Saturday, April 25, 2009

Disable Password Caching

As in Windows for Workgroups, when logging on to an NT Domain, it is preferable to disable password caching.
This allows for the single NT Domain login and eliminates the secondary Windows logon screen.
It also eliminates the possibility of the respective passwords to get out of sync.
To disable password caching on the workstation, a one-line addition to the registry needs to be made.
To make the change, create a ASCII text file called DISABLE.REG with the following lines:


  • REGEDIT4 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network]
    "DisablePwdCaching"=dword:00000001



  • Open up a DOS box and type REGEDIT DISABLE.REG
    You can also download the DISABLE.REG file.
    If you need to re-enable password caching, download ENABLE.REG and repeat the process just with the different file name

    Automatic Screen Refresh

    When you make changes to your hard drive and use Explorer, the changes are not usually displayed until you press the F5 key
    To make the updates automatic:

    1. Start Regedit
    2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / System / CurrentControlSet / Control / UpdateMode
    3. Edit the DWORD value to be between 1 and 7
    4. Restart Windows

    Deleting Registry Keys from the Command Line

    With the OEM Version of Windows95, a new switch, /D, is added to Regedit.
    This enables you to delete items from Registry.

    The syntax is: REGEDIT /L:system.dat_location /R:user.dat_location /D Reg_Key
    where Reg_Key is the key you want to delete

    There are two requirements:
    1. That you have to boot to the same OEM version of Windows95 as the REGEDIT.EXE file.
    2. You cannot be in Win95 at the time you use this switch.

    Creating a Default File Opener

    If you have a un-registered file type and want to view it with Explorer's Right-click
    you can add your program to the right-click options by:
    1. Starting Regedit
    2. Go to HKEY_CLASS_ROOT / Unknown
    3. Highlight the Shell Folder below it
    4. Right click on Shell and create a New Key
    5. Name it anything you want (For example NOTEPAD)
    6. Create a New Key under that named command
    7. Highlight the Command key
    8. Double click on the Default value in the right hand panel
    9. In Value Data, enter the path and filename of the program you want to use to open the file type
    10. For example: C:\WINDOWS\NOTEPAD.EXE %1
    11. Click on OK

    In this example, when you right click on a file in Explorer, NOTEPAD will show up as an option.

    Creating a Network Logon Banner

    If you want to create a Network Logon Banner:

    1. Start Regedit
    2. Go To HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    3. Create a new String called LegalNoticeCaption
    4. Enter the text for your banner

    Changing the Location of Windows95's Installation Files

    If you need to change the drive and or path where Windows95 will look for it's installation files:

    1. Start Regedit
    2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Setup \ SourcePath
    3. Change the location from there

    Getting Rid of Tips

    Remember those "Tips of the day" that appeared when you first install Win95?
    If you don't want them any longer and want to clear yet more Clutter, approximately 5K, you can delete them at:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer \ Tips
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