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How to forbid downloading files with Internet Explorer

Assuming that if a user of a given machine has chosen Internet Explorer as his/her browser, one can conclude that the user is not quite aware of hat he/she is doing. So just to be safe, it may be a good way to prevent the user from downloading any files from Internet if he/she is using IE.
Naturally, to force such a strange behavior we will use a good old registry tweak. First, we will open the Registry. Open the Start menu and enter regedit in the start menu searchbox:

and hit Enter. The Registry Editor will open:

Using the left-hand pane, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3:

Note: The next step is optional as the value 1803 may already exist.
On the right-hand pane click anywhere except the Name column and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value:

Name the new value 1803:

Double-click on it and a window will open. Enter 0 in the Value data textbox:

Click OK and close the Registry Editor. To revert to your old settings simply delete the value 1803.
Note: This trick works for IE 6 through 9.

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Make Windows remember your folder settings

How often has this happened to you? You have just set everything about a folder (View, Sort by, Group by, folder type, etc.) and a few days later when you open the folder all your settings are gone. Not to mention that it only takes one unmount and remount for a hard drive to reset its settings. Well, this is kind of annoying, isn’t it? Thankfully, this can be solved pretty easy with a little registry tweak.

First open the Registry Editor – open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for search to locate regedit.exe and press Enter:

The registry editor will open:

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell using the left-hand pane:

Note for Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 users: You should navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\ instead.

Create a new DWORD key:

And name it BagMRU Size:

Double-click on it and a new window will open:

Choose Decimal base and enter something like 10000:

Click OK, close the registry editor and you are done.

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How to disable Aero Shake in Windows 7 with a registry tweak

Windows 7 has a new feature which I find quite useful. Whenever you have many open windows grab one by the title bar and “shake” it around to minimize all other windows. However if you use a laptop, and you like using the touchpad the Aero Shake function may be a great annoyance, since it sometimes tends to be quite sensitive. Imagine trying to arrange a few windows and they keep minimizing. So we will disable Aero Shake with a little registry tweak.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to put a real Libraries icon (and not a shortcut) on your Desktop

Libraries is a sweet new feature introduced in the Windows operating system. Of course it is quite simple to add a shortcut to the Libraries on your Desktop, but why not add an actual icon on your Desktop, without the shortcut arrow. This is achieved with a simple registry tweak.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to add Control Panel to the desktop right-click menu in Windows 7

Want to always have Control Panel at the tip of your finger? Don’t like using the Windows 7 Start menu? Well, why not add Control Panel to the desktop right-click menu? All it takes is a simple registry tweak.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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Add Control Panel to “My Computer” (Computer) in Windows 7

In Windows XP you were able to add the Control Panel to My Computer with a little modification of the folder settings. Unfortunately there is no such options in the Windows 7 folder settings, but with a little registry tweak we can achieve the same effect.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to disable/enable Task Manager in Windows 7

Did you know that you can disable the Task Manager in Windows 7? This is quite handy when you must leave your computer in the hands of someone who doesn’t know what he is doing (a child or a colleague who is not very good with computers, for example). Disabling the Task Manager is done with a little registry tweak and here is how exactly.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to disable the “Use the Web service to find the correct program” dialog

You have probably noticed, when using Windows, that when trying to open a file with an unknown extension the following dialog opens: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to change the Windows 7 logon screen

Want to further personalize your Windows 7? Why not change the logon screen? Using a simple registry tweak you can easily do that.

To open the registry editor, first open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box and press Enter:
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Prevent users from changing the Windows 7 theme using a registry tweak

The worst part about sharing a user account with someone is that you always have different opinions about what is the best theme – the best wallpaper, window color, sounds, etc. When picking a rather neutral theme that you both feel is appropriate is not an option, it is time for more drastic measures. Like preventing the other user from changing the theme. This can be easily done with a simple registry tweak. Read the rest of this entry »

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