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What are your favorite windows registry tweaks/hacks? Please share...

By UncleRob ·
Most of us have opened up regedit (or similar registry tool) at least once and made some modification or change to fix or tweak a particular windows setting. What is your favorite windows registry tweak/hack?

I'll start off by listing a few registry tweaks I've tested & used in the past with success.

It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyways) that changes to the windows registry must be done with extreme caution. Careless changes can make Windows operate strangely (even more than how it normally operates!) or cause it to stop working altogether. Back up your windows registry before you do anything:
Click Start, Run, type regedit, and press <Enter> to open the windows registry editor. Then choose My Computer in the folder pane on the left, click File, Export, give the file a name, and select a location to store it (preferably on a CD-RW or other type of removable media). The resulting file may be huge, and restoring your registry from it may take a while. WinXP's system restore utility also makes regular system restore points but having an additional registry backup doesn't hurt.

That being said, I look forward to the various windows registry tweaks/hacks that everyone else has used with great success. Please make sure to provide the full reg key and brief description of the change it makes/advantage it provides to windows.

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Speed up Disk Cleanup with this registry tweak...

by UncleRob In reply to What are your favorite wi ...

Navigate to

- delete the compress old files key (export the key first if you would like to restore this function afterwards)

This registry tweak speeds up the time it takes for Disk Cleanup to work. I have personally experienced that disk cleanup can take a very long time to scan the harddrive, removing the above compress old files key will stop windows from calculating the amount of space it would save if you compressed old files which speeds up the disk cleanup alot! I got this from another TR member in a another discussion - it's awesome!!!

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Speed up windows xp start menu appearance with this tweak...

by UncleRob In reply to What are your favorite wi ...

A simple Registry tweak can speed up your Start menu and its submenus:

Navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop (the last word may appear as 'desktop').

Double-click the MenuShowDelay icon on the right, and change 'Value data' from its default of 400 (milliseconds) to something speedier, like 0.

Alternatively, you can slow the menu down to 4000 milliseconds (4 seconds) if the menu appears too quickly to suit you.

- I got this tweak from PC World magazine

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Too fast

by normhaga In reply to Speed up windows xp start ...

This tweak if set to low can make it difficult to navigat menu's. 0 is definately to fast. I set mine to 150.

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That's spot on!

by Jim_P In reply to Speed up windows xp start ...

I changed mine to 0 and it is perfect!


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Resize your wallpaper...

by UncleRob In reply to What are your favorite wi ...

Resize Your Wallpaper

If you just switched to a wide-screen monitor, your desktop wallpaper image may no longer look right, or maybe you just want to make a small adjustment to it. For more-granular control of your wallpaper's placement,

navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop

double-click the WallpaperOriginX icon in the right pane. (If you don't see this icon, right-click in this pane, choose New, String Value, type WallpaperOriginX to name the value, and press <Enter>.) Type a number (in pixels) for the starting horizontal position of your wallpaper's left edge, and press <Enter>. Now double-click the WallpaperOriginY icon (create it if necessary as explained above) and enter a number for the starting vertical position of the image's top edge. If your wallpaper image is larger than the screen, type a negative number (for example, -200) to push the picture's top or left edge off the screen.

To test the effect, first minimize the Registry Editor (and any other open window), right-click the desktop, choose Properties, and click OK or Apply to refresh the wallpaper placement. Repeat these steps as needed until the wallpaper is positioned correctly.

The settings work whether you've set your wallpaper to be centered, tiled, or stretched.

- I got this tweak from PC World magazine

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Find every file type when performing a search in Windows...

by UncleRob In reply to What are your favorite wi ...

When you search for a file in Windows (choose Start, Search, For Files or Folders, or press <F3> in any Explorer or folder window to open the search pane), Windows searches only for file types it recognizes. Files that aren't listed in the 'Registered file types' list are ignored (to view this list, open Explorer, choose Tools, Folder Options, and click the File Types tab). So while '' may be a perfectly good file name to you, Windows pays it no mind because of the unrecognized '.xyz' file extension.

To fix this, navigate to

Double-click the FilterFilesWithUnknownExtensions icon in the right pane, change the 0 in the 'Value data' box to 1, and press <Enter>.

- I got this tweak from PC World magazine...

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Find every file type at search

by InvisibleBoss In reply to Find every file type when ...

I dont actually see the "point" in this tweek.

If open the "search dialog", and type NOTHING in the "name field", Windows list ALL files in the search path.

Or did I miss something here?

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windows only looks for registered file types...

by UncleRob In reply to Find every file type at s ...

if you had file named,
windows file search wouldn't locate it because file type .xyz is not a registered file type.
Windows searches only for file types it recognizes. Files that aren't listed in the 'Registered file types' list are ignored.

Using the reg hack provided, windows would look for every file, regardless of file type.

It's not something that everyone will use but it's nice to know you can force windows to do something it should have done by default in the first place.

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Re-Title Internet Explorer...

by UncleRob In reply to What are your favorite wi ...

By default, Internet Explorer's title bar shows the name of the Web site you're viewing, followed by "Microsoft Internet Explorer"--or in some cases, your company's name or the name of the ISP that supplied the browser. To change the repeating text in IE's title bar (or to get rid of it altogether),

navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

double-click the Window Title icon in the right pane. (If you don't see this icon, right-click in the pane, choose New, String Value, type Window Title, and press <Enter>.) Type what you want to see on IE's title bar, or type nothing to show only the site name. Note that the hyphen that normally separates the site name from the page title will remain. When you relaunch Internet Explorer, you will see the change

- I got this tweak from PC World magazine

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I've been using

by pennatomcat In reply to Re-Title Internet Explore ...

this one for a while. I recommend changing it to: Micro$oft Infernal Exploiter.

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