To fully reap this Manual you need to have a basic understanding
of the Windows Registry If you
wants to know the basic of registry then go to
Registry Tips page of this site.
Important Note: Before you read on, you need to keep
one thing in mind. Whenever you make changes to the Windows
Registry you need to Refresh it before the changes take place.
Simply press F5 to refresh the registry and enable the changes.
If this does not work Restart your system.
1) Disabling Display of Drives in My Computer :
This is yet another trick you can play on your geek friend.
To disable the display of local or networked drives when you
click My Computer go to :
Now in the right pane create a new DWORD item and name it
NoDrives. Now modify it's value and set it to 3FFFFFF (Hexadecimal)
Now press F5 to refresh. When you click on My Computer, no
drives will be shown. To enable display of drives in My Computer,
simply delete this DWORD item. It's .reg file is as follows:
2) Pop 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:
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:
3) Secure your Desktop Icons and Settings :
You can save your desktop settings and secure it from your
nerdy friend by playing with the registry. Simply launch the
Registry Editor go to:
In the right pane create a new DWORD Value named NoSaveSettings
and modify it's value to 1. Refresh and restart for the settings
to get saved.
4) Deleting System Options from the Start menu :
You can actually remove the Find and Run options from the
start menu by performing a simple registry hack. Again like
always Launch the registry editor and scroll down to the below
Right-click on the right pane and select New, DWORD Value.
Name it NoFind.(To remove the RUN option name it NoRun). Double-click
the newly create DWORD to edit it's value and enter 1 as its
value. This will disable the FIND option of the Start Menu
and will also disable the default Shortcut key(F3 for Find.)
To restore the Run or find command modify the value of the
DWORD to 0 or simply Delete the DWORD value.
5) Cleaning Recent Docs Menu and the RUN MRU :
The Recent Docs menu can be easily disabled by editing the
Registry. To do this go to the following Key:
Now in the right pane, create a new DWORD value by the name:
NoRecentDocsMenu and set it's value to 1. Restart Explorer
to save the changes.
You can also clear the RUN MRU history. All the listings
are stored in the key:
You can delete individual listings or the entire listing.
To delete History of Find listings go to:
Find Spec MRU and delete.
6) Other Similar Useful Tricks :
Launch Regedit and go to the following Registry Key:
Under this key, there will definitely be a key named explorer.
Now under this explorer key we can create new DWORD values
and modify it's value to 1 in order to impose the restriction.
If you want to remove the Restriction, then you can simply
delete the respective DWORD values or instead change their
values to 0. The following is a list of DWORD values that
can be created under the Explorer Key-:
NoDeletePrinter: Disables Deletion of already installed
NoAddPrinter: Disables Addition of new Printers
NoRun : Disables or hides the Run Command
NoSetFolders: Removes Folders from the Settings option
on Start Menu (Control Panel, Printers, Taskbar)
NoSetTaskbar: Removes Taskbar system folder from the
Settings option on Start Menu
NoFind: Removes the Find Tool (Start >Find)
NoDrives: Hides and does not display any Drives in
NoNetHood: Hides or removes the Network Neighborhood icon
from the desktop
NoDesktop: Hides all items including, file, folders
and system folders from the Desktop
NoClose: Disables Shutdown and prevents the user from
normally shutting down Windows.
NoSaveSettings: Means to say, 'Don't save settings
DisableRegistryTools: Disable Registry Editing Tools
(If you disable this option, the Windows Registry Editor(regedit.exe)
too will not work.)
NoRecentDocsHistory: Removes Recent Document system
folder from the Start Menu (IE 4 and above)
ClearRecentDocsOnExit: Clears the Recent Documents
system folder on Exit.
Nolnternetlcon: Removes the Internet (system folder)
icon from the Desktop
Under the same key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/CurrentVersion/Policies
you can create new subkeys other than the already existing
Explorer key. Now create a new key and name it System. Under
this new key, system we can create the following new DWORD
values(1 for enabling the particular option and 0 for disabling
the particular option):
Similarly, if we create a new subkey named WinOldApp, we can
add the following DWORD values under it(1 for enabling the particular
option and 0 for disabling the particular option):
- NODispCPL: Hides Control Panel
- NoDispBackgroundPage: Hides Background page.
- NoDispScrsavPage: Hides Screen Saver Page
- NoDispAppearancePage: Hides Appearance Page
- NoDispSettingsPage: Hides Settings Page
- NoSecCPL: Disables Password Control Panel
- NoPwdPage: Hides Password Change Page
- NoAdminPaqe: Hides Remote Administration Page
- NoProfilePage: Hides User Profiles Page
- NoDevMgrPage: Hides Device Manager Page
- NoConfigPage: Hides Hardware Profiles Page
- NoFileSysPage: Hides File System Button
- NoVirtMemPage: Hides Virtual Memory Button
Disabled: Disable MS-DOS Prompt
NoRealMode: Disable Single-Mode MS-DOS.