Customizations #11

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Add Copy To Folder… and Move To Folder… to the right-click context menu in Windows 2000
This great tip was posted by Nomad48 on 12/30/00 at the PC911 Forum.

If you take an active roll in organizing the contents of your hard drive, you probably use the Copy and Move commands regularly as well. Until recently, I used the Send To menu for doing the lion’s share of my file Copy and Move operations, but this Registry edit creates an even easier way to perform these tasks. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Back up your Registry. You may have read that somewhere before. It’s good advice. It’s like sex. Do it. Do it often.
  2. Launch Regedit and go to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ AllFilesystemObjects\ shellex\ ContextMenuHandlers sub key.
  3. First for the Copy To item:
    • Right click on ContextMenuHandlers sub key folder and click on New and then Key.
    • Type Copy To as the new key name and press Enter.
    • Left-click on the new Copy To key, then double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane.
    • Highlight the following key value {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and press Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard, and then paste it in as the new (Default). (Or just type it in.)
  4. Now for the Move To item:
    • Right click on ContextMenuHandlers sub key folder and click on New and then Key.
    • Type Move To as the new key name and press Enter.
    • Left-click on the new Move To key, then double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane.
    • Highlight the following key value {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and press Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard, and then paste it in as the new (Default). (Or just type it in.)
  5. Close Regedit, launch Windows Explorer and right-click on any file. Note the new menu items. Very handy.
  6. Enjoy!

RegClean 4.1-a and Netscape Navigator Can Live Together
You minimalists considering an alternative to Internet Explorer might have noticed Netscape Navigator 4.08, rather than the more ponderous Communicator (who needs yet another e-mail client/newsreader and HTML editor). The problem is, if you use Microsoft RegClean 4.1-a, your Preferences feature (as in Edit/Preferences… ) in Navigator will most likely cease to function. RegClean is a wonderful little tool for safely pruning your Windows Registry, so it would be nice to be able to use it along with Navigator. Well, you can. The real trick is to run RegClean at least twice consecutively just before you install Navigator 4.08 (Communicator is unaffected by RegClean on all installations I’ve worked with). Then run RegClean immediately after completing your installation. The Undo*.REG file created by RegClean after you’ve installed Navigator will be your template for “fixing” Netscape each time you run RegClean 4.1-a in the future. Save it with an easy to remember name (I called mine NetscapeFix.REG) and Merge it immediately after you run RegClean 4.1-a from then on. Netscape will get fixed each time and your Registry stays nice and trim.

Create a Win98 Emergency Recovery Disk in Win2K or DOS
If you’ve bonkied up your Win98 installation and now you’re busy kicking yourself because you never made an Emergency Recovery Disk, all is not lost. Here’s what you do:

  1. Before you get started, go to the bathroom, look in the mirror and give yourself a good talking to. You should have made an ERD two nanoseconds after finishing your Win98 installation.
  2. Find your Win98 CD. Insert a non-bootable diskette in the floppy drive and start your afflicted computer.
  3. When you get the error message, remove the diskette and press F8 twice. (Once to clear the error message, and then again to launch the Windows Boot Menu.)
  4. In a moment you’ll see a menu of start up options. Select Command prompt only.
  5. Put your Win98 CD ROM in the drive.
  6. At the command prompt, type D: (or whatever the drive letter for your CD ROM drive is) and press Enter.
  7. At the D:\ prompt, type CD \tools\mtsutil\fat32ebd and press Enter.
  8. Now type fat32ebd.exe and press Enter.
  9. You’ll be prompted to insert a diskette and then Win98 will make your spanky new ERD. It takes a while to finish so relax. Smoke a cigar or something.
  10. If you’re dual-booting Windows 2000 on the same machine, just type the exact same thing at the Win2K Command Prompt. The results will be identical.
  11. When it’s done, restart. The diskette should be bootable.
  12. Enjoy!

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