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Windows 7: Registry Hacks/Tweaks

24 Jun 2010   #1
xSeanBoi

Windows 7 Professional Build 7601 (x64)
 
 
Registry Hacks/Tweaks

Not sure if this is the correct place to post this...

Does anyone know of some good registry hacks/tweaks that I can download and apply? Either available here on the forum or some other trusted source.

I do not want registry tweaks that can compromise my system and I would like tweaks that I can download so that I do not need to manually edit the registry and so that the tweaks can be easily applied on multiple machines.


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24 Jun 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome,

Dont have the anwer to your question, because that is not my pereferred method for best performance.
This is what I do:
Optimize Windows 7
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24 Jun 2010   #3
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Sure there are thousands of reg hacks out there that all do various things.
But what is it exactly you want to do?

Best practice is to open any reg file in a text editor such as notepad, and see exactly what it does.

If your familiar with how registry and reg files work, you can also consolidate several into one, so you only need to apply one reg file which will do the lot. Otherwise, create a batch file to apply several reg files.
But again, it all depends on what exactly you want tweaked.
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24 Jun 2010   #4
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Welcome,

Dont have the anwer to your question, because that is not my pereferred method for best performace.
This is what I do:
Optimize Windows 7
I wholeheartedly agree with Richard. Unless you are very knowledgeable about the registry, don't mess with it. The registry in Windows 7 is not like the registry in XP and the old XP knowledge does not apply. You stand a much greater chance of screwing up your system than improving it.
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24 Jun 2010   #5
xSeanBoi

Windows 7 Professional Build 7601 (x64)
 
 

I am very familiar with the Windows 7 registry, much thanks to my recently attained Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology. I do have a couple of registry tweaks already downloaded but they are just general tweaks. I have:

Enable Aero Shake
Disable Aero Shake
Install Take Ownership
Remove Take Ownership

Pretty self-explanatory, I'm sure. Does anyone know what this .reg file does? I haven't had a chance to take a look at the contents and divulge the intentions, but here is the .reg file:

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

[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"="8"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="2000"
"LowLevelHooksTimeout"="1000"

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

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

[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   #6
NoN

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

The reg file provided is pretty sure to use.

This will add to the Right Click context menu two options: Copy & Move to...
[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}"


This will speed up windows 7 :
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"AutoEndTasks"="1"
"HungAppTimeout"="1000"
"MenuShowDelay"="8"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="2000"
"LowLevelHooksTimeout"="1000"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control]
"WaitToKillServiceTimeout"="1000"

NoLowDiskSpaceChecks = Low Disk Notification deactivated
LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo = Determines whether Windows traces shortcuts back to their sources when it cannot find the target on the user's system.
NoResolveSearch = Prevents the system from conducting a comprehensive search of the target drive to resolve a shortcut.
NoResolveTrack = Prevents the system from using NTFS tracking features to resolve a shortcut.
NoInternetOpenWith = Specifies whether to use the Microsoft Web service for finding an application to open a file with an unhandled file association.



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One more?

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

Clear Hide Inactive Icons History:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify]
"PastIconsStream"=-
"IconStreams"=-

Remove Shortcut Arrow on Desktop:
[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

Clear Page File At Shutdown = Specifies whether inactive pages in the paging file are filled with zeros when the system stops.:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\MemoryManagement]
"ClearPageFileAtShutdown"=dword:00000001
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24 Jun 2010   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xSeanBoi View Post
Not sure if this is the correct place to post this...

Does anyone know of some good registry hacks/tweaks that I can download and apply? Either available here on the forum or some other trusted source.

I do not want registry tweaks that can compromise my system and I would like tweaks that I can download so that I do not need to manually edit the registry and so that the tweaks can be easily applied on multiple machines.
If you want to safely tweak your systems registry and want the same tweaks to apply to all the machines in your network then you should use the group policy editor's administrative templates.

You can do just about anything with it and it can apply these tweaks to all your networked machines at the same time. It does this by adjusting your registry keys but is much less likely to make a mistake. Not to mention it's easier and less problematic than playing with the registry and you can tweak things back just as easily. The picture below shows you a few examples of what can be done.

Just type gpedit.msc into the command prompt and hit enter.
The Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterpise editions.

You can also adjust aero shake and install the ownership .exe without messing with the registry.

Take Ownership Shortcut
Aero Shake - Enable or Disable


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Registry Hacks/Tweaks-gpe-take-your-pick.png  
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24 Jun 2010   #8
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I can honestly tell you that...

A. Win 7 on that system does not need tweaking. It will run fine and fast. There are no performance tweaks that can make it run any noticeable difference other than a hardware upgrade.


Quote:
Clear Page File At Shutdown = Specifies whether inactive pages in the paging file are filled with zeros when the system stops.:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\MemoryManagement]
"ClearPageFileAtShutdown"=dword:00000001
While this can be considered a security tweak, it can actually slow down the shutdown/startup/restart times of the system.

Some of the other tweaks for auto killing tasks or shortening the kill times for services and apps can actually cause some issues with data loss (ie. you forget to save a document or something you are working on, the system shuts down and may not prompt you to save your data before killing the app).
I have seen this happen on more than several occasions and know that it is part of GeekSquads system performance tweaks for XP. And in the end, I can guarantee you that most of those people have lost data they were working on when they for got to save before shutting down. It's a bad tweak that is not necessary on todays systems (or any really).


Quote:
"NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001
I have never seen a point to this one, If you are keeping a drive that full for long periods of time, you need to get a larger drive. Your drive should never be that full constantly. Ever.
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24 Jun 2010   #9
NoN

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
I can honestly tell you that...

A. Win 7 on that system does not need tweaking. It will run fine and fast. There are no performance tweaks that can make it run any noticeable difference other than a hardware upgrade.


Quote:
Clear Page File At Shutdown = Specifies whether inactive pages in the paging file are filled with zeros when the system stops.:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\MemoryManagement]
"ClearPageFileAtShutdown"=dword:00000001
While this can be considered a security tweak, it can actually slow down the shutdown/startup/restart times of the system.
Humm, perhaps. Never encountered any issue yet.

Quote:
Some of the other tweaks for auto killing tasks or shortening the kill times for services and apps can actually cause some issues with data loss (ie. you forget to save a document or something you are working on, the system shuts down and may not prompt you to save your data before killing the app).
I have seen this happen on more than several occasions and know that it is part of GeekSquads system performance tweaks for XP. And in the end, I can guarantee you that most of those people have lost data they were working on when they for got to save before shutting down. It's a bad tweak that is not necessary on todays systems (or any really
Might have to set in Power Plan Settings the Hybrid Mode to be Active.


Quote:
"NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001

I have never seen a point to this one, If you are keeping a drive that full for long periods of time, you need to get a larger drive. Your drive should never be that full constantly. Ever.
I have never applyed this one...on any of my systems.
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24 Jun 2010   #10
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Here are the Seven Forums tutorials on ownership and Aero shake.

Take ownership - Take Ownership Shortcut

Aero shake - Aero Shake - Enable or Disable
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