Scott Hanselman

Power User Windows Registry Tweaks

June 29, 2004 Comment on this post [8] Posted in ASP.NET | Tools
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I've collected these over the years, and I keep them in My Documents so I can setup a new machine the way I like it.  I remember where I found a few, others not so much.  So, if I've not thanked you - thank you.  If you were the one that made a particular hack, let me know in comments and you'll be attributed.

Warning: Use this stuff so VERY much At Your Own Risk.  And read them in notepad before you double-click to make sure any paths are appropriate to your machine.


UPDATE: Sorry, my ISP was blocking .reg extensions.  They are now .txt, you'll need to SaveAs... them yourself.

UPDATE^2: Oy, sorry again, bad link on VolumeCaches.reg and bad chars in MajorControl.reg.  Fixed.  Thanks for catching it.

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June 29, 2004 8:46
Don't seem to be able to download MajorControl.reg or any of the others (404)
June 29, 2004 9:28
All of the links above (except the Notepad2) resolve to a "Page cannot be displayed". Is there any other way to get these files?
June 29, 2004 9:35
Sorry, my ISP was blocking .reg extensions. They are now .txt, you'll need to SaveAs... them yourself.
June 29, 2004 11:03
In MajorControl I recommend to delete the "LocalizedString" value in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} key, since it sets the display name of "My Computer", unless you want some Japanese(?) characters in your start menu ;)
June 29, 2004 17:14
"Update/Change the CleanMgr.exe (Drive Cleanup) to include better options, and remove the unused and slow Compress Old Files [Shawn A. Van Ness] (warning: this deletes four registry keys):
DriveCleanup.reg (.2 KB)"

This .reg file seems to be the same as:

"Add 'Cleanup Drives' to the My Computer Right-Click Menu:
DriveCleanup.reg (.2 KB)'"

Did you forget to link to the the right one?

June 29, 2004 19:19
I did....thanks Thomas and Ryan, both are fixed now!
September 14, 2005 3:03
Such amazing timing. I was searching and searching yesterday for this exact thing. One computer I tried to use cleanmgr on just would never get past the compressing old files section.
November 23, 2005 4:30
The registry CleanMgr tweak (ImproveDiskCleanup.reg) was a disaster for me, because it deleted a settings file used by MS Office(2000). As a result, no Office app would run (XL, Word, PPT, Outlook, even Visual Studio) without trying to run the installation program to restore whatever file it was.

When I got to work, the install program wasn't available to me, so IT spent 2 hours finding it, it was the wrong one, so I had to reinstall all of Office

My question is : how do I undo it?

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