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How To Unlock Windows 10 Secret Settings

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The Windows 10 registry is a large and sprawling and most of the time forgotten about file. Containing settings, which cover almost every aspect of the applications and operating system running on your computer. However, most of the time almost all of these settings are hidden from you the user, but if you take the time to find out how to you can tweak and customize it.

Here’s How to Tweak the Windows 10 Registry and Settings

Before you start, I advise you to back up the registry, because if anything where to go wrong, you will quickly know about it! You can quickly do this by selecting “File” and then “Export” from the Regedit menus.

Now that you are safely backed up, we can move on. So, start by typing “regedit” into the search box in the task bar and then launch the listed application. Remember that any alterations you make beyond this point are at your own risk! So, I will suggest it again, if you have not already done so back up the registry of your Windows 10 computer.

Here we go with the first tweak:

Windows 10 Dark theme mode

1. Enable Dark Theme Mode

As for what practical use this first tweak has, I don’t know but it looks different and is easy to do if you follow the instructions correctly.

So you want to know how to enable the hidden dark theme in Windows 10: To start with you will need to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Themes, and then create yourself a personalized key, then you need to create a new “DWORD” value within it called “AppsUseLightTheme” and keep the value set to 0.

Next you need to repeat the process for HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Themes and when you have restarted your Windows 10 machine the new dark theme will appear. However, if you want to change back you will need to delete the “AppsUseLightTheme” and “DWORD” values that you entered previously.

2. Speed up Computer Start Times

If you don’t have many apps slowing down your Windows 10 start up procedure, there is a way in which you can shave off a few seconds more for an even speedier start up. To do this, find HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Serialize (You may have to create the Serialize key if it does not already exist), now create a new “DWORD” value and call it “StartupDelayInMSec” and set its value to 0. And just like with the previous tweak, if you want to set it back to how it was just delete the Serialize key.

Windows 10 increase taskbar transparency tweak

3. Increase Taskbar Transparency

If you want to be able to see even more of the desktop background, even more than the Windows 10 personalization settings allow you. There is a registry tweak that will enable you to do just that, and it is simple to do.

To enable this you need to locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced. And then create a “UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency” ” DWORD” value inside of it. Oh and then set its value to 1. As with the previous tweaks you can reset it, and this time that is possible by deleting the “DWORD” value.

4. Disable Login Image

When you get to the Windows 10 login screen, you always see a default hero image, which was created by Microsoft. If you don’t like it there is a way for you to disable it! To do so, head over to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows System and add a new “DWORD” value. You should call this new value “DisableLogonBackgroundImage” and then set its value to 1.

Windows 10 Hide Onedrive in file explorer tweak

5. Hide Onedrive in File Explorer

If like me you don’t use Onedrive, then it makes sense to want to remove it from showing up file explorer. This will not un-install Onedrive, but it will hide it. To do this the registry tweak you need is HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT CLSID {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

Next you need to find “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree”, and then double click on it, and set the value to 0. This enables you to hide the Onedrive icon from the file explorer navigation pane. However, if you do at some point need to find it go to C: Users .

And that’s that, you can now successfully edit and tweak your Windows 10 computers registry!

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