Monday, August 06, 2007

so your security admin locked down the XP Taskbar..

Man! Another thing I dislike is when your security admins lock down the taskbar. This is silly! There's absolutely NO good reason for this. So here's what you do to unlock it.

For this tweak to work, you'll need to edit the Windows Registry.

Editing your Windows registry is a very delicate procedure and must be done with all due caution! The Tech Answer Guy will not be responsible for systems that no longer boot because you fat fingered the wrong registry key!

With our disclaimer in place, let's move on to some fun stuff.
1) Open regedit by clicking Start -> Run -> type "regedit" and press enter

2) Find the following key:

3) Change the data value of each key that is set to 1 to the new value of 0. Do NOT change the value of the key called "NoDriveTypeAutoRun" or any other key that does not have a value of 1.
To change the data value of a key, simply double-click on the value and replace the 1 with a 0.

4) Once all the key values are changed, logout and log back in or reboot

You should now have an unlocked taskbar! Hoohah!

Score one for the good guys!

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