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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] "Behavior"=-" 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] "Behavior"=- "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 t…

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 …

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.

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 - 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 …

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 Disall…

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.

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 CoolSwitchColumns" "CoolSwitchRows" The above values reflect how many columns and rows, respectively, you want to appear in the Alt+Tab cool switch display.

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 "Help and Support " Does Not Collect All Hardware Information 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

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.

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
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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: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI 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. Window…

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 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 wh…

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 change…

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 short…

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 a…

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 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…

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…

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. ForWindows XP HomeEdition: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. …