Windows 7 registry - user interface settings

Registry settings for all those annoying HKEY_CURRENT_USER user interface settings that are likely to drive you nuts when running Windows 7 (the older XP version of this page is here)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Sanity.REG
; Windows 7 Sanity check

; Usual disclaimers apply - don't edit the registry unless you know what you are doing and
; BACKUP THE REGISTRY FIRST

; If you edit this file ensure all comment lines are prefixed with ; so that REGEDIT will ignore them



; - - - Section1 - - - - MS Explorer  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
;
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

; When opening files with an unknown extension, dont prompt to search the internet
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:00000001

; Use the classic Start Menu
"NoSimpleStartMenu"=dword:00000001

; Dont display Balloon Tips on Start Menu items
"NoSMBalloonTip"=dword:00000001

; This does nothing 
;NoBalloonFeatureAdvertisements

; Don't tie new shortcuts to a specific PC
"LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo"=dword:00000001

; Don't use Windows NTFS link tracking to resolve existing shortcuts.
"NoResolveTrack"=dword:00000001

; Don't hide any local Drives
"NoDrives"=dword:00000000

; Don't hide icons in the Notification Area
"NoTrayItemsDisplay"=dword:00000000

; Don't hide the clock
"HideClock"=dword:00000000

; Don't disable right click context menu for taskbar and System Tray items
"NoTrayContextMenu"=dword:00000000 

; don't lock the  Taskbar and Start Menu Properties
"NoSetTaskbar"=dword:00000001

; ============ Taskbar ===========

;UnLock the Taskbar and allow the User to move/resize it 
"TaskbarSizeMove"=dword:00000001
"LockTaskbar"=-

;or Lock the Taskbar and prevent the User from moving or resizing it 
; "TaskbarSizeMove"=dword:00000000
; "LockTaskbar"=-
; you might also need to delete 'LockTaskbar' from HKLM, on Windows 7/8 the
; GUI control will be greyed out if this key exists.

; No Glomming (keep every icon on the taskbar separate)
; "TaskbarGlomming"=dword:00000000

; Glomming enabled
"TaskbarGlomming"=dword:00000001

; TaskBar Glomming level: Combine when full (default)
"TaskbarGlomLevel"=dword:00000001
; or Never combine
; "TaskbarGlomLevel"=dword:00000002

; TaskBar left/right grouping by age (oldest first) this is the default.
"TaskbarGroupSize"=dword:00000000

; or group by size largest first
; "TaskbarGroupSize"=dword:00000001

; or group all with 2 or more, or 3 or more:
; "TaskbarGroupSize"=dword:00000002
; "TaskbarGroupSize"=dword:00000003

; or prevent grouping altogether
; "NoTaskGrouping"=dword:00000001

; ===============================

; Don't hide any custom toolbars on the taskbar
"NoToolbarsOnTaskbar"=dword:00000000

; Don't display a welcome screen
"NoWelcomeScreen"=dword:00000001

; Don't automatically create shortcuts within My Network Places 
"NoRecentDocsNetHood"=dword:00000001

; Don't hide the log-off option from the Classic Start Menu
"ForceStartMenuLogOff"=dword:00000001

; Don't hide the log-off option from the Start Menu
"StartMenuLogOff"=dword:00000001

; Don't clutter start menu with My Network Places
"NoStartMenuNetworkPlaces"=dword:00000001

; Don't add a Music shortcut to the start menu
"NoStartMenuMyMusic"=dword:00000001

; Don't Remove Pinned Programs list from the Start Menu 
"NoStartMenuPinnedList"=dword:00000000

; Don't Remove 'All Programs' list from the Start menu
"NoStartMenuMorePrograms"=dword:00000000

; Don't hide the Themes tab in Control Panel Personalisation
"NoThemesTab"=dword:00000000

; Remember my Explorer views
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000

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; - - - Section2 - - - -  Explorer\Advanced  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]

; Show hidden files and folders
; "Hidden"=dword:00000001
; or Don't show hidden files and folders:
; "Hidden"=dword:00000002

; Don't Hide file extensions
"HideFileExt"=dword:00000000

; Don't add a Documents shortcut to the start menu (in Win8 this is hidden by default)
"Start_ShowMyDocs"=dword:00000000

; Don't add a Games shortcut to the start menu
"Start_ShowMyGames"=dword:00000000

; Don't slow down search by including all public folders
"Start_SearchFiles"=dword:00000001

; Dont automatically add 'recently opened' programs to the Start menu
"Start_TrackProgs"=dword:00000000

; Don't change the upper/lower case of filenames
"DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000001

; Don't randomly open copies of windows explorer when I login
"PersistBrowsers"=dword:00000000

;
; - - - Section 3 - - - - Policy settings  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

; Display verbose messages during login (Group policy, profile loading etc)
"verbosestatus"=dword:00000001

; Don't hide any of the following options (normally under Control Panel, Personalization)

; Allow changing Windows Color
"NoDispAppearancePage"=dword:00000000

; Allow Color scheme changes
"NoColorChoice"=dword:00000000

; Allow changing the font size
"NoSizeChoice"=dword:00000000

;Change desktop background (any wallpaper will override this)
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000

; Allow changing the Screen Saver 
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000

; Allow changing the Display
"NoDispCPL"=dword:00000000

; Allow changing the Display Settings
"NoDispSettingsPage"=dword:00000000

; Allow changing the Screen Saver
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000

; Allow a choice of visual style Aero/Classic
"SetVisualStyle"=-

; Allow changing the wallpaper
; If a wallpaper value is set here (or via policy) it will override the users choice
; in the control panel (HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop) so the key must be deleted:
"Wallpaper"=-

;
; - - - Section 4 - - - - Policy - Add-Remove Programs restrictions   - - - - - - 
;
; These keys make sure you can install or uninstall programs:
;

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Programs]
; Allow access to Programmes and Features
"NoProgramsAndFeatures"=-
"NoProgramsCPL"=-

; or disallow access:
;  "NoProgramsAndFeatures"=dword:00000001


;
; - - - Section 5 - - - -  Control Panel + Console- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
;
; Dont hide any Control Panel applets see Q207750
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load]
"appwiz.cpl"=-

; Start menu speed
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"MenuShowDelay"="50"
; (the default of 400 is a bit slow)


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console]
; Allow copy and paste from the command line.
"QuickEdit"=dword:00000001

;
; - - - Section 6 - - - -  Windows Update  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

; These affect all users [HKLM] and would typically be set via Group Policy
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update]

; Download and install
;"AUOptions"=dword:00000004

; Download but don't install 
;"AUOptions"=dword:00000003

; Check but don't download 
;"AUOptions"=dword:00000002

; Don't check
;"AUOptions"=dword:00000001

;
; - - - Section 7 - - - -  Misc  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
;
; Set the Screen Saver grace period (this only works if a valid screensaver is set)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"ScreenSaverGracePeriod"="5"

Many of the On/Off registry values above can be toggled between TRUE (00000001) and FALSE (00000000)

"It's not like I let people do things for me, so I guess you can call me a control freak, or you can call me passionate" ~ Courteney Cox

Related:

TweakUI - Gui tool from Microsoft
SevenForums - Tutorials on Windows 7 personalization


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