Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Registry Hacks Windows 8 Consumer Preview


Registry is a very complex database having lots of sensitive information, it should be changed only when we’re having problems with our computers. However, some expert computer users want to customize Windows 8 and make it simpler to use. It is quite possible for them to do so using the registry hacks for Windows 8 consumer preview. 

Here you will find some registry tweaks for Windows 8 consumer preview. Please do all these things at your own risk and only if you are efficient in computing. Any unacceptable change can make your system unstable and you might lose your important data. Thus I would suggest you to backup the entire registry before making any change in it.

List of Windows 8 Registry Hacks:

· Add “Registry Editor” Icon in Control Panel

· Add “Read with Notepad” Option to the Context Menu

· Add “Control Panel” Option to the Context Menu of your Desktop

· Add “Recycle Bin” Icon in My Computer

Add “Registry Editor” Icon in Control Panel:

This is a very useful Windows 8 Registry Hack if you’re a tech savvy user. Many of us who like to experiment with the things we have to deal lot of time with the Registry Editor. To open it fastly, you can make its icon in Control Panel\System and Security.

1.    Open Registry Editor.

2. Open following registry path:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID

3. Create a new key with the following name:

{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}

4. Add a new string with name InfoTip. Type Opens the Registry Editor (RegEdit) as its value.

5. In the same path where you’re; make a new key with name DefaultIcon.

6. Double click the Default string on the right hand side and type the following value:

%SystemRoot%\RegEdit.exe

7. In the same path, make following three new registry keys:

Shell\Open\Command

8. Again, double click Default and set the following value:

%SystemRoot%\RegEdit.exe

9. Now open the following registry path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\

Microsoft\Windows\

CurrentVersion\Explorer\

ControlPanel\NameSpace

10. Make a new key with the following name:

{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}

11. Double click the Default string on the right hand side and type Opens Registry Editor as its value.

12. Close the Registry Editor.

Add “Read with Notepad” Option to the Context Menu:

The menu which is shown when you right click a file is called as Context Menu. It is also regarded as Right Click Menu. Whatever it is, the trick I have to discuss here is to add a new option with name Read with Notepad to the context menu so that you can open any type file with Notepad by just a single click.

Usually, those files which do not have any associated program installed can only be opened by right clicking on them, selecting Open With and then choosing a text editor program such as Notepad. This procedure is very lengthy especially if you’re a tech-savvy person and have to deal with dozens of configuration files. You can avoid it by adding a new option Read with Notepad to the context menu.

1.    Click Start, select Run.

2. Type RegEdit and then press ENTER.

3. Open the following registry path:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell

4. Make the following new keys:

Read with Notepad\Command

5. Double click the Default string on the right hand side panel. Type the following value and then press ENTER:

Notepad.exe %1

6. Refresh Windows Explorer and right click any file to check out the new changes.

7. Close Registry Editor.

Add “Control Panel” Option to the Context Menu of your Desktop

All of us have to open Control Panel several times for changing system settings and performing administrative tasks. We have to click Start | Control Panel to load it.

But what if I say you can open Control Panel just by a single click from your desktop? Well, it’s possible! What you have to do is add Control Panel option in the Context Menu (Right Click Menu) of your desktop so that every time you have to load it, just right click the desktop and select it from the available options.

Steps for Windows 8 Registry Hack are given below:

1.    Open Registry Editor.

2. Open the following registry path:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\

Background\Shell

3. Make following new keys:

Control Panel\Command

4. On the right hand side, double click Default string and enter following value:

RunDLL32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL

5. Close the Registry Editor.

To test it, just right click the desktop and select Control Panel option.

Add “Recycle Bin” Icon in My Computer:

As default, the Recycle Bin icon is placed on your desktop. We’re going to see how you can place the same Recycle Bin icon in My Computer window so as to make the process more convenient and faster.

1.   Open Registry Editor.

2. Open the following registry path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\

Microsoft\Windows\

CurrentVersion\Explore\

MyComputer\NameSpace

3. Make a new key with the following name:

{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

4. Close the Registry Editor window.

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