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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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Rename My Computer icon on windows desktop

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

This tweak allows you to have a personalized name instead of the generic "My Computer". Doesn't do anything to enhance windows performance but still a pretty good tweak. A useful application of this tweak would be if you setup all the computers on your network this way, if you ever had to offer remote support to a client and didn't know the name of the computer that the user was working on and asked them for the computer name, they could just look at this icon and it would show them the computer name.

To change this, navigate to:


- double click on Localized String,
replace the value data with %USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME% (exactly as typed here) and click on OK

the ?My Computer? icon will now reflect the current user and computer name (you may have to refresh the windows desktop for the change to take effect).

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My Computer Name Change

by Nacromancer In reply to Rename My Computer icon o ...

Or you could just right click on 'MY Computer' in the Start Menu and use 'Change Name' in the sub-menu to reflect anything you want. And then right click again and click to 'show on desktop'

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what a great little hack

by andrew456 In reply to Rename My Computer icon o ...

Thanks so much for this enhancement.It looks very professional on a Server. Looks like you know what you are doing. A terrific find.
Thanks again.

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Enable Snap to Default button

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

Enable/Disable Snap To Default Button
This forces the cursor to always jump to the default button of any dialog or alert that opens.
You can also disable this if you currently have it enabled.

Navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse

Double click on the string named SnapToDefaultButton

change the value data to 1 (this enables snap to default button)

change the value data to 0 (this disables snap to default button)

click on OK, exist regedit and test it out.
Some of these registry tweaks may require a reboot but alot of them will work immediately.

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Force the use of the Classic Start Menu

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

Force Use of Classic Start Menu

This tweak loads the Classic Start Menu and makes it impossible to change back to the Windows XP version. This is useful in an office environment where it's important to you (it may not be, to each his own) to turn off all of the windows xp eye candy which sets up the computer for best performance, not best appearance. It also stops those pesky users from farting around with these settings.

Navigate to:


Modify/Create the Value Name according to the Value Data listed below.

Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: NoSimpleStartMenu
Value Data: 1 (a value of 1 forces the Classic Start Menu, 0 is the default value)

Exit Registry, this may require a reboot to become active.

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Speed up Internet Explorer

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

By default, the registry sets the concurrent http connections in Internet Explorer to 2 in the registry. You can speed up how fast a web page loads (especially pages with a large number of http get requests) by increasing that number. Go to:


Create a new DWord mame, and call it: MaxConnectionsPerServer (this is case sensitive)

And give it a new value anywhere from 4 to 30 (decimel). This number is the number of concurrent http threads the browser will use. This works especially well on high latency links, like bad frame relay, or even better on satellite links.

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Send to And Move to in context menu

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

With these regkeys you have to extra choises in your context menu (click right in explorer), Move to and Copy to


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Send To]

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This is wonderful!!

by ewltrl In reply to Send to And Move to in co ...

Why in the world was this not included as standard? Did Bill not trust us with such power?

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question about this

by D.H. Cesare In reply to Send to And Move to in co ...

I'm not too registry savy so I'm hoping you can clarity this some -
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Send To]
Is there a space after Send To]
and are the quote marks supposed to be there?

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by cantoris In reply to Send to And Move to in co ...


Please note the unforeseen consequences of adding CopyTo and MoveTo to the context menu:

Best wishes,


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