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Changing File Associations quickly
In explorer select a file of the type you want to change.
Hold down Shift & Right click the selection.
Choose "Open With".
Select the program to open the file type.
In the dialog box check the Always use this program to open this file.
Click OK
The association are now made

Shutting Down or Restarting Windows95 from an Icon
To Shutdown Windows95, create a shortcut to:
rundll.exe user.exe,exitwindows
To Restart Windows95, create a shortcut to:
rundll.exe user.exe,exitwindowsexec

Backing up the Registry
Use CFGBACK.EXEon the Win 95 CD. It is in the /OTHER/MISC/CFGBACK
directory.It will save up to 9 copies of the registry in*.rbk file format.
You can restore any of these when necessary.

Adding Send To the Recycle Bin
Add a shortcut to the recycle bin  in windows\sendto  folder.
That way you can just right click on a file you want to delete,
and send it to the recycle bin without having to confirm each time.

Adding Shortcuts to Desktop Without "Shortcut To" text
Start Regedit
Go to:HKEY_USERS \ .Default \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ explorer
Add binary value to Explorer:link="00,00,00,00"
Now You can make Shortcuts to desktop without Shortcut To" text.

Removing the Start Button
Click on the start menu button twice, so there is a dashed line around the button
Press Alt and the minus sign (or Alt and space when using msie 4)
Choose Close to make the start button disappear, or move to move it to the right!

Customizing the Start Button's Name and Icon
To change the name of the Start button:
Copy EXPLORER.EXE in your Windows directory to another directory
Start a hex editor (I've been using Diskedit from Norton)
Search for the string 53 00 74 00 61 00 72 00 74
This is the word Start with the letters separated by a null character
The section you are in should also have the words "There was an internal error..."
also separated with the null character immediately following
Now just replace the Start letters with any of your choice (up to 5 characters only)
Exit Windows
Boot to DOS
Copy your new explorer file over the original

To speed up the Start Menu
Start the REGEDIT program
Search for the word desktop
This should be in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / CLSID / {00021400...
Right Click on the right panel
Pick NEW / String Value.
Name it MenuShowDelay, all one word.
Select a value from 1-10, 1 being the fastest.
Restart Windows

Installing Windows95 OEM SR2 over an existing version of Windows
Currently, you cannot install the new OEM version of Windows95 over
and existing version of Windows (3.x or 95).
In order to get around this problem, simply rename any WIN.COM file on
your hard drive and install normally.
This will let you keep you current Windows settings.
It will make things easier if the location of your new version is the same as your old one.
Note: You will not be able to convert to FAT32 using this procedure.
For that you need to FDISK your hard drive.

Upgrading Without a Previous Version of Windows Installed
If you purchased the upgrade version of Windows95 but don't have a
previous version installed, normally you cannot install it.
If you need to install Windows 95 Upgrade on your computer and you
no longer have Windows 3.1, you can simply create the following file on your hard disk:
WIN386.EXE and the Upgrade version will then install.
The easiest way to create this file is to type the following at the command prompt:
ECHO [some random characters] > WIN386.EXE

Enabling the Middle Mouse Button on Logitech Mouse
To enable the middle mouse button on Logitech Mouses to act as a
double-click button by only pressing it once:
Run Regedit
Change DoubleClick to equal 001

Adding to the NEW Menu
You can create a new file for several applications if you right-click the desktop and select New. To add to the list of new file types, open that application, create an empty new file and save it under any name in c:\windows\ShellNew. Double-click the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder. Open the folder of your file's extension, right-click the open folder, select New/ Key and enter ShellNew. Right-click the new folder, select New/String, and enter FileName. Next, double-click the new item, and type in the file name of the blank file you created earlier. Your New file menu will now provide a selection for the new file type. Be warned, some programs play differently with their registration, so this tip may not work in all cases.

Put Your Screen Saver on Hold
The fastest way to temporarily disable your screen saver (if you're defragmenting a drive or doing something similar). Click on the Start button and bring up the Start menu. When the menu is up, your screen saver won't launch

Have a Cleaner Control Panel
If your Control Panel is cluttered with icons you don't need, here's how to clean it up. In the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory, you'll find a CPL file that corresponds to each Control Panel item. Move the ones you don't want to a safe place on your hard disk. Now, when you open Control Panel, those icons are gone.

DUN Remembers Passwords
To get DUN to remember your dial-up password, you'll need to install the client for Microsoft Networks. Open the Control Panel, double-click on Network, then highlight Client for Microsoft Networks. Select Add, Client and Add again, then click on all of the OK buttons.

Enable AutoRedial
By default DUN's AutoRedial is turned off. You can enable AutoRedial by opening the Dial-Up Networking folder and selecting Connections/Settings from the title bar. Then check the Redial option and set your preferences.

Insert date in Notepad
Press F5, and Notepad will automatically insert the time and date into your document.

Changing the Registered Owner
Starting Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion
From there you can edit the name in the Registered Owner key

Removing Programs listed from the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs Section
If you remove an installed program and its files by deleting the files,
it may still show up in the Add/Remove programs list through the control panel.
In order to remove it from the list (so you don't need to re-install in order to just remove it again).
Start the Registry Editor
Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Uninstall
Delete any programs here.
This will only delete them from the list, not delete the actual programs.
Only programs designed for Windows95 will show up here in the first place.

Starting Win95 Without Running Apps in the Startup Folder
To start Win95 without loading anything in the startup group, just hold down the shift key (either one) when Win95 is loading.
Keep holding it down until the desktop is complete with a pointer.
If any application is still loading, it's because it's in registry under

Clear Control Panel Clutter
If your Control Panel is cluttered with icons you don't need, clean it up. In the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory, you'll find a corresponding CPL file for each Control Panel item. Move the ones you don't want to a safe place on your hard disk. When you open Control Panel, those icons won't appear.

Out, Out Temp Files!
Win95 creates a lot of "temporary" files when it opens documents. It puts these files in the C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder and intends to close them when the application is finished with them. But sometimes, temp files can become permanent. Open the folder periodically (after you shut down all your apps) and delete these files.

Expedite E-Mail
To launch e-mail from your Run dialog, create a batch file (which is just a text file with a BAT extension) called SEND.BAT and type START "mailto:%1". Close the batch file and put it in your WINDOWS folder. (If you prefer, create a shortcut to SEND.BAT in the WINDOWS folder, right-click on the shortcut, select the Program tab and "Close on exit.") Now, whenever you want to dash off a quick message, just open the Run dialog (Start/Run). Type Send followed by the e-mail address of the intended person (send melgan@cmp.com, for example) and hit Enter. If a wizard pops up, fill it in, then send your mail.

View Master
Your Win95 CD contains a utility called LOGVIEW.EXE. You'll find this utility in \OTHER\MISC\LOGVIEW. LOGVIEW lets you view and edit your SCANDISK, CALLLOG, MODEMDET and NDISLOG files. These files can be helpful when you're troubleshooting some parts of your system. You can move LOGVIEW onto your hard disk, or just leave it on the CD

Forget Your Password?
If you forget your Win95 password, just hit Escape at the password box, launch the MS DOS Prompt and enter dir *.PWL in the WINDOWS directory to find your PWL files. Delete the one with your name in front of it. Restart your system and enter a new password when prompted (Win95 will ask you to verify it).

Control Panel Handy
If you're always launching Control Panel to fiddle with your system settings, make your life a little easier by putting Control Panel on your Start menu. Drag CONTROL.EXE from your WINDOWS folder and drop it on the Start button. Another way to do this is to right-click on the Start button and select Open. Create a new folder and give it the following name: Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

Free Net Utility
Win95 ships with a free Internet utility called IP Configuration that lets you check out all the vital stats of your Internet setup. Launch Start/Run and type WINIPCFG, then click on the More Info button

Put Recycle Bin on a Diet
By default, Recycle Bin can occupy up to 10 percent of your hard disk space, which means it has files so old you can't remember them. To determine a reasonable size, open it and click twice on the Date Deleted button to sort the deleted-files list in reverse chronological order. Scroll down to the first file that's more than a month old. Select it, then scroll to the bottom of the list. Hold down the Shift key and select the last file, thereby highlighting all files older than one month. Press the Delete key to permanently remove them. Now open explorer and highlight the Recycle Bin icon. Note the amount of space occupied by the remaining files, as reported on the Status Bar at the bottom of the window. That's how much space your Recycle Bin really needs to hold one month's worth of discarded files. Convert it to a percentage of your total drive space, then move the Recycle Bin's Maximum size slider to that value.

Take Device Manager Express
If you're a frequent visitor to the Device Manager, create a shortcut with this string in the Shortcut tab's Target box:
Note the two commas before the number. This line directly opens the System applet and selects tab 1, which is the Device Manager (2 is for Hardware Profiles and 3 is for Performance). Although you can use CONTROL filename.CPL to quickly access some other CPL file in the C:\Windows\System folder, the tab selection (, , x) does not work with all such files.

Wall Painting
If you're bored with the opening and closing bitmaps Windows 95 displays, you can edit them. The files are bitmaps in the Windows folder, named LOGOS.SYS and LOGOW.SYS. You can edit them with the copy of Microsoft Paint that comes with Windows 95.

Near-Perfect File Management

Ever wish you could make Win95 show a two-directory view similar to the way the old Windows for Workgroups File Manager did? You can. Open two instances of Explorer, navigate to the folders from which you want to drag and drop, then right-click on the taskbar and choose Tile Vertically.