Remove Google Search History

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage SystemProvider\S-1-5-21-839522115-1708537768-1343024091-1003\Data\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db\q:StringData]
Item Data"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage SystemProvider\S-1-5-21-839522115-1708537768-1343024091-1003\Data\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db\q:StringIndex]
"Item Data"=-
Note: The S-1-5 ... portion of this string may be different on your machine.
Note 2: To delete the value doesn't work unless the Permissions have been set to allow full control. Nor is it possible to delete the keys, without Full Control being allowed.
Tip: Step by Step instruction
Go to the key listed below:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider\S-1-5-21-1960408961-220523388-682003330-1003
With the blue, choose File/Export and save it to your desktop and name it (ex). googlehistoryclear.reg. Leave the registry open then go to your desktop. Right click the saved reg file and choose Edit. If it needs an association choose Notepad. Scroll down to these keys:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage SystemProvider\S-1-5-21-839522115-1708537768-1343024091-1003\Data\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db\q:StringData]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage SystemProvider\S-1-5-21-839522115-1708537768-1343024091-1003\Data\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db\q:StringIndex]
To make the search/scroll easier they are listed in alphabetic order and you are looking for the end of the string in this case \q:StringData and \q:StringIndex. So scroll down to the q's....
Under q:StringDataHighlight what is listed after the word "Behavior"= only up to the words "Item Data"= and delete it. Then place a - (minus sign) after the = so that it looks like this: "Behavior"=-
From there highlight what is listed after the words "Item Data"= only up to the next key and delete it. Then place a - (minus sign) after the = so that it looks like this:"Item Data"=-
Do the same for q:StringIndex.
Once done choose File/Save. Use the red X to close. If it asked to save again, answer yes.
Return to the registy and delete this key: (right click, delete, accept the warning)HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider\S-1-5-21-1960408961-220523388-682003330-1003
Then go back to your desktop and double click your saved regedit, answer yes. Then open Google and the search history is gone.

AutoComplete Keys and Storage

The specific subkeys for different applications (appear to be) is as follows

IE: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider\S-1-5-21-839522115-1708537768-1343024091-1003\Data\e161255a-37c3-11d2-bcaa-00c04fd929db

FTP, Front Page and password protected web sites:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider\S-1-5-21-839522115-1708537768-1343024091-1003\Data\5e7e8100-9138-11d1-945a-00c04fc308ff

Outlook XP: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider\S-1-5-21-839522115-1708537768-1343024091-1003\Data\220d5cd0-853a-11d0-84bc-00c04fd43f8f

Note: the S-1-5-21-839522........ part of the Registry key above may be different on your machine.

InfoDelivery, MSN and Identities have their own sub branches off of the Data branch. These number (other than the User number) appear to be the same from machine to machine.

Control the Auto Complete Mode

This setting controls whether the automatic text completion (AutoComplete) feature of Windows explorer appends the suggested text to the words as you are typing as well as showing a drop-down list of available values.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete. Value Name: Append Completion, Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value), Value Data: yes or no.

Create a new string value, or modify the existing value, named "Append Completion" and set it to "yes" to append the suggested text as you are typing or "no" to only show a drop-down list.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect. Note: This setting also changes the auto complete functionality of Internet Explorer

Clear Form Fields in AutoComplete
AutoComplete Mode Enabled or Disabled
Restore IE AutoComplete Password Prompt

Close IE. Then go to Start/Run and type in: services.msc

Scroll down to Protected Storage. Note the Status column. If Protected Storage is running, Started will appear under Status.

If Protected Storage is not started, start it. To do this, right-click Protected Storage, and then click Start. If Protected Storage is started, stop and then restart it.

If you receive a Stop Other Services message, record the names of the other services that will be stopped, and then click Yes. Then restart the others services. Close out then reopen IE.

AutoComplete Does Not Save Username and Password;EN-US;Q306895

For Pro: Start/Administrative Tools/Services/Protected Storage. Make sure the Service Protected Storage is Started.

Addresses Are Not Resolved When the AutoComplete Feature Is Enabled;EN-US;Q230592

AutoComplete and Vcard and how they work

AutoComplete - Clear

IE/Tools/Internet Options/General/Clear History
IE/Tools/Internet Options/Content/AutoComplete
Can't Clear History: Start/Search/Change Preferences/Turn off AutoComplete

Attributes - Display the Attributes Column in Explorer

Right click on the column headers and select Columns. You'll get a list of them to choose from. Attributes is one of them.

Start/Run/Regedit HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Advanced. Value Name: ShowAttribCol, Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (0 = disable, 1 = enable). Create a new DWORD value called 'ShowAttribCol' and set the value to '1' to enable the attributes column.

Attachments - Avoid download of file attachments that may have virus infections.

Start/Run/gpedit.msc. User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Internet Explorer. Configure Outlook Express/Enable Block attachments that may contain a virus.

ASPI Drivers for Windows XP

ASPI Drivers for Windows XP - Download.

ASPI stands for Advanced SCSI Programming Interface. Originally developed by Adaptec. It is a software layer that enables programs to communicate with SCSI (and ATAPI) devices.

Application - Modify Application Timeout

The operating system has a set amount of time that a program must be frozen for before it is timed out. Often this number is set too high. But in some circumstances it is set too low. Depending on if the program is doing a lot of calculations in the background the computer may think that it is timed out. To prevent this increase the value of the timeout in the registry.
Start/Run/Regedit Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. Select HungAppTimeout from the list on the right. Right on it and select Modify. Change the value to the new timeout value. Reboot your computer.

Applications - Set Priority

Open TaskManager (Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc), Process Tab. Right click the Program in questions, Set Priority

Applications - Restrict Applications Users Can Run

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Value Name: RestrictRun
Open your registry and find the key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer]
Create a new DWORD value and name it "RestrictRun" set the value to "1" to enable application restrictions or "0" to allow all applications to run.
Then create a new sub-key called
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer\RestrictRun]
and define the applications that are allowed. Creating a new string value for each application, named as consecutive numbers, and setting the value to the filename to be allowed (e.g. "regedit.exe" and "calc.exe").
Explained: DK
This example prevents any applications but those that you specify from being run:
Right click in the Right pane and select New, DWord value and name the new value RestrictRun Double click this entry and set it to 1. Right click on the Explorer sub branch, in the left pane and select New, Key Name the new key RestrictRun. Highlight this key, then in the right pane, right click and select New, String value. Give it "1" for the name, without the quotes. Double click this new value and enter the actual file name of the executable you wish to restrict this user from running. Example: calc.exe Right click again, select New, String value, name the new value "2". Double click the new value, enter REGEDIT.EXE
This example would only allow Calculator and REGEDIT to be run. Be VERY careful with this setting. You could wind up locking yourself out of REGEDIT if you were to use the restrictions on your Administrator account.
Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.
Note: If you are the person who applies Group Policy, do not apply this policy to yourself. If applied too broadly, this policy can prevent administrators from running Group Policy or the registry editors. As a result, once applied, you cannot change this policy except by reinstalling Windows XP.
Software Restriction Policies may be set to determine what software may or may not be run by users on the system. (Jim Cavalaris [MS]
Software Restriction Policies can be configured via the group policy editor (gpedit.msc) at:
Local Computer Policy -->Computer Configuration -->Windows Settings -->Security Settings -->Software Restriction Policies. Policy can be set to either: restrict users from running specified programs - OR -restrict users to allow ONLY the specified programs to be run.
For a non-domain machine, policy can be applied to all users on the system, or non-Admin users only (Admins are not affected by the policy, and may run any/all programs). you cannot specify this policy for only certain users, but for a non-domain machine, the Admin/non-Admin breakdown may be sufficient.
Another Option - (KWE) -
You can move shortcuts out of %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\StartMenu\Programs and place the shortcuts in specific user account profiles to keep program shortcuts from being visible to all accounts. This does not stop the limited account from running the program using a variety of techniques.

Applications - Restrict Users from Running Specific Applications

This setting allows you to specify applications and filenames that users are restricted from running.
Open your registry and find the key
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer]
Create a new DWORD value and name it "DisallowRun" set the value to "1" to enable application restrictions or "0" to allow all applications to run.
Then create a new sub-key called
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun]
and define the applications the are to be restricted. Creating a new string value for each application, named as consecutive numbers, and setting the value to the filename to be restricted (e.g. "regedit.exe").
Explained: DK

Right click in the right pane and select New, DWord value. Name the new value DisallowRun. Double click the new value and set it to 1. Then right click on the Explorer sub branch, in the left pane and select New, Key Name the new key Disallow Run. Highlight this key, then in the right pane, right click and select New, String value. Give it "1" for the name, without the quotes.

Double click this new value and enter the actual file name of the executable you wish to restrict this user from running. Example: calc.exe This prevents this user from running Calculator. They'll get a "This operation has been cancelled message" when they try. Note: The way around this is for the user to rename Calc.exe to something else. For additional entries, just give the "values" names in numerical order, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. DisallowRunReg and DisallowRunCalc

Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

Application Path - Creating Path to use the Run Command

To create an application path, so you can run an application in Windows XP from the Run dialog box you need to:

1. Run regedit and go to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths

2. Create a new key with the what ever you want to use as your run command: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\nameofprogram.exe

3. In the key folder that you created, create a new string, call it 'Path' and modify the value to point the specific folder of your executable your running: C:\ProgramFiles\nameofprogram.

4. Use the default string and modify it's value to point to the executable you want to run.

Application - Opening Applications In The Back

Make your documents and programs open behind the currently active window by pressing and holding the Ctrl key while you double-click on its icon.


List of Antivirus Software Vendors

Animation - Disable Windows Animation in XP

Start/Run/Regedit HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics. In the right pane, select New/String. Name it MinAnimate. Set Value to 0. Exit/Reboot

Alt-Tab - Restore to Default Behavior

Open Control Panel/Add/Remove Programs. Powertoys for Windows XP. Remove the Alt-Tab replacement. When you install Windows XP Powertoys, it comes with a program called TaskSwitch.exe designed to enhance the Alt+Tab task switcher. To disable this feature, go to Start/Run and type: msconfig. Click the "Startup" tab and uncheck startup item "taskswitch". Click Start, Run and enter TASKMGR. In Processes, locate the TaskSwitch process and end it. Your Alt-Tab will be back to normal.
To manually apply: Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
The above values reflect how many columns and rows, respectively, you want to appear in the Alt+Tab cool switch display.


How to use alt key codes:

Alt keys found on the majority of personal computers:

All Part2 is Null

Go to Start/Run/CMD and type in: net stop winmgmt. Then delete the %windir&\system32\wbem\repository directory. Once done go back to Start/Run/CMD and type in: net start winmgmt
WinMgmt could not initialize the core parts: To reinstall wmi into the registry:
Go to Start/Run and type in: CMD, then Winmgmt/? for information. Then run each of these hitting enter after each:
winmgmt /clearadap
winmgmt /kill
winmgmt /unregserver
winmgmt /regserver
winmgmt /resyncperf

Album Covers

Album Cover Art for Windows XP and Windows Media Player 8

Administrative Tools on the Start Menu - Hide

This folder contains powerful administration utilities and therefore can be hidden to avoid accidental use.
Open your registry (Start/Run/Regedit) and find the key mentioned below.

Value Name: StartMenuAdminTools
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: Yes or No

Create a new string value, or modify the existing value, named 'StartMenuAdminTools'. Modify the value to equal 'YES' to show the administrative tools folder or 'NO' to hide it. Exit your registry and log off for the changes to take effect.

Note: By using the same key except under the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE] tree the tweak can be enforced system wide, instead of only user based.

Note: Hiding the folder does not stop the use of the tools, it only make it more difficult to locate them.
Administrative Tools - Restore

Administrative Tools Folder Does Not Appear on the Start Menu After You Install a New Program

After you install a new program that belongs in the Administrative Tools folder, the Administrative Tools folder does not appear in the Start menu. To resolve this behavior, customize the Start menu:
Right-click the Start button, and then click Properties. On the Start Menu tab, click Customize. On the Advanced tab, under Start menu items, click System Administrative Tools. Click to select either the Display on the All Programs menu or the Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu option. Click OK , and OK again to save the change.
Tip: Administrator Tools Missing: Open a Search window and do a find for *.msc files in C:\Windows\System32. You can create the missing shortcuts by pointing them to the correct file.

Administrative Shares

HOW TO: Restore Administrative Shares That Have Been Deleted
HOW TO: Create and Disable Administrative Shares on Windows XP

Administrator Password

Start/Run/compmgmt.msc/System Tools/Local Users and Groups/Right click Administrator/Set Password.

For a more comprehensive solution, make a password recovery disk. Under Related Tasks in the User Accounts Control Panel applet, click "Prevent a forgotten password."

More information here:

Administrator Account - Access from Welcome Screen

On Pro Edition, from the Welcome screen, press ctrl-Alt-Delete Twice. Press Control/Alt/Delete Twice for Pro and Boot into safe mode and login for Home. On Home, boot to Safe Mode, and logon.

More information and options here:

Administrator Account - Add to the Welcome Screen

Download the INF fix here. To use: Download the xp_admin_enable.inf file (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Locate the file you downloaded and right click on it, then select Install. Or Download the VBS Fix here. To use: Download the xp_admin_enable.vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double-click the xp_admin_enable.vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done. INF and VBS files can be viewed in Notepad.

Address Book - Mysterious Tilde on the Desktop

The "Mysterious Tilde File" usually appears just after you close OE but only if you made any change to Address Book during this OE session...but not always.
It's usually found on Desktop but on occasion appears at C:\ . Rename it ~.wab and you'll see it's an exact copy of Address Book. You can either rename it or simply delete it.
It first appeared in November '02 with 331923/Cumulative Update for OE6-SP1 which was only available via manual download and with the more recent 330994/April '03 Cumulative Patch for OE, available via Windows Update.

Address Book

Address Book is missing: Click Start, and then click Search. Click All files and folders . In the What do you want to search for box, click All files and folders. In the All or part of the file name type, *.wab , and then click Search.

When the search is finished, double-click each file to open it. When you have found the correct one (it will contain your Contact information), note the exact location and name of the file. In Outlook Express, click the File menu. Click Import, and then click Address Book. Point the Look In field to the location that you noted in the above step. Click the .wab file, and then click Open. Click OK to import the Address Book

Move your Address Book to a Safe Location
OLEXP: Error Message: Address Book Failed to Load
OLEXP: Mail Folders, Address Book, and E-mail Messages Are Missing After You Upgrade to Microsoft Windows XP

Managing the Address Book
Err Msg: Address Book Failed to Load, Outlook Express Is...
OLEXP: Outlook Express Address Book Does Not Load
Note: For KB Articles Q191946 and Q274745 (the above two), with OE 6, the value in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{7790769C-0471-11d2-AF11-00C04FA35D02}
Should read "Address Book 6" without the quotes.

Address Bar

In Microsoft Internet Explorer, use Alt + D to highlight the address bar. This allows you to enter a URL without themouse. And if you're still typing "http", "www", and ".com" as part of the address -- don't. It's just not necessary.

Toolbars missing in Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer

Restore All Tabs under Internet Options and Remove the Internet Options Restriction Message

Remove/Disable All Toolbars in Internet Explorer

Set the Search Engine in Internet Explorer back to XP Default

Add New Hardware Error Message

"Found New Hardware Wizard" advises, "Cannot install this Hardware. There was a problem installing this hardware: PCI Simple Communications Controller. The data is Invalid.
This is caused in XP by the new PCI Registry entry defaulting to "Read" under Permissions. Also, the Device Manager shows the typical yellow query against other Devices/PCI Simple Communications Controller.
Suggested Solution/Fix:Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key:
Open each sub-key: Ven_XXXX... In the right pane read the Value Data for each DEVICEDESC, until you find your modem. Once found, right click the 3&71aaa sub-key and select Permissions and under the word "Allow", select "Full Control", click OK then go to File/Exit.
Then go to the Device Manager, right click on the device name that matches the "DEVICEDESC" value you changed in the registry. Select Properties/Driver/Update Driver. Windows will now ask you for the disk or CD-ROM that contains the driver for the failing device.
This error can also occur when configuring drivers for a such as SCSI cards, Network cards, Sound Cards, or other peripherals. This symptom appears to occur when there has been a recent hardware configuration change within Windows XP. This error is believed to be due to an issue occurring when hardware enumeration takes place by the operating system.

Add New Hardware

Try opening the device manager, locate the category for your new device, right click the category and click, 'Scan for Hardware Changes'. For more information: Go to start/Run/Msinfo32/Hardware Resources, Components/Problem Devices and Software Environment/Windows Error Reporting.

How to Troubleshoot Hardware and Software Driver Problems;en-us;Q322205

Using Driver Verifier to Troubleshoot Drivers in Windows XP

Partial List of Possible Error Codes with Driver Verifier

Device Manager Conflicts, Error Codes and Solutions

Add Defrag to the Right Click (Context Menu)

Information and download here.

Add or Remove - White Space

AutoCad Fix
Autodesk Land Desktop 3 Fix

This is generally due to the DisplayIcon having a negative number. From here you can either remove the negative number or remove the last application listed: Start/Run/Regedit:

Add and Remove vs. System Restore

System Restore does not completely uninstall any program by itself if restoring to a point prior to the program installation. Since system restore is based on an inclusionary model, any file added or modified by the installation which System Restore does not monitor or files added to or modified in a non monitored drive will not be tracked by System Restore.Thus System Restore cannot delete or undo any modifications made to these files. To remove all the changes an installation may have made on the system, the user should first use the Add/Remove option in the control panel to remove the application prior to using System Restore. System Restore however will undo all recorded changes made to the registry & monitoredfiles caused by the application install including:
  • a.. Delete monitored files the program installation may have added to the system
  • b.. Undo modifications to monitored files made by the installation
  • c.. Replace the current registry with the registry snapshot taken when the restore point chosen was created. (*note: some current values will persist)
  • d.. Any file type not monitored by System Restore added or modified on the system will not be restored or removed. E.g. .jpg, .txt files.

For additional information on System Restore please visit:

Add and Remove - SP1 (Parser Message: Value creation failed " at line 472" error) or (SP2 at line 521) - Eric Pelezo

If you are using Style XP - Right click the Desktop/Properties/Desktop/choose Windows XP and try again.
Style XP has an update available for SP1
If you have renamed the uxtheme.dll (patch) you could try running SFC /Scannow to restore the original MS version. Or check in the root directory for "UxTheme.dll.tqtbak" and rename it to UxTheme.dll and replace the copy in "C:\windows\system32" with the new renamed copy.

The original MS Version - 6.0.2800.1045 (1.98 kb)The patch can be downloaded hereErrors from trying to use Add or Remove after installing SP1

Add and Remove - Restrictions

Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key: (The first one is per user, the second, per system)


Create a new DWORD value for each restriction required according to the table below. Set the value to equal "1" to enable the restriction or "0" to disable it

  • NoAddRemovePrograms - Disable Add/Remove Programs
  • NoRemovePage - Disable Change and Remove Programs
  • NoAddPage - Disable Add Programs
  • NoWindowsSetupPage - Disable Windows Components Wizard
  • NoAddFromCDorFloppy - Hide "Add a program from CD-ROM or disk" option
  • NoAddFromInternet - Hide "Add programs from Microsoft" option
  • NoAddFromNetwork - Hide "Add programs from your network" option
  • NoServices - Go directly to Windows Components Wizard
  • NoSupportInfo - Disable Support Information

You may need to restart Windows for the changes to take effect.
Add or Remove Programs Restriction - Undo

Add and Remove - Error Message

"Error 1719. The Windows Installer Service Could Not Be Accessed" Error Message When You Add or Remove Program

Add and Remove - Remove or Hide Entries

This program enables you to hide items listed in your Add/Remove Programs list in the control panel without losing the information needed to uninstall the program. To hide a program that is listed in the Add/Remove Programs list, simply uncheck the entry. If you want to uninstall a program that you have hidden, simply run the cleaner and check the empty check box. The program will then be visible in the Add/Remove Programs list. Download here.

Add and Remove -Removing Invalid Entries in the Add/Remove Programs Tool



Each program listed in Add/Remove Programs has a subkey listed here. Locate the correct subkey for the program in question and right click it, then select Delete. You may want to choose Export, first, to export the key to a REG file. The REG file can be re-imported if you find you made a mistake.
You may have to contact the manufacturer of the program that you want to remove if you need to clean up the disk and registry entries. The procedure described in this section does not remove all the files and registry entries used by the program; it removes only the reference in the Add/Remove Programs tool.

Note: Other checkpoints to consider when trying to remove a program:
Check to see if the software/program is listed here:Start/Run/Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
1. Right click the Program's shortcut/Properties to gain the Target Path.
2. Go to Start/Run/Msconfig/Startup and make sure it is not listed or checked there. If so, uncheck it and remove the program listing from here: Start/Run/Regedit
For items that were in the Start menu, Programs, Startup folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder. You'll find a subkey for each disabled item.
For items loaded from the Registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg. Again, you'll find a subkey for each disabled item.
Clear Disabled Items from Msconfig Startup
3. Go to Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/File Types. If the program file type is listed, either use Change or Delete.
4. Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications. If the program is listed, right click, delete.
5. Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to these keys:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE. If the program is listed, right click, delete.
6. Go to Start/Run/Regedit. Edit/Find and under Find What type in the program path gained from step one. From there either use Find next or F3.
7. Removing Invalid Entries in the Add/Remove Programs Tool HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

8. The Windows Installer CleanUp Utility can remove a program's Windows Installer configuration information.;en-us;290301

9. Third Party: Displays the entries in the Add/Remove Programs list of Windows Registry, checks if each is valid, and uninstalls the selected program or removes the entry from the list.

Add and Remove

Hide selective programs/applications listed in Add or Remove:

Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UninstallLocal the program in question in the left pane. In the right pane, right click DisplayName and select rename: Add Quiet so it will read:QuietDisplayName. No reboot or refresh needed. Open Add or Remove - the listing is now gone. To revert, rename back to DisplayName.

Or you can download the .bat file:

Add or Remove Programs tool appears to stop responding after you remove the security update that is documented in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-015;en-us;842253

Add or Remove Edits: Lines 188, 208 (right hand side) and 323:

Add Programs to Add/Remove
To add additional components to the Add/Remove Programs list (Windows Components):

Tools/Folder Options/View/Show Hidden Files and Folders and Show Extensions for known file types. Then go to Windows Explorer/Inf Folder/Sysoc.inf (Double Click it). You will find several lines that include the word 'hide'. Simply remove the word 'hide' (but leave the comma). Save and exit. From there you will be able to remove it from add/remove.

Add and Remove - Show All Files

Windows XP doesn't let you add or remove all the programs it installs by default. Multimedia applications, the XP messenger, games, accessories, and accessibility options do not show up in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box. What if you want to get rid of them? Here's how to make Windows treat these applications just like it treats all the others.

Go to Windows Explorer/Inf. In the right pane, scroll down to sysoc.inf, double click it. Scroll down to:
IndexSrv_System = setupqry.dll,IndexSrv,setupqry.inf,,7
TerminalServer=TsOc.dll, HydraOc, TsOc.inf,hide,2msmq=msmqocm.dll,MsmqOcm,msmqocm.inf,,6
fp_extensions=fp40ext.dll,FrontPage4Extensions,fp40ext.inf,,7 AutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,au.inf,hide,7

  • The word "HIDE" in an entry hides that application from your Add/Remove Programs dialog box. To add games to the Add/Remove menu, delete the word HIDE from its entry (but leave the commas that surround it). You also have to remove "HIDE" from "AccessUtil=" for this tip to work.
  • Save the file. Check for the new entries in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box after you restart your computer.

HOW TO: Add or Remove Windows XP


Ad Aware

Ad-aware is an award winning, free multi ad/spyware removal utility, that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware components and lets you remove them safely. Many options like scanning depth or automatic modes can be set in the preferences menu. Ad-aware features an easy to use wizard-style interface, guiding you through the scanning and removal process. Ad-aware runs under Win9x\ME\NT40\XPand Win2000. Download here.

Active Partition

The Computer Does Not Start After You Change the Active Partition by Using the Disk Management Tool

Active Desktop

Active Desktop - Enable/Disable

The user is normally given the option of disabling Active Desktop through the display properties. This tweak removes the ability to disable Active Desktop.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value named "ForceActiveDesktopOn" and set the value to "1" to force the use of Active Desktop.


Value Name: ForceActiveDesktopOnData
Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = enabled)

This tweak will remove the Active Desktop options from Settings on the Start Menu.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value named "NoSetActiveDesktop", and set the new value to equal "1" to enable the restriction or "0" to disable the restriction.

Note: This restriction can be used either on a user by user basis by adding it to HKEY_CURRENT_USER or on a computer wide basis by adding it to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]Value Name: NoSetActiveDesktopData
Value Data: (0 = disable restriction, 1 = enable restriction)

* This tweak allows you to have Active Desktop enabled, but to restrict any changes to the settings.

Open your registry and find the key below. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'NoActiveDesktopChanges' set the value to equal '1' to enable the restriction.



Value Name: NoActiveDesktopChangesData
Value Data: (0 = disable restriction, 1 = enable restriction)

* Features of the Windows Active Desktop can be selectively controlled by modifying options in the Windows registry. Following the instructions in this tweak.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value based on the options below, and set the new value to equal "1" to enable the restriction or "0" to disable the restriction.

NoChangingWallpaper - Disable the ability to change wallpapers.
NoComponents - Disable components.
NoAddingComponents - Disable the ability to add components.
NoDeletingComponents - Disable the ability to delete components.
NoEditingComponents - Disable the ability to edit components.
NoMovingBands - retrict adjustments to desktop toolbars
NoHTMLWallPaper - only allow bitmaps (BMP) as wallpaper

Note: These restrictions can be used either on a user by user basis by adding it to HKEY_CURRENT_USER or on a computer wide basis by adding it to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.


System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop]Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable restriction, 1 = enable restriction)

Activation - Troubleshooting

Blank Activate Windows Page in the WPA WizardService Pack 1 Changes to Product ActivationWindows XP Prompts You to Re-activate After You Restore Your Computer

Activation - Explained:
Windows XP will typically remind you to activate the product (most users will have 30 days to activate XP after installation).

To activate XP manually, you can use the Start menu shortcut in the System Tools Accessories folder. At the command prompt, type: oobe/msoobe /a or Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Activate Windows.

Tip: msoobe stands for "Microsoft Out of Box Experience."

Tip: Windows Product Activation by MS-MVP Alex Nichol

Activation - Workaround (Ronnie Vernon MVP)

If you are doing a repair reinstall of XP on the same hardware, you can back up the activation status and then restore it after you run the repair install of the OS. To save the activation status, back up the wpa.dbl file from the %systemroot%\system32 folder to a floppy disk.

After the repair install of the OS is complete, start in Minimal Safe mode. Open the \%systemroot%\system32 folder. Rename wpa.dbl to wpa.noact. Copy the backed up wpa.dbl file to the system32 folder. Reboot your system.

This isn't a hack to avoid activating installations and will work only on the same hardware for an XP installation that you've already activated.

Accessibility Options

Restore Accessibility Options to Default Settings

Access Denied: Error Message - Windows Update

Network policy settings prevent you from using Windows Update to download and install updates on your computer. If you believe you have received this message in error, please check with your system administrator.

For Windows XP Pro:

Start/Run/gpedit.msc. User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update. In the right pane, double click, Remove access to all Windows Update Features and set it to disabled.

For Windows XP Home

Edition:Start/Run/RegeditHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdateLocate the value in the right pane called DisableWindowsUpdateAccess. Double click this entry and change the value to 0 (zero) or right click it and select Delete.
If editing the Registry manually isn't to your liking click here for a small Visual Basic Script that will make the change for you.
More information here: Why can't I download updates?WINUP-Err Msg: "Cannot Display Page"

How to make dual boot windwos xp & windows vista

version of Windows Vista was available for download from Microsoft, which is no longer the case. However, these instructions still work if you have a PC running Windows XP and a Windows Vista installation DVD. If you already have Vista installed, and you want to dual boot XP, go here.
In short, the steps for dual-booting Vista on an XP PC are:
0. Back up ALL your PC's important data.
1. Partition your hard drive. In Windows XP, using the $50 PartitionMagic or (according to one of our readers) the free GParted Live CD, create a new "primary" partition to install Vista on. Make it at least 20 gigabytes in size.
2. Install Vista on the new partition. Pop in the Vista CD and point it to your newly-created partition as the installation destination. Installation will restart your machine at various points.
3. Choose your operating system on boot. Once Vista is installed on your newly-created partition, on boot up, you'll get a choice to start XP or Vista. The default is Vista. However, this can be changed using Vista's boot manager.
When you're up and running with Windows Vista, be sure to check our our Vista upgrade power tips.
The original article appears below for posterity, and it's still got relevant screenshots and other info for those of you looking to dual-boot XP and Vista.
Because I'm a sucker for a good-looking operating system in beta, I downloaded and installed the publicly-available Beta 2 of the next generation of Windows, called Vista, this weekend.
Now, Microsoft says only developers, testers and those "experienced in PC troubleshooting" should install this on a spare machine. But I'm young, stupid and reckless so I installed Vista on my main PC which is the only machine I have souped up enough to handle the Vistage. I didn't want to let go of XP, though, in case everything went to hell. Thankfully all turned out well: I now have a single dual-boot PC that can run either Vista or XP.
I don't recommend you be as dumb as I was, but in case you are and you want to dual-boot XP and Vista? Here's how I got it done.
First you have to download the Beta 2 of Vista available at, or order the DVD kit to be shipped to you for about 10 bucks. Last time I checked everyone and their sister was downloading the 3.12 GB file from the Microsoft servers, so for awhile there they took down the download link and you could only order the DVD kit. I got in on the download early which took me several hours to complete. Don't do the download with your browser, folks - use a download manager or wget. It's a monster file and you will hate yourself if it fails halfway in and you have to start from the beginning. UPDATE: If the download is unavailable on the Microsoft site, give the torrent a try after you get your Product key. It's an .iso file, which you have to burn to DVD. (So, obviously, you need a DVD burner.)
Next I started up the install and found that Vista will only install itself on a primary partition. If you choose the C: drive where XP is already installed? Vista asks if it can rename your Windows folder "Windows.old." Uh, no thank you Vista. To get dual-booting to work, you have to create another primary partition where Vista can live alongside XP in peace and happiness.
Free partitioning utilities (like the one on the XP setup disk) delete all the data on the disk when they create new partitions. That's not very convenient. Norton's commercial product called PartitionMagic, which you can purchase at Amazon for $43 (after rebate), however, can create a new partition out of free space on your C: drive without killing the rest of the files. That's what you want. UPDATE: Astute reader Barron says that the GParted Live CD also works and it's free. Thanks Barron!
Using PartitionMagic, I created a "primary" partition on drive C: made up of 20 gigabytes of free space. I assigned the drive letter V: for Vista. When you apply your partition changes, PM will make you reboot. Then you hold your breath and pray while PartitionMagic rejigs things on your hard drive. If the gods are smiling upon you, you'll boot up into XP with a shiny new disk parition all set up. Here's what the PartitionMagic console looked like after V: was created. (Click to enlarge.)
Note about the screenshot: The newly-created partition, V:, is on the right of C: in Disk 1. I took this screenshot after Vista was installed, so I'm not sure what the ?h? characters in the disk name are about. In Vista, the disk is called "Vista."
Now, once Windows XP is fully booted up and you can see your new 20GB drive, pop in the Vista DVD and run the install from there. Choose your newly created V: drive as the installation location, and let 'er rip. Vista will spend lots of time copying files and restarting your machine. All goes well in installation-ville, and you'll set up your first administrative Vista user and go from there.
Note: Vista didn't have the drivers for a whole bunch of the devices on my machine, like the sound card, video card, USB Wifi adaptor, dialup modem or Ethernet card, so be prepared to have all the driver disks that came with your computer (you did save your driver disks, didn't you?) to get your machine fully functioning with Vista.
Now, once you restart your computer, you'll get a choice to boot into XP or Vista. (Click image to enlarge.)
"Microsoft Windows" refers to Vista, and "Earlier version of Windows" refers to XP. The default choice is Vista, and you have 25 seconds to make another choice. Otherwise it boots into Vista automatically. (I'm sure one can change this behavior; something to research.)
There's much to be discussed regarding Vista, so this is the first of a series of posts that will do so over the next few weeks.
If you're feeling brave and wildly curious and not afraid to completely destroy your PC with unstable code, take a stab at a Vista installation and let us know how it goes. Everyone else? Post your questions and comments about Vista below or send us an email at tips at — Gina Trapani
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