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Add key to registery with script on Windows

I needed to add a new key to my Windows registery to try something.

Here's how to do it.

[KEY_NAME]
"MyApplication.exe"=dword:270f
"MyApplication.exe"="TestValue"

If your value is a text value you need to put it between double quotes (e.g. "TestValue").

This is the content of my .Reg file. I used to force the WPF WebControl component to use IE9 instead of out of the box IE7.
Copy it in a text editor and save it as a .reg file. Then you can run it with a double click.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION]
"MyApplication.exe"=dword:270f

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION]
"MyApplication.exe"=dword:270f

Note the registry file should contain a blank line at the bottom of the file.

More info about creating, editing and deleting registery keys.

http://ss64.com/nt/regedit.html

http://www.robvanderwoude.com/regedit.php

 

Install a language pack for Win7 (not Ultimate versions)

Only in Windows 7 Ultimate Edition you can install extra language packs. If you own a lower version of Windows 7 this wasn't possible, but with the program 'Vistalizator' it now is. This tool allows you to change display language in Windows editions other than (officially supported) Ultimate, like Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium and Business/Professional.

Program features:

  •  Works in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista/Windows 7
  • Change Windows display language in less than 5 minutes! (Express installation mode)
  • Uses official Microsoft Windows language packs
  • You can install all 36 MUI languages and switch between them easily
  • You can install 55 Windows Vista LIP languages on top of specific MUI languages
  • You can install 59 Windows 7 LIP languages on top of specific MUI languages
  • Compatible with Vista Service Pack 1/2 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • User Account Control (UAC) compliant - prompts for administrative privileges
  • Windows Speech Recognition works with all supported languages:
  • Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish
  • Languages can be installed either in Internal or in Express mode, see details

 How to use:

  1. Download Vistalizator here: Download Vistalizator
  2. Run Vistalizator, allow UAC prompt if requested (it is enabled by default).
    Vistalizator_01.png
  3. Press Add languages and open language pack(s): MUI (*.exe, *.cab) or LIP (*.mlc).
    Vistalizator_02.png
  4. Wait for the language pack to be loaded, its integrity will be verified as well.
    Vistalizator_03.png
  5. You may optionally change the installation mode in the table. Then press Install language(s).
    Vistalizator_04.png
  6. Wait for the installation process to complete: Express or Internal mode.
    Vistalizator_05.png Vistalizator_06.png
  7. Confirm to change the current display language to the new language (can be done later).
    Vistalizator_07.png
  8.  Express languages usually need to be updated after the very installation (steps 8-11).
    Vistalizator_08.png
  9. Press Update languages: the list of necessary updates is shown, see details in Help.
    Vistalizator_09.png
  10. If applicable: Download and open the required Windows update standalone installer within Vistalizator.
  11. All necessary Express languages will be updated within a few seconds.
  12. Exit program to restart the system for the changes to take effect (new display language).
    Vistalizator_10.png

That's it! This way I was able to install the Dutch language pack on my English Windows 7.

Vistalizator's website can be found here.
Language packs from the official Microsoft website can be found here.

 

Add copy file path shortcut to Win7 contextmenu

If you use lots of files and/or need to send the file path to someone else or share it with others you may find this tool very usefull.
It adds 2 shortcuts to your Win7 context menu as you can see in the screenshot below.

Windows7_Copy_file_path

How To Install

  1. Download the zip file below or from the original article to a location on your computer hard disk. This zip folder contains two folders named Copy Pathname and Copy Filename.
  2. Extract the folders from the zip file and copy them to C:\Program Files. Please be careful. The folders need to be created only under the C:\Program Files folder. If you wish to extract the folders to some other folder, then the installer .reg files need to be suitably modified first. Please be reminded that the new path in the .reg file need to be escaped properly. 
  3. Navigate to the C:\Program Files\Copy Pathname or the C:\Program Files\Copy Filename folder.
  4. Right-click the installer .reg file to display the context menu and select the Merge option. This will launch Registry Editor.
  5. When Registry Editor prompts you to add the registry entries specified by the .reg file, select Yes, and later select OK to finish the installation.

After this you should see the 'Copy File Name' and 'Copy File Path' shortcuts to the contextmenu.

Original article: http://www.gnostice.com/nl_article.asp?id=168. More info can be found there. 

 

Using Fences (Win7 desktop organisation software)

Fences is a program that helps you organize your desktop and can hide your icons when they are not in use.

Why should you use it?

I bet your desktop is a big mess of shortcuts, files, folders and maybe even links that have been put there for temporarely useage and have never been cleaned up. I know mine was untill I saw a colleague of mine using Fences. I quickly downloaded, installed it and cleaned up my desktop.

Here's how my desktop looks now.. Clean hu?

Windows7_Fences_desktop

A nice feature is when you double click on a blank space on the desktop that all the icons magically disappear. After double clicking again they are back.

There is also a Pro version available but I find the Free version working just fine for me. 

You can find all info and how to use it on the Fences website: http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/