Upgrade to Vista - addendum

Two addendums to my „Upgrade from Vista to XP” post:

1) Registry Replacer

If you, like me, like your „Documents and Settings” folder on a different drife than C, you will probably follow something like this:
  1. Open Explorer.
  2. Create a new folder called ‘Documents and Settings’ in your desired drive.
  3. Create a new profile with administrative permission and call it „move”.
  4. Logoff then logon to the „move” account.
  5. Copy all the folders inside ‘C:\Documents and Settings' (except the ‘LocalService’, ‘NetworkService’, and ‘move’ folders) to the new location. (The LocalService and NetworkService folders will be re-created automatically.)
  6. Open the Registry Editor and Find & Replace all instances of „\Documents and Settings" as well as „Dokumente und Einstellungen”, including variants like:
    • ‘\Device\HarddiskVolume1\Documents and Settings'
    • ‘%SystemRoot%\Documents and Settings'
    • ‘%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings'
    • ‘C:\Docume~1'
  7. Shutdown your computer, wait 30 seconds and turn it on.
  8. Logon to the ‘move’ account.
  9. Repeat step 6.
  10. Reboot and logon to your original account.
  11. Test by renaming the ‘\Documents and Settings' folder in drive C. If you can rename it then it worked!
  12. If everything’s OK, you can delete the ‘move’ account you created before.
The less software you install up front, the less tedious (6) will become. For this setup, I found Registry Replacer, which will Search or a Search and Replace of Strings in your Registry. So replacing all variants of „Documents and Settings” becomes rather easy. I highly recommend it!

2) xp-AntiSpy

xp-AntiSpy is just a convenient way to disable a lot of the more annoying features of XP.  

3) XP Power Toys: Tweak UI

This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.

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