Play with Regedit


Enable/Disable Run Commands Specific to the Registry
This tweak controls the use of the Run command on the local machine.
[Start] [Run] [Regedit]
– Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion PoliciesExplorer
Create a DWORD value for each Run function that will be disabled.
Modify/Create the Value Name [DisableLocalMachineRun] according to the Value Data listed below.
Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: DisableLocalMachineRun
Modify/Create the Value Name [DisableLocalMachineRunOnce] according to the Value Data listed below.
Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: DisableLocalMachineRunOnce
Modify/Create the Value Name [DisableCurrentUserRun] according to the Value Data listed below.
Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: DisableCurrentUserRun
Modify/Create the Value Name [DisableCurrentUserRunOnce] according to the Value Data listed below.
Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: DisableCurrentUserRunOnce
Setting for Value Data: [0 = Disabled / 1 = Enabled]
Exit Registry and Reboot

Disable Tool Tips
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced. Modify or create,
“ShowInfoTip” and set the Value to 0. To restore set the Value to 1. This edit excludes the Start Button.

Disable Status Messages During Boot, Logon, Logoff, Shutdown
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem Right click in the
right pane and select New, DWord value. Name the new value DisableStatusMessages. Double click the new value and
set it to 1. Status messages will no longer show during boot/shutdown/logon/logoff.

Disable Balloon Tips
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced. Modify or create,
“EnableBalloonTips” and set the Value to 0. To restore set the Value to 1.

Disable Media Player Update Message
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftMediaPlayerPlayerUpgrade. Value Name: AskMeAgain, Data
Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: “yes” or “no”. Create a new String value, or modify the existing value,
called ‘AskMeAgain’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or
log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Disable/Enable Boot Defrag
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDfrgBootOptimizeFunction. Select Enable from the list on the
right. Right click on it and select Modify. Change the value to Y to enable and N to disable. Reboot your computer.

Disable the Windows Key
Start/Run/Regedit
Create a new Binary value, or modify the existing value, called ‘Scancode Map’ and edit the value according to the
settings below. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl Keyboard Layout. Value Name:
Scancode Map, Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value), Value Data: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 5B
E0 00 00 5C E0 00 00 00 00.

Disable Error Reporting
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftPCHealthErrorReporting. Value: DoReport, 1 = Send Reports, 0
= Don’t Send.
Disable Crash Control Auto Reboot
– Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlCrashControl In the right pane, “AutoReboot” set
the Value to 1. To disable set the value back to 0.

Disable Run Commands Specified in the Registry
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion PoliciesExplorer. Value Name:
DisableLocalMachineRun, DisableLocalMachineRunOnce, DisableCurrentUserRun, DisableCurrentUserRunOnce.
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = enable run, 1 = disable run). Create a new DWORD
value for each of the optional values above depending on which Run function to stop and set the value to “1” to disable.
Restart Windows for change to take effect.

Disable All Caps on Files and Folders
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion ExplorerAdvanced] Value Name:
DontPrettyPath Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = adjust caps, 1 = show caps) Create a
new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called “DontPrettyPath” and set it to equal “1” to display the file
using their original capitalization or “0” to adjust the caps. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Disable Low Disk Space Message
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer. Create or modify:
NoLowDiskSpaceChecks REG_DWORD and set the value to 1. Logoff/Reboot.

Disable Search Assistant
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCabinetState. In the right pane,
look for or create a string value called: Use Search Asst set the value to: no

Disable the Thumbnail Cache
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion ExplorerAdvanced. Value Name:
DisableThumbnailCache, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = enabled, 1 = disable cache).
Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘DisableThumbnailCache’ and edit the value
according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take
effect.

Disable/Turn Off System Beeps
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelSound In the right pane, right click “Beeps”, modify, set the value to no. Exit,
reboot.

Disable/Stop Error Messages When Booting
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlWindows. Value Name: NoPopupsOnBoot, Data
Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (1 = disable messages). Stops the annoying Windows pop-up
messages notifying you a device is not functioning when you boot-up Windows. Create a REG_DWORD value of
‘NoPopupsOnBoot’ in the key below (if it doesn’t already exist). Set the value to ‘1’ to disable pop-up messages from
appearing.

Disable Desktop Cleanup Wizard
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion ExplorerDesktopCleanupWiz. Value
Name: NoRun, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = enabled, 1= disable wizard). Create a
new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoRun’ and edit the value according to the settings below.
Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Disable Auto-Run of Windows Messenger
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWARE MICROSOFTWINDOWSCURRENTVERSIONRUN. Delete the Value
named MSMSGS.

Disable Auto-Expanding Trees in Windows Explorer
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced Change the value of
“FriendlyTree” to 0.

Change Source Path
Start/Run/Regedit
Copy /i386 to your hard drive. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion. In the
right pane, change SourcePath to reflect your settings.

Show Hidden Operating System Files
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced. Value Name:
ShowSuperHidden, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: ( 0 = Hide Files, 1 = Show Files).
Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘ShowSuperHidden’ and edit the value according to
the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Unload DLL’s
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer. Create a new sub-key named
‘AlwaysUnloadDLL’ and set the default value to equal ‘1’ to disable Windows caching the DLL in memory. Restart
Windows for the change to take effect.

Stop Error Messages When Booting
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlWindows. Value Name: NoPopupsOnBoot, Data
Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (1 = disable messages). Stops the annoying Windows pop-up
messages notifying you a device is not functioning when you boot-up Windows. Create a REG_DWORD value of
‘NoPopupsOnBoot’ in the key below (if it doesn’t already exist). Set the value to ‘1’ to disable pop-up messages from
appearing.

End Task Time Out
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl Add a new string value called,
“WaitToKillServiceTimeout” and change the Value to 2000. Exit, reboot.

Change Default Search Options
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer. Data Type: REG_DWORD
(DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = unselected, 1 = selected). Modify the following values, setting them to “1” to select
the parameter as a default or “0” as unselected. CaseSensitive, IncludeSubFolders, SearchHidden, SearchSlowFiles,
SearchSystemDirs. Restart or logoff Windows for the change to take effect.

Automatically Close Non-Responding Applications on Shutdown
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktop, Value Name: AutoEndTasks, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value),
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled). Modify the value of ‘AutoEndTasks’ to equal ‘1’ to automatically end tasks or
‘0’ to prompt for action. Note: This change will affect all users but the value can also be changed on a user-by-user basis
by modifying [HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop] with the same values.

Speed Up Menu Display
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop In the right pane select, “MenuShowDelay”. Right click, modify and
set the value to 100. Reboot.

Enable/Disable Boot Defrag
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDfrgBootOptimizeFunction Right click, modify and change to
value to Y to enable, N to disable.

Force Exit
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop In the right pane find, “AutoEndTasks” (Create if not present). Set
the Value of 0 or delete it. No reboot needed.

Startup a Program Just Once then delete from the Registry
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunonce. Data Type: REG_SZ. Value: path
to the program.

Startup Programs Without the Startup Folder
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun. Data Type: REG_SZ. Value: path to
program.

Speed up Share Viewing
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionExplorerRemoteComputerNameSpace.
Delete the key called {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} and reboot.

Prioritizing IRQs
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlPriorityControl. Create a new DWORD value called
IRQ8PRiority and set the data to 1, reboot.

Remove Properties from My Computer
This restriction removes the properties option from My Computer and hides the “System Properties” screen.
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer Value Name:
NoPropertiesMyComputer, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = Properties, 1 = No
Properties) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoPropertiesMyComputer’ and edit the
value according to the settings above.
CD or DVD Disappeared After an Upgrade

Remove the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values completely from the following registry key: – – Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlClass{4D36E965-E325-11CEBFC1-
08002BE10318}

Enable DVD Player in Media Player
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftMediaPlayerPlayerSettings. Value Name: EnableDVDUI, Data Type:
REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: yes or no. Create a new string value called “EnableDVDUI” and set it to “yes” to
enable DVD functionality.

How to Increase Shutdown Time For Services To Close Properly
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl. On the Edit menu, click Add Value. Value Name:
WaitToKillServiceTimeout, Data Type: REG_SZ , String: In milli-seconds; default is 20,000. Ok/Exit/Reboot.

New Command Missing in Windows Explorer
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryBackgroundshellexContextMenuHandlersNew. Value Name: (Default), Data
Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719} Open your registry and
verify that the key listed below has the value listed, and if needed, edit the value to match the value listed.

Add Explore From Here to Every Folder
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellExplore. Value Name: (Default), Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value
Data: explorer.exe /e,/root,”%1″ Change the value of ‘(Default)’ to equal ‘Explore From Here’. Create a new key under
the [Explore] key called command, and edit the (Default) value to equal explorer.exe /e,/root,”%1″.

Control the Auto Complete Mode
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAutoComplete.
Value Name: Append Completion, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: yes or no. Create a new string
value, or modify the existing value, named “Append Completion” and set it to “yes” to append the suggested text as you
are typing or “no” to only show a drop-down list. Restart Windows for the change to take effect. Note: This setting also
changes the auto complete functionality of Internet Explorer.

Control Automatic Boot Disk Optimization
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDfrgBootOptimizeFunction. Value Name: Enable, Data Type:
REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: (Y = enabled, N = disabled). Create a new String value, or modify the existing
value, called ‘Enable’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or
log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

View Which Hot Fix Patches Have Been Installed
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionHotfix. Periodically Microsoft
releases Hot Fix’s to patch bugs in Windows and other products, this key contains information about which Hot fix’s
have been installed.

Restrict Users from Running Specific Applications
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer.Value Name: DisallowRun
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer] Create a new DWORD
value and name it “DisallowRun” set the value to “1” to enable application restrictions or “0” to allow all applications to
run. Then create a new sub-key called
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicies ExplorerDisallowRun] and define
the applications the are to be restricted. Creating a new string value for each application, named as consecutive
numbers, and setting the value to the filename to be restriced (e.g. “regedit.exe”). Restart Windows for the changes to
take effect.

Restrict Applications Users Can Run
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer. Value Name: RestrictRun
Open your registry and find the key
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer] Create a new DWORD
value and name it “RestrictRun” set the value to “1” to enable application restrictions or “0” to allow all applications to
run. Then create a new sub-key called
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicies ExplorerRestrictRun] and define
the applications that are allowed. Creating a new string value for each application, named as consecutive numbers, and
setting the value to the filename to be allowed (e.g. “regedit.exe”). Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.
Note:If you are the person who applies Group Policy, do not apply this policy to yourself. If applied too broadly, this
policy can prevent administrators from running Group Policy or the registry editors. As a result, once applied, you
cannot change this policy except by reinstalling Windows.

Enable Path Command Line Completion
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftCommand Processor] Value Name: PathCompletionChar Data Type:
REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: Hex Control Character Create a new DWORD value, or modify the
existing value, called ‘PathCompletionChar’ and set it to equal the hex value of the required control character. For
example to use the TAB key set the value to ‘9’, to use Ctrl-D set the value to ‘4’ and for Ctrl-F set the value to ‘6’. Now
when you are using a command prompt and type the first part of a directory name then press the specified key,
Windows will complete the remainder for you. Pressing the key multiple times will scroll through the available options.

Automatic Window Refresh
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlUpdate. Value Name: UpdateMode, Data Type:
REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: default = 1. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value,
named “UpdateMode” and set it to equal “0” for faster updates. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Change the Text in Internet Explorers Title Bar
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain. In the right pane, change the value of the
string, “WindowTitle”.
How to Change Name and Company Information After You Install Win XP
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion In the right pane, double-click
RegisteredOrganization. Under “Value data”, type the name that you want, and then click OK. To change the name of
the registered owner, do the following: In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOwner. Under “Value data”, type the
name that you want, and then click OK/Exit.

Get Rid of the “Links” Folder in Favorites
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar. Set the String value of “LinksFolderName”
to equal a blank string. Open IE and delete the Links folder from the Favorites menu. The next time you start Internet
Explorer the Links folder will not be recreated.

Run Explorer Full Screen
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERConsole. In the right pane find FullScreen and modify the value to 1. Then go to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternetExplorerMain. In the right pane find FullScreen and modify
the value to yes. Exit/Reboot.

Change the Location of Special Folders
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerUser Shell Folders. Note the
current location of the folder you want to move, and then using explorer move the folder to the new location. Edit the
value in the key above for the folder you moved to reflect the new directory location. Log off or restart Windows for the
changes to take effect.

Remove My Documents from the Desktop
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCLSID {450D8FBAAD25-
11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}ShellFolder Value Name: Attributes Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0xf0500174 = Hidden, 0xf0400174 = Default) Modify the value called “Attributes” and set it to either
“0xf0500174” to hide or “0xf0400174” to display My Documents. Click on a blank area of desktop and press F5 to
refresh for the change to take effect. Note: This tweak can also by used on a system wide basis by entering the same
values under the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE] hive.

Customize the Windows Logon and Security Dialog Title
– Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon. Value Name:
Welcome, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: Text to display. Create a new String value, or modify the
existing value, called ‘Welcome’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to
restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Legal Notice Dialog Box Before Logon
– Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon Modify the value
named ‘LegalNoticeCaption’ to represent the caption on the dialog box (e.g. ‘WARNING!’). If this value doesn’t already
exist create it. Modify the value named ‘LegalNoticeText’ to represent the body of the dialog box (e.g. ‘Do Not Attempt
to Logon to this system unless you are an authorized user!’) Exit your registry and restart Windows, and the next time
you boot up you should be presented with the dialog box before logging on.

Change the Message Shown on the Logon Box
– Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon. Value Name:
LogonPrompt, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value). Create a new string value named ‘LogonPrompt’ and enter the text
you want to display. The default message is: ‘Enter a user name and password that is valid for this system.’ This feature
can be used in conjunction with the Legal Notice Dialog Box Before Logon tweak.

Change the Title of Windows Media Player
– Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsMediaPlayer. Value Name: TitleBar, Data Type:
REG_SZ(String Value). Create a new string value called “TitleBar” and set it to the text you would like display in the
title. Restart Media Player for the change the take effect.

Display the Attributes Column in Explorer
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced. Value Name:
ShowAttribCol, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = disable, 1 = enable). Create a new
DWORD value called ‘ShowAttribCol’ and set the value to ‘1’ to enable the attributes column.

Force the Use of the Classic Start Menu
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer. Value Name:
NoSimpleStartMenu, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (1 = force classic menu, 0 = default).
Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoSimpleStartMenu’ and edit the value according to
the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove Common Groups from the Start Menu
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer Create a DWORD called
NoCommonGroups and set the value to 1 to hide them, 0 to display them.

Create a Useful Name for My Computer
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}. Data Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
(Expanded String Value). Rename the value named “LocalizedString” to “LocalizedString.old”. Create a new
REG_EXPAND_SZ value named “LocalizedString”, and set the value to “%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME
%”. Exit the registry editor, click on your desktop and press F5 (for refresh). The “My Computer” icon should now be
rename to “Username on Computername”.

Add Your Own Tips
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerTips. Data Type:
REG_SZ(String Value), Value Data: Tip Text. Create a new string valued named by incrementing the existing value
names and set it to the required tip text.

Change the Transition Effect for Menus and Tooltips
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop] Value Name: UserPreferencesMask Data Type:
REG_BINARY(Binary Value) Double-click on the “UserPreferencesMask” value to open the Edit Binary Value screen.
Press the right arrow to move over to the second set of digits. Press the delete key to remove the digits and type either
’28’ for the scroll effect or ‘3e’ for the fade effect. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.
Preventing the Logon Screen Saver from Launching
Start/Run/Regedit
HEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktop. Value Name: ScreenSaveActive, Data Type: REG_SZ (String
Value), Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 =enabled). Change the value of ‘ScreenSaveActive’ to ‘0’ to disable the screen
saver. Restart Windows for the change to take effect. Note: Windows has a default screen saver called login.scr, which
runs even if no screen saver has been selected.

Enable Start Menu Scrolling
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced. Value Name:
StartMenuScrollPrograms, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: “Yes” or “No”. Create a new String value,
or modify the existing value, called ‘StartMenuScrollPrograms’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit
your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect. Note: This can be used either
on a user by user basis by adding it to HKEY_CURRENT_USER or on a computer wide basis by adding it to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

Change the Login Window
Start/Run/Regedit Key
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon] Value Name:
LogonType Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = Classic Mode, 1 = Welcome Screen) Create
a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘LogonType’ and edit the value according to the settings
below. Reboot.

Activate Clear Type on the Welcome Screen
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT/Control Panel/Desktop. In the right pane, right click “FontSmoothingType”, modify,
change the value to 2.

Clear the NetMeeting Call History
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftConferencingUICallMRU. Open your registry and delete the key
above. Restart Netmeeting for the change to take effect.

Clear Cached Command Lines from the Run Menu
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerRunMRU. Delete the value
corresponding to the command you want to remove, or remove all the entries to clear the list completely.

Disable Show Last User Name
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem Value Name:
dontdisplaylastusername Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (1 = remove username) Create a
new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘dontdisplaylastusername’ and edit the value according to the
settings above. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove Frequent Programs List from the Start Menu
Start/Run/Regedit
You may need to create the key if it does not already exist. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value,
called ‘NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList’ and edit the value according to the settings below. HKEY_CURRENT_USER
SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer Value Name:
NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = enable
restriction). Note: This setting only applies to the Windows XP Start Menu, not the Classic Start Menu. Exit your
registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove Pinned Programs List from the Start Menu
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion PoliciesExplorer Value Name:
NoStartMenuPinnedList Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = default, 1= enable restriction)
Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoStartMenuPinnedList’ and edit the value
according to the settings below. Note: This setting only applies to the Windows XP Start Menu, not the Classic Start
Menu. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove Username from the Start Menu
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer Value Name:
NoUserNameInStartMenu Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = display username, 1 = hide
username) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoUserNameInStartMenu’ and edit the
value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change
to take effect.

Remove “All Programs” Button from the Start Menu
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer Value Name:
NoStartMenuMorePrograms Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = disable button)
Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoStartMenuMorePrograms’ and edit the value
according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take
effect.

Hide the Keyboard Navigation Settings
Start/Run/Regedit – This restriction disables the “Hide keyboard navigation indicators until I use the ALT key” option in
the Display Control Panel. HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer Value Name:
NoChangeKeyboardNavigationIndicators Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data:(0 = default, 1 =
enable restriction) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called
‘NoChangeKeyboardNavigationIndicators’ and edit the value according to the settings above. Exit your registry, you
may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Speed Up Browsing (Windows Explorer and IE)
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerRemoteComputer NameSpace.
In the left pane find:{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}Value and delete it.

Configure Internet Downloads
– Start/Run/Regedit

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings. To increase the number of
simultaneous connections that are allowed to 10, follow these steps: On the Edit menu, click Add Value , and then add
the following registry values: “MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server”=Dword:0000000a “MaxConnectionsPerServer”=Dword:
0000000a.

Auto Disconnect for Internet Explorer
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetServicesLanmanServerParameters In the right pane, find
Auto disconnect and change the time accordingly.

Disable the Custom Search Page in Internet Explorer
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain. Value Name: Use Custom Search URL, Data
Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled). Create a new DWORD value, or
modify the existing value, called ‘Use Custom Search URL’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your
registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Change default Internet Explorer Download Directory
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet Explorer In the right pane, double click on the Download
Directory value. Enter the path to the folder you want as your download location. Next, right click on the Internet
Explorer subkey and select Permissions. Then click the Advanced button on the Security tab. In turn, Highlight
Administrators, your user account and System. For each one, click the Edit button. In the Deny column, put the check
mark in Set Value. Then click OK. Repeat for each of the remaining user accounts. Once done, click the Apply button
on the Advanced Security Settings dialog. This removes the “permissions” for anything or anyone to write to the
Download Directory value. It also prevents changes to any of the other values listed directly under the Internet Explorer
sub-key, so you may wind up preventing something else from being changed as well. Unfortunately, its not possible to
remove permissions from individual values.

Run Explorer Full Screen
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERConsole. In the right pane find FullScreen and modify the value to 1. Then go to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternetExplorerMain. In the right pane find FullScreen and modify
the value to yes. Exit/Reboot.

Control the Internet Explorer Script Debugger
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain] Value Name: Disable Script Debugger Data
Type: REG_SZ (String Value) Value Data: yes or no. Create a new string value, or modify the existing value, named
“Disable Script Debugger” and set it to either “yes” to disable the debugger or “no” to enable it. Restart Internet
Explorer for the change to take effect.

Control Internet Explorer Error Reporting
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain. Value Name: IEWatsonDisabled,
IEWatsonEnabled, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value). Create a new DWORD value called
“IEWatsonDisabled” and set it to “1”. Create another DWORD value called “IEWatsonEnabled” and set it to “0”.
Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect.

Prevent Account Changes in Outlook Express
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftOutlook Express, Value Name: No Modify Accts, Data Type:
REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (1 = enable restriction). Create new DWORD value called “No Modify
Accts” and set it to “1” to enable the restriction or “0” to allow users to modify accounts. Restart Outlook Express for
the change to take effect.

Change the Default Internet Explorer Search Page
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain. Value Name: Search Bar, Data Type:
REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: Search URL. Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called
‘Search Bar’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of
Windows for the change to take effect. Note: This tweak can also be applied on a per-user basis under the
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER] hive.

Disable Automatic Modem Connections at Startup
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftOle. Value Name: EnableRemoteConnect, Data Type: REG_SZ
(String Value), Value Data: “Y” = enable automatic connections, “N” = disabled. Create a new String value, or modify
the existing value, called ‘EnableRemoteConnect’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry,
you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Disable the “Log on using dial-up connection” Check Box
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon. Value Name:
RasDisable, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: (0 = restriction disabled, 1 = restriction enabled). Create a
new String value, or modify the existing value, called ‘RasDisable’ and edit the value according to the settings below.
Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Modify the Internet Auto-Dial Settings
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings Value Name:
EnableAutodial Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value) Value Data: (00 00 00 00 = disabled, 01 00 00 00 =
enabled) Create a new binary value named “EnableAutodial”, and set the new value to equal “01 00 00 00” to enable
autodial or “00 00 00 00” to disable it. Note: This restriction can be used either on a user by user basis by adding it to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER or on a computer wide basis by adding it to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

Remove MSN Messenger from Outlook Express
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftOutlook Express. Value Name: Hide Messenger, Data Type:
REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (2 = remove messenger). Create a new DWORD value, or modify the
existing value, called ‘Hide Messenger’ and set the value to 2.

Control the Auto Complete Mode
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAutoComplete Value Name:
Append Completion Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value) Value Data: yes or no Create a new string value, or modify the
existing value, named “Append Completion” and set it to “yes” to append the suggested text as you are typing or “no” to
only show a drop-down list. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Change the Search Assistant in Internet Explorer
Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearch Value Name: SearchAssistant Data
Type: REG_SZ (String Value) Value Data: Search URL Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called
‘SearchAssistant’ and edit the value according to the settings above. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log
out of Windows for the change to take effect. Note: To use the Google search assistant page enter
http://www.google.com/ie” as the URL.

Getting Rid of the Unread Email Messages at Start Up
Start/Run/Regedit
For a single user:
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionUnreadMail
Right click on the UnreadMail and click on New then DWORD. Name it MessageExpiryDays
Give it a value of 0
For all users:
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionUnreadMail
Right click on the UnreadMail and click on New then DWORD. Name it MessageExpiryDays
Give it a value of 0

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