Windows 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 WinXP:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Sanity.REG
; Windows XP 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  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
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[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

; Disable the animated Click Start to begin
"NoStartBanner"=hex:01,00,00,00

; Don't constantly shuffle around the start menu items
"Intellimenus"=dword:00000000

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

; Dont tie new shortcuts to a specific PC
"LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo"=dword:00000001

; Don't hide all the local Drives
"NoDrives"=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 run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard
"NoDesktopCleanupWizard"=dword:00000001

; Don't create a Shared Documents folder for My Computer 
"NoSharedDocuments"=dword:00000001

; Don't hide the log-off option from the start menu
"ForceStartMenuLogOff"=dword:00000001

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

; Don't add a My Documents shortcut to the start menu
"NoSMMyDocs"=dword:00000001

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

; Don't add a My Pictures shortcut to the start menu
"NoSMMyPictures"=dword:00000001

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

; Don't hide any of the following settings in the explorer GUI
"NoActiveDesktopChanges"=hex:00,00,00,00
"NoActiveDesktop"=dword:00000000
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000
"ClassicShell"=dword:00000000
"NoThemesTab"=dword:00000000

; Disable active desktop
"NoActiveDesktop"=hex:01,00,00,00

; Don't ignore the flag above, really disable active desktop
"ForceActiveDesktopOn"=dword:00000000

; Enable Windows Update
;; "NoWindowsUpdate"=dword:00000000
; OR 
; Disable Windows Update 
;; "NoWindowsUpdate"=dword:00000001


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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 change the upper/lower case of filenames
"DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000001

;  Hide the Start Button BalloonTip (Click here to begin)
"StartButtonBalloonTip"=dword:00000000

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

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

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

; Don't hide any of the following options (normally under Control Panel, Desktop)
"NoDispAppearancePage"=dword:00000000
"NoColorChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoSizeChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoDispBackgroundPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispCPL"=dword:00000000
"NoVisualStyleChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoDispSettingsPage"=dword:00000000
"NoDispScrSavPage"=dword:00000000
"NoVisualStyleChoice"=dword:00000000
"NoSizeChoice"=dword:00000000
"SetVisualStyle"=-

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; - - - Section 4 - - - - Policy - Add-Remove Programs restrictions   - - - - - - 
;
; These keys make sure you can uninstall anything
;
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Uninstall]
"NoAddRemovePrograms"=dword:00000000  
"NoRemovePage"=dword:00000000  
"NoAddPage"=dword:00000000  
"NoWindowsSetupPage"=dword:00000000 
"NoAddFromCDorFloppy"=dword:00000000  
"NoAddFromInternet"=dword:00000000  
"NoAddFromNetwork"=dword:00000000 
"NoServices"=dword:00000000  
"NoSupportInfo"=dword:00000000

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

; Start menu speed
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"MenuShowDelay"="100"
; (the default of 400 is a bit slow)
;
; - - - Section 6 - - - -  Console  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
;
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console]
; Allow copy and paste from the command line.
"QuickEdit"=dword:00000001


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; - - - Section 7 - - - -  Tip Of the Day  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
;
;  Turn off the 'Tip Of the Day'
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\tips]
"Show"=dword:00000000
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"I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy" ~ J. D. Salinger

Related:

TweakUI - Gui tool from Microsoft
Kellys Korner, registry settings


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