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Allowing Network Access with Blank Passwords (XP and Vista)

Although you can log in locally without a password, by default, WindowsXP Pro does not allow network users to access the computer without a password. Typically you will receive an Unknown error 31 if this is the case.

To change this setting: Run gpedit.msc Go to Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options Double click on Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console login only Disable this option -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2. Disabling the F3 Search Key

If you want to disable the ability to use the F3 key from either the Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions Create a Dword value called NoFindFiles Give it a value of 1 Reboot -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------3. Preventing Changes to File Associations

You can prevent users from changing associations via Windows Explorer's Tools / Folder Options / File Types tab. Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explore Create REG_DWORD data type NoFileAssociate Give it a value of 1

4. Locking File Associations

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 Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Scroll to the file association you want to lock. In the right panel, create a new Binary value Call it EditFlags Give it a value of 01 00 00 00 Now when you go to the Folder Options / File Types screen, you won't see that file type listed.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5.Turning off System Beeps

If you want to turn off all system beeps (like the ones that go through your computers' internal speaker): Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound Edit the key Beep and give it a value of No

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------6. Changing the Location Of Special Folders

You can modify the registry to change the location of special folders like: My Documents Favorites My Pictures Personal Start Regedit

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ User Shell Folders Double click on any locations you want to change and alter the path 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

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7. Deleting Specific Registry Value

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.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------8.Setting the Recycle Bin to Always Delete

You can set the recycle bin to always delete items (like holding down the shift key when dragging files to the recycle bin) Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ BitBucket Set the key NukeOnDelete to 1

9.Setting the Internet Explorer Home Page

If you want to set the home page used by Internet Explorer through the registry Start Regedit Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Main Give the Start Page key the string value you wish set as homepage

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10.Preparing to Move Hard Drive to Another Computer

To remove the devices from device manager when taking a HD from one computer to another, simply: Run Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ and delete the Enum section This removes all of the hardware specific settings

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11. Comparing Registries
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 Start Regedit With the very top level select - My Computer, on the Toolbar select Registry / Export Registry File I usually save it to the root of the C: drive with the name before (you don't need to add an extension) Make the change to your system Go back to Regedit Press F5 to update it Export the Registry like step 2 Name the file after and have it go in the same directory Open up a DOS window

Go to the directory where the two exported files are Enter FC before.reg after.reg > diff.txt 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.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12.Setting Excel 2000 High-Contrast Cell Selection

If you want to increase the contrast in selected cells: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Office \ 9.0 \ Excel \ Options Add a DWORD value call Options6 Give it a value of 16 Now when you select cells, they will be white on black. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------13.Changing Common Icons

You can change many of the common Windows icons. Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Shell Icons The default icons are numbered in the right panel from 0-40 Double click on the number of the particular icon you want to change. See the chart below. 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. If you use a single .ICO file, it should be followed by a 0. e.g. - filename.dll,4 - This would actually be the 5th icon since it starts with 0. 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

To change the Ramdrive Icon 13 .Prevent Changes to the Start Menu To prevent any changes to the Start Menu.To change the Find Icon 23 .To change the Documents Icon 21 .To change the DUN Folder Icon 34 .7 .To change the Removable Disk Icon 8 . even a right click: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer Add a DWORD called NoChangeStartMenu Give it a value of 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .To change the CD Drive Icon 12 .To change the Run Icon 27 .To change the Favorites Icon 44 .To change the Entire Network Icon 19-27 Are the Start Menu Icons 19 .To change the Desktop Icon 35 .To change the Settings Icon 22 .To change the Programs Icon 20 .To change the Audio CD Icon 43 .To change the Network Drive Online Icon 10 .To change the Help Icon 24 .To change the Shutdown Icon Other Icons 33 .To change the Control Panel Icon 37 .To change the Printer Folder Icon 40 .To change the Hard Drive Icon 9 .To change the Network Drive Offline Icon 11 .To change the Logoff Icon -------------------------------------------------------------------------------14.

Networking Restrictions There are general restrictions you can make in Networking Start Regedit Go to HKEY_Current_User / Software / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Policies Create a new key under Policies called Network You can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the appropriate keys 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 .Disables Single-Mode MS-DOS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------16.DOS Restrictions There are restrictions you can make to the ability to execute DOS programs Start Regedit Go to HKEY_Current_User / Software / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Policies Create a new key under Policies called WinOldApp You can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the appropriate keys To re-enable them.15.99) NoPrintSharing =Network Print Sharing button NoWorkgroupContents =Network Workgroup -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .Disable MS-DOS Prompt NoRealMode . either delete the key or set the value to 0 Disabled .

Explorer and the Desktop There are many general restrictions you can make to the Start Menu.Control Panel Restrictions There are many general restrictions you can make to the Control Panel Start Regedit Go to HKEY_Current_User / Software / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Policies Create a new keys under Policies called System You can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the appropriate keys To re-enable them.Disable Password Control Panel NoPwdPage . either delete the key or set the value to 0 NoDispCPL .Hide Password Change Page NoAdminPage .Hide Settings Page NoSecCPL . 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 .Hide Screen Saver Page NoDispAppearancePage .Hide Virtual Memory Button -------------------------------------------------------------------------------18.Restricting the Start Menu. the Explorer and to the Desktop itself.Hide User Profiles Page NoDevMgrPage .Hide File System Button NoVirtMemPage .Hide Background Page NoDispScrSavPage .17.Hide Remote Administration Page NoProfilePage .Hide Hardware Profiles Page NoFileSysPage . Start Regedit Go to HKEY_Current_User / Software / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Policies There should already be at least a Explorer section there already Additional keys that can be created under Policies are WinOldApp You can then add DWORD values set to 1 in the appropriate keys To re-enable them.Hide Appearance Page NoDispSettingsPage .Disable Display Control Panel NoDispBackgroundPage .Hide Device Manager Page NoConfigPage .

To increase that number: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Office \ 9.0 \ Excel \ Options Add a dword called UndoHistory Give it the value you want for the amount you want. Excel has only approximately 16 undo's you can perform.Changing Office 2000's Excel Undo History By default.Changing the Title on Windows Media Player You can change the title bar for the Windows Media Player Start Regedit Go to HKEY_USERS \ .DEFAULT \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ WindowsMediaPlayer Create a string value of TitleBar Give it a value of whatever you want to appear in the title bar -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------19. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------20.

To disable that display: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop Create a String Value called MinMaxClose Give it a value of 1 .Eliminating the Right Click on the Taskbar To eliminate the right click on the taskbar: Start Regedit Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer Add a DWORD and give it a name of NoTrayContextMenu Give it a value of 1 Reboot -------------------------------------------------------------------------------22. Turning Off the Help on Min. you normally get a display telling you want those are for.Eliminating the Right Click on the Desktop To eliminate the right click on the desktop: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer Add a DWORD and give it a name of NoViewContextMenu Give it a value of 1 Reboot -------------------------------------------------------------------------------23. Max. Close Icons When the mouse goes over the minimize.21. maximize and close icons on the upper right hand side of a window.

For example.0\Common\Assistants] This would delete that key and any below it..OpenAs_RunDLL %1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------25.Reboot -------------------------------------------------------------------------------24.dll.exe shell32..Automatically Deleting a Registry Key Normally you cannot automatically delete registry keys from reg file.Adding Open With to the Right Click in the Explorer To add the option Open With when you right click on a file in the Explorer: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ CLASSES \* \ shell \ openas \ command If this key isn't there then just create it Give it the value of C:\WINDOWS\rundll32. If you want to delete the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Office \ 8. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . But there is a way.0 \ Common \ Assistants. Simply include a minus sign inside the left bracket before the main key. your regfile would simply look like: REGEDIT4 [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\8.

you can select either Desktop Computer. it will automatically cascade and show the submenus. and you have checked everything else: Go to HKEY_USERS\.Sticky Menus Normally when you move the mouse over the Start Menu / Programs. Mobile or docking system.Renaming the File System Profiles In the Control Panel / System / Performance / File System. You can change these labels to something more descriptive: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / Software / Microsoft / Windows / Current Version / FS Templates You can change the text that appears under each key -------------------------------------------------------------------------------28.26. create a string called MenuShowDelay Give it a value of 65534 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ex plorer The value for NoDriveTypeAutoRun should be set to 95 00 00 00 Download reg file -------------------------------------------------------------------------------27.Fixing no AutoRun for CDs If your CDs have stop starting automatically. or Network Server. If you want them to open only when you actually click on them: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop If if it not already there.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------30. 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. but older 16-bit apps running in the Virtual DOS Machine often won't.29. tell NT to shut down and see if the machine turns itself off after shutting down. instead of displaying the message telling you it's now safe to turn off your system. you can automate this process. it first sends shutdown requests to any running processes. By modifying the Registry. Next. To enable this feature.DEFAULT so that all new accounts will shut down the same way. wait for the task to die on its own. You can take advantage of this capability by enabling the Power Down After Shutdown feature. You can also add this value to HKEY_USERS\.Automatic Shutdown with Windows NT Most laptops allow the operating system to turn off the hardware after shutdown. change the value back to 0 to restore normal operation. or cancel the shutdown. When this occurs.Kill Hung Processes When Logging Off in Windows NT When you tell NT to shut down. simply add a REG_SZ value named HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\PowerdownAfterShutDown and set it to 1. the operating system prompts you with a dialog box asking if you want to kill the task. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . If it doesn't. Most 32-bit applications honor these requests and shut down.

You can enable an administrative alert by changing the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl\Se ndAlert to 1. The next time the system crashes. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------32. Now.Changing the Location of Outlook Express Data Files Normally Outlook Express keeps its data files in the C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express directory.Disabling the Blinking Cursor To stop the cursor from blinking in applications such as Word: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop . To change this: First copy those files to the new location Start RegEdit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Outlook Express Change the Store Root key to the directory where you moved the files -------------------------------------------------------------------------------33. you can also enable two other methods of crash notification and logging.31.NT Crash Log File In addition to the crash log file. You can also make NT log the crash in the event log by changing the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\CrashControl\LogEvent to 1 instead of its default 0. the exact time of the crash will be permanently recorded. an administrative alert will be sent that may provide the first sign of the crash.

determine if you want all those wild schemes. Before you delete them. DO NOT DELETE "Default" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . selected to not see DHCP errors.Getting Rid of Schemes A safer way would be is to go to the Control Panel / Display / Appearance tab Go to the Scheme drop down box Select the one you don't want and click on the delete button When you right click on your desktop and pick properties your Display Properties screen appears. Open Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Appearance \ Schemes Highlight every String and Value on the right side and delete. Under Appearance tab / Schemes. and now want to see them again.Re-Enabling DHCP Error Messages If you got a DHCP error message.Add a String Value Name it CursorBlinkRate Give it a value of -1 Reboot the computer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------34. choose or create at least 1 Scheme and "Save As" (in my case Bud 1). Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ VxD \ DHCP Change the value of PopupFlag from 00 to 01 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------35. If not they can be deleted and clear approximately 45K.

36. R+U=12 and Y+Z = 03 Please NOTE: The Numbers are to be added in HEXadecimalie: ABCD = 0F.Z} you would give 'NoDrives' the value 14 42 12 03 Where C+E = 14.J.Hiding Any Combination of Drives 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\CurrentVersion\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.O. not 15 All Drives Visible is 00 00 00 00 All Drives Hidden is FF FFFF 03 .R.U. J+O = 42.E.Y.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------38. This can be useful for any legal warnings you want to give regarding the use of the computer. To remove hand icon from your shared resources: Start Regedit. Windows95 normally puts a hand in from of that resources icon.dll". Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / Network Open SharingHandler.Removing the Hand Icon from Shared Resources When you share a local resource. To restore set Default value "msshrui. this banner will come up on the screen.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------37. Clear it's default value Restart Windows.Creating a Legal Text Notice Before Logon You can create a banner that will come up just before you logon to the computer: Start Regedit Go to HKeyLocalMachine \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ WinLogon Create a new string value called LegalNoticeCaption and give it a value you want to see in the menu bar 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .

create a key called "shell" Inside "shell" create a key called "open" Inside "open" edit the string "(default)" to say "open (notepad)" Inside "open" create a key called "command" Inside "command" edit the string "(default)" to say C:\WINDOWS\NOTEPAD. Also if a file has no association and you try to open it it will open with notepad Run 'regedit. The default is 8 (bit or 256 colors).Easily Opening a File with Notepad This will enable you to right click on any file and have the option to open it with notepad.Displaying Hi-Color Icons without the Plus Pack Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ desktop \ WindowMetrics Add or edit Shell Icon BPP=16 where the number is the color depth.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: Run Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\LOGITECH\MOUSEWARE\CURRENTV ERSION\SERIALV\0000 Change DoubleClick to equal 001 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------40.exe' Expand "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" Inside "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT". expand "*" Inside "*". -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .39.EXE "%1" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------41.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------43. Backup to a directory the following files: SYSTEM.DAT USER.Removing Unwanted Items from the RUN Menu Start the REGEDIT program Search for the word RUNMRU Delete the ones you don't want Rename so they are all in alphabetical order again Close and restart windows -------------------------------------------------------------------------------44.Opening a DOS Window to either the Drive or Directory in Explorer 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" .42.INI SYSTEM.Backing Up the Registry 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.DA0 (Yes seem to be the same size) USER.INI CONTROL.DA0 (Same size likely) WIN.INI These files can be copied to the windows directory from Win95 or DOS to help correct problems.DATA SYSTEM.

You cannot change this in Exchange afterwards.Compacting the Registry How to compact the registry? Got to true DOS. REGEDIT /C COMPACT.[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\opennew\command] @="command. Then exit regedit and run it again with the following switch.REG -------------------------------------------------------------------------------46.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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------45. not a DOS window Run Regedit and then export the entire Registry to COMPACT. If you want to change the file name or location:: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ WindowsMessaging Subsystem \ Profiles Go to the profile you want to change Go to the section that has the file location for your mailbox (*.REG.Changing Exchange's Mailbox Location When you create a mailbox in Exchange for e-mail.PST) file in the right hand panel Make the change to file location or name Restart Exchange -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . you specify the file where you want to mail to go.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------48. you cannot delete the events themselves. This could be useful if there is an app you always want available and don't want to go through the Start menu Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell Add a key Name_of_Your_App This can really be any label.Adding an Application to the Right Click on Every Folder Here is how to add any application to the menu when you right click on any Folder.Removing Sound Events from Control Panel / Sounds When you view what events you can assign sounds to from Control Panel / Sounds. you can have access to that application .47. just use one that makes sense to you Give it a default value of Name_of_Your_App Putting a & in front of a character will allow you to use the keyboard Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell \ Name_of_Your_App Add a key command Give it a default value of the application you want to run For example: c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore. In order to do that: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER / AppEvents / Schemes / Apps From here you can delete any items you don't want to show or no longer need.Changing the Registered Owner Starting Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion From there you can edit the name in the Registered Owner key -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 49.exe Include the full path Now when you right click on any folder.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . or any other Desktop window setting. This will work for both Windows95 and NT 4. I found an answer: At [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer] There is a "NoSaveSettings" key. they would never be as I set them.0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 51. The same key shows up at: [HKEY_USERS\bwil\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explor er](where bwil is your password profile) Just thought I'd share this with you all. icon arrangement. position.Saving Desktop Settings When I would go to Control Panel or Start Menu Programs.Adding Explore From Here to Every Folder Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell Add a key rootexplore Give it a default value of E&xplore From Here Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shell \ rootexplore Add a key command Give it a default value of Explorer.This will work for both Windows95 and NT 4.0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 50.exe /e.%i Now when you right click on any folder. you can open up an Explorer window of that folder. I deleted it and now my all my stuff stays where I tell it./idlist./root. meaning size.

52. you can delete them at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Tips -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 53.Changing the Location of Windows95's Installation Files If you need to change the drive and or path where Windows95 will look for it's installation files: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Setup \ SourcePath Change the location from there -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 54.Creating a Network Logon Banner If you want to create a Network Logon Banner: Start Regedit Go To HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Winl ogon Create a new String called LegalNoticeCaption Enter the text for your banner -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . approximately 5K.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.

EXE %1 Click on OK In this example.Creating a Default File Opener 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: Starting Regedit Go to HKEY_CLASS_ROOT / Unknown Highlight the Shell Folder below it Right click on Shell and create a New Key Name it anything you want (For example NOTEPAD) Create a New Key under that named command Highlight the Command key Double click on the Default value in the right hand panel In Value Data. NOTEPAD will show up as an option.55.EXE file. You cannot be in Win95 at the time you use this switch.Deleting Registry Keys from the Command Line With the OEM Version of Windows95. a new switch. This enables you to delete items from Registry.dat_location /D Reg_Key where Reg_Key is the key you want to delete There are two requirements: 1. enter the path and filename of the program you want to use to open the file type For example: C:\WINDOWS\NOTEPAD. The syntax is: REGEDIT /L:system. 2. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . That you have to boot to the same OEM version of Windows95 as the REGEDIT. when you right click on a file in Explorer. is added to Regedit.dat_location /R:user. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------56. /D.

when logging on to an NT Domain. create a ASCII text file called DISABLE.Disable Password Caching As in Windows for Workgroups. It also eliminates the possibility of the respective passwords to get out of sync. a one-line addition to the registry needs to be made.REG and repeat the process just with the different file name -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . To disable password caching on the workstation.Automatic Screen Refresh When you make changes to your hard drive and use Explorer. If you need to re-enable password caching.57.REG file.REG You can also download the DISABLE. it is preferable to disable password caching. download ENABLE. This allows for the single NT Domain login and eliminates the secondary Windows logon screen. To make the change.REG with the following lines: REGEDIT4 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Poli cies\Network] "DisablePwdCaching"=dword:00000001 Open up a DOS box and type REGEDIT DISABLE. the changes are not usually displayed until you press the F5 key To make the updates automatic: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / System / CurrentControlSet / Control / UpdateMode Edit the DWORD value to be between 1 and 7 Restart Windows -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 58.

you can add a title with a & character in front of the letter for a shortcut Right-click on the key you just created and create another key under it called command For the value of this command. you can add MaxMSS and give it a value of 536 DefaultRcvWindows and DefaultTTL Start REGEDIT Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ VxD \ MSTCP Add a new string DefaultRcvWindow and give it a value of 2144 Add a new string DefaultTTL and give it a value of 60-64 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 60.Changing the MaxMTU and other Network Settings There are four network settings that can be configured so when dialing to an ISP. enter the full path and program you want to execute Now when you right click on the Start Button.59. MaxMSS and DefaultRcvWindow. and DefaultTTL MaxMTU and MaxMSS Start REGEDIT Go to Hkey_Local_Machine / System / CurrentControlset / Services / Class / netTrans / 000n (where n is your particular network adapter binding. They are the MaxMTU. .Adding Items to the Start Button To add items when you right-click on the Start Button: Start Regedit Go to HKey_Classes_Root / Directory / Shell Right-click on Shell and select New / Key Type in the name of the key and press the Enter key In the Default name that shows in the right hand panel. The usual change is to 576 Similarly.) Right click on the right panel Select New / String Value Type in MaxMTU Double click on it and enter then the number you want. your new program will show up. you should get somewhat greater throughput.

EXE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------61. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 62.Removing Open. you would add that as the first key. The command would be something like C:\MSOFFICE\WINWORD\WINWORD. the W would be underlined and you could just press that key. you can select Open. In certain situations you might want to disable this feature. Find allows you to search and then run programs. For example. Open shows your Programs folder.You do not need to reboot first. if you wanted WinWord.When you remove Open. Explore or Find. If you need to undo any of the changes.Removing Items from NEW When you right-click on the desktop and select New. Explore & Find from Start Button When you right click on the Start Button. a list of default templates you can open up are listed. you can download the registry settings before the changes. To remove them: Start Regedit Search for Directory This should bring you to Hkey_Classes_Root \ Directory Expand this section by clicking on the "+" Under shell is Find Delete Find Scroll down below Directory to Folder Expand this section under shell Delete Explore and Open Note: . simply rename the ShellNew command . Explore starts the Explorer and allows access to all drives. you cannot open any folders. the default in the right panel would be &WinWord so when you right click on the Start Button. To remove items from that list: Start Regedit Search for the string ShellNew This should bring you to HKey_Classes_Root For the items you want to remove.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 64. the Telnet session has a window size of 25 lines.Renaming is safer that deleting it Continue searching for the items you want to remove You do not need to reboot for the change to take effect -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 63.Changing the Tips of the Day You can edit the Tips of the day in the Registry by going to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Tips ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 65. To increase this so you can scroll back and look at a larger number on lines: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Telnet Double-click on the entry Rows in the right hand panel Increase the decimal value to one that suits your needs.Disabling Drives in My Computer To turn off the display of local or networked drives when you click on My Computer: Start Regedit Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer Add a New DWORD item and name it NoDrives Give it a value of 3FFFFFF Now when you click on My Computer.Changing the Telnet Scroll-Back Buffer Size By default. none of your drives will show .

Not Saving Setting on Exit Start Regedit Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD Name it NoSaveSettings Give it a value of 1 Logoff or Reboot the computer Download reg file -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 67.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------66.Not Displaying the Network Neighborhood Start Regedit Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD Name it NoNetHood Give it a value of 1 Logoff or Reboot the computer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 68.Disabling Run or Find from the Start Menu Start Regedit Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD Name it NoFile or NoRun Give it a value of 1 Logoff or Reboot the computer .

view. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 70. Start RegEdit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 69. etc. .Get Your Folders to Open the Way You Want Every Time To get your folders to open the way you want every time: Set up all your folders the way you want (auto arrange. See the chart below.).Modifying Default Desktop Icons Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Shell Icons The default icons are numbered in the right panel from 0-40 Double click on the number of the particular icon you want to change. Go to NoSaveSettings Modify and change Value to 1 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 71.Hiding All Icons from the Desktop Start Regedit Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD Name it NoDesktop Give it a value of 1 Logoff or Reboot the computer Now all icons are hidden on the desktop.

it should be followed by a 0.Programs 20 .Default Icon 1 .Shutdown 28 .Shortcut 31 .Default Document 2 . Note: The numbering starts with zero. 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 .Open Folder 5 .filename.Network Neighborhood 18 .Audio Card In addition.ICO file.Network Folder 10 .Entire Nertwork 15 .Network Workgroup 19-27 are the Start Menu icons 19 .CD 12 .Application 3 .Enter the name of the icon file you want to use followed by the number of the icon in that file.Help 24 .Removable Drive 8 .Find 23 .Share 29 .g. Dial-Up Networking 34 .Program Group 40 .Network Offline 11 .5 1/4 Drive 6 .RAM Drive 13 .Settings 22 .Desktop 21 .Hard Drive 9 .4 .Suspend 27 . If you use a single .Closed Folder 4 .Desktop 36 .My Computer 16 . .3 1/4 Drive 7 .Folder.Printer 17 .Recycle Bin (Empty) 32 .Run 25 .dll. you can change: .Recycle Bin (Full) 33 . e.This would actually be the 5th icon since it starts with 0.

This can be useful on computers that are used by multiple people. it allows you to open your programs folder.0 Set the properties on the Recycle Bin to delete files immediately. This will be for all subsequent users who logon as well.Disabling the Right-Click on the Start Button Normally.Only if it is not already there Give it the value of C:\RECYCLED Set your Recycle bin to Automatically delete files Log off and back on again. the Explorer and run Find. The same settings can be also used in NT 4. Your Documents Menu should now be blank. In situations where you don't want to allow users to be able to do this in order to secure your computer. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------73. Start Regedit Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders Right click on the right panel Select New / String Value Rename it to Recent .Clearing the Documents Menu Automatically The Documents Menu displays the last file and programs you used. when you right button click on the Start button.HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{00020D75-0000-0000-C000000000000046} Recycle Bin .My Computer .HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F0800AA002F954E} -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 72. You can clear item manually but only through editing the Registry can you turn this off automatically.HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D808002B30309D} Network Neighborhood .HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{208D2C60-3AEA1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} InBox . .

nothing will happen. it might be beneficial to disable the ability to click on My Computer and have access to the drives.Start Regedit Search for Desktop This should bring you to HKey_Classes_Root \ Directory Expand this section Under Shell is Find Delete Find Move down a little in the Registry to Folder Expand this section and remove Explore and Open Now when you right click on the Start button. See the section on Installation to see how to do this automatically during an install. control panel etc.. Note: . nothing should happen. You can delete only those items that you need. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------74. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . this also disables the Window-E (for Explorer) and Window-F (for Find) keys.On Microsoft keyboards. 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. To disable this: Start Regedit Search for 20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D This should bring you to the HKey_Classes_Root \ CLSID section Delete the entire section. Now when you click on My Computer.Disabling My Computer In areas where you are trying to restrict what users can do on the computer.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F0800AA002F954E} Additional icons can be found in: \WINDOWS\MORICONS.Changing Desktop Icons You can change many of the icons that are located on your desktop.Opening Explorer from My Computer By default.75. you get a display of all your drives.DLL -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 76.DLL \WINDOWS\SYSTEM\PIFMGR. the Explorer will start If you want to return to normal.HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{208D2C60-3AEA1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} InBox .HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{00020D75-0000-0000-C000000000000046} Recycle Bin . the Control Panel etc. Start Regedit Search for My Computer or 20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D Expand that key Highlight Default Icon Double click on the Default in the right panel 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 . when you click on the My Computer icon. simply delete the Open key .DLL \WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SHELL32.exe for the value Now when you click on My Computer. If you would like to have this open the Explorer: Start Regedit Search for My Computer or 20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D This should bring you to HKey_Classes_Root \ CLSID Expand the key {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} Right click on Shell Select New / Key and type Open and press the Enter key Right click on Open Select New / Key and type Command and press the Enter key Double click on the Default for Command and type Explorer.

Recycle Bin Edits Fooling with the recycle bin.1ST file Copy SYSTEM.00.BAD file (just in case) Move to your root directory Un-Attrib the SYSTEM. and re-installing Windows95 over your existing version does not fix the problem. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------79. Add rename to the menu: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F0800AA002F954E}\ShellFolder] "Attributes"=hex:50.DAT to something like SYSTEM. This is the initial system registry created when you first installed Windows95.1ST to \WINDOWS\SYSTEM.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------78. system file on the root of your boot drive called SYSTEM. Why not make the icon context menu act like other icon context menu's. You will also retain your current desktop configuration.20 Add delete to the menu: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F0800AA002F954E}\ShellFolder] . Fixing Corrupt Registry If your registry has gotten corrupted.01. To use this file: Go to your Windows directory Un-Attrib your current SYSTEM.dat) Copy your current SYSTEM.1ST.DAT file (attrib -r -s -h system. Your 16-bit apps should not need to be re-installed since they do not modify the registry.DAT 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. read-only. there is a hidden.

20 Other edits to the recycle bin icon: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F0800AA002F954E}\ShellFolder] "Attributes"=hex:40.00.00. Restore the icon. make it look disabled (like it's been cut) I added the above edits for fun. Note: Adding rename and delete to the context menu takes effect instantly.08.. To restore the icon after deletion requires screen refresh (F5).01. Have fun.20 .. But it gets you thinking. [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F0800AA002F954E}\ShellFolder] "Attributes"=hex:40.00.01. reset win 95 defaults . another shortcut arrow "Attributes"=hex:40.. Tom -------------------------------------------------------------------------------80.20 .01.01."Attributes"=hex:60.20 .. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\expl orer\Desktop\NameSpace\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}] @="Recycle Bin" ..01. .02...20 Restore the recycle bin to win 95 defaults including un-deleting the icon after deletion: ..SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network Add a new Binary Value Rename it to MinPwdLen Assign it a value equal to your minimum password length Also see the Installation Section on doing this automatically during installation.01..... and another shortcut arrow "Attributes"=hex:40.04. standard shortcut arrow "Attributes"=hex:40..01..01.20 ..20 Add rename and delete to the menu: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F0800AA002F954E}\ShellFolder] "Attributes"=hex:70.Setting the Minimum Password Length Start Regedit Go to HKLM.

Specifying programs to run every time Windows95 starts If you want to start programs every time Windows95 runs.SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network Add a new DWord Value Rename it to NoPrintSharing or NoFileSharing Assign it a value of 1 Also see the Installation Section on doing this automatically during installation.EXE Open the Key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Open the Key LNKFILE Delete the value IsShortcut Open the next Key PIFFILE Delete the value IsShortcut Restart the Win95 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . -------------------------------------------------------------------------------83. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------82.Disabling File and Print Sharing Start Regedit Go to HKLM.Removing the Shortcut Icon Arrows Open REGEDIT.81. you can have them load through the registry. Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run or RunOnce Right click on the right panel Select New / String Value Type in any name For the value. but would like to hide them from users by not having the listed in the Startup folder or the WIN.INI file. enter the path and executable for the program you want to run.

. Added 4/21/96 Open Regedit HKEY_CURRENT_USER Control panel Desktop WindowMetrics Right Mouse Click an empty space in the right pane. Select a value from 1-10.To speed up the Start Menu Start the REGEDIT program Search for the word desktop This should be in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / CLSID / {00021400. 1 being the fastest. Select new string value. Name it MenuShowDelay. Name the new value MinAnimate. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 85. all one word.Changing your Modem's Initialization String Start REGEDIT Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ Class \ Modem \ 0000 \ Init Change the settings to the new values -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .Turn Off Window Animation You can shut off the animation displayed when you minimize and maximize windows.84. Doubleclick on the new string value (MinAnimate) and click on "Modify" Enter a value of 0 for Off or 1 for On then hit Enter Close Regedit and all programs then reboot.. Exit REGEDIT Restart Windows -------------------------------------------------------------------------------86. Right Click on the right panel Pick NEW / String Value.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . To change it: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / System / CurrentControlSet / Services / Class / Modem / XXXX / Settings Where XXXX is the number of your modem Move to the right panel and double click on Inactivity Timeout The number of minutes for a timeout should be entered between the brackets. Only programs designed for Windows95 will show up here in the first place.Removing Programs listed from the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs Section If you remove an installed program and its files by deleting the files. a US Robotics Sportster could have S19=<30> to set it to 30 minutes. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 88. you might try increasing the timeout period.87. For example. This will only delete them from the list. Start the Registry Editor Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Uninstall Delete any programs here. not delete the actual programs. In order to remove it from the list (so you don't need to re-install in order to just remove it again). it may still show up in the Add/Remove programs list through the control panel.Increasing the Modem Timeout If your modem it timing out during file transfers or loading Web Pages.

a registry edit is needed. the Menu and Links don't show.Adding the IE 7 Icon to the Desktop in Vista By default. Go to Tools / Internet Options Click on the Content tab Click on the AutoComplete button At least highlight Web Addresses . the icon for the Internet Explorer 7 does not show up on the Vista desktop To add it back in again. Then log off and back on again -------------------------------------------------------------------------------91. To add them back in again: Start the Internet Explorer Right click on the toolbar Uncheck Lock the Toolbars Check Menu Bar Check Links -------------------------------------------------------------------------------92. after you upgrade to IE7.Internet Explorer Tips -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 90. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideD esktopIcons\NewStartPanel] "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000 You can download the reg file and then run it to do this automatically.Clearing Previous Entries from the Drop Down List If you want to clear the list of entries that shows up in the drop down list of the address bar.Bringing Back the Menu in IE7 Added 2/4/07 By default.

then you have a connection to the Internet and the Winsock registry entries are probably ok. then you may have corrupted Winsock registry entires. The basic steps are to: Delete the corrupted Winsock registry entries Import clean ones . it may be due to corrupted Winsock registry entries. uncheck Do not save encrypted pages to disk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 94. Try pinging a site by both IP and Name If pinging by IP works. Just trying to use a web browser is not the best test.Restoring Ability to Save Graphics as JPGs Updated 8/17/05 If you can't save files a JPG's (only Bitmap).Can't Connect to Internet With Internet Explorer If no Internet application like IE. If pinging by IP works but by Name doesn't.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------93. First find out if you can connect to the Internet. first try emptying your Temporary Internet Files Tools / Internet Options / Delete Files button If that doesn't work. Outlook Express or other browsers are working. try clicking in the Settings button / View Objects button Remove any files that show as Damaged or Unknown If your Internet Explorer no longer allows you to save graphics as JPGs Go to Tools / Options Click on the Advanced tab In the Security section at the bottom. then likely you have DNS problem. If you can't ping by either one.

dll regsvr32 Shell32.Download Registry Entry For WindowsXP .dll regsvr32 Actxprxy.Reboot the computer For All Operating Systems .dll (Windows XP and Windows 2000 only) There have been several instances where the previous tip using regsrv32 does not solve the problem with hyperlinks not working. Go to Start / Run Then enter regsvr32 urlmon. . the only items that can be displayed in the Links toolbar are links to web sites. In this case try: Open Internet Explorer Go to Tools / Internet Options Click on the Programs tab Click on the Reset Web Settings button -------------------------------------------------------------------------------96.Hyperlinks Not Working If you click on a hyperlink in a web page and only a blank window appears.Organizing the Links Toolbar with Folders Normally.dll regsvr32 Browseui.Download Reg file After importing the appropriate registry key.Download Reg file For Windows2000 . repeat the process by running the following additional entries: regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll regsvr32 Oleaut32. reboot the computer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------95.Remove the old registry entries .dll regsvr32 Msjava.Download Registry Entry Import the clean registry file for your particular operating system For Win98 .Download Registry Entry For ME .dll regsvr32 Mshtml.dll Click Ok when finished If that single change does not resolve the problem.

If you uncheck this box." box again so you can uncheck it.Removing Unwanted Toolbar Items If you have items in your Internet Explorer toolbar you would like to remove: Run Regedit Delete keys in these possible locations are: . Then you can put many pages into each one.EXE file with Internet Explorer. I have so many it stretches across the entire screen and adding more doesn't work too well.. Also. the next time a EXE file is about to be downloaded. But there is a way you can create folders for different categories of sites on the toolbar. You also do not see the "Always ask.For me..Re-Setting Internet Explorer to Save rather than Open Files Downloaded You might also try opening up the Windows Explorer Go to Tools / Folder Options / File Types Scroll down to the file Extension want to change Click on the Advanced button Check Confirm after download When you try and download a . pages with long names don't take up all that extra room. you will not be prompted and the file will automatically be opened. you are prompted to "Always ask before opening this type of file". To reset Internet Explorer back again: Start Regedit Go to Hkey_Classes_Root \ exefile Change the EditFlags value from d8 07 01 00 to d8 07 00 00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------98. With Internet Explorer running press Ctrl-B Scroll down to the Links folder Click the Create Folder button Give it whatever name you want for a particular category You can drag any current pages into the appropriate directories at this time as well -------------------------------------------------------------------------------97.

it only takes about 30 seconds to delete the file. Normally you can't simply delete this file since it is protected by the operating system. there is a way: Close all running applications Open a command window (CMD.IE5 Del index. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .dat Open up a CMD window to the C:\ directory Start the Task Manager (Ctrl-Shift-Esc) Click on the Processes tab Select EXPLORER. XP) The INDEX.BAT Go back to the Task Manager Do File / Run / Explorer and the desktop will be back Once you learn how do this.bat file CD C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 (where username is the replaced by your current login name) Start the Task Manager (Ctrl-Shift-Esc) Click on the Processes tab Select EXPLORER.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt -------------------------------------------------------------------------------99. However.DAT file keeps a record of all the web sites you have visited.EXE and click on End Process The screen will be blank except for the command window Delete the INDEX.Deleting the INDEX. For the example it will be the C:\index.EXE) Go to to C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.DAT file Go back to the Task Manager Do File / Run / Explorer and the desktop will be back With a Batch File Since it would be cumbersome to manually change directories each time.EXE and click on End Process Run INDEX.DAT file (Windows2000. it would be very simple to create a two line batch file to do this automatically.

To use this without all the typing each time: Open C:\Windows\Favorites folder in Explorer Copy (you must copy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . Open up the page you want. in the URL: box put in your tip javascript:alert(document. NOT make a new shortcut) any existing shortcut in that folder.Seeing When a Web Page Was Last Updated You can easily determine when a web page was last updated. Go to Tools / Internet Options Click on the Advanced button Scroll down almost to the bottom and check Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed -------------------------------------------------------------------------------101. it's always there in Favorites when you want it. While javascript:alert(document. Automatically Clearing the Temporary Internet Files You can have Internet Explorer automatically clear your Temporary Internet Cache files every time you close the program. Paste it back to the same (C:\windows\favorites) directory Right click it.lastModified) is in the Address bar. To rename it just right-click on the title in the Links toolbar. I named it Date Info.lastModified) Then rename it. That's it. click properties.100. click on the "E" logo next to the page title in the address bar and drag and drop it onto the Links bar. Enter javascript:alert(document.lastModified) in the Address bar Note: You only need a java capable browser This can be done with a single click by adding it to the Links toolbar. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------102.

dll. NoToolbarCustomize 1 Customizing the toolbar.IE Toolbar Restrictions To create restriction on the ability to edit the toolbar Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explore r Create a DWORD key of SpecifyDefaultButtons and give it a value of 1 To remove a button from the toolbar. Btn_Stop 2 Stop button and menu item. create additional DWORD keys with a value noted below Key Value Effect Btn_Back 2 Back button and menu item. Btn_Home 2 Home button and menu item. Btn_Search 2 Search button and menu item.103.IE6Maintenance You will then be given the options to Add a Component or Repair -------------------------------------------------------------------------------104. [Only available with IE 6] NoBandCustomize 1 No adding or removing menu or toolbars.Repairing/Adding Components to IE6 To repair (or add features to IE6) Make sure you have the source files from the same location they were installed Do a Start / Run / rundll32 setupwbv. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . Btn_Refresh 2 Refresh button and menu item. Btn_History 2 History button and menu item. Btn_Forward 2 Forward button and menu item. Btn_Media 2 Media button and menu item. Btn_Favorites 2 Favorites button and menu item.

removing. NoFileNew Disable the File / New NoFileOpen Disable the File / Open NoFindFiles Disable the Find Files NoSelectDownloadDir Disable the option to change download directory NoTheaterMode Disable the Full Screen view NoOpeninNewWnd Disable Open in New Window NoViewSource Disable the ability to view the page source HTML. possibly those left over by uninstalled applications: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions Delete any of the keys you don't want to show . NoBrowserClose Disable the option of closing Internet Explorer.105. NoNavButtons Disables the Forward and Back buttons NoPrinting Remove Print and Print Preview from the File menu.IE Restrictions Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Restrictions Add a DWORD with a name of: NoBrowserBars Disable changes to browsers bars. or moving toolbars. Give it a value of 1 to enable this restriction. Give it a value of 1 to turn on the restriction Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbars \ Restrictions Create a DWORD with a name of : NoToolbarOptions Disables adding. NoBrowserSaveAsDisable the ability to Save As NoFavorites Disable the Favorites. AlwaysPromptWhenDownload Always prompt user when downloading files. NoBrowserOptions Disable the Tools / Internet Options menu. NoBrowserContextMenu Disable right-click context menu. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 106.Removing IE Menu Items If you want to remove items on the Tools Menu.

Start Regedit Go to HKey_Current_User / Software / Microsoft / Internet Explorer / Main Delete or rename the key Window_Placement Restart IE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------109. ME. For example C:\IE6_FULL Then do a Start / Run Enter in the following command (with the quotes): "C:\IE6_FULL\ie6setup.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------107. you only download the source files for the particular Operating System on that particular computer. Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ AppEvents \ Schemes \ Apps\ Explorer \ Navigating\ .com/download/ie60/ie6setup.Download Source Files for All Operating System Versions of IE6 Normally when you install IE6.current .microsoft. NT4.exe" /c:"ie6wzd.exe /d /s:""#E" You will then get a dialog box with what operating systems you want to download and the folder where you want them to go.exe to a directory. Windows2000 and WindowsXP). If you would like to download the source for all versions of Windows (Win98. Download just the setup file: http://download. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------108.Changing the Default Sound in Internet Explorer You can change the default sound heard when opening new pages in the Internet Explorer.Restoring the Default Window Size in Internet Explorer If the default size of Internet Explorer is not what you want.

the following steps will help you remove it: Start Regedit Go to H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Policies/Ratings Delete the entry called Key -------------------------------------------------------------------------------112. This also changes the default sound when navigating to folders in the Explorer. Leaving it blank will turn off the sound.Downloading More than Four Files at a Time Normally you can only download four files at a time with Internet Explorer. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------110.Displaying the Internet Connection Wizard If you want Internet Explorer to display the Internet Connection Wizard again: Open Regedit Go to this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard\Completed Set the value to 0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 111.Forgotten the Content Advisor Password If you set a password for the Content Advisor and can't remember it.Change the default value to the wav file you want to use. To increase that to as many as you want: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings Change the MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server to whatever number you want Change the MaxConnectionsPerServer to whatever number you want -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .

DEFAULT \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Restrictions Create a DWORD value called NoSelectDownloadDir Give it a value of 1 Note: On my Win98 with IE5 this also didn't allow me to download any files.DEFAULT \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbars \ Restrictions Create a DWORD value called NoToolbarOptions Give it a value of 1 Now.Specifying the Default Download Directory in Internet Explorer To specify the default download directory for the Internet Explorer Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer Add a String value called Download Directory For it's value. although you can change what is on the toolbars themselves. System Administrators might want to include that as part of their configuration. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------114. you can add or remove any. enter in the Directory where you want your downloaded files to go -------------------------------------------------------------------------------115.Disabling the Ability to Add or Remove IE's Toolbars Normally you can add or remove IE's Toolbars (Standard Button. Links etc) To disable the ability to add or remove these toolbars Start Regedit Go to HKEY_USERS \ .Disabling the Ability to Change the Default Download Directory If you want user's not to be able to change the Default Download Directory Start Regedit Go to HKEY_USERS \ . -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .113. Address Bar.

microsoft.116. you go to the default page of http://home. you can remove it by: Starting Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies Delete the Ratings key -------------------------------------------------------------------------------118.Creating Hidden URL Shortcuts If you want to create shortcuts to your favorite URLS but don't want them to show in your Favorites folder: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES / Software / Microsoft / InternetExplorer / AboutURLs Add String Values with the shortcut name you want to use Give them the value of the URL you want the shortcut to go to Then from the Internet Explorer.Changing the Search Pages Used by Internet Explorer Changing the Search icon Engine When you click on the Search icon in IE4. simply type about:shortcut_name -------------------------------------------------------------------------------117.Removing Lost IE Supervisor Password If you forgot your Supervisor Password for the Internet Explorer.asp To change this setting: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main Change the value for Search Bar to the URL of the search engine you want to use Changing the Go / Search the Web Engine Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main Change the value for Search Page to the URL of the search engine you want to use .com/search/search.

To change this text: .HTM Normally. Network Neighborhood.Changing the IE and Outlook Title Bars To change the IE Title Bar: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main Add or edit the string value Window Title (there is a space between the words) Add the text you want to appear To Change the Outlook Title Bar Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express Add or edit the string value WindowTitle (there is no space) Add the text you want to appear -------------------------------------------------------------------------------121. etc. when you place the mouse over My Computer. over the My Computer icon.Changing the Information Boxes in IE 4 With IE4.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------119. it starts with Use My Computer to view the contents of your computer. IE will load the file C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\BLANK. and the Recycle Bin icons.HTM To have it load another file: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\ Main Double click on Local Page Enter the file you want to use -------------------------------------------------------------------------------120. For example.Having IE Load a Default Page Other Than BLANK. a small window opens with some information. if a web site can't be found.

Start Regedit Search for InfoTip Enter the text you want to appear for each icon Items you can change are: Network Neighborhood My Computer Control Panel Printers The Internet My Documents Recycle Bin Briefcase Internet Explorer Dial-Up Networking -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 122. graphics. the Internet Explorer creates four directories Cache1-4 where it places all the HTML pages. You can then just delete the files in the single directory -------------------------------------------------------------------------------123. AVI's etc that you view If you want to move this location or even have only one cache that points to a directory of your choice: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Internet Settings / Cache / Path / Path1-4 Change the value of the paths to a single location or any location of your choice You can even just have PATH1 and delete the other three The next time you start the Internet Explorer. the title bar on the Internet Explorer says Microsoft Corporation Internet Explorer .Changing the Title Bar of the Internet Explorer By default.Changing the Directory for the Internet Explorer Cache Added 1/15/97 By default. the cache files will only be placed in the directories of your choice This can be useful if you want to delete the files often.

Changing your Favorites Location Added 10/6/96 You might want to change the location where the Internet Explorer looks for your store Favorite sites. This can come in useful if you have multiple operating systems (Windows95 and NT 4.To change this to the text of your choice: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Internet Explorer / Main Add or edit the value of the string Window Title to be the new text you want displayed -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 124.Changing the Internet Explorer. Internet Mail and Internet News -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 125.0) and want to share the save set of Favorites or you simply want to have greater control over where you favorites are stored. Mail and News Bitmap If you want to change the bitmap that is in the upper right hand corner: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbar Make a new String Value named BrandBitmap Give it a value of the BMP file you want to use You can include the full path The size should be approximately 32x32 but the tool bar will grow to accommodate the size This will change the bitmap that is used for Internet Explorer. Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders Double click on Favorites in the right hand panel Enter the new location Click on the OK button Do the same for the User Shell Folders section a few lines down .

a list of options is available. it may be due to an entry in the Registry that needs to be deleted.ITBarLayout .Close Regedit Create the directory you just pointed to Copy any existing Favorites to that location Be sure to include all folders Start the Internet Explorer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Explorer Tips -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 126. As more applications get installed. this list may get too large for you. Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\Explorer If there is the following key .Delete it -------------------------------------------------------------------------------127. To remove items from the list: Note the text of the item you want to remove Start Regedit .Restoring a Missing Menu Bar If the Windows Explorer does not show a menu bar..Removing Right-Click Items When you right click on a folder or file with the Explorer.

. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------129.Running the Explorer in Separate Process (NT/XP Only) By default. This also changes the default sound when opening a page in the Internet Explorer.Go to the following sections in the Registry and delete the subkey with the string you noted in Step 1. Taskbar.current Change the default value to the wav file you want to use. Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ AppEvents \ Schemes \ Apps\ Explorer \ Navigating\ .Changing the Default Sound in Explorer You can change the default sound heard when navigating to folders in the Explorer. the Windows Desktop. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\file HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell -------------------------------------------------------------------------------128. and Explorer run in a single process using multiple threads. You can modify the registry so that the Taskbar and Desktop will run in one process with each instance of Explorer in a separate process. Leaving it blank will turn off the sound. Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer Create a DWORD value called DesktopProcess Give it a value of 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .

dll. "Removable Disk" ect.dll. such as a DLL file. use the standard C:\full_path\icon_file.Changing Drive Icons in Explorer To change the icon used for specific drives in Explorer Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer Create a key called DriveIcons Within DriveIcons. create another key with the drive letter you want to change (. create another key with the drive letter you want to change (.\DriveIcons\K) Create another key within the drive letter key called DefaultIcon Set the default value equal to the icon you want to use. If you have a file that has more than one icon in it. To change the name of this label for specific drives: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer Create a key called DriveIcons Within DriveIcons.\DriveIcons\K) Create another within the drive letter key called DefaultLabel Give the Default Value for this key the label you want to appear for that drive letter. ( Restart the computer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ..Changing Drive Labels in Explorer (Windows2000 and XP) Normally the Explorer shows drive labels as "Compact Disk". -------------------------------------------------------------------------------131.x where x is the number of the icon within the file icon_file.130..

ME or Windows 2000.Resetting Graphics PreView in Explorer For Windows98. if you have View as Web Page enabled but do not see a picture preview in Explorer: Start Regedit Go to Registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ file type \ ShellEx \ {BB2E617C-092011d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1} Make sure the Default Value "{7376D660-C583-11d0-A3A5-00C04FD706EC}" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------133.132.Hiding the File Menu in the Explorer To hide the File Menu in Explorer: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explore r Create a new Binary Value Name it NoFileMenu Give it a value of 01 00 00 00 Reboot the computer .Keeping Filenames in the Case You Want To stop Windows from changing the case of your filenames to upper or lower case: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced Double-click DontPrettyPath (or create this key with a type of REG_DWORD if it doesn't exist) Set the value to 1 to keep the case as you type it or 0 to adjust the case as Explorer requires Click OK ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------134.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 135.Added Non-Expanded Explorer when Right Clicking on a Folder Adding a second Explorer to the menu that pops up when right clicking on any folder or the Start Button./e. type C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER. Open My Computer Choose View-Options-File Types Select the File Folder file type Click Edit For ACTION.EXE /n. type EXPLORER2 For APPLICATION USED. even if you are already in Explorer.C:\ Click OK and close all windows Run REGEDIT Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Locate and expand DIRECTORY Locate and expand SHELL Locate and expand EXPLORER2 Select COMMAND On the right window RIGHT CLICK on DEFAULT Select MODIFY Remove the space and %1 at the end of the line Click OK and close REGEDIT EXPLORER2 will show up and launch a non-expanded view of Explorer whenever you right-click on the START BUTTON or any folder. This is handy to be able to open Explorer non-expanded and also for being able to open a second Explorer (non-expanded) while already in Explorer. The whole procedure can be done in REGEDIT. but this may be safer for users not experienced with REGEDIT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ./select.