Save settings when closing Windows session

December 2016

We do many Windows settings modifications, but how many of us actually save them before closing the Windows session? One can save the settings done mainly in the control panel, task bar, desktop and start up menu. In the guide below, you will find the steps explaining how to save settings for Windows 2000 and its earlier versions. In the professional Windows versions, choose the option "not configured" and then save; close the window on confirmation. These modifications can be done in the "group policy editor". In Windows home edition, all the modifications are done in "Registry Editor". If necessary then keep the registry database backup.



Here is a small tip on how to save automatically your settings when exiting a Windows session.
System requirements: Windows 2000 to older versions

These settings concern mainly those made on the desktop, start menu, task bar and control panel.

For the professional versions


Open the group policy editor

Under Vista, type gpedit.msc in the search bar in the Start menu and press the ENTER key.
Under XP, go to the Start Menu> Run> type gpedit.msc and press the ENTER key.
Go to User Configuration> Administrative Templates> desktop.

On the right side of the window, double-click
Don't save settings at exit
.


Choose the option:
not configured
.
Confirm and close window.

For Home edition


Under Windows XP just modify the registry.
Make a backup of the registry database if necessary.
Open the Registry Editor
Select the key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Modify DWORD NoSaveSettings Value (if it does not exist, create this by going to the Edit menu/ New DWORD value):

Put it to 1 to disable record settings before leaving Windows.
Put it to 0 to activate the record settings leaving Windows.

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