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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Windows XP registry tweaks & utilities

Registry Edits for Windows XP
"Tweaks and Tips"
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To use the Regedits:  Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.

To use the VBS Files: Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As).  Double
click  the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.
NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of  a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled.  These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.

Windows XP Utilities

The utilities presented here are recommended only for Windows XP.  They may run under Windows 2000, but have not been verified to do so. Win NT IP Config is the exception, as its a Win2K applet.  All files here require the Visual Basic 6 runtime libraries, which are included in Windows XP. Where noted, these utilities will run with Service Pack 1 installed.
If you find these utilities useful in making Windows XP work the way you want it to, repairing your system or recovering from a disaster, please consider making a contribution to support my continuing efforts.
Doug's Windows XP Security Console - Version 1.4 released 10/26/2003
TitleDate Added
Access BossN/A
Add Defrag to Explorer's Context Menu11/10/2002
Add MSN Messenger to the Internet Explorer Toolbar06/20/2004
Add Nero as an Autoplay Handler06/02/2002
Add TweakUI for Windows XP to Control Panel11/15/2004
Change Default Screen Saver12/22/2002
Change Internet Time Update Interval06/02/2002
Change Owner and Organization06/02/2002
Clear "Open With" Lists06/02/2002
Create Emergency Copies of Critical XP System Utilities(Regedit, MSConfig and Task Manager)08/17/2003
Disable/Enable the Windows Logo Keys02/23/2004
Disable/Remove Windows Messenger06/02/2002
Enable Administrator on the Welcome Screen11/11/2002
Enable/Disable Automatic Administrative Shares02/06/2004
Enable/Disable Start Menu Logoff5/24/2003
Enable Searching for Text in Files05/04/2003
Enable/Disable Task Manager9/12/2003
Fix Windows XP Logon11/15/2002
Fix Windows XP Help06/03/2002
Keep User Display Settings v2.006/02/2002
QuickRes for Windows® XP - v2.008/29/2003
Recover Deleted/Erased Files
Repair Blank System Restore Calendar06/02/2002
Repair Missing Toolbars in Explorer/IE11/24/2002
Remove Hotfix Backup Files v2.1.6 - Updated 5/29/200404/06/2003
Remove Registry entries for Winlogin.exe08/29/03
Rename System (Desktop) Icons04/19/2003
Restore CD/DVD Drives to Windows Explorer11/11/2002
Restore OE to E-Mail Clients List11/15/2002
Restore Show Desktop Icon06/02/2002
Set the Numlock Key On/Off at User Logon11/25/2002
Single Click System Restore Point06/19/2008
Startup Programs Tracker v3.8 - Updated 10/31/200310/31/2003
Surf the Internet Anonymously8/31/2007
System Up Time v2.012/15/2002
Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!MVP Kelly Theriot
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Tweaks and Fixes for Windows® XP
If you need Windows® XP support for anything other than what is provided on my site, click HERE.  Clicking on a link will open a new window with the description of the file and its usage. Click on theDOWNLOAD link on the new page to download the file. Some of these files are in VB Script format, and some are in Visual Basic 6 EXE format. The VB6 Runtimes are installed with Windows XP, so no further software installation is necessary.  In the rare case that a control is required, that isn't shipped with XP, the program will have an installer.  Note: Some of these items are User specific settings. It may be necessary to run each VBS/EXE file while logged into to that User's desktop.  If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled.  These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.
NEW!! - Windows XP Security Console - Version 1.4 released 10/26/2003

Install Windows 2000 After XP is Installed
Add Defrag to Explorer's Context MenuOpenme.exe Fix

My Documents Opens at Logon
Add TweakUI to Control PanelPrevent Messenger from starting with Outlook Express
Adjust Internet Time Update IntervalRemove Common Tasks from Desktop
Bypass Regedit's "Last State"Remove Home Page Setting Restriction
Cannot Create Toolbar For..... error messageRemove Mi.Mail.C Worm - NEW
CD-Rom Autoplay Tab MissingRemove W32.Sobig.E Worm from XP
Change Registered Owner and OrganizationRemove TweakUI v1.33 (and earlier) from XP
Change Taskbar Grouping ThresholdRestore CD/DVD Drives to Explorer
Clean KWBot.Worm Registry EntriesReset Inactive Tray Icon Information
Clear Media Player's Recent Files listRestore Default File Associations Easily
Clear XP's Search HistoryRestore Missing Tabs in Internet Options
Defrag All Hard Disks - (Can run as a Scheduled Task)Restore OE to E-mail Clients list
Disable/Enable Log Off on Start MenuRestore Open/Save dialog Sort Order
Disable CD Autorun - Home EditionRestore Recycle Bin Desktop Icon
Disable CD Autorun - PRO EditionRestore Toolbars in IE and Windows® Explorer
Disable MSConfig Selective Startup ScreenRestore XP's Welcome/Logon Screen
Disable/Enable Recent Documents HistoryRun As Dialog Opens When Double Clicking a Shortcut
Disable Media Player's Recent Files ListSearch/Command Prompt Opens When Double Clicking a Folder
Disable/Enable Unread Mail NotificationsSend To Desktop Shortcut - FIX
Disable Windows® XP Balloon TipsSet Numlock State On at Startup
Enable Administrator account on Welcome ScreenSingle Click System Restore Point
Enable CD Burning for Limited UsersWindows Messenger - Disable/Remove
File Association FixesWindows Update - Prompts to Install Hotfix KB823980
Find and Open the OE Mail StoreWindows Update - Cryptographic Service Error
Find and Open the Windows Address Book Folder 
Fix Internet Options RestrictionWindows Update - Prompts to Install Hotfix Q811493
Fix Windows® XP HelpWindows Update - Prompts to Install Hotfix - Manual Entry
Hide Users on the Welcome ScreenWindows Update Disabled (Network Policy)
Install 98/Me After XP is InstalledWindows XP Doesn't Save User Settings
 Windows XP Search Problems

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