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Windows Tips and Tricks Tue - Mar 9, 2004

Posted by supriyatna in All, Howto, Windows.

In this posting you will find the many tips and trick for Windows 98/2000/XP

  1. How can I add fonts to the CMD.EXE window?
  2. Add DOS Here! in Context Menu. You can use Following tools; powertoys, download PowerToys: Command Here and the install it. Or you can do by add new default value “cmd.exe %1 /K” (Without quote) in key:

    HKCR\Folder\shell\Command Console\command

  3. Add Unique/special icon in the desktop. If you need to put Administrative Tools icon, you can do by add/modify registry. Just navigate to key

    HLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

    and add following key “{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}” (without quote), or the simple way is just dragging it from control panel folder. Another icons are:
    – {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} (Printers and Fax)
    – {E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD} (Scanners and Cameras)
    – {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} (Schedule Task)

  4. Export or backup registry windows using command line with silently.
    regedit.exe /S /E "filename.reg" "registry key" (Export registry key into filename.reg with Unicode – REGEDIT 5)
    regedit.exe /S /E:A "filename.reg" "registry key" (Export regitry key into filename.reg with ASCII format)
  5. Deactive and activate windows key. If you need to deactive Windows Key just edit following OOBETimer key on the registry folder

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents.

    And then to activate new key run this command from Start Run:
    %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
    And then Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows, and then click Next Click Change Product key, and type your new product key Restart the computer. And repeat the the step to verify that windows is activated.

  6. Remove default .ZIP folder in Windows XP/2K3. Simply just execute following command:
    regsvr32.exe /u zipfldr.dll
  7. How Lock Computer. In Windows 2K you can use CTRL+ALT+DEL and press “Lock Computer” Button. In Windows XP/2K3 you have another way, that is using [WINKEY]+L, or you can execute “%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation” from Start Run Menu
  8. Disable “Low Disk Space” notification, in WinXP just add DWORD NoLowDiskSpaceChecks with value 1 at:

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer

  9. Remove annoying message “To free up disk space, Outlook Express can compact messages. This may take up to few minutes” everytime closing Outlook Express.HKCU\Identities\<id_number>\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0 set DWORD key “Compact Check Count” to 0
  10. Remove Outlook Express splash screen by editing registry file. Add/edit New DWORD “NoSplash” with value 1, at folder:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\<ID_NUMBER> \Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0



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