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Five Useful Regedit Hacker Tips

written by: Amanda Presley•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 11/24/2010

Learn the tips and tricks the hackers use. These regedit hacker tips will allow your system to run better and tweak it to more of your liking.

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    Tweaking your system is one thing many hackers do. This article will discuss some useful regedit hacker tips that even you can use to tweak your system and make it run faster. These tips will also help to get your system more secure and customized more to your liking. Remember to make a backup of your system and registry before doing any sort of editing using regedit.

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    Disabling Automatic Restart on Windows Update

    Disable Restart If you’ve been plagued by your computer restarting automatically when Windows updates, don’t worry. You can disable this automatic restart when Windows is set to update by altering this registry key:


    Find the key using regedit and create a new DWORD value or edit the “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers" value. The new value should be 1. You may need to restart for the changes to take place.

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    Changing The Text on The Taskbar

    Changing Taskbar Text This is more of a tweak as it will allow you to show your elite regedit hacker skills by changing text on your taskbar. You can change the text that is located beside the clock to any eight letter you want rather than the standard AM or PM. To do this regedit hack you’ll need to edit the following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International

    Locate the "s1159" and "s2359". You can change the string value to anything you want up to eight characters.

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    Using a Bigger Telnet Window

    Telnet Expansion By default the native telnet client in Windows only allows for 25 lines of data. You can change this to more lines by a simple regedit hack. To increase the lines first go to this key:


    In the right pane you'll change the value of "Rows" to whatever number of rows you would like. This is a useful hack if you use the Microsoft Telnet client.

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    Setting a Minumum Password Length

    One thing that every hacker knows is they need strong passwords. If someone on your system doesn't use a good password it could mean disaster for everyone on the system. Setting up a minimum password length can help to deter the use of easily guessable passwords. To do this you'll need to edit the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Network

    Create a new binary key and name it "MinPwdLen". Then simply modify the value to the minimum password length you would like to allow.

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    Turning off Window Animation

    Turn off Animation Increasing the speed of your system isn't the main thing, it's the only thing. Everyone wants a faster computer. This next tip allows you to turn off Windows animation when switching between windows. To do this you'll need to modify the following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

    Locate the string value "MinAnimate". By modifying this value you turn on or off the window animation. Give it a value of "0" for off and "1" for on (without the quotes).

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