Disabling Idiot Stuff



Kevin Spencer
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've been
working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's beginning to
p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.

I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document was
sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is news? Of
course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!

The Recycle Bin has an option to not display a confirm delete dialog box.
Good. But when I go to empty the Recycle bin, it prompts me "Are you sure
you want to empty all the items in the Recycle bin?" Good question. Now that
I think of it, YES OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT I TOLD YOU TO DO!!!

I keep a lot of shortcuts on my desktop. I'm a developer. I have a LOT of
tools, and like to keep them handy. That's what the desktop is FOR. But God
forbid I should not touch one for a month or so. "There are unused items on
your desktop (d-yu-uh!). Click here to run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard." D**N
it. If I didn't want those shortucts (NOT "icons" you idiot, you know darn
well what they are), I would delete them myself!

And so on.

Now, I can understand the reasons for Microsoft putting this kind of junk in
the OS, and making it hard to find. Most people who use computers don't even
know what they are (despite the descriptive name "computers"). MS wants to
cut down on the idiot support calls they receive. I can just imagine, Joe
SixPack calls up and says "I clicked the Print button on my document. But
nothing happened." Fine. Good sense there.

But I'm sure the dev teams at MS hat to be nagged all day long as well, as
they know perfectly well how the computer works, and what they want it to
do. No doubt most of them turn it all off somehow, and I would bet these
settings are stored somewhere in the Registry.

So, my question is, is there a .reg file floating around out there somewhere
that turns all this s**t off? I can't cut down on coffee, and it's really
starting to fry my nerves!

--
TIA,

Kevin Spencer
Microsoft MVP
..Net Developer
What You Seek Is What You Get.

Ironhide
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
yeah you speak right from my heart... I didnīt find a solution .

hopefully, here we do.....

"Kevin Spencer" <kevin@DIESPAMMERSDIEtakempis.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:u5aJLj8VFHA.3540@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've been
> working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's beginning
to
> p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
>
> I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document was
> sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is news? Of
> course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!
>
> The Recycle Bin has an option to not display a confirm delete dialog box.
> Good. But when I go to empty the Recycle bin, it prompts me "Are you sure
> you want to empty all the items in the Recycle bin?" Good question. Now
that
> I think of it, YES OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT I TOLD YOU TO DO!!!
>
> I keep a lot of shortcuts on my desktop. I'm a developer. I have a LOT of
> tools, and like to keep them handy. That's what the desktop is FOR. But
God
> forbid I should not touch one for a month or so. "There are unused items
on
> your desktop (d-yu-uh!). Click here to run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard."
D**N
> it. If I didn't want those shortucts (NOT "icons" you idiot, you know darn
> well what they are), I would delete them myself!
>
> And so on.
>
> Now, I can understand the reasons for Microsoft putting this kind of junk
in
> the OS, and making it hard to find. Most people who use computers don't
even
> know what they are (despite the descriptive name "computers"). MS wants to
> cut down on the idiot support calls they receive. I can just imagine, Joe
> SixPack calls up and says "I clicked the Print button on my document. But
> nothing happened." Fine. Good sense there.
>
> But I'm sure the dev teams at MS hat to be nagged all day long as well, as
> they know perfectly well how the computer works, and what they want it to
> do. No doubt most of them turn it all off somehow, and I would bet these
> settings are stored somewhere in the Registry.
>
> So, my question is, is there a .reg file floating around out there
somewhere
> that turns all this s**t off? I can't cut down on coffee, and it's really
> starting to fry my nerves!
>
> --
> TIA,
>
> Kevin Spencer
> Microsoft MVP
> .Net Developer
> What You Seek Is What You Get.
>
>

Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
Kevin Spencer wrote:

> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've been
> working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's beginning to
> p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
>
> I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document was
> sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is news? Of
> course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!
>
> The Recycle Bin has an option to not display a confirm delete dialog box.
> Good. But when I go to empty the Recycle bin, it prompts me "Are you sure
> you want to empty all the items in the Recycle bin?" Good question. Now that
> I think of it, YES OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT I TOLD YOU TO DO!!!
>
> I keep a lot of shortcuts on my desktop. I'm a developer. I have a LOT of
> tools, and like to keep them handy. That's what the desktop is FOR. But God
> forbid I should not touch one for a month or so. "There are unused items on
> your desktop (d-yu-uh!). Click here to run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard." D**N
> it. If I didn't want those shortucts (NOT "icons" you idiot, you know darn
> well what they are), I would delete them myself!
> (snip)
>
> So, my question is, is there a .reg file floating around out there somewhere
> that turns all this s**t off? I can't cut down on coffee, and it's really
> starting to fry my nerves!
Hi,

How To Enable or Disable Print Job Notifications in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308217/

HOW TO: Disable the Automatic Desktop Cleanup Feature in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320154/


--
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Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.mspx

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
Kevin Spencer wrote:
> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've been
> working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's beginning to
> p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
>


Remember, Windows is aimed at the mass consumer market, where the
dumbing-down of the OS has greatly contributed to its market-share.
Moderately knowledgeable users (and especially IT professionals and
others claiming advanced computer knowledge) are presumed to be capable
of using the Help files or otherwise deducing how to enable/disable
features they don't need or want.


> I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document was
> sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is news? Of
> course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!
>


This isn't default Windows behavior. Check the settings that you've
configured for your specific printer software.


> The Recycle Bin has an option to not display a confirm delete dialog box.
> Good. But when I go to empty the Recycle bin, it prompts me "Are you sure
> you want to empty all the items in the Recycle bin?" Good question. Now that
> I think of it, YES OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT I TOLD YOU TO DO!!!
>


I don't see any way to turn this confirmation request off, nor do I
find it particularly desirable to do so. Having supported computer
users for several years longer than you've been a "professional
developer," I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked, even
by supposedly technically knowledgeable users like engineers and
software developers, as well as by the more mundane regular users, how
to recover "accidentally" deleted files from an emptied Recycle Bin.
(And, of course, this doesn't count all those years before the advent of
the Recycle Bin.)


> I keep a lot of shortcuts on my desktop. I'm a developer. I have a LOT of
> tools, and like to keep them handy. That's what the desktop is FOR. But God
> forbid I should not touch one for a month or so. "There are unused items on
> your desktop (d-yu-uh!). Click here to run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard." D**N
> it. If I didn't want those shortucts (NOT "icons" you idiot, you know darn
> well what they are), I would delete them myself!
>


Right-click the Desktop > Properties > Desktop tab > Customize > Run
Desktop Cleanup....


...... Snipped....
>
> So, my question is, is there a .reg file floating around out there somewhere
> that turns all this s**t off?
>

Well, as a "professional developer," I'm sure that you already have an
in-depth, intimate knowledge of the Windows registry. I mean, wouldn't
that be one of the primary prerequisites to the proper design and
development of reliable, safe, and secure applications? Therefore, I
have to assume that you're asking this question merely to vent.


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Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
Kevin Spencer wrote:
> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've
> been working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's
> beginning to p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
>
> I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document
> was sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is
> news? Of course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!

That seems to be centered around your printer driver/software - I never see
such a message.

> The Recycle Bin has an option to not display a confirm delete dialog
> box. Good. But when I go to empty the Recycle bin, it prompts me "Are
> you sure you want to empty all the items in the Recycle bin?" Good
> question. Now that I think of it, YES OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT I TOLD
> YOU TO DO!!!

Working with "normal users" all the time (and even the advanced ones
sometimes - after all, they may not sleep) that extra prompt has saved their
butts more than once. heh

> I keep a lot of shortcuts on my desktop. I'm a developer. I have a
> LOT of tools, and like to keep them handy. That's what the desktop is
> FOR. But God forbid I should not touch one for a month or so. "There
> are unused items on your desktop (d-yu-uh!). Click here to run the
> Desktop Cleanup Wizard." D**N it. If I didn't want those shortucts
> (NOT "icons" you idiot, you know darn well what they are), I would
> delete them myself!

You can turn that off you know.. It's right there in the wizard - and in
Help and Support - a search for "turn off desktop cleanup wizard" came up
with hits including (from the web!):

HOW TO: Disable the Automatic Desktop Cleanup Feature in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320154


> And so on.

I have not found many features (balloons, etc) that you could not turn off
with a few clicks or a registry edit or a tool (some provided by
Microsoft..) The tweaks to turn things off are numoprous and depends on
what you want. You can make the interface faster and look like Windows
2000...

Control Panel --> System --> Advanced tab --> Performance section,
Settings button. Then choose "adjust for best performance" and you
now have a Windows 2000/98 look which turned off many of the annoying
"prettifications" in one swift action. You can play with the last
three checkboxes to get more of an XP look without many of the
other annoyances. You could also grab and install/mess with one
(or more) of the Microsoft Powertoys - TweakUI in particular:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

Not enough? Go looking through the registry tweaks here:
http://www.winguides.com/registry/

Tons of them for turning off balloons and such things.

> Now, I can understand the reasons for Microsoft putting this kind of
> junk in the OS, and making it hard to find. Most people who use
> computers don't even know what they are (despite the descriptive name
> "computers"). MS wants to cut down on the idiot support calls they
> receive. I can just imagine, Joe SixPack calls up and says "I clicked
> the Print button on my document. But nothing happened." Fine. Good
> sense there.

Again - none of my printers or systems I setup tell me I printed anything...

> But I'm sure the dev teams at MS hat to be nagged all day long as
> well, as they know perfectly well how the computer works, and what
> they want it to do. No doubt most of them turn it all off somehow,
> and I would bet these settings are stored somewhere in the Registry.

Some are registry settings, yes. I'm surprised a professional developer
didn't know about them or how to find them..

> So, my question is, is there a .reg file floating around out there
> somewhere that turns all this s**t off? I can't cut down on coffee,
> and it's really starting to fry my nerves!

See above inline.. Do Google Searches and Help & Support searches for
specifics - or post your specifics here..
The ease at which this information is found is actually laughable.

I suggest looking at the sites:

- Windows Registry Guide ( http://www.winguides.com/registry )
- JSI,Inc. RegHacks ( http://www.jsifaq.com/reghack.htm )
- Kelly Theriot's Windows XP ( http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm )
- Creating the Ultimate Unattended XP CD ( http://unattended.msfn.org/ )
(forums..)

Below this point is a set of registry tweaks I use when setting up new
systems.. You can look through them and pick/and choose - but I would
recommend reviewing them before you do and understanding what each one does.

--- begin here (cut below this line, paste into .reg file) ---

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Some of these settings and description were found at:
; - Windows Registry Guide (http://www.winguides.com/registry)
; - JSI,Inc. RegHacks (http://www.jsifaq.com/reghack.htm)
; - Kelly Theriot's Windows XP (http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm)
; - Creating the Ultimate Unattended XP CD ( http://unattended.msfn.org/ )
; (forums..)

;COMMAND PROMPT TWEAKS

;Add Command Prompt Option to Every Folder
; If you still use the DOS prompt regularly then this
; setting creates a new right-click menu option to open
; a command prompt at the selected directory.
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\MenuText]
@="Open Command Prompt"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\MenuText\Command]
@="cmd.exe /k cd \"%1\""


;Quick Edit the Command Prompt
; Quick Edit allows you to easily cut and paste text in the
; command prompt window using the mouse. The ability to use
; the Edit menu options is still possible.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console]
"QuickEdit"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Console]
"QuickEdit"=dword:00000001


;Allow UNC Paths at the Command Prompt
; The Command Processor normally checks and disallows UNC names
; from being used for the current directory in the Command Prompt
; as they may cause problems with launched child processes.
; This tweak allows UNC paths and remove the warning message.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"DisableUNCCheck"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"DisableUNCCheck"=dword:00000001


;Enable Command and Directory Completion
; Directory completion allows you to specify a key, that when
; pressed, completes the remainder of a directory name, you
; can press the key multiple times to scroll through the choices.
; Command completion allows you to type a portion of a file name,
; and then have the system complete the rest by pressing the
; specified key. This is similar to the UNIX shell command
; completion feature. Set to TAB key for both.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"CompletionChar"=dword:00000009
"PathCompletionChar"=dword:00000009
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"CompletionChar"=dword:00000009
"PathCompletionChar"=dword:00000009
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"CompletionChar"=dword:00000009
"PathCompletionChar"=dword:00000009


;Enable Command Processor Extensions
; This setting controls whether command extensions are enabled
; or disabled. When command extensions are used they change
; the behaviour of various standard command processor functions
; such as CD, MD, DEL, PROMPT and SET.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"EnableExtensions"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"EnableExtensions"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"EnableExtensions"=dword:00000001



;EXPLORER TWEAKS

;Add a Menu Option to Move or Copy to a Folder
; This tweak allows you to easily move and copy files and
; folders by adding two new right-click menu options to
; "Move To Folder..." and "Copy To Folder...". Simply
; highlight the file, right-click the option and select
; the destination folder.
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]
@="{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]
@="{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}"


;Enable Common Tasks in Explorer
; This will insure that the common tasks column is enabled in the
; Windows explorer view.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"WebView"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"ClassicShell"=dword:00000000


;Use Classic Search in Explorer
; This tweak allows you to disable the new
; Search Assistant and use the traditional
; search interface in Explorer.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState]
"Use Search Asst"="no"


;Set Folder Default to Open and Use same window
; Defaults so that Windows Explorer opens each folder in the same
; window when browsing directories.
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]
@="Folder"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]
@="open"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState]
"Settings"=hex:0c,00,02,00,1b,01,e7,77,60,00,00,00
"FullPath"=dword:00000001


;Change the Application Focus Settings
; When Windows applications require user input or focus,
; they will either pop-up over the existing window, or
; their icon will flash on the taskbar waiting for user
; action. This tweak controls that behavior.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"ForegroundFlashCount"=dword:00000003
"ForegroundLockTimeout"=dword:00030d40
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
"ForegroundFlashCount"=dword:00000003
"ForegroundLockTimeout"=dword:00030d40


;Add Open With to context menu
; This places Open With in the right-click context menu, always.
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"QueryClassStore"=""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell]
@="openas"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas\command]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,72,00,75,00,\
6e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,25,00,53,\
00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,\
79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,\
00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,4f,00,70,00,65,00,6e,00,41,00,\
73,00,5f,00,52,00,75,00,6e,00,44,00,4c,00,4c,00,20,00,25,00,31,00,00,00


;Show Hidden Folders and Files
; This setting controls whether hidden files
; and folders are displayed in explorer when
; browsing the file system.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Hidden"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Hidden"=dword:00000001


;Show file extension of known filetypes
; Turn of the hiding of certain file extensions.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideFileExt"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideFileExt"=dword:00000000


;Show File and Folder Names Using the Correct Case
; Some versions of Windows will attempt to adjust the
; capitalization of files and folders that are in all
; uppercase to make them more visually pleasing. For
; example, if you create a folder named "C:\ALLINCAPS"
; Windows will actually display it as "C:\Allincaps".
; This feature can be disabled using this tweak.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000001


;Show Pop-up Descriptions for Explorer and Desktop Items
; This setting controls whether pop-up tool tip information
; and descriptions are shown when the mouse is hovered over
; desktop and explorer items.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000001


;Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process
; This setting controls whether each folder window is
; launched as a separate explorer task. The benefit of
; this method is that if one window has an error and
; crashes the others should be not be affected. The
; disadvantage is that it takes more system resources
; for each folder.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"SeparateProcess"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"SeparateProcess"=dword:00000001


;List View tweaks
; Alphabetize, Shadow and Watermark.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001
"ListviewWatermark"=dword:00000000


;Display the Contents of Moving Windows
; When enabled, this setting will cause Windows to display
; the current contents of a window while it is being
; dragged around the screen instead of just displaying the
; window outline.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"UserPreferencesMask"=hex:90,00,03,80


;Search for Network Folders and Printers
; This setting controls whether Windows should
; automatically attempt to locate available file
; shares and printers by crawling the local network.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"NoNetCrawling"=dword:00000001


;Set sort order in Open and Save Dialogs
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ShellState"=hex:24,00,00,00,33,80,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
01,00,00,00,0d,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00


;Advanced Search Options enabled
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"SearchSystemDirs"=dword:00000001
"SearchHidden"=dword:00000001
"IncludeSubFolders"=dword:00000001
"CaseSensitive"=dword:00000001
"SearchSlowFiles"=dword:00000001


;Enable Advanced File System and Sharing Security
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa]
"ForceGuest"=dword:00000000

;How driver letters are shown in My Computer (1-4)
; Show drive letters first
; [url]http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=330193[/url]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer]
"ShowDriveLettersFirst"=dword:00000004
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer
"ShowDriveLettersFirst"=dword:00000004
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ShowDriveLettersFirst"=dword:00000004


;DESKTOP TWEAKS

;Group Similar Taskbar Buttons
; This setting is used to control whether similar
; items are grouped together as a single item or
; are displayed as individual buttons on the taskbar.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"TaskbarGlomming"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"TaskbarGlomming"=dword:00000001


;Change the Transition Effect for Menus and Tooltips
; This value controls which type of transitional effect to
; use when displaying Menus and Tooltips, allowing you to
; choose either the fade effect or the scroll effect.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"DragFullWindows"="0"


;Control the Windows Animation Function
; Although the animation function can make animated Windows
; look good, it can also slow down your PC if you have a
; slower graphics card. This setting allows you to control
; whether the function is enabled or disabled.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"MinAnimate"="0"


;Disable Desktop Cleanup Wizard
; This will disable the desktop cleanup wizard that
; cleans the old icons off the desktop.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\CleanupWiz]
"NoRun"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\CleanupWiz]
"NoRun"=dword:00000001


;Put My Computer on the Desktop and Start Menu
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum]
"{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum]
"{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000


;Place My Computer icon first on the desktop
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}]
"SortOrderIndex"=dword:00000054


;Display High Color Icons
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"Shell Icon BPP"="24"
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"Shell Icon BPP"="24"



;START MENU TWEAK

;View Enhanced Start Menu Folders
; These settings allow you to customize which items
; are shown on the Windows XP enhanced Start Menu.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Start_NotifyNewApps"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowControlPanel"=dword:00000002
"Start_ShowMyComputer"=dword:00000001
"Start_ShowMyDocs"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowMyMusic"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowMyPics"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowNetConn"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuAdminTools"="YES"
"StartMenuLogoff"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuRun"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuChange"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuFavorites"=dword:00000000
"CascadeControlPanel"="YES"
"CascadeMyDocuments"="NO"
"CascadeMyPictures"="NO"
"CascadeNetworkConnections"="YES"
"CascadePrinters"="NO"
"StartMenuScrollPrograms"="NO"
"IntelliMenus"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Start_NotifyNewApps"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowControlPanel"=dword:00000002
"Start_ShowMyComputer"=dword:00000001
"Start_ShowMyDocs"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowMyMusic"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowMyPics"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowNetConn"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuAdminTools"="YES"
"StartMenuLogoff"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuRun"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuChange"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuFavorites"=dword:00000000
"CascadeControlPanel"="YES"
"CascadeMyDocuments"="NO"
"CascadeMyPictures"="NO"
"CascadeNetworkConnections"="YES"
"CascadePrinters"="NO"
"StartMenuScrollPrograms"="NO"
"IntelliMenus"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"Start_NotifyNewApps"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowControlPanel"=dword:00000002
"Start_ShowMyComputer"=dword:00000001
"Start_ShowMyDocs"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowMyMusic"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowMyPics"=dword:00000000
"Start_ShowNetConn"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuAdminTools"="YES"
"StartMenuLogoff"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuRun"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuChange"=dword:00000001
"StartMenuFavorites"=dword:00000000
"CascadeControlPanel"="YES"
"CascadeMyDocuments"="NO"
"CascadeMyPictures"="NO"
"CascadeNetworkConnections"="YES"
"CascadePrinters"="NO"
"StartMenuScrollPrograms"="NO"
"IntelliMenus"=dword:00000000



;CONTROL PANEL TWEAKS

;Enable Classic Control Panel Display Style
; Changes the display stype of the Control Panel to the Classic View.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"ForceClassicControlPanel"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\WebView\BarricadedFolders]
"shell:ControlPanelFolder"=dword:00000000


;Add the Clipboard application to Control Panel
; This will add a shortcut to the Clipboard application to
; the systems control panel for easy access.
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}]
@="Clipboard"
"InfoTip"="Starts the Clipboard"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}\DefaultIcon]
@="%SystemRoot%\\\\System32\\\\clipbrd.exe,0"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}\Shell]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}\Shell\Open]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}\Shell\Open\command]
@="clipbrd.exe"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:00000030
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{4de05bc9-69f6-4bfc-8094-5e1069f2f51f}]
@="Add Clipboard to the Control Panel"


;Add an Alternative User control panel item
; This will add a Control Panel option to better manage the users
; of the machine.
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{98641F47-8C25-4936-BEE4-C2CE1298969D}]
@="User Accounts II"
"InfoTip"="Starts The Windows 2000 style User Accounts dialog"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{98641F47-8C25-4936-BEE4-C2CE1298969D}\DefaultIcon]
@="%SystemRoot%\\\\System32\\\\nusrmgr.cpl,1"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{98641F47-8C25-4936-BEE4-C2CE1298969D}\Shell]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{98641F47-8C25-4936-BEE4-C2CE1298969D}\Shell\Open]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{98641F47-8C25-4936-BEE4-C2CE1298969D}\Shell\Open\command]
@="Control Userpasswords2"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{98641F47-8C25-4936-BEE4-C2CE1298969D}]
@="Add Userpasswords2 to Control Panel"



;INTERNET EXPLORER TWEAKS

;Add a search function to the address bar of IE
; This one is for Microsoft Knowledge Base by article number.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\Q]
@="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/%s"

;Add a search function to the address bar of IE
; This one is for Google Searches.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\G]
@="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%s"

;Add a search function to the address bar of IE
; This one is for JSI Tips by tip number.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl\JSI]
@="http://www.jsiinc.com/asp/reghacks.asp?tipnumb=%s"


;Enable the Status Bar in Internet Explorer
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Show_StatusBar"="yes"
"Show_URLinStatusBar"="yes"
"StatusBarOther"=dword:00000001


;IE Cleanup
; This one clears the Window Placement of IE, allowing the
; Customer to start from a default layout or placement
; of IE.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\]
"Window_Placement"=-
; This clears the history of Typed URLs.
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs]

;Increase number of Downloads possible in IE
; By default, IE can only download 2 at a time.
; This increases that number to 99 at a time.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet
Settings]
"MaxConnectionsPerServer"=dword:00000063
"MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server"=dword:00000063



;MEDIA PLAYER TWEAKS

;Disable Update Question
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\PlayerUpgrade]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"="no"
"AskMeAgain"="no"


;Enable DVD Functionality
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\Settings]
"EnableDVDUI"="yes"



;XP TWEAKS - GENERAL

;Automatically Close Non-Responding Applications at Shutdown
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
"AutoEndTasks"="1"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="1000"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control]
"WaitToKillServiceTimeout"="1000"


;Clear Pagefile at Shutdown (NOT)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory
Management]
"ClearPageFileAtShutdown"=dword:00000000


;Clear the RUN list
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU]


;Force Windows to Unload DLLs from Memory
; Windows Explorer caches DLLs (Dynamic-Link Libraries)
; in memory for a period of time after the application
; using them has been closed. This can be an
; inefficient use of memory on low memory systems,
; and may cause problems or delays for programmers
; developing with Windows DLL files.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AlwaysUnloadDLL]
@="1"


;Enable Save Settings at Exit
; When Windows exits it normally saves the desktop layout,
; including icon location, appearance and other parameters.
; This setting disables any changes from being saved therefore
; allowing you to preserve a configured layout.
; It is ENABLED here.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000


;Disable all Balloon Tips
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"FolderContentsInfoTip"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\tips]
"Show"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"StartButtonBalloonTip"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSMBalloonTip"=dword:00000000


;Unlock taskbar
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"TaskbarSizeMove"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"LockTaskbar"=dword:00000000


;Powerdown after shutdown (when possible.)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"PowerdownAfterShutdown"="1"


;Menu Delay
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"MenuShowDelay"="10"
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
"MenuShowDelay"="10"


;Enable Clear Type and Font Smoothing
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"FontSmoothingType"=dword:00000001
"FontSmoothing"="2"
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
"FontSmoothingType"=dword:00000001
"FontSmoothing"="2"


;Disable Sticky Keys
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\StickyKeys]
"Flags"="506"


;Disable Messenger Service Passport Balloon
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MessengerService]
"PassportBalloon"=hex:0a,00,00,00


;Prevents MSN Messenger from randomly loading
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{F3A614DC-ABE0-11d2-A441-00C04F795683}\LocalServer32]
@=""


;Disable the Windows Messenger service
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Messenger]
"Start"=dword:0000004


;Disable File Indexing Service
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\cisvc]
"Start"=dword:00000004


;Disable the Getting Started screen on New User logon
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoWelcomeScreen"=dword:00000001


;Remove the Language Bar
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{540D8A8B-1C3F-4E32-8132-530F6A502090}]
@="Language bar"
"MenuTextPUI"="@%SystemRoot%\\System32\\msutb.dll,-325"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000


;Disable the Windows XP Tour
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Tour]
"RunCount"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Tour]
"RunCount"=dword:00000000


;Sort Start Menu and Favorites in Alphabetical Order
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder]


;Use Smooth Scrolling in Telnet
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Telnet]
"SmoothScroll"=dword:00000001


;Clear last registry key accessed
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit]
"LastKey"=""


;Outlook Express - Hide Messenger
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Outlook Express]
"Hide Messenger"=dword:00000002

--- end here (cut above this line, paste into .reg file) ---

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
Kevin Spencer wrote:
> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've
> been working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's
> beginning to p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
<snip>
> Kevin Spencer
> Microsoft MVP
> .Net Developer
> What You Seek Is What You Get.

Ironhide wrote:
> yeah you speak right from my heart... I didnīt find a solution .
>
> hopefully, here we do.....

See my direct answer to Kevin in this thread..
(*grin* - I just noticed his signature - irony..)

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07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
torgen gave you a few, i do not believe there is a cure
all,for more check out a book like windows xp registry
guide it contains many customization registry tweaks or
an online registry guide for xp.
>-----Original Message-----
>I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10
years. I've been
>working with Windows since the beginning. Lately,
however, it's beginning to
>p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
>
>I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon
saying "Your document was
>sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close
it. This is news? Of
>course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!
>
>The Recycle Bin has an option to not display a confirm
delete dialog box.
>Good. But when I go to empty the Recycle bin, it prompts
me "Are you sure
>you want to empty all the items in the Recycle bin?"
Good question. Now that
>I think of it, YES OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT I TOLD YOU TO
DO!!!
>
>I keep a lot of shortcuts on my desktop. I'm a
developer. I have a LOT of
>tools, and like to keep them handy. That's what the
desktop is FOR. But God
>forbid I should not touch one for a month or so. "There
are unused items on
>your desktop (d-yu-uh!). Click here to run the Desktop
Cleanup Wizard." D**N
>it. If I didn't want those shortucts (NOT "icons" you
idiot, you know darn
>well what they are), I would delete them myself!
>
>And so on.
>
>Now, I can understand the reasons for Microsoft putting
this kind of junk in
>the OS, and making it hard to find. Most people who use
computers don't even
>know what they are (despite the descriptive
name "computers"). MS wants to
>cut down on the idiot support calls they receive. I can
just imagine, Joe
>SixPack calls up and says "I clicked the Print button on
my document. But
>nothing happened." Fine. Good sense there.
>
>But I'm sure the dev teams at MS hat to be nagged all
day long as well, as
>they know perfectly well how the computer works, and
what they want it to
>do. No doubt most of them turn it all off somehow, and I
would bet these
>settings are stored somewhere in the Registry.
>
>So, my question is, is there a .reg file floating around
out there somewhere
>that turns all this s**t off? I can't cut down on
coffee, and it's really
>starting to fry my nerves!
>
>--
>TIA,
>
>Kevin Spencer
>Microsoft MVP
>..Net Developer
>What You Seek Is What You Get.
>
>
>.
>

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
Answers in-line!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"Kevin Spencer" <kevin@DIESPAMMERSDIEtakempis.com> wrote in message
news:u5aJLj8VFHA.3540@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've been
> working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's beginning
> to
> p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
>
> I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document was
> sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is news? Of
> course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!

**************

Funny. It doesn't happen on any of my 5 personal computers. Why don't you
adjust your printer software?

**************
>
> The Recycle Bin has an option to not display a confirm delete dialog box.
> Good. But when I go to empty the Recycle bin, it prompts me "Are you sure
> you want to empty all the items in the Recycle bin?" Good question. Now
> that
> I think of it, YES OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT I TOLD YOU TO DO!!!

**************

From the Windows help section. You can read, can't you?

To prevent delete confirmation messages from appearing

1.. On the desktop, right-click Recycle Bin, and then click Properties.
2.. Clear the Display delete confirmation dialog check box.
Notes

a.. This setting only applies when you move items to the Recycle Bin. This
setting does not apply when you move items from it.
b.. This setting is unavailable if the Do not move files to the Recycle
Bin check box is selected.
**************
>
> I keep a lot of shortcuts on my desktop. I'm a developer. I have a LOT of
> tools, and like to keep them handy. That's what the desktop is FOR. But
> God
> forbid I should not touch one for a month or so. "There are unused items
> on
> your desktop (d-yu-uh!). Click here to run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard."
> D**N
> it. If I didn't want those shortucts (NOT "icons" you idiot, you know darn
> well what they are), I would delete them myself!

**************

Instead of bitching, learn your operating system. Turn off the automatic
desktop cleanup function.

**************
>
> And so on.
>
> Now, I can understand the reasons for Microsoft putting this kind of junk
> in
> the OS, and making it hard to find. Most people who use computers don't
> even
> know what they are (despite the descriptive name "computers"). MS wants to
> cut down on the idiot support calls they receive. I can just imagine, Joe
> SixPack calls up and says "I clicked the Print button on my document. But
> nothing happened." Fine. Good sense there.
>
> But I'm sure the dev teams at MS hat to be nagged all day long as well, as
> they know perfectly well how the computer works, and what they want it to
> do. No doubt most of them turn it all off somehow, and I would bet these
> settings are stored somewhere in the Registry.
>
> So, my question is, is there a .reg file floating around out there
> somewhere
> that turns all this s**t off? I can't cut down on coffee, and it's really
> starting to fry my nerves!


*************

Another person masquaradind as an MVP who doesn't even know how to control
his operating system. I don't know what is more pathetic, your whining or
you charade as an MVP. If you are, in fact, an MVP you place a bad mark on
others who have earned the designation by helping - not crying!

*************
>
> --
> TIA,
>
> Kevin Spencer
> Microsoft MVP
> .Net Developer
> What You Seek Is What You Get.
>
>

07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
"Kevin Spencer" <kevin@DIESPAMMERSDIEtakempis.com> wrote in message
news:u5aJLj8VFHA.3540@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've
> been working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's
> beginning to p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
>
> I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document
> was sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is
> news? Of course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!

Don't know what I did, if anything, in all those past installs of
Windows but none of them popup a balloon saying that we just sent
something to the printer. Sounds like a printer driver/software
configuration issue.

When I read Torgeir's reply, I looked and the notification for local
printers was already disabled, and I've never touched that option so it
is the default. Must be you are asking about notifications for network
printers but you neglected to mention that.

> The Recycle Bin has an option to not display a confirm delete dialog
> box. Good. But when I go to empty the Recycle bin, it prompts me "Are
> you sure you want to empty all the items in the Recycle bin?" Good
> question. Now that I think of it, YES OF COURSE, THAT'S WHAT I TOLD
> YOU TO DO!!!

And, of course, without the prompt-on-delete safety net, there would be
oh so few users that would not complain about not being prompted. Just
go read the newsgroups for e-mail clients. Every day, several times a
day, there is some boob posting there about "accidentally" deleting
their e-mails and now wanting them back. No prompts mean more boobs
complain about losing data. Yet even if there were 100 prompts, there
would be some boob whining about answering Yes to all of them, deleting
their data, and now wanting it back.

If you don't want to use the Recycle Bin, why do you have it configured
to save your deleted items there? Just turn it off. In fact, if you
decide to move thousands and thousands of files from one drive to
another, you'll probably want to disable the Recycle Bin (since the move
across drives will delete the originals which end up filling the
reserved size for the Recycle Bin and which then moves the older files
out one by one as the newer files get deleted).

Rather than complain about the one lone prompt when performing a major
aggregate action (purging ALL deleted files), maybe you should be
reconsidering why you are using the Recycle Bin at all.

> I keep a lot of shortcuts on my desktop. I'm a developer. I have a LOT
> of tools, and like to keep them handy. That's what the desktop is FOR.
> But God forbid I should not touch one for a month or so. "There are
> unused items on your desktop (d-yu-uh!). Click here to run the Desktop
> Cleanup Wizard." D**N it. If I didn't want those shortucts (NOT
> "icons" you idiot, you know darn well what they are), I would delete
> them myself!

This sounds like a very familiar flame that I read before. Didn't this
guy or someone like him post something just like this several months
ago, whining about not knowing how to disable this auto-cleanup feature
yet claiming to be an oh so savvy programmer but apparently without the
expertise or initiative to search before asking, like using the included
help (Start -> Help and Support -> "desktop cleanup")? Sorry, Kevin,
for being so harsh but this one seems such an easily solvable problem
that I have to wonder why you could not resolve it yourself.

Some operating systems are geared for use by sysadmins and tech types
(and they use shells or applications for an end-user user interface).
Some operating systems are geared for use by end users. Guess which
Windows was designed for? Often it would be nice to install and default
to a minimal configuration for Windows but only techies that are willing
to take the time and have the initiative to interrogate available
options and investigate possible solutions would like this approach.
Consumers would hate it. When providing a customizable GUI, you have to
start with some initial state, and yours wouldn't be what the market
wants. Consumers aren't interested in defining all those uninitalized
variables before they actually get to use their hardware and OS. It is
a general-purpose operating system but it does have to be delivered in
SOME state, and that is usually defined by the market in which the
product is sold. In this case, the market (for Windows) is not majorly
composed of techs and geeks.

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Galen
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
In news:u5aJLj8VFHA.3540@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
Kevin Spencer <kevin@DIESPAMMERSDIEtakempis.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've
> been working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's
> beginning to p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.

www.x-setup.net <-- Not bad for 8 bucks US or you can probably find the
version 6 which was the last freeware. It is also good for a month trial
which you can use, make your changes, and then uninstall if you wanted. It
doesn't revert your changes when you uninstall it.

Galen
--

"And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability
with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the
very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be
made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby."

Sherlock Holmes

07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
"Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:eV8mAP9VFHA.3076@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> Another person masquaradind as an MVP who doesn't even know how to
> control his operating system. I don't know what is more pathetic, your
> whining or you charade as an MVP. If you are, in fact, an MVP you
> place a bad mark on others who have earned the designation by
> helping - not crying!


According to http://www.mvps.org/links.html, Kevin is an MVP for
"Content Management Server". Uffda, something that I'm not familiar
with at all. Being an MVP doesn't mean you are expert in the operating
system, tweaking it, the various hardware on which it runs, or all
applications available for it. His MVP standing doesn't dictate he
knows all. Sounds like Kevin is an MVP in one topic but is just another
end user regarding the operating system. Even experts in SQL, SMS, C++,
..NET, Outlook, or whatever will occasionally have to ask the boob
questions regarding how to use or configure the operating system. For
example, many folks often note looking at the hosts file if they find
they are getting redirected to a malware site, and I've done that, too.
Just today I heard of the registry setting that dictates where Windows
will actually go look for the hosts file, so looking in
%windir%\system32\drivers\etc might have you looking at the wrong hosts
file. With something as monstrous and fluffed up as Windows, I doubt
there is anyone that can claim full knowledge of it.

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07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
<Vanguard> wrote in message
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>
> According to http://www.mvps.org/links.html, Kevin is an MVP for
> "Content Management Server".

Oops, wrong Spencer (Spencer Harbar for CMS). Kevin Spencer is listed as
an MVP for FrontPage.

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Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
I seldom see an MVP rant so. If he wants to do that he should drop the MPV
tag for the rant! Appearances etc!

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<Vanguard> wrote in message news:%23lVMG29VFHA.2072@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:eV8mAP9VFHA.3076@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>> Another person masquaradind as an MVP who doesn't even know how to
>> control his operating system. I don't know what is more pathetic, your
>> whining or you charade as an MVP. If you are, in fact, an MVP you place a
>> bad mark on others who have earned the designation by helping - not
>> crying!
>
>
> According to http://www.mvps.org/links.html, Kevin is an MVP for "Content
> Management Server". Uffda, something that I'm not familiar with at all.
> Being an MVP doesn't mean you are expert in the operating system, tweaking
> it, the various hardware on which it runs, or all applications available
> for it. His MVP standing doesn't dictate he knows all. Sounds like Kevin
> is an MVP in one topic but is just another end user regarding the
> operating system. Even experts in SQL, SMS, C++, .NET, Outlook, or
> whatever will occasionally have to ask the boob questions regarding how to
> use or configure the operating system. For example, many folks often note
> looking at the hosts file if they find they are getting redirected to a
> malware site, and I've done that, too. Just today I heard of the registry
> setting that dictates where Windows will actually go look for the hosts
> file, so looking in %windir%\system32\drivers\etc might have you looking
> at the wrong hosts file. With something as monstrous and fluffed up as
> Windows, I doubt there is anyone that can claim full knowledge of it.
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Al Smith
07-10-2005, 12:26 AM
> I'm a professional developer, and have been for over 10 years. I've been
> working with Windows since the beginning. Lately, however, it's beginning to
> p*ss me off. Why? Because it treats me like an idiot.
>
> I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document was
> sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is news? Of
> course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!

Idiot balloons -- the new Clippy.

Jeff
07-10-2005, 12:27 AM
Dear Shenon

Wow! Absolutely impressive! I thought I knew my way around Windows, but the
tweaks you list are something else.

> Not enough? Go looking through the registry tweaks here:
> http://www.winguides.com/registry/
>
> Tons of them for turning off balloons and such things.

I have TweakUI FreshUI, X-Setup Pro, and a bunch of other utilities, and
knew about Kelly's site and JSI, but was unfamiliar with this website. It
is excellent, but, for someone who has dialup like me, it is tedious to have
to click on a separate link to see each individual tweak. Do you know if all
their tweaks can be downloaded in a single file to peruse offline?

You also would be the right person to ask: I would like to change the list
of places listed on the RClick "SendTo" menu, but forget how to do it. Where
is that folder? Could you help?

Thank you.

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Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 12:28 AM
In news:u8gaTCOWFHA.1432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
Jeff <jeff@phony.com> typed:

> I would like to change the
> list of places listed on the RClick "SendTo" menu, but forget
> how to
> do it. Where is that folder? Could you help?


C:\Documents and Settings\your user name\SendTo

Add or delete shortcuts as desired.

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DevilsPGD
07-10-2005, 12:28 AM
In message <##uNM68VFHA.3076@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl> Bruce Chambers
<bchambers@h0tmail.c0m> wrote:

>> I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document was
>> sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is news? Of
>> course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!
>
> This isn't default Windows behavior. Check the settings that you've
>configured for your specific printer software.

Perhaps only a default when you're printing to a network printer?

I'm not sure if that's why, but it seems to be the default here, no
third party software installed.

> I don't see any way to turn this confirmation request off, nor do I
>find it particularly desirable to do so. Having supported computer
>users for several years longer than you've been a "professional
>developer," I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked, even
>by supposedly technically knowledgeable users like engineers and
>software developers, as well as by the more mundane regular users, how
>to recover "accidentally" deleted files from an emptied Recycle Bin.
>(And, of course, this doesn't count all those years before the advent of
>the Recycle Bin.)

Sure, but you've already done two things: Deleted the file and confirmed
deleting the files (By emptying the recycle bin)

Why are two additional confirmations required?

> Well, as a "professional developer," I'm sure that you already have an
>in-depth, intimate knowledge of the Windows registry. I mean, wouldn't
>that be one of the primary prerequisites to the proper design and
>development of reliable, safe, and secure applications? Therefore, I
>have to assume that you're asking this question merely to vent.

If a developer is looking to create a reliable, safe and secure
application, they likely wouldn't be using the registry for anything
other then a "This is where my data files are stored" note.

Moreover, depending on what the developer is developing, they may not
know much of anything about the registry or about Windows in general
outside of their direct experience. If you're a DB admin for Oracle
products, you don't need to know much about the registry.

If you're strictly a web developer, the same would apply.


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Jeff
07-10-2005, 12:28 AM
Thanks.

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"Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
news:e4Ai%23wOWFHA.1044@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> In news:u8gaTCOWFHA.1432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
> Jeff <jeff@phony.com> typed:
>
>> I would like to change the
>> list of places listed on the RClick "SendTo" menu, but forget how to
>> do it. Where is that folder? Could you help?
>
>
> C:\Documents and Settings\your user name\SendTo
>
> Add or delete shortcuts as desired.
>
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> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 12:28 AM
DevilsPGD wrote:
> In message <##uNM68VFHA.3076@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl> Bruce Chambers
> <bchambers@h0tmail.c0m> wrote:
>
>
>>>I print a document. Windows throws up a ballon saying "Your document was
>>>sent to the printer." And there it sits until I close it. This is news? Of
>>>course it was sent to the printer. I sent it!
>>
>> This isn't default Windows behavior. Check the settings that you've
>>configured for your specific printer software.
>
>
> Perhaps only a default when you're printing to a network printer?
>


Nope. Not unless there's an option in the print server's settings.



>
>
> Sure, but you've already done two things: Deleted the file and confirmed
> deleting the files (By emptying the recycle bin)
>
> Why are two additional confirmations required?
>
>


I wouldn't think the additional confirmation would be necessary,
either, but experience proves that there are lots of people who still
"accidentally" delete files, despite all of the warnings.



>
>
> If a developer is looking to create a reliable, safe and secure
> application, they likely wouldn't be using the registry for anything
> other then a "This is where my data files are stored" note.
>


And how to they register .DLLs, etc?


> Moreover, depending on what the developer is developing, they may not
> know much of anything about the registry or about Windows in general
> outside of their direct experience.


Which is a major short-coming, in all too many cases. Poorly written
applications (the ones that try to write to the registry and/or
protected system files) are the bane of client support administrators.


> If you're a DB admin for Oracle
> products, you don't need to know much about the registry.
>


Which helps expliain why Oracle applications are such a nightmare to
maintain on Windows computers. ;-}


> If you're strictly a web developer, the same would apply.
>

True, but that's about the only kind of developer who can safely remain
ignorant of Windows intricacies and not cause many problems. (Unless
one's using ActiveX, that is.)


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Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 12:29 AM
In news:rHHhe.73976$NC6.39742@newsread1.mlpsca01.us.to.verio.net,
Jeff <jeff@falsepart.com> typed:

> Thanks.

You're welcome. Glad to help.

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> "Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
> news:e4Ai%23wOWFHA.1044@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> In news:u8gaTCOWFHA.1432@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
>> Jeff <jeff@phony.com> typed:
>>
>>> I would like to change the
>>> list of places listed on the RClick "SendTo" menu, but forget
>>> how to
>>> do it. Where is that folder? Could you help?
>>
>>
>> C:\Documents and Settings\your user name\SendTo
>>
>> Add or delete shortcuts as desired.
>>
>> --
>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
>> Please reply to the newsgroup


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