From my post on microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:
Problem: I have an icon on the desktop which is a shortcut to the .EXE of a
file manager application. That icon has a
shortcut key to it,
Ctrl+Alt+N. I extremely often switch to this
application, so I press the shortcut key maybe once every minute or
two throughout the entire working day.
The problem is that often, Windows will NOT switch to the application when I press the keyboard shortcut, but very slowly, only after perhaps half a minute.
Solution: The best solution that was found so far is to apply this registry patch: fix slow hotkeys:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager] "SafeDllSearchMode"=dword:00000001
C:\Windows subfolders that you can safely delete:
- pchealth * - whatever you can delete without a sharing violation; some files get recreated
- SoftwareDistribution* - whatever you can delete without a sharing violation; some files get recreated
- system\1025 1028 1031 1033 1037 1041 1042 1054 2052 3076
- C:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe # MS Out of Box Experience; to prevent repair, also wipe the files below:
Here is a batch file to delete some junk from Windows:
set Sys_Drive = %SystemDrive% set Win_Dir = %WINDIR% rem Replace above with D:\ and D:\Windows if you want to delete useless files from another Windows partition C: CD %Win_Dir% del system32\dllcache\progman.exe del system32\progman.exe del Help\progman.* del welcome.* del system32\tourstart.exe rd /S /Q Help\Tours REM deltree was replaced by RD /S in Windows 2000/XP del inf\mdm* del inf\monitor* for %%f in (*.log OEWABLog.txt) do del %%f rem Delete the hotfix updates because they proved stable (http://www.bootstrike.com/WinXP/faq.html) attrib /D /S -H $NtUninstall* rd /S /Q $NtUninstall*$ echo Y | del SoftwareDistribution\Download\* rd /S /Q "%ProgramFiles%\Online Services" attrib -H -S %Sys_Drive%\pagefile.sys del %Sys_Drive%\pagefile.sys
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