1-2-3 Tweaks

I would like to share to you some tweaks that will further improve your computer's performance.

To emphasize and to be more specific, these tweaks work on Windows XP, all service packs:
  • Open Internet Options:
    • Go to Start/Control Panel/Internet Options. Under the General tab in the Temporary Intenet files section, select the Settings button.
    • Select "Every visit to the page" and set the amount of disk space to use to no more than 60-1000MB.
    • Now, select the Connections tab and select LAN Settings, make sure EVERYTHING there is unchecked and select OK.
  • No more spyware cookies:
    • Still in Internet Options - select the Privacy tab and choose Advanced, check the box "Override automatic cookie handling" and for First-party Cookies > Accept; Third-party Cookies > Block and check "Always allow session cookies".
  • Eliminate caching of faulty DNS lookups:
    • By default Windows XP caches everything in the DNS cache service, both correct and faulty DNS lookups. To increase performance by eliminating the caching of faulty DNS lookups,change the following values from whatever their original values are to zero (use Hexadecimal base values).
      • Open the Registry Editor. Go to Start/Run and type 'regedit' (w/o the quotes). Expand:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache\Parameters

NegativeCacheTime ------ REG_DWORD ------ 0x00000000 (0)
NetFailureCacheTime ---- REG_DWORD ------ 0x00000000 (0)
NegativeSOACacheTime - REG_DWORD ------ 0x00000000 (0)

Remember to restart your computer to apply the changes.

- With gratitude to ROM-DOS for the help.