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Skip the Open With web service prompt (Windows XP) New
Normally when you attempt to open an unknown file type a popup message is shown asking whether you would like to use the online web service to find the appropriate program to open the file. This setting allows you to disable this prompt, causing the Open With dialog to display immediately.

Use Connected Web Files and Folders (Windows 2000/Me/XP)
The Windows file system includes a feature to connect web documents and their associated files. If an HTML document is moved or copied all its associated files, including images, JavaScript and style sheets, can also be automatically relocated.

Comprehensive Search for Broken Shortcuts (Windows NT/2000/XP)
When the system cannot find the target file of a shortcut it searches all the associated paths. If still not found it performs a comprehensive search of the drive to locate the file. This setting can be used to disable the final search.

Disable Tracking of Broken Shortcut Links (Windows 2000/XP)
The NTFS File System in Windows XP and Windows 2000 automatically attempts to locate broken shortcut destinations by searching all paths that are associated with it. This setting can be used to disable that feature.

Show Super Hidden File Extensions (All Windows) Popular
Even when you have configured Windows to display all file extensions, there are still some which remain hidden. This allows potentially dangerous files to be masked as safe files, fooling the user into executing them. This tweak helps expose those file extensions.

Remove the 'Shortcut to...' Prefix on Shortcuts (All Windows) Popular
Don't like having 'Shortcut to...' appended to every Shortcut? You're not alone. With this tip you can stop Windows for adding this text when creating links.

Disable Automatic Network Shortcut Resolution (All Windows)
When you create a shortcut to a resource on a mapped network drive, and then remap the same drive to a different network resource, Windows attempts to connect to the original network resource when you access the shortcut.

Control Long Filename Support (All Windows)
Windows allows the use of long filenames on FAT partitions. Some legacy software may be incompatible with this new file system design, and may require the use of 8.3 filenames. By enabling this setting you can turn off long filename support.

Preserving Long Filenames for Legacy Applications (Windows 95/98/Me)
Windows normally preserves the long filenames of files accessed by legacy applications. This functionality can be disabled if you are experiencing LFN errors with a legacy application.

Extended Characters in Short Filenames (Windows NT/2000/XP)
This setting allows extended characters to be used in 8.3 filenames. Short file names with extended characters may not be viewable on computers that do not have the same character code page.

Remove or Change the Shortcut Arrow (All Windows) Popular
Would you prefer to display your shortcuts without the arrow in the bottom left hand corner? This tip will show you how to change the arrow icon or remove it completely.

Remove the Tildes in Short Filenames (Windows 95/98/Me)
When long filenames are shown in an application that only supports short filenames a tilde "~" is used to convert the long name into a compatible short name. This setting removes the use of tildes.

Manage Windows Short File Extensions (Windows NT/2000/XP)
Windows evaluates file extensions on the first three characters, therefore 'filename.html' is actually treated as 'filename.htm'. Therefore if you use a command such as 'del *.htm' to delete all the '.htm' files, you will also delete all '.html' files as well.

Creating a Shortcut to the System Folders (All Windows)
This function allow you to add a shortcut to various system folders on your Desktop or Start Menu.

Short Filenames on NTFS Partitions (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular
This setting controls whether MS-DOS compatible 8.3 file names should be generated on NTFS partitions. Disabling this feature can increase the performance on high usage partitions that have large amount of files with long filenames.