Changing the Boot Menu

After setting up a dual-boot configuration or installing the Recovery Console, you’ll see a boot menu before Windows starts loading, giving you the opportunity to choose to boot normally, to a different operating system, or to the Recovery Console. By default, this boot menu will wait for 30 seconds before booting to the default operating system. Of course this can get old real quick. Here’s how to change it:

Go to Start/Settings/Control Panel/System/Advanced/Startup and Recovery. In the System Startup option at the top, you can select which operating system you wish to be the default, and change the delay for how many seconds Windows waits before booting to the default OS.

Customizing your Start menu

In previous versions of Windows it was necessary to use a tweak program such as TweakUI or X-Setup, or hack the registry yourself to customize certain things. Microsoft has made some of these things easier by including them in W2K by default. Go to Start/Settings/Taskbar and Start Menu, and click the Advanced tab. Check out the Start Menu Settings at the bottom. Here you can select to expand a lot of the sub menus on the start menu for quicker access, decide whether you’d like the Programs menu to scroll or not when it’s larger than the screen height, and deselect some of the items showing on the Start menu.

Get quick access to all your files

Take the My Computer icon on your desktop and drag it with your left mouse botton onto the Start button and drop it there. This will create an expandable menu on your Start menu from where you can get to any file on your PC by simply drilling down this menu.

Manage your computer with a double-click

W2K comes with a great management console that allows access to all important system utilities from one central place. This tool is called Computer Management and can be accessed from Start/Settings/Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management. Since you’ll probably be using this a lot, create a shortcut on your desktop by dragging this item with your right mouse button to the desktop or quicklaunch bar, release, and select Create Shortcut here.

Turn on NumLock

Even if you have your BIOS set to turn on NumLock, the setting that allows you to use your numeric keypad on your keyboard to type numbers, W2K will ignore that setting and boot up with NumLock disabled. This is very annoying, especially if your log in password contains numbers. Here’s the registry hack to turn this feature on.

Go to Start/Run, type regedt32 and click OK to open the registry editor. Now select the HKEY_USERS window. Double-click the .Default folder, then the Control Panel folder, then select the Keyboard folder. Double-click the InitialKeyboardIndicators key in the right window pane, then change the zero to 2. Click OK and close the Registry Editor and you’re done. The next time you boot W2K, NumLock will be enabled.


– Alex –

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