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Monday, December 08, 2008

Vista Hacks

I been busy installing vista again for the last few hours and there are a few hacks which I had forgotten / lost.

The first is to remove text from the Taskbar. This is easy enough, just add a new string registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop/WindowsMetrics/MinWidth=-255

The second deals with the stupid popups that Windows media players gives you which tells you the track information. I had actually found the solution this once before and posted it annonomously to this guys blog. (Another post another day as to why I don't like posting under my full name on the internet. Yup - I am a coward.)

Anyway. To remove the popups:

"You [fix] this in v11 by creating REG_DWORD value named "DeskbandFlyoutTimeout" under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\P references . If you set it to 0x0, it'll never show up. If you set it to 0xFFFFFFFF it'll always show up. Anything in between it'll show up for that many milliseconds. The normal setting is I believe 3000ms. If that value is not present, the default is used."

Note: I think the origional text for the solution was taken from the techarena link which has now been deleted. ...so it's not like I am stealing...or really clever.

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