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REGISTRY TIPS MENU

Advanced users

First read below:
  • AVOID ACCIDENTAL REGISTRY IMPORTING
  • RE-INITAILIZE REGISTRY

The following four pages contain many Registry tweaks and tips for Windows 9x.

Registry Tips (1 - 11)

    1. AUTOREFRESH
    2. ANIMATION
    3. CD AUTORUN
    4. COMMAND PROMPT HERE
    5. DOUBLE BUFFERING
    6. DOWNLOAD DEFAULT DIRECTORY
    7. FIND - EDITED
    8. ICONS IN HI-COLOR
    9. ICONS IN DLL FILES
    10. MENU DELAY
    11. NEW EDITED - RIGHT-CLICK MENU

Registry Tips (12 - 23)

    12. OPEN FILE IN NOTEPAD
    13. OPEN WITH ...
    14. OWNER PROFILES
    15. QUICK VIEW
    16. SMOOTH SCROLLING
    17. THUMBNAIL IMAGES OF BITMAP ICONS
    18. WINDOWS EXPLORER
    19. RUN - the DROP-DOWN LIST
    20. ARROW - Remove it from Shortcuts
    21. BACKGROUND COLOR - during bootup
    22. BUFFER COMMITS
    23. CD AUTORUN - if it does not work
 

Registry Tips (24 - 35)

    24. CD DRIVE LETTER
    25. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
    26. DRAG FULL WINDOW
    27. DRIVERS - 32-bit PROTECTED MODE
    28. EXPLORE FROM HERE
    29. EXPLORE - from the START MENU
    30. FOLDERS LOCATION
    31. FILE ALLOCATION SIZE
    32. FILENAMES TRUNCATED
    33. IE 4.0 DEFAULT BUG
    34. MENU DROP-DOWNS ALIGNED TO THE RIGHT
    35. MODEM INITIALIZATION STRING

Registry Tips (36 - 47)

    36. MODEM - MAXSOCKETS
    37. MODEM TIMEOUT
    38. NEW COMMAND MISSING !
    39. NOTEPAD - FONT USED
    40. NUMLOCK ON / OFF
    41. SYSTEM AGENT - Disable
    42. PROGRAM FAULTS - RECORDED
    43. SAVE SETTINGS
    44. START MENU - EDIT IT
    45. STARTUP WITHOUT APPLICATIONS
    46. VIDEO REFRESH RATE
    47. WRITE BEHIND CACHING

AVOID ACCIDENTAL REGISTRY IMPORTING      Windows 9x

Many users prefer to use a Reg file (text file with a .reg extension) to make alterations to the Registry. This is double-clicked after every bootup or placed in Autoexec.bat.

It is extremely easy to accidentally alter the Registry by unintentionally clicking on a file with a .reg extension. Its importation into the Registry is without confirmation, is immediate, and there is no Undo. Here are two methods designed to prevent a possible calamity:

1 Use .TXT Any reg file you create can be given an added extension of .txt. For example my.reg would become my.reg.txt and clicking on it will open it in your text editor (Notepad, usually).
It will never be imported into the Registry until the .txt is removed (and replaced after use, please!). These files are easily located by using *.reg.txt in Find

2 Change Default action taken when any .reg file is double-clicked.
a) Open Windows Explorer and select View • Options • File Types tab
b) Scroll down the registered file types until you find Registration Entries and highlight it
c) Click Edit. There should be three actions in the Actions box : Edit, Merge and Print.
d) Highlight Edit and click Set Default, Edit should become Bold
The next time you double-click on a .reg file, Notepad should open instead.
You can still import a .reg file by right-clicking on it, and selecting Merge

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RE-INITAILIZE REGISTRY     Windows 9x

Re-Initailize your Registry without rebooting

It is normal practice to reboot after making a Registry change.
Rebooting regularly can be a chore and a bore.

However you can re-initialize your Registry (and refresh your Desktop) without ever leaving the Windows environment.

• Save your current work - just in case!

• Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, bringing up the Windows' current Task List
• Highlight Explorer, and click on End Task
• If the Shutdown screen is shown, click Cancel
• After a few seconds an error message will appear
• click on End Task

Windows Explorer will now restart (plus your updated Registry)

Now! That's a lot quicker!

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