Chapter 5. Tweaking and Tuning Windows

Configuration Settings

When you install Windows XP or Vista, or turn on a new computer that has one of these versions of Windows preinstalled, you’ll find that it works pretty darn well right out of the box. There are several reasons for this. First, modern computer hardware is really fast, and many things that used to cause irritating delays have sped up to the point that they’re barely noticeable.

Second, PC hardware standards have evolved and matured, and virtually all hardware you can buy now is compliant with various standards for Plug and Play operation, intervendor operation, and so on. The software standards for driver architecture have stabilized to the point that almost all drivers install themselves ...

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