Back when PC Tools, the makers of such popular software titles like Registry Mechanic and Spyware Doctor, were called WinGuides, they used to provide a free ebook called Windows Registry Guide. It was the most comprehensive guide to the Windows Registry and the best part was – it was searchable.
When WinGuides became PC Tools, they discontinued the guide but luckily I had a copy. It’s the best, the most powerful guide on Registry I have ever read. It has helped me on numerous occasion to find little forgotten tweaks without the need to hunt them on Google. It’s too good to keep it to myself. So I have decided to share this little gem with you.
Before I give you the download link (it’s at the bottom), let’s take a look what’s inside.
The opening page of the guide displays six categories into which all tricks and tweaks are organized – Hardware, Software, Network, Tips and Tricks, Security and Windows.
Each of these categories are further broken down into smaller sections. You can click any of the categories and explore various Registry settings and optimization tricks, or you can search. Let’s search “taskbar” to find all available Registry tricks associated with the taskbar. As you can see there are quite a lot.
Now let’s pick one called “Change taskbar group size in Windows XP” and immediately we can see the steps required to activate it, with screenshots. The ‘related tweaks’ takes you to other similar tweaks.
With this in hand you are soon going to be called the Registry Guru. Interested? Download here.