Windows 7 registry - user interface settings

Registry settings for user interface settings and options under Windows 7.
These per-user options are all found in the registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER (the older XP version of this page is here)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Sanity.REG
; Windows 7 per user settings

; 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:00000000

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

;
; - - - 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

; Dont hide recently opened Programs from the Start menu /Start Run
"Start_TrackProgs"=dword:00000001

; Dont hide recently opened Documents from the Start menu /Start Run
"Start_TrackDocs"=dword:00000001

; 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

; 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 delete the key to allow changes:
"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 [HKLM] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

; 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

; Dont reboot to install updates if a user is currently logged in
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:00000001

;
; - - - Section 7 - - - -  Misc [HKLM] All users - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
;
; Set the Screen Saver grace period (this only works if a valid screensaver is set)
; an alternative is adjusting the power / hibernate settings for the display.
[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)

If any of the above setting could have been modified by Group Policy, use RSOP.msc (GUI utility) to see the policy settings that have been applied to the current user, or run GPRESULT /z to see the full details of registry keys set.

If you are running DISM then equivalent settings for All Users can be found under [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\WIM_Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\

"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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