Save settings on exit Windows

This trick allows you to define whether Windows should or not, save your settings when you close Windows.

The parameters we are talking about are those of the office, start menu, taskbar and Control Panel.

System Requirements: Windows 2000 to a minimum.

For Professional and Ultimate versions

  • Open the Group Policy Editor Local:
    • In Vista, type gpedit.msc in the search bar in the Start menu and press the ENTER key.
    • Under XP, go to Start> Run> type gpedit.msc and press the ENTER key.
  • Go to User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Office
  • In the right pane, double-click Do not save settings on exit.
  • You can choose between:
    • Off: saving the settings is enabled.
    • On: saving the settings is disabled.
    • Not configured: this is the default setting, therefore equivalent to Off.
  • Confirm and close the window.

Versions for family

Otherwise, you can do by modifying the registry.

  • Back up the registry if necessary.
  • Open the Registry Editor(run -> type regedit and press enter)
  • Select the key:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  • Change the DWORDvalue NoSaveSettings (if it does not exist, create this by going to Edit> New DWORD value):
    • Put it in 1 to disable the settings are saved when leaving Windows. If you restart your PC, all your changes will be canceled.
    • Set it to 0 to activate the settings are saved when leaving Windows.

Changes in the registry will be considered immediately.

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