Windows tips catch-all

A page on which to capture Windows tips I might want to remember in the future…

For Windows XP unless otherwise mentioned. (This is not intended to be extensive, just for things I’ve personally used and don’t want to have to go searching for again. Will be updated as new items arise.)

Increase the size of the icon cache

Removes slow-down caused by Windows Explorer often forgetting icons and looking them up

Some registry entry… [to-do]

Increase size of store of directory settings

Solves problem of Windows Explorer forgetting to use detail-list view and reverting to *&^%$ icon view

Some registry entry… [to-do]

Keyboard remapping to put Ctl where Caps Lock is these days

This involves adding a Scancode Map variable to the registry.

Design the map:

Keyboard Key     Behave Like
Ctl 0x1d         Alt  0x38
Alt 0x38         CL   0x3A
CL  0x3A         Ctl  0x1D

So overall reg entry:

00 00 00 00 ; header
00 00 00 00 ; header
04 00 00 00 ; DWORD count following
;To    From
38 00  1d 00  ; Ctl key now behaves as Alt
3A 00  38 00  ; Alt key now behaves as CapsLock
1d 00  3A 00  ; CL  key now behaves as Ctl key

00 00    00 00  ; trailing null

All of this can be placed in a reg file (eg: capslock-alt-control.reg), containing the text as follows:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,38,00,1d,00,3A,00,38,00,1d,00,3A,00,00,00,00,00

That file can be run by double-clicking in Windows Explorer.  The setting does not actually take effect until next start-up.

Intelligently copy directories en masse

Kinda like local rsync.

Robocopy! Link: [to-do]

Prevent Windows XP Explorer search looking inside zip files

Vista Explorer: Adding (restoring) Search to context menu

# Rename or delete the REG_SZ: 'LegacyDisable' value.



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