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Managing The Windows 2000 Registry by Paul Robichaux

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Performance Tweaks

When it comes to computers--particularly those running Windows 2000 or NT--you can never have too much speed. The least expensive performance upgrade for Windows machines is usually just additional RAM, since the computer can productively use as much as you can stuff into it. Failing that, you can make a few small changes to improve both your computers’ speed and their availability.

Automatically Delete Cached User Profiles

User profiles make it easy to centralize and distribute user-specific settings. This enables users to have their same desktop settings follow them as they wander around your network. However, these profiles take up space; if you have many users who interactively log onto a particular machine, their cached profiles will slowly accumulate, stealing your disk space as they build up.

You can tell your system to automatically delete cached profiles when they’re no longer needed. When a user logs on, if her profile isn’t on the local machine, the system fetches it and keeps it there until it’s removed or updated (in which case the updated version is downloaded into the cache). This makes it possible to log on and get profile information even when the domain controller(s) aren’t answering profile requests. If you enable automatic removal, the system deletes the cached profile when the user logs out. The good news is that this approach saves disk space at a small cost in extra profile downloads. The bad news is that users may not be able to log ...

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