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

; BACKUP THE REGISTRY FIRST

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

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

;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

; Disable the animated Click Start to begin

“NoStartBanner”=hex:01,00,00,00

; Don’t constantly shuffle around the start menu items

“Intellimenus”=dword:00000000

; Use the classic Start Menu

“NoSimpleStartMenu”=dword:00000001

; Dont tie new shortcuts to a specific PC

“LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo”=dword:00000001

; Don’t hide all the local Drives

“NoDrives”=dword:00000000

; Don’t display a welcome screen

“NoWelcomeScreen”=dword:00000001

; Don’t automatically create shortcuts within My Network Places

“NoRecentDocsNetHood”=dword:00000001

; Don’t run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard

“NoDesktopCleanupWizard”=dword:00000001

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

“NoSharedDocuments”=dword:00000001

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

“ForceStartMenuLogOff”=dword:00000001

; Don’t clutter start menu with My Network Places

“NoStartMenuNetworkPlaces”=dword:00000001

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

“NoSMMyDocs”=dword:00000001

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

“NoFavoritesMenu”=dword:00000001

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

“NoSMMyPictures”=dword:00000001

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

“NoStartMenuMyMusic”=dword:00000001

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

“NoActiveDesktopChanges”=hex:00,00,00,00

“NoActiveDesktop”=dword:00000000

“NoSaveSettings”=dword:00000000

“ClassicShell”=dword:00000000

“NoThemesTab”=dword:00000000

; Disable active desktop

“NoActiveDesktop”=hex:01,00,00,00

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

“ForceActiveDesktopOn”=dword:00000000

; Enable Windows Update

;; “NoWindowsUpdate”=dword:00000000

; OR

; Disable Windows Update

;; “NoWindowsUpdate”=dword:00000001

;

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

;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\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

“HideFileExt”=dword:00000000

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

“DontPrettyPath”=dword:00000001

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

“StartButtonBalloonTip”=dword:00000000

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

“PersistBrowsers”=dword:00000000

;

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

;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

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

“NoDispAppearancePage”=dword:00000000

“NoColorChoice”=dword:00000000

“NoSizeChoice”=dword:00000000

“NoDispBackgroundPage”=dword:00000000

“NoDispScrSavPage”=dword:00000000

“NoDispCPL”=dword:00000000

“NoVisualStyleChoice”=dword:00000000

“NoDispSettingsPage”=dword:00000000

“NoDispScrSavPage”=dword:00000000

“NoVisualStyleChoice”=dword:00000000

“NoSizeChoice”=dword:00000000

“SetVisualStyle”=-

;

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

;

; These keys make sure you can uninstall anything

;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Uninstall]

“NoAddRemovePrograms”=dword:00000000

“NoRemovePage”=dword:00000000

“NoAddPage”=dword:00000000

“NoWindowsSetupPage”=dword:00000000

“NoAddFromCDorFloppy”=dword:00000000

“NoAddFromInternet”=dword:00000000

“NoAddFromNetwork”=dword:00000000

“NoServices”=dword:00000000

“NoSupportInfo”=dword:00000000

;

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

;

; Dont hide any cpanel applets see Q207750

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don’t load]

“appwiz.cpl”=-

; Start menu speed

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]

“MenuShowDelay”=”100”

; (the default of 400 is a bit slow)

;

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

;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console]

; Allow copy and paste from the command line.

“QuickEdit”=dword:00000001

;

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

;

; Turn off the ‘Tip Of the Day’

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\tips]

“Show”=dword:00000000

;

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]
“AutoChkTimeOut”=dword:00000003

Disable Automatic Restart in the event of a System Crash / BSOD
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl]
“AutoReboot”=dword:00000000

Disable The Windows XP Desktop Cleanup Wizard (Unused Desktop Shortcuts)
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\CleanupWiz]
“NoRun”=dword:00000001

Speed up Network Browsing by Removing Network Scheduled Tasks
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace\{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}]

Disables Windows Take A Tour Bubble Popup
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Tour]
“RunCount”=dword:00000000

Disable Remote Registry Service (Remote users to modify registry settings on your computer. Now registry can be modified only by users on your computer)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry]
“Start”=dword:00000004

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.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“NoRecentDocsMenu”=dword:00000001

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
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState]
“FullPath”=dword:00000000
“FullPathAddress”=dword:00000001
“Use Search Asst”=”no”
“Settings”=hex:0c,00,02,00,1b,01,e7,77,60,00,00,00

Have you ever wanted to Rename Recycle Bin ? This Tweak Allows Renaming of Recycle Bin
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder]
“Attributes”=hex:50,01,00,20
“CallForAttributes”=dword:00000000

Are you getting ‘Low Disk Space Notification’ ? This Disables Low Diskspace Warnings
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“NoLowDiskSpaceChecks”=dword:00000001

Do you want to Speedup the Windows XP Start Menu?
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
“MenuShowDelay”=”2”

Maximize Your Internet Explorer’s Simultaneous Downloads From 2 to 10 Connections
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
“MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server”=dword:0000000a
“MaxConnectionsPerServer”=dword:0000000a
Remove the Queue-it-up, Burn to CD right click options on Windows Media Player files.
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{CE3FB1D1-02AE-4a5f-A6E9-D9F1B4073E6C}]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F1B9284F-E9DC-4e68-9D7E-42362A59F0FD}]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8DD448E6-C188-4aed-AF92-44956194EB1F}]

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]
“RegistrationCompleted”=dword:00000001

Open Explorer From My Computer or Any Folder (Power users love this)
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]
@=”explore”

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)
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.avi\ShellEx]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mpg\ShellEx]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mpe\ShellEx]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mpeg\ShellEx]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mov\ShellEx]

Remove ‘Shortcut To …’ Prefix when you create new Shortcut
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
“link”=hex:00,00,00,00

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
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}]

Disable the Unread Mail Message on the Welcome Screen
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail\]
“MessageExpiryDays”=dword:00000000

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
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.avi\shellex\PropertyHandler]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}\InProcServer32]

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’)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer]
“NoInternetOpenWith”=dword:00000001

Remove Arrow Overlay from Desktop Shortcuts
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile]
“IsShortcut”=-

Empty Temporary Internet Files Folder When Browser Is Closed
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache]
“Persistent”=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache]
“Persistent”=dword:00000000

Remove “Links” Folder From Favorites
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar]
“Locked”=dword:00000001
“LinksFolderName”=””

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

Disable Media Player EULA
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaPlayer]
“GroupPrivacyAcceptance”=dword:00000001

Remove Shared Documents
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“NoSharedDocuments”=dword:00000001

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)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl]
“AutoReboot”=dword:00000000

Disable Shutdown Event Tracker (Shutdown Speedup)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Reliability]
“ShutdownReasonOn”=dword:00000000
“ShutdownReasonUI”=dword:00000000

Disable the NTFS Last Access Time Stamp update
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem]
“NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate”=dword:00000001

Clear ‘Recent Documents’ on Log off
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“ClearRecentDocsOnExit”=dword:00000001

Display Drive Letters first in ‘My Computer’
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
“ShowDriveLettersFirst”=dword:00000004

Change Drive Icon (You have to change the \C\ below to the drive you want to change)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\DriveIcons\C\DefaultIcon]
“”=”c:\somefolder\icon.ico”

Don’t Group Similar Taskbar Buttons
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“TaskbarGlomming”=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“TaskbarGlomming”=dword:00000000

Launch Windows Desktop in a Separate Process (Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer don’t crash together)
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
“DesktopProcess”=dword:00000001

Disable Recent Documents History
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“NoRecentDocsHistory”=dword:00000001

Disable Tracking of Broken Shortcut Links
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
“NoResolveTrack”=dword:00000001

Prevents Internet Explorer windows from being reused
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
“AllowWindowReuse”=dword:00000000

Show Detailed Information in Device Manager (can display old/removed hardware drivers)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]
“DEVMGR_SHOW_DETAILS”=dword:00000001
“DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES”=”1″

Remove More Themes Online… from Themes Dropdown Box
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\DownloadSites]

Remove Language Bar from Taskbar
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{540D8A8B-1C3F-4E32-8132-530F6A502090}]
@=”Language bar”
“MenuTextPUI”=”@%SystemRoot%\\System32\\msutb.dll,-325”

Allow Internet Explorer 7 to open direct links to swf files
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BLOCK_LMZ_SCRIPT]
“iexplore.exe”=dword:00000000

Disable the Turn off computer button on the Welcome screen
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
“shutdownwithoutlogon”=dword:00000000

Disable USB Autorun to Save PC from USB Viruses
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]
@=”@SYS:DoesNotExist”

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