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Windows 7: Registry Hacks/Tweaks

24 Jun 2010   #11
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Here are the Seven Forums tutorials on ownership and Aero shake.

Take ownership - Take Ownership Shortcut

Aero shake - Aero Shake - Enable or Disable
LOL Carl I already posted those and a bunch of info on how to use the Group policy editor to do a bunch of other stuff without having to mess with the registry.


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24 Jun 2010   #12
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

On the other hand, I'd agree with Chev in regards to using group policy instead, as its faster and easier to deploy configuration settings to individual or a group of machines. And its all managed by a central location, instead of having to deploy the reg files to each PC, then all again when you want to change a setting again.

In Windows Server 2008, there is a (new?) option to to set registry keys via GPO.

Im actually trying to get my hands on WS2k8 at the moment too, to take advantage of these features...
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24 Jun 2010   #13
xSeanBoi

Windows 7 Professional Build 7601 (x64)
 
 

Here is a revised .reg
What do you think? And is it all proper?

I do know what each of the entries will do. I would just like to have someone double-check to make sure that it is all typed properly so that there are no errors.

Code:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001
"LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo"=dword:00000001
"NoResolveSearch"=dword:00000001
"NoResolveTrack"=dword:00000001
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:00000001
"DisableThumbnails"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]
@="{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"
 
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]
@="{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"AutoEndTasks"="1"
"HungAppTimeout"="1000"
"MenuShowDelay"="1"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="2000"
"LowLevelHooksTimeout"="1000"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseHoverTime"="30"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control]
"WaitToKillServiceTimeout"="1000"

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]
"29"=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,\
25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,\
00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,35,00,30,00,\
00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"DisableThumbnailsOnNetworkFolders"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppCompat]
"DisablePCA"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
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24 Jun 2010   #14
xSeanBoi

Windows 7 Professional Build 7601 (x64)
 
 

On a side note:

Though these will not make a noticeable difference on my machine, I am asking for tips because I am a computer technician and would like to do all I can to eek every bit of performance for my clients. There are several clients who do not need all the bells and whistles, and would just like it to run faster.
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24 Jun 2010   #15
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

You can get rid off this one, today hard drive not really needs that one.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001

This one doesn't seems having any effect for me:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"DisableThumbnails"=dword:00000001


This as to be set in [HKEY_USER] aswell, in every accounts:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"AutoEndTasks"="1"
"HungAppTimeout"="1000"
"MenuShowDelay"="1"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="2000"
"LowLevelHooksTimeout"="1000"


Attached Images
Registry Hacks/Tweaks-capture.png 
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24 Jun 2010   #16
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppCompat]
"DisablePCA"=dword:00000001
Not sure this is a good so-called tweak to have as it could prevent or give no real indication as to why a particular software will not run on a system. In other words, you will get less information to be able to help resolve an issue with a program not starting.

Program Compatibility Assistant - Enable or Disable


Quote:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

and

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
Should never be added to a system of someone who has no idea how to actually use it.


Honestly speaking, most of those tweaks are not necessary regardless of the speed of the system, some are dangerous and some just have no use at all.
There is no reason to do what you are doing on a 7 system.
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24 Jun 2010   #17
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
Quote:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppCompat]
"DisablePCA"=dword:00000001
Not sure this is a good so-called tweak to have as it could prevent or give no real indication as to why a particular software will not run on a system. In other words, you will get less information to be able to help resolve an issue with a program not starting.

Program Compatibility Assistant - Enable or Disable
I agree!

Some more info on it:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb756937.aspx

Well, the @="Take Ownership" is only good for the one who needs it, unless the client knows how to.

Getting faster is nice but i will also consider some security settings for your client.
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24 Jun 2010   #18
xSeanBoi

Windows 7 Professional Build 7601 (x64)
 
 

Hm. Perhaps I will throw the registry tweaks out the window. Seems no need for them and I most definitely would not want to open security holes that could pose a risk to my clients. I am not one of those technicians who sets up a computer to "break" later on down the road, just to get more customers and money.
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24 Jun 2010   #19
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Most of the tweaking suites out there are simply a collection of registry hacks with a glossy user interface. Frankly, if you just can't resist, I'd stick with (a reputable) one of those. It's much easier to keep track of what you've monkeyed around with and the better ones often have a one-click option to "restore all settings to Windows default".

My experience is to change one or two things at a time and see how much difference you actually notice. Keep a critical eye and bear in mind the placebo effect which is all too common with these kind of programs.

Personally, unless I'm turning off a "feature" which annoys me, the standard settings usually are just fine. I'd also recommend backing up your registry before you get too ambitious - just in case things go horribly wrong.
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24 Jun 2010   #20
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xSeanBoi View Post
Hm. Perhaps I will throw the registry tweaks out the window. Seems no need for them and I most definitely would not want to open security holes that could pose a risk to my clients. I am not one of those technicians who sets up a computer to "break" later on down the road, just to get more customers and money.
Not all have to be thrown away, but you'll see later during those posts which are suitable to optimize windows 7.

Again, long and durable tutorial:
Optimize Windows 7
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