. It just seems
: like an annoying OS because of its bloat, built in time delays, and
: registry hacks needed to make it behave like the older OS's.

If you want it to behave like some other OS, why don't you just install the
other OS and be done with it? Seriously - use whatever you're happy with
(Windows, MacOS, *nix), rather than struggling with something trying to get
it to work some other way.

That said: Windows XP only has a few things you need to change to get it to
work like Windows 2000:
- disable Simple File Sharing (not required if you're in a domain)
- right-click on task bar, and choose "Classic Start Menu" (and do some
- set Messenger not to start automatically (you can do that via Local
Policy, or in Messenger itself)
- disable System Restore (not sure whether you really want to do this

If you have decent hardware, I would leave everything else as it is (I
personally think the themes are nice - there are some nice ones you can
download off the 'net if you don't like the supplied ones).

I'm not sure what registry hacks you need to get XP working like an "older


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