Windows registry

Windows registry – user interface settings

Registry settings for all those annoying HKEY_CURRENT_USER user interface settings that are likely to drive you nuts when running WinXP:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Sanity.REG

; Windows XP Sanity check; Usual disclaimers apply – don’t edit the registry unless you know what you are doing and


; If you edit this file ensure all comment lines are prefixed with ; so that REGEDIT will ignore them

; – – – Section1 – – – – MS Explorer – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –



; Disable the animated Click Start to begin


; Don’t constantly shuffle around the start menu items


; Use the classic Start Menu


; Dont tie new shortcuts to a specific PC


; Don’t hide all the local Drives


; Don’t display a welcome screen


; Don’t automatically create shortcuts within My Network Places


; Don’t run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard


; Don’t create a Shared Documents folder for My Computer


; Don’t hide the log-off option from the start menu


; Don’t clutter start menu with My Network Places


; Don’t add a My Documents shortcut to the start menu


; Don’t add a Favorites shortcut to the start menu


; Don’t add a My Pictures shortcut to the start menu


; Don’t add a My Music shortcut to the start menu


; Don’t hide any of the following settings in the explorer GUI






; Disable active desktop


; Don’t ignore the flag above, really disable active desktop


; Enable Windows Update

;; “NoWindowsUpdate”=dword:00000000

; OR

; Disable Windows Update

;; “NoWindowsUpdate”=dword:00000001


; – – – Section2 – – – – Explorer\Advanced – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –



; Show hidden files and folders

; “Hidden”=dword:00000001

; or Don’t show hidden files and folders:

; “Hidden”=dword:00000002

; Don’t Hide file extensions


; Don’t change the upper/lower case of filenames


; Hide the Start Button BalloonTip (Click here to begin)


; Don’t randomly open copies of windows explorer when I login



; – – – Section 3 – – – – Policy settings – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –



; Don’t hide any of the following options (normally under Control Panel, Desktop)














; – – – Section 4 – – – – Policy – Add-Remove Programs restrictions – – – – – –


; These keys make sure you can uninstall anything













; – – – Section 5 – – – – Control Panel – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –


; Dont hide any cpanel applets see Q207750

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don’t load]


; Start menu speed

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]


; (the default of 400 is a bit slow)


; – – – Section 6 – – – – Console – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –



; Allow copy and paste from the command line.



; – – – Section 7 – – – – Tip Of the Day – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –


; Turn off the ‘Tip Of the Day’




Modifying the Disk Check Autochk.exe Time-out (Scandisk Delay) Value from 10 seconds to 3 Seconds
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager]

Disable Automatic Restart in the event of a System Crash / BSOD

Disable The Windows XP Desktop Cleanup Wizard (Unused Desktop Shortcuts)

Speed up Network Browsing by Removing Network Scheduled Tasks

Disables Windows Take A Tour Bubble Popup

Disable Remote Registry Service (Remote users to modify registry settings on your computer. Now registry can be modified only by users on your computer)

Removes the Recent Documents from the Start menu. The system saves a shortcut to each of the non-program files the user opened most recently, and it displays the shortcuts on the Recent Documents.

Classic Search, Full Path In Title Bar And Address Bar. This allows you to disable the new Search Assistant Dog and use the traditional search interface in Windows Explorer
“Use Search Asst”=”no”

Have you ever wanted to Rename Recycle Bin ? This Tweak Allows Renaming of Recycle Bin

Are you getting ‘Low Disk Space Notification’ ? This Disables Low Diskspace Warnings

Do you want to Speedup the Windows XP Start Menu?
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]

Maximize Your Internet Explorer’s Simultaneous Downloads From 2 to 10 Connections
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
Remove the Queue-it-up, Burn to CD right click options on Windows Media Player files.

Removes Sign up with Passport Wizard when trying to sign in MSN Messenger First time
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Passport]

Open Explorer From My Computer or Any Folder (Power users love this)

Extract MSI Files by right click
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Msi.Package\shell\Unpack MSI\command]
@=”msiexec.exe /a \”%1\” /qb TARGETDIR=\”%1-Unpacked\””

Disables Preview (Thumbnails) of Movie File Formats (Allowing You To Move/Rename/Delete without Errors)

Remove ‘Shortcut To …’ Prefix when you create new Shortcut

This adds ‘Command Prompt here’ on Right Click Menu (When you right click on a Drive/Folder)
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Command Prompt Here]
@=”Command &Prompt Here”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Command Prompt Here\command]
@=”cmd.exe /k cd %1 ”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\Command Prompt Here]
@=”Command &Prompt Here”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\Command Prompt Here\command]
@=”cmd.exe /k cd %1 ”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Command Prompt Here]
@=”Command &Prompt Here”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Command Prompt Here\command]
@=”cmd.exe \\\”%1\\\””

Remove Shared Documents folders from My Computer System Folder

Disable the Unread Mail Message on the Welcome Screen

Disable Compress Old Files (This is useful when Disk Cleanup Tool Stops Responding While Compressing Old Files)
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Compress old files]

Windows Explorer Crashes When Opening Folder Containing avi/video files

Disabling the File Association Web Service (when you click on unknon file it displays ‘Windows can not open this file, … Use the web service to find the appropriate program / Select from the Program list’)

Remove Arrow Overlay from Desktop Shortcuts

Empty Temporary Internet Files Folder When Browser Is Closed
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache]

Remove “Links” Folder From Favorites
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar]

Disable Automatic Image Re-Size in Internet Explorer
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
“Enable AutoImageResize”=”no”

Disable Media Player EULA

Remove Shared Documents

Add ‘Disk Cleanup’ on Right Click of a Drive
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\Disk Cleanup\command]
@=”cleanmgr.exe /d %1”

Disable Automatic Restart in the event of a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

Disable Shutdown Event Tracker (Shutdown Speedup)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Reliability]

Disable the NTFS Last Access Time Stamp update

Clear ‘Recent Documents’ on Log off

Display Drive Letters first in ‘My Computer’

Change Drive Icon (You have to change the \C\ below to the drive you want to change)

Don’t Group Similar Taskbar Buttons

Launch Windows Desktop in a Separate Process (Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer don’t crash together)

Disable Recent Documents History

Disable Tracking of Broken Shortcut Links

Prevents Internet Explorer windows from being reused
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

Show Detailed Information in Device Manager (can display old/removed hardware drivers)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]

Remove More Themes Online… from Themes Dropdown Box

Remove Language Bar from Taskbar
@=”Language bar”

Allow Internet Explorer 7 to open direct links to swf files
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BLOCK_LMZ_SCRIPT]

Disable the Turn off computer button on the Welcome screen

Disable USB Autorun to Save PC from USB Viruses
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s