8 Registry Hacks to Tweak Your Windows PC

Registry Hacks to Tweak WindowsMicrosoft Windows offers a feature-rich interface and several customization options that make it one of the most user friendly operating systems in the world. However, computer geeks would still love to hack the Windows Registry so as to add more extra features and functionalities to their operating system.

If you’re one such geek who would like to customize Windows in your own way, here is a list of 8 interesting registry hacks that you need to try:

1. Disable USB Devices:

Disabling USB ports can be a smart idea to add security to the computer. This can be really handy if the computer is on a public place where the chances of virus and other malware infection is really high. You can easily disable access to USB ports with the following registry hack:

  1. Open the Registry Editor (Start -> Run -> Type regedit and hit Enter)
  2. In the registry, navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor
  3. In the right-side pane, double-click on “Start”.
  4. In the “Value data” field enter 4 and click on “OK”.
  5. Close the Registry Editor and reboot.

To enable USB devices, follow the same procedure as above except in the step-4 enter 3 in the “Value data” field.

Works on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

2. Disable Notification Balloons in Windows 7 and Vista:

You can now disable the annoying notification balloons that keeps popping up frequently with warning messages and reminders. Here is a step-by-step procedure to do that:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  2. Right-click on the right-hand pane, and create a new “DWORD”.
  3. Rename it to EnableBalloonTips, double-click on it and set the “Value data” to 0. Reboot the computer to see the changes in effect.

3. Add “Recycle Bin” to My Computer in Windows 7 and Vista:

Would you like to add the “Recycle Bin” icon to My Computer so that you need not go back to the desktop to access it when required? Well, here is how you can do that:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace
  2. Right-click on “NameSpace” and select New -> Key. Name the key with the following name:
    {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
  3. Now, open “My Computer” and hit F5 to refresh the screen. This should show up the “Recycle Bin” icon.

4. Disable the Windows Task Manager:

Need to limit access to your computer by disabling the Task Manager? Here is a simple registry hack to do this:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
  2. Right-click on “Policies”, select New -> Key and name the key as System.
    If you are on Windows XP, you need not create the new key “System” as it is already present in it. So, you can directly navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System in the Step-1 itself.
  3. Right-click on “System”, create a new “DWORD” and name it to DisableTaskMgr.
  4. Double-click on the DWORD “DisableTaskMgr” and set the “Value data” to 1 (0=Enable, 1=Disable).
  5. To enable the Task Manager, Set the “Value data” back to 0.

Works on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

5. Change the Registered Owner and Organization Name:

Here is a simple hack to change the name of the Registered owner on your computer:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
  2. On the right-side pane, find the keys RegisteredOwner and RegisteredOrganization. Double-click on them to change the names to whatever you want.
  3. To see the changes, right-click on “My Computer” and select “Properties”.

Works on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

6. Add Programs to Windows Startup:

You can now add your favorite programs to Windows Startup without the need for using the start-up folder. Here is a way to do this:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  2. On the right-side pane, create a new “String Value” and rename it to the name of the program that you want to add (you can give any name, it doesn’t matter).
  3. Double-click on the “String Value”, in the “Value data” field add the path of the executable program that has to execute at startup.
  4. Reboot the computer to see the changes in effect.

Works on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

7. Add “Pin to Start Menu” Option for Folders in Windows 7 and Vista:

Ever wanted to pin a folder to the start menu to gain faster access to it? Well, it is possible to add the “Pin to Start Menu” option so that you can plug your favorite folders to Start Menu. Here is a step-by-step procedure:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers
  2. Right-click on “ContextMenuHandlers” and select New -> Key. Name the key as follows:
    {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}
  3. Now, whenever you want to add a folder to Start Menu, hold down the Shift key and right-click on the folder. You should see the “Pin to Start Menu” option in the context menu”.

8. Disable “Aero Shake” in Windows 7:

One of the new additions to Windows 7 is the “Aero Shake” feature using which it is possible to grab a window using its title bar and shake it. This will minimize all the other open windows if any. It is really a handy feature! However, if you ever wanted to disable this feature, here is a solution:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  2. Now, right-click on “Windows” key and create a new Key called Explorer.
  3. Right-click on the “Explorer” key and create a new “DWORD” called NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts and set its value to 1.
  4. Close the Registry Editor and reboot the computer to see the changes in effect.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Try the registry hacks and share your experiences.

24 Comments

  1. Atiq
    October 23, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Well Done Sir……….very informative


    • wayne
      March 25, 2014 at 2:45 AM

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  2. vj
    October 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    can you please tell me how to change other windows information like processer, ram etc as you tell to change owner inforation in point no. five


  3. Ashish Kumar
    October 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    thanks for sharing this with us. Nice post really informative and easy :)


  4. Subhash C P Boss
    October 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    You Are So Amazing. Excellent Post, Easy To Understand & Digest. You Are Doing a Great Job. Wish You All The Best For Your Website & You! (expecting More Ethical Hacking Tutorial’s)

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  5. veer
    October 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Hi Srikanth,
    i follow your site regularly and this article is just amazing,very good yar i liked it very much.
    hope you will always serve us a good article and tips like this.
    thank you.
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  6. kelvin
    November 2, 2012 at 9:18 PM

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  7. pete
    November 2, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    how do i install spy software on a remote PC so i can check out the keystrokes being used?


  8. kenzz
    November 5, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Really helpfull


  9. karan
    November 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Thanks bro


  10. Siddharth
    December 6, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    is it possible to hack college computer have write permission access denied in C:
    with limited user account


  11. rebbi
    January 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    any secret way or hack to prevent remote access??


  12. Jagabandhu Mallick
    January 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Hi Srikanth, I am a big fan of your site . keep it up . Thanks for posting such a nice topics.


  13. Giriraj
    February 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    These are some very good tricks mate. You can also change the Processor’s Name using Registry. Really, regedit is a powerful tool to take an insight of Windows OS.


  14. chander mohan
    February 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    hi brother, while i give command c:\borland\bcc5\bin>pc_virus.c it says access denied, what to do its my own pc and i am logged in as admisterator, pls replay


    • chander mohan
      February 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      are friends koi to replay karo, tabhi to aage badega India


  15. Abukaf
    March 6, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    sir,
    i hav a problem 2 load xp from usb device,
    my system not hav cd-rom and also not supported windows 7
    can u pls upload the way to install win-xp from USB….


    • mk
      October 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      There is no official way to do this for XP.


  16. Samer
    May 13, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Good informative tweaks Srikanth, some of them worth trying.


  17. SlyChaka
    August 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    You are excellent Sir keep it up very helpful


  18. Chakmannn
    August 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Thanks a lot sir Bt arent there any other tweakss coz these have improved my knowledge over HK_USERS….etc


  19. Dee
    November 8, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I have a problem with my Asus keyboard on Windows 7. It is terribly erratic, yet none of the systems that I use including Iolo find anything wrong. I think it is the Elanteck, how can I hack into it? I have covered the touchpad, no change. Thanks for your help in advance.

    Dee


  20. Raj
    March 31, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Very Informative thanks!


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