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Registry hack works but doesn't show up in GUI Setting

Posted on 2012-03-11
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Hi, If I use the following in a .reg file:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"DragFullWindows"="1"

The effect does work (show contents while dragging windows)... but if I go to advanced options / performance the box is not checked...

Is there a way to make the change show instead of just working but not showing it visually
when configuring?
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Yes, I have restarted windows-- like I said, the changes are there but they do not appear to be if you go and look at the properties using the GUI... example: I can turn off all desktop effects (best performance), reboot, then run the .reg hack to enable "show windows contents while dragging" and it works!

After a reboot, I check the advanced settings and all the checkboxes are empty (specifically the show windows contents while dragging has no checkmark on it) and despite that, the effect is working:

The window contents are shown when you drag it.  If I run a registry change to turn off "show window contents while dragging" the effect turns off, but no change is displayed when setting those properties through the gui...

even after restarts

or updates...
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I have had this problem before, going back to Windows XP... if I change the background wallpaper using the registry the effect does take place, but if the user uses the GUI to see which wallpaper setting they have, it's empty-blank...

I never cared about that until now: I'm trying to speed up the time it takes to get the effects turned off, then only specific ones turned on and the .reg files work great, but again-- a user can go view the advanced / peformance and literally tell me that there is no checkmark on show windows contents, smooth fonts, desktop drop shadows, translucent rectangle, etc... and in the case of a default install they will say, "Well, according to advanced settings / performance-- Aero Peek is still on-- in fact all of the performance options are checked and you told me you turned off the non-important ones..."

"Okay, well: okay-- you don't see thumbnail previews, and look at the start button-- it's flat and not "pretty" that means the effects have been turned off... Windows is just too dumb to let you see that when you do it using the mouse..."

I just want to know how to perform a change to the Windows performance settings, tweak them to look nice but not overdo the animation, etc... and the .reg file hacks work, but if the user calls helpdesk they will claim certain effects changes are in place when they really aren't because Windows doesn't show it)...
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Thanks for the info!
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That worked as well.
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