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Registry Hack .Reg Files for Windows Machines

Introduction to .Reg Files

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This page contains examples of .reg files which will alter your Windows registry  Begin by extracting the .reg file from its .zip equivalent.  Once you double click the .reg and it will automatically make alterations to your registry.  Where needed, you can edit the .reg file with notepad, for example, if you need to change a path or string value.

Warning:
50,000+ people have read this page.  Unfortunately, 2 users destroyed their machine by using the .reg files inappropriately.  Rather than withdrawing this page I urge you: BEFORE using these .reg files, please read my 5 Stages of Registry Hacking and in particular - check my Best Practice Summary.

Contents and Examples of .Reg Files

Display ComputerName.

To understand what the Display ComputerName .reg file will achieve check my example here.

This .reg file will alter the 'My Computer' to display the hostname and the name of the logged on user.

Here is the your Download called ComputerName.zip


Show Security Tab - Exchange 2003

Note this only works if you have Exchange 2003 /2000 installed on your machine.  However, it is probably one of the most useful .reg files.

What this .reg file does is to add ShowSecurityPage to the registry.  The scenario is that you wish to configure the Security Tab in the properties of your Exchange Organization.

Here is the your Download called ExchangeSecurityTab.zip


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AutoAdminLogon

This .reg file is useful if you wish a machine to restart without the need to logon.  Naturally this is a completely insecure setting.  The main business case is for AutoAdminLogon is in Libraries, or when installing machines via scripts.

Please note, that unlike the other .reg files there is no way this will work unless you edit the file because the DefaultPassword in the file is "z1!8line1".

In fact, you may better off making your own AutoAdminLogon .reg file, see the next item below.

Here is the your Download called AutoAdminLogon.zip

P.S. See more about AutoAdminLogon here.

P.P.S. See more for Auto Logon in Windows 7


NoLowDiskSpaceChecks

Are you fed up with Low Disk Space warning messages?

Here is where you can get a .Reg LowDiskNotification.zip.

Note it may be better to empty the recycle bin and delete temporary internet files - first.

P.S. See more about NoLowDiskSpaceChecks here


Build Number and PaintDesktopVersion

What this .reg file does is add a message displaying the Build Number to the bottom right of you desktop.

Copy the instructions below into a text file, save the file with .reg extension, for example Build.reg. Then refer to How to transfer the .reg settings into the registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"PaintDesktopVersion"=dword:00000001

Note:  this registry setting is a dword (and not a REG_SZ), consequently, observe the colon and the lack of speech marks around the 000000001.

See more on Windows Build Number 7600


How to Create Your Own .reg Files

Applying .reg files is useful, but best of all, you could create your own .reg files.  Here is how you can do it:

  1. Launch Regedit (Start, Run, Regedit)
  2. Navigate to the area of the registry you are interested in.
  3. Select File (menu), Export and save as .reg file.
  4. Note: Export Range at the bottom of the diagram and choose:  Selected branch.

Export Registry.  How to make .reg files

Once you have mastered the technique to create .reg files, keep a look out for repetitive tasks where you need the same settings on multiple servers.  Enabling the Security Tab on Exchange Servers is a classic use for this .reg file technique.

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Troubleshooting AutoPlay Using Regedit

Since the Local Group Policy Editor is not supplied with Windows Home editions, you will need to employ regedit to achieve the same result.

Open regedit and locate the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Change:  NoDriveTypeAutoRun to 0x91

If necessary create this key as a DWORD.

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Increase the Number of Simultaneous Downloads

The keyword is 'Simultaneous',  in early versions of Windows Explorer you could only download 2 files at a time.  While Windows Explorer 8 increases this number to 6.  Here is how edit the registry and so achieve 10.

Internet Explorer 8 Settings.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER
"iexplore.exe "=dword:0000000a

Note: dword:0000000a is ten in decimal.

Note: Observer that Internet ... Explorer wraps to the next line.

Internet Explorer 7 and Lower Settings

These use FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPER1_0SERVER instead of FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPER1_0SERVER
"iexplore.exe "=dword:0000000a

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