Windows Tuning

All Windows versions:

Show extensions of known file types:


strComputer = “.”
Set objReg = GetObject(“winmgmts:\\” & strComputer & “\root\default:StdRegProv”)
strKeyPath = “Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced”
objReg.CreateKey HKEY_CURRENT_USER, strKeyPath
ValueName = “HideFileExt”
dwValue = 0
objReg.SetDWORDValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER, strKeyPath, ValueName, dwValue


Always show all icons and notifications in tray:



Make Windows search inside file contents 1 & 2:

Type in content: into the search bar. Anything that you type after this prompt will be used as a content search term.

Search for Indexing Options in Start,
Go to Advanced,
Select the “Index Properties and File Contents” option,
Add needed files extensions if they are absent in list.

Go to Folder and Search Options,
On the “Search” tab, select the “Always search file names and contents” option.
Windows Server 2012:
Включить отобржение активности дисков в таксменеджере:
diskperf -Y


Disable Narrator forever (Windows + Enter hotkey):

Open regedit.exe.
Create the following key.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\Narrator.exe
In that key, create a new string value named Debugger and assign it the value %1.


Disable text/ink collection:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\InputPersonalization RestrictImplicitTextCollection REG_DWORD 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\InputPersonalization RestrictImplicitInkCollection REG_DWORD 1


Disable “This app is preventing shutdown”:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
Create new stringkey “AutoEndTasks” with value  “1”

reg add "HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop" /v AutoEndTasks /t REG_SZ /d 1


Change user appearance via one file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]

In this example everything is disabled except: Peek, Thumbnail previews, Thumbnails instead of icons, Translucent selection rectangle, Window contents, Smooth edges, Drop shadows icons.

There is a software UserPreferencesMask calculator, but it doesn’t work on Windows higher than 7.

Also there is a complete list of registry values of each feature:


Enable Office automatic updates 1 & 2:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00