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Here's a few tweaks I use that work, and that I didn't see included in the collection. Apologies if any of these are already in there, I just didn't see 'em.. :)

;Places My Computer Above My Documents on Desktop

;Removes more Shellnew stuff like ADE, ADN, ADP, Briefcase, BMP, CSV, DOC, DOT, GIF, JPG, PSD, PUB, RAR,;RESBUILD, RTF, WAV, XLS, ZIP from New Documents Menu.

@="No Sounds"

;Restores customized Task Manager Settings (You may want to find and export your own under this key)
;This has PID, Image Name, CPU, Base Pri, CPU TIme, Mem Usage, VM Size, Peak Mem, Mem Delta and User Name
;in that order. Settings are: Low update speed, Show 16bit tasks, Always on top, Minimize on use.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\TaskManager]

; Display details view in Windows Explorer

;IE Disable Dr.Watson in Internet Explorer
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

;Turns F-Lock and Print Screen keys permanently ON for Microsoft keyboards
;For boards with F-Lock key, F-Lock stays on, so you can use the F1-F12 keys standard commands
;instead of using the MS-assigned annoying and potentially dangrous Undo, Redo, Delete, Close, Etc..
;Prime example is F2, which with F-lock off, becomes Undo. Boy does that suck.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,1a,00,00,00,3b,00,3b,e0,3c,00,08,e0,\

; Sets Keyboard Repeat rate to fastest setting, and the repeat delay to 0
; Use if you think the default keyboard repeat delay is WAY too SLOW.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard]

;Sets 24Hr Clock, AM,PM = a,p, 2 characters in year Short date (M.d.yy = 3.19.07) and date separator 
;changed from a slash to a dot because I like it.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International]

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any problems with those.

BTW, has anyone found a "Small Icons in Start Menu" tweak that actually *works*? I've tried about 5, and none of them work. I've looked at the changes in Regmon, and it seems clicking that option in the Start Menu config doesn't just change values, it adds and removes entire keys, all of which must be done for it to work.


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The small icons works here for me here.

Sorry for not being too active here on the forum lately.

Are you sure about deleting Special Accounts? I was told they are needed

(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts)

Don´t worry phaolo, it is safe. I always do that!

Here's a few tweaks I use that work, and that I didn't see included in the collection

kelaniz, some of those are already in the package, some are not. I will be sure to include them on the next version. Thank you.

Just an observation:

In the readme, it says that Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension is one of the vital services that should be set to automatic, or at worst, manual. In my experience, that service is not only not vital, it's completely useless and can be safely disabled.

GrofLuigi, my mistake. Already corrected. :)

@DL, thank you for helping the folks in here like you´ve been doing. Your knowledge on windows registry is not only great, it is essencial in this forum. Thank you man.

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BTW, has anyone found a "Small Icons in Start Menu" tweak that actually *works*? I've tried about 5, and none of them work. I've looked at the changes in Regmon, and it seems clicking that option in the Start Menu config doesn't just change values, it adds and removes entire keys, all of which must be done for it to work.


You could try exporting:


which only gets written on shutdown, or cancelled shutdown

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You could try exporting:


which only gets written on shutdown, or cancelled shutdown

Not sure I follow you.. Do you mean export that key and add it to my first run tweaks reg importer, or.. what?

From what I've been able to see, clicking Show Small Icons in Start Menu (I use Classic Start Menu, btw) queries, sets and removes about 100 different keys. Obviously, most of those are other checkbox settings in that dialog. Unless I'm going blind, the Stuckrects key isn't one of them. Also, this setting applies instantly. So if that key is written on shutdown/cancelled shutdown, how would it affect the Small Icons setting?

I'm pretty sure the Small Icons tweak in the collection works for the New Start Menu, but not Classic. That's the one that seems to be the troublemaker.

I'll add this key to my tweaks and see what happens.

I also just noticed that at some point after checking Small Icons in SM, Windows deletes this key:


Maybe that has something to do with it?

Arggh. One little annoyance that's keeping my DVD from finalization. :)

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  • 3 weeks later...

Just had an idea and a question. When importing a pile of settings, if there's a typo or other error, does the import stop at the bad entry, or does it skip that entry and continue? I suppose i could test it, but if anyone knows, it'd save me the time :)

The reason I ask is, if the import DOES quit if it hits a bad entry, I think it'd be a good idea to add a few check keys or a confirmation key at the end of a large import. So without having to watch at Registry Monitor (or another tool), you could tell if the import actually finished. You could place the check keys at the end of each section, and then check the registry after import to see how far it got.

Something like this. The first 4 entries would be the section checks, and the last would be at the end of the .reg file:

"IE7 Settings OK"="Yes"
"Visual Settings OK"="Yes"
"Desktop Settings OK"="Yes"
"pr0n Settings OK"="Yes"
"Completed Import"="Yes"

If importing just skips a bad entry and continues to the end, well...dammit! Nevermind. :)


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Madhits45: You can set HKLM settings at any point since they are machine-wide in nature.

kelaniz: "Bad" entries are skipped, just make sure you have the basic .reg-file structure (first two lines). Always read the file through to find any typos.

Batch-scripts on the other hand do exctly what you said and just quits when certain errors are found (i.e. escape characters).

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Thanks for the info, DL. It's funny... I hate it when batch files fail on an error, but I'd kind of like reg files crapping out. Sure, you can check for typos, (and I have). But as an editor in a former life, I know that 10 people can read a single paragraph 10 times and still not catch a glaring typo until the work is in production. :) Turn that paragraph into a 150Kb Mega-import file and... I'm sure you get my drift. At least there's Regmon and InCTRL to make the checking process easier.

Also, you mentioned "the .reg-file structure (first two lines)" That's just the Windows Registry Editor version line followed by a blank line, right?


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