All Important Windows Registry Tips and Tweaks

 10/30/2017 - 02:47
Windows Registry

1. Default Mail Client: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command.  
Under command, enter the full path to the email client then %1 c:\internet\Netscape\program\netscape.exe %1 c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe %1

2. Generate Program Fault Log: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\FaultLo gFile  
Value should be the path and filename of the log file

3. Remove "Click here to begin": HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explo rer\NoStartBanner  
Set this hex value to 01,00,00,00

4. Disable Windows Animation: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel \Desktop \WindowMetrics\MinAnimate  
Set this to 1

5. Full-Color Icons: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics\Shell Icon BPP  
Give it a value of 16

6. Preview BMP images in Windows Explorer: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PAINT.PICTURE\DefaultIcon  
Set value to "%1"

7. Windows Refresh Rate: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Update\UpdateMode  
Setting value to 00 will force an instant update to Windows Explorer.

8. Remove Hidden Shares: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parame ters\AutoShareServer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parame ters\AutoShareWks
 Both of these REG_DWORD values set to 0 will prevent hidden shares from working (c$, etc.)

9. Outlook 2000/XP Restricted Filetypes: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Security\Level1Re move  
It is possible to add Filetypes back into the OK zone. This will allow you to open these attachments from Outlook (they won’t be blocked). This key lists all of the file extensions that will be blocked by Outlook. You can edit this key to either remove extensions that you want access to or add extensions that you want to block.

10. Display the Number of Network Errors for a Network Connection: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\Connection s\StatMon\ShowLanErrors (Windows 2000)  
You can display a LAN connection-error count on the General tab of the connection's Status dialog box in Win2K This REG_DWORD when set to 1 will display the errors that have occurred over a network connection. The default value is 0 will not display the errors. Note that the Errors field looks a little odd, because of a bug in how the Status dialog box accommodates the error information.

11. Changes to the Windows Security Screen Title Bar: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ Welcome (Windows NT/2000)  This REG_SZ data type will display a custom string on the title bar of the Windows Security Screen that you see when you invoke the Ctrl+Alt+Del keystroke.

12. Thumbnail Size: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Th umbnailSize  
This DWORD value can be set between 32 and 256. This number represents the size in pixels that the Windows Explorer Thumbnail view will display.

13. Thumbnail Quality: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Th umbnailQuality  
This DWORD value will determine the quality of the thumbnail image quality. This number can be set between 50 and 100

14. Default Email Client: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail  
From the Internet Options applet of the Control Panel, click on the Programs tab. The program that Internet Explorer will try to open when you click on an email link is here (my default is Outlook, although I could also choose Hotmail or Outlook Express). This registry key is where this information is saved. If your favourite email program won’t set itself up here, then you can go to this registry key, and following the example of the ones already setup, try and set your program up.

15. Restrict Users from Changing their Home Page: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\HomePage  
This DWORD set to 1 will make it so users cannot change their Internet Explorer home page. Setting it to 0 will allow the home page to be changed.

16. Delete Roaming Profiles when logging out: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogo n\DeleteRoamingCache  
This value set to 1 will cause Windows to delete Roaming Profiles (if they are enabled on a network). This value set to 0 will keep the profile.

17. Delete NetMeeting Most Recently Used List: HKEY_USERS\[LongNumber/String]\Software\Microsoft\Conferencing\UI\CallMRU  
Each of the Addr# values can be deleted or changed. This will delete IP addresses that are showing up in the Netmeeting recently used list.

18. Require a Password in Order to Access a Workstation: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Network\Logon\MustBeValidated  
This REG_DWORD set to 1 forces a user to enter a password to login to the local workstation. Setting it to 0 allows them to press Esc and bypass a password.

19. Restrict Users from Changing Their Passwords HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Syste m\DisableChangePassword (Windows 2000)  
Setting this REG_DWORD to 1 will stop users from being able to change their passwords.

20. Remove Shortcut Arrow: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\IsShortcut HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile\IsShortcut  
Delete these values if you want to remove the arrow that appears on all shortcuts.



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