Registry Tweaks

In stead of using all tutorials to configure your Windows Server 2008, it is also possible to apply the configuration changes by importing a .reg file into the Windows Registry.

How to create .reg files

1. To create a .reg file from the following registry values, choose Run from the Start menu, enter notepad and click OK.

2. Copy the contents of a Registry Tweak block from this page and paste it into notepad.

3. In the File menu click Save, and browse to the folder you want to save the file. Use as File Name myregfile.reg and select All Files in the Save as type dropdown box. Now click Save.

4. Browse to the folder where you saved the .reg file in and Doubleclick it. If you get a confirmation, click Yes to import the file into your registry!

Registry Tweaks

Shutdown Event Tracker

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows NTReliability]
"ShutdownReasonOn"=dword:00000000

Disable Ctrl+Alt+Del

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem]
"DisableCAD"=dword:00000001

Performance for Programs

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPriorityControl]
"Win32PrioritySeparation"=dword:00000026

Enable SuperFetch Service

If you import this registry file you can skip step 1-4 on the Enabling SuperFetch page.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory ManagementPrefetchParameters]
"EnablePrefetcher"=dword:00000003
"EnableSuperfetch"=dword:00000003

Prevent Stuttering Sound

If SystemResponsiveness is set to 100 (default in Server 2008), it means that all processes are given a higher priority than multimedia. In Windows Vista the default value is 20. This is a addition to the article Enable Sound Acceleration.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionMultimediaSystemProfile]
"SystemResponsiveness"=dword:00000014

Enable thumbnails in Windows Explorer

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced]
"IconsOnly"=dword:00000000

If you don’t know what to do with this Registry Tweaks, read How to create reg files!

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14 Comments.

  1. any idea why its wont work ?

    i tireed with regedit /s too from console

    Admin: Can you be a little more specific? What reg-file did you try, and what is the error?

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  3. aviv00, admin:

    when you copy the reg tweak to notepad.,we copy the strings as ‘“’ and ‘”’.
    It should be ‘”‘.

    wordpress converts ” as “ or ”. Try ” (shift + ‘) in notepad!

    Admin: Thanks, I understand. Changed them into html entity "

  4. Be careful about Win32PrioritySeparation. The supported bits vary (NT/W2K/XP/Vista+W2K8). A wrong bit combo can cause a BSOD.

    Below is the bit breakdown:

    ;###
    ;### Set the time-slice interval: binary AA BB CC
    ;### AA = 00 and 11 = short intervals in Wrk, long intervals in Srv
    ;### AA = 01 = Always long intervals
    ;### AA = 10 = Always short intervals
    ;### BB = 00 and 11 = variable intervals in Wrk, fixed intervals in Srv
    ;### BB = 01 = Always variable intervals
    ;### BB = 10 = Always fixed intervals
    ;### CC = 00 = Equal intervals no matter what, same as Idle class! (Avoid)
    ;### CC = 01 = Foreground gets 2:1 over background time (if variable)
    ;### CC = 10 and 11 = Foreground gets 3:1 (if variable)
    ;###
    ;### Default on Windows 2000 is 000010 See W2K Resource Kit for details.
    ;###
    ;### Set to 100101 = 0x25 (2:1) or 0x26 (3:1)
    ;### Warning: Trashes NT!!
    ;
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPriorityControl]
    “Win32PrioritySeparation”=dword:26
    ;
    ; Set the background priority == the foreground priority. Does not
    ; affect the time-slice interval. Warning: 0 trashes NT!
    ;
    “Win32PrioritySeparation”=dword:0

  5. Hi, I cannot import any of these .reg iles, as they issue several errors: (1) That you can only import from the registry editor; and when you try to import inside the registry editor, (2) That the file is not binary.

    I have tried to change quotes to HTML, to no avail.

    Can you repair the examples so they work in rel-time envireonments on Windows Server 2008?

    Admin: Just tested the first two and they work fine. Are you using notepad and are you sure you don’t have selected UTF-8 as Encoding in the ‘Save As’ window? If really nothing works you can use the .reg files aviv00 posted at the forum.

  6. Thanks, this worked great!

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  8. Will you be showing us how to convert a Corvette to a lawnmower next?

  9. I tried to make the registrymodification for the audio, but my audio still stutters. I am using W2K8R2, any thoughts on why this could still be happening?

    Arris: You can search the forum; there are several topics about this.

  10. Thanks for posting this. I’m unable to get the Sound Stutter to go away on Win2k8 R2. I unchecked the box as mentioned in the article you posted, and added the regkey above where it is 0x14 hex (20 decimal).

  11. diregard looking in forum :)

  12. anyone able to get rid of sound stutter?
    I’ve tried all solutions offered in here but still doesn’t work.

    Arris: There are various topics about this at the forum. Search the forum for “stutter” and you ‘ll find various topics and solutions! :)

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