Okay, two for the price of one today, first, have you noticed how when you do something like delete an ‘everyone’ group from the start menu in XP that the warning dialog that appears doesn’t have the XP style? Probably not, but I did, so I added a manifest file to the Windows directory and called it ‘explorer.exe.manifest’. You can get a manifest file from this zip file:

Using XP Visual Styles in VB

Don’t worry about the XML in the file it’s only the file name that matters!
Do the same, reboot, and all those dialogs will now be XP themed.

The second tip is to speed up Firefox, read this and do what it says, on my PC Firefox went from fast to near instant!

Secret Tips For Speeding Up Firefox