Registry Hacks – Part 2

For Registry Hacks Part 1 click HERE.

Hack 1: Prevent Reboots

If you have a habit of leaving your computer on all the time, you’ll occasionally run into the problem of automatic system reboots. These usually happen after Windows downloads some sort of important update, and will usually be preceded by a notification (that gives you about 10 to 15 minutes warning, unless you click it away). If you’re not around to see said notification, and you have a lot of windows or important documents open on your computer, these reboots can be a hassle.

So here’s how to keep your computer from automatically rebooting with an easy Registry hack. This hack works for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

1. Open the Registry Editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.

2. Right-click in the right pane and select New > Key. This will create a new folder. Name the new folder “WindowsUpdate.”

3. Open WindowsUpdate and right-click in the right pane (there will be a value already in the pane called “Default”). Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this DWORD “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers.”

4. Open NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and change the Value data to 1. Do not change the Base button to “Decimal”; instead, keep it at “Hexadecimal.” Click OK.

5. Exit the Registry Editor and log off and log back in for the settings to take effect. Your system will now never force a reboot without your explicit permission.

Hack 2: Disable Notification Balloons

If you hate pop-up notification balloons on your Windows Vista or Windows 7 taskbar, you can disable them using a simple Registry hack:

1. Open the Registry Editor and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

2. Right-click on the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name your new DWORD “EnableBalloonTips.”

3. Double-click on EnableBalloonTips and set the Value data to 0. It doesn’t matter if you have Decimal or Hexadecimal clicked under “Base,” because 0 is 0 in both decimal and hexadecimal.

4. Log off and log back on for the change to take effect. You’ll no longer see any annoying notification balloons from the taskbar.

Hack 3: Boot XP Faster

Is Windows XP booting too slowly? Here’s how to speed up your boot-time with a quick Registry tweak.

1. Open the Registry Editor and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > ContentIndex.

2. In the right pane will be a value called “StartupDelay.” Double-click on StartupDelay to open it. Change the “Base” from Hexadecimal to Decimal, and enter 40,000 (the default setting is 480,000).

3. Exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer. Your computer should boot up considerably faster–while this worked for me on my Windows XP laptop, values lower than 40,000 didn’t produce a noticeable difference.


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