Introduction: Custom XP - Visual Basic Scripting to Customize!

A simple way to change the looks of XP is is to use some $1000 dollar GUI* program, right? WRONG! You can spend money on programs, but why pay if you can do it for free? In this guide i will show you how to do it so easy that it will cost $0 and will only take a few minutes to do. Even if you are a noob!

*GUI stands for Graphical User Interface (Just for noobs)

Step 1: Info:

The following script can be dangerous to your computer and others if used inappropriately! Beware at all times, because this script can modify your computer and damage it!

If you need a reverse script see comments on first page! (if you don't want to re-install XP!)

Step 2: Help!

Don't know a thing about Visual Basic Script? I have found a great site for noobs like you! http://www.pctools.com/guides/scripting/id/2/?act=reference. This guide covers everything-for free! Take a look now to get an idea for what VBS is.

Step 3: Start the Scripting!

To start a script you must make a file so that windows will recognize it as a VB script. Create a text file and change the ".txt" part to ".vbs". Now right click on it and select "edit". If you just ran it like a program it will execute the script.

Step 4: Now the Main Part!

To change the look of XP (or any windows version) you can modify it via the registry editor. This looks very big and can be confusing. To make these changes we will use a script to make these changes. Now with you open script insert these lines:

/ / / / / SCRIPT START / / / / /

regcreate "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page","www.google.com"
regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\NoWinKeys","1"
regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\NoViewContextMenu","0"
regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\NoClose","1"
regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\StartMenuLogoff","1"
regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system\DisableRegistryTools","1"

regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\NoDesktop","0"
regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MessengerService\Policies\IMWarning","Be careful online! Don't give out private details!"

regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\NoRun","1"
regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\NoDrives","1"
regcreate "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\NoFind","1"

sub regcreate(regkey,regvalue)
Set regedit = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
regedit.RegWrite regkey,regvalue
end sub

/ / / / / SCRIPT END / / / / /

Sorry i know i just gave you a big script! Here is how to understand it.

1 = yes

0 = no

The start page of Internet Explorer can be controlled by: "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page" in this key the data can be set to ANY url. If your school tech is stupid and allows VBS scripts to run this is a great way to modify the start page of internet explorer.

NoWinKeys means that in disables/enable the use of "Ctrl+Alt+Del", "Win+E" and so on.

StartMenuLogoff sets if you can use the start menu logoff to logoff. No shutdown is a key to!

NoDesktop sets if the desktop can be used for shortcuts to apps and other things.

IMWarning can change the warning in windows messenger.

NoDrives can be used if you don't want the drives to show. (C:/,D:/,G:/ ect.).

NoRun is used to turn on or off the run icon in the start menu.

NoFind is for setting the search icon in the start menu.

This script can be used on ANY WINDOWS machine. You don't even have to use a compiler! Just run it as any program you use!

Step 5: Registry Keys for Custom XP

Registry keys can be a pain to find on the net so, use a thing called a book! It has paper pages and is bound by cardboard! You can use the book "The unofficial guide to Ethical Hacking" by: Ankit Fadia for reference. Use chapter 2 for the keys.

>> Picture is off amazon <

Step 6: Final Note

Thank you for looking or using this guide! I hope it was useful! The script can be used for Schools, classroom studies, Work, and even at home to customize a computer! I hope however, that you will not be a "cracker"* at any point in your life.

*Cracker is the term for bad and non-ethical hackers

Comments

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Computothought made it!(author)2011-10-05

Being a fan of linux scripting, this instructable peeked my eyes. Still have two token xp machines, so I will have to try this out.

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finton made it!(author)2013-03-09

Possibly you mean "this instructable piqued my curiosity", Computothought?

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carrierpilot1357 made it!(author)2008-10-22

hello, I AM A STUPID DUMB IDIOT! I MISUSED THE SCRIPT! i NO LONGER CAN RIGHT CLICK ON ICONS AND ON MY DESKTOP,ALL MY DESKTOP ICONS DISSAPEARED, I HAVE NO SHUTDOWN BUTTON, AND MUCH MORE! PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN ON MY COMPUTER FOR 4 HOURS NOW AND I FINALLY FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS THIS SCRIPT THAT I MISUSED THAT CAUSED ALL THIS TROUBLE! PLEASE TELL ME HOW TOO UNDO IT PLEASE!!!!!!!!! I DONT WANT TO RE-INSTALL WINDOWS XP!

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tabascow made it!(author)2011-10-18

lololololololololololololololololololololololololololololxDDDDDDDDDD

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alltootechnical made it!(author)2010-05-31

Get a System Restore point

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J-Manoo7 made it!(author)2009-08-03

if none of this is working just try to open task manager and start a task "explorer.exe" w/o quotes it could be the problem

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munchman made it!(author)2009-07-07

Just change the 0's to 1's in the script that you ran, or run system restore. Start > Help and support. Click "Restore my computer with system restore" and follow the prompts.

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sashadalton43 made it!(author)2008-11-14

reinstall winzp, bwahahahahahahahahahaha! I am a nerdling who uses linux! no problemo!!!!

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carrierpilot1357 made it!(author)2008-11-14

I am a nerdling who uses linux and win xp! and tnx to linux I kept all my files when I re-installed win xp. So problem solved.

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sniper120 made it!(author)2008-10-24

To reverse the script:

Open the script in notepad.
(Open notepad and click and drag the script into it.)

Change the 0 to 1s, 1 to 0s.

Execute.

>> Doesn't work? <<

Click start, Run, enter "Regedit"

browse to the key that is the problem:

Example:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\StartMenuLogoff (for start menu logoff)

You can delete or change to the opposite. (1 in key, set to 0)
this should reverse the changes with a re-install.

>> Still does not work? <<

Try this script I made:

http://www.box.net/shared/kselung23n

or just tinker with the other script.

The fixes may require a logoff or restart

START>RUN>"shutdown -r -f"
(force a restart of the computer)

Email: sniper1200@gmail.com if there are any more problems!

:) Sniper120

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zapper067 made it!(author)2011-08-14

dim x
x = InputBox ("Please input password:","System Security")
lol = msgbox ("Password incorrect!",16,"Error")

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gid30n made it!(author)2010-07-14

Everyone involved in the hacking brotherhood is at some point a cracker,its like you are trained to be a military spy but yet you cant use your skill outside a mission...as much as you try not to, eventually you're gonna use those skills .Its kinda inevitable

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vorlock made it!(author)2010-04-11

Can u post the registry keys on here because I have heard really bad reviews about this book

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QwertyuioLP made it!(author)2009-03-31

Could you use to just change the computers desktop and without the message popping up that sys something like do you wont to change or reshistry entry changed? I was thinking I could use as a prank type of thing. Don't worry I will be carefull. If ou can help Thnxs if not oh well.

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sniper120 made it!(author)2009-08-04

Search up the /s or \s option for regedit. :)

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Arbitror made it!(author)2009-03-26

Wait, did you get this from a school computer?

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sniper120 made it!(author)2009-08-04

Funny that you asked. No I didn't. Made by me! :)

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QwertyuioLP made it!(author)2009-03-11

Can you turn CMD on and off with this? I just got a computer from a teacher and it doesn't have it turned on. I need help!!

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Arbitror made it!(author)2009-03-26

"Turn CMD on? I don't know what you mean by that... Try this: Type cmd at the run dialogue. If that doesn't work, then search for "cmd" with a search. If you completely don't have it, pm me.

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munchman made it!(author)2009-07-07

In schools, command prompt is normally disabled to prevent people from using it maliciously. There are instructions here. You could adapt the instructions on the page so that you can change it with a VBScript.

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Arbitror made it!(author)2009-03-27

Replace "/ / / / / SCRIPT START / / / / /" and "/ / / / / SCRIPT END / / / / /" with "{{{" and "}}}"

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