Pop Up A Banner Each Time Windows Boots

To pop a banner which can contain any message you want to display just before a user is going to log on, go to the key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WinLogon

Now create a new string Value in the right pane named LegalNoticeCaption and enter the value that you want to see in the Menu Bar. Now create yet another new string value and name it: LegalNoticeText. Modify it and insert the message you want to display each time Windows boots. This can be effectively used to display the company’s private policy each time the user logs on to his NT box. It’s .reg file would be:

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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]

“LegalNoticeCaption”=”Caption here.”

Delete the Tips of the Day to save 5KB

Windows 95 had these tips of the day which appeared on a system running a newly installed Windows OS. These tips of the day are stored in the Windows Registry and consume 5K of space. For those of you who are really concerned about how much free space your hard disk has, I have the perfect trick.

To save 5K go to the following key in Regedit:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Tips

Now simply delete these tricks by selecting and pressing the DEL key.

Save Folder Setting Preferences

Save Folder Setting PreferencesSometimes when we customize a folder and upon restarting we realize that the changes haven’t been saved. In some cases the settings work for few days and then XP forgets it. Ever wondered why this happens? Well, this is due to that fact that Windows XP remembers the settings for only 400 folders, by default. When you customize more folders the old settings are lost. To prevent Windows XP forgetting the folder customization, we can increase the limit till 8000 (which is the upper limit). Set the BagMRU Size to 6000 (Decimal) in the following registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam Let me remind you that the value that we set is in Decimal and not hex.

Remove The Log Off Button From The Start Menu

Remove Log Off button from Start MenuTo remove the Log Off button from your Start Menu do the following registry tweak. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer Create a new DWORD value and name it NoLogOff. Now add the value 1 to the key. You

need to logoff or reboot for the settings to take effect.

Learn To Backup and Restore Your Registry

To take BACKUP of your registryl in Windows XP you need to follow the steps given below:

  • To get this utility go to: Start–>Programs–>Accessories–>System Tools–>Backup.Backup and Restore your Registry in Windows XP
  • The wizard will launch, then click next.
  • Choose BACKUP FILES AND SETTINGS and click next.
  • Choose LET ME CHOOSE WHAT TO BACKUP and click next.
  • Expand the section for MY COMPUTER (click the minus sign next to it) and place a check mark in the box next to SYSTEM STATE DATA.
  • Add the drive containing XP or at least the WINDOWS folder.
  • However this does add considerable time and size to the backup and click next .
  • Now choose a place to store the info and name it.
  • If you are proficcient, you may choose a different type of backup by using the advanced tab.
  • And with this you are through with taking the backup of your registry!!!

Now let us see how to restore the backed up registry in case of an emergency:

  • Goto Start–>Programs–>Accessories–>System Tools–>Backup.
  • The wizard will launch, now click on the ADVANCED button.
  • Click on the RESTORE WIZARD button.
  • Click next on the following screen.
  • Choose the backup you want.
  • Follow the remaining screens.
  • Done!!!

Note:{For Windows XP Home Edition users}

Most probably you won’t see the Backup option in Windows XP Home. Put the XP CD in the drive and exit out of the screen that pops up. Go to My Computer and Right Click on the Drive containing the XP CD. Choose Explore. Now click on the following file: VALUEADD MSFT NTBACKUP NTBACKUP Installer.