Customise your WinXP operating system. Using *.inf scripts to edit your windows registry. Simple basic visual script *.vbs for automation task under WinXp OS.
Written by Lim Siong Boon, last dated 13-Nov-09.
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What do you want to customise on your WinXP OS ?
Download the respective *.inf script on your computer desktop or any space.
Right click the file, and click "Install".
Or open your windows explorer, select your *.inf. Go to the "File" menu and select "Install".
The install process execute in an instant.
Your WinXP registry will be modified after the install.
Choose your *.inf files
|- Improve on the speed to open up the cascade menu. The MenuShowDelay constant is set to 5.||MenuShowDelay 5.inf|
|- Show the items under the Control Panel in a pop-up cascade menu.||Cascade menu for controlpanel.inf|
|- Use classic search function, removing away the search animated assistant.||Use Classic Search in Explorer.inf|
|- Hide the display showing the number of unread messages on the Logon screen.||Hide display on logon, number of Unread messages.inf|
|- Hide Favorites folder on the Start Menu||Hide Favorites on the Start Menu.inf|
|- Hide Logoff option on the Start Menu||Hide Logoff option on the Start Menu.inf|
|- Disable right mouse click.||Disable right click, Enable.inf , Disable right click, Disable.inf|
|- Don't send alert administrative messages when program crush.||Not to send program crush alert to microsoft.inf|
|- Show hidden operating system files||Show Hidden Operating System Files.inf|
|- Device manager show hidden devices||Device manager show hidden devices.inf|
balloon tips from popping up
|- Open in Notepad, in Right Click Context Menu||openwithnotepad.reg
to add custom application to the right click context menu
Elevated Command Prompt Option in Right Click Context Menu (Windows 7)
- Login to Windows automatically without user to key in user name & password
This open the .
Program startup automation script
- execute program/software.
- send keyboard keystroke keys to the operating system.
- set a particular window on focus.
- delay functions
to control the timing.
If you need mouse
control, check out the software AutoIt in the following section.
|script example: vbs automation script to execute program.vbs||
If the script cannot be run on your system, you may need to install WinHostScript.
The link to these files are as follows,
startup automation script
is that you need to install autoit software before using it, unlike vbs
which is Window supported by default.
1) Download and install the following AUTOIT software. Just leave the installation option as it is, and click next throughout the installation.
AutoIt ver 3 installation software for Microsoft Windows (Click here)
For other operating system, please refer to AUTOIT website.
2) Download the following script example. Right click the file and select edit, to edit the script to your needs. Go to the help manual for further scripting details.
AutoIt script example (Click here)
3) Double click on the *.au3 autoit script file to execute the script.
Place this file inside the Windows Startup folder for auto startup.
4) The following is not necessary but it provide additional automate features to assist you in writing your script.
AutoIt Script Editor (Click here)
|Uninstall Hidden USB
drivers from Device Manager
Very often when using a USB to RS232 device for hardware troubleshooting, a virtual com port number will be generated. If the device is removed and plugged to another USB port, Windows will install another set of drivers for the USB device, resulting in a new com port number assigned. Over along period of time, you may have a lot of unwanted drivers installed with you realising. This is because they are all hidden inside the Device Manager. To unhide the drivers, and uninstall them, follow the following procedures.
|To get rid of unwanted drivers,
devices, or services, use the following steps:
1) Open the Start menu and choose Run.
2) Type in cmd, right click the cmd terminal icon and right click "Run as administrator".
3) At the command prompt, type in "set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1" and press Enter. (Note that nothing seems to happen. This is expected. You are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help you to see hidden devices.)
4) On the next command prompt line, type "devmgmt.msc" and press Enter. This will launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
5) In the Device Manager Console, from the View menu, select Show Hidden Devices.
|Another shortcut method
1) Download this device-manager-show-hidden-devices.bat file.
2) right click and select "Run as administrator".
3) In the Device Manager Console, from the View menu, select Show Hidden Devices.
That's all Folk!!!
References on inf-file.pdf, example: MenuShowDelay 5 (add and delete entry example).inf
more tweak options
Add Command Prompt Option to Every Folder
Add Custom Folder to My Computer or the Desktop
Allow Uninstall of Windows Components
Automatic Logon to Windows NT, 2000 and XP
Automatically Reboot on the 'Blue Screen of Death'
Change Default Search Options
Change Drive Name and Icon
Change the Default Logon Screen Saver
Change the Logon Screen Wallpaper
Change the Number of Recent Documents Displayed
Change the Position of the Desktop Wallpaper
Clear Recent Documents When Windows Exits
Clear the Cached Run Commands
Command Line Option to Reboot or Log Off Windows
Control Whether the Windows Desktop is Loaded
Customize the Windows Logon and Security Dialog Title
Disable Ability to Skip Startup Programs
Disable CD Burning
Disable Registry Editing Tools
Disable Save Settings at Exit
Disable Task Manager
Disable Taskbar Context Menus
Disable the Ability to Right Click on the Desktop
Disable the MS-DOS Command Prompt
Disable the Recycle Bin
Disable the Unread Mail Message on the Welcome Screen
Disable Windows Installer
Display the Windows Splash Screen While Loading
Enable Command Completion
Enable Directory Completion
Enable DVD Features in Media Player
Enable Monitor Power-off on the Logon Screen
Expand Special Folder on the Start Menu
Force the Use of Automatic Logon
Force Windows to Use the Classic Desktop
Group Similar Taskbar Buttons
Hide Start Menu Subfolders
Hide the Internet Explorer Icon
Hide the Search Button on the Explorer Toolbar
Hide the Welcome Screen
Lock the Size and Position of the Taskbar
Remove (All Programs) Button from the Start Menu
Remove Frequent Programs List from the Start Menu
Remove My Computer from the Desktop and Start Menu
Remove My Documents from the Desktop
Remove Pinned Programs List from the Start Menu
Remove Suspend from the Start Menu
Remove the Start Banner on the Taskbar
Remove Undock Computer from Start Menu
Remove Username from the Start Menu
Restrict Installations from Removable Media
Search for All File Types
Send Administrative Alerts of System Crashes
Show (Send to) Context Menu
Show All Hidden Devices in Device Manager
Show Cascading Control Panel Items
Show Cascading My Documents Folder
Show Cascading My Pictures Folder
Show Cascading Network Connections
Show Cascading Printers Folder
Show Detailed Information in Device Manager
Show Favorites on the Start Menu
Show Filter in Active Directory Search Results
Show Hidden Operating System Files
Show Log Off Option on the Start Menu
Use Classic Search in Explorer
Use Crtl + Alt + Delete to Restart the Computer
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