XP: Start Menu Registry Hacks and Quick Reboot

Posted February 28, 2006 by William_Wilson in Uncategorized

This tutorial explains how to customize specific aspects of your Start menu and how to make your system reboot faster.


I have been searching the registry for keys that, when modified, affect the look and feel of Windows.
A fast reboot is not a registry hack, but it ties into the theme of the Start menu.

All LocalizedString Values are simply examples. Set them to whatever text you would like to have appear.

Rename Search Under Start:
*This does not change by script and must be done manually.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
“LocalizedString”=Find Stuff

Rename Help and Support Under Start:
*This does not change by script and must be done manually.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2559a1f1-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
“LocalizedString”=MS HELP

Rename Run… Under Start:
*This does not change by script and must be done manually.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
“LocalizedString”=Let’s GO

EXTRA – Reboot/Shutdown faster:
Simply hold the Shift key while pressing the Shutdown button. It is very useful after installing software or Explorer overruns. This authorizes Windows to automatically close all non-responsive programs without the annoying pop ups.

Questions/Comments: [email protected]
-William. ยง (marvin_gohan)

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