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How to Disable the "Getting Started with Windows 2000" Dialog Box


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.


The first time you log on to a Windows 2000 Professional-based computer, the Getting Started with Windows 2000 dialog box is displayed. This article describes how to disable this dialog box and how to prevent it from appearing for each new user that logs on.


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys and Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT or Windows 2000, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).

To disable the Getting Started with Windows 2000 dialog box:

  1. Start Registry Editor (click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK).
  2. Click the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE on Local Machine window.
  3. On the Registry menu, click Load Hive.
  4. From the C:\Documents and Settings\Default User folder (or its equivalent), click the Ntuser.dat file, and then click Open.
  5. In the Key Name box, type ntuser, and then click OK.
  6. Click the Ntuser registry key.
  7. Locate the Software\Microsoft\Windows\Currentversion\Explorer\Tips key, and then double-click the REG_DWORD value.
  8. Change the default value of 1 to 0, and then click OK.
  9. Click the Ntuser registry key.
  10. On the Registry menu, click Unload Hive, and then click Yes.
  11. Quit Registry Editor.

Additional query words:

Keywords : kbenv KBW2KHOME
Issue type : kbinfo
Technology : kbwin2000Search kbwin2000ProSearch kbwin2000Pro

Last Reviewed: October 24, 2000
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