Microsoft keeps on trying to add new features & functionalities to Windows versions. It also releases Insider Preview to its operating systems to allow common users to try and test new features. While some of these features are added by Microsoft to Windows versions as main features others remain hidden in the operating system. Many of these features including system configuration, user settings, and other useful features reside within your system OS which can’t be accessed by normal means. If you want to enable or disable any of these features or settings, you can do this using Windows Registry Editor. Windows Registry Editor allows you to make necessary tweaks to access certain features.
Warning: Don’t mess with registry files, if you aren’t sure about it!
Backup Your Registry: Before you start editing system registry, we suggest you take backup of your existing registry. To do this, you can make a System Restore Point to save the present state of your computer along with snapshot of the registry. To do this on Windows 10, go to Start menu, search “restore” and select “Create a restore point”. Select a drive > tap on Configure > Turn on system protection > set the Max Usage space and tap OK.
Alternatively, you can back up all keys that you are going to edit in registry. To do this, open Registry Editor, right-click on the key that you wish to edit and select Export. It will save the file as .reg file. You can run this file to re-apply the old value of the key.
Open Registry Editor: Registry Editor allows you to make necessary tweaks in registry and it also works as a registry cleaner for Windows 10. To open registry editor, press Windows key + R to launch Run dialog box. Type “regedit” in Run dialog box and press Enter to launch Registry Editor.
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Disable Aero Glass Transparency: Microsoft offers Aero glass with blur back effect with its Windows 10 version. If you are one of those users who are not convinced of this change then you can disable this feature to get back to standard settings. Disabling this feature, you can also improve your system speed and performance. To disable Aero glass with blur back effect, follow these steps.
Move to key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize
Create or Modify DWORD: EnableBlurBehind
Set Value: 1
This tweak will immediately disable Aero Glass transparency effect on your system. It will also boost up system speed.
Automatically delete Pagefile.sys at shutdown: Pagefile.sys acts as a virtual RAM on your system. Windows uses it to store those programs that are not in use to reduce load on actual RAM. We don’t recommend it to disable it, yet if you want to remove it to recover storage space and avoid any vulnerabilities you can do it with certain tweaks in the registry. The page file size on your system equals to your actual RAM size. You can delete page file with shutdown to save space but it will prolong shutdown time. To automatically delete Page file at shutdown, follow these steps.
Move to location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
Tap on “Memory Management” and then double-tap on “ClearPageFileAtShutDown” option. Set its value to “1” and reboot your system.
Here, it will delete pagefile every time you shut down your system.
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Disable Login Screen Background Image: On Windows 10 you can find “Hero” wallpaper as a background image of Login screen. If you don’t find it interesting then you can disable or remove it following this tweak.
Move to key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
Create new DWORD DisableLogonBackgroundImage in the right-side pane and set its value to 1.
Reboot your system and background image will be removed from the login screen.
Delete DWORD DisableLogonBackgroundImage, if you want to restore background image on the login screen.
Remove Action Center Sidebar in Windows 10: Action Center Sidebar in Windows 10 offers instant access to various buttons and notifications. If you don’t find Action Center Sidebar useful then you can disable it following below-mentioned steps.
Go to location:
In the right-panel, double-tap on “UseActionCenterExperience” and set its value to “0”.
Reboot your system and Action Center Sidebar will be disabled. It will make notification panel cleaner and smaller in size.
Disable New Tray Clock and Calendar UI and Restore Previous UI: If you don’t like the new Modern (Metro) style clock and Calendar UI then you can restore the old classic Date/Time UI in system tray by following these steps.
Go to the following location:
Create a new DWORD UseWin32TrayClockExperience in the right-side panel and set its value to 1.
Delete DWORD UseWin32TrayClockExperience, if you want Modern Clock UI back.
Conclusion: If you know how to tweak registry settings then you can extract various useful features on your Windows system. We have discussed few useful registry tweaks in this article to help you improve your system performance.