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Tutorial Menginstal Google Android Live OS

Hampir semua orang pasti pernah mendengar sekarang tentang sistem operasi Android Google yang terkenal, meskipun menyediakan fitur yang cukup menarik sejauh tingkat integrasi dengan berbagai layanan Google yang bersangkutan, masih kurang populer dari sistem operasi lain yang serupa, seperti Symbian atau Windows Mobile. Namun, potensinya jauh lebih mengesankan, mengingat fakta bahwa hal itu dapat dengan mudah berjalan pada sistem x86.

Agar Android OS berjalan di komputer anda, anda bisa memilih dua metode yang berbeda: yang sangat mudah (menggunakan CD boot Live CD, yang berarti bahwa Anda harus membakar file image OS Android ke CD) dan sedikit lebih sulit (menggunakan mesin virtual yang berjalan pada komputer anda, yang, bagaimanapun, jauh lebih menarik, karena tidak melibatkan reboot, sehingga tidak perlu repot menggunakan CD).

Dan dibawah ini adalah rincian metode-metode yang disebutkan di atas:

Metode 1: Burn Live CD

Langkah 1 – Download dua bagian dari Live CD. Iso Disini Part 1, part 2
Langkah 2 – Gabungkan dua segmen ke dalam satu menggunakan aplikasi khusus (penulis merekomendasikan HJSplit untuk menggabungkan file image).
Langkah 3 – Burn yang File Iso ke CD kosong menggunakan pembakar disc favorit Anda (penulis menggunakan Nero 6 “Burn image file to Disc”).
Langkah 4 – Reboot komputer (pastikan bahwa CD-ROM ditempatkan di boot HDD dalam daftar perangkat boot).
Langkah 5 – Tunggu dulu untuk memuat (Android Live CD splash screen mungkin akan memakan waktu cukup lama) dan kemudian voila! Anda telah mendapat sistem operasi Google Android berjalan tanpa masalah pada komputer Anda.

Metode 2: Menjalankan OS Android pada mesin virtual pada komputer Anda

Sementara metode kedua ini agak sedikit lebih sulit daripada yang pertama, itu juga jauh lebih menguntungkan, karena akan memungkinkan Anda untuk menjalankan aplikasi lain pada waktu yang sama dengan Android.

Hal pertama yang harus Anda lakukan adalah menginstal aplikasi mesin virtual, jika Anda tidak memiliki satu sudah terinstal. Sebagai contoh, Penulis mengunakan Sun VirtualBox, hanya karena menyediakan dukungan jaringan tanpa memaksa kita untuk bermain-main lagi dengan pengaturan dan prompt perintah.

Selain itu, Anda juga harus memasang optical drive emulator perangkat lunak untuk mendapatkan LiveCD berjalan dalam mesin virtual (tentu saja, yang tergantung pada mesin virtual yang Anda gunakan. Penulis menggunakan Daemon Tools Lite )

Berikut ini adalah langkah-langkah yang harus Anda ikuti untuk dapat menjalankan Android dari komputer Anda sendiri secara langsung. Ini adalah langkah umum kasar, tapi penulis sangat yakin Anda akan mendapatkan menguasainya cukup cepat.

Langkah 1 – Download dua bagian dari Live CD. Iso file dari halaman web android (link yang diberikan di atas).
Langkah 2 – Gabungkan dua segmen ke dalam satu menggunakan aplikasi khusus (HJsplit link disertakan diatas).
Langkah 3 – Download dan install perangkat sun virtualbox.
Langkah 4 – Download dan instal CD / DVD emulator.
Langkah 5 – Mount image LiveCD ke CD / DVD emulator.
Langkah 6 – Membuat mesin virtual yang baru dengan menggunakan software virtualisasi (Untuk hasil yang baik alokasikan setidaknya 256MB RAM, sementara ruang HDD tidak begitu penting, tetapi harus memiliki setidaknya beberapa ratus MB).
Langkah 7 – Di dalam software virtualisasi, pilih virtual drive pada LiveCD gambar yang telah di-mount sebagai boot drive.
Langkah 8 – Buat mesin virtual.

Setelah menyelesaikan langkah 8, mesin virtual mulai boot up. Di sana, Anda akan dapat mengakses Android OS, meskipun terdapat fitur2 yg dikurangi.

Namun LiveCD ini kebanyakan ditujukan pada para pengembang, yang sebenarnya harus membuat aplikasi untuk sistem operasi ini, sehingga user normal tidak akan mendapatkan keuntungan terlalu banyak dari itu, terlepas dari kemungkinan untuk melihat lebih dekat pada apa yang mereka harus harapkan dari OS berbasis Google.

Selamat Mencoba!!!!

Membuat SMADAV Free 7.5 menjadi Pro

Untuk menjadikan smadav 7.5 anda menjadi pro dibutuhkan trik khusus, karena di smadav 7.5 ini kalau hanya dengan key saja, tanpa disertai triknya, kemungkinan besar key tersebut akan ditolak oleh smadav. (Makin canggih ni smadav, ,hehe)

Trik Mengubah Smadav 7.5 Free Menjadi Pro ini sebenarnya tidak lah sulit, sobat blogger hanya perlu membaca dan mengikuti instruksi yang saya berikan dengan teliti dan cermat. Oke,, kalau begitu kita langsung aja menuju ke pokok pembahasan.

Sebelum anda menginstal smadav 7.5 (bila sudah terlanjur menginstalnya, silahkan hapus dan ganti dengan smadav 7.4 kembali) atau kalau yang masih menggunakan smadav 7.4, langsung aja sobat blogger masuk ke menu setting, kemudian klik unregister.

Buat sobat blogger yang baru saja menginstal kembali smadav 7.4 silahkan masukan nama dan key di bawah ini.

Nama : hackcenter.wordpress.com
Key : 083810825472

ATAU

Nama : iloovufull
Key : 098810807000

Catatan : key diatas merupakan key smadav 7.4 yang saya poting beberapa waktu yang lalu.

Kini pastinya smadav 7.4 anda telah menjadi pro?? bila sudah menjadi pro, kemudian klik unregister (smadav akan menjadi free lagi, karena ini merupakan bagian dari trik nya)

Bila smadav 7.4 anda sudah menjadi free kembali, kemudian masukan nama dan key berikut :

Nama : [C]ara [C]urang dan [P]rogram [b]ajakan
Key : 299921696441

Sudah anda masukan?? sekarang coba sobat blogger instal smadav 7.5 nya dengan cara klik 2x file tersebut. (smadav 7.4 jangan dihapus, tapi dibiarkan saja, karena akan tertimpa dengan smadav 7.5 nya)

DOWNLOAD TUTORIAL LENGKAP SMADAV PRO DISINI

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How to play DOS games on Windows 7

Today we are trying something oldschool. If you ever wanted to know how to play DOS games on Windows 7, you will find out how today. For this example I will download and install the DOS game Themepark on Windows 7. Back to the roots!

How to play DOS Games on Windows 7

Installing DOS Games on Windows 7

To install DOS games on Windows 7, you will first need a DOS emulator. The DOSBOX is one of the best DOS emulators that works with Vista x86/x64 and Windows 7 x86/x64.

You can download the DOSBOX for free from their official website:
Download DOSBOX (yes, this also works on Solaris and Gentoo)

After downloading and installing the DOSBOX, start it via the Start menu.

DOS on Windows 7: DOSBOX

Oh yea, that’s DOS!!! I kinda missed the DOS interface ;)

Ok, next we have to mount the folder with our DOS games that we want to play on Windows 7.
No worries, it’s really simple and everyone can do it.

Create folder with DOS games

1. Create a new folder and copy your DOS games into the folder. I created my folder on C:/ and named it “DOSGAMES”, but feel free to create it somewhere else.

Mount drive

2. Switch back to your DOSBOX and enter the following line:

MOUNT C C:\DOSGAMES

Mount C: DOSGAMES

Sidenote: To make a backslash hold down ALT + 092. In this case it is not needed.

Switch to drive

3. Switch to your mounted drive by entering “C:”

Switch to mounted drive

CD to DOS Gamefolder

4. CD to your DOS game. Enter “CD DOSGAMEFOLDERNAME” (replace DOSGAMEFOLDERNAME with the actual folder name of your DOS game. In our example it would “CD themepark”.

CD stands for ChangeDirectory and allows you to switch the folder of your DOS game. Keep in mind that DOS folders can only have 8 characters (yes, old systems like DOS only allowed up to 8 characters for each folder or filename). If you want to CD to “themepark”, this is going to happen:

DOS Game Foldername too long
“directoryname is longer than 8 characters and/or contains spaces.”

5. Simply rename your folder to “themep” and then repeat step 4.

Install the DOS game

6. (Optional) Enter install.exe to install the DOS game on Windows 7.

CD into themepark DOS game

Sidenote: You don’t have to install themepark to play it.

How to play Themepark on Windows 7

If you want to play themepark, you don’t have to install it, you can simply run it.

Follow steps 1-5 and then enter “main” to run the game.

How to play themepark on Windows 7

Themepark: DOS games on Windows 7

Where to download DOS games for Windows 7?

You can find plenty of the old-school DOS games on http://dosgamer.com/top50/.
Themepark can be downloaded from there as well.

TOP 50 DOS games

1.Theme Park
2. Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus
3. FIFA International Soccer
4. Flashback The Quest for Identity
5. Elvira III Waxworks
6. Classic Concentration II
7. Ford Simulator: 5.0
8. Ford Simulator: III
9. Ford Simulator: II
10. Ford Simulator: I
11. Simusex
12. Three Sisters’ Story
13. Knights of Xentar
14. Interactive Girls
15. Classic Concentration
16. Marble Cooking
17. Leather Goddesses of Phobos II
18. Duke Nukem
19. Kings Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
20. Doom II: Hell on Earth
21. Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition
22. Sex Olympics
23. Theme Hospital
24. Kings Quest VII: The Princless Bride
25. Wolfenstein 3D
26. Quake
27. Ladylove
28. Cover Girl Strip Poker
29. Leisure Suit Larry I: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards
30. Jones in the Fast Lane
31. Kings Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder
32. 1994 Penthouse Pet of the Year Play-off
33. Duke Nukem II
34. Aladdin 1693 Downloads
35. Sim City 2000
36. Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
37. Strip Poker III
38. Sam & Max Hit the Road
39. X-COM: Apocalypse
40. Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
41. Cobra Mission
42. Command & Conquer
43. Doom III: Mr Smiley Heads Safari
44. Warcraft I: Orcs and Humans
45. Quest for Glory
46. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego Enhanced
47. Metal & Lace
48. Porntris
49. Angel
50. Police Quest IV: Open Season

source : http://windows7themes.net/how-to-play-dos-games-on-windows-7.html

Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 + DOS 7.xx/8.00 ©Tricks + Secrets

MDGx
©Tricks + Secrets Files UPDATES
W95-11DW95-11D

W95-11D.EXE + W95-11D.ZIP Files Updates
Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 + DOS 7.xx/8.00 ©Tricks + Secrets

  1. Updated Win3.1/9x/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003 HOSTS file on 4-24-07.
  2. Added 3 Boot Logos to my Windows 9x/ME Logos collection [1 MB] on on 4-24-07.
  3. Updated Win9x/ME/IE5/IE6 Registry Trick: “ADVANCED OPTIONS GALORE” in REGISTRY.TXT and added ADV_IE.REG on 4-12-07.
  4. New MS-DOS 7.10 DOS + Windows Console Commands text file: DOS7CMD.TXT added on 12-30-06.
  5. Updated Win98 SE Original Registry Trick: “98SE2ME: KILLER REPLACEMENTS: ME -> 98 SE” to include 98MP10.EXE automated installer in TIPS98.TXT on 12-30-06.
  6. Updated Win3.1/9x/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003 HOSTS file on 12-30-06.
  7. Updated Win98 SE Original Registry Trick: “98SE2ME: KILLER REPLACEMENTS: ME -> 98 SE” to include 98SE2XP.EXE + 98SEMP10.EXE automated installers in TIPS98.TXT on 7-18-06.
  8. New 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 Registry Trick: “REGISTRY INCONSISTENCIES, CURIOSITIES + ODDITIES” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 7-3-06.
  9. Added new BitMaP, REGistry + text files: MINI.BMP, ATAPIFIX.REG, CABL98SE.TXT, CABLS95B.TXT, CABLST95.TXT, CABLST98.TXT, CABLSTME.TXT, CALCULAT.TXT, HPTCPIP.TXT, HPTPREAD.TXT + NONREG.TXT on 2-21-06.
  10. Added 6 Boot Logos to my Windows 9x/ME Logos collection [1 MB] on on 11-24-05.
  11. Added 1 Boot Logo to my Windows 9x/ME Logos collection [997 KB] on on 10-17-05.
  12. Added 1 animated Boot Logo to my Windows 9x/ME Logos collection [988 KB] on 8-20-05.
  13. Added 2 animated Boot Logos to my Windows 9x/ME Logos collection [888 KB] on 8-10-05.
  14. Added 6 animated Boot Logos to my Windows 9x/ME Logos collection [796 KB] on 7-7-05.
  15. Updated Win98 SE Original Registry Trick: “98SE2ME: KILLER REPLACEMENTS: ME -> 98 SE” to include 98SE2ME.EXE automated installer in TIPS98.TXT on 1-20-05.
  16. New Win98/NT4 “HTML Help 1.41 Updates” added to SOFTWARE.TXT on 12-7-04.
  17. Updated Win98 SE Original Registry Trick: “98SE2ME: KILLER REPLACEMENTS: ME -> 98 SE” to include Windows XP SP2 WMP9 enhancements in TIPS98.TXT on 12-4-04.
  18. Updated Win98 SE Original Registry Trick: “98SE2ME: KILLER REPLACEMENTS: ME -> 98 SE” to include Windows XP SP2 enhancements in TIPS98.TXT on 10-4-04.
  19. New Win98/NT4 “HTML Help 1.41 + MSE 5.6 Updates” added to SOFTWARE.TXT on 8-31-04.
  20. Updated “Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) Comprehensive Guide” in SOFTWARE.TXT on 8-24-04.
  21. Updated WinXP/2003 Original Trick: “XP/2003 FIREWALL GUIDE” in TIPSXP.TXT on 8-16-04.
  22. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “DELUXE CD PLAYER” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 12-31-03.
  23. New Win2000 Trick: “ENABLE COMPATIBILITY TAB” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 12-31-03.
  24. New Easter Egg: “FILE SEARCH EASTER EGG” added to EGGS.TXT on 12-31-03.
  25. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 AOL Trick: “DISABLE TURBO WEB” added to AOLTIPS.TXT on 12-31-03.
  26. Moved entire web site + all files to my new domain URL [http://www.mdgx.com/] on 12-9-03.
  27. Updated WinXP/2003 Original Trick: “XP/2003 FIREWALL GUIDE” in TIPSXP.TXT on 9-14-03.
  28. New Win98/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 “ESSENTIAL FIXES” added to SOFTWARE.TXT on 9-10-03.
  29. New Win2003 topic: “WINDOWS 2003 SERVER ESSENTIAL FREE UPGRADES + FIXES” added to SOFTWARE.TXT on 8-05-03.
  30. New DOS 5/6/7/8 Secret: “WIN /MQ” added to SECRETS.TXT on 6-17-03.
  31. New Win98 Trick: “3D PINBALL” added to TIPS98.TXT on 1-7-03.
  32. W95-11D.ZIP (compressed archive) returns by popular demand [:)] on 10-25-02.
  33. New W95-11D.EXE Installer/Uninstaller: using Inno Setup (freeware) on 10-21-02.
  34. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/IE Registry Trick: “SHOW FULL URL” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 10-16-02.
  35. Updated Win2000/XP Registry Trick: “DISABLE FILE PROTECTION” in TIPS2000.TXT on 10-12-02 to include Windows XP SP1.
  36. Updated Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/IE Original Trick: “MS IE 5.5 SP2 + 6.0 FIX” in MYTIPS95.TXT on 9-10-02 to include MS IE 6.0 SP1.
  37. New WinXP Trick: “SINGLE CLICK SHUTDOWN” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 8-29-02.
  38. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “OPTIMAL VIDEO REFRESH RATE” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 8-29-02.
  39. New Text file: CREDITS.TXT added on 8-29-02.
  40. New Batch file: IEBUGFIX.BAT added on 8-29-02.
  41. New WinXP/2003 Original Trick: “XP/2003 FIREWALL GUIDE” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 8-20-02.
  42. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 Trick: “THE PLUS! PACKS” added to TIPS95.TXT on 7-2-02.
  43. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 Trick: “EXPLORE YOUR ROOTS” added to TIPS95.TXT on 7-2-02.
  44. New Easter Egg: “X-SETUP EASTER EGG – Part 3” added to EGGS.TXT on 6-5-02.
  45. Updated Win9x/ME/DOS7/DOS8 Original Memory Trick: “WINDOWS DOS BOX TIPS” in MEMORY.TXT on 6-5-02.
  46. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP Registry Trick: “FIX COPY TO/MOVE TO/SEND TO” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 6-3-02.
  47. New WinNT4/2000/XP Registry Trick: “NO POPUPS ON BOOT” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 6-3-02.
  48. New Win98 SE Original Registry Trick: “98SE2ME: KILLER REPLACEMENTS: ME -> 98 SE” added to TIPS98.TXT on 5-23-02.
  49. New WinNT4/2000/XP/2003 Registry Trick: “GET BACK YOUR CD/DVD” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 5-23-02.
  50. New WinNT4 Tweaks Text file: TIPSNT4.TXT added on 5-15-02.
  51. New WinXP Registry Trick: “TEACH XP NEW TRACKS” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 5-8-02.
  52. New Win9x/NT4 Original Registry Trick: “PATCHED SHELL32.DLL BUG + FIX” added to TIPS98.TXT on 5-8-02.
  53. New Win3.1x/9x/ME/DOS6 Original Trick: “EDIT BOOT FILES” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 5-8-02.
  54. New WinXP Trick: “FORCE XP STYLE THEMES” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 1-29-02.
  55. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP Trick: “NORTON FIREWALL HIDDEN BAR” added to TIPS95.TXT on 1-29-02.
  56. New WinNT4/2000/XP/2003 Registry Trick: “TURN OFF NUMLOCK” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 1-29-02.
  57. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/IE Registry Trick: “KILL IE ABOUT: URLS” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 1-4-02.
  58. New Win2000/XP/2003 Registry Trick: “50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR MESSENGER :) ” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 1-4-02.
  59. New WinXP/2003 Trick: “INTERNET TIME THROUGH FIREWALL” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 1-4-02.
  60. Updated MYICONS.DLL Icon Library: added 133 more 32×32 pixels, 16 colors icons (now 223 icons total) on 12-19-01.
  61. New WinXP Trick: “XP SENDMAIL.DLL FIX” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 12-12-01.
  62. New Win9x/ME/IE Registry Trick: “FIX TASKBAR BUTTONS” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 12-12-01.
  63. New WinME Registry Trick: “WINME WBEM (WINMGMT) BUG + FIX” added to TIPSME.TXT on 12-4-01.
  64. New WinXP Trick: “XP PRO QOS MYTH” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 12-4-01.
  65. Updated Win2000/XP Registry Trick: “DISABLE FILE PROTECTION” in TIPS2000.TXT on 12-4-01.
  66. New Win9x/ME Original Registry Trick: “DETONATOR 22.XX BUG + FIX” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 11-14-01.
  67. New WinXP Trick: “AVOID XP REGISTRATION” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 11-7-01.
  68. New Win3.1x/9x/NT/2000/ME/XP Original Trick: “3D CONTROLS FOR 3D EFFECTS” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 11-7-01.
  69. New WinXP Original Trick: “INSTALL XP UNATTENDED” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 10-23-01.
  70. New DOS 5/6/7/8 Secrets: “FDISK /X“, “FDISK /ACTOK“, “FDISK /CMBR x” and “FDISK /PRMT” added to SECRETS.TXT on 10-20-01.
  71. Updated DOS 5/6/7/8 Secret: “FDISK /PRI:n (/PRIO:n) /EXT:n /LOG:n (/LOGO:n)” in SECRETS.TXT on 10-20-01.
  72. New WinXP Registry Trick: “WELCOME ADMINISTRATOR!” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 10-17-01.
  73. New WinXP Trick: “HIBERNATE OPTION” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 10-17-01.
  74. Updated Win9x/ME Original AOL Trick: “KILL AOL 4.0” in AOLTIPS.TXT on 10-16-01.
  75. New Win98/98 SE Trick: “PC RESTORE” added to TIPS98.TXT on 10-11-01.
  76. New Win98/98 SE/ME Trick: “FAX 95 TOOLS” added to TIPS98.TXT on 10-11-01.
  77. New WinXP Tips Text file: XPTIPS.TXT added on 9-19-01, courtesy of Cliff.
  78. New INF file: IEBUGFIX.INF added on 8-30-01, and explained in “MS IE 5.5 SP2 + 6.0 FIX” from MYTIPS95.TXT.
  79. Updated Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/IE Original Trick: “MS IE 5.5 SP2 + 6.0 FIX” in MYTIPS95.TXT on 8-30-01.
  80. New Web Site Reviews + Awards text file: REVIEWS.TXT added on 8-28-01.
  81. New MS IE 6.0 info + links added to SOFTWARE.TXT on 8-28-01.
  82. New WinXP topic: “WINDOWS XP ESSENTIAL FREE UPGRADES + FIXES” added to SOFTWARE.TXT on 8-26-01.
  83. New WinXP Essentials: WinXP Power Toys + TweakUI added to SOFTWARE.TXT on 8-26-01.
  84. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/IE Original Trick: “MS IE 5.5 SP2 + 6.0 FIX” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 8-23-01.
  85. New Web Site Updates History text file: UPDATES.TXT added on 8-23-01.
  86. New WinNT4/2000/XP Registry Trick: “AUTOREBOOT” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 8-21-01.
  87. New WinXP Registry Trick: “COMMENTS? LINK” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 8-21-01.
  88. Updated Win9x/NT/2000/ME/XP Registry Tricks: “FORCED EXIT“, “END TASK TIMEOUT” and “MENUSHOWDELAY” in REGISTRY.TXT to include Windows NT4/2000/XP on 8-21-01.
  89. New Win2000/XP Registry Trick: “REMOVE MOUSE SHADOW” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 8-9-01.
  90. New WinXP Tweaks Text file: TIPSXP.TXT added on 7-12-01.
  91. New WinXP Registry Trick: “WMP8 MP3 ENCODING” added to TIPSXP.TXT on 7-12-01.
  92. New Win3.1x/9x/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003/IE/NC Trick: “PROXY AD BLOCKER” added to TIPS95.TXT on 7-12-01.
  93. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME Registry Trick: “NETMEETING ADDRESS LIST” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 7-12-01.
  94. New Win9x/ME/IE/OE Registry Tricks: “FIX BUTTON SIZE” and “REENABLE PRINTING” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 6-28-01.
  95. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/IE Registry Trick: “BROWSING SPEEDUP” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 6-13-01.
  96. New Win2000/XP/2003 Registry Trick: “INCREASE DNS CACHE” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 6-13-01.
  97. New Win9x/ME Trick: “PRODUCT KEY” and “VOLUME LEVEL BUG” added to TIPS95.TXT on 6-13-01.
  98. New Win2000/XP Registry Tricks: “PRIORITIZE PROGRAMS“, “FASTER TELNET” and “CHANGE SYSTEM FONT” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 5-17-01.
  99. New Win9x Registry Trick: “TIMED SHUT DOWN” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 5-2-01.
  100. New Win9x/NT/2000/ME Registry Trick: “REG FILES” added to REGISTRY.TXT [Intro Chapter] on 4-26-01.
  101. New Win3.x/9x/ME Trick: “COLORFUL HELP” added to TIPS95.TXT on 4-24-01.
  102. New WinXP Tricks Text file: TRICKSXP.TXT added on 4-12-01, courtesy of The Captain.
  103. New WinME Registry Trick: “DISABLE SCANDISK ON BOOT” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 4-12-01.
  104. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “CACHE WRITE DELAY” added to TIPSME.TXT on 4-12-01.
  105. Updated Win9x/ME Tricks: “COMPLETE MSDOS.SYS REFERENCE“, “MSDOS.SYS EDITING” and “WINDOWS 95 – 98 STARTUP MENU + BOOTUP KEYS” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 4-12-01.
  106. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “MAXIMIZE NOTEPAD” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 3-28-01.
  107. New Win98/2000/ME Registry Trick: “REMOVE FIND ITEMS” added to TIPS98.TXT on 3-28-01.
  108. New WinME Registry Trick: “CHANGE SYSTEM RESTORE DISK USAGE” added to TIPSME.TXT on 3-15-01.
  109. New Win9x/2000/ME/IE/OE Trick: “NEW IE/OE BACKGROUND” added to TIPS95.TXT on 3-15-01.
  110. New Win9x/ME/AIM Trick: “REMOVE AIM ADS” added to TIPS95.TXT on 3-15-01.
  111. New WinNT4/2000/XP Registry Tricks: “ERROR MODE” and “DISABLE FILE PROTECTION” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 2-28-01.
  112. New Win9x/ME/2000/AIM Registry Trick: “MORE AIM BUDDIES” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 2-28-01.
  113. New Win9x/ME Original Trick: “95/98/ME SETUP + MEMORY MANAGERS” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 2-13-01.
  114. New Win3.1x/9x/NT/2000/ME/XP/2003 Original Trick: “URL PASSWORD” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 1-31-01.
  115. Updated Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “CPU PRIORITY” in REGISTRY.TXT on 1-31-01.
  116. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/IE Registry Trick: “NEW IE SEARCH BUTTONS” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 1-31-01.
  117. New WinNT4/2000/XP/2003 Tricks: “DISABLE LAST NTFS ACCESS” and “SPEEDUP DOS SESSIONS” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 1-4-01.
  118. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 Tricks: “UNIVERSAL BATCH CLEANER” and “LOCK DESKTOP ICONS” added to TIPS95.TXT on 12-30-00.
  119. Updated MYICONS.DLL Icon Library: added 7 more 32×32 pixels, 16 colors icons (now 90 icons total) on 12-30-00.
  120. Updated MYICONS.TXT: to reflect the MYICONS.DLL update (added 7 more icons) on 12-30-00.
  121. New Win9x/ME/OE Registry Trick: “DELETE OUTLOOK PASSWORD” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 12-13-00.
  122. New Win9x/DOS6 Trick: “DEBUG BIOS PASSWORD” added to TIPS95.TXT on 12-13-00.
  123. New Win9x/ME/YM Registry Trick: “CUSTOMIZE YAHOO MESSENGER” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 12-13-00.
  124. New Win9x/2000/ME Registry Trick: “TWEAK WEB VIEW” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 11-30-00.
  125. New WinNT4/2000/XP/2003 Registry Trick: “SPLIT WINDOWS EXPLORER” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 11-30-00.
  126. New Win9x/ME/IE5/IE6 Registry Trick: “ADVANCED OPTIONS GALORE” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 11-15-00.
  127. New Win9x/ME Trick: “WHEEL BACK + FORTH” added to TIPS95.TXT on 11-15-00.
  128. New Easter Egg: “X-SETUP EASTER EGG – Part 2” added to EGGS.TXT on 11-15-00.
  129. New Win9x/ME Original Registry Trick: “INCREASE NETBIOS SECURITY” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 11-7-00.
  130. New WinME Trick: “WINME OEM AS UPGRADE” added to TIPSME.TXT on 11-7-00.
  131. New Win9x/DOS6 Original Trick: “REBOOT WITH DEBUG” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 10-25-00.
  132. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “CLEAR MEDIA PLAYER HISTORY” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 10-25-00.
  133. New WinME Tricks: “RESTORE SYSEDIT“, “RESTORE MS INFO” and “DISABLE REGEDIT LAST KEY” added to TIPSME.TXT on 10-18-00.
  134. New Win2000 Trick: “OPEN WITH NOTEPAD FIX” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 10-18-00.
  135. New Win95/98 Tricks: “FIX WIN98 SE USB + SHUTDOWN ERRORS” and “USE WINME DEFRAG + SCANDSKW WITH WIN95/98” added to TIPS98.TXT on 10-18-00.
  136. New Laptop WinME Tips Text file: LAPWINME.TXT added on 10-18-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s LaptopME Tips page.
  137. New WinME Tricks Text file: TRICKSME.TXT added on 10-18-00, courtesy of The Captain.
  138. New Laptop Tips added to SPLAPTOP.TXT by the author on 10-18-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Old, New + Troubled Portables Tips page.
  139. New Windows BitMaP: MDGX.BMP (1024×768 pixels, 256 colors) added on 10-12-00, courtesy of Conny.
  140. Updated Text files: MODEMS.TXT, TRICKS98.TXT, TRICKSNT.TXT + WIN98PST.TXT added on 10-12-00, courtesy of The Captain.
  141. New Easter Egg: “SKI FREE EASTER EGG” added to EGGS.TXT on 9-26-00.
  142. New Win9x/2000/ME/IE5 Trick: “DO NOT PERSIST!” added to TIPS95.TXT on 9-25-00.
  143. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “UNKNOWN FILE EXTENSION” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 9-25-00.
  144. Updated Win9x/NT/2000/ME Registry Trick: “BUGGY TWEAKUI 98” to include TweakUI 1.33 final in TIPS98.TXT on 9-20-00.
  145. New WinME Trick: “10 WINME OPTIMIZING TIPS” added to TIPSME.TXT on 9-19-00.
  146. New Win9x/2000/ME Registry Trick: “REMOVE NETSCAPE AIM” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 9-5-00.
  147. New Win9x/2000/ME Netscape Trick: “NO NETSCAPE AOL AIM” added to TIPS95.TXT on 9-5-00.
  148. New Win9x/2000/ME Netscape Trick: “NO NETSCAPE EMAIL ADS” added to TIPS95.TXT on 9-5-00.
  149. New Text file: TIPSME.TXT added on 8-24-00.
  150. New WinME Registry Trick: “UNINSTALL PCHEALTH” added to TIPSME.TXT on 8-24-00.
  151. New Win2000 Registry Trick: “WEB BASED FTP” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 8-17-00.
  152. New Win9x/IE Registry Trick: “REMOVE SYSTEM FOLDERS” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 8-17-00.
  153. Updated Win9x/NT/2000/ME Registry Trick: “BUGGY TWEAKUI 98” to include TweakUI 2000 in TIPS98.TXT on 8-17-00.
  154. New Win2000 Tips added to LAP2000.TXT by the author on 8-17-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Laptop2000 Tips page.
  155. New Laptop Tips added to SPLAPTOP.TXT by the author on 8-17-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Old, New + Troubled Portables Tips page.
  156. New Win9x/2000/ME Registry Trick: “96-BIT VIDEO RESOLUTION” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 8-11-00.
  157. New Easter Egg: “MS IE 5/6 EASTER EGG” added to EGGS.TXT on 8-11-00.
  158. New Win9x Trick: “TOGGLE FILE VIEW” added to TIPS95.TXT on 8-3-00.
  159. Updated/Improved/Renamed Win9x/DOS7 System Backup/Restore DOS Batch files: BACKUP95.BAT renamed to BACKUP9X.BAT and RESTOR95.BAT renamed to RESTOR9X.BAT on 8-1-00.
  160. Updated Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “CD-ROM/DVD + HARD DISK MAX CACHE” in REGISTRY.TXT on 7-26-00.
  161. New Win2000/XP/2003 Registry Trick: “UDMA/66 ALL THE WAY” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 7-19-00.
  162. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “CD-ROM/DVD + HARD DISK MAX CACHE” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 7-19-00.
  163. New Win2000/ME/XP/2003 Registry Tricks: “XDSL/CABLE MODEM SPEEDUP” and “GRAB THE FOCUS!” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 7-13-00.
  164. Added New Web Ads Tips into ADMAD.TXT by the author on 6-26-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Web Ad Fixes page.
  165. New Win9x Registry Trick: “TELNET TWEAKS” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 6-21-00.
  166. New Easter Egg: “EXCEL 2000 EASTER EGG – Part 2” added to EGGS.TXT on 6-21-00.
  167. Added New Web Ads Tips into ADMAD.TXT by the author on 6-15-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Web Ad Fixes page.
  168. New Win9x Registry Trick: “FASTER INTERNET” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 6-14-00.
  169. New Win98/2000 Registry Trick: “BRING BACK ATTRIBUTES COLUMN” added to TIPS98.TXT on 6-8-00.
  170. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “ENABLE EDITFLAGS” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 6-8-00.
  171. New Text file: ADMAD.TXT added on 6-8-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Web Ad Fixes page.
  172. New Win98/98 SE Registry Trick: “WIN98 GLOBAL RWIN TCP/IP BUG” added to TIPS98.TXT on 6-1-00.
  173. New Win9x/DOS6/DOS7 Original Trick: “PLAY DOS GAMES WITH SOUND BLASTER LIVE!” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 5-25-00.
  174. New Win98/OSR2 Trick: “KILL SCANDISK LOG” added to TIPS98.TXT on 5-25-00.
  175. New Win9x/ME Original Registry Trick: “ENABLE UDMA/RAID HARD DISK DMA” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 5-18-00.
  176. New WinNT4/2000/XP Registry Trick: “KEYBOARD + MOUSE BUFFER” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 5-11-00.
  177. New Win9x Trick: “LOVE(LY) VIRUS FIX” added to TIPS95.TXT on 5-8-00.
  178. New WinNT4/2000/XP Registry Trick: “BYPASS AUTOLOGON” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 5-4-00.
  179. New WinNT4/2000/XP/2003 Registry Trick: “DOS NAME COMPLETION” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 4-28-00.
  180. New Win2000/XP/2003 Trick: “SPONTANEOUS REBOOT FIX” added to TIPS2000.TXT on 4-28-00.
  181. New Text file: TIPS2000.TXT added on 4-28-00.
  182. New Easter Eggs: “EXCEL 2000 EASTER EGG – Part 1” and “WIN98 EASTER EGG – Part 4” added to EGGS.TXT on 4-28-00.
  183. New DOS Secret: “WIN /Z” added to SECRETS.TXT on 4-18-00.
  184. New Win9x/ME Original Trick: “SCANDSKW HIDDEN SWITCHES” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 4-14-00.
  185. New Win9x/DOS6 Trick: “BACKUP MBR WITH DEBUG” added to TIPS95.TXT on 4-14-00.
  186. New DOS Secret: “COMMAND /T” added to SECRETS.TXT on 4-14-00.
  187. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “DIRECTX TWEAKS” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 4-6-00.
  188. New Win3.1x/9x/ME AOL Trick: “AOL.EXE SWITCHES” added to AOLTIPS.TXT on 4-6-00.
  189. New Win9x Tricks: “NETWORK PASSWORD” and “FREE PROXY” added to TIPS95.TXT on 4-1-00.
  190. New Win9x Original Trick: “WIN.INI DIRECTX + VIDEO SETTINGS” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 3-23-00.
  191. New Win9x Trick: “MODEM/LAN BUFFER SPEEDUP” added to TIPS95.TXT on 3-23-00.
  192. New Win2000 Tips added to LAP2000.TXT by the author on 3-16-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Laptop2000 Tips page.
  193. New Win9x/2000 Registry Trick: “DHCP VULNERABILITY FIX” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 3-16-00.
  194. New Win9x/IE Tricks: “IE NOHOME” and “NO ADS THANK YOU!” added to TIPS95.TXT on 3-16-00.
  195. New Win9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003/IE Registry Trick: “IE CONTENT ADVISOR PASSWORD FIX” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 3-8-00.
  196. New Win3.1x/9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP AOL Trick: “AOL ANTI-IDLE!” added to AOLTIPS.TXT on 3-8-00.
  197. New Win9x Tricks: “4 SPEED TIPS“, “MULTIMEDIA PREVIEW” and “MEDIA PLAYER2 BUFFER” added to TIPS95.TXT on 3-1-00.
  198. New Win2000 Tips added to LAP2000.TXT by the author on 3-1-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Laptop2000 Tips page.
  199. New Win9x Registry Trick: “TASKBAR TRAY TEXT” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 2-23-00.
  200. New Win9x Registry Trick: “TROJAN INFECTED *.EXE FIX” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 2-23-00.
  201. New Win2000 Tips added to LAP2000.TXT by the author on 2-23-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Laptop2000 Tips page.
  202. New Win9x Original Registry Trick: “DIRECTX FIX WITH 2 3D VIDEO CARDS” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 2-16-00.
  203. New Win9x Registry Trick: “DISABLE DEFRAG FILE ORDER” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 2-16-00.
  204. New Win9x/ME Original Registry Trick: “DISABLE NEW SHORTCUT” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 2-16-00.
  205. New Win98 Trick: “BOOT DISK” added to TIPS98.TXT on 2-9-00.
  206. New Win9x/IE4 Registry Trick: “SAFE MODE ACTIVE DESKTOP” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 2-9-00.
  207. New OSR2 Trick: “IO.SYS FIX” added to OSR2TIPS.TXT on 2-9-00.
  208. New Text file: LAP2000.TXT added on 2-9-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Laptop2000 Tips page.
  209. New Win98/AOL Trick: “BACKUP WITH SCANREG” added to TIPS98.TXT on 2-2-00.
  210. New Win9x/IE4 Registry Trick: “RESTORE IE4 NEW WINDOW” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 2-2-00.
  211. New Laptop Tips added to SPLAPTOP.TXT by the author on 1-31-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Old, New + Troubled Portables Tips page.
  212. New Win98/98 SE Trick: “FIX DEFRAG” added to TIPS98.TXT on 1-27-00.
  213. New Text file: WIN98PST.TXT added on 1-27-00, courtesy of The Captain.
  214. New Laptop Tips added to SPLAPTOP.TXT by the author on 1-25-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Old, New + Troubled Portables Tips page.
  215. New Win9x Trick: “INF UNINSTALL” added to TIPS95.TXT on 1-20-00.
  216. New Win9x Trick: “WININIT BUG” added to TIPS95.TXT on 1-20-00.
  217. New Laptop Tips added to SPLAPTOP.TXT by the author on 1-17-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Old, New + Troubled Portables Tips page.
  218. New Win9x/ME Registry Trick: “CPU PRIORITY” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 1-12-00.
  219. New Win9x Registry Trick: “WIN2000 COLOR SCHEME” added to REGISTRY.TXT on 1-12-00.
  220. New Win9x Original Trick: “WINBOOT.INI” added to MYTIPS95.TXT on 1-12-00.
  221. New Laptop Tips added to SPLAPTOP.TXT by the author on 1-9-00, courtesy of Ojatex.
    Go to Ojatex’s Old, New + Troubled Portables Tips page.
  222. New Win98 Trick: “HARDWARE INFORMATION” added to TIPS98.TXT on 1-5-00.
  223. New Easter Egg: “JAVASCRIPT BROWSER RESIZER EASTER EGG” added to EGGS.TXT on 1-5-00.
  224. I have deleted all UPDATES made before 1-1-2000. :(

XP Secrets – Secrets Hidden in Windows XP

XP Secrets Easter Eggs (Definition) – A hidden message or feature in an application. This guide covers unknown features in Windows XP, some are carryovers from older versions of Windows, all were tested in Windows XP only. Advisory Windows XP is still supported by Microsoft through April 8, 2014.

Notes – This is not a performance related guide, use the Optimize XP Guide to improve system performance and the Diagnose XP Guide to troubleshoot a system problem. Technically, Windows XP does not include any easter eggs – “to supply certain government agencies with software, Microsoft can’t include undocumented features, including Easter eggs“. – WindowsITProMicrosoft

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Application Secrets

Defrag Defrag

SecretHidden Command Line Switch

Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Run” and Type defrag c: -b to defragment the Boot and Application Prefetch information.

Notes – Windows XP will run this automatically every three days or so, during system idle periods. BootVis will evoke this when you run the “Optimize System” function. There is no need to manually run this unless you wish to immediately optimize a newly installed application’s load time.

IExpress IExpress

SecretHidden Install Creator

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type iexpressSource

Notes – IExpress is a technology designed to simplify creation of a setup program. Using the step-by-step IExpress Wizard, you can create self-extracting files that automatically run the setup program contained inside. The setup program can be an .inf file or an executable program. IExpress technology automatically removes the setup files after installation, saving the user time and frustration.

Edit.com MS-DOS Editor

SecretHidden Text Editor

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type editSource

Notes – Windows XP comes with another text editor besides Notepad – it’s called the MS-DOS Editor, and it’s commonly referred to simply as Edit. It has features similar to Notepad, as well as additional features such as the ability to work with multiple text files and change the background and text colors.

Conf Netmeeting

SecretHidden Internet Conference Application

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type confSource

Notes – Windows XP is the last version of Microsoft Windows to include NetMeeting. NetMeeting delivers a complete Internet conferencing solution for all Windows users with multi-point data conferencing, text chat, whiteboard, and file transfer, as well as point-to-point audio and video.

Notepad Notepad

SecretCreate a Log File

Instructions – Launch Notepad, Type .LOG on the first line, and then press Enter to move to the next line. On the File menu, click Save As, type a descriptive name for your file in the File name box, and then click OK. When you next open the file, note that the date and time have been appended to the end of the log, immediately preceding the place where new text can be added. You can use this functionality to automatically add the current date and time to each log entry. – Source

Paint Paint

SecretImage Trails

Instructions – Open an image and hold down Shift then drag the image around to create an image trail.

Secret10x Zoom

Instructions – Open an image and select the magnifying glass icon. Left-Click exactly on the line below the 8x.

Eudcedit Private Character Editor

SecretHidden Font Editor

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type eudceditSource

Notes – You can use Private Character Editor to create unique letters and logos for your font library.

WinChat Windows Chat

SecretHidden Windows Chat Program

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type winchatSource

Notes – You can use Windows Chat on your computer to communicate with someone on another computer. Both computers must be connected to the same network (for example, a local area network [LAN] or the Internet). Also, each computer must be running a similar protocol, such as TCP/IP.

mplay32 Windows Media Player 5.1

SecretHidden Windows Media Player

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type mplay32

mplayer2 Windows Media Player 6.4

SecretHidden Windows Media Player

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type mplayer2Source

Notes – Windows Media Player 6.4 (Classic) is installed along with Windows Media Player 7. The only update is that it now supports the latest codecs.

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Game Secrets

FreeCell FreeCell

SecretInstant Win

Instructions – Hold down Ctrl + Shift + F10 during game play. Then you will be asked if you want to Abort, Retry or Ignore. Choose Abort, then move any card to instantly win.

SecretHidden Game Modes
Instructions – In the “Game” menu choose “Select Game”. Enter -1 or -2 to activate the hidden game modes.

Hearts Hearts

SecretShow All Cards

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, Type: ‘Regedit’, OK. Edit this registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAppletsHearts

Right click on the Hearts folder, select New, String Value and name it ZB. Right-click on ZB, select Modify and enter a Value Data of 42, OK and close Regedit. Start Hearts (not Internet Hearts). Once in a game Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F12 to show all the cards.

Background – This secret is a reference to Douglas Adams’ book the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. ‘ZB’ is the initials of the character Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Galactic President. ’42′ is the answer to The Ultimate Question Of Life, the Universe and Everything.

Minesweeper Minesweeper

SecretReveal Mines

Instructions – Minimize or close all running applications. Launch Minesweeper, then type xyzzy. Next hold down either shift key for one second. Now when you move the mouse cursor over a Minesweeper square you will see a tiny white pixel in the top left corner of your desktop screen. This pixel will change to black when your mouse moves over a mine. You may need to change you desktop background to a solid color other than white or black to see the pixel.

SecretStop Timer

Instructions – Launch Minesweeper and start a game so the timer starts counting, then press the Windows Key + D to show the desktop. Now when you select minesweeper from the taskbar you can continue playing with the timer stopped.

Pinball Pinball

SecretExtra Balls

Instructions – Type 1max at the start of a new ball to get extra balls.

SecretGravity Well

Instructions – Type gmax at the start of a new game to activate the Gravity Well.

SecretInstant Promotion

Instructions – Type rmax at the start of a new game to go up in ranks.

SecretSkill Shot

Instructions – Launch the ball partially up the chute past the third yellow light bar so it falls back down to get 75,000 points. There are six yellow light bars that are worth a varying amount of points:

First: 15,000 points
Second: 30,000 points
Third: 75,000 points
Fourth: 30,000 points
Fifth: 15,000 points
Sixth: 7,500 points

SecretTest Mode

Instructions – Type hidden test at the start of a new ball to activate Test Mode. No notification will be given that this is activated but you can now left-click the mouse button and drag the ball around. While in test mode press the following keys for more secrets:

H – Get a 1,000,000,000 High Score
M – Shows the amount of system memory
R – Increases your rank in game
Y – Shows the Frames/sec rate

SecretUnlimited Balls

Instructions – Type bmax at the start of a new ball. No notification will be given that this is activated but when a ball is lost a new ball will appear from the yellow wormhole indefinitely. Once this is activated you will be unable to activate other secrets without restarting the game.

Solitaire Solitaire

SecretInstant Win

Instructions – Press Alt + Shift + 2 during game play to instantly win.

SecretDraw single cards in a Draw Three game

Instructions – Hold down CTRL + ALT + SHIFT while drawing a new card. Instead of drawing three cards you will only draw one.

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OS Secrets

Add/Remove Add/Remove

SecretHidden Uninstall Options

InstructionsWarning: Proceed at your own risk! Browse to C:Windowsinf and make a backup copy of sysoc.inf. Then open the original file C:Windowsinfsysoc.inf in notepad. Go to “Edit” and select “Replace”. In “Find what:” type ,hide and in “Replace with:” type , then select “Replace All”, save and close the file. Go to the “Control Panel”, “Add/Remove”, select “Add/Remove Windows Components”. You will now see many more Windows components to uninstall. Do not remove anything with no label or that you do not recognize or fully understand what it does. Doing so can break certain functionality in Windows.

Control Panel Control Panel

SecretHidden Control Panel Extensions

Instructions – Download and install TweakUI, launch, go to “Control Panel” and check any item not selected, then “Apply” and “OK”. You will now see the hidden control panel extensions.

Device Manager Device Manager

SecretHidden Devices

Instructions – Go to the “Control Panel”, “System” icon, “Hardware” tab and select “Device Manager”. Select “View” and Show hidden devices.

SecretPhantom Devices

Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Programs”, “Accessories” and select “Command Prompt”. At the command prompt, type “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1” and press Enter. At the command prompt, type “start devmgmt.msc” and press Enter. Select “View” and Show hidden devices. You can see devices that are not connected to the computer. – Source

Notes – When you close the command prompt window, Windows clears the “devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1″ variable that you set and prevents phantom devices from being displayed when you select “Show hidden devices”.

MIDI Files MIDI Files

SecretHidden MIDI Files

Instructions – Browse to C:WindowsMedia and you will find 3 hidden MIDI files:

flourish.mid
onestop.mid
town.mid

Notes – “MIDI” stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” – A compression format for encoding music.

Music Music

SecretMusic from the Installer

Instructions – Browse to C:Windowssystem32oobeimagestitle.wma and play.

Notes – “OOBE” stands for “Out-of-Box Experience”.

Shutdown Shutdown

SecretDisplay Hibernate Option on the Shut Down dialog

Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Turn Off Computer…” and press either Shift key to change the “Stand By” button to “Hibernate”.

Support Tools Support Tools

SecretOver 100 Windows XP Support Utilities are on the install CD

Instructions for Pre-SP2 users – If you do not have SP2 installed, put the original Windows XP CD in the CD-ROM Drive, run the D:SupportToolssetup.exe file.

Instructions for SP2 users – If you have SP2 installed, Download the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools and install.

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This page will be revised as new Secrets are discovered and added. Feel free to submit suggestions or comments to OptimizeXP@comcast.net. Do not send Technical Support Questions.

The following are not secrets, do not submit them:

C:Windowsclock.avi
C:Windows.log – “0″ file

The following are Myths, do not submit them:

‘CON’ Folder – ‘CON’ is a reserved file name so is AUX, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, PRN and NUL.
Notepad Phrases – This is an encoding issue, any combination of characters in the same order 4-3-3-5 will cause the same problem.
Telnet Star Wars – No hidden version of Star Wars exists in Windows. These can be viewed online at ASCIIMATION.co.nz

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Window$ XP HIDDEN APPS:

1) Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters)

2) Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe

3) Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (views contents of window$ clipboard)

4) Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool)

5) DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards)

6) Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters)

7) IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (Create self-extracting / self-installing package)

Micro$oft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (appears to allow synchronization of files on the network for when working offline. Apparently undocumented).

9) window$ Media Player 5.1 = mplay32.exe (Retro version of Media Player, very basic).

10) ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe (something to do with databases)

11) Object Packager = packager.exe (to do with packaging objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files).

12) System Monitor = perfmon.exe (very useful, highly configurable tool, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about any aspect of PC performance, for uber-geeks only )

13) Program Manager = progman.exe (Legacy window$ 3.x desktop shell).

14) Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe (documentation is virtually non-existant).

15) Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the window$ Registry).

16) Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network).

17) File siganture verification tool = sigverif.exe

18) Volume Control = sndvol32.exe (I’ve included this for those people that lose it from the System Notification area).

19) System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe (modify System.ini & Win.ini just like in Win98! ).

20) Syskey = syskey.exe (Secures XP Account database – use with care, it’s virtually undocumented but it appears to encrypt all passwords, I’m not sure of the full implications).

21) Micro$oft Telnet Client = telnet.exe

22) Driver Verifier Manager = verifier.exe (seems to be a utility for monitoring the actions of drivers, might be useful for people having driver problems. Undocumented).

23) window$ for Workgroups Chat = winchat.exe (appears to be an old NT utility to allow chat sessions over a LAN, help files available).

24) System configuration = msconfig.exe (can use to control starup programs)
25) gpedit.msc used to manage group policies, and permissions..!

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Candy Cane Pipes
1.Go to Display Properties
2.Click the Screen saver tab then Click 3D Pipes 3.Click Settings
4.Click Textured
5.Click Choose Texture
6.Click Cancel.
7.Click OK on the Screen Saver Setup
Now The Pipes
should be Candy Cane Colored!

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step1.gif go to run
step2.gif type “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl” without the quotes(“”)
after you do that you see star wars movie played out in ASCII art… its pretty cool!

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Load up notepad.
Type “bush hid the facts” (or any other 4-3-3-5 letter word combo)
save the document, any name works.
Close it.
Open it again.
what you open isn’t what you typed

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Creating Shutdown Icon or One Click Shutdown:

Navigate to your desktop. On the desktop, right-click and go to New, then to Shortcut (in other words, create a new shortcut). You should now see a pop-up window instructing you to enter a command line path.
Use this path in “Type Location of the Item”
SHUTDOWN -s -t 01
If the C: drive is not your local hard drive, then replace “C” with the correct letter of the hard drive. Click the “Next” button. Name the shortcut and click the “Finish” button. Now whenever you want to shut down, just click on this shortcut and you’re done.

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Increasing Band-Width By 20%:

Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes like Windows Updates and interrogating your PC etc

To get it back:

Click Start then Run and type ” gpedit.msc” without quotes.This opens the group policy editor. Then go to:
Local Computer Policy then Computer Configuration then Administrative Templates then Network then QOS Packet Scheduler and then to Limit Reservable Bandwidth.
Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab i.e.”By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.”
So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.It works on Win 2000 as well.

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Renaming The Recycle Bin icon:

To change the name of the Recycle Bin desktop icon, click Start then goto Run, write Regedit and press Enter. It opens Registry Editor. Now in Registry Editor go to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ ROOT/CLSID/ {645FF040- 5081-101B- 9F08-00AA002F954 E}
and change the name “Recycle Bin” to whatever you want (don’t type any quotes).

Managing Tasks:
You can at last get rid of tasks on the computer from the command line by using ‘taskkill /pid’ and the task number, or just ‘tskill’ and the process number. Find that out by typing ‘tasklist’, which will also tell you a lot about what’s going on in your system.

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Removing Shared Documents folder From My Computer window:

Open registry editor by going to Start then Run and entering regedit. Once in registry, navigate to key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer My Computer NameSpace DelegateFolders

You must see a sub-key named {59031a47-3f72- 44a7-89c5- 5595fe6b30ee} . If you delete this key, you have effectively removed the my shared documents folder.

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Making Google the Default Search Engine in Internet Explorer:

Open registry editor by going to Start then Run and entering regedit and navigate to following three keys separately and change it as shown below:

[HKEY_CURRENT_ USERSoftware Microsoft Internet ExplorerMain]
“Search Page”=” http://www.google. com”
“Search Bar”=” http://www.google. com/ie”
[HKEY_CURRENT_ USERSoftware Microsoft Internet ExplorerSearchURL]
“”=” http://www.google. com/keyword/ %s”
[HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINESOFTWARE Microsoft Internet ExplorerSearch]
“SearchAssistant” =” http://www.google. com/ie” .

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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.

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Customize Logon prompt with your Own Words:

Open Registry by going to Start then Run, entering regedit and Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINESOFTWARE Microsoft Windows NTCurrentVersion Winlogon] . In right pane, look for key by the name “LogonPrompt” . Set its value to whatever text you want to see displayed at login screen.

IP address of your connection:
Go to Start then Run. Enter ‘cmd’ and then enter ‘ipconfig’ .Add the ‘/all’ switch for more info .

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Making Folders Private:
Open My Computer Double-click the drive where Windows is installed (usually drive (C, unless you have more than one drive on your computer). If the contents of the drive are hidden, under System Tasks, click Show the contents of this drive.
Double-click the Documents and Settings folder. Double-click your user folder. Right-click any folder in your user profile, and then click Properties. On the Sharing tab, select the Make this folder private so that only I have access to it check box.

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To change Drive Letters:
Go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management, Disk Management, then right-click the partition whose name you want to change (click in the white area just below the word “Volume”) and select “change drive letter and paths.”
From here you can add, remove or change drive letters and paths to the partition.

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Removing the Shortcut arrow from Desktop Icons:
Goto Start then Run and Enter regedit. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ ROOTlnkfile. Delete the IsShortcut registry value. You may need to restart Windows XP.

Get Drivers for your Devices:
Visit Windows Update (XP Only)
Look at the left hand pane and under Other Options click Personalize Windows Update.
Now in the right hand pane check the box – Display the link to the Windows Update Catalog under See Also
Below Choose which categories and updates to display on Windows Update – make sure you check all the boxes you want shown.
Click Save Settings
Now look in the left hand pane under See Also click Windows Update Catalog and choose what you’re looking for. Choose either MS updates or drivers for hardware devices.
Start the Wizard and off you go.

Customize Internet Explorer’s Title Bar:
Open Registry by going to Start then Run and Enter regedit. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_ USERSoftware Microsoft Internet. ExplorerMain. In right hand panel look for string “Window Title” and change its value to whatever custom text you want to see.

Disabling the use of Win Key:
If your are a gaming freak then you must be sick of the Win key in your keyboard. To disable use of Win key, open registry by going to Start then Run and entering regedit. Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINESYSTEM CurrentControlSe tControl Keyboard Layout] . In this look for value of “Scancode Map”. Its binary data so be extra careful:
Set its value to “00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 5B E0 00 00 5C E0 00 00 00 00″ to disable the win key.

Restarting Windows without Restarting the Computer:
This one is again is. When you click on the SHUTDOWN button, make sure to simultaneous press SHIFT Button. If you hold the Shift key down while clicking on SHUTDOWN button, you computer would restart without restarting the Computer. This is equivalent to term “HOT REBOOT”.

Stopping XP from displaying unread messages count on Welcome Screen:
To stop XP from displaying count of unread messages, Open registry and navigate to [HKEY_CURRENT_ USERSoftware Microsoft WindowsCurrentV ersionUnreadMai l] and look for the data key “MessageExpiryDays” . If you do not see this key, create one DWORD key by the name “MessageExpiryDays” . Setting its value to 0 would stop Windows XP from displaying the count of unread messages.

Modify Color Selection of Default Theme:
Open registry by going to Start then Run. Entering regedit, navigate to [HKEY_USERS .DEFAULT Software Microsoft WindowsCurrentV ersionThemeMana ger] and locate the key “ColorName”.
Right Click on it and select modify its value from “NormalColor” to “Metallic”
Click Ok, and exit regedit and restart your computer.

Removing the Recycle Bin from the Desktop:

If you don’t use the Recycle Bin to store deleted files , you can get rid of its desktop icon all together. Run Regedit and go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/ SOFTWARE/ Microsoft/ Windows/CurrentV ersion/explorer/ Desktop/NameSpace

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The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets

The Channel 9 guy loves Windows 7!It’s great to see Windows 7 Beta finally released to the world! We’re very proud of what has been accomplished over the last months; in many ways, it sets a new quality bar for a beta operating system release. Building on top of the Windows Vista foundation, Windows 7 adds a great deal of polish and refinement to both the user interface and the underlying architecture, while at the same time introducing many new features and improvements that support new hardware, give power users and casual users alike better tools to manage their digital lives, and enable new classes of application experience.

Over future blog entries, I’ll spend time drilling into some of those areas in more detail; of course, there are plenty of articles already out there that dissect Windows 7 in some depth, with the Windows SuperSite and Ars Technica providing notably comprehensive entries. I’d also like to draw particular attention to the series of Windows 7 interviews that Yochay Kiriaty has been posting on Channel 9, which give the inside scoop on the development of many of the most significant new features.

For now, though, I want to focus in on some of “secrets” of Windows 7: the many little tweaks and enhancements that we’ve made in this release that I’ve discovered and collated over the last few months of using Windows 7 across my home and work machines. These are the things that are too small to appear in any marketing document as “features”, but that you quickly miss when you switch to an older version of Windows. There are some who think that we’re arbitrarily hiding functionality to make Windows easy for casual users, but I’d argue that a great deal of effort has been put into this release to satisfy power users. In homage to those of us who enjoy discovering the nooks and crannies of a new operating system list, I’ve put together the longest blog post that I’ve ever written. If you’ve downloaded and installed Windows 7 Beta recently, I think you’ll enjoy this list of my thirty favorite secrets. Have fun!

  1. Windows Management. By now, you’ve probably seen that Windows 7 does a lot to make window management easier: you can “dock” a window to the left or right half of the screen by simply dragging it to the edge; similarly, you can drag the window to the top of the screen to maximize it, and double-click the window top / bottom border to maximize it vertically with the same horizontal width. What you might not know is that all these actions are also available with keyboard shortcuts:
    • Win+Left Arrow and Win+Right Arrow dock;
    • Win+Up Arrow and Win+Down Arrow maximizes and restores / minimizes;
    • Win+Shift+Up Arrow and Win+Shift+Down Arrow maximizes and restores the vertical size.

    This side-by-side docking feature is particularly invaluable on widescreen monitors – it makes the old Windows way of shift-clicking on two items in the taskbar and then using the context menu to arrange them feel really painful.

  2. Display Projection. Had enough of messing around with weird and wonderful OEM display driver utilities to get your notebook display onto an external projector? In that case, you’ll be pleased to know that projection is really quick and simple with Windows 7. Just hit Win+P, and you’ll be rewarded by the following pop-up window:
    The Win+P Projector Settings window allows you to quickly switch display settings.
    Use the arrow keys (or keep hitting Win+P) to switch to “clone”, “extend” or “external only” display settings. You can also access the application as displayswitch.exe.

    If you want broader control over presentation settings, you can also press Win+X to open the Windows Mobility Center, which allows you to turn on a presentation “mode” that switches IM clients to do not disturb, disables screensavers, sets a neutral wallpaper etc. (Note that this feature is also available in Windows Vista.)

  3. Cut Out The Clutter. Working on a document in a window and want to get rid of all the extraneous background noise? Simply hit Win+Home to minimize all the non-active background windows, keeping the window you’re using in its current position. When you’re ready, simply press Win+Home again to restore the background windows to their original locations.
  4. Multi-Monitor Windows Management. The earlier tip on window management showed how you can dock windows within a monitor. One refinement of those shortcuts is that you can use Win+Shift+Left Arrow and Win+Shift+Right Arrow to move windows from one monitor to another – keeping them in the same relative location to the monitor’s top-left origin.
  5. Command Junkies Only. One of the most popular power toys in Windows XP was “Open Command Prompt Here”, which enabled you to use the graphical shell to browse around the file system and then use the context menu to open a command prompt at the current working directory. In Windows 7 (and in Windows Vista, incidentally – although not many folk knew about it), you can simply hold the Shift key down while selecting the context menu to get exactly the same effect. If the current working directory is a network location, it will automatically map a drive letter for you.
  6. It’s a Global Village. If you’ve tried to change your desktop wallpaper, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a set of wallpapers there that match the locale you selected when you installed Windows. (If you picked US, you’ll see beautiful views of Crater Lake in Oregon, the Arches National Park, a beach in Hawai’i, etc.) In fact, there are several sets of themed wallpapers installed based on the language you choose, but the others are in a hidden directory. If you’re feeling in an international mood, simply browse to C:WindowsGlobalizationMCT and you’ll see a series of pictures under the Wallpaper directory for each country. Just double-click on the theme file in the Theme directory to display a rotation through all the pictures for that country. (Note that some countries contain a generic set of placeholder art for now.)
  7. The Black Box Recorder. Every developer wishes there was a way that an end-users could quickly and simply record a repro for the problem that they’re running into that is unique to their machine. Windows 7 comes to the rescue! Part of the in-built diagnostic tools that we use internally to send feedback on the product, the Problem Steps Recorder provides a simple screen capture tool that enables you to record a series of actions. Once you hit “record”, it tracks your mouse and keyboard and captures screenshots with any comments you choose to associate alongside them. Once you stop recording, it saves the whole thing to a ZIP file, containing an HTML-based “slide show” of the steps. It’s a really neat little tool and I can’t wait for it to become ubiquitous on every desktop! The program is called psr.exe; you can also search for it from Control Panel under “Record steps to reproduce a problem”.
    The Problem Steps Recorder provides an easy way for users to record a problem repro for later diagnosis.
  8. The Font of All Knowledge. Long Zheng will be happy: we’ve got rid of the Add Fonts dialog that has served Windows faithfully for the last twenty years. (Of course, for most of that time, it’s been deprecated – the easy way to install a set of fonts has simply been to drag them into the Fonts folder via Control Panel.) But now font installation is really easy – we’ve added an “Install” button to the font viewer applet that takes care of the installation process:
    You can install a font in Windows 7 from the standard font viewer dialog.
    There are lots of other new features built into Windows 7 that will satisfy those of a typographic bent, incidentally – grouping multiple weights together, the ability to hide fonts based on regional settings, a new text rendering engine built into the DirectWrite API, and support in the Font common file dialog for more than the four “standard” weights. For example:
    The new common font dialog in Windows 7 supports more than four weights for a font.
  9. Gabriola. As well as the other typographic features mentioned above, Windows 7 includes Gabriola, an elaborate display type from the Tiro Typeworks foundry that takes advantage of OpenType Layout to provide a variety of stylistic sets, flourishes and ornamentation ligatures:
    Some sample variants of the Gabriola display font.
  10. Who Stole My Browser? If you feel like Internet Explorer is taking a long time to load your page, it’s worth taking a look at the add-ons you have installed. One of the more helpful little additions in Internet Explorer 8 is instrumentation for add-on initialization, allowing you to quickly see whether you’re sitting around waiting for plug-ins to load. Just click Tools / Manage Add-ons, and then scroll right in the list view to see the load time. On my machine, I noticed that the Research add-on that Office 2007 installs was a particular culprit, and since I never use it, it was simple to disable it from the same dialog box.
  11. Rearranging the Furniture. Unless you’ve seen it demonstrated, you may not know that the icons in the new taskbar aren’t fixed in-place. You can reorder them to suit your needs, whether they’re pinned shortcuts or running applications. What’s particularly nice is that once they’re reordered, you can start a new instance of any of the first five icons by pressing Win+1, Win+2, Win+3 etc. I love that I can quickly fire up a Notepad2 instance on my machine with a simple Win+5 keystroke, for instance.What’s less well-known is that you can similarly drag the system tray icons around to rearrange their order, or move them in and out of the hidden icon list. It’s an easy way to customize your system to show the things you want, where you want them.
  12. Installing from a USB Memory Stick. My wife has a Samsung NC10 netbook (very nice machine, by the way), and we wanted to install Windows 7 Beta on this machine to replace the pre-installed Windows XP environment. Like most netbook-class devices, this machine has no built-in media drive, and nor did I have an external USB DVD drive available to boot off. The solution: I took a spare 4GB USB 2.0 thumbdrive, reformatted it as FAT32, and simply copied the contents of the Windows 7 Beta ISO image to the memory stick using xcopy e: f: /e /f (where e: was the DVD drive and f: was the removable drive location). Not only was it easy to boot and install from the thumbdrive, it was also blindingly fast: quicker than the corresponding DVD install on my desktop machine.It’s also worth noting in passing that Windows 7 is far better suited to a netbook than any previous operating system: it has a much lighter hard drive and memory footprint than Windows Vista, while also being able to optimize for solid state drives (for example, it switches off disk defragmentation since random read access is as fast as sequential read access, and it handles file deletions differently to minimize wear on the solid state drive).
  13. I Want My Quick Launch Toolbar Back! You might have noticed that the old faithful Quick Launch toolbar is not only disabled by default in Windows 7, it’s actually missing from the list of toolbars. As is probably obvious, the concept of having a set of pinned shortcut icons is now integrated directly into the new taskbar. Based on early user interface testing, we think that the vast majority of users out there (i.e. not the kind of folk who read this blog, with the exception of my mother) will be quite happy with the new model, but if you’re after the retro behavior, you’ll be pleased to know that the old shortcuts are all still there. To re-enable it, do the following:
    • Right-click the taskbar, choose Toolbars / New Toolbar
    • In the folder selection dialog, enter the following string and hit OK:
      %userprofile%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch
    • Turn off the “lock the taskbar” setting, and right-click on the divider. Make sure that “Show text” and “Show title” are disabled and the view is set to “small icons”.
    • Use the dividers to rearrange the toolbar ordering to choice, and then lock the taskbar again.

    If it’s not obvious by the semi-tortuous steps above, it’s worth noting that this isn’t something we’re exactly desperate for folks to re-enable, but it’s there if you really need it for some reason. Incidentally, we’d love you to really try the new model first and give us feedback on why you felt the new taskbar didn’t suit your needs.

  14. It’s a Drag. Much play has been made of the Jump Lists feature in Windows 7, allowing applications like Windows Live Messenger to offer an easy task-based entry point. Jump lists replace the default right-click context menu in the new taskbar; another way to access them (particularly useful if you’re running Windows 7 on a one-button MacBook) is by left-clicking and dragging up in a kind of “swooshing” motion. This was designed for touch-enabled devices like the beautiful HP TouchSmart all-in-one PC, where the same gesture applies.Another place where you can “swoosh” (not an official Microsoft term) is the IE 8 address bar, where the downward drag gesture brings up an expanded list containing the browser history, favorites and similar entries. The slower you drag, the cooler the animation!
  15. Standards Support. Every review of Windows 7 that I’ve seen has noted the revamped WordPad and Paint applets that add an Office-like ribbon to expose their functionality. Few, however, have noticed one small but hopefully appreciated feature: WordPad can now read and write both the Word 2007-compatible Office Open XML file format but also the OpenDocument specification that IBM and Sun have been advocating:
    WordPad in Windows 7 allows you to save in ODF or OOXML formats.
  16. Windows Vista-Style Taskbar. I wasn’t initially a fan of the Windows 7 taskbar when it was first introduced in early Windows 7 builds, but as the design was refined in the run up to the beta, I was converted and now actively prefer the new look, particularly when I’ve got lots of windows open simultaneously. For those who really would prefer a look more reminiscent of Windows Vista, the good news is that it’s easy to customize the look of the taskbar to more closely mirror the old version:
    The Windows 7 Taskbar can be configured for a Windows Vista compatibility view.
    To achieve this look, right-click on the taskbar and choose the properties dialog. Select the “small icons” checkbox and under the “taskbar buttons” setting, choose “combine when taskbar is full”. It’s not pixel-perfect in accuracy, but it’s close from a functionality point of view.
  17. Peeking at the Desktop. While we’re on the taskbar, it’s worth noting a few subtleties. You’ve probably seen the small rectangle in the bottom right hand corner: this is the feature we call “Aero Peek”, which enables you to see any gadgets or icons you’ve got on your desktop. I wanted to note that there’s a keyboard shortcut that does the same thing – just press Win+Space.
  18. Running with Elevated Rights. Want to quickly launch a taskbar-docked application as an administrator? It’s easy – hold down Ctrl+Shift while you click on the icon, and you’ll immediately launch it with full administrative rights (assuming your account has the necessary permissions, of course!)
  19. One More of the Same, Please. I’ve seen a few folk caught out by this one. If you’ve already got an application open on your desktop (for example, a command prompt window), and you want to open a second instance of the same application, you don’t have to go back to the start menu. You can simply hold down the Shift key while clicking on the taskbar icon, and it will open a new instance of the application rather than switching to the existing application. For a keyboard-free shortcut, you can middle-click with the third mouse button to do the same thing. (This trick assumes that your application supports multiple running instances, naturally.)
  20. Specialized Windows Switching. Another feature that power users will love is the ability to do a kind of “Alt+Tab” switching across windows that belong to just one application. For example, if you’ve got five Outlook message windows open along with ten other windows, you can quickly tab through just the Outlook windows by holding down the Ctrl key while you repeatedly click on the single Outlook icon. This will toggle through each of the five Outlook windows in order, and is way faster than opening Alt+Tab and trying to figure out which of the tiny thumbnail images relates to the specific message you’re trying to find.
  21. Walking Through the Taskbar. Another “secret” Windows shortcut: press Win+T to move the focus to the taskbar. Once you’re there, you can use the arrow keys to select a particular window or group and then hit Enter to launch or activate it. As ever, you can cancel out of this mode by hitting the Esc key. I don’t know for sure, but I presume this shortcut was introduced for those with accessibility needs. However, it’s equally valuable to power users – another good reason for all developers to care about ensuring their code is accessible.
  22. image The Widescreen Tip. Almost every display sold these days is widescreen, whether you’re buying a notebook computer or a monitor. While it might be great for watching DVDs, when you’re trying to get work done it can sometimes feel like you’re a little squeezed for vertical space.As a result, the first thing I do when I set up any new computer is to dock the taskbar to the left hand side of the screen. I can understand why we don’t set this by default – can you imagine the complaints from enterprise IT departments who have to retrain all their staff – but there’s no reason why you as a power user should have to suffer from default settings introduced when the average screen resolution was 800×600.

    In the past, Windows did an indifferent job of supporting “side dockers” like myself. Sure, you could move the taskbar, but it felt like an afterthought – the gradients would be wrong, the Start menu had a few idiosyncrasies, and you’d feel like something of a second-class citizen. The Windows 7 taskbar feels almost as if it was designed with vertical mode as the default – the icons work well on the side of the screen, shortcuts like the Win+T trick mentioned previously automatically switch from left/right arrows to up/down arrows, and so on. The net effect is that you wind up with a much better proportioned working space.

    Try it – in particular, if you’ve got a netbook computer that has a 1024×600 display, you’ll immediately appreciate the extra space for browsing the Internet. For the first day you’ll feel a little out of sync, but then I guarantee you’ll become an enthusiastic convert!

  23. Pin Your Favorite Folders. If you’re always working in the same four or five folders, you can quickly pin them with the Explorer icon on the taskbar. Hold the right-click button down and drag the folder to the taskbar, and it will be automatically pinned in the Explorer Jump List.
  24. Starting Explorer from “My Computer”. If you spend more time manipulating files outside of the documents folders than inside, you might want to change the default starting directory for Windows Explorer so that it opens at the Computer node:
    The Computer node in Windows 7.
    To do this, navigate to Windows Explorer in the Start Menu (it’s in the Accessories folder). Then edit the properties and change the target to read:
    %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

    If you want the change to affect the icon on the taskbar, you’ll need to unpin and repin it to the taskbar so that the new shortcut takes affect. It’s worth noting that Win+E will continue to display the documents library as the default view: I’ve not found a way to change this from the shell at this time.
  25. ClearType Text Tuning and Display Color Calibration. If you want to tune up your display for image or text display, we have the tools included out of the box. It’s amazing what a difference this makes: by slightly darkening the color of the text and adjusting the gamma back a little, my laptop display looks much crisper than it did before. You’d adjust the brightness and contrast settings on that fancy 42” HDTV you’ve just bought: why wouldn’t you do the same for the computer displays that you stare at every day?
    image image
    Check out cttune.exe and dccw.exe respectively, or run the applets from Control Panel.
  26. ISO Burning. Easy to miss if you’re not looking for it: you can double-click on any DVD or CD .ISO image and you’ll see a helpful little applet that will enable you to burn the image to a blank disc. No more grappling for shareware utilities of questionable parentage!
    You can burn an ISO image to disk with this built-in utility in Windows 7.
  27. Windows Movie Maker. Windows 7 doesn’t include a movie editing tool – it’s been moved to the Windows Live Essentials package, along with Photo Gallery, Mail and Messenger. Unfortunately, Windows Live Movie Maker is currently still in an early beta that is missing most of the old feature set (we’re reworking the application), and so you might be feeling a little bereft of options. It goes without saying that we intend to have a better solution by the time we ship Windows 7, but in the meantime the best solution for us early adopters is to use Windows Movie Maker 2.6 (which is essentially the same as the most recent update to the Windows XP version). It’s missing the full set of effects and transitions from the Windows Vista version, and doesn’t support HD editing, but it’s pretty functional for the typical usage scenario of home movie editing.
    Windows Movie Maker 2.6 is compatible with Windows 7.
    Download Windows Movie Maker 2.6 from here:
    http://microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d6ba5972-328e-4df7-8f9d-068fc0f80cfc
  28. Hiding the Windows Live Messenger Icon. Hopefully your first act after Windows 7 setup completed was to download and install the Windows Live Essentials suite of applications (if not, then you’re missing out on a significant part of the Windows experience). If you’re a heavy user of IM, you may love the way that Windows Live Messenger is front and central on the taskbar, where you can easily change status and quickly send an IM to someone:
    Windows Live Messenger appears by default on the taskbar.
    On the other hand, you may prefer to keep Windows Live Messenger in the system tray where it’s been for previous releases. If so, you can fool the application into the old style of behavior. To do this, close Windows Live Messenger, edit the shortcut properties and set the application to run in Windows Vista compatibility mode. Bingo!
  29. Enjoy The Fish. I’m surprised that not many people seem to have caught the subtle joke with the Siamese fighting fish that is part of the default background, so I’ll do my part at keeping the secret hidden. Check out wikipedia for a clue.
  30. When All Else Fails… There are always those times when you’re in a really bad spot – you can’t boot up properly, and what you really want is something you can quickly use to get at a command prompt so you can properly troubleshoot. Windows 7 now includes the ability to create a system repair disc, which is essentially a CD-bootable version of Windows that just includes the command prompt and a suite of system tools. Just type “system repair disc” in the Start Menu search box, and you’ll be led to the utility.

List of Anti-Virus Software Compatible with Windows 7

Within a few hours of Windows 7 being released my inbox started filling up with readers asking what Anti-Virus software they should install in Windows 7. Since this seems like such an important topic, I decided to make a list of packages that work.

If this is your first time here, you should check out our list of 175 Windows 7 Tweaks, Tips, and How-To Articles

Our Recommendation

If you want something that’s going to work really well, and is totally free, you should check out the free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus solution, which isn’t going to slow down your PC.

Note: as a general rule, software that works on Windows Vista should work just fine on Windows 7, with the exception of software that installs low-level system components like an Anti-Virus, firewalls, or similar. These packages often are designed to only run on specific versions of Windows.

Windows AntiVirus Detection

When you first install Windows 7, you’ll get a popup balloon message telling you that you need to find an antivirus program online… notice the wrench on the balloons that will let you turn them off easily.

Windows 7 Find Antivirus Program Online Balloon

Once you’ve installed a compatible package, the message will go away and you’ll see a message in the Action Center telling you that “Virus protection” is On:

Windows 7 Action Center

The packages should also hook into the Windows 7 update mechanism and let you know when your virus definitions are out of date.

Windows 7 Update Avira AntiVir

And now, on to the list… I took a screenshot of the Action Center screen proving that each package installs and is recognized properly by Windows 7, but I also ran through a couple of quick tests for each package.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

AVG Free is the most popular anti-virus software out there, and not only does it work just perfectly under Windows 7, but it’s on the list of a small number of software packages that are officially compatible per Microsoft.

You’ll notice that it also offers Anti-Spyware protection, and Windows recommends that you only run a single Anti-Spyware application:

Windows 7 AVG Action Center Message

For more on this package, see Mysticgeek’s review of AVG Free.

Avira AntiVir Personal Edition

Avira is a popular freeware antivirus solution that seems to be a hit on our forum, with a number of the regulars in favor of it. This software works without any issues that I could find during my quick testing.

Windows 7 Avira Action Center Message

For more on this package, see Mysticgeek’s review of AntiVir Personal Edition.

Norton AntiVirus 2009

Hardly needing an introduction, Norton AntiVirus 2009 works just fine. They are also on Microsoft’s list of compatible software for Windows 7.

Windows 7 Norton Action Center Message

You’ll notice that this provides anti-spyware protection, so you’d likely want to disable Windows Defender for performance reasons.

Avast! AntiVirus Home

Another popular Anti-Virus package that we’ve previously reviewed, this one works just fine. You’ll notice that this package provides Anti-Spyware protection as well.

Windows 7 Avast Action Center Message

Microsoft Windows Live OneCare: FAIL

This one was a bit of a surprise to me, but it turns out the previously reviewed Windows Live OneCare does not even install under Windows 7, just giving you a big fat error message:

Windows 7 Live OneCare Not Working

I guess Microsoft still has some coordination problems. (Screenshot thanks to our forum administrator Scott).

Note: OneCare is going to be discontinued in June 2009, with Microsoft switching to offering a free product instead.

Kapersky Anti-Virus 2009

This antivirus software package is also on the Microsoft official list of Windows 7 compatible software. We’ve not reviewed it here because we tend to focus on free alternatives, but it’s well-known and preferred by a few of our forum members.

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You’ll note that my virus database is out of date in the screenshot above. The Action Center consolidates all of these messages together into one place – rather useful.

McAfee VirusScan: FAIL

Reported to be not working by multiple readers including Daniel in the comments.

Also Working Per Reader Comments

These packages are reported to be working by the readers in the comments below:

  • PCGuard Anti-Virus from Virgina Media Broadband
  • ESET Nod32 Anti-Virus
  • Microsoft Forefront Client Security (Enterprise)

Thanks, keep them coming!

Important Note

Just because all of these packages install and run doesn’t mean they are necessarily “supported” by the vendors.

Ask the Readers: What Did We Miss?

Obviously if you are looking for an Anti-Virus package this list should help you out… but I would like to complete the list. If you’ve tested out any other packages, or had any issues with the ones on this list, leave a comment and I’ll update the article. (If you are reading through RSS or Email click here to leave a comment)

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