Back up your registry before trying these!
First off, dump the Splashscreen!
Your average user probably doesnít care what processes go on while their system starts up, so Microsoft was thoughtful enough to provide a pretty Splashscreen to display while you wait. For those of us who are techs, we would rather see any messages that are being hidden, so we donít want the Splashscreen in the way. To prevent it during the boot process, you can hit the escape key before it starts to load, but I am often busy doing other things, so I prefer to disable the Splashscreen entirely. You could disable it by searching the Registry for Logo.sys, and editing the default to =0, but the easiest way is to use TweakUI to disable the Splashscreen by placing a checkmark in that option.
DISPLAY AN 'UNAUTHORIZED USAGE' WARNING AS WINDOWS STARTS
If you have a number of Windows 9x computers on your network, you can issue a reminder to your users that these computers are for business use only by displaying a warning notice as Windows starts.
To do this, you need to add two values to the computer's registry; once you know the values, you can distribute them by your usual method (i.e., .reg file). Remember to take your usual precautions before editing the registry.
1. First click on Start | Run, then type regedit.
2. Click OK.
3. Navigate to
4. Create two values in the right-hand pane by right-clicking within the
pane and selecting New | String.
The first should have a name of LegalNoticeCaption and a value of your choosing, for example, Important Notice. The second should have a name of LegalNoticeText and also a value of your choosing, for example, No Unauthorized Access Allowed.
RESIZE WINDOWS MIN/MAX BUTTONS
If you sometimes find it difficult to hit the Minimize\Maximize, Restore, and Close buttons at the top right of a window, use this Registry edit to resize them. The settings provided below make them longer across the title bar of a window. You may have to adjust the settings to allow for your screen resolution. Remember to make a note of your original settings (or export the Registry key before making these changes) in case you need to go back to them. Of course, before any work in the Registry Editor,
remember to always back it up first.
1. Click Start | Run.
2. Type regedit and click OK.
3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics in order to start the Registry Editor.
4. Double-click on the CaptionWidth value and alter it to 40.
5. Double-click on the CaptionHeight value and alter it to -165.
6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect and take a look at your new window title bar.