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Thread: Learn Windows tweaking with Gpedit and Regedit – Part 1

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    Lightbulb Learn Windows tweaking with Gpedit and Regedit – Part 1

    If you like Tweaking Windows than you must be aware of Regedit, it’s the best way to change the settings of Windows, like its operation, its behavior, for instance, you can disable access or hide any drive using Registry Editor (Regedit). But the problem with editing registry is that you need to know where, which key and of what type should be created to perform a following job.

    But this is not the case with Group Policy Editor, in fact you can say it is an inbuilt Tweaking Tool from Microsoft which let you tweak various configuration, and you don’t need to do any thing, all you have to do is to identify what you want to do and then enable or disable it. As simple as that.

    In this tutorial I will show you how you can know what Key name and Key Value you should use in Regedit to change a particular setting which is already defined in Group Policy Editor. The following tutorial is divided into two parts this part will show you how to Tweak Windows Settings using Gpedit and the second part will show you how to do the same by using Regedit.

    Tutorial Part-1 begins:
    To tweak into Windows you need to first open Group Policy Editor (GPEDIT), to open it click Start, type gpedit.msc in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

    Now you can use GPEDIT to tweak windows various configuration like you can tweak Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Taskbar etc.

    For the sake of the tutorial I am using a simple tweak – How To Hide any drive from My Computer.

    Step 1. Open Group Policy Editor (Press Win+R and type Gpedit.msc and press Enter)

    Step 2. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Component > Windows Explorer

    Step 3. Now on the right Hand side i.e Settings Pane look for Hide these specified drives in My Computer.

    Step 4. Double Click on it and Enable it, now choose from the drop down box which drive you want to hide (I choose All – Restrict All Drives)

    Step 5. Now click on Apply and click OK, now you can see that Hide these specified drives in My Computer is Enabled.

    Step 6. Now logoff and login back to see changes.

    So this is how we tweak into system, now when you open My Computer next time you will see nothing, all drives were hidden, in order to get them back go to Gpedit and set the Hide these specified drives in My Computer setting to Disable. That’s it.

    In the next part we will see how to obtain a Registry Key Name, its Type and its Value Data to do the same thing with it.


    Local Group Policy Editor is available in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise. For more information, visit here
    Original Source : beingPC

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    i use a tweaker but useful for beginners like me
    thanks for the info--

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    Nice It is also very useful for folks who may want to develop a tweaker!

    Visit here to download full list: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows 7

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