Posts from the ‘registry tips’ Category

Modifying Default Desktop Icons

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Shell Icons
  3. The default icons are numbered in the right panel from 0-40
  4. Double click on the number of the particular icon you want to change. See the chart below.
  5. Enter the name of the icon file you want to use followed by the number of the icon in that file.
    Note: The numbering starts with zero.
  6. If you use a single .ICO file, it should be followed by a 0.
  7. e.g. – filename.dll,4 – This would actually be the 5th icon since it starts with 0.
  8. Make sure you delete the hidden file C:\WINDOWS\SHELLICONCACHE
Below is a reference for the icons I’ve been able to figure out:
0 – Default Icon
1 – Default Document
2 – Application
3 – Closed Folder
4 – Open Folder
5 – 5 1/4 Drive
6 – 3 1/4 Drive
7 – Removable Drive
8 – Hard Drive
9 – Network Folder
10 – Network Offline
11 – CD
12 – RAM Drive
13 – Entire Network
15 – My Computer
16 – Printer
17 – Network Neighborhood
18 – Network Workgroup
19-27 are the Start Menu icons
19 – Programs
20 – Desktop
21 – Settings
22 – Find
23 – Help
24 – Run
25 – Suspend
27 – Shutdown
28 – Share
29 – Shortcut
31 – Recycle Bin (Empty)
32 – Recycle Bin (Full)
33 – Folder, Dial-Up Networking
34 – Desktop
36 – Program Group
40 – Audio Card
In addition, you can change:
  • My Computer – HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • Network Neighborhood – HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
  • InBox – HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
  • Recycle Bin – HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Eliminating the Right Click on the Taskbar

To eliminate the right click on the taskbar:
Start Regedit
  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  3. Add a DWORD and give it a name of NoTrayContextMenu
  4. Give it a value of 1
  5. Reboot 

Disable the Security Center warnings

Security is a system of safeguards designed to protect a computer system and important data from damage or access by unauthorized persons. Different antivirus and firewall programs are used to manage the security of the computer. Some time this is build-in antivirus or firewall program in windows XP to maintain the computer security. But if your windows is not provided with any antivirus, firewall program and Automatic Updates, your windows security center will alerts you a message “Your computer may be at risk. Your virus protection status is unknown” with useless repeating reminder. You can disable this message permanently by changing the values of “AntiVirusDisableNotify” in windows registry.

Follow the given steps to edit the computer registry for disable message:
  • First click on Start button then type Regedit in Run option.
  • Here locate the location to:

·         HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center

  • Here in right side panel, double click on AntiVirusDisableNotify and set its value 1.
    Now close the registry editor and restart your computer after any changes to go into effect.

Setting the Recycle Bin to Always Delete

The Recycle Bin is the special folders of windows on the hard disk to store deleted files and folders. These files or folders can be restored from the Recycle Bin to their original location if required for use. But you can set the Recycle Bin setting that the files and folders are deleted from hard disk are not placed in the Recycle Bin. So with the help of windows registry editor you can set the Recycle Bin to always delete items.

Follow the given steps to edit computer registry for Recycle Bin:

  • First click on Start button then type Regedit in Run option.

  • Here locate the location to:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\BitBucket
  • Here in right side panel, double click on NukeOnDelete and set its value 1. Now close the registry editor and restart your computer after any changes to go into effect.

Turning off the Help on Min, Max, Close Icons

When the mouse goes over the minimize, maximize and close icons on the upper right hand side of a window, you normally get a display telling you want those are for.
To disable that display:
  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop
  3. Create a String Value called MinMaxClose
  4. Give it a value of 1 
  5. Reboot