How To Turn Off 5 Annoying Windows Features

How many times a week do you need to close out a nagging message at the bottom of your desktop? Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a task when Windows decides it’s time to shut down and reboot without your permission?

We’ve all encountered annoying system features we wish we could turn off. With a few registry edits,  now you can!

Important: Before making any changes to your registry, back up your registry by creating a restore point you can revert back to in case your registry edits disrupt your PC’s stability.

How to Create a Restore Point:

  • In Windows XP, go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore and select “Create a restore point.” Type a name for your restore point and click Create.
  • In Windows 7 and Vista, right-click Computer, choose Properties > System protection and click Create.

Instead of making your own changes to the registry, PerfectRegistry will find invalid registry entries that are hurting your computer’s performance and remove them to improve your system’s speed. Old, outdated registry entries pile up in your system registry, filling up former free space and create potential system errors, such as freezing, crashes and slowdowns in system performance.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Because new system software can create registry entries that look suspicious, PerfectRegistry takes an automatic backup of your system registry before making ANY changes, so that if any suspicious registry entries are flagged, removed and turn out to be a part of new system software, you can roll back the registry edits and restore the entries that must remain on your PC to make that new software function properly.

Still set on fixing annoying Windows problems yourself? Make sure you create a restore point according to the instructions above. Then have at it!

To Open the Registry Editor:

  • In Windows 7 and Vista, go to Start, type regedit and hit Enter
  • In Windows XP, go to Start, Run, and regedit

1. Turn Off Nagging Balloon Tips

Hate those little pop ups above your system tray, in the lower right-hand corner of your screen? Turn them off!

  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced
  • Go to the right-hand side of the pane and right-click in the white space
  • Select New > DWORD Value
  • Name the value EnableBalloonTips
  • Double-click EnableBalloonTips and set the value to 0
  • Restart Windows and those nagging balloon tips should no longer appear
  • You can turn them back on by deleting the value

2. Stop Windows Auto-Reboot

It’s annoying when Windows tries to sneak a reboot in while you’re in the middle of doing something. Unless you catch the screen that asks you if you want to reboot now or reboot later, all of a sudden your computer shuts down, no matter what you’re doing! How to stop this:

  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > WindowsUpdate* > AU
  • Go to the right-hand side of the pane and right-click in the white space
  • Select New > DWORD Value
  • Name the value NoAutoRebootWithloggedOnUsers
  • Double-click NoAutoRebootWithloggedOnUsers and set the value to 1

*If WindowsUpdate doesn’t exist, create it by right-clicking in the white space on the right-hand side of the pane, select New Key and name the key WindowsUpdate.

3. Stop Aero Snap in Windows 7

Windows 7 users may have noticed that sometimes, when you’re trying to move an open window, Aero Snap will decide that instead of moving that windows, what you really want to do is maximize the window to the full size of your screen. How to turn it off:

  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_ USER > Control Panel > Desktop
  • Go to WindowArrangementActive
  • Double-click WindowArrangementActive and change the value to 0

4. Stop CD AutoRun

Didn’t want that CD to start playing automatically? How to disable the CD AutoRun:

  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Services > cdrom
  • Go to AutoRun
  • Double-click AutoRun and change the value to 0

5. How to Show My Documents Folder on Your Desktop in Windows XP

If you’re still using XP, you may notice that Windows XP doesn’t automatically show the My Documents folder on your desktop. How to show My Documents:

  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > CLSID > {450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} > ShellFolder
  • Go to Attributes
  • Double-Click Attributes and change value to 0xf0400174
  • To hide My Documents, change value to 0xf0500174

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  1. Thanks RAXCO for the good tips, but how about attaching the information needed to reverse the above changes after they’re effected? Certainly we could note it all but we’re in a bind if we do not.

    1. Clarence, to reverse the changes, just change the DWORD value from 1 back to 0 or from 0 back to 1, depending on the tweak you are referring to. If those changes do not work for you, just do a system restore to the restore point you created before making those changes (instructions at the top of the article). If you have any other questions, please let me know.