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XP: Registry Hacks (Scripts Included)


This tech recipe contains a few Windows XP registry hacks. Included here are script codes for most modifications to apply the keys if you are not comfortable with regedit.

In light of my last tech recipe showing how to create scripts to generate registry keys, I will list the additions in such a fashion, but they can easily be done by regedit also.

*All scripts should be copied into Notepad or an equivalent and saved with a .reg extension.

*Only use these hacks/edits if you feel comfortable editing your registry. Backing up is always recommended before starting. Even the best coders and programmers can make typing mistakes.

Add a show recycle bin check box to the “Tools\Folder options – View Tab”


"Text"="Show Recycle Bin icon on the desktop"

The Key representing the Recycle Bin can be found here:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

*In the following, the value following “LocalizedString”= is the text that will be displayed.

Modify My Computer Name: Relative to User

*Applies the %USERNAME% option to My Computer

In my case, My Computer now reads: William’s Computer. However, this will change based on the user logged on.



*This also changes the name under the Start menu.

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



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