Top three Most Useful Windows Registry Tricks

Now that we know about the basics of windows registry(from the earlier posts in this series) its time to put knowledge to some practical use. This would visibly be the last post of the series since the basic purpose of the series was to make you learn about the basics of the windows registry and the it has been fulfilled. But we will definitely keep you posted on newer and newer tips, tricks and tweaks in your windows registry in our registry category. Hence in this post you will learn to apply some of the Top Most Useful Windows Registry Tricks.

Registry A - Z
Part 4: Top three Most Useful Windows Registry Tricks

Disable Run or Find from Start Menu

1. Start Regedit
2. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft \Windows \ Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer
3. Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD
4. Name it NoFile or NoRun
5. Give it a value of 1
6. Reboot the computer

Change the Registered Owner in Windows

1. Start Regedit
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion.

3. Find and Right click on the registeredOwner or RegisteredOrganisation and click Modify.
4. Just rename and congrats you are done..!!

How to Add Application to Desktop Right Click Menu

1. Open the registry editor searchng "regedit" in the start menu.
2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell.

3. Right click on shell go to new and click on key and name the key as "your application (notepad in this case)".
4. If you want to assign an alternate key for this menu you can change the (Default) value on the right and put an & character in front of the key name. For example in this case if you right click on desktop and press N, Notepad will open up.
5. Right click on your application key folder (the one you made earlier) and make a new key under it and name it command.
6. Now go to your application, press "shift + right click" on it and click on copy as path.
7. Now go back to registry, click on command and double click on (Default) key and paste the path (copied in last step) in the value data and click OK.
8. Its done!! You can close the registry editor and right click on the desktop to check.

Now this brings to the end of this series Registry A - Z  though i will keep you posted about the newer and more interesting tricks & tweaks on the registry very frequently afterwards too. The purpose of this series was to understand the Registry and to enable them to use it. This series was specially dedicated to people who had absolutely no knowledge about registry. Well, I seriously hope the purpose was fulfilled. Comments & suggestions are very invited. And All the best at game with your registry. :P
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