Disabling Recent Documents History

The bad thing about Recent Documents History is that Windows XP has to calculate
 what should be put there each time you boot Windows, which can slow things down.

 1. Open the Registry Editor (select Start/Run, type regedit, and click OK).

 2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMcftWindows
 CurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer.

 3. Create a NoRecentDocsHistory D_WORD key. Double-click the value to open it
 once it is created.

 4. Set the Data Value to 1 to enable the restriction.

 5. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. You’ll need to restart the computer for the
 change to take effect

How to Hide the drives(c,d….etc) in MY COMPUTER

This is a great trick you can play on your friends. To disable the display of local or networked drives when you click My Computer.

 1.Go to start->run.Type regedit.Now go to:

 HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer

 Now in the right pane create a new DWORD item and name it NoDrives(it is case sensitive). Now modify it’s value and set it to 3FFFFFF (Hexadecimal) .Now restart your computer. So, now when you click on My Computer, no drives will be shown(all gone…). To enable display of drives in My Computer, simply delete this DWORD item that you created.Again restart your computer.You can now see all the drives again. Magic……..lol..

Fast Menu Opening….

Go to Start then Run

 Type ‘Regedit’ then click ‘Ok’

 Find “HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop”

 Select “MenuShowDelay”

 Right click and select “Modify’

 Reduce the number to around “100”

 This is the delay time before a menu is opened. You can set it to “0” but it can make windows really hard to use as menus will open if you just look at them – well move your mouse over them anyway. I tend to go for anywhere between 50-150 depending on my mood.

How to Remove Windows XP’s Messenger

Theoretically, you can get rid of it (as well as a few other things). Windows 2000 power users should already be familiar with this tweak.

 Fire up the Windows Explorer and navigate your way to the %SYSTEMROOT% INF folder. What the heck is that thingy with the percentage signs? It’s a variable. For most people, %SYSTEMROOT% is C:Windows. For others, it may be E:WinXP. Get it? Okay, on with the hack! In the INF folder, open sysoc.inf (but not before making a BACKUP copy first). Before your eyes glaze over, look for the line containing “msmsgs” in it. Near the end of that particular line, you’ll notice that the word “hide” is not so hidden. Go ahead and delete “hide” (so that the flanking commas are left sitting next to one another). Save the file and close it. Now, open the Add and Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel. Click the Add / Remove Windows Components icon. You should see “Windows Messenger” in that list. Remove the checkmark from its box, and you should be set. NOTE: there are other hidden system components in that sysoc.inf file, too. Remove “hide” and the subsequent programs at your own risk.

Change Text and Baloon Tip

Change Text and Baloon Tip Associated

With All Desktop Icons
You need to know the object’s class ID (CLSID), which uniquely identifies each system
object. The following table lists the CLSIDs for common desktop objects.
CLSIDs for desktop objects

Desktop object CLSID

My Computer {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Recycle Bin {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
Microsoft Outlook {00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
Internet Explorer {FBF23B42-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}
The Internet {3DC7A020-0ACD-11CF-A9BB-00AA004AE837}
My Network Places {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Briefcase {85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}
Dial-Up Networking {992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}

Run the Registry Editor, go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID, a key that lets you change
characteristics of system objects, and highlight the CLSID whose name or balloon text you
want to change. For example, to change My Computer, highlight the subkey
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}. Keep
in mind that HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID has many CLSIDs listed under it, so it might
take you a while to find the proper subkey.
Once you find the right subkey, if you want to edit the name of the object, open the Default
value and type in the text that you want to appear underneath the object. If you want to edit
the balloon text for the object, open the InfoTip value and type in the text that you want to
appear as balloon text. Once you’re done, exit the Registry and reboot.

Set the Search Screen to the Classic Look

When I first saw the default search pane in Windows XP, my instinct was to return it to its classic look; that puppy had to go. Of course, I later discovered that a doggie door is built into the applet. Click “Change preferences” then “Without an animated screen character.” If you’d rather give it a bare-bones “Windows 2000” look and feel, fire up your Registry editor and navigate to:

 HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer CabinetState.

 You may need to create a new string value labeled “Use Search Asst” and set it to “no”.

Speed up browsing of Windows 2000 & XP machines

Here’s a great tip to speed up your browsing of Windows XP machines. Its actually a fix to a bug installed as default in Windows 2000 that scans shared files for Scheduled Tasks. And it turns out that you can experience a delay as long as 30 seconds when you try to view shared files across a network because Windows 2000 is using the extra time to search the remote computer for any Scheduled Tasks. Note that though the fix is originally intended for only those affected, Windows 2000 users will experience that the actual browsing speed of both the Internet & Windows Explorers improve significantly after applying it since it doesn’t search for Scheduled Tasks anymore. Here’s how :

 Open up the Registry and go to :

 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace

 Under that branch, select the key :

 {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

 and delete it.

 This is key that instructs Windows to search for Scheduled Tasks. If you like you may want to export the exact branch so that you can restore the key if necessary.

 This fix is so effective that it doesn’t require a reboot and you can almost immediately determine yourself how much it speeds up your browsing processes.

Secrets Behind The Run Registry key

You can start or stop programs from executing at bootup by adding or deleting them
to/from the run Keys in the Registry. Windows loads programs to start in the
following order; Program listed in the Local Machine hive, then the Current User
hive, then theWin.ini Run= and Load = lines and then finally programs in your Start
Up folder.

To add or remove programs in the Registry.

Open RegEdit. .Go to the desired Key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrsoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunServices
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunServices

Add a new String Value and name it anything you like. For the value data, enter the
path and executable for the program you want to run.

By adding the value to the KEY_CURRENT_USER hive instead allows the program
to start only when that user is logged on.
If you add the value to the RunOnce key the program will run once and be removed from the key by Windows.

Change Icons of your Desktop Objects

Change Icons of your Desktop Objects(MyComputer, Recycle bin..)

Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID, and

look for the CLSID subkey from the table above for the object whose icon you want to change.

Open the subkey and then the DefaultIcon subkey under that.

To change the icon for My Computer, open the subkey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}DefaultIcon.

Change the Default value to the path of the icon that you want displayed.

Follow the same for changing the icons of ther items as well.

Exit the Registry.

You might have to reboot for the new settings to take effect.

If you aren’t able to change your icons still, then try editing the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersion
Explorer CLSID, and you will be in.