Now go to the 'advanced' tab
and scroll down until you find the 'enable install on demand (other)' entry.
Uncheck this. Disable remote registry access. This will prevent malicious users
who have gained access to a valid administrator account from changing the
Right click on 'my computer'
and select 'manage.' Expand 'services and applications' and highlight
'services.' In the right hand pane, locate the 'remote registry' service. Right
click it and select properties. Shut down and disable the service. Remove the
.reg file association
By default, .reg files
containing registry information are automatically opened and added to the
registry (after a prompt) when you open them. This means that malicious .reg
files on websites or in email attachments have a potentially direct path to your
registry if you make the mistake of allowing them.
To avoid this troubling
possibility, you can remove the direct association between the .reg file type
and the registry, so that the only way to use .reg files is with
To do this: Go to
'start\control panel\appearances and themes\folder options.' Click the 'file
types' tab. Scroll down until you find the REG entry. Highlight it and click
'change.' Hit the 'I will select the program from a list' option if necessary
and locate 'notepad' in the list that follows. Hit 'ok.' All .reg files will now
open harmlessly in notepad by default.
Please note that while the
above methods will help safeguard your registry, and thus your system from
malicious attacks, they do not protect you from other possible vectors. See our
'10 steps to a
article for a solid grounding in
Registry editing for fun and profit
We've gone through what the
registry is and does, and how to protect and restore it, so let's get to the fun
stuff. Included below are a few simple and desirable registry tweaks to get you
started on editing. Once you've got through these, see PCstats
and 99 Performance
Tweaks guides for a whole lot more.
You can also try finding your own, provided you back up regularly.
Speeding up the Start Menu
The Windows XP start menu has
a built in delay time between your pointer landing on a menu and that menu being
displayed. Using the registry, you can reduce the time it takes the start menu
to unfold its menus:
Open REGEDIT and Navigate to
MenuShowDelay value. The default is 400; lower values will speed up the start
I would not recommend
using 0, but experiment to find your favourite setting.
Opening a Command Prompt to a Particular
Directory from Explorer
One thing that we've become
used to with all Windows operating systems is that sometimes there are things
that are only possible with the command prompt. However, any time you drop to
the command prompt, you will have to navigate to the directory you need
manually, instead of being able to drop into any folder you want from the
desktop interface. Change that with this registry edit.
Start REGEDIT. Navigate to
'HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ shell'. Create a new key called 'Command.'
Edit the default REG_SZ value
for this new key with the text you wish to see when you right click a folder to
open the command prompt window. Assign it a name that's appropriate, for
example: 'open command prompt in this folder' or something similar. Under
the new 'command' key, create another key called 'command.'
Give the default value in this
key the value of 'cmd.exe /k "cd %L"'
After you restart your
computer, you will be able to right click on any folder and select your new
command to instantly open a command prompt window to that specific folder.
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