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Registry Unplugged !

The windows registry poses a kinda mystery to me… and like all people I am intrigued by mysteries. Many of the guides have thoroughly scared me that tweaking the registry does indeed crash your system and do something evil with all your data. But even I could not manage to crash my system the Registry way (means I’ve crashed my system numerous times in other ‘ways’) though I tweaked the registry to my fancy many times using many different methods. Of course even these short tips here come with the disclaimer that’s ripped off the microsoft’s original version.
Disclaimer: You can edit the registry by using Registry Editor (Regedit.exe or Regedt32.exe). If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Harsha’s Blog does not guarantee that problems that you cause by using Registry Editor incorrectly can be resolved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

First things first,

  • If you dont know what a registry is and how to open a registry editor and other trivial questions you should probably head off to the following sites and get the basics first:
    Microsoft’s Official Description of Windows Registry
    Windows Registry at Wikiepdia
  • Backup your Registry: If you do not like what you’ve with your windows registry you might probably want to revert back the changes. Open regedit. Select “My Computer” and using the “export” option in the file menu save the “*.reg” file.

And Now the goods…
Low Disk Space Warning: Ever been bugged by the low disk space balloon warning that pop up every second disturbing you. I mean WTF? I know that I’m low on disk space, I’m saving money for a new hard drive you moron. Not YOU you, I meant the Windows XP system. Here’s how to get rid of that:
Method 1:

  • Locate and then click the following key in the registry: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer”.
  • On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  • Type NoLowDiskSpaceChecks, and then press ENTER.
  • On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  • Type 1, and then click OK.

Method 2: Download the following No_Low_Disk_Space_Checks.reg file and double click on it. When it shows for a confirmation press ‘Yes’. You can freely view and modify the code in a notepad.

No Arrow For Desktop Shortcuts: Here’s how to remove the small arrow on the icons for shortcuts.
Method 1:

  • Navigate to “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile”
  • Delete the IsShortcut registry value.
  • Navigate to “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile”
  • Delete the IsShortcut registry value.

Method 2: Download the following No_Arrow_For_Shortcuts.zip file and double click on it. When it shows for a confirmation press ‘Yes’. You can freely view and modify the code in a notepad.

Clear the Commands In RUN: As time passes a lot of commands that you type into Run accumulates and the drop down gets pretty large. To clear all the drop down list follow these instructions.
Method 1: Navigate to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU”. Delete all the items with names a,b,c,…z. Close the registry editor. Restart system to take effect.

Optional Recycle Bin: Even though you clear out all the icons on your desktop there’s one icon that doesn’t go – Recycle Bin. After applying this tweak you get an options in Tools>Folder Options>View>Advanced Settings. You can access the tools menu from any folder.
Method 2: Download the following
Recycle_Option.zip file and double click on it. When it shows for a confirmation press ‘Yes’. You can freely view and modify the code in a notepad.

Any Suggestions and Questions should go into comments…