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How to disable Windows XP Boot logo

It is possible to disable the XP splash screen, which will slightly speed up

the overall boot process. Be aware that removing the splash screen will
also cause you not to see any boot-up messages that might come up
(chkdsk, convert … ), but if your system runs without any problems then it
should not matter.

• Edit boot.ini.
• Add ” /noguiboot” right after “/fastdetect”.

Upon restarting, the splash screen will be gone. It can be re-enabled by removing the new

A Faster Start Menu

I see no reason for there to be any delay when I click on the Start Menu.
Effects are pretty, but I wouldn’t click on it if I didn’t have business
inside, so lets get it open and get moving. The default speed can be
adjusted with a quick registry entry.

The default value is 400. Set it to 0 and the delay is gone, but it will be
nearly impossible to move the mouse fast enough not to activate [All
Programs] if you mouse over it in route to your final selection. It's easy to
train yourself to move the pointer to the right after clicking Start to
avoid activating All Programs. Pick a number that suits your style and
make the change, then test it until you find a good compromise between
speed and usability.

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]

Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed
Data Type: String Value // Value Name: MenuShowDelay
Setting for Value Data: [Default = 400 / Adjust to Preference]
Exit Registry and Reboot

Insert your name in the bottom right taskbar

Open Control Panel ->
Regional and Language Options ->
Customize ->
here u can see A.M. and P.M. change it with u r name.

Shortcut keys for Windows Media Player

I have already posted about Yahoo Messengers shortcut keys. Shortcut
keys are keystrokes that provide a quick way to perform an action. Using
shortcut keys you can access the functions of an application quite easily
and quickly. In Windows Media Player too, you can use the combination
of different keyboard keys to accomplish routine task. The use of these
keys increases your working speed and even saves time as you don’t need
your mouse to select menus and button options.

Shortcut keys Action

1. Video Playback

ALT+1 Adjust zoom to 50 percent

ALT+2 Adjust zoom to 100 percent
ALT+3 Adjust zoom to 200 percent
ALT+ENTER Display the video in full mode

2. Accessing the menus

ALT+F Go to media player File Menu

ALT+T Go to media player Tools Menu
ALT+V Go to media player View Menu
ALT+P Go to media player Play Menu
ALT+F4 Use to close media player

3. Switching between display mode

CTRL+1 Display media player in full mode

CTRL+2 Display media player in skin mode

4. Player controls
ENTER or SPACEBAR Use to play an item
CTRL+B Use to play the previous item in media player
CTRL+F Use to play the next item in media player
CTRL+E Use to Eject CD or DVD from CD or DVD drive
CTRL+P Use to Play or Pause the item in media player
CTRL+T Use to Repeat the items in media player
CTRL+SHIFT+B Use to Rewind a file in media player
CTRL+SHIFT+F Use to Fast Forward a file in media player
CTRL+SHIFT+S Use to play items slower than a normal speed
CTRL+SHIFT+ G Use to play items faster than a normal speed
CTRL+SHIFT+ N Use to play items at normal speed in media player
F8 Use to mute the volume in media player
F9 Use to decrease the volume in media player
F10 Use to increase the volume in media player

Initially, you’ll have to look up for some of these shortcuts but once you
get well versed with them, you’ll be a lot quicker at controlling the
Media Player.

Most Common Computer Problems and Their

Solution (Part-1)
Hi guys, i have already posted several posts on computer tips and
tricks here and also disscussed several problems. Now i am going to
speak about "Most common problems and solutions". Here you will find the
solution for most of the common problems faced by people with there

Note: All the information here is collected form various sites and forums.

1. I can't see Hidden files/folders in my computer. Even I enable the

option "Show hidden files/folders" in "Tools -> Folder Options", its
automatically disabled again.

Solution1: Go to your Start menu, click on Run and open up your Registry
Editor by typing "regedit" without the quotes and pressing OK.

Once there go to:

plorer\Advanced\Folde r\Hidden\SHOWALL

Delete the value CheckedValue. (Its type should be REG_SZ and data
should be 0 or 1.)

Create a new DWORD value called CheckedValue (same as above,

except that the type is REG_DWORD) by right clicking on the right pane-
>New->DWORD Value. Modify the value data to 1 (0x00000001).
Solution 2: Open regedit and goto:
In right-side pane, change value of "Hidden" to as following:

1 - To show hidden file

2 - To not show hidden files

If it doesn't work, then scan your computer with an anti-virus software.

2. Task Manager Disabled:

Using Group Policy Editor - for Windows XP Professional to Enable Task


* Click Start, Run, type gpedit.msc and click OK.

* Navigate to this branch:

User Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Options / Remove Task Manager

* Double-click the Remove Task Manager option.

* Set the policy to Not Configured.

Enable RegEdit [It is not tested]


Save the text file as any name u with extension .reg

example:- "enable.reg"
After that double click to run the file.

3. Restore Deleted Recycle Bin Icon from Desktop:

Method #1:
1. Right-click an empty area of your desktop
2. Select Properties
3. Click the Desktop tab
4. Click the Customize button
5. Click Restore Default
6. Exit all windows and restart your computer

Method #2:
Note: Be sure to make a backup copy of your registry prior to making any

Go to Start>> Run. Type in: regedit [Enter]

Navigate to:

Hold the mouse on NameSpace and right-click once. From the resulting
menu, select Edit>> New>> Key

Copy and Paste the following Key code (including the brackets):


Press Enter on your keyboard, exit the registry editor and restart your

4. Blank User Accounts Applet :

When you double-click User Accounts applet in the Control Panel, the
User Accounts applet opens, but it may be completely blank.

The buttons Back | Forward | Home are displayed in the dialog.

To resolve the problem, type these commands from Start, Run dialog:

regsvr32 jscript.dll

If that does not help, execute the following commands as well.

regsvr32 nusrmgr.cpl
regsvr32 /i mshtml.dll

5. Force windows XP to reboot upon crashing:

This registry edit will cause your system to reboot itself automatically upon
crashing. This can be useful if you have a reason for keeping your system
on 24/7:



Edit the 'AutoReboot' value to '1'

6. Stand By Icon Disabled:

I reinstalled my windows and now "Stand By" option is Grey out in
shutdown dialog box and I can't use it.

Sol: Install VGA drivers from your motherboard CD and the option will be
enabled. If you don't have the motherboard CD, then go to the
manufacturer site and download the required drivers.

7. Improving the Slow Boot up time:

There are a variety of reasons why your windows XP system would boot
slowly. Most of the times it this has to do with the startup applications. If
you would like to speed up the bootup sequence, consider removing some
of the startup applications that you do not need. Easiest way to remove
startup apps is through System Configuration Utility. Go to Start then Run
and enter MSCONFIG and go to the Startup tab. Deselect/UnCheck
application(s) that you do not want to startup at boot time.

8. Regedit Disabled By Admin:

Open Notepad pad, copy paste the following text to the note pad::


Save the text file as any name u with extension .reg

example:- "enable.reg"

After that double click to run the file.

Most Common Computer Problems and Their

Solution (Part-II)
Continue... Part-II

1. Task Manager Disabled:

If you are working on Windows XP pro, following steps will help u to enable
Task Manager

Click Start --> Run
Enter gpedit.msc in the Open box and click OK
In the Group Policy settings window, select User Configuration
Select Administrative Templates
Select System
Select Ctrl+Alt+Delete options
Select Remove Task Manager
Double-click the Remove Task Manager option
Disable that option

Click on Start >> Run and in the Open box type:

REG add
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v
DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Click OK.

2. Double-clicking any drive opens search option:

Solution 1:
That's a virus named as ravmon.exe and autorun.inf
Scan first with a good antivirus [Nod32 Recommanded]
then try this trick.

First show the hidden files and folders options then try this method

1. Go to Start-->run and type cmd then click ok

2. If u want to remove the infected file from c drive then type C: in

command prompt and press enter

3. Type autorun.inf and press enter

autorun.inf file is opened

4. Now type "attrib autorun.inf -s -h -r" and press enter

5. Now delete the file by typing

"del autorun.inf" and press enter

6.Now type autorun.inf and press enter now, u will find no infected
autorun.inf file.

7. same way do for all other drives then restart ur pc

3. I accidentally deleted my "mspaint.exe"/"notepad.exe"/etc. file, how can I

get it back?

You can use any of following methods:

A. Goto "%windir%\System32\DLLCache" folder and look for the file, if its

there then copy it to "%windir%\System32\" folder.

B. Insert your Windows Setup CD and goto "I386" folder. Now look for the
same file, it'll present there but the last letter of extension will be "_". e.g.,
u'll get "mspaint.ex_"/"notepad.ex_"/etc. Now open Command Prompt and
goto "I386" folder and give following command:

expand mspaint.ex_ mspaint.exe

expand notepad.ex_ notepad.exe

Now u can copy the file to "%windir%\System32" folder.

C. Give following command in Command Prompt:


It'll automatically restore the files.

4. When I right-click on Start button and select "Open", a "Copy To"

or "Move To" dialog box opens automatically.

Open regedit and goto:

Now under this key, delete following 2 keys:

Copy To
Move To

5. Windows is showing some wrong icons of files. How can I reset the
corrupted icons?
You can use any of following methods:

A. Download TweakUI and then click on "Repair Icons" in "Repair" section.

B. Open My Computer and goto:

C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Local Settings\Application Data

Replace C:\ with your system drive and "user_Name" with your username.
Now there'll be a HIDDEN file "iconcache.db", delete it and restart your

6. A strange process "ctfmon.exe" always runs in background and if I

click on "End Process" button, it restarts automatically.

Open Control Panel and goto Add/Remove Programs list. Now click on the
Microsoft Office entry and then click on "Change" button. Now select
"Add/Remove Features" and click on "Next". Now expand "Office Shared
Features" and click on "Alternative User Input" and then select "Not
Available" and finally click on Update. It'll permanently remove that
ctfmon.exe and your problem will be solved.

7. My Windows Login Screen has changed to "Classic Logon Box". I

want the new Welcome Screen back.

Type "control userpasswords" in RUN dialog box or Open "User Accounts"
in Control Panel. Then click on "Change the way Users log on and off".
Now check the option "Use Welcome Screen". If you get following error:

Uninstall client services for netware.

Then Open "Network Connections" and open Properties of your Internet

Connection. Now goto "Networking" tab and select "Client services on
Netware" option and click on the"Uninstall" button.

8. Whenever I start my computer, Scandisk starts running even I

proper shut down the PC last time.
Do as following:

A. Open regedit and goto:


In right-side pane, change the value of BootExecute to:

autocheck autochk *

B. If the above trick doesnt help then give following commands in

Command Prompt:

chkntfs /x drive_name

for e.g., if ScanDisk runs automatically for C: and D: drives, then give
following commands one by one:

chkntfs /x C:
chkntfs /x D:

9. When I start my computer, I get error message:

"Windows\System32\config\system" file missing or corrupt

Boot using Windows Setup CD and enter into "Recovery Console" by
pressing "R". Now Log into windows installation and enter admin
password. Now give following commands at prompt:

copy %windir%\Repair\system %windir%\System32\Config

If it doesnt work, then again boot into "Recovery Console" and give
following commands:

bootcfg /scan
bootcfg /rebuild
Win XP Tweaks


Add sound to almost every event in Windows

XP comes with a new set of sounds that will surely add pizzazz to the
way you work in Windows. But there's one problem -- you need to
actually turn on the Windows default sound scheme before you'll be able
to hear them.

To turn on the Windows XP default sound scheme, follow these


Single-click the Start menu.

Single-click the Control Panel.
Single-click the Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices icon.
Single-click the Sounds and Audio Devices icon or the text labeled
"Change the sound scheme."
Make sure you're on the Sound tab and locate the pull-down menu under
Sound scheme.
Select the Windows Default option and press Apply. Windows will ask you
if you want to save the previous sound scheme. Since there wasn't a
sound scheme already loaded, just choose No.

If you look under the text labeled "Program events," you'll be able to
sample your new sounds or customize them with your own. Read
Customize Events Sounds if you'd like to learn how to do this yourself.

Tweak your mouse sensitivity in Windows virtual

I doubt a lot of virtualization fans is having this issue on most of the
virtualization platform. This is not a major issue, but it is quite annoying
and it will lower down your mouse pointer sensitivity. It is very hard for
you to do testing or manage the Windows virtual machine if you cannot
move your mouse pointer smoothly. Recently I just realized how to solve
it from a friend of mine. Before this I would like to share this post with
my friend, Wayne Lee King Lek. Thanks for him to share this knowledge
with me.

Here is the step by step how to encounter the issue mentioned above:

1. At your Windows VM desktop, right click your mouse, and then go

to Properties.
2. Browse to Settings tab, and then click on Advanced button at the
right bottom.
3. Click on the Troubleshoot tab, adjust the Hardware acceleration to

Thats all for this small trick. Hope this post will help you all.

How To Limit Number Of Windows In Flip3D

Windows Vista is popular for its visual effects. One of the most poplar
effects in Windows Vista is the Flip3D facility. In case you are using a
system which has got low end facilities then the number of windows
displayed by the Flip3D feature should be reduced. Otherwise, it will affect
the performance of the system. You can reduce the number of windows by
using the following method.

1. Press WinKey+R.

2. Type “regedit.exe“

3. If asked for permission to launch the Registry Editor, click Allow.

4. Navigate to

5. Right click and select New, click on “DWORD (32-bit)”.

6. Name the new DWORD value “Max3DWindows” (without the quotes)

7. Double click on the DWORD value and set it to the maximum number of
windows you want displayed in Flip3D. A good number is 5 for low-end
cards and 10 for high performance cards.

8. Click OK and exit the Registry Editor.

9. Press Ctrl+Shift+F9 to shutdown DWM, and then press the key

combination again to restart it.

10. Press WinKey+Tab to display Flip3D.

Hide and lock text files in Windows

Need to password-protect or lock important or confidential files on
your computer? I normally tend to save my passwords, account numbers,
and user names in a text file on my computer, but it’s horribly prone to
hackers. If you’re using Notepad like me to store all this highly sensitive
information, you’re taking a big risk.

I’ve previously written about other methods to protect the data on your
computer, mostly focused on creating a secure or protected Windows

Protecting a directory might be useful in many circumstances, but it’s also

useful sometimes to just encrypt or lock a single file. In this case, the
above methods are simply too much extra work and not needed.

That’s where you can use a nifty little program called LockNote to replace
Notepad when you want to create secure and locked text files. Using
LockNote, you can protect your files with double security: AES 265-bit
encryption and password protection.
Once installed, type in whatever you want into the text area and then go to
File and choose Save As. Pick a location and click Save and then type in a
password to protect your file.

You’ll notice that the file that is saved ends with an .EXE extension, which
is for an application. The file is encrypted so even if someone gets a hold
of the file, they will not be able to view the contents unless they know the

When you double-click on the file, you’ll be prompted for the password:
The other cool feature of LockNote is that you can convert any of your
current text files create from Notepad or wherever into a secure LockNote
file by simply dragging and dropping the file onto the main interface. That
means if you already have a few important files, there is no need to copy
and paste it into LockNote, just drag the file into the text area.

You’ll get a message asking you if you want to convert the file into a
secure file, so click Yes. Then type in a password for the file to protect it.
Make sure that your passwords are long and secure so that they cannot be

Finally, the program is a stand-along executable, meaning there is no

installation required. You can copy the EXE file onto your USB stick and
carry it around with you anywhere. Enjoy!

Hide Your HDD Partitions

Hide your HDD partitions
1. Go to Start > run > type “diskpart”.
a dos window will appear with following like that
2. Then type “list volume” without quote
It will look like this.

Volume### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info

————– —- —— — —– —- ——- —–

Volume 0 F CD-ROM
Volume 1 C NTFS Partition 7000MB Healthy
Volume 2 D soft NTFS Partition 8000MB Healthy
Volume 3 E —- NTFS Partition 8000MB Healthy

3. If u want to hide drive E then type “select volume 3″ without quote

then a message will appear in same winwods { Volume 3 is the selected


4.now type ” remove letter E” without quote

now a message will come { Diskpart Removed the Drive letter }
sometime it requires the reboot the computer .

Diskpart will remove the letter .Windows XP is not having capabilty to

identify the unkown volume.

Don’t afraid ur Data will ramin same .

to Come back the Drive repeat the process . but in 4th step which is shown
in this post replace ” remove” to “assign”
means type ” assign letter E” without quote

The above method won’t work for the drive containing Operating System
and it can also be done using System Manager>Storage Manager

Creating a Logon Banner

If you want to create a Logon Banner: A message box to appear below
your logon on.

1.Open RegEdit

2.Go To
For Windows 9x and ME -
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\

For Windows 2000 XP 2003 Vista -

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\

3.Create a new String value"LegalNoticeCaption "

4. Enter the Title of the window. What is displayed in the Title Bar.

5. Create a new string value "LegalNoticeText"

6. Enter the text for your message box that will appear even before the
Logon window.

Hide File In Image

1. Gather the file you wish to bind, and the image file, and place them in a
folder. I will be using C:\New Folder
-The image will hereby be referred to in all examples as fluffy.jpg
-The file will hereby be referred to in all examples as New Text

2. Add the file/files you will be injecting into the image into a WinRar .rar
or .zip. From here on this will be referred to as (secret.rar)

3. Open command prompt by going to Start > Run > cmd

4. In Command Prompt, navigate to the folder where your two files are by
cd location [ex: cd C:\New Folder]

5. Type [copy /b fluffy.jpg + secret.rar fluffy.jpg] (remove the brackets)

Congrats, as far as anyone viewing is concerned, this file looks like a

JPEG, acts like a JPEG, and is a JPEG, yet it now contains your file.

In order to view/extract your file, there are two options that you can take
a) Change the file extension from fluffy.jpg to fluffy.rar, then open and your
file is there
b) Leave the file extension as is, right click, open with WinRar and your file
is there

Start computer in 10 seconds

Right heres what u have to do to turn ur pc on in 10 seconds :

Click on the start button then press R it will take u to Run well go to
runand type Regedit
press enter
this will open Registery Editor
now look for the key


now there find the Key Called

"Startup Delay"
Double Click On It
Now where its Base
Click Decimal
Now its Default Value Is 4800000
Change The Value To 40000
here u go u have done it
now close the Registery Editor and Restart Your Computer
You'll See The Result


There are so many different ways to turn off your Windows XP computer,
let's look at some of them:

1. The standard approach - click the Start Button with your mouse, then
select the Turn Off menu and finally click the Turn Off icon on the Turn
Off computer dialog. blink.gif

2. Press Ctrl+Esc key or the Win key and press u two times - the fastest

3. Get the Shutdown utility from Download.com - it add the shut down
shortcuts for you. Else create them yourself using approach 4.

4. Create a shutdown shortcut on your desktop. Right click on the

desktop, choose New Shortcut and type shutdown -s -t 00 in the area
where you are asked to specify the location of the program file. Now you
can just double click this icon to turn off the computer. The best
location would be your quick launch bar.

5. Press the Win key + R key to open the run window. Type shutdown -s
-t 00. [s means shutdown while t means the duration after which you
want to initiate the shutdown process].

If some open processes or application won't let you turn off, append a -f
switch to force a shut down by closing all active processes.

6. Win+M to minimize all windows and then Alt+F4 to bring the Turn Off
computer dialog.

7. Open Windows Task manager (by right clicking the Windows Task bar
or Alt+Ctrl+Del) and choose Shut down from the menu. Useful when the
Windows are not responding.

8. open task manager--->click on shutdown--->hold the ctrl key and click

on Turn off::::::: pc will be turned off in 3 secs.. fastest method other
than hard shutdown

Add your own SideBar In Windows Xp !

..Using Windows Xp ? Need a look similar to Vista ? need a sidebar which
contains feeds about your favourite site , then you are in right place ..!
We use a software called MediaTicker , an product from RoXio's to create
your own sidebar . Your Sidebar will look similar to this ....!!

Follow these simple steps :

Download & Install this

Now Open the software installed . It will automatically create a Sidebar

for you .

Now to edit this sidebar , click options on the roxio sidebar . You will see
this !

In the URL add the Feed of your

favourite site . Now you Sidebar shows the Feeds from your favourite site
, as indicated in the Sidebar above, which makes you not to visit the
site , instead you can add in your desktop itself ...! You can place the
sidebar anywhere in the desktop , by selecting the options !

Apart from the Favourite sites , You can also add your Favourite Pictures
From your Pc as sidebar , which makes you to feel good ..!
Thats it your sidebar has been created and the look of your desktop will
look like the Vista.

Create a drive menu for My Computer

Set My Computer to work like a menu for easier access to the drives you
By default, the My Computer item on the Start menu is configured to
work like a standard folder window. If you need to access a specific
drive, select My Computer from the Start menu, wait a moment for
the window to appear, and then double-click the icon for the drive you
need to access.
When you're in a hurry, this two-step procedure can be time-consuming
and frustrating—especially if My Computer contains a large number of
drive icons. However, Windows XP makes it easy for you to configure My
Computer so it works like a menu, with each drive listed as a menu item.

Here's how.
1. click the Start button, and select Properties.
2. Click Customize, which is adjacent to the Start Menu radio button, and
select Advanced.
3. Scroll through the Start Menu Items list box until you see My
4. Select Display As A Menu, and click OK twice.Now, when you select My
Computer from the Start menu, you'll see a menu of individual drives. To
access the contents of that drive, just select the drive letter from the

Folder Lock without any Software

Many people have been looking for a way to lock folders without the use
of any alternative software. So, here you go.

Here is the easy method to lack the folders without using a software.
Open Notepad and copy the below code and save as locker.bat. Please
don't forget to change your password in the code it's shown the place
where to type your password.
Now double click on locker .bat
First time start, it will create folder with Locker automatically for u.
After creation of the Locker folder, place the contents u want to lock
inside the Locker Folder and run locker.bat again. The Locker folder
disappears from the window. To make the folder available again, double
click the locker.bat and enter the password. And you get your folder

title Folder Locker
if EXIST "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B303

09D}" 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

Breaking The XP Password

In case of user password boot the pc in safemode by pressing the F8 key
and then selecting the Safe Mode option. You can now logon as an
administrator and XP wont prompt for the password. Incase of an
administrator account try rebooting the pc in DOS. access
C:\Windows\system32\config\sam . Rename SAM as SAM.mj
Now XP wont ask for password next time You Login. Also

Go to the cmd prompt .

Type net user *.
It will list all the users.
Again type net user "administrator" or the name of the administrator
"name" *.
e.g.: net user aaaaaa *(where aaaaaa is the name).
It will ask for the password.
Type the password and there you are done.
Logging In As Administrator:

Hold the Ctrl-Alt key and press Del twice. This will bring up the normal
login and you can log on as Administrator.

To unhide the Administrator account so it does show up:

Start Regedit

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \

CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList

Unhide the Administrator key by giving it a value of 1

Changing the Title on Windows Media Player

You can change the title bar for the Windows Media Player

1. Start Regedit

2. Go to HKEY_USERS \ .DEFAULT \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \


3. Create a string value of TitleBar

4. Give it a value of whatever you want to appear in the title bar

Normally it takes a hell lot of time just Shutting down Windows, you have to
move your mouse to the Start Button, click on it, move it again over Shut
Down, click, then move it over the necessary option and click, then move
the cursor over the OK button and once again (you guessed it) click.This
whole process can be shortened by creating shortcuts on the Desktop
which will shut down Windows at the click of a button. Start by creating a
new shortcut( right click and select New> Shortcut). Then in the command
line box, type (without the quotes.)

'C:\windows\rundll.exe user.exe,exitwindowsexec'

This Shortcut on clicking will restart Windows immediately without any

Warning. To create a Shortcut to Restarting Windows, type the following in
the Command Line box:

'c:\windows\rundll.exe user.exe,exitwindows'

This Shortcut on clicking will shut down Windows immediately without any

Ban Shutdowns : A trick to Play on Lamers

This is a neat trick you can play on that lamer that has a huge ego, in this
section I teach you, how to disable the Shut Down option in the Shut Down
Dialog Box. This trick involves editing the registry, so please make
backups. Launch regedit.exe and go to :

In the right pane look for the NoClose Key. If it is not already there then
create it by right clicking in the right pane and selecting New > String
Value.(Name it NoCloseKey ) Now once you see the NoCloseKey in the
right pane, right click on it and select Modify. Then Type 1 in the Value
Data Box.

Doing the above on a Win98 system disables the Shut Down option in the
Shut Down Dialog Box. But on a Win95 machine if the value of
NoCloseKey is set to 1 then click on the Start > Shut Down button displays
the following error message:

This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this

computer. Please contact your system administrator.

You can enable the shut down option by changing the value of
NoCloseKey to 0 or simply deleting the particular entry i.e. deleting

Instead of performing the above difficult to remember process, simply save

the following with an extension of .reg and add it's contents to the registry
by double clicking on it.




Disabling Display of Drives in My Computer

This is yet another trick you can play on your geek friend. To disable the
display of local or networked drives when you click My Computer go to :


Now in the right pane create a new DWORD item and name it NoDrives.
Now modify it's value and set it to 3FFFFFF (Hexadecimal) Now press F5
to refresh. When you click on My Computer, no drives will be shown. To
enable display of drives in My Computer, simply delete this DWORD item.
It's .reg file is as follows:



Take Over the Screen Saver

To activate and deactivate the screen saver whenever you want, goto the
following registry key:


Now add a new string value and name it Mouse Corners. Edit this new
value to -Y-N. Press F5 to refresh the registry. Voila! Now you can activate
your screensaver by simply placing the mouse cursor at the top right
corner of the screen and if you take the mouse to the bottom left corner of
the screen, the screensaver will deactivate.

Pop a banner each time Windows Boots

To pop a banner which can contain any message you want to display just
before a user is going to log on, go to the key:


Now create a new string Value in the right pane named

LegalNoticeCaption and enter the value that you want to see in the Menu
Bar. Now create yet another new string value and name it:
LegalNoticeText. Modify it and insert the message you want to display
each time Windows boots. This can be effectively used to display the
company's private policy each time the user logs on to his NT box. It's .reg
file would be:


"LegalNoticeCaption"="Caption here."

Delete the Tips of the Day to save 5KB

Windows 95 had these tips of the day which appeared on a system

running a newly installed Windows OS. These tips of the day are stored in
the Windows Registry and consume 5K of space. For those of you who are
really concerned about how much free space your hard disk has, I have
the perfect trick.

To save 5K go to the following key in Regedit:


Now simply delete these tricks by selecting and pressing the DEL key.

Change the Default Locations

To change the default drive or path where Windows will look for it's
installation files, go to the key:


Now you can edit as you wish.

Secure your Desktop Icons and Settings

You can save your desktop settings and secure it from your nerdy friend by
playing with the registry. Simply launch the Registry Editor go to:


In the right pane create a new DWORD Value named NoSaveSettings and
modify it's value to 1. Refresh and restart for the settings to get saved.

CLSID Folders Explained

Don't you just hate those stubborn stupid icons that refuse to leave the
desktop, like the Network Neighborhood icon. I am sure you want to know
how you can delete them. You may say, that is really simple, simply right
click on the concerned icon and select Delete. Well not exactly, you see
when you right click on these special folders( see entire list below)neither
the rename nor the delete option does not appear. To delete these folders,
there are two methods, the first one is using the System Policy
Editor(Poledit in the Windows installation CD)and the second is using the

Before we go on, you need to understand what CLSID values are. These
folders, like the Control Panel, Inbox, The Microsoft Network, Dial Up
Networking etc are system folders. Each system folder has a unique
CLSID key or the Class ID which is a 16-byte value which identifies an
individual object that points to a corresponding key in the registry.

To delete these system Folders from the desktop simply go to the following
registry key:


To delete an icon simply delete the 16 byte CLSID value within

"NameSpace". The following are the CLSID values of the most commonly
used icons:

My Briefcase:{85BBD920-42AO-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}

Desktop: {00021400-0000-0000-C000-0000000000046}

Control Panel:{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}


Fonts: {BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948534}

Inbox :{00020D76-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

My Computer :{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Network Neighborhood:{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-O8002B30309D}

Printers :{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-O8002B30309D}

Recycle Bin :{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

The Microsoft Network:{00028B00-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

History: {FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}

Winzip :{E0D79300-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}

For example, to delete the Recycle Bin, first note down it's CLSID value,
which is: 645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E. Now go to the
Namespace key in the registry and delete the corresponding key.


Similarly to delete the History folder, delete the following key:


Sometimes, you may need to play a trick on your brother or friend, well this
one teaches you how to hide all icons from the Desktop. Go to the
following registry key:


In the right pane create a new DWORD value by the name: NoDesktop
and set its value to: 1. Reboot and you will find no icons on the desktop.

Till now you simply learnt how to delete the special system folders by
deleting a registry key, but the hack would have been better if there was a
way of adding the DELETE and RENAME option to the right click context
menus of these special folders. You can actually change the right click
context menu of any system folder and add any of the following options:

This hack too requires you to know the CLSID value of the system folder
whose menu you want to customize. In this section, I have taken up
Recycle Bin as the folder whose context menu I am going to edit.

Firstly launch the registry editor and open the following registry key:

In Case you want to edit some other folder like say the FONTS folder, then
you will open the following key:


In the right pane there will be a DWORD value names attributes. Now
consider the following options:

To add the Rename option to the menu, change the value of Attributes to
50 01 00 20

To add the Delete option to the menu, change the value of Attributes to
60 01 00 20

3. To add both the Rename & Delete options to the menu, change the
value of Attributes to 70,01,00,20

4. Add Copy to the menu, change Attributes to 41 01 00 20

5. Add Cut to the menu, change Attributes to 42 01 00 20

6. Add Copy & Cut to the menu, change Attributes to 43 01 00 20

7. Add Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 44 01 00 20

8. Add Copy & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 45 01 00 20

9. Add Cut & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 46 01 00 20

10.Add all Cut, Copy & Paste to the menu, change Attributes to 47 01 00

We want to add only the Rename option to the right click context menu of
the Recycle Bin, so change the value of attributes to: 50 01 00 20. Press
F5 to refresh and then after rebooting you will find that when you right click
on the Recycle Bin a RENAME option pops up too.

To reset the default Windows options change the value of Attributes back
40 01 00 20

The Registry File which one can create for the above process would be
something like the below:




To access say the Modem Properties in the Control Panel Folder, the
normal procedure is: Click on Start, Click on Settings> Control Panel and
then wait for the Control Panel window to pop up and then ultimately click
on the Modems icon.

Wouldn't it be lovely if you could shorten the process to: Click on Start>
Control Panel>Modems. Yes you can add the Control Panel and also all
other Special System Folders directly to the first level Start Menu. Firstly
collect the CLSID value of the folder you want to add to the start menu. I
want to add Control Panel hence the CLSID value is: 21EC2020-3AEA-

Now right click on the Start Button and select Open. Now create a new
folder and name it: Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-

NOTE: Do not forget the period after the 'l' in Panel. Similarly all system
folders can be added to the Start Menu.(accept My Briefcase, I think)

Deleting System Options from the Start menu

You can actually remove the Find and Run options from the start menu by
performing a simple registry hack. Again like always Launch the registry
editor and scroll down to the below key:


Right-click on the right pane and select New, DWORD Value. Name it
NoFind.(To remove the RUN option name it NoRun). Double-click the
newly create DWORD to edit it's value and enter 1 as its value. This will
disable the FIND option of the Start Menu and will also disable the default
Shortcut key(F3 for Find.)

To restore the Run or find command modify the value of the DWORD to 0
or simply Delete the DWORD value.

Fed Up of the boring Old Yellow Folder Icons?[Drive Icons Included]

NOTE: This trick hasn't been tried on Win98.

You can easily change the boring yellow folder icons to your own
personalized icons. Simply create a text file and copy the following lines
into it:



Save this text file by the name, desktop.ini in the folder, whose icon you
want to change. Now to prevent this file from getting deleted change it's
attributes to Hidden and Read Only by using the ATTRIB command.

To change the icon of a drive, create a text file containing the following



Save this file in the root of the drive whose icon you want to change and
name it autorun.inf For Example, if you want to change the icon of a floppy,
SAVE THE icon in a:\icon_name.ico One can also create a kewl icon for
the Hard Disk and create a text file [autorun.inf] and store it in "c:\".

Securing NT

By default, NT 4.0 displays the last person who logged onto the system.
This can be considered to be a security threat, especially in the case of
those who choose their password to be same as their Username. To
disable this bug which actually is a feature, go to the following key in the
registry editor:


Click and select the ReportBookOK item and create a new string value
called DontDisplayLastUserName. Modify it and set it's value to 1.

As a system administrator, you can ensure that the passwords chosen by

the users are not too lame or too easy to guess. NT has this lovely utility
called the User Manager which allows the administrator to set the age limit
of the password which forces the users to change the password after a
certain number of days. You can also set the minimum length of
passwords and prevent users to use passwords which already have been
used earlier and also enable account lockouts which will deactivate an
account after a specified number of failed login attempts.

When you log on to Win NT, you should disable Password Caching, this
ensures Single NT Domain login and also prevents secondary Windows
Logon screen.

Simply copy the following lines to a plain text ASCII editor like: Notepad
and save it with an extension, .reg






To Enable Password Caching use the following .reg file:





Cleaning Recent Docs Menu and the RUN MRU

The Recent Docs menu can be easily disabled by editing the Registry. To
do this go to the following Key:


Now in the right pane, create a new DWORD value by the name:
NoRecentDocsMenu and set it's value to 1. Restart Explorer to save the

You can also clear the RUN MRU history. All the listings are stored in the


You can delete individual listings or the entire listing. To delete History of
Find listings go to:

plorer\Doc Find Spec MRU

and delete.

Customizing the Right Click Context Menu of the Start Menu

When you right click on the start menu, only 3 options pop up: Open,
Explore, and Find. You can add your own programs to this pop up
menu( which comes up when we right click on it.) Open Regedit and go to
the following registry key:


Right click on the shell and create a new Sub Key (You can create a new
SubKey by right clicking on the Shell Key and selecting New > Key.). Type
in the name of the application you want to add to the start menu. I want to
add Notepad to the Start Menu and hence I name this new sub key,
Notepad. Now right click on the new registry key that you just created and
create yet another new key named Command. Enter the full path of the
application, in this case Notepad in the default value of Command in the

pane. So I Modify the value of the default string value and enter the full
pathname of Notepad:


Now press F5 to refresh. Now if you right click on the Start Button you will
find a new addition to the Pop Up Menu called Notepad. Clicking on it will
launch Notepad.

We can not only add but also remove the existing options in this pop up

To delete the Find option, go to the following registry key:


Delete Find. DO NOT delete Open else you will not be able to open any
folders in the Start Menu like Programs, Accessories etc.

BMP Thumbnail As Icon

You can actually change the default BMP icon to a thumbnail version of
the actual BMP file. To do this simply go to HKCU\Paint.Picture\Default. In
the right pane change the value of default to %1. Please note however that
this will slow down the display rate in explorer if there are too many BMP
thumbnails to display. You can use other icons too, simply enter the
pathname.To restore back to the normal change the vale of default back
to: C:\Progra~1\Access~1\MSPAINT.EXE,1.

Customizing The Shortcut Arrow

All shortcuts have a tiny black arrow attached to it's icon to distinguish from
normal files. This arrow can sometimes be pretty annoying and as a
Hacker should know how to change each and everything, here goes
another trick. Launch the Registry Editor and go to:

n\explorer\Shell Icons.
Now, on the right pane is a list of icons ( we found out that on some
systems, Windows 98 especially, the right pane is blank. Don't worry, just
add the value as required ). Find the value 29. If it isn't there, just add it.
The value of this string should be C:\Windows\system\shell32.dll, 29
( which means the 30th icon in shell32.dll - the first one begins with 0 ).
Now, we need blank icon to do this. Just create one with white as the
whole icon. Go here to learn how to create an icon. Once done just change
the value to C:\xxx.ico, 0 where "xxx" is the full path of the icon file and "0"
is the icon in it.

Now for some fun. If the blank icon is a bit boring, change it again. You will
find that under shell32.dll there is a gear icon, a shared folder ( the hand )
and much more. Experiment for yourself!

Use Perl to Get List or Services Running on your NT box

Use the following Perl Script to get a list of Services running on your NT



use Win32::Service;

my ($key, %service, %status, $part);

Win32::Service::GetServices(' ',\%services);

foreach $key (sort keys %services) {

print "Print Name\t: $key, $services{$key}\n";

Win32::Service::GetStatus( ' ',$services{$key};


foreach $part (keys %status) {

print "\t$part : $status{$part}\n" if($part eq "CurrentState");



Internet Explorer Tricks and Tips

Resizable Full Screen Toolbar

The Full Screen option increases the viewable area and makes surfing
more enjoyable but sometimes we need the Toolbar but also need to have
extra viewing area. Now this hack teaches you how to change the size of
the Internet Explorer toolbar. This registry hack is a bit complicated as it
involves Binary values, so to make it simple, I have included the following
registry file which will enable the resizable option of the Internet Explorer
toolbar which was present in the beta version of IE.


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar]






HACKING TRUTH: Internet Explorer 5 displays the friendly version of

HTTP errors like NOT FOUND etc . They are aimed at making things
easier for newbies. If you would rather prefer to see the proper error pages
for the web server you're using, go to Tools, Internet Options and select
the Advanced tab. Then scroll down and uncheck the Show friendly http
errors box.

Making the Internet Explorer & the Explorer Toolbars Fancy

The Internet Explorer toolbar looks pretty simple. Want to make it fancy
and kewl? Why not add a background image to it. To do this kewl hack
launch the Windows Registry Editor and go to the following key:

Now in the right pane create a new String Value and name it BackBitmap
and modify it's value to the path of the Bitmap you want to dress it up with
by rightclicking on it and choosing Modify. When you reboot the Internet
Explorer and the Windows Explorer toolbars will have a new look.

Change Internet Explorer's Caption

Don't like the caption of Internet Explorer caption? Want to change it?
Open the registry editor and go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.

In the right pane create a new String Value names Window Title (Note the
space between Window and Title). Right click on this newly created String
Value and select Modify. Type in the new caption you want to be
displayed. Restart for the settings to take place.

Now let's move on to some Outlook Express Tricks.

Colorful Background

Don't like the boring background colors of Outlook Express? To change it

launch the Windows Registry Editor and scroll down to the

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Mail And News key.

On the left pane, click on ColorCycle or select Edit and Modify in the menu.
Now change the value to 1. Close and restart. Now, launch Outlook
Express and whenever you open up a New Message, hold down ctrl-shift
and tap the z key to scroll to change the background color. Repeat the
keystroke to cycle through the colors.

Internet Explorer 5 Hidden Features

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 has several hidden features which can be
controlled using the Windows Registry. Open your registry and scroll down
to the following key:


Create a new DWORD value named x(See complete list of values of x

below) and modify it's value to 1 to enable it and to 0 to disable it.

NoBrowserClose : Disable the option of closing Internet Explorer.

NoBrowserContextMenu : Disable right-click context menu.

NoBrowserOptions : Disable the Tools / Internet Options menu.

NoBrowserSaveAs : Disable the ability to Save As.

NoFavorites : Disable the Favorites.

NoFileNew : Disable the File / New command.

NoFileOpen : Disable the File / Open command.

NoFindFiles : Disable the Find Files command.

NoSelectDownloadDir : Disable the option of selecting a download


NoTheaterMode : Disable the Full Screen view option.

Hacking Secrets

Almost all system administrators make certain changes and make the
system restricted. System Administrators can hide the RUN option, the
FIND command, the entire Control Panel, drives in My Computer like D: A:
etc. They can even restrict activities of a hacker my disabling or hiding,
even the tiniest options or tools.

Most commonly these restrictions are imposed locally and are controlled
by the Windows Registry. But sometimes the smart system administrators
control the activities of the hacker by imposing restrictions remotely
through the main server.
Poledit or Policy Editor is a small kewl tool which is being commonly used
by system administrators to alter the settings of a system. This utility is not
installed by default by Windows. You need to install in manually from the
Windows 98 Installation Kit from the Resource Kit folder. user.dat file that
we saw earlier.

The Policy Editor tool imposes restrictions on the user's system by editing
the user.dat file which in turn means that it edits the Windows Registry to
change the settings. It can be used to control or restrict access to each
and every folder and option you could ever think of. It has the power to
even restrict access to individual folders, files, the Control Panel, MS DOS,
the drives available etc. Sometimes this software does make life really
hard for a Hacker. So how can we remove the restrictions imposed by the
Policy Editor? Well read ahead to learn more.

You see the Policy Editor is not the only way to restrict a user's activities.
As we already know that the Policy Editor edits the Windows
Registry(user.dat) file to impose such restrictions. So this in turn would
mean that we can directly make changes to the Windows Registry using
a .reg file or directly to remove or add restrictions.

Launch Regedit and go to the following Registry Key:


Under this key, there will definitely be a key named explorer. Now under
this explorer key we can create new DWORD values and modify it's value
to 1 in order to impose the restriction. If you want to remove the
Restriction, then you can simply delete the respective DWORD values or
instead change their values to 0. The following is a list of DWORD values
that can be created under the Explorer Key-:

NoDeletePrinter: Disables Deletion of already installed Printers

NoAddPrinter: Disables Addition of new Printers

NoRun : Disables or hides the Run Command

NoSetFolders: Removes Folders from the Settings option on Start Menu

(Control Panel, Printers, Taskbar)

NoSetTaskbar: Removes Taskbar system folder from the Settings option

on Start Menu

NoFind: Removes the Find Tool (Start >Find)

NoDrives: Hides and does not display any Drives in My Computer

NoNetHood: Hides or removes the Network Neighborhood icon from the


NoDesktop: Hides all items including, file, folders and system folders from
the Desktop

NoClose: Disables Shutdown and prevents the user from normally shutting
down Windows.

NoSaveSettings: Means to say, 'Don't save settings on exit'

DisableRegistryTools: Disable Registry Editing Tools (If you disable this

option, the Windows Registry Editor(regedit.exe) too

will not work.)

NoRecentDocsHistory: Removes Recent Document system folder from the

Start Menu (IE 4 and above)

ClearRecentDocsOnExit: Clears the Recent Documents system folder on


Nolnternetlcon: Removes the Internet (system folder) icon from the


Under the same key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/CurrentVersion/Policies you
can create new subkeys other than the already existing Explorer key. Now
create a new key and name it System. Under this new key, system we can
create the following new DWORD values(1 for enabling the particular
option and 0 for disabling the particular option):

NODispCPL: Hides Control Panel

NoDispBackgroundPage: Hides Background page.

NoDispScrsavPage: Hides Screen Saver Page

NoDispAppearancePage: Hides Appearance Page

NoDispSettingsPage: Hides Settings Page

NoSecCPL: Disables Password Control Panel

NoPwdPage: Hides Password Change Page

NoAdminPaqe: Hides Remote Administration Page

NoProfilePage: Hides User Profiles Page

NoDevMgrPage: Hides Device Manager Page

NoConfigPage: Hides Hardware Profiles Page

NoFileSysPage: Hides File System Button

NoVirtMemPage: Hides Virtual Memory Button

Similarly, if we create a new subkey named Network, we can add the

following DWORD values under it(1 for enabling the particular option and 0
for disabling the particular option):

NoNetSetupSecurityPage: Hides Network Security Page

NoNelSetup: Hides or disables the Network option in the Control Panel

NoNetSetupIDPage: Hides the Identification Page

NoNetSetupSecurityPage: Hides the Access Control Page

NoFileSharingControl: Disables File Sharing Controls

NoPrintSharing: Disables Print Sharing Controls

Similarly, if we create a new subkey named WinOldApp, we can add the

following DWORD values under it(1 for enabling the particular option and 0
for disabling the particular option):

Disabled: Disable MS-DOS Prompt

NoRealMode: Disable Single-Mode MS-DOS.

So you see if you have access to the Windows Registry, then you can
easily create new DWORD values and set heir value to 1 for enabling the
particular option and 0 for disabling the particular option. But Sometimes,
access to the Windows Registry is blocked. So what do you do? Go to the
Windows Directory and delete either user.dat or system.dat (These 2 files
constitute the Windows Registry.) and reboot. As soon as Windows logs in,
it will display a Warning Message informing you about an error in the
Windows Registry. Simply ignore this Warning Message and Press
CTRL+DEL+ALT to get out of this warning message.(Do not press OK)
You will find that all restrictions have been removed.

The most kind of restriction found quite commonly is the Specific Folder
Restriction, in which users are not allowed access to specific folders, the
most common being the Windows folder, or sometimes even access to My
Computer is blocked. In effect, you simply cannot seem to access the
important kewl files which are needed by you to do remove restrictions.
What do you? Well use the RUN command. (START >RUN). But
unfortunately a system administrator who is intelligent enough to block
access to specific folder, would definitely have blocked access to the RUN
command. Again we are stuck.

Windows is supposed to be the most User Friendly Operating System on

earth. (At least Microsoft Says so.)

It gives the User an option to do the same thing in various ways. You see
the RUN command is only the most convenient option of launching
applications, but not the only way. In Windows you can create shortcuts to
almost anything from a file, folder to a Web URL. So say your system
administrator has blocked access to the c:\windows\system folder and you
need to access it. What do you do? Simply create a Shortcut to it. To do
this right click anywhere on the desktop and select New > Shortcut. A new
window titled Create Shortcut pops up. Type in the path of the restricted
folder you wish to access, in this case c:\windows\system. Click Next,
Enter the friendly name of the Shortcut and then click Finish. Now you can
access the restricted folder by simply double clicking on the shortcut icon.
Well that shows how protected and secure *ahem Windows *ahem is.


HACKING TRUTH: Sometimes when you try to delete a file or a folder,

Windows displays an error message saying that the file is protected. This
simply means that the file is write protected, or in other words the R option
is +. Get it? Anyway, you can stop Windows from displaying this error
message and straightaway delete this file by changing its attributes to Non
Read Only. This can be done by Right Clicking on the file, selecting
Properties and then

unselecting the Read Only Option.


There is yet another way of accessing restricted folders. Use see, DOS
has a lovely command known as START. Its general syntax is:

START application_path

It does do what it seems to do, start applications. So in you have access to

DOS then you can type in the START command to get access to the
restricted folder. Now mostly access to DOS too would be blocked. So
again you can use the shortcut trick to launch, c:\command.com or
c:\windows\command.com. (Command.com is the file which launches MS

Accessing Restricted Drives.

The problem with most system administrators is that they think that the
users or Hackers too are stupid. Almost all system administrators use the
Registry Trick (Explained Earlier) to hide all drives in My Computer. So in
order to unhide or display all drives, simply delete that particular key.(Refer
to beginning of Untold Secrets Section.)

Some systems have the floppy disk disabled through the BIOS. On those
systems if the BIOS is protected, you may need to crack the BIOS
password. (For that Refer to the Windows Hacking Chapter). Sometimes
making drives readable (Removing R +) and then creating Shortcuts to
them also helps us to get access to them.

Further Changing your Operating System's Looks by editing .htt files

If you have installed Windows Desktop Update and have the view as Web
Page option enabled, you can customise the way the folder looks by
selecting View > Customise this folder. Here you can change the
background and other things about that particular folder. Well that is pretty
lame, right? We hackers already know things as lame as that. Read on for
some kewl stuff.

Well, you could also change the default that is stored in a Hidden HTML
Template file (I think so..) which is nothing but a HTML document with a
.htt extension. This .htt file is found at: %systemroot%\web\folder.htt.

The %systemroot% stands for the drive in which Windows is Installed,

which is normally C:

You can edit these .htt files almost just like you edit normal .HTM or .HTML
files. Simply open them in an ASCII editor like Notepad. The following is a
list of .htt files on your system which control various folders and which can
be edited to customise the way various folders look.

controlp.htt Control Panel

printers.htt Printers

mycomp.htt My Computer

safemode.htt Safe Mode

Display a banner each time Windows boots

1. Start -> Run

2. Type regedit
3. Go to the
key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curre
4. Create a new string value in the right pane
named LegalNoticeCaption and enter the value that you want to
see in the menubar
5. Create a new string value and name it LegalNoticeText. Modify it
and insert the message you want to display each time
Windows boots.
Shutting down Windows the fastest way

1. Start -> Run

2. Type rundll.exe user.exe,exitwindows

Startup Screen

1. Create a 320x400 bitmap in the root directory and name it

2. You can use LOGOW.SYS file in the Windows directory as a

Logoff Screens

1. There are many system file that constitutes Lofoff screen.

2. They are actually bitmaps 320x400 that just have a different
3. The hidden file in the root directory LOGO.SYS is the startup
4. There are two files in the Windows directory.
5. LOGOW.SYS is the Wait while Shutting down ... screen.
6. LOGOS.SYS is the You may now shut-off or Reboot screen.
7. Make two new image files of your chice in Paint and name it as
LOGOW.SYS and LOGOS.SYS and replce the actual windows file
by this two.
8. But make sure they should be of the same size

Double Role Of RecycleBin ...

1. Open My computer.
2. Seclect folder option on the tools tab.
3. Seclect file type option.
4. Seclect the option in the list with [Extention ---None] & [File type---Folder]
don't seclect the [File type--- File folder]

5. Click on the advance button.

6. Now, click on the new button.
7. In the action text space write---Khacking.
8. In application space write---explorer.exe.
9. Press OK thrice.


Double click on the recycle bin icon on the desktop & enjoy double use.

When this setting is enabled, users are no longer able to access the Change Passwords

Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] Value Name: NoPwdPage

Data Type: REG_DWORD Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled) <

Powerful Windows XP Tips

And Tricks...

Set Processes Priority

I.Follow this tip to increase the priority of active processes, this will result in
prioritisation of processes using the CPU.


1.>Go to the second tab called Processes, right click on one of the active processes, you
will see the Set Priority option

2.For example, your Run your CDwriter program , set the priority higher, and guess what,
no crashed CD’s


Imidiate rapid shut down window
while shutting down window. open task manager(Ctr+Alt+Del),
Select shut down tab. and press ‘ Ctrl ‘ key while select Turn Off from dis tab.
Count 5 4 3 2 1 Voila!!! U r window will rapidly shut down.

Speed Up Ur Shut down !!

Start Regedit.

Click on the “Control” Folder.
Select “WaitToKillServiceTimeout”
Right click on it and select Modify.
Set it a value lower than 2000 (Mine is set to 200).

and !

Like previous versions of windows, it takes long time to restart or shutdown windows xp
when the “Exit Windows” sound is enabled. to solve this problem you
must disable this useless sound. click start button then go to settings -> control panel ->
Sound,Speech and Audio devices -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Sounds, then under
program events and windows menu click on “Exit Windows” sub-menu and highlight
it.now from sounds you can select,choose “none” and then click apply and ok. now you
can see some improvements when shutting down your system.
**new **

Crazy !!
Hide ur folders.. never known trick !!!!!!!!!! Disguise them to “Recycle Bin”
Rename any folder with extension {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
if u’ve a folder games
press F2,
then type, “games.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}”
Now see the magic….
then 2 get to original form,
remove the extension using
“ren games.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} games” in dos or as a bat file
and u are done..
10 Most Wanted Windows Registry
Control Panel\Desktop
then select
change 400 to 0


OPEN THE notepad
@echo off
del /s /f /q c:\windows\temp\*.*
rd /s /q c:\windows\temp
md c:\windows\temp
del /s /f /q C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch
del /s /f /q %temp%\*.*
rd /s /q %temp%
md %temp%


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
then change PaintDesktopVersion from 0 to1
Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
then on RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner
you can type any thing you want
then right click on shell and make new key and putit name is
high priority
and then click on high priority and make new key and put it name is
and in the other side modify the value to
c:\WINDOWS\System32\cmd.exe /c start “runhigh”
/high “%1
AND ON THE “ContextMenuHandlers”
Curre ntVersion\Internet Settings
then make 3 new values
MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server value (a)
MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server value (b)
MaxConnectionsPerServer value (a)-
page buffer=100000kbps
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
and type
========================================= =====
or you can share another trick to me??


This article introduce very simple way to get Administrator like account and do the job and after finish recov
that Get Admin Password later in your home by Cracking, After get the Admin Password Create a hidden use
all your jobs free, and Explain how to make a USB Storage Device Bootable corresponding to any system bo
bypass Mother Board password by Default Passwords, and how to extract it if you are in the system
Related Links
2-To Hackers / Security Systems

First All must know that both Hackers /

Security Systems Engineers Are 2 faces to
the same coin Any way, I try this on
Windows XP SP2 I want all to try it on
Windows Server 2003,
Windows Vista Any Windows NT and POST a Message to make all know what versions exactly this idea can

3-Close Look to hole

Microsoft stores all Security Information in many files but the main file is the SAM file (Security Accounts M
contain critical information about users account you can explore the folder
You will find all things and may discover some thing new, but what amazing here is that the file is available,
our idea You will Not be able To copy them Under XP

4-Dose Microsoft Know and Why!?

Yes Microsoft Know all things, and done on purpose why? I always for many years ask my self why Microso
security on their systems from the CD setup to all security aspects In the system, I found(my opinion may wr
need to achieve 2 strategic things
1-They need their software spread and all depend on it and in one day when they feel that they are the One Th
done and all money will go to One Pocket
2-They Forced/Like to Make Some Organizations Hack other systems
They can make this File SAM Unavailable by storing the information in FAT, FAT32, NTFS Areas (Sectors
Operating SYSTEM to Store the Addresses of the files on the HardDisk File Allocation Table) So that it is ha
they don't!!!!!

5-Understand the Idea

The Idea is simple I will explain it manually and it can then be programmed it is so easy here is the idea
The SAM file is available and the SAM file contain a Security Information, so I created a Free Windows XP
account (Administrator Account without password) that means when windows Lunch it Will enter directly to
without asking about any password And windows will store this Account in The SAM file on My PC So the S
PC contain an Account will Make you enter Directly to the Windows, so I will take My SAM File and Replac
we will need the original file to recover our way) It with the other SAM File in The Other System or Machine
restart It will make you enter directly to the Windows With Administrator Like Account ,do what you need a
things to the previous state. All These Steps will be under other system bootable DOS, Knoppiex, Windows L
Windows XP will not make u able to copy the Files

6-Get Admin Like Account (The Simple Way)

1- Download My 2 SAM files I Include them in Downloads

2- Go to the target Machine , and try to Access it and Boot from any device CD-ROM, Floppy.
3- After Get Access to the Boot Command prompt c:> or Boot Live OS CD, Go to the windows folder
$windir$\system32\config And Copy the SAM File and System File (we will need it later) To other folder, Th
$windir$\repair copy SAM file And then Rename the 2 SAM Files to SAM1 in their original places
4- Copy My SAM/config File and Paste it in the windows folder $windir$\system32\config Copy My SAM/R
Paste it in the windows folder $windir$\repair (may this step not required)
5- Reboot and Make windows enter Normally
6- Yeah, No You are in The System
7- Copy the files in step 3 to Floppy Disk or Flash Stick Or Send it to your mail via Internet
8- After finish repeat step 2 and delete My SAM files and Rename Both SAM1 to SAM
9- Reboot , Congratulation you recover your way

7-Crack the SAM-Know the real Admin Password and Apply Hint 8

There is many ways I will introduce 2 ways and explain 1 After you get the SAM File and System File there
That extract the Accounts and their passwords, depending on the idea of cracking the HASH (the HASH is on
encryption method) so that The program will generate random passwords and convert them to HASH and the
the HASHES in the SAM File , so it may take a long time but for fast you will pay more money for ready ma
their user names and passwords the 2 program are
1-L0phtcrack v4.0 (LC4 alternate name) the most famous on the NET
2-SAMInside http://www.insidepro.com/I include on the Downloads
I will explain fast SAMInside
This is the main window press Ctrl+O or by mouse click Import SAM and SYSTEM
Window will open to import the 2 files and the program will start to crack the Accounts and get them, and the
names and their passwords
Any other tool will do the job try all and select your best I Explain here SAMInside because he give me resul
character only password and get it FAST

8-Creat a Hidden User Account

Windows NT / Windows 2000 and Windows XP has a security setting to hide accounts from the Logon Scree
users accounts
Give you another Access Dialog


1-After getting Admin Password enter to the system

2-create an Account with password
3-click start - > Run - > type Regedit press Enter
4-Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE \Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion \Winlogon\SpecialAcco

5- Create a new DWORD Value on the UserList

6-Name it with Name of Account to be Hidden
7-set the Value Data of this DWORD Value to 0 to hide it /1 to appear it
8- close Regedit and Reboot
9- Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete when logon Screen Appear another login dialog appear type You hidden user name
and press Enter


1- the account profile will be visible in \Documents and Settings, But it will be hidden from Logon Screen an
in the control panel
2-there is other method that Inject your Account directly to the Admin SAM without know the Admin Pass, b
you don't Expect the result, so if you want try it (if the password hard to get)
· Esc - It closes the current window.

9-USB Boot for FAT32, NTFS or any File System

HP Always amazing me to do this we need 2 tools

1- HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool v 2.0.6 I include in Downloads If u want to find more go to http://www
2- NTFSDOS Professional Boot Disk Wizard I include in Downloads If u want to find more go to http://www

Just connect your USB Storage


1- Prepare a Startup Disk or Startup CD , Or any Equivalent

2- In the HP tool select the Device->your USB Storage
3- Select File System FAT or FAT32
4- Check "create a DOS startup disk" checkbox and then select option "using DOS System Files Located at"
5- brows your location
6- Click Start
7- Now you have a Bootable USB Storage Device
8- Now in the NTFSDOS Professional Boot Disk Wizard follow the wizard and you will get a NTFS bootabl

Why we need NTFS ?

If the Partition of the Windows System is NTFS so with normal Startup you will not be able to access any file
File System is not Recognized by MS-DOS when we install NTFSDOS Professional on the bootable disk it w
Access any File Under NTFS


Make sure that the option in Mother board Setup of First Boot "USB-Hard Disk" if you want to boot from a U

Add Your Photo To The

Computer Properties...
Related Links To do this:

1. Open Notepad.
2. Type the following:
http://www.basenjoy.comLine2= visit
http://etricks.in for more info
3. Save as “oeminfo.ini” in the System32 folder.
(Without Quote)
4. Create a bmp file(Your Photo) and save it the System32 folder as
“oemlogo.bmp”(Without Quote).The size of the image should be within 180 (wide) x120
(high) pixels
5. Now Check your My Computer Properties.
It’s [...]
You have arranged your desktop to look
nicely with your wallpaper. Presently comes
someone and mess up the nice arrangement.
To lock your desktop icons into place, first
arrange it carefully the way you want it to be,
then open up the registry editor. Go to

Right-click in the right pane and select New, DWORD Value name NoSaveSettings and
press the Enter key. Right-click on the new NoSaveSettings item and select Modify. Enter
1 in the Value data box. After this, whenever you restart Windows, your settings will
return to their current state.

Change And Add Restrictions...

If you want to make restrictions to what users can do or use on their computer without having to run Poledit,
shown below. Zero is Off and the value 1 is On. Example: to Save Windows settings add or modify the value
NoDeletePrinter set to 1 will prevent the user from deleting a printer.

The same key shows up at:

HKEY_USERS\(yourprofilename)\Software\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer so chang

1.Open RegEdit
2.Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Policies
3.Go to the Explorer Key (Additional keys that can be created under Policies are System, Explorer, Network
4.You can then add DWORD or binary values set to 1 in the appropriate keys for ON and 0 for off.
Related Links • NoDeletePrinter - Disables Deletion
of Printers
• NoAddPrinter - Disables Addition
of Printers
• NoRun - Disables Run Command

• NoSetFolders - Removes Folders

from Settings on Start Menu
NoSetTaskbar - Removes Taskbar from Settings on Start Menu
NoFind - Removes the Find Command
NoDrives - Hides Drives in My Computers
NoNetHood - Hides the Network Neighborhood
NoDesktop - Hides all icons on the Desktop
NoClose - Disables Shutdown
NoSaveSettings - Don't save settings on exit
DisableRegistryTools - Disable Registry Editing Tools
NoRecentDocsMenu - Hides the Documents shortcut at the Start button
NoRecentDocsHistory- Clears history of Documents
NoFileMenu _ Hides the Files Menu in Explorer
NoActiveDesktop - No Active Desktop
NoActiveDesktopChanges- No changes allowed
NoInternetIcon - No Internet Explorer Icon on the Desktop
NoFavoritesMenu - Hides the Favorites menu
NoChangeStartMenu _ Disables changes to the Start Menu
NoFolderOptions _ Hides the Folder Options in the Explorer
ClearRecentDocsOnExit - Empty the recent Docs folder on reboot
NoLogoff - Hides the Log Off .... in the Start Menu
And here are a few more you can play with
RestrictRun - Disables all exe programs except those listed in the RestrictRun subkey

This key has many other available keys, there is one to even hide the taskbar, one to hide the control panel an
policies key has a great deal of control over how and what program can run and how one can access what fea

In the System key you can enter:

NoDispCPL - Disable Display Control Panel
NoDispBackgroundPage - Hide Background Page
NoDispScrSavPage - Hide Screen Saver Page
NoDispAppearancePage - Hide Appearance Page
NoDispSettingsPage - Hide Settings Page
NoSecCPL - Disable Password Control Panel
NoPwdPage - Hide Password Change Page
NoAdminPage - Hide Remote Administration Page
NoProfilePage - Hide User Profiles Page
NoDevMgrPage - Hide Device Manager Page
NoConfigPage - Hide Hardware Profiles Page
NoFileSysPage - Hide File System Button
NoVirtMemPage - Hide Virtual Memory Button
In the Network key you can enter:
NoNetSetup - Disable the Network Control Panel
NoNetSetupIDPage - Hide Identification Page
NoNetSetupSecurityPage - Hide Access Control Page
NoFileSharingControl - Disable File Sharing Controls
NoPrintSharing - Disable Print Sharing Controls
In the WinOldApp key you can enter:
Disabled - Disable MS-DOS Prompt
NoRealMode - Disables Single-Mode MS-DOS

To add or remove programs in the Registry

1.Open RegEdit
2.Go to the desired Key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
3. Add a new String Value and name it anything you like
4. For the value data, enter the path and executable for the program you want to run.

By adding the value to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive instead allows the program to start only when tha
once and be removed from the key by Windows.