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How to Clear the Recent documents list during shut down in Windows

It is a good practice to clear the recently opened documents in windows to maintain your privacy in shared computers. A good way to do it is to automate the deletion of the recently opened documents history when yo shut down the system.

To automate this, do the following:
Open the registry editor (start > run > regedit)

Navigate to the key,
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.

Create a new Dword entry, by right clicking on the right pane(in the empty area) and then select new > Dword value.

Then name the key “ClearRecent-DocsOnExit”, and set its value to 1.

So, from now on when ever you shut down or restart your computer windows will automatically clear the recent document history.

You can also create a new key called “NoRecentDocsHistory” and set its value to 1, to not create a recent document history at all.

When you want to save the recent documents history and not delete it, then you can set the values of the above created keys to 0.


How to read long registry entries using the reg.exe

When we use registry editor to edit we will not be able to read keys which are longer than 255 characters. Hence this, problem can be easily tackled by using the command prompt version of the registry editor which does not have this restriction.
You can call it by opening the command prompt and then typing reg.exe with the required parameters.

For example to open all the keys within a node, you can use the query parameter.
Give the following command in the command prompt:

reg.exe query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE

This will list all the entries under this node. Note that this is similar to the GUI registry editor. When you expand a node all nodes within it are displayed. It also displays all the keys which are directly under the node of the query.

If you want to search for an entry within a node then run a similar command as shown below:

reg.exe query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE /v path

This will search for the key named path directly under the software node, and not the key under the nodes wh…

How to increase Internet speeds and LAN traffic

By default Windows Xp separates 20% of your bandwidth for quality services like antivirus updates and windows automatic updates and other critical updates which you have set in your computer.

If needed you can make the QoS(Quality of service) service in windows, not to allocate any bandwidth.

For doing this go to,
Start > run (or press win + r keys).

Type gpedit.msc and click ok. (Note that gpedit.msc, which is the group policy editor is not available in windows Home, it is available in windows Xp professional).

Under computer configuration, open Administrative templates > Network > Qos Packet scheduler.

Under Qos Packet scheduler open Limit reservable Bandwidth and select enable and set the Bandwidth limit as 0%.

Doing this will increase the LAN traffic. Also note that when the connection is between two computers running windows Xp, both the computers must have the option enabled to have the effect.