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Change the Registered Owner and Organization (All Windows)

If you entered the wrong registration information when you installed Windows you can change it and other miscellaneous settings such as ProductID and ProductName.

Open your registry and find the key below for your operating system.

Windows 95, 98 and Me:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion]

Windows NT, 2000 and XP:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]

Modify the strings values of 'RegisteredOwner' and 'RegisteredOrganization' to equal the required owner and company names.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|RegisteredOwnerREG_SZ"Joe Bloggs"|
|RegisteredOrganizationREG_SZ"ACME, Inc."|
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Registry Settings
Value Name: RegisteredOwner, RegisteredOrganization
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

Disable Registry Editing Tools (All Windows)

This restriction disables the ability to interactively run the standard Microsoft registry editing tools such as REGEDIT and REGEDT32.

Warning: Be careful with this setting because once you enter this key into the registry you will not be able to use Regedit to undo the change. Consider wisely before using this modification so that you do not lock yourself out of the registry.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value named 'DisableRegistryTools' and set the value to '1' to disable registry editing functions. This can also be enabled on a user-by-user basis by putting the same value in the [HKEY_CURRENT_USER] hive.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

If you have inadvertently locked yourself out of your registry you can use usually use WinGuides Tweak Manager to unlock it. Please don't abuse this by trying to circumvent system administrator policies.

Note: This setting will disable all standard Microsoft registry editing tools, but not WinGuides Tweak Manager.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|DisableRegistryToolsREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
System]
Value Name: DisableRegistryTools
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = allow regedit, 1 = disable regedit)

Increase Network Performance and Throughput (Windows NT/2000)

If you increase the number of buffers that the redirector reserves for network performance, it may increase your network throughput. Each extra execution thread that you configure will take 1k of additional nonpaged pool memory, but only if your applications actually use them.

Open your registry and find the key below.

Create new DWORD values, or modify the existing values, called:

'MaxCmds' The range is 0 - 255 and the default is 15

'MaxThreads' Set it to the same value as MaxCmds

You may also want to increase the value of 'MaxCollectionCount'. This value represents the buffer for character-mode named pipes writes. The default is 16 and the range is 0 - 65535.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|MaxCmdsREG_DWORD0x0000001e (30)|
|MaxThreadsREG_DWORD0x0000001e (30)|
|MaxCollectionCountREG_DWORD0x00000020 (32)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanW...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\
Parameters]
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)