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Windows 2000 Customization

Windows 2000 is a computer operating system by Microsoft from 2000. It was a continuation of the Windows NT line, which was developed for business users. It offers greater security and stability than the previous Windows operating systems. Our guide will offer a way for you to apply customizations to your Windows 2000 computer.

Please note that changing Windows system files or the registry can harm your computer. Understand that these modifications are at the user's own risk.

Change the default Appearance Scheme

The Appearance Scheme is the visual style the user sees. It can be customized in Display Properties, but Windows Standard will still be seen when Windows is starting up.

We reccomend using Windows Classic.

  • 1. Change your Appearance Scheme in Display Properties and Save it.
  • 2. In C:\WINNT\regedit.exe, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors and export a registry file.
  • 3. Edit this registry file to point to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors.
  • 4. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics and export a registry file.
  • 5. Edit this registry file to point to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics.
  • 6. Merge both of these files into the registry and restart your computer to see the effect.

  • Change the default font

    The default font is the font that almost everything in Windows will use in menus, dialog boxes, etc. In Windows 2000, the default font is Tahoma.

    We reccomend using MS Sans Serif.

  • 1. In C:\WINNT\regedit.exe, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes.
  • 2. Modify the strings MS Shell Dlg and MS Shell Dlg 2 to match the font that you would like to use.
  • 3. Restart your computer to see the effect.

  • Change the default system icons

    The icons for My Computer, My Network Places, and the Recycle Bin can be customized.

    We reccomend using the icons from Windows 98.

  • 1. In Resource Hacker, open C:\WINNT\explorer.exe.
  • 2. For My Computer, modify Icon Group 100. For the Recycle Bin, modify Icon Group 108.
  • 3. Save this new .exe file somewhere you can access it.
  • 4. Open C:\WINNT\system32\shell32.dll.
  • 5. For My Network Places, modify Icon Group 18. For the Recycle Bin, modify Icon Groups 32 and 33.
  • 6. Save new files to a place where you can access them.
  • 7. Using a boot disk enviornment, replace C:\WINNT\explorer.exe and C:\WINNT\system32\shell32.dll with your new versions.
  • 8. Restart your computer to see the effect.

  • Change the disk icons in My Computer

    The disk icons in My Computer can be customized. This can be helpful if you have more than one disk.

  • 1. In regedit.exe, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.
  • 2. Create the key DriveIcons if not already present.
  • 3. Create a key for each disk letter you'd like to customize.
  • 4. Within each disk's key, create a the key DefaultIcon.
  • 5. Modify the string (Default) to point to the icon file you would like to use.
  • 6. Open My Computer to see the effect.

  • Change the About Banner

    The Windows 2000 Banner can be seen all throughout Windows with Log On to Windows, About, etc.

  • 1. In Resource Hacker, open C:\WINNT\system32\msgina.dll.
  • 2. Modify Bitmaps 101, 107, 111, and 113.
  • 3. If you would like to change the scrolling bar underneath the banner, modify Bitmap 103.
  • 4. If you would like to change the tagline seen on the banner in some instances, modify String Table 507.
  • 5. Save new files to a place where you can access them.
  • 6. Using a boot disk enviornment, replace C:\WINNT\system32\msgina.dll with your new version.
  • 7. Restart your computer to see the effect.

  • Change the Boot Screen

    The Boot Screen is seen every time your computer starts up. It must be a 640 x 480 16-colour bitmap.

  • 1. In Resource Hacker, open C:\WINNT\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.
  • 2. Modify Bitmap 1.
  • 3. Using a boot disk enviornment, replace C:\WINNT\system32\ntoskrnl.exe with your new version.
  • 4. Restart your computer to see the effect.