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Later I found out the default power setting in the “Power Saver” plan limits the CPU to 50 percent.
To improve the speed
Open the Power Options from Control panel and change it to “High Performance” to give it full throttle.
On Windows 2000/XP Professional only one website can be created in IIS. (i.e) default website.
If you have some requirement for testing multiple websites on same development box its not possible with IIS alone.
FREE IIS Management tool
JetStat has a tool to accomplish the above mentioned task. “IISAdmin”
It has some cool features like
– Create and Manage as many local IIS web sites.
– Install and configure asp scripts on local web sites
– Gives quick access to home folder of the website
– Enabling advanced features on creation of new web site
– Quick access to IIS Management Console
– Automatically configures database folder permissions
– Full support Windows 2000/XP (IIS 5.0, 5.1, 6.0)
– Easy of use and flexible
The application is FREE and it doesn’t occupy much space.
Download from here.
If you are a developer / power user who uses 2000 / XP professional you need to upgrade to Vista Ultimate.
Even though Vista Home Premium has IIS it doesn’t support (or features enabled) in home premium edition.
For ex: If you want to see Local User Groups (Admin tools, Comp mgt) you can not see that in Home Premium. Its available in Ultimate edition.
Using Visual Studio 2005
1. Goto Project Properties > Select Web Tab
2. Click “Use IIS Web Server” radio button
3. Click on “Create Virtual Directory” button
4. Open Web.config and change debug to true <compilation debug=”true”>
5. Open IIS (Start > Run > Inetmgr)
6. Goto that your project Virtual Directory
7. Right click > Select Properties
8. Under Virutal Directory Tab, make sure it has Application Name. If its blank, click on Remove button next to it and click Create.
9. Under ASP.Net tab make sure Asp.net Version is 2.0 or whatever you need
10. Under Directory Security tab click EDIT
11. Make sure Anonymous and Integrated Windows authentication is enabled.
If these steps are not followed
you may not be able to debug you application using Visual Studio,
you may not be able to use IIS web server or its features.
These are the optimized settings I found and use for my PC running with xp & vista. (You have the right to disagree with me 100%)
– Switch start menu to classic mode. No jazzy menus, so no delay in loading menu .
– Keep desktop background plain and simple. I prefer using black background so that the icons stand out.
– Enable Quick Launch in taskbar.
– Add NOTEPAD & frequently used application shortcuts in quick launch.
– Pay attention to Windows Update & Windows defender scanning. If it prompts update it. Its good practice to keep your system smooth. (Unless you have restriction not to update)
– My work expects me to use IE (which is great ofcourse), keep blank page as startup page.
– Customize the icons and remove the unwanted ones like EDIT, PRINT, MAIL and so on.
– Keep small icons instead of Large icons.
– Organize your favourites menu. Create folders and sub folders under LINKS and move frequently used items under it. It helps me a lot.
– Install Google Toolbar. It helps in better search. Once you start typing, it prompts with previously done searches. (I love this feature)
– Uninstall any unwanted toolbars (i hate the bulky Yahoo & MSN toolbars).
What can you do to improve your efficiency ?
Use both your hands (not just index finger) while typing and selecting menus.
Use mouse to the minimum. (unless you are using some graphical software or doing some audio/video editing)
Use shortcuts as much as you can. (click here to see list of windows shortcuts)
(more to come..)
Search on all folders
When using Visual Studio, there are times you need to search entire project or solution.
The short cut for this search is CTRL + Shift + F
Stop the Search
If you are lucky enough, the page you are looking for will appear first. If you want to STOP rest of the search
press CTRL + Shift + F again.
It will show the STOP button instead of SEARCH button.