Disable Windows Vista’s Built-in CD/DVD Burning Features

Open regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

On the right-hand pane create a new 32-bit DWORD value with these properties:

  • Name: NoCDBurning
  • Value: 1

You’ll have to logout and back in to see the changes. To remove, just delete the key or change the value to 0.


Disable Windows Sidebar in Vista

To disable this, right click on the sidebar or sidebar icon, and choose properties.Uncheck the “Start Sidebar when Windows starts” checkbox.Then right-click on the icon, and choose Exit to close the sidebar.

Disable Win+X Shortcut Keys on Windows Vista

Just open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box and navigate to the following key (create if it doesn’t exist)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Create a 32-bit DWORD value called NoWinKeys and set the value to 1. You’ll need to log on and back off for the changes to take effect.


Disable the “Send To” Folder on the Windows Explorer Context Menu

Disable Sent to menu

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then navigate down to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Send To

Find the (Default) value on the left, double-click on it and remove the text from the value, leaving it blank. The change will be immediate.

Restore Send To Menu

Change the value of the registry key back to this:

{7BA4C740-9E81-11CF-99D3-00AA004AE837}

Disable Favorite Links Panel in Windows Vista Explorer

If you want to disable the entire panel, just click the Organize button, and select Layout, and then deselect Navigation Pane.And just like that, no more Favorite Links bar. The only problem with this is that it also hides the Folders view as well.If you want to show the folders view instead of the favorite links panel, just hold your mouse over the top of the folders bar until it changes to a resize icon, Then just drag it all the way up to the top, and you will only see the Folders view from now on.

Disable Delete Confirmation Dialog in Windows Vista

Just right-click on your Recycle Bin and choose Properties from the menu.Now you’ll see the Properties dialog, and notice the “Display delete confirmation dialog” at the bottom.Just uncheck the box, and close the dialog.That’s All.

Customize Your Welcome Picture Choices in Windows Vista

All of the pictures are stored in a hidden folder buried deep within your program data directory.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures.

All you have to do is just remove the pictures you don’t want, and add the pictures you do want. You just need to make sure that your pictures are 128×128 resolution in bitmap format. If you want the pictures to be ordered in a certain way, you can name them in order.

If you’d like to copy your current picture, it is stored in the following file:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp\<username>.tmp.bmp

The default user picture (the flower) is stored in the following file:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\user.bmp

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