XP Tricks II

Rename IE’s Title Bar
If you would like to see a new name for Internet Explorer in its title bar, here’s how:
1. Go to: Start >> Run
2. Type in: REGEDIT
3. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
4. Single click on "Main" to view its contents in the right pane. Scroll down and check to see if an entry "Window Title" exists. If it does not exist, then go up to Edit >> New>> String Value.
5. Right click on your new String Value entry and select "Modify" in the resulting menu.
6. In the "Value data" text box, type in whatever you would like the title bar to read, select OK when done. I have mine named "5 Star Support Explorer".
If you have done this correctly, the next time you open up Internet Explorer, you should see your new name at the title bar.
Note: Be sure to back up your registry prior to making any changes.

Encourage Windows XP to Power Off at Shutdown
Do you want your computer’s power to turn off when you shut it down, so you won’t have to manually push the power button? Here’s how:
1. Click Start, then click the Run command.
2. Type REGEDIT in the Open text box and click OK.
3. Navigate to the following Registry key: HKEY CURRENT USER\Control Panel\Desktop
4. Find the PowerOffActive entry in the right pane of the Registry Editor and double click on it.
5. In the Edit String dialog box, replace the 0 in the Value data text box with a 1, then click OK.
6. Restart the computer.
This does not work all the time as it depends on the type of hardware (motherboard) you have in your computer, but it won’t hurt anything, so give it a try.

Renaming The Start Button !!!!
To rename the start button, you will need a hex editor.
My preference is UltraEdit
Copy the \windows\explore.exe file to a new name (e.g. explorer_1.exe)
With the hex editor, open that file and go to offset 412b6
You will see the word start with blanks between each letter
Edit it be any 5 characters or less
Save the file
Boot to DOS
Copy the existing c:\windows\explorer.exe to explorer.org
Copy explorer_1.exe to explorer.exe
You will also need to replace the explorer.exe in the c:\windows\system32\dllcache file as well with the new one.
Note: If the partition is NTFS and you can’t access the files from DOS:
Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon.
Change the value of Shell from Explorer.exe to explorer_1.exe !!!!

Locking the desktop
If you are leaving your computer for a while and do not wish to turn it off, but want to assure that no-one else can use the computer while you are away, locking the desktop is the best option.
By pressing WINDOWSKEY+L, you password protect your system just as if you had logged out or restarted the computer. The advantage is that any programs or processes that were running when you locked the desktop will stay open and running in the background, ready for you to resume work or play.

Enabling Qick Reboot

This setting allows you to use the quick reboot function to restart Windows immediately without shutting down. When enabled, press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + Delete for a quick reboot.
–>Create or Find the key below-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
–>Create or modify the dword value written below
Value Name: EnableQuickReboot
–>Enter the following data type
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
–>Enter the value data written below-
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)
Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

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’
Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Disable the Disk performance counter(s)
Windows XP contains a built in performance monitor that is constantly examining various areas of your system. This information can be called up using the performance monitor application found in control panel\administrative tools. Of course, most of us have little interest in this sort of performance statistics monitoring, that being more the territory of systems administrators than individual users.
The thing is, XP is still monitoring away, and some of its observation tools can use a considerable amount of resources. The disk monitoring is an example of this, and it’s a good idea to turn the disk monitors off if you are not planning to use the performance monitor application.
To do this: Go to the command prompt (‘start\run’ then type ‘cmd’) and type ‘diskperf -N’

Smooth out your mouse movement
Assuming you are using a PS/2 mouse, this tip can help give you smoother and more precise mouse control. Good for gaming and for your nerves in general. Studies have shown that smooth mousing reduces fatigue and stress and generally promotes a healthy cheerful glow (your experience may vary).
On to the tip: Right click on ‘my computer’ and select properties. Choose the ‘hardware’ tab, then the ‘device manager’ button. From the device manager window, find your PS/2 mouse and select ‘properties.’ In the ‘advanced settings’ tab, set the ‘sample rate’ to 200.

Mouse Sonar
Here’s a good little tip for users who have trouble locating their mouse pointer on the screen. Windows XP has a nifty little ‘mouse sonar’ option available, which will cause your mouse pointer to pop-up a little concentric ring around itself to show you where it is.
Go to ‘start\control panel\mouse’ choose the ‘pointer options’ tab and check the ‘show location of pointer when I press the control key’ box.

Compressing files and folders to save space
Windows XP includes a built in compression utility which can save you some valuable space on your hard disk by archiving little used files. Working similarly to compression programs such as PKZIP and WINRAR, the built in software reduces the space your files take up on the disk at the penalty of increased disk access time for the compressed files in question. There are several ways of compressing data on your system:
If you have a pre-existing folder and would like to compress everything in it, right click on the folder, select ‘properties’ then the ‘advanced’ button at the bottom. In the ‘compress or encrypt attributes’ section, check the ‘compress contents to save disk space’ option.
If you wish to create a compressed folder for a file or folder separate from the one it is in now, right click on the item you wish to compress and choose ‘send to\compressed (zipped) folder.’ This will create a new compressed folder in the same location as the original file or folder.

Create a password reset disk
Here’s an important tip… If you are using a password protected user account in Windows XP (and you really, really should be ) you might be nervous about forgetting your password. Well here’s a way to put your mind at ease, at least a little bit. Windows XP allows users to create a password reset disk specific to their user account. This disk can be used at the welcome screen to reset your password in the event that you do forget it.
To create the disk: Go to start\control panel\user accounts. Select the account you are currently logged in as.
Under the ‘related tasks’ heading in the top left corner, click ‘prevent a forgotten password’ to open the forgotten password wizard. Insert a blank floppy disk and follow the instructions to create your password reset disk.
To use the password reset disk in case of emergency:
Once you have created a password reset disk for a specific user, the next time the password for that user is entered incorrectly at the welcome screen, a message will pop up asking if you have forgotten your password. At this point you can elect to use your password reset disk. Follow the instructions to reset your password.
Note: There are a couple of possible problems with the above procedure. For one, if you have used Windows XP’s built in encryption feature to encrypt some of your files and folders, but have not yet updated to service pack 1, do not reset your password, as you will lose access to all the encrypted data. Once you have got service pack 1, it is safe to use the disk. Also, you cannot gain access to the reset feature if you have disabled the welcome screen on XP
Keep your reset disk in a safe location, because anyone else can also use it to reset your password….

Use system restore when you cannot boot your system normally
If your system has failed to the point where you cannot access the Windows GUI either through booting normally or through safe mode, you may still have the chance to use the System Restore feature if you have it enabled, by running it form the command prompt. To do this:
Restart your computer and press F8 after the POST screen to bring up the Windows XP boot menu. Choose ‘boot in safe mode with command prompt.’
If your system gets to the command prompt successfully, type ‘%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe’ and then press enter. Follow the onscreen instructions to restore your computer to a previous saved point.

Add items to the ‘Send To’ right click option.
You will need to enable the viewing of hidden files and folders to use this tip.
Windows XP, like previous versions of the operating system, has a handy ‘send to’ option in the menu that appears when you right click an icon in explorer. By default this contains only a few options, none of which are particularly useful except for creating shortcuts.
However you can easily add your own destinations to the ‘send to’ menu. Very useful if you have a folder you use for backing up files, for example, and you want to periodically move different files and folders to that location for storage.
To add items to the ‘send to’ command: In explorer, navigate to ‘c:\documents and settings\(your user name)\send to’
Any shortcuts to folders or applications placed in this folder will appear in the ‘send to’ option when you right click an icon. You could use this to send files to a Zip program, for example. Experiment with it, and I’m sure you’ll find a few ways it can help you on a day-to-day basis.

Shut down network computers
simply type "shutdown -i" without quotes in start-run and enter.
enter the ip address or name of the computer which you want to shut down. leave a funny message and enjoy the victim.


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