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Now i don’t know about you but i hate the new category based control panel that was introduced in windows xp (below).
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I much prefer the older “Classic View” in the control panel becuase i can find the applets that i want much easier this way. There is one problem, that is that the control is now flooded with so many applets and most of the time i am only using a couple of these. It would ne so much better if i could get rid of the ones that i didnt need…

well there is such a way and I’m gonna show you guys (and gals) how to do it.

  •  Click the start button
  • if your in xp then click run if you in vista use the search bar
  • type in regedit to open the registry editor
  • in the registry editor go to
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ControlPanel\don’t load

RegistryEditor

as you can see from the name of the key “dont load” any strings that are in here whose name is the same as the applet you want to hide will not be loaded when the control panel is opened. So all we need to do is put in a new string of the applet we want to hide.

  • right-click “dont load” key
  • go to new
  • click on string value

controlpanel3.jpg

now in your new string type the name of the applet you want to get rid of, the actual names of the applets are different from what you see on the control panel so i have listed some below. in the pciture below also you can see me hiding the accessibility options by typing access.cpl.

controlpanel4.jpg

Accessibility Options = access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard = hdwwiz.cpl
Add or Remove Programs = appwiz.cpl
Display Properties = desk.cpl
Game Controllers = joy.cpl
Internet Properties = inetcpl.cpl
Mouse Properties = main.cpl
Network Connections = ncpa.cpl
ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbccp32.cpl
Phone and Modem Options = telphon.cpl
Power Options = powercfg.cpl
Region and Language Options = intl.cpl
Speech = sapi.cpl
Sound and Audio Devices = mmsys.cpl
System Properties = sysdm.cpl
Time and Date = timedate.cpl
User Accounts = nusrmgr.cpl

 Some of these are available on windows xp and some of these on windows vista or both. If you want to undo any applets you have hidden then just delete the string from the “dont load” key. once you have made the string close down the registry editor and the next time you open control panel the applet you entered will have gone.

thanks for reading

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I have had people talking to me about how their CD/DVD drive isnt visible in windows explorer any more just after they have installed itunes onto their vista PC. There is a simple fix for this other than the extreme option of restoring your machine to factory settings.

 What itunes does is it changes the upper-filters in the registry key for your CD/DVD drive so that windows doesn’t recognise it anymore so it wont be displayed in windows explorer.

 BEFORE you do this please make a system restore point, you can make one of these by selecting “system restore” in Start > Accessories > System Tools.

 All we need to do to fix this is to delete the upper filters from our CD/DVD drive registry key and re-boot so that windows then remakes at start-up.

  • Press the start button and in the search bar at the bottom of the start menu type “regedit”
  • Click on “regedit.exe” in the search results and then give permission when windows asks you to open the registry editor.
  • On the tree view in the left side of the registry editor find “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and maximise this
  • The in HKEY LOCAL MACHINE maximise SYSTEM
  • in SYSTEM maximise CurrentControlSet
  • In CurrentControlSet maximise Control
  • in Control Maximise Class

In the class tree their should be a list of keys with very long names (example: {0475BB51-5A02-4EE0-B36C-29040FAD2650}) click on the first one under Class and look to the right panel their should be information about that key and you need see if that key says “CD/DVD drives”, keep checking each key in the class tree until you find that.

Now once you have found the CD/DVD drives key in the right panel their should be upper-filters and lower-filters, delete these (note: there might be two lower and upper filters with the second set having a .bak extension make sure you don’t delete these if you do). once you have deleted these close the registry editor and re-boot.

 Your drive should now be visible as windows makes a new set of lower and upper filters for the CD/DVD drives registry key.

Thanks for reading

Love all of your photos but hate having to rename each one of them individually? There are programs out their that will actually rename them all for you automatically but that means departing with your cash. well there is a way to rename all your photos in one go. Lets say you have taken photos of your birthday party you can then rename all of them as “my party” with a sequential number at the end. here’s what to do:

  • Highlight all your photos you want to rename with a sequence number at the end
  • Now right-click and click “rename”
  • Type in your new name and hit enter
  • Now all the highlighted photos will have that name with a sequential number at the end.

Ok so thats how to rename your photos in batches in either windows xp or vista.


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