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Disable Save Settings at Exit (All Windows) Popular

When Windows exits it normally saves the desktop layout, including icon location, appearance and other parameters. This setting disables any changes from being saved therefore allowing you to preserve a configured layout.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'NoSaveSettings' set the value to equal '1' to enable the restriction.

Exit your registry, you may need to restart for the changes to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|NoSaveSettingsREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
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System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
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Value Name: NoSaveSettings
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: May 12, 2002