Skip to content

Instantly share code, notes, and snippets.

What would you like to do?
A small collection of Registry hacks for Windows 10 installations

Note: for any folder not found, navigate as far as possible, then create as a new Key

Disable Downloads like Candy Crush, etc.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent
  • Dword DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures set to 1

Disable Lock screen, just show login form

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
  • Dword NoLockScreen set to 1

Note: Requires latest anniversary update (was removed in the first version)

Disable Aero shake

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
  • Dword NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts set to 1

And newer versions of windows 10:

  • Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • Dword DisallowShaking set to 1

Disable Cortana

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
  • Dword AllowCortana set to 0

Uninstall OneDrive

  • taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe
  • %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

Set default text editor for files without extensions

In administrator command line:

assoc .="No Extension"
ftype "No Extension"="C:\path\to\my editor.exe" "%1"

Context Menus

Remove 'Pin To Quick access' from context menu

Remove 'open with Paint 3D' from context menu

Remove 'scan with windows defender' from context menu

  • Delete key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{09A47860-11B0-4DA5-AFA5-26D86198A780}

Remove 'Open in Visual Studio' from context menu

Add 'Open command window here' back to shift+RMB in anniversary edition or later

  • When clicking on:
    • folder: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd
    • folder background: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\cmd
    • external drive: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\cmd

On empty spaces within folders

  • Change permissions of Administrator group for the cmd folder to allow editing
    • Right click cmd -> "Permissions", then "Advanced"
    • On "Advanced Security Settings," click the "Change" link next to "Owner."
    • Type your account name in the provided field, click "Check Names", and click "OK".
    • Check the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" option, then click "Apply" and "OK".
    • On "Permissions," select the Administrators group.
    • Under "Permissions for Administrators," select "Allow" for the "Full Control" option, then click "Apply" and "OK"
  • In cmd, rename Dword HideBasedOnVelocityId to ShowBasedOnVelocityId

Remove 'Open powershell window here' from shift+RMB in anniversary edition

  • When clicking on:
    • folder: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\PowerShell
    • folder background: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\PowerShell
    • external drive: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\PowerShell
  • Change permissions of Administrator group for the PowerShell folder to allow editing
    • See instructions for cmd folder above
  • In PowerShell, rename Dword HideBasedOnVelocityId to ShowBasedOnVelocityId

Remove Onedrive button from explorer

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
  • Dword System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree set to 0

Remove Workgroup button from explorer

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder
  • Dword Attributes set to b094010c (default is b084010c)
    • May need to take ownership of ShellFolder key first.

Fix laptop left click not working when key held down

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad
  • Dword AAPThreshold set to 0

Show seconds on clock

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • Dword ShowSecondsInSystemClock set to 1
Copy link

dslomer64 commented Oct 19, 2019

Assuming they all work (and I'm sure they do), what great hacks, especially associating files with no extension with an editor , the old favorite "Command prompt here" sorta thing. THANKS. I'm sure I'll use more than those two.

Copy link

JohannesMP commented Oct 19, 2019

@dslomer64 thanks! I’ll be honest, I originally just made this gist for myself so I don’t have to hunt for these each time I set up a new personal machine.

That being said I’m glad it is benefiting others as well, but I can’t make any guarantees - all I can say is that these worked for me on my personal Windows 10 machine when I added them to the gist. Different Windows 10 installs could have their own quirks, not to mention future Windows 10 updates might break something here that used to work.

Sign up for free to join this conversation on GitHub. Already have an account? Sign in to comment