Registry hack for Windows XP catches Microsoft's attention
Microsoft finally and officially ended support for Windows XP back in April, though not without throwing XP users a bone in the form of one last out-of-cycle security patch for a pretty serious vulnerability affecting most versions of Internet Explorer. However, that was a one-time thing, and now XP users are left out in the cold. Or are they? A registry hack that allows Windows XP to continue to receive security updates is making the rounds, and it's caught the attention of Microsoft.
I am using Windows 7 Home Premium and I have found that there is no longer an AutoRun option that permits the automatic startup of USB flash drives that contain software. I am particularly referring to flash drives that contain portable operating systems such as Portable Apps or SanDisk U3 Launchpad. The user is now presented with a prompt that permits viewing the files and double-clicking the application to be executed.
Is there a registry hack that I can use to restore the AutoRun feature for USB flash drives that contain applications?
A week ago I opened up My Computer to go exploring my second hard drive. However, when I double-clicked the drive to open it, the Windows Search function started up and opened a new window. When I right-click either drive, the Search option is the default. This is really annoying. Many times I forget about this issue and double-click, only to have the computer slow down a bit and open a new box for the search. Is there a way to modify the default option for a double-click?
Read the answer to Dave's question after the jump.
The Dog asked readers for their feedback regarding registry cleaners, and more specifically, RegCure, which the Dog took a hard look at in the July issue. The upshot? The handful of readers who use RegCure reported no serious issues with the application, but only one person felt that it actually improved system performance. While others thought that registry cleaners in general have nominal value as performance enhancers, some saw other reasons to use them.
Dog, some months ago, I bought an inexpensive Linux-based PC from Sub300.com, which was selling older stock to make room for new inventory. I purchased model #13338, which had an AMD Athlon XP 3100+ and 256MB of RAM. The configuration didn’t bother me, as I figured I could upgrade it with parts from eBay. The machine was discounted from $165 to $129. With shipping it was $159. When I received the PC, the configuration wasn’t even close—the CPU was an AMD Athlon XP 1400+.
What will become of our hero? Find out after the jump!