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Click start/run and type regedit

~you may need to reboot for some changes to take effect~

 

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CHANGE DRIVER NAME AND ICON

 

click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\

DriveIcons

 

now with DriveIcons highlighted, right click, select "new" then select "key"

a subkey is created, change name to the drive letter you want to modify such as C or D

 

with that highlighted create a new key and name it DefaultIcon

 

in the right hand side pane you will see a key called "default" under name collumn

right click on that,select modify and you will change its value to equal the name of icon file. example c:\icons\myicon

 

within drive letter key on left pane create a new key called DefaultLabel (example: \DriveIcons\D\DefaultLabel) with value of whatever name you want, example: xp drive

 

 

 

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DISABLE UPDATE DEVICE DRIVER WIZARD

if you have a device you dont care to install a driver for then the wizard popup after each reboot can be annoying, heres how to turn it off

 

find in regedit or create this key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\

Explorer

 

modify or create Dword value NoDevMgrUpdate

 

set value to:

1 = turn off

0 = default which is on

 

 

 

 

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ENABLE QUICK REBOOT

 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

modify or create EnableQuickReboot and change value to:

1= enabled

0= default

 

 

 

 

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PRESERVE YOUR CONFIGURATION LAYOUT

when you exit windows, it saves your current configuration layout, such as desktop icon placements,appearance..etc, you can turn this off to preserve your layout so changes someone else makes wont force you to redo it.

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\

Explorer

create or modify value called NoSaveSettings, right click/modify and change value to:

1=enable the restriction

0=disable the restriction

 

 

 

 

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CHANGE STARTUP AND SHUTDOWN SCREENS

 

There are three files which makeup the startup and shutdown screens, they are:

LOGO.SYS - The startup screen, usually located in your C:\ directory.

LOGOW.SYS - The 'Please wait...' screen, usually located in your c:\windows directory.

LOGOS.SYS - The 'It's now safe to turn off your computer.' screen, usually located in your c:\windows directory.

 

thes files are standard 256 color windows bitmap files with dimensions of 320(w) x 400(h). You can use basically any image editing program to change them, it must support .BMP files

 

Warning! Before getting started make sure to take a backup copy of all three files (LOGO.SYS may or may not already exist).

 

1. copy LOGOW.SYS and LOGOS.SYS to a temporary folder, and rename their extensions to .BMP

 

2. using a graphics editor, open the files and modify them to your liking.

 

3. once your finished, save the files, change their extensions back to .SYS, and copy them back over the original files in the windows directory (which you've already backed-up) and you're done.

 

alternatively you can create three new BMP files for each screen, just make sure that the proportions of 320(w) x 400(h) are maintained. The file once finished should be 129,078 bytes

 

 

 

 

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DISPLAY A LEGAL NOTICE DIALOG BOX BEFORE A USER LOGS IN

this will create a dialog box for any user who uses your pc to see

 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

 

modify the value named 'LegalNoticeCaption' to represent the caption on the dialog box (example: 'WARNING!'). If this value doesn't already exist create it

 

modfy the value named 'LegalNoticeText' to represent the body of the dialog box (exampl: 'Messing up my computer will result in a serious beatdown!') or whatever you want it to say

 

exit your registry and restart Windows, and the next time you boot up you should be presented with the dialog box before logging on

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