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Cosmetic Edits for Windows XP

01 Des

Change the Text in Internet Explorers Title Bar

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main. In the right pane, change the value of the string, “WindowTitle”.

How to Change Name and Company Information After You Install Win XP

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOrganization. Under “Value data”, type the name that you want, and then click OK. To change the name of the registered owner, do the following: In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOwner. Under “Value data”, type the name that you want, and then click OK/Exit.

Get Rid of the “Links” Folder in Favorites

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar. Set the String value of “LinksFolderName” to equal a blank string. Open IE and delete the Links folder from the Favorites menu. The next time you start Internet Explorer the Links folder will not be recreated.

Run Explorer Full Screen

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console. In the right pane find FullScreen and modify the value to 1. Then go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\InternetExplorer\Main. In the right pane find FullScreen and modify the value to yes. Exit/Reboot.

Change the Location of Special Folders

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders. Note the current location of the folder you want to move, and then using explorer move the folder to the new location. Edit the value in the key above for the folder you moved to reflect the new directory location. Log off or restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

Remove My Documents from the Desktop

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\ShellFolder Value Name: Attributes Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0xf0500174 = Hidden, 0xf0400174 = Default) Modify the value called “Attributes” and set it to either “0xf0500174” to hide or “0xf0400174” to display My Documents.

Click on a blank area of desktop and press F5 to refresh for the change to take effect. Note: This tweak can also by used on a system wide basis by entering the same values under the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE] hive.

Add Explore From Here to Every Folder

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Explore. Value Name: (Default), Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: explorer.exe /e,/root,”%1″ Change the value of ‘(Default)’ to equal ‘E&xplore From Here’. Create a new key under the [Explore] key called command, and edit the (Default) value to equal explorer.exe /e,/root,”%1″.

Customize the Windows Logon and Security Dialog Title

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon. Value Name: Welcome, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: Text to display. Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called ‘Welcome’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Legal Notice Dialog Box Before Logon

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Modify the value named ‘LegalNoticeCaption’ to represent the caption on the dialog box (e.g. ‘WARNING!’). If this value doesn’t already exist create it. Modify the value named ‘LegalNoticeText’ to represent the body of the dialog box (e.g. ‘Do Not Attempt to Logon to this system unless you are an authorized user!’) Exit your registry and restart Windows, and the next time you boot up you should be presented with the dialog box before logging on.

Change the Message Shown on the Logon Box

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon. Value Name: LogonPrompt, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value). Create a new string value named ‘LogonPrompt’ and enter the text you want to display. The default message is: ‘Enter a user name and password that is valid for this system.’ This feature can be used in conjunction with the Legal Notice Dialog Box Before Logon tweak.

Change the Title of Windows Media Player

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\ WindowsMediaPlayer. Value Name: TitleBar, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value). Create a new string value called “TitleBar” and set it to the text you would like display in the title. Restart Media Player for the change the take effect.

Display the Attributes Column in Explorer

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Advanced. Value Name: ShowAttribCol, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = disable, 1 = enable). Create a new DWORD value called ‘ShowAttribCol’ and set the value to ‘1’ to enable the attributes column.

Force the Use of the Classic Start Menu

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer. Value Name: NoSimpleStartMenu, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (1 = force classic menu, 0 = default). Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoSimpleStartMenu’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove Common Groups from the Start Menu

Start/Run/Regedit> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer Create a DWORD called NoCommonGroups and set the value to 1 to hide them, 0 to display them.

Create a Useful Name for My Computer

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}. Data Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ (Expanded String Value). Rename the value named “LocalizedString” to “LocalizedString.old”. Create a new REG_EXPAND_SZ value named “LocalizedString”, and set the value to “%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%”. Exit the registry editor, click on your desktop and press F5 (for refresh). The “My Computer” icon should now be rename to “Username on Computername”.

Add Your Own Tips

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Tips. Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: Tip Text. Create a new string valued named by incrementing the existing value names and set it to the required tip text.

Change the Transition Effect for Menus and Tooltips

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop] Value Name: UserPreferencesMask Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value) Double-click on the “UserPreferencesMask” value to open the Edit Binary Value screen. Press the right arrow to move over to the second set of digits. Press the delete key to remove the digits and type either ’28’ for the scroll effect or ‘3e’ for the fade effect. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Preventing the Logon Screen Saver from Launching

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop. Value Name: ScreenSaveActive, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 =enabled). Change the value of ‘ScreenSaveActive’ to ‘0’ to disable the screen saver. Restart Windows for the change to take effect. Note: Windows has a default screen saver called login.scr, which runs even if no screen saver has been selected.

Enable Start Menu Scrolling

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced. Value Name: StartMenuScrollPrograms, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: “Yes” or “No”. Create a new String value, or modify the existing value, called ‘StartMenuScrollPrograms’ and edit the value according to the settings below.

Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect. Note: This can be used either on a user by user basis by adding it to HKEY_CURRENT_USER or on a computer wide basis by adding it to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

Change the Login Window

Start/Run/Regedit Key
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon] Value Name: LogonType Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = Classic Mode, 1 = Welcome Screen) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘LogonType’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Reboot.

Activate Clear Type on the Welcome Screen

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT/Control Panel/Desktop. In the right pane, right click “FontSmoothingType”, modify, change the value to 2.

Clear the NetMeeting Call History

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Conferencing\UI\CallMRU. Open your registry and delete the key above. Restart Netmeeting for the change to take effect.

Clear Cached Command Lines from the Run Menu

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU. Delete the value corresponding to the command you want to remove, or remove all the entries to clear the list completely.

Disable Show Last User Name

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\System Value Name: dontdisplaylastusername Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (1 = remove username) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘dontdisplaylastusername’ and edit the value according to the settings above. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove Frequent Programs List from the Start Menu

Start/Run/Regedit
You may need to create the key if it does not already exist. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList’ and edit the value according to the settings below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer Value Name: NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = enable restriction). 

Note: This setting only applies to the Windows XP Start Menu, not the Classic Start Menu. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove Pinned Programs List from the Start Menu

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer Value Name: NoStartMenuPinnedList Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = default, 1= enable restriction) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoStartMenuPinnedList’ and edit the value according to the settings below.

Note: This setting only applies to the Windows XP Start Menu, not the Classic Start Menu. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove Username from the Start Menu

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer

Value Name: NoUserNameInStartMenu Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = display username, 1 = hide username) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoUserNameInStartMenu’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Remove “All Programs” Button from the Start Menu

Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer

Value Name: NoStartMenuMorePrograms Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = disable button) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoStartMenuMorePrograms’ and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Hide the Keyboard Navigation Settings

Start/Run/Regedit – This restriction disables the “Hide keyboard navigation indicators until I use the ALT key” option in the Display Control Panel.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Value Name: NoChangeKeyboardNavigationIndicators Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = enable restriction) Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called ‘NoChangeKeyboardNavigationIndicators’ and edit the value according to the settings above.

Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

 
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