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    Pop a banner each time Windows Boots

    To pop a banner which can contain any message you want to display just before a user is going to log on, go to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WinLogon

    Now create a new string Value in the right pane named LegalNoticeCaption and enter the value that you want to see in the Menu Bar. Now create yet another new string value and name it: LegalNoticeText. Modify it and insert the message you want to display each time Windows boots. This can be effectively used to display the company's private policy each time the user logs on to his NT box. It's .reg file would be:

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]

    "LegalNoticeCaption"="Caption here."

    Delete the Tips of the Day to save 5KB

    Windows 95 had these tips of the day which appeared on a system running a newly installed Windows OS. These tips of the day are stored in the Windows Registry and consume 5K of space. For those of you who are really concerned about how much free space your hard disk has, I have the perfect trick.

    To save 5K go to the following key in Regedit:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Tips

    Now simply delete these tricks by selecting and pressing the DEL key.

    Change the Default Locations

    To change the default drive or path where Windows will look for it's installation files, go to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\SourcePath

    Now you can edit as you wish.

    Secure your Desktop Icons and Settings

    You can save your desktop settings and secure it from your nerdy friend by playing with the registry. Simply launch the Registry Editor go to:

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

    In the right pane create a new DWORD Value named NoSaveSettings and modify it's value to 1. Refresh and restart for the settings to get saved.

    CLSID Folders Explained

    Don't you just hate those stubborn stupid icons that refuse to leave the desktop, like the Network Neighborhood icon. I am sure you want to know how you can delete them. You may say, that is really simple, simply right click on the concerned icon and select Delete. Well not exactly, you see when you right click on these special folders( see entire list below)neither the rename nor the delete option does not appear. To delete these folders, there are two methods, the first one is using the System Policy Editor(Poledit in the Windows installation CD)and the second is using the Registry.

    Before we go on, you need to understand what CLSID values are. These folders, like the Control Panel, Inbox, The Microsoft Network, Dial Up Networking etc are system folders. Each system folder has a unique CLSID key or the Class ID which is a 16-byte value which identifies an individual object that points to a corresponding key in the registry.

    To delete these system Folders from the desktop simply go to the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\Namespace{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}

    To delete an icon simply delete the 16 byte CLSID value within "NameSpace". The following are the CLSID values of the most commonly used icons:

    My Briefcase:{85BBD920-42AO-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}

    Desktop: {00021400-0000-0000-C000-0000000000046}

    Control Panel:{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

    Dial-Up-Networking:{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD01CCC48}

    Fonts: {BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948534}

    Inbox :{00020D76-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

    My Computer :{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

    Network Neighborhood:{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-O8002B30309D}

    Printers :{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-O8002B30309D}

    Recycle Bin :{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

    The Microsoft Network:{00028B00-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

    History: {FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}

    Winzip :{E0D79300-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}

    For example, to delete the Recycle Bin, first note down it's CLSID value, which is: 645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E. Now go to the Namespace key in the registry and delete the corresponding key.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

    Similarly to delete the History folder, delete the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{FBF23B42-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}

    Sometimes, you may need to play a trick on your brother or friend, well this one teaches you how to hide all icons from the Desktop. Go to the following registry key:

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

    In the right pane create a new DWORD value by the name: NoDesktop and set its value to: 1. Reboot and you will find no icons on the desktop.

    Till now you simply learnt how to delete the special system folders by deleting a registry key, but the hack would have been better if there was a way of adding the DELETE and RENAME option to the right click context menus of these special folders. You can actually change the right click context menu of any system folder and add any of the following options: RENAME, DELETE, CUT, COPY, PASTE and lots more.

    This hack too requires you to know the CLSID value of the system folder whose menu you want to customize. In this section, I have taken up Recycle Bin as the folder whose context menu I am going to edit.

    Firstly launch the registry editor and open the following registry key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder.

    In Case you want to edit some other folder like say the FONTS folder, then you will open the following key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{CLSID VALUE HERE}\ShellFolder.

    In the right pane there will be a DWORD value names attributes. Now consider the following options:

    To add the Rename option to the menu, change the value of Attributes to
    50 01 00 20

    To add the Delete option to the menu, change the value of Attributes to
    60 01 00 20

    3. To add both the Rename & Delete options to the menu, change the value of Attributes to 70,01,00,20

    4. Add Copy to the menu, change Attributes to 41 01 00 20

    5. Add Cut to the menu, change Attributes to 42 01 00 20

    6. Add Copy & Cut to the menu, change Attributes to 43 01 00 20

    7. Add Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 44 01 00 20

    8. Add Copy & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 45 01 00 20

    9. Add Cut & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 46 01 00 20

    10.Add all Cut, Copy & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 47 01 00 20

    We want to add only the Rename option to the right click context menu of the Recycle Bin, so change the value of attributes to: 50 01 00 20. Press F5 to refresh and then after rebooting you will find that when you right click on the Recycle Bin a RENAME option pops up too.

    To reset the default Windows options change the value of Attributes back to

    40 01 00 20

    The Registry File which one can create for the above process would be something like the below:

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\Shell-Folder]

    "Attributes"=hex:50,01,00,20

    To access say the Modem Properties in the Control Panel Folder, the normal procedure is: Click on Start, Click on Settings> Control Panel and then wait for the Control Panel window to pop up and then ultimately click on the Modems icon.

    Wouldn't it be lovely if you could shorten the process to: Click on Start> Control Panel>Modems. Yes you can add the Control Panel and also all other Special System Folders directly to the first level Start Menu. Firstly collect the CLSID value of the folder you want to add to the start menu. I want to add Control Panel hence the CLSID value is: 21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D

    Now right click on the Start Button and select Open. Now create a new folder and name it: Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

    NOTE: Do not forget the period after the 'l' in Panel. Similarly all system folders can be added to the Start Menu.(accept My Briefcase, I think)

    Thursday, September 27, 2007 1:42 PM

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  • Thanks for sharing with us...but why dont u use same thread ..
    why u r making new thread for each post..........

    Friday, September 28, 2007 6:10 AM