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How to Manage Windows Tips at Startup

Article ID: 174841

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q174841

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 on how to do this, view the Restoring the Registry online Help topic in Regedit.exe or the Restoring a Registry Key online Help topic in Regedt32.exe.


You can add, delete, or change the Welcome tips that are displayed when a user logs on.


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. 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 online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and Edit Registry Data topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.

The value name starts with 0 and progresses sequentially with no gaps. You may Add Value, change the text of a value, or delete the last or all values and start over.

The Tips are stored as sequentially named REG_SZ entries in:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Explorer\Tips

NOTE: The above registry key is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.

The control for the Tips is user based and is located at:
HKEY_USERS\<User's ID>\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Explorer\Tips

as two (2) REG_BINARY entries.

NOTE: The above registry key is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.

Show: Controls whether the Tips are displayed. 01000000 enables the display, while 00000000 disables it.

Next: Controls which Tip is displayed next. 00000000 displays Tip 0, 01000000 displays Tip 1 and 0a000000 displays Tip 10.

Additional query words: startup show

Keywords: kbinfo KB174841