Sometimes after uninstalling software, you may end up with blank entries in the System Configuration Utility (MSConfig.exe) in Windows XP. This happens if the startup entry is present in the registry with blank value data. This article tells you how to remove those orphaned entries by editing the registry.
When you open the Display Settings Control Panel applet and click the Screensaver tab, one of the following options are shown:
- On resume, display Welcome screen
- On resume, password protect
The second option is seen in systems which are connected to domain (which disables the Welcome screen.) If you enable this option, you’ll see the "Unlock Computer" classic logon prompt when resuming from screensaver mode. Whereas the former displays the Welcome screen when resuming from screensaver mode.
What if the "On resume, password protect" option is shown in a standalone system where the Welcome screen is enabled? What causes the "On resume, password protect" option to be shown in standalone systems and systems in a Workgroup?
This was asked by many Windows XP users over these years in various forums where I participate, but no entire explanation for this observation has been found anywhere. Hence this article was written.
The "On resume, password protect" is displayed if at least one the following conditions is true:
- Fast User Switching is disabled. (REF Enable Fast User Switching in Windows XP)
- There is only one user account in the system (not taking the "Guest" account into consideration)
- There are more than one user account, but only one is shown in the Welcome Screen and all others hidden.
- Terminal Services is not running. This in turn disables Fast User Switching. (To start Terminal Services, launch Services.msc, double-click Terminal Services, set its start type to Manual. Restart Windows.)
The Extended view of Services Management Console (services.msc) displays the service description and also has links to Start or Stop services. In some systems, the Extended view may appear blank, as in figure below:
This has to do with broken JScript.dll registration. To fix this problem, login as Administrator or equivalent, and then run the following command from Start, Run dialog:
You should see the output "DllRegisterServer in jscript.dll succeeded."
regsvr32.exe mmcndmgr.dll This fixes the Extended view. Close and re-open Services MMC.
This fixes the Extended view. Close and re-open Services MMC.
Here is a compilation of some useful registry fixes for Windows 7/8/Vista/XP. I might add more fixes as more issues come in. If you have a specific request, please be sure to add it in the Comments section.
|1||Error 1719 Windows Installer Service Could Not be Accessed, when installing applications.||Download||Windows 7|
|2||Windows Security Center Service missing after Malware attack||Download||Windows 7|
|3||Event Log Service missing "The specified service does not exist as an installed service"||Download||Windows 7 x64|
|4||Library (.library-ms) file association and icon missing||Download||Windows 7|
|5||Cannot Enable the Menu bar in Internet Explorer 9 Beta (Bug)||Download||IE9 Beta|
|6||Windows Installer Service missing||Download||Windows 7|
|7||Fix ExplorerFrame.DLL Registration in Windows 7. Resolves various UI problems.||Download||Windows 7|
|8||Restore Device Manager Snap-In to Computer Management Console||Download||Windows 7/Vista|
|9||Restore Missing Windows Firewall Service (MpsSvc) to Services MMC||Download||Windows 7|
|10||Restore Missing Windows Firewall Authorization Driver (MpsDrv)||Download||Windows 7|
|11||Restore Missing Base Filtering Engine Service (BFE) to Services MMC||Download||Windows 7|
|12||Fix "Open With" Error "This file does not have a program associated with it"||Download||Windows 7|
|13||Restore Missing "Details" tab to File/Folder Properties||Download||Windows 7|
|14||Restore Missing BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) from Services MMC||Download||Windows 7|
|15||Fix File Association Error When Double-clicking CD or DVD drive||Download||Windows 7|
|16||Add "Scan with Windows Defender" Option to Right-Click Menu||Download||Windows 8|
|17||Fix Error "The Snipping Tool is not working on your computer right now"||Download||Windows 7|
|18||Restore Missing Windows Search (WSearch) Service to Services MMC||Download||Windows 7|
|19||Restore Missing Internet Connection Sharing (ICS/SharedAccess) to Services MMC||Download||Windows 7|
|20||Restore Missing Windows Update Service (wuauserv) to Services MMC||Download||Windows 7|
|21||Restore Missing Windows Modules Installer (TrustedInstaller) to Services MMC||Download||Windows 7|
|22||Restore Missing "Default" user folder||Download||Windows 7|
|23||Fix .MP4 thumbnail previews not generated in Windows 7||Download||Windows 7|
|24||Fix Duplicate Drives (Removable) Shown in Windows 10 File Explorer left pane||Download||Windows 10|
|25||Microsoft Edge Close Tabs Warning On Exit (Enable)||Download||Windows 10|
|26||Restore missing "Multimedia Class Scheduler" to Services MMC||Download||Windows 7|
|27||Restore Missing Internet Connection Sharing (ICS/SharedAccess) to Services MMC||Download||Windows 10|
|28||Restore OneDrive Pinned Icon to the Navigation Pane||Download||Windows 10|
A useful tip for mousers. Earlier we saw how to copy Command Prompt output to the Windows Clipboard. Did you know that you can accomplish the same using your pointing device (mouse)? Also, you can select a particular section (word or line) and copy it to the Clipboard. Here is how to do so.
1. Create a Command Prompt shortcut (cmd.exe) on the Desktop.
2. Right-click on the Command Prompt shortcut and choose Properties
3. In the Options tab, enable QuickEdit mode, and click OK.
4. Open a Command Prompt window (using the custom shortcut) and type a command.
5. To copy the output, select the text area using the mouse pointer and click the right-mouse button (or press ENTER.)
This tip applies to Windows Vista & Windows 7 as well.
Editor’s note: The above setting works only if you access the Command Prompt using the desktop shortcut that you created earlier. In one of the upcoming articles, we’ll instruct how to make the Quick Edit setting enabled by default, so that it works irrespective of the method you use to access the Command Prompt.
The Open With dialog in Windows allows you to open a file using different programs. Also, you can create or change the file type association by selecting the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" checkbox in the Open With dialog. Sometimes, users wrongly associate file types and end up having to fix the associations manually. To prevent this, you can remove the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" checkbox so that file type association using Open With dialog is not possible.
1. Launch Regedit.exe and navigate to the following branch:
Note: If the above branch does not exist, you need to create it manually.
2. Create a new DWORD value named NoFileAssociate
3. Double-click NoFileAssociate and set its data to 1
4. Exit the Registry Editor.
The above registry change effects the current user account only. To implement the change for all users (machine-wide), create the NoFileAssociate value in the following branch:
The above edit when used in Windows 2000/XP, results in a grayed out "Always use the selected program…" checkbox. Whereas in Windows Vista & Windows 7, the checkbox is removed completely.
After using the Windows Easy Transfer wizard to collect files and settings in the source computer running Windows XP, you may notice that the Windows Easy Transfer wizard runs every time when the drive is double-clicked in My Computer. Also, the drive icon is changed, representing the Windows Easy Transfer program icon.
The places bar which appears in the left side of the Open and Save As dialog boxes in Windows XP, contains shortcuts to the following folders by default:
- My Documents
- My Computer
- My Network Places
The default places can be customized by editing the registry. After adding/removing custom places using a third-party tool, you may experience a problem where the places bar is completely empty.
When you open a dialog box (e.g. "View" tab under Folder Options, "Advanced" tab under Internet Options etc.) containing checkbox or radio button controls in Windows XP, the text labels may be appended with the word "ON" or "OFF" depending upon whether the option is enabled or not.Read more