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  1. I always hated the fact that in Windows, little programs could sneak their way into the startup lists in the registry. Finally after my computer slows to a crawl, I open my tray to see 30 icons. I found out a way to completely take control of what your computer loads at startup.

    I recommend that only advanced and power users follow this tutorial. Please realize that following these steps will stop newly installed programs from adding anything to your startup (like icons in your tray).

    Everything here is completely and safely reversible, this is not a hack of any kind

    1. Get out a piece of paper and open the registry editor, if you don't know how to open it simply type regedit into the run box and press enter.

    2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

    3. Copy ALL of the programs to your piece of paper, these entries consist of programs that run when ANY user logs on. (system wide)

    4. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

    5. Copy ALL of the programs to your piece of paper, these entries only consist of programs that run on the user level.

    6. You will now want to lay out a structure for your startup, to add to the modded effect of your system, you most likely would load programs like object bar, a dock, avedesk, konfabulator, samurize, vanimator, etc, to load everytime, regardless of what user it is (so you have your basic Mac system no matter what). If you want to set up programs that only load when a specific user logs on, you will have to log onto that user before setting up

    Now that you have your startup list together, you may want to go through the files with a fine tooth comb to see what they do. I usually just google the executable name, and just about everytime I get a hit on some site that gives you process information, this is a lot of help to determine what you need to keep, and what you can throw away.

    Now we will disable the registry startup lists, and set up the new startup lists that you will control

    1. In the run box, type gpedit.msc and press enter

    2. Under computer configuration, navigate to Administrative TemplatesSystemLogon

    3. In the right column, double click on "Do not process the legacy run list", then click on enable. This is the step that disables the system wide run list from the registry

    4. Then double click on "Run these programs at user logon"

    5. From your new system wide startup list, add each path and executable to the list

    6. Now under User Configuration, navigate to Administrative TemplatesSystemLogon

    7. Do the same as step 3 and 4, enter all the programs you would like THAT USER to run at logon (this is for programs that you only want certain users accessing)

    for now on, the startup is completely under your control!!! You can always go in and add or delete entries at your leisure. No more surprises

    Now if you install a program that requires something to be ran at startup, just peek at the startup lists in the registry and see what it added, then add it to your list


    1. Open gpedit.msc

    2. Under both User and Computer Configuration, change "Do not process the legacy run list" to "Not Configured" or "Disabled", then disable "Run these programs at user logon"

    That's it, it's reversed

    Note: This will not affect programs that are located in the startup folder, but at least it's alot easier to administer that

  2. Hi everyone, sorry I haven't updated you guys. I've been tied up with setting up a new home theater pc in my living room. I am back on working on the .net version. It might take a while because I want to make it really full featured and stable when i release it.

  3. I think everybody is a little misunderstood about the multiple versions thing. Me and Saladin have exchanged notes, the only problem is he works in Visual C .net, where I work in VB .net. We both don't know enough about each others programs to be able to work together indefinetely, but we have tried our best to provide each other with as much knowhow as possible. Saladin has definetely been a large part of the development of spotlight, he has helped me a lot. We are both working hard to create something awesome, who cares who releases it as long as it's good. Besides, it's good when this kind of thing happens. People get into a race to see who can make the best build, the result is it makes us try harder and release way better programs.

  4. Hey everybody, I'm working on the .net version and it's coming great. It will be so much faster than the other ones since the old one loaded the results into listboxes, this one will load them into string tables (all of the sorting will go on completely in memory).

  5. a fatal error has occurred:

    System information:


    Machine Name: TOMLAPP

    OS Version: Microsoft Windows NT 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

    Manufacturer: eMachines, Inc.

    Model: Imperial

    System Type: X86-based PC

    Total RAM: 765MB

    Processors Count: 1

    -IntelĀ® PentiumĀ® 4 CPU 2.40GHz at 2392Mhz

    Bios: PTLTD - 6040000

    Current Date/Time: 6/29/2005 2:50:07 PM

    TimeZone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Graphic information:


    Device: 0

    Name: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440

    GDI Name: .DISPLAY1

    Display Mode: 1152x864 at 70Hz X8R8G8B8

    ID: 171

    Revision: 163

    SubSystem ID: 0

    Vendor ID: 10de

    WHQL Level: 0

    GUID: d7b71e3e-4231-11cf-a57f-0a2002c2cb35

    Driver: nv4_disp.dll

    Driver Version:

    MultiSample Types: None, NonMaskable,

    Max Texture Size: 2048x2048

    Max MultiTexturing: 2

    Non ^2 Textures: True

    Assembly information:


    Application Domain: Sinapse.exe

    Application Path: C:DownloadsSinapse_v0-1.1

    Application Codebase: file:///C:/Downloads/Sinapse_v0-1.1/Sinapse.exe

    Assembly Full Name: Sinapse, Version=1.0.1832.23750, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null

    Assembly Version: 1.0.1832.23750

    Exception information:


    Exception Type: System.TypeInitializationException

    Exception Source: Sinapse.Core

    Exception Message: The type initializer for 'Sinapse.Core.SinapseWindow' threw an exception.

    Exception Target Site: set_Script

    Stack Trace information:







  6. I will be adding that capability soon. Right now I am working on making the show all dialog 1:1. I have had a very hard time doing it, I found a control on the net that gives you scrollable frames (that I could use for the categories, making them all scroll together), but the scrollbar is not skin aware (which is not acceptable). So I am in the process of designing my own aqua scrollbar control to accompany it, so far it looks really great, I just have to add the scrollable frame part.. I am eventually going to move this to .net but I have to wait until I can afford it, I had it before but when I dug the disks up they were both broken. Maybe if I show Microsoft that I have a software license they would send me new ones for a small fee (probably not)

  7. guess what everybody, I know this is off topic but I just figured out how to make a random wallpaper changer that transitions like osx. I just tested a quick throw together on my computer and it's awesome, it's just a little high on cpu usage when the transitioning is going on. When I get .net, I am going to rewrite it under that (since .net has way better transparency handling) and of course i'm going to import and recode spotlight in .net. It will be better because i noticed that the vb6 controls don't support as many image types as .net.

  8. I will look into that temporary internet files thing.

    I have completely ripped apart the show all dialog, I have to design it differently in order to get the one scrollbar all the way at the right side of the window. It's a very difficult process so it may take a while

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