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Disabling the F3 Search Key - Added 1/20/03
Preventing Changes to File Associations - Added 9/18/02
Locking File Associations - Added 9/18/02
Turning off System Beeps - Added 9/10/02
Changing the Location Of Special Folders - Added 9/10/2
Deleting Specific Registry Value - Submitted 12/22/01
Setting the Recycle Bin to Always Delete - Added 11/17/01
Setting the Internet Explorer Home Page - Submitted 9/4/01
Preparing to Move Hard Drive to Another Computer - Submitted
12/20/00
Comparing Registries - Added 2/21/00
Setting Excel 2000 High-Contrast Cell Selection - Added 2/2/00
Changing Common Icons - Updated 1/31/00
Prevent Changes to the Start Menu - Added 1/31/00
DOS Restrictions - Updated 1/31/00
Networking Restrictions - Updated 1/31/00
Control Panel Restrictions - Updated 1/31/00
Restricting the Start Menu, Explorer, and the Desktop - Updated
1/30/00
Changing Office 2000's Excel Undo History - Added 1/27/00
Changing the Title on Windows Media Player - Added 1/27/00>
Eliminating the Right Click on the Taskbar - Added 1/10/00
Eliminating the Right Click on the Desktop - Added 1/10/00
Turning Off the Help on Min, Max, Close Icons - Added 1/8/00
Adding Open With to the Right Click in the Explorer - Added
12/28/99
Automatically Deleting a Registry Key - Added 12/20/99
Fixing no AutoRun for CDs - Added 11/9/99
Renaming the File System Profiles - Added 4/20/99
Sticky Menus - Added 4/20/99
Automatic Shutdown with Windows NT - Submitted 3/28/99
Kill Hung Processes When Logging Off in Windows NT -
Submitted 3/28/99
NT Crash Log File - Submitted 3/28/99
Changing the Location of Outlook Express Data Files - Added
1/16/99
Disabling the Blinking Cursor - Added 10/17/98
Re-Enabling DHCP Error Messages - Added 9/20/98
Getting Rid of Schemes - Updated 6/7/98
Hiding Any Combination of Drives - Submitted 2/15/98
Creating a Legal Text Notice Before Logon - Added 2/15/98
Removing the Hand Icon from Shared Resources - Submitted
2/11/98
Enabling the Middle Mouse Button on Logitech Mouse -
Submitted 12/7/97
Easily Opening a File with Notepad - Submitted 10/25/97
Displaying Hi-Color Icons without the Plus Pack - Submitted
10/19/97
Backing Up the Registry - Submitted 9/13/97
Removing Unwanted Items from the RUN Menu - Submitted
8/23/97
Opening a DOS Window to either the Drive or Directory in
Explorer - Submitted 8/9/97
Compacting the Registry - Submitted 4/5/97
Changing Exchange's Mailbox Location - Added 3/29/97
Removing Sound Events from Control Panel / Sounds - Added
3/16/97
Changing the Registered Owner - Added 2/6/97
Adding an Application to Every Folder - Added 1/30/97
Adding Explore From Here to Every Folder - Added 1/30/97
Saving Desktop Settings - Submitted 1/11/97
Getting Rid of Tips - Submitted 1/2/97
Changing the Location of Windows95's Installation Files - Added
12/18/96
Creating a Network Logon Banner - Submitted 12/7/96
Creating a Default File Opener - Added 11/29/96
Deleting Registry Keys from the Command Line - Added 11/3/96
Automatic Screen Refresh - Added 10/24/96
Disable Password Caching - Added 10/19/96
Changing the MaxMTU and other Network Settings - Added
10/19/96
Adding Items to the Start Button - Added 10/17/96
Removing Open, Explore & Find from Start Button - Added
9/15/96
Removing the InBox Icon and Recycle Bin Icons from the Desktop
- Added 9/8/96
Removing Items from NEW on the Desktop - Added 7/28/96
Changing the Telnet Scroll-Back Buffer Size Added 7/27/96
Changing the Tips of the Day - Submitted 7/27/96
Disabling Drives in My Computer - Added 7/24/96
Not Saving Settings on Exit - Added 7/21/96
Not Displaying the Network Neighborhood - Added 7/21/96
Disabling Run or Find from the Start Menu - Added 7/21/96
Hiding All Icons from the Desktop - Added 7/21/96
Get Your Folders to Open the Way You Want Every Time -
Submitted 7/7/96
Disabling the Right-Click on the Start Button - Added 6/29/96
Disabling My Computer - Added 6/29/96
Clearing the Documents Menu Automatically - Added 6/2/96
Opening Explorer from My Computer - Added 5/28/96
Fixing a Corrupt Registry - Added 5/12/96
Recycle Bin Edits - Submitted 5/2/96
Not Displaying the Last User Logged on - Added 4/29/96
Setting the Minimum Password Length - Added 4/29/96
Disabling File and Print Sharing - Added 4/29/96
Removing the Shortcut Arrows - Added 4/21/96
Turn Off Window Animation - Added 4/21/96
To speed up the Start Menu - Added 4/21/96
Changing your Modem's Initialization String - Added 4/21/96
Increasing the Modem Timeout - Added 4/21/96
Removing Programs listed from the Control Panel's Add/Remove
Programs Section - Added 4/21/96
Specifying programs to run every time Windows95 starts - Added
4/21/96



Disabling the F3 Search Key

Added 1/20/03
If you want to disable the ability to use the F3 key from either the
Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Int
      ernet Explorer\Restrictions
   3. Create a Dword value called NoFindFiles
   4. Give it a value of 1
   5. Reboot



Preventing Changes to File Associations

Submitted 9/18/02

You can prevent users from changing associations via Windows
Explorer's Tools / Folder Options / File Types tab.

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explore
   3. Create REG_DWORD data type NoFileAssociate
   4. Give it a value of 1

Submitted by Paul Barker



Locking File Associations

Submitted 9/18.02

If you have your file associations the way you want for a particular
file type, you can remove it from the list that gets displayed in the
Folder Options / File Types screen
   1.   Start Regedit
   2.   Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
   3.   Scroll to the file association you want to lock.
   4.   In the right panel, create a new Binary value
   5.   Call it EditFlags
   6.   Give it a value of 01 00 00 00
   7.   Now when you go to the Folder Options / File Types
        screen, you won't see that file type listed.

Submitted by Paul Barker



Turning off System Beeps

Added 9/10/01

If you want to turn off all system beeps (like the ones that go
through your computers' internal speaker):

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound
   3. Edit the key Beep and give it a value of No

Download reg file



Changing the Location Of Special Folders

Added 9/10/02

You can modify the registry to change the location of special
folders like:

       My Documents
       Favorites
       My Pictures
      Personal

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
      CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
   3. Double click on any locations you want to change and alter
      the path
   4. Logoff or restart for the changes to go into effect

Note: TweakUI from Microsoft will allow you to make these
changes from a dialog box as well



Deleting Specific Registry Value

Submitted 12/22/01

In a previous tip, Automatically Deleting a Registry Key, it was
mentioned how to remove an entire registry key.
If you want to simply remove a specific value within a key, use the
syntax below:

[Registry Key]
"value"=-

For example:

REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Run]
"MSConfig"=-

would delete the value MSCONFIG.

Submitted by Brent Towsley
Setting the Recycle Bin to Always Delete

Added 11/17/01

You can set the recycle bin to always delete items (like holding
down the shift key when dragging files to the recycle bin)

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \
      Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \
      BitBucket
   3. Set the key NukeOnDelete to 1

Download reg file



Setting the Internet Explorer Home Page

Submitted 9/4/01

If you want to set the home page used by Internet Explorer through
the registry

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet
      Explorer \ Main
   3. Give the Start Page key the string value you wish set as
      homepage

Submitted by Austin Henderson



Preparing to Move Hard Drive to Another Computer
Submitted 12/20/00

To remove the devices from device manager when taking a HD
from one computer to another,
simply:

   1. Run Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ and delete the Enum
      section
   3. This removes all of the hardware specific settings

Submitted by Lee Berry



Comparing Registries

Added 2/21/00

While working with changes to your system, you might want to see
what is changing in your Registry.
Since you can export it to a text file, the steps are fairly easy

   1. Start Regedit
   2. With the very top level select - My Computer, on the
       Toolbar select Registry / Export Registry File
   3. I usually save it to the root of the C: drive with the name
       before (you don't need to add an extension)
   4. Make the change to your system
   5. Go back to Regedit
   6. Press F5 to update it
   7. Export the Registry like step 2
   8. Name the file after and have it go in the same directory
   9. Open up a DOS window
   10. Go to the directory where the two exported files are
   11. Enter FC before.reg after.reg > diff.txt
   12. Then you can edit diff.txt with your favorite text editor.
Note: I do the last steps so often I have a simple batch file already
set up.



Setting Excel 2000 High-Contrast Cell Selection

Added 2/2/00

If you want to increase the contrast in selected cells:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Office \ 9.0 \ Excel \ Options
   3. Add a DWORD value call Options6
   4. Give it a value of 16
   5. Now when you select cells, they will be white on black.



Changing Common Icons

Updated 1/31/00

You can change many of the common Windows icons.

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \
      Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Shell
      Icons
   3. The default icons are numbered in the right panel from 0-40
   4. Double click on the number of the particular icon you want
      to change. See the chart below.
   5. Enter the name of the icon file you want to use followed by
      the number of the icon in that file.
      Note: The numbering starts with zero.
   6. If you use a single .ICO file, it should be followed by a 0.
   7. e.g. - filename.dll,4 - This would actually be the 5th icon
      since it starts with 0.
   8. Make sure you delete the hidden file
      C:\WINDOWS\SHELLICONCACHE

0-13 Are the Drive and Application Icons
0 - To change the Unknown Application Icon
2 - To change the Default Application Icon
3 - To change the Closed Folder Icon
4 - To change the Open Folder Icon
5 - To change the 5 1/4" Floppy Icon
6 - To change the 3 1/2" Floppy Icon
7 - To change the Removable Disk Icon
8 - To change the Hard Drive Icon
9 - To change the Network Drive Online Icon
10 - To change the Network Drive Offline Icon
11 - To change the CD Drive Icon
12 - To change the Ramdrive Icon
13 - To change the Entire Network Icon

19-27 Are the Start Menu Icons
19 - To change the Programs Icon
20 - To change the Documents Icon
21 - To change the Settings Icon
22 - To change the Find Icon
23 - To change the Help Icon
24 - To change the Run Icon
27 - To change the Shutdown Icon

Other Icons
33 - To change the DUN Folder Icon
34 - To change the Desktop Icon
35 - To change the Control Panel Icon
37 - To change the Printer Folder Icon
40 - To change the Audio CD Icon
43 - To change the Favorites Icon
44 - To change the Logoff Icon
Prevent Changes to the Start Menu

Added 1/31/00

To prevent any changes to the Start Menu, even a right click:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
   3. Add a DWORD called NoChangeStartMenu
   4. Give it a value of 1

Download reg file



DOS Restrictions

Updated 1/31/00

There are restrictions you can make to the ability to execute DOS
programs

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_Current_User / Software / Microsoft /
      Windows / CurrentVersion / Policies
   3. Create a new key under Policies called WinOldApp
   4. You can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the
      appropriate keys
   5. To re-enable them, either delete the key or set the value to
      0

      Disabled - Disable MS-DOS Prompt
      NoRealMode - Disables Single-Mode MS-DOS



Networking Restrictions
Updated 1/31/00

There are general restrictions you can make in Networking

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_Current_User / Software / Microsoft /
      Windows / CurrentVersion / Policies
   3. Create a new key under Policies called Network
   4. You can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the
      appropriate keys
   5. To re-enable them, either delete the key or set the value to
      0

      DisablePwdCaching = Password Caching
      HideSharePwds [hex] =Shared Passwords
      NoEntireNetwork =Entire Network
      NoNetSetup =Network applet
      NoNetSetupIDPage =Network Identification tab
      NoNetSetupSecurityPage =Network Access tab
      NoFileSharing =Network File Sharing button
      MinPwdLen = set Minimum Password Length (integer
       number: 0 - 99)
      NoPrintSharing =Network Print Sharing button
      NoWorkgroupContents =Network Workgroup



Control Panel Restrictions

Updated 1/31/00

There are many general restrictions you can make to the Control
Panel

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_Current_User / Software / Microsoft /
      Windows / CurrentVersion / Policies
   3. Create a new keys under Policies called System
   4. You can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the
      appropriate keys
   5. To re-enable them, either delete the key or set the value to
      0

      NoDispCPL - Disable Display Control Panel
      NoDispBackgroundPage - Hide Background Page
      NoDispScrSavPage - Hide Screen Saver Page
      NoDispAppearancePage - Hide Appearance Page
      NoDispSettingsPage - Hide Settings Page
      NoSecCPL - Disable Password Control Panel
      NoPwdPage - Hide Password Change Page
      NoAdminPage - Hide Remote Administration Page
      NoProfilePage - Hide User Profiles Page
      NoDevMgrPage - Hide Device Manager Page
      NoConfigPage - Hide Hardware Profiles Page
      NoFileSysPage - Hide File System Button
      NoVirtMemPage - Hide Virtual Memory Button



Restricting the Start Menu, Explorer and the Desktop

Updated 1/30/00

There are many general restrictions you can make to the Start
Menu, the Explorer and to the Desktop itself.

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_Current_User / Software / Microsoft /
      Windows / CurrentVersion / Policies
   3. There should already be at least a Explorer section there
      already
   4. Additional keys that can be created under Policies are
      WinOldApp
   5. You can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the
      appropriate keys
   6. To re-enable them, either delete the key or set the value to
      0

      ClearRecentDocsOnExit = Clear of Recent Documents on
       Exit
      NoAddPrinter = Adding new printers
      NoClose = Computer Shutdown
      NoDeletePrinter = Delete Installed Printers
      NoDesktop = Doesn't show Desktop items as well as and
       Desktop right-click menu
      NoDevMgrUpdate = Windows 98/ME web Update
       Manager
      NoDrives [hex] = Hides Drives in my computer
      NoFind = Find command
      NoInternetIcon = Internet Icon on Desktop
      NoNetHood = Network Neighborhood
      NoRecentDocsHistory = Recent Documents in Start Menu
      NoRun = Run command
      NoSaveSettings = Save Settings on exit
      NoSetFolders = Folders in Start Menu -> Settings
      NoSetTaskbar = Taskbar in Start Menu -> Settings
      NoSMMyDocs = My Documents folder in Start Menu
      NoSMMyPictures = My Pictures folder in Start Menu
      NoWindowsUpdate = Windows web Update



Changing Office 2000's Excel Undo History

Added 1/27/00

By default, Excel has only approximately 16 undo's you can
perform.

To increase that number:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Office \ 9.0 \ Excel \ Options
   3. Add a dword called UndoHistory
   4. Give it the value you want for the amount you want.



Changing the Title on Windows Media Player

Added 1/27/00

You can change the title bar for the Windows Media Player

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_USERS \ .DEFAULT \ Software \ Policies \
      Microsoft \ WindowsMediaPlayer
   3. Create a string value of TitleBar
   4. Give it a value of whatever you want to appear in the title
      bar



Eliminating the Right Click on the Taskbar

Added 1/10/00

To eliminate the right click on the taskbar:

Start Regedit

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
   3. Add a DWORD and give it a name of NoTrayContextMenu
   4. Give it a value of 1
   5. Reboot

Download reg file
Eliminating the Right Click on the Desktop

Added 1/10/00

To eliminate the right click on the desktop:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
   3. Add a DWORD and give it a name of NoViewContextMenu
   4. Give it a value of 1
   5. Reboot

Download reg file



Turning Off the Help on Min, Max, Close Icons

Added 1/8/00

When the mouse goes over the minimize, maximize and close
icons on the upper right hand side of a window, you normally get a
display telling you want those are for.
To disable that display:

   1.   Start Regedit
   2.   Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop
   3.   Create a String Value called MinMaxClose
   4.   Give it a value of 1
   5.   Reboot

Download reg file
Adding Open With to the Right Click in the Explorer

Added 12/28/99

To add the option Open With when you right click on a file in the
Explorer:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ CLASSES
      \* \ shell \ openas \ command
   3. If this key isn't there then just create it
   4. Give it the value of C:\WINDOWS\rundll32.exe
      shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1



Automatically Deleting a Registry Key

Added 12/20/99

Normally you cannot automatically delete registry keys from reg
file. But there is a way...

Simply include a minus sign inside the left bracket before the main
key.

For example.
If you want to delete the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \
Software \ Microsoft \ Office \ 8.0 \ Common \ Assistants, your
regfile would simply look like:


       REGEDIT4

       [-
       HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\O
       ffice\8.0\Common\Assistants]
This would delete that key and any below it.



Fixing no AutoRun for CDs

Added 11/9/99

If your CDs have stop starting automatically, and you have
checked everything else:

   1. Go to
      HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Cur
      rentVersion\Policies\Explorer
   2. The value for NoDriveTypeAutoRun should be set to 95 00
      00 00

Download reg file



Renaming the File System Profiles

Added 4/20/99

In the Control Panel / System / Performance / File System, you can
select either Desktop Computer, Mobile or docking system, or
Network Server.
You can change these labels to something more descriptive:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / Software / Microsoft /
      Windows / Current Version / FS Templates
   3. You can change the text that appears under each key



Sticky Menus
Added 4/20/99

Normally when you move the mouse over the Start Menu /
Programs, it will automatically cascade and show the submenus.
If you want them to open only when you actually click on them:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop
   3. If if it not already there, create a string called
      MenuShowDelay
   4. Give it a value of 65534

Download reg file



Automatic Shutdown with Windows NT

Submitted 3/28/99

Most laptops allow the operating system to turn off the hardware
after shutdown, instead of displaying the message telling you it's
now safe to turn off your system.
You can take advantage of this capability by enabling the Power
Down After Shutdown feature.

To enable this feature, simply add a REG_SZ value named
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\PowerdownAfterShutDown and set
it to 1.

Next, tell NT to shut down and see if the machine turns itself off
after shutting down. If it doesn't, change the value back to 0 to
restore normal operation.

Download reg file

Submitted by D Puffer
Kill Hung Processes When Logging Off in Windows NT

Submitted 3/28/99

When you tell NT to shut down, it first sends shutdown requests to
any running processes.
Most 32-bit applications honor these requests and shut down, but
older 16-bit apps running in the Virtual DOS Machine often won't.
When this occurs, the operating system prompts you with a dialog
box asking if you want to kill the task, wait for the task to die on
its own, or cancel the shutdown.
By modifying the Registry, you can automate this process.

You can force NT to kill all running processes on shutdown by
adding a REG_SZ value named
HKEY_USER\\ControlPanel\Desktop\AutoEndTasks and set the
value to 1. You can also add this value to
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT so that all new accounts will shut
down the same way.

Submitted by D Puffer



NT Crash Log File

Submitted 3/28/99

In addition to the crash log file, you can also enable two other
methods of crash notification and logging.

You can enable an administrative alert by changing the value of

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
\CrashControl\SendAlert to 1. The next time the system crashes, an
administrative alert will be sent that may provide the first sign of
the crash.

You can also make NT log the crash in the event log by changing
the value of

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\CrashC
ontrol\LogEvent to 1 instead of its default 0. Now, the exact time
of the crash will be permanently recorded.

Submitted by D Puffer



Changing the Location of Outlook Express Data Files

Added 1/16/99

Normally Outlook Express keeps its data files in the
C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express
directory.

To change this:

   1. First copy those files to the new location
   2. Start RegEdit
   3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Outlook Express
   4. Change the Store Root key to the directory where you
      moved the files



Disabling the Blinking Cursor

Added 10/17/98

To stop the cursor from blinking in applications such as Word:
   1.   Start Regedit
   2.   Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
   3.   Add a String Value
   4.   Name it CursorBlinkRate
   5.   Give it a value of -1
   6.   Reboot the computer

Download reg file



Re-Enabling DHCP Error Messages

Added 9/20/98

If you got a DHCP error message, selected to not see DHCP errors,
and now want to see them again;

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \
      CurrentControlSet \ Services \ VxD \ DHCP
   3. Change the value of PopupFlag from 00 to 01



Getting Rid of Schemes

Updated 6/7/98

   1. A safer way would be is to go to the Control Panel /
      Display / Appearance tab
   2. Go to the Scheme drop down box
   3. Select the one you don't want and click on the delete button

Submitted by obs

When you right click on your desktop and pick properties your
Display Properties screen appears.
Under Appearance tab / Schemes, determine if you want all those
wild schemes.
If not they can be deleted and clear approximately 45K.
Before you delete them, choose or create at least 1 Scheme and
"Save As" (in my case Bud 1).

   1. Open Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \
      Appearance \ Schemes
   3. Highlight every String and Value on the right side and
      delete. DO NOT DELETE "Default"

Submitted by Bud Allen
bwil@erinet.com



Hiding Any Combination of Drives

Submitted 2/15/98

If you want to stop a drive or any combination of drives appearing
in Explorer/My Computer

Add the Binary Value of 'NoDrives' in the registry at
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current
Version\Policies\Explorer

Give it a value from a combination of the table below:

       A 1 00 00 00
       B 2 00 00 00
       C 4 00 00 00
       D 8 00 00 00
       E 16 00 00 00
       F 32 00 00 00
       G 64 00 00 00
       H 128 00 00 00
       I 00 1 00 00
       J 00 2 00 00
       K 00 4 00 00
       L 00 8 00 00
       M 00 16 00 00
       N 00 32 00 00
       O 00 64 00 00
       P 00 128 00 00
       Q 00 00 1 00
       R 00 00 2 00
       S 00 00 4 00
       T 00 00 8 00
       U 00 00 16 00
       V 00 00 32 00
       W 00 00 64 00
       X 00 00 128 00
       Y 00 00 00 1
       Z 00 00 00 2

Where (for eg) you want to hide Drives {C,E,J,O,R,U,Y,Z} you
would give 'NoDrives' the value 14 42 12 03
Where C+E = 14, J+O = 42, R+U=12 and Y+Z = 03
Please NOTE: The Numbers are to be added in HEXadecimal ie:
ABCD = 0F, not 15 All Drives Visible is 00 00 00 00 All Drives
Hidden is FF FF FF 03

Submitted by Ramon Buckland



Creating a Legal Text Notice Before Logon

Added 2/15/98

You can create a banner that will come up just before you logon to
the computer:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKeyLocalMachine \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \
      Windows \ CurrentVersion \ WinLogon
   3. Create a new string value called LegalNoticeCaption and
      give it a value you want to see in the menu bar
   4. Create a new string value called LegalNoticeText and give
      it a value you want to see in the dialog box

Now before anyone logs into that computer, this banner will come
up on the screen.
This can be useful for any legal warnings you want to give
regarding the use of the computer.



Removing the Hand Icon from Shared Resources

Submitted 2/11/98

When you share a local resource, Windows95 normally puts a
hand in from of that resources icon.
To remove hand icon from your shared resources:

   1.   Start Regedit.
   2.   Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / Network
   3.   Open SharingHandler.
   4.   Clear it's default value
   5.   Restart Windows.
   6.   To restore set Default value "msshrui.dll".

Submitted by Guntars Revelins



Enabling the Middle Mouse Button on Logitech Mouse

To enable the middle mouse button on Logitech Mouses to act as a
double-click button by only pressing it once:
   1. Run Regedit
   2. Go to
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\LOGITECH\M
      OUSEWARE\CURRENTVERSION\SERIALV\0000
   3. Change DoubleClick to equal 001

Submitted by Jason Maruniak



Easily Opening a File with Notepad

Submitted 10/25/97

This will enable you to right click on any file and have the option
to open it with notepad.
Also if a file has no association and you try to open it it will open
with notepad

   1. Run 'regedit.exe'
   2. Expand "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT"
   3. Inside "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT", expand "*"
   4. Inside "*", create a key called "shell"
   5. Inside "shell" create a key called "open"
   6. Inside "open" edit the string "(default)" to say "open
      (notepad)"
   7. Inside "open" create a key called "command"
   8. Inside "command" edit the string "(default)" to say
      C:\WINDOWS\NOTEPAD.EXE "%1"

Submitted by EIBON



Displaying Hi-Color Icons without the Plus Pack

Submitted 10/19/97
   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ desktop
      \ WindowMetrics
   3. Add or edit Shell Icon BPP=16 where the number is the
      color depth.
   4. The default is 8 (bit or 256 colors).

Submitted by Frank Lolli



Backing Up the Registry

Submitted 9/13/97

There are many backup programs for the registry but if the
computer goes down and you can't fire off Win95 because of the
registry problem.

Backup to a directory the following files:

      SYSTEM.DATA
      SYSTEM.DA0 (Yes seem to be the same size)
      USER.DAT
      USER.DA0 (Same size likely)
      WIN.INI
      CONTROL.INI
      SYSTEM.INI

These files can be copied to the windows directory from Win95 or
DOS to help correct problems.

Submitted by George Harper



Removing Unwanted Items from the RUN Menu
Submitted 8/23/97

   1.   Start the REGEDIT program
   2.   Search for the word RUNMRU
   3.   Delete the ones you don't want
   4.   Rename so they are all in alphabetical order again
   5.   Close and restart windows

Submitted by Graham Orchard



Opening a DOS Window to either the Drive or
Directory in Explorer

Submitted 8/9/97

Add or Edit the following Registry Keys

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\opennew]
@="Dos Prompt in that Directory"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\opennew\command]
@="command.com /k cd %1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\opennew]
@="Dos Prompt in that Drive"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\opennew\command]
@="command.com /k cd %1"

These will allow you to right click on either the drive or the
directory and the option of starting the dos prompt there will pop
up

Submitted by James Doss
Compacting the Registry

Submitted 4/5/97

How to compact the registry?

   1. Got to true DOS, not a DOS window
   2. Run Regedit and then export the entire Registry to
      COMPACT.REG.
   3. Then exit regedit and run it again with the following
      switch. REGEDIT /C COMPACT.REG

Submitted by Ian Buda



Changing Exchange's Mailbox Location

Added 3/29/97

When you create a mailbox in Exchange for e-mail, you specify
the file where you want to mail to go.
You cannot change this in Exchange afterwards.

If you want to change the file name or location::

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      WindowsMessaging Subsystem \ Profiles
   3. Go to the profile you want to change
   4. Go to the section that has the file location for your mailbox
      (*.PST) file in the right hand panel
   5. Make the change to file location or name
   6. Restart Exchange



Removing Sound Events from Control Panel / Sounds
Added 3/16/97

When you view what events you can assign sounds to from
Control Panel / Sounds,
you cannot delete the events themselves. In order to do that:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER / AppEvents / Schemes /
      Apps
   3. From here you can delete any items you don't want to show
      or no longer need.



Changing the Registered Owner

Added 2/6/97

   1. Starting Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE /
      Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion
   3. From there you can edit the name in the Registered Owner
      key



Adding an Application to the Right Click on Every
Folder

Added 1/30/97

Here is how to add any application to the menu when you right
click on any Folder.
This could be useful if there is an app you always want available
and don't want to go through the Start menu

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell
   3. Add a key Name_of_Your_App
   4. This can really be any label, just use one that makes sense
       to you
   5. Give it a default value of Name_of_Your_App
   6. Putting a & in front of a character will allow you to use the
       keyboard
   7. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell \
       Name_of_Your_App
   8. Add a key command
   9. Give it a default value of the application you want to run
   10. For example: c:\program files\internet
       explorer\iexplore.exe
   11. Include the full path

Now when you right click on any folder, you can have access to
that application
This will work for both Windows95 and NT 4.0



Adding Explore From Here to Every Folder

Added 1/30/97

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell
   3. Add a key rootexplore
   4. Give it a default value of E&xplore From Here
   5. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell \
      rootexplore
   6. Add a key command
   7. Give it a default value of Explorer.exe /e,/root,/idlist,%i

Now when you right click on any folder, you can open up an
Explorer window of that folder.
This will work for both Windows95 and NT 4.0
Saving Desktop Settings

Submitted 1/11/97

When I would go to Control Panel or Start Menu Programs, or any
other Desktop window setting; meaning size, position, icon
arrangement, they would never be as I set them. I found an answer:

At
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current
Version\Policies\Explorer]
There is a "NoSaveSettings" key. I deleted it and now my all my
stuff stays where I tell it.
The same key shows up at:
[HKEY_USERS\bwil\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersio
n\Policies\Explorer](where bwil is your password profile) Just
thought I'd share this with you all.

Submitted by Bud Allen
bwil@erinet.com



Getting Rid of Tips

Remember those "Tips of the day" that appeared when you first
install Win95?
If you don't want them any longer and want to clear yet more
Clutter, approximately 5K, you can delete them at:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \
Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Tips

Submitted by Bud Allen
bwil@erinet.com
Changing the Location of Windows95's Installation
Files

Added 12/18/96

If you need to change the drive and or path where Windows95 will
look for it's installation files:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \
      Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Setup \ SourcePath
   3. Change the location from there



Creating a Network Logon Banner

Submitted 12/7/96

If you want to create a Network Logon Banner:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go To
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Win
      dows\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
   3. Create a new String called LegalNoticeCaption
   4. Enter the text for your banner

Submitted by Frank Tanner



Creating a Default File Opener

Added 11/29/96
If you have a un-registered file type and want to view it with
Explorer's Right-click
you can add your program to the right-click options by:
   1.  Starting Regedit
   2.  Go to HKEY_CLASS_ROOT / Unknown
   3.  Highlight the Shell Folder below it
   4.  Right click on Shell and create a New Key
   5.  Name it anything you want (For example NOTEPAD)
   6.  Create a New Key under that named command
   7.  Highlight the Command key
   8.  Double click on the Default value in the right hand panel
   9.  In Value Data, enter the path and filename of the program
       you want to use to open the file type
   10. For example: C:\WINDOWS\NOTEPAD.EXE %1
   11. Click on OK

In this example, when you right click on a file in Explorer,
NOTEPAD will show up as an option.



Deleting Registry Keys from the Command Line

Added 11/3/96

With the OEM Version of Windows95, a new switch, /D, is added
to Regedit.
This enables you to delete items from Registry.

The syntax is: REGEDIT /L:system.dat_location
/R:user.dat_location /D Reg_Key
where Reg_Key is the key you want to delete

There are two requirements:
1. That you have to boot to the same OEM version of Windows95
as the REGEDIT.EXE file.
2. You cannot be in Win95 at the time you use this switch.



Automatic Screen Refresh
Added 10/24/96

When you make changes to your hard drive and use Explorer, the
changes are not usually displayed until you press the F5 key
To make the updates automatic:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / System /
      CurrentControlSet / Control / UpdateMode
   3. Edit the DWORD value to be between 1 and 7
   4. Restart Windows



Disable Password Caching

Added 10/19/96

As in Windows for Workgroups, when logging on to an NT
Domain, it is preferable to disable password caching.
This allows for the single NT Domain login and eliminates the
secondary Windows logon screen.
It also eliminates the possibility of the respective passwords to get
out of sync.

To disable password caching on the workstation, a one-line
addition to the registry needs to be made.
To make the change, create a ASCII text file called DISABLE.REG
with the following lines:

        REGEDIT4

       [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Win
       dows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network]
       "DisablePwdCaching"=dword:00000001

Open up a DOS box and type REGEDIT DISABLE.REG
You can also download the DISABLE.REG file.

If you need to re-enable password caching, download
ENABLE.REG and repeat the process just with the different file
name



Changing the MaxMTU and other Network Settings

Added 10/19/96

There are four network settings that can be configured so when
dialing to an ISP, you should get somewhat greater throughput.
They are the MaxMTU, MaxMSS and DefaultRcvWindow, and
DefaultTTL

MaxMTU and MaxMSS

   1. Start REGEDIT
   2. Go to Hkey_Local_Machine / System / CurrentControlset /
      Services / Class / netTrans / 000n
      (where n is your particular network adapter binding.)
   3. Right click on the right panel
   4. Select New / String Value
   5. Type in MaxMTU
   6. Double click on it and enter then the number you want. The
      usual change is to 576
   7. Similarly, you can add MaxMSS and give it a value of 536

DefaultRcvWindows and DefaultTTL

   1. Start REGEDIT
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \
      CurrentControlSet \ Services \ VxD \ MSTCP
   3. Add a new string DefaultRcvWindow and give it a value of
      2144
   4. Add a new string DefaultTTL and give it a value of 60-64
Adding Items to the Start Button

Added 10/17/96

To add items when you right-click on the Start Button:

   1.   Start Regedit
   2.   Go to HKey_Classes_Root / Directory / Shell
   3.   Right-click on Shell and select New / Key
   4.   Type in the name of the key and press the Enter key
   5.   In the Default name that shows in the right hand panel, you
        can add a title with a & character in front of the letter for a
        shortcut
   6.   Right-click on the key you just created and create another
        key under it called command
   7.   For the value of this command, enter the full path and
        program you want to execute
   8.   Now when you right click on the Start Button, your new
        program will show up. You do not need to reboot first.
   9.   For example, if you wanted WinWord, you would add that
        as the first key, the default in the right panel would be
        &WinWord so when you right click on the Start Button, the
        W would be underlined and you could just press that key.
        The command would be something like
        C:\MSOFFICE\WINWORD\WINWORD.EXE



Removing Open, Explore & Find from Start Button

Added 9/15/96

When you right click on the Start Button, you can select Open,
Explore or Find.
Open shows your Programs folder. Explore starts the Explorer and
allows access to all drives.
Find allows you to search and then run programs. In certain
situations you might want to disable this feature.
To remove them:

   1.   Start Regedit
   2.   Search for Directory
   3.   This should bring you to Hkey_Classes_Root \ Directory
   4.   Expand this section by clicking on the "+"
   5.   Under shell is Find
   6.   Delete Find
   7.   Scroll down below Directory to Folder
   8.   Expand this section under shell
   9.   Delete Explore and Open

Note: - When you remove Open, you cannot open any folders.
If you need to undo any of the changes, you can download the
registry settings before the changes.



Removing Items from NEW

Added 7/27/96

When you right-click on the desktop and select New, a list of
default templates you can open up are listed.
To remove items from that list:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Search for the string ShellNew
   3. This should bring you to HKey_Classes_Root
   4. For the items you want to remove, simply rename the
      ShellNew command
   5. Renaming is safer that deleting it
   6. Continue searching for the items you want to remove
   7. You do not need to reboot for the change to take effect
Changing the Telnet Scroll-Back Buffer Size

Added 7/27/96

By default, the Telnet session has a window size of 25 lines. To
increase this so you can scroll back
and look at a larger number on lines:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Telnet
   3. Double-click on the entry Rows in the right hand panel
   4. Increase the decimal value to one that suits your needs.



Changing the Tips of the Day

Submitted 7/27/96

You can edit the Tips of the day in the Registry by going to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \
Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Tips

Submitted by Jayme Johnston
jayme@excalibur.net



Disabling Drives in My Computer

Added 7/24/96

To turn off the display of local or networked drives when you click
on My Computer:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer
   3. Add a New DWORD item and name it NoDrives
   4. Give it a value of 3FFFFFF
   5. Now when you click on My Computer, none of your drives
      will show



Not Saving Setting on Exit

Added 7/21/96

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft
      \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer
   3. Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD
   4. Name it NoSaveSettings
   5. Give it a value of 1
   6. Logoff or Reboot the computer

Download reg file



Not Displaying the Network Neighborhood

Added 7/21/96

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft
      \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer
   3. Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD
   4. Name it NoNetHood
   5. Give it a value of 1
   6. Logoff or Reboot the computer

Download reg file
Disabling Run or Find from the Start Menu

Added 7/21/96

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft
      \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer
   3. Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD
   4. Name it NoFile or NoRun
   5. Give it a value of 1
   6. Logoff or Reboot the computer

Download reg for no_file

Download reg for no_run



Hiding All Icons from the Desktop

Added 7/21/96

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft
      \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer
   3. Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD
   4. Name it NoDesktop
   5. Give it a value of 1
   6. Logoff or Reboot the computer
   7. Now all icons are hidden on the desktop.

Download reg file
Get Your Folders to Open the Way You Want Every
Time

Submitted 7/7/96

To get your folders to open the way you want every time:

   1. Set up all your folders the way you want (auto arrange,
      view, etc.),
   2. Start RegEdit
   3. Go to
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
      CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.
   4. Go to NoSaveSettings
   5. Modify and change Value to 1

Submitted by Dan Poplawski
dan@together.net



Modifying Default Desktop Icons

Added 7/1/96

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \
      Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Shell
      Icons
   3. The default icons are numbered in the right panel from 0-40
   4. Double click on the number of the particular icon you want
      to change. See the chart below.
   5. Enter the name of the icon file you want to use followed by
      the number of the icon in that file.
      Note: The numbering starts with zero.
   6. If you use a single .ICO file, it should be followed by a 0.
   7. e.g. - filename.dll,4 - This would actually be the 5th icon
      since it starts with 0.
   8. Make sure you delete the hidden file
      C:\WINDOWS\SHELLICONCACHE

Below is a reference for the icons I've been able to figure out:

0 - Default Icon
1 - Default Document
2 - Application
3 - Closed Folder
4 - Open Folder
5 - 5 1/4 Drive
6 - 3 1/4 Drive
7 - Removable Drive
8 - Hard Drive
9 - Network Folder
10 - Network Offline
11 - CD
12 - RAM Drive
13 - Entire Nertwork
15 - My Computer
16 - Printer
17 - Network Neighborhood
18 - Network Workgroup
19-27 are the Start Menu icons
19 - Programs
20 - Desktop
21 - Settings
22 - Find
23 - Help
24 - Run
25 - Suspend
27 - Shutdown

28 - Share
29 - Shortcut
31 - Recycle Bin (Empty)
32 - Recycle Bin (Full)
33 - Folder, Dial-Up Networking
34 - Desktop
36 - Program Group
40 - Audio Card

In addition, you can change:

      My Computer - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\
       CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
      Network Neighborhood - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\
       CLSID\{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
      InBox - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{00020D75-
       0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
      Recycle Bin - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\
       CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}



Clearing the Documents Menu Automatically

Added 6/2/96

The Documents Menu displays the last file and programs you used.
You can clear item manually but only through editing
the Registry can you turn this off automatically. This can be useful
on computers that are used by multiple people.
The same settings can be also used in NT 4.0

   1. Set the properties on the Recycle Bin to delete files
      immediately.
   2. Start Regedit
   3. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \
      Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders
   4. Right click on the right panel
   5. Select New / String Value
   6. Rename it to Recent - Only if it is not already there
   7. Give it the value of C:\RECYCLED
   8. Set your Recycle bin to Automatically delete files
   9. Log off and back on again.
Your Documents Menu should now be blank. This will be for all
subsequent users who logon as well.



Disabling the Right-Click on the Start Button

Added 6/29/96

Normally, when you right button click on the Start button, it
allows you to open your programs folder, the Explorer and run
Find.
In situations where you don't want to allow users to be able to do
this in order to secure your computer.

   1.   Start Regedit
   2.   Search for Desktop
   3.   This should bring you to HKey_Classes_Root \ Directory
   4.   Expand this section
   5.   Under Shell is Find
   6.   Delete Find
   7.   Move down a little in the Registry to Folder
   8.   Expand this section and remove Explore and Open

Now when you right click on the Start button, nothing should
happen.
You can delete only those items that you need.
Note: - On Microsoft keyboards, this also disables the Window-E
(for Explorer) and Window-F (for Find) keys.
See the section on Installation to see how to do this automatically
during an install.



Disabling My Computer

Added 6/29/96
In areas where you are trying to restrict what users can do on the
computer, it might be beneficial to disable the ability to click on
My Computer and have access to the drives, control panel etc.
To disable this:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Search for 20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D
   3. This should bring you to the HKey_Classes_Root \ CLSID
      section
   4. Delete the entire section.

Now when you click on My Computer, nothing will happen.
You might want to export this section to a registry file before
deleting it just in case you want to enable it again..

See the section on Installation to see how to do this automatically
during an install.



Changing Desktop Icons

Added 5/28/96

You can change many of the icons that are located on your
desktop.

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Search for My Computer or 20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-
      08002B30309D
   3. Expand that key
   4. Highlight Default Icon
   5. Double click on the Default in the right panel
   6. Enter the name of the program with the icon you want to
      use followed by and command and then the number of the
      icon (starting with 0)

Some of the additional items that can be searched for are:
      Network Neighborhood - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\
       CLSID\{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
      InBox - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{00020D75-
       0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
      Recycle Bin - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\
       CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Additional icons can be found in:

      \WINDOWS\MORICONS.DLL
      \WINDOWS\SYSTEM\PIFMGR.DLL
      \WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SHELL32.DLL



Opening Explorer from My Computer

Added 5/28/96

By default, when you click on the My Computer icon, you get a
display of all your drives, the Control Panel etc. If you would like
to have this open the Explorer:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Search for My Computer or 20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-
       08002B30309D
   3. This should bring you to HKey_Classes_Root \ CLSID
   4. Expand the key {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-
       08002B30309D}
   5. Right click on Shell
   6. Select New / Key and type Open and press the Enter key
   7. Right click on Open
   8. Select New / Key and type Command and press the Enter
       key
   9. Double click on the Default for Command and type
       Explorer.exe for the value
   10. Now when you click on My Computer, the Explorer will
       start
    11. If you want to return to normal, simply delete the Open key



Fixing Corrupt Registry

Added 5/12/96

If your registry has gotten corrupted, and re-installing Windows95
over your existing version does not fix the problem,
there is a hidden, read-only, system file on the root of your boot
drive called SYSTEM.1ST.
This is the initial system registry created when you first installed
Windows95.

To use this file:

    1. Go to your Windows directory
    2. Un-Attrib your current SYSTEM.DAT file (attrib -r -s -h
       system.dat)
    3. Copy your current SYSTEM.DAT to something like
       SYSTEM.BAD file (just in case)
    4. Move to your root directory
    5. Un-Attrib the SYSTEM.1ST file
    6. Copy SYSTEM.1ST to \WINDOWS\SYSTEM.DAT
    7. Re-start your system

You will need to install your 32-bit apps and any other programs or
changes that modified your system registry
but you will not need to go through a new again. Your 16-bit apps
should not need to be re-installed since they do
not modify the registry. You will also retain your current desktop
configuration.



Recycle Bin Edits
Submitted 5/2/96

Fooling with the recycle bin. Why not make the icon context
menu act like other icon context menu's.

Add rename to the menu:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-
00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=hex:50,01,00,20

Add delete to the menu:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-
00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=hex:60,01,00,20

Add rename and delete to the menu:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-
00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=hex:70,01,00,20

Restore the recycle bin to win 95 defaults including un-deleting the
icon after deletion:
... Restore the icon.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{645FF040-5081-
101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}]
@="Recycle Bin"
... reset win 95 defaults
. [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-
9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=hex:40,01,00,20

Other edits to the recycle bin icon:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-
00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=hex:40,01,01,20 ... standard shortcut arrow
"Attributes"=hex:40,01,02,20 ... another shortcut arrow
"Attributes"=hex:40,01,04,20 ... and another shortcut arrow
"Attributes"=hex:40,01,08,20 ... make it look disabled (like it's
been cut)

I added the above edits for fun. But it gets you thinking.
Note: Adding rename and delete to the context menu takes effect
instantly. To restore the icon after deletion requires screen refresh
(F5).
Have fun.... Tom

Submitted by Tom Temple
temple@earthlink.net



Setting the Minimum Password Length

Added 4/29/96

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to
      HKLM,SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
      Policies\Network
   3. Add a new Binary Value
   4. Rename it to MinPwdLen
   5. Assign it a value equal to your minimum password length

Also see the Installation Section on doing this automatically during
installation.



Disabling File and Print Sharing

Added 4/29/96

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to
      HKLM,SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
      Policies\Network
   3. Add a new DWord Value
   4. Rename it to NoPrintSharing or NoFileSharing
   5. Assign it a value of 1

Also see the Installation Section on doing this automatically during
installation.



Specifying programs to run every time Windows95
starts

Added 4/21/96

If you want to start programs every time Windows95 runs, but
would like to hide them from users
by not having the listed in the Startup folder or the WIN.INI file,
you can have them load through the registry.

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \
      Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run or RunOnce
   3. Right click on the right panel
   4. Select New / String Value
   5. Type in any name
   6. For the value, enter the path and executable for the program
      you want to run.



Removing the Shortcut Icon Arrows

Added 4/21/96

   1. Open REGEDIT.EXE
   2.   Open the Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
   3.   Open the Key LNKFILE
   4.   Delete the value IsShortcut
   5.   Open the next Key PIFFILE
   6.   Delete the value IsShortcut
   7.   Restart the Win95



Turn Off Window Animation

You can shut off the animation displayed when you minimize and
maximize windows.
Added 4/21/96

   1.  Open Regedit
   2.  HKEY_CURRENT_USER
   3.  Control panel
   4.  Desktop
   5.  WindowMetrics
   6.  Right Mouse Click an empty space in the right pane.
   7.  Select new string value.
   8.  Name the new value MinAnimate.
   9.  Doubleclick on the new string value (MinAnimate) and
       click on "Modify"
   10. Enter a value of 0 for Off or 1 for On then hit Enter
   11. Close Regedit and all programs then reboot.

Download reg file



To speed up the Start Menu

Added 4/21/96

   1. Start the REGEDIT program
   2. Search for the word desktop
   3. This should be in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / CLSID /
      {00021400...
   4. Right Click on the right panel
   5. Pick NEW / String Value.
   6. Name it MenuShowDelay, all one word.
   7. Select a value from 1-10, 1 being the fastest.
   8. Exit REGEDIT
   9. Restart Windows



Changing your Modem's Initialization String

Added 4/21/96

   1. Start REGEDIT
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \
      CurrentControlSet \ Services \ Class \ Modem \ 0000 \ Init
   3. Change the settings to the new values



Increasing the Modem Timeout

Added 4/21/96

If your modem it timing out during file transfers or loading Web
Pages,
you might try increasing the timeout period.

To change it:

   1. Start Regedit
   2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / System /
      CurrentControlSet / Services / Class / Modem / XXXX /
      Settings
      Where XXXX is the number of your modem
   3. Move to the right panel and double click on Inactivity
      Timeout
   4. The number of minutes for a timeout should be entered
      between the brackets.
   5. For example, a US Robotics Sportster could have
      S19=<30> to set it to 30 minutes.



Removing Programs listed from the Control Panel's
Add/Remove Programs Section

Added 4/21/96

If you remove an installed program and its files by deleting the
files,
it may still show up in the Add/Remove programs list through the
control panel.
In order to remove it from the list (so you don't need to re-install in
order to just remove it again).

   1. Start the Registry Editor
   2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE /
      Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Uninstall
   3. Delete any programs here.

This will only delete them from the list, not delete the actual
programs.
Only programs designed for Windows95 will show up here in the
first place.

				
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