Top 10 Windows 2000 Registry Tweaks

10. Delete roaming profiles. When a user who has a roaming profile logs off 
a workstation, a copy of the roaming profile remains, consuming space on 
the local hard disk. To delete cached profiles at logoff, go to the 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon 
subkey and set the DeleteRoamingCache value to 1.

9. Add a prelogon dialog box to display a user greeting or an authorized 
users only warning. To alter the welcome dialog box, go to the 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon 
subkey and change the LegalNoticeText value to a string such as This is the 
corporate ACME server. To set the dialog box's title bar, change the 
LegalNoticeCaption value to a string such as Unauthorized access 

8. Add a Copy To folder option to Windows Explorer's context menu. Through 
regedit, go to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \AllFilesystemObjects \shellex 
\ContextMenuHandlers subkey. From the Edit menu, select New, Key. Type Copy 
To, and press Enter. Go to the new Copy To key, double-click the (Default) 
value, and set the value to {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}.

7. Disable CD-ROM AutoRun. Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM 
\CurrentControlSet \Services Cdrom subkey and set the AutoRun value to 0.

6. Speed up your Start menu and taskbar. You can reduce the time that the 
Start menu takes to display its submenus. Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER 
\Control Panel\Desktop subkey and set the MenuShowDelay value to 100.

5. Don't display the most recent username. On shared systems, I prefer to 
turn off the display of the most recent logon name. Go to the 
NT\Current-Version\Winlogon subkey and set the DontDisplayLastUserName 
value to 1.

4. Open a command prompt from the current Windows Explorer location. Use 
regedit to navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Folder \shell. Select Edit, New, 
Key, and enter CmdPrompt in the dialog box. Double-click (Default), and 
enter the name that you want to display when you right-click the directory 
(e.g., Command Prompt Here). Then, select Edit, New, Key and enter a key 
under CmdPrompt named command (in lowercase). Double-click (Default) and 
enter the path to your cmd.exe program, followed by "%L" (e.g., 
C:\winnt\system32\cmd.exe /k cd "%L").

3. Change My Computer to the actual computer name and username. Open 
regedt32 and go to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT 
\CLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} subkey. Copy the contents of 
the key's LocalizedString subkey (e.g., 
@C:\WINNT\system32\shell32.dll,-9216@1033,My Computer) to Notepad. Delete 
the LocalizedString subkey, then recreate it using the data type 
REG_EXPAND_SZ. Copy Notepad's contents into the new subkey, and change My 
Computer to %username% on %computername%.

2. Prevent users from changing My Computer. After you rename My Computer, 
use regedt32 to change the access permissions on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
\SOFTWARE \Classes \CLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} subkey. 
Remove Everyone:Full Control, and add Authenticated Users:Read.

1. Remove My Computer from the desktop. Simply delete the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT 
\CLSID{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B 30309D} subkey. Be sure to first use 
regedit's Export Registry File option to save this subkey, in case you ever 
want to restore My Computer.

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