This guide is written for all of you who want to change the boring old Windows XP tips, such as the “The Shut Down command on the Start menu enables you to safely shut down your computer.” tip. Read below to find out how you can change these tips to literally anything you want.

The first thing you will need to do in order to change the tips in Windows XP is to open the registry editor. To open the registry editor you need hit Win+R (Windows key + r key) in order to open the “Run” dialogue. When you have the “Run” dialogue open you need to type “regedit” then hit “Enter” or click “Ok”. Doing this will open the registry editor.


Once you have opened the registry editor you need to navigate to the following registry folder:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Tips


Once you have navigated to this registry folder you will notice that there is a huge list of values in the right pane. To change the tips in Windows XP you need to right click on the value in the right pane and then “Modify Value”. All you have to do once you have selected “Modify Value” is edit the text to the tip you would like to display in place of the tip you are editing. Once you have replaced the original text with your desired text you need to hit the “Enter” key and then close the registry editor and then enable Windows XP tips. Now you just need to restart your computer for the new tips to take effect.

This is great for playing pranks on people or just using it for a laugh. Enjoy your newfound Windows registry knowledge.