Simple Technique to Skip the Configuration Wizard on First Launch Of Windows Media Player

Simple Technique to Skip the Configuration Wizard on First Launch Of Windows Media Player

Whenever you install a new edition of WMP (Windows Media Player) or if you install a new OS, WMP shows a configuration wizard on its first time launch which allows you to configure the preliminary settings for your Windows Media Player. The same thing happens with WMP12 and WMP11 when you launch it for the first time.

You get a Welcome Screen which prompts you to make the preliminary settings depending on Custom Settings or Recommended Settings. Actually, you can make only a few settings through this wizard including playback file associations, default player, privacy and a few online store settings apart from accepting the End-user License Agreement for using Windows Media Player.

The wizard appears on each user account when the user launches WMP for the first time. However, if you happen to manage a number of computers and would like to apply the same settings everywhere by altering the group policy (GPO) or ISO image, you may pre-configure WMP.

 

The moment you configure WMP, it will not display any configuration wizard and will open the WMP user interface straightaway. In order to pre-configure WMP, you need to simply set the below mentioned registry keys in the system registry using the Registry Editor.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaPlayer]

“GroupPrivacyAcceptance”=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]

“FirstTime”=dword:00000001

“AcceptedEULA”=dword:00000001

You may copy the above mentioned registry keys to any text editor, save the text file with the extension “.reg” and run this .reg file for merging the respective registry values.

As another option, you may simply download the file “WMPConfig.reg from the internet and run it to apply the registry value to the system registry.

Disabling And Turning Off UAC While Working In Windows 7

Disabling And Turning Off UAC While Working In Windows 7

The settings for User Account Control that are present in Windows 7 changed drastically making it more suitable for the users to handle it. This reflects that UAC is now less annoying, having user friendlier approach as well as more user controls.

Windows 7 provides the UAC, a slider bar that allows users to select and configure the level of notification (thus providing protection against unauthorized as well as malicious approach) they want. The wording ‘disable’ and ‘turn off’ does not remain available with the adjustment of fine-tuning for UAC. The steps for disabling UAC in the environment of Windows 7 are somewhat similar to that of in Windows Vista, with slight change in user interface change.

Process 1: Disabling or Turning Off UAC in the Control Panel

In order to remove UAC while working with the Windows 7, the various methods for accessing the settings of UAC page:

  • Go to the Start Menu -> Control Panel -> User Accounts and Family Safety -> User Account
  • Go to the Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> Action Center
  1. After that you may click else right click on the Flag icon in the notification area. Open Action Center will be opened.
  2. In Start Search Type “MsConfig” for starting System Configuration, go to the Tools tab; choose Change UAC Settings, after that click on the Launch button.
  3. Then click on the settings link for User Account Control.
  4. After that the slider bar has to be slide to least value with that description that shows ‘Never notify me’.
  5. Select OK for making the changed setting to take effect.
  6. Lastly, restarting the computer for turning off the User Access Control

 

Process 2: Disabling UAC with the Registry Editor (i.e. RegEdit)

  • At first run Registry Editor (i.e. RegEdit).
  • Start navigating the below mentioned registry key:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  • Then locate the ‘REG_DWORD’ value:
  • EnableLUA
  • After that set the value of the EnableLUA to 0
  • An Optional step for suppressing UAC prompt dialog, you have to locate the ‘REG_DWORD’ value:
  • ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin
  • After that set the value of the ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin to 0 (which is optional).
  • Lastly, Exit from the Registry Editor as well as restarting the computer for turning off UAC

Process 3: Using Command Prompt for Disabling User Account Control

Those commands that are used to enable or disable UAC in Windows Vista which are just the same while trying to modify the registry.

At first log in as administrator then open a command prompt that is elevated.

For disabling the UAC, you have to run the below mentioned commands:

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Below mentioned command is for suppressing all the elevation consent notification:

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Note: For re-enabling UAC, the command goes as follows:

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

For turning on the prompt for the UI consent:

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

Windows 7 Mobile Notification Registry Tweak / Configuration

Customize And Configure Notification Response In Windows Mobile Device Using Registry Trick

Windows Mobile Devices offer all the features of a standalone Pocket PC in addition to telephone functionalities in an integrated manner. These devices generally display notifications for unread SMS or MMS, sent SMS or MMS, missed calls, email alerts, event alerts etc. You may customize, configure and control the way in which the notifications respond by tweaking a registry key.
For e.g. you can either hide or show the notification area icons within the taskbar as per your preference. You can opt for notification sound or choose to keep it off. You can also decide whether you want a notification bubble to pop up as an alert to certain activities/events or whether you just prefer a vibration alert.

SMS sent notification can be configured by tweaking the registry key “SMSNoSentMsg”. To configure other notifications as per your preference, especially the ones which cannot be configured using the “Sounds & Notifications” GUI control panel, you can make changes within the registry entry “Options” under the registry branch,

“HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Notifications\Default”

In order to go ahead with the registry hack for tweaking notification settings in Windows Mobile Device, follow the below mentioned steps.

1> Run the registry editor (like PHM Registry Editor) on your Windows Mobile device. You may also remotely access the registry of your mobile device from your desktop PC with the help of “CeRegEditor”.

2> Navigate to the registry key mentioned below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Notifications\Default\Options

3> The “DWROD” value needs to be changed. You may use any of the below mentioned values (from”0” to “13”) as per your choice which show the corresponding effect on notification response.
The value “0” corresponds to “Show Icon”
The value “1” corresponds to “Play notification sound and Show Icon”
The value “2” corresponds to “Vibration and Show Icon”
The value “3” corresponds to “Vibration, Play notification sound and Show Icon”
The value “4” corresponds to the same effect as value “0”
The value “5” corresponds to the same effect as value “1”
The value “6” corresponds to the same effect as value “3”
The value “7” corresponds to the same effect as value “3”
The value “8” corresponds to “Show notification bubble and Show Icon”
The value “9” corresponds to “Show notification bubble, Play notification sound and Show Icon”
The value “10” corresponds to “Show notification bubble, Vibration and Show Icon
The value “11” corresponds to “Show notification bubble, Play notification sound, Vibration and Show Icon
The value “13” corresponds to the same effect as value “1”.

The change becomes effective immediately.

How To Remove / Delete EISA Configuration Partition Utilities

Useful Guidelines To Remove/Delete EISA Hidden Recovery Partition In Windows Vista

OEM companies such as HP, Dell, IBM/Lenovo, Acer, Sony, ASUS, Toshiba, Fujitsu and many others manufacture notebook PCs, laptops and desktop computers which feature a EISA partition either into NTFS or FAT file system that normally comes with a system recovery utility. This utility helps you rollback your PC to factory conditions if the system fails or gets corrupt.

This special EISA partition consumes a disk space of about 10 GB and is usually hidden. Generally, IBM/Lenovo OEM systems do not allow you to delete this partition from within Windows. Many of the EISA hidden partitions are not assigned with a drive letter. Deleting them using any disk management tools from the Control Panel is also not possible.

You cannot even merge the EISA partition with any of the existing partitions. Moreover, advanced third-party applications such as Partition Magic and Acronis Disk Director are also unable to change, manipulate or delete the partition.

The EISA partition is normally locked and protected so as to avoid any accidental deletion of its system recovery utility which helps in restoring and reinstalling the system with the necessary drivers and applications incase of any failure. EISA partition contains a recovery procedure which can be accessed and activated by pressing a single key during boot up.

You can create up to a few gigabytes of free space on your hard disk if you manage to get rid of this recovery partition. Though, deleting the special diagnostic partition within Windows operating system is almost impossible, various tips on the internet suggest a removal process using DOS environment.

Users are however advised to check for any guide or procedure provided by the OEM for deletion or removal of the partition. Some OEM companies including HP and Lenovo/IBM are known to provide procedure manuals for this purpose.

Incase you are Windows Vista user and unable to find any guideline provided by OEM, you can use the advanced Diskpart for removal of the partition. Diskpart is basically a text-mode command interpreter which helps you manage partition, volume and hard disk in Vista. (Free Downloads are also available for Windows 2000, 2003 and XP users)

Below mentioned is the process to be followed so as to remove/delete the EISA Recovery partition in Vista. You need to create Recovery Discs before you start with the deletion procedure or else you might not be able to reinstall your PC to default factory condition on any system failure.

Go to command prompt with administrator rights.
Type Diskpart at the command prompt to run Diskpart application.
Within “Diskpart” prompt, type “rescan” and hit the Enter key. This will re-scan all the volumes, drives and partitions available.
Now, type “list disk”. Press Enter to check all the hard disk drives available.
Choose the disk containing the recovery partition. If only one hard disk is present which is disk 0 (Zero), you need to type the command “select disk 0” and hit the enter key to finish.
Further, type the command “list partition”. Press Enter to view all available as well as created partitions in the selected disk.
Now, you need to choose the partition that you wish to delete by typing the command “select partition x”. Press Enter again.

“x” in the above command has to be replaced by the EISA recovery partition number. You need to be very careful while entering the partition number or you might end up wiping off some useful data.

Finally, you need to type “delete partition override”. Press Enter to finish the process.

Now, when you have deleted the partition, exit from Diskpart. You can now make use of Disk Management tool to either create a new partition using the free space or merge it with any of the existing partitions.