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Avoid Accidental Registry Imports

Posted On 2007-05-03 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Avoid Accidental Registry Imports (Windows 9x and NT)
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By default, if you double-click on a file with a '.REG' extension the file will be imported into the system registry. You can change the default so it opens the file for editing instead.
From either Explorer or My Computer click on View | Options, then the 'File Types' tab. Scroll down the list of registered file type until you find 'Registration Entries', highlight it and click 'Edit'. Listed in the 'Actions' box should be three actions: Edit, Merge and Print. Highlight 'Edit' and click 'Set Default', Edit should become Bold.
Next time you double-click on a .REG file, notepad should open instead. You can still import a file by simply right-click on it and select 'Merge'.

Desktop Icon Redraw Frequency (Windows 9x and NT)
If you desktop icons are redrawing too frequently, change this setting.
Try editing:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer
Add Value of "Max Cached Icons" with type REG_SZ. Set it to "8000".

Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer]
Data Type: REG_SZ


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