Language Tool Bar - Hide
Upon first installing Windows XP, you'll notice a language toolbar on your Taskbar. For example, if you use the English version, it will have a button that says EN on it. This feature comes in handy if you need to switch between languages quickly, just click the current language and select another in the pop-up menu. To hide this toolbar, Right click a blank area of the Taskbar, select Toolbars, then select (to deselect) Language Bar.
Legal Notice Dialog Box Before Login
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Modify the value named 'LegalNoticeCaption' to represent the caption on the dialog box (e.g. 'WARNING!'). If this value doesn't already exist create it. Modify the value named 'LegalNoticeText' to represent the body of the dialog box (e.g. 'Do Not Attempt to Logon to this system unless you are an authorized user!') Exit your registry and restart Windows, and the next time you boot up you should be presented with the dialog box before logging on.
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"Links" Folder - Remove
There are two methods that can be used to hide the Links folder, one using the registry and the other using file attributes. Both methods are detailed below: Using the Registry: Open your registry and find the key below.
Set the value of "LinksFolderName" to equal a blank string. Open IE and delete the Links folder from the Favorites menu.
The next time you start Internet Explorer the Links folder will not be recreated.
Using File Attributes: Using Explorer find the location of your Favorites folder (e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\Joe Bloggs\Favorites) within that folder will be a sub-folder named Links.
Select the Links folder and right-click (or secondary click) and select Properties, check the Hidden checkbox and click OK.
From now on the Links folder should be hidden from the Favorites list. This works for any other folder or link on the favorites menu as well. Note: The Links folder must be manually deleted from the favorites menu. This tweak stops it being automatically recreated.
Value Name: LinksFolderName
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Local Security Policy
To access Group and Local Security Policies (XP Pro only) click Start, Run and enter SECPOL.MSC.
Lock Computer when Idle without Screensaver Password
Go into C:\Windows and create a new shortcut. Paste this in the path: %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation. Click next and rename it, click finish.
Then Control Panel/Scheduled Tasks/Add Scheduled Task/Next/Browse. Find the new shortcut, select it, pick daily, next. Type in a password for the Scheduled Task/Confirm, Next, Finish. Double click the new scheduled task you just made, Schedule Tab/Schedule Task/Select when Idle, enter time allotment, ok.
Tip: Resume without a password - If you have a screen saver activating, go to that tab and uncheck "On resume display
Tip: Disable Screensaver from Becoming Active: Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop. Value Name: ScreenSaveActive, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 =enabled). Change the value of 'ScreenSaveActive' to '0' to disable the screen saver. Restart Windows for the change to take effect. Note: Windows has a default screen saver called login.scr, which runs even if no screen saver has been selected.
To lock a workstation programmatically, you can use the Win32 LockWorkStation function. Call this function from the command line by using the Rundll32 interface. Use the following command: rundll32 user32.dll,LockWorkStation
Note that this command is white-space sensitive and case sensitive. To open a command line window, click Start , click Run , type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK .
Logoff and Shutdown
Tip: If you're running Pro, click Start, Run and enter GPEDIT.MSC Then navigate to User Configuration, Administrative
Templates, Start Menu and Taskbar. You'll see the entry to Remove Log off.
"Logoff" and "Shutdown" Are Missing From the Start Menu
Policy Settings for the Start Menu in Windows XP
Logon - Background (Reference)
To change the logon background
1. Click Start > click Run > type regedit > and click OK.
2. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
3. In the details pane (right-side), double-click the Wallpaper string value item.
4. In Value data , type the path and name of the picture or background, and then click OK
IMPORTANT: Make sure that you specify the path correctly to the Background.
Logon - Change Message
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon. Value Name: LogonPrompt, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value). Create a new string value named 'LogonPrompt' and enter the text you want to display. The default message is: 'Enter a user name and password that is valid for this system.' This feature can be used in conjunction with the Legal Notice Dialog Box Before Logon tweak.
Logon - Dialog Box
This setting controls whether the options to enter a domain or to log on using a dial-up connection are shown on the Windows logon box.
Value Name: ShowLogonOptions
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = hide options, 1 = display options)
You may need to create the key if it does not already exist. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called 'ShowLogonOptions' and edit the value according to the settings below. Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.
Logon - No Password
1. At a command prompt, type "control userpasswords2" and press Enter to open the Windows 2000-style User Accounts
2. On the Users tab, clear the Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer check box and then
3. In the Automatically Log On dialog box that appears, type the user name and password for the account you want to be
logged on each time you start your computer.
How to Enable Automatic Logon in Windows XP
How To Change the Logon Window and the Shutdown Preferences
Lost or Corrupt User Profile
Create a new account/administrator profile and log in. Then go to C:\Documents and Settings\[Previous User Profile] and copy all folders to: C:\Documents and Settings\[New User Profile]. Then reboot.
Low Disk Space - Disable Low Disk Space Message
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Create or modify: NoLowDiskSpaceChecks REG_DWORD and set the value to 1. Logoff/Reboot.
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