Thursday, October 30, 2008

Disable/Enable 'Search' option in Windows XP

To Enable

1. Start>Run: Type 'Regedit'

2. Drill down to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

3. Select Explorer and open 'NoFind'

4. Clear the value and click OK

5. Log off and log back in to have the search option available in Start menu

To Disable

1. Select the Run option from the Start menu.

2. Type "cmd" and hit Enter.

3. Type "reg Export HKU backup.reg" and hit Enter.

4. Type "reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer /v NoFind /t REG_DWORD /d 1" and hit Enter.

5. Logoff and log back on.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bypass Windows XP LogOn Screen

Windows XP - solution 1:
- Select Run from the Start Menu, type control userpasswords2, and click Ok.
- Turn off the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer option, and click Ok.

Windows XP - solution 2:
If you have one user account and no password configured, Windows XP will log you in automatically. Otherwise, you'll have to do the following:

- Obtain and install the
Windows XP version of TweakUI.
- Open TweakUI (it's in Start -> Programs -> Powertoys for Windows XP).
- Expand the Logon branch, and click Autologon.
- Turn on the Log on automatically at system startup option, type your username and password, and click Ok.

Windows XP - solution 3:
- To disable the Welcome screen you can also open the Registry editor and go to
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\WinLogon
- Change the value for LogonType, from a "1" to a "0". This is because a 0 specifies Classic Mode and a 1 specifies Welcome Screen.