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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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I use this instead

by taramouse01 In reply to yes, you're right

I always install the User Profile Hive Cleanup service from MS to ensure hung apps release registry keys when logging off/shutting down windows xp and 2000. It seems to prevent long waits for hung apps to close and save their info.

Yeah, I know this is a registry tweaks thread, but I was a little concerned about people using this tweak and loosing data or bits of the registry.

To d/l the Uphcleanup service and for a better description of what it can do:**2-4E18-B570-42470E2F3582&displaylang=en

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Command Prompt Here

by malcolm.allison In reply to Small prob with this twea ...

Being a cli user from way back I often want to open a command prompt in a given folder from explorer...

create the keys...

In the Command key create a default REG_EXPAND_SZ value of '%SystemRoot%\System32\cmd.exe'

This adds a 'CmdPrompt' item to the context menu for folders and will open a cmd prompt starting in the currently selected folder.

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You need some parameters for cmd.exe

by Ssp@Techrepublic In reply to Command Prompt Here

If you don't give parameters, it would start with the default folder. So you may need this: cmd.exe /k "cd %L".

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CMD Prompt Here Power Toy

by rlgoers In reply to Command Prompt Here

That accomplishes the same as running the CMD Prompt Power Toy. That's one I always put on my computers!

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I like this tweak too

by Cely In reply to Reduce hung application t ...

I have mine set to 5000 which seems to work ok. :)

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Perform a Boot Defragment to make your system start faster...

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

There?s a simple way to speed up XP startup: make your system do a boot defragment, which will put all the boot files next to one another on your
hard disk. When boot files are in close proximity to one another, your system will start faster.

On most systems, boot defragment should be enabled by default, but it might not be on yours, or it might have been changed inadvertently. To
make sure that boot defragment is enabled on your system, navigate to:

Edit the Enable string value to Y if it is not already set to Y.

Exit the Registry and reboot. The next time you reboot, you?ll do a boot defragment which should speed up subsequent startups.

- another goodie from a TR / O'Reilly tips & tools article

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Disable 8.3 Name Creation in NTFS to improve NTFS drive performance...

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

Files that use the 8.3 naming convention can degrade NTFS drive performance. Unless you have a good reason for keeping the 8.3 naming convention intact (such as if you?re using 16-bit programs), a performance gain can be achieved by disabling it.

Navigate to:

Double click on NTFSDisable8dot3NameCreation and change the value 1

Exit the windows registry and reboot for this change to take effect.

- this tip was obtained from a TR / O'Reilly tips & tool article

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Unload Dll and more

by w2ktechman In reply to What are your favorite wi ...

This tells Windows to always unload the dlls of programs that have stopped.


other ones I use are

There are many more, but these are the most useul to me

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I have also used the reg hack that removes that last User Logon name...

by UncleRob In reply to Unload Dll and more

If you?ve elected to use the standard logon dialog box instead of the Welcome screen, or if the XP computer is joined to a domain, XP tries to be helpful by displaying the account name of the last user who logged onto the computer; you only have to type in the password. However, this is a security issue because it gives a hacker half of the information needed to log on. Why make it easier? Of course, you should already have renamed the administrator account and disabled the guest account so a hacker won?t have those account names to use. The next step is to disable the display of the last logged-on user.

To do this, navigate to:

In an empty portion of the right details pane, right-click and select New DWORD Value, Rename the new value dontdisplaylastusername and then Double-click the new value and enter 1 in the Value Data field

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A better way...

by LStewart In reply to I have also used the reg ... handle this option is through Group Policy.

Run gpedit.msc, navigate to Computer Configuration ->Windows Setting->Local Policies->Security Options...Scroll down to Interactive Logon:Do not display last user name.

Open it and set it to enable

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