Friday, October 7, 2011

WINXP - Changing Registry Entries

This article is about changing Registry entries, especially using filename.reg downloaded from WEB sites.

First, the WARNINGS:
  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it DEFIANTLY applies to the Registry

  2. If you are NOT technically-incline, DO NOT DO THIS

  3. Do NOT trust downloaded filename.reg files, open them in NOTEPAD FIRST and see what they change

  4. Make a backup of the Registry Branch from the tree (left-pane) BEFORE executing the REG-file, using the [Export] option, and assign a unique filename (see example below)

  5. Only AFTER you have a backup of the Registry Branch being changed, execute the filename.reg

  6. Backing up the Registry Branch also applies to any manual changes you make

EXAMPLE file disablerefresh.reg:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


"Max Cached Icons"="12000"

The Registry Branches that should be backed-up in from example file above, are (see example screenshot)
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

(click for better view)

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