Hack #156 from Big Book of Windows Hacks: strip down your Windows installation

Hack #156 from Big Book of Windows Hacks: strip down your Windows installation


Preston Gralla’s Big Book of Windows Hacks has hit the streets, and we’re really excited about it. It’s truly big: 600 pages and 188 hacks. You’ll learn how to bend Vista and XP to your will, get the most out of gadgets like the Zune, your networking hardware, and Windows Home Servers. Here’s some of the stuff you’ll find in there:

  • Expanded tutorials, new background material, a series of “quick hacks,” and informative sidebars
  • Security hacks, including protection at wireless hotspots, hacking Vista file permissions and user account protection, and more
  • Efficiency hacks, such as tweaking your PC hardware, troubleshooting hardware problems, and speeding up system performance
  • Fun hacks, like building a custom Media Center PC or turning a PC into a digital video recorder
  • “Beyond Windows” hacks for running Linux inside Vista, dual-booting Linux/Windows or XP/Vista, or emulating classic video games on your PC

We’ll be running a few sample hacks, starting with “Strip the Crud Out of Your Windows Install”, which explains how to slim down your Windows installation before installing Windows. Hack #156 – Link


  • Big Book of Windows Hacks @ the Maker Store – Link
  • Big Book of Windows Hacks–New from Make: Tips & Tricks for Unlocking the Power of Your Windows PC – Link

0 thoughts on “Hack #156 from Big Book of Windows Hacks: strip down your Windows installation

  1. aplumb says:

    The ones I’ve found most interesting/useful are those that hook into other systems like Flickr, last.fm, twitter, del.icio.us, flixster, etc. It’s a handy way to consolidate all my different virtual “identities” in one place.

    I don’t have any interest in the vamp/zombie/food-fight apps, but that’s probably just me.

    On a more personal note, Facebook is getting me back in touch with people I haven’t seen or talked to in ten, fifteen, even twenty+ years. It’s unique in that respect. People who definitely weren’t computer-literate, BBS-haunting geeks “back in the day”. :-)

  2. terrie says:

    I’d love a sort of screencast tour of facebook apps like this…I feel like I should know more about them, but haven’t yet made the time to explore them.


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