Friday, December 8, 2006

Game Master (Windows XP).

Here how to win solitaire game in Windows XP:

In the middle of the game press Alt + Shift + 2

For freecell game here is the magic keys :

Ctrl + Shift + F10

Also try this for freecell game cheater:

F3 then put value -2 or -1

For pinball game try this:

Type “max1” as many as you want extra ball before start the game.

Happy cheating .........

Lock your XP workstation with two clicks.

Need to leave your XP workstation in 1 second? Follow these steps to do this:
  1. Create a new shortcut on your desktop (right click on empty area of your desktop and then choose New > Shortcut). This will open Create Shortcut wizard.
  2. Type “rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation” in the location field.
  3. Click Next, and give a name to your new shortcut, click Finish.

Double click that new shortcut to try it. If you are too lazy to make that shortcut then press Windows key + L will do the same.

Enjoy ..........

Start up without needing to enter a user name or password.

Tired of typing your password and user name? then follow these steps to get your Windows XP ready for you without typing anything.
  1. Click Start > Run and then type “control userpasswords2 “, Click Ok button. This will popup User Accounts window.
  2. On the Users tab, clear the box for Users must enter a user name and password to
    use this computer, and click Apply button. An Automatically Log On dialog box will appear, enter the user name and password for the account you want to use, click Ok button.
  3. Restart your computer to try it.

Enjoy ......

Create a password reset disk in Windows XP.

I know that you always remember your password, but in case of someone or your wife hit your head because you spent too much time on your computer and you don’t remember your password anymore ..... here help from Microsoft.

To create a floppy diskette to recover your password follows these steps:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts.
  2. Click on the account which you want to create a password disk.
  3. Click Prevent a forgotten password which starts the Forgotten Password Wizard . This is found under Related Tasks.
  4. Insert a blank, formatted disk into your floppy drive , and click Next.
  5. Enter the password in the Current user account password box.

To use the recovery disk, at the Welcome screen

  1. Click the user name whose password is on the recovery disk.
  2. Click the question mark button.
  3. Click use your password reset disk.
  4. This will start the Password Reset Wizard.
  5. Just follow the wizard's instructions and you will be able to set a new password.

Always watch your back, so you don’t get hit on the back of your head ............

Restore system file in Windows XP.

When something goes wrong with your Windows XP files (corrupt files) try this:

Put Windows XP CD in CD drive, boot from CD and choose Repair menu, type in your admin password, after command prompt show up type “ sfc /scannow”

Hopefully this works ...

Windows XP hidden applications.

Here another information I collected from the net about Windows XP application. Click Start > Run and type one of the applications below.
  1. Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters).
  2. Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe
  3. Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (views contents of Windows 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).
  8. Mcft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (appears to allow synchronization of files on the network for when working offline. Apparently undocumented).
  9. Windows 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 Windows 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 Windows Registry).
  16. Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network).
  17. File signature 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. Mcft 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. Windows 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 startup programs).
  25. gpedit.msc used to manage group policies, and permissions.

Enjoy .........

Increase your download 20%.

Do you know if Windows XP uses 20% of your bandwidth? By default Windows XP reserve your bandwidth by 20%, so that mean you only have 80% of your bandwidth. If 80% is not big enough for you, you can follow these steps to override the default setting.
  1. Click Start > Run, then type “gpedit.msc”. This will open Group Policy window.
  2. Click Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > QOS Packet Scheduler.
  3. Double click Limit reservable bandwidth on the right side of Group Policy window. This will popup Limit reservable bandwidth Properties window. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the Explain tab.
  4. So the trick is to enable reservable bandwidth (choose Enable radio button), then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%. After that click Apply button, and Ok button.

Enjoy ...........

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Backup and restore Windows XP registry.

We can make our Windows XP different and more fun, one way to make that happen is change the registry value, but don’t forget changing registry value can be very dangerous. It can make your system crash if you don’t know what are you doing. Here I want to share how to backup registry and then how to restore registry to undo registry value changes that you made if something goes wrong.

To backup:

  1. Click Start > Run and type “regedit”, click Ok button. This will popup Registry Editor window.
  2. Click File > Export, choose a location to save registry file and type in File name. Don't forget to choose All (for all value registry) or Selected branch(for your own selected registry value) in Export Range section. Click Save button.

To restore:

  1. Click Start > Run and type “regedit”, click Ok button. This will popup Registry Editor window.
  2. Click File > Import, choose a location where you saved your registry file and choose a registry file. Click Open button.

Enjoy ..........

Windows XP’s Virtual Memory

As far as I know, a paging file that Windows uses as if it were RAM called Virtual Memory. A paging file it self is an area on the hard disk. Usually a paging file is locate on drive C. How about if drive C is full? You can delete or uninstall some program on drive C to make some space, but if you don’t want to do one of those, these steps will guide you to use another drive as your virtual memory.
  1. Right click on My Computer > Properties. Choose Advanced tab on System Properties window.
  2. Click Settings button under Performance section, this will popup Performance Options window. Choose Advanced tab.
  3. Click Change button under Virtual memory section, this will popup Virtual memory window.
  4. Now on this window you can setup drive for virtual memory (under Drive section), custom your paging file size (under Paging file size for selected drive section) or let the system manage the size (choose System managed size radio button).
  5. Click Set button and Ok button when you have done.
  6. Click Apply button and Ok button on Performance Option window.
  7. Click Ok button on System Properties window.
  8. Restart your computer.

Enjoy ........

Reactivate .DLL file.

After installing a new software or application, sometimes we got an error message that tells us about missing .dll file. As long as we still have that missing file, we can reactivate that file. First you have to search that missing .dll file in your computer, if you can find it than you can go on. This method works under Windows ME, 2000, and XP. Here how to reactivate that .dll file:

Click Start > Run and type “ regsvr32(space)(name_dll)” > Ok.

Hopefully this method resolves that problem ...........

Shortcut keys for shortcut icons.

I have so many programs installed on my computer, and of course I also have so many shortcut icons on my desktop. Sometimes I got problem to find a program shortcut that I want to run, sound funny huh .... but it really happened to me. Well, if you have same problem with me or maybe just want to have fun with your computer here the steps to assign shortcut keys for shortcut icons:
  1. Right click on shortcut icon that you want to assign shortcut key, choose Properties. This will popup new window named “’Your application name’ Properties”.
  2. Click on Shortcut tab, find “Shortcut key:”,default value is “None”.
  3. Assign a letter to Shortcut key, value will change depend on letter you assigned (ex: if you assigned letter a then you’ll see Ctrl + Alt + A). Now you can just hit Ctrl + Alt + A to run the program.
  4. If you want to assign a number not a letter then you have to hit Ctrl + Alt + “number you want”.
  5. Click on Apply button, and then Ok button.

Now no more hide and seek to run a program.

Enjoy ......

Print Web Pages without background.

Save your ink, save your money. Sometimes we need to print web pages, background consumes more ink and of course consumes more money, but if you want to print the background then that will be ok for you. This tip only for people who want to save their ink and their money.

For Internet Explorer :

  1. Click on Tools > Internet Options. This will popup Internet Option window.
  2. Choose Advanced tab, look for Printing section. Make sure Print background colors and images uncheck.
  3. Click Apply button, and then Ok button.

For Firefox:

  1. Click on File > Page Setup. This will popup Page Setup window.
  2. In Options section, make sure you uncheck Print Background (colors & images).
  3. Click Ok button.

If you want to print background then just follow steps above but this time make sure you check Print background colors and images for Internet Explorer and check Print Background (colors & images) for Firefox.

Save your ink and your money bloggers .........

Disable CD-ROM Auto Run Service

Put in your CD inside your CD-ROM and your computer automatically read that CD. Some of us don’t like if our computer behave like that. You can disable this service. These steps will change your registry value, so always backup your registry before make any change. Follow these steps to disable CD-ROM Auto Run Service:
  1. Click Start, Run. Type “regedit”. This step will open Registry Editor.
  2. Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Services > Cdrom.
  3. On the right side window of Registry Editor double click on Auto Run. This will popup small window.
  4. Change Value data to 0, click Ok button, close Registry Editor and Restart Your Computer.

Enjoy .....

Bigger or smaller Recycle Bin (Windows XP).

Most people don’t care about their Recycle Bin, but some people want bigger or maybe smaller Recycle Bin. “Size does matter “ that’s what they said. Here how to increase or decrease your size:
  1. Right click on your Recycle Bin then choose properties.
  2. On the popup window you can setup your size, even for each drive you have. Default is set up to 10%. Also delete confirmation dialog can be disable or enable here.
  3. When you have done, click apply button and then ok button.

Enjoy your new size ........

How to enable or disable Internet Explorer’s Auto Complete.

This one is for newbie. If we work smart we don’t have to work hard. This Auto Complete feature can save our time and make our life easier. When we visit a website more than once, this feature will help us to fill up website address, so we don’t have to type all the address. Try it ..... and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

Here how to enable or disable Auto Complete:

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click on Tolls, Internet Options.
  2. On the popup window, choose Content tab, then click on Auto Complete button.
  3. You’ll see new popup window, here you can setup Auto Complete, clear Auto Complete history and clear password that Auto Complete remembered.
  4. After you finish with your setup don’t forget to click ok button.

Enjoy .........

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Windows XP Command

These are some of Windows XP commands that I collected from the net. Press start, run and then choose one of these commands (Commands listed on the right side after "-"):

SQL Client Configuration - cliconfg
System Configuration Editor - sysedit
System Configuration Utility - msconfig
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) - sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) - sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) - sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) - sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) - sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) -sfc/cachesize=x
System Information - msinfo32
System Properties - sysdm.cpl
Task Manager - taskmgr
TCP Tester - tcptest
Telnet Client - telnet
Tweak UI (if installed) - tweakui
User Account Management - nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager - utilman
Windows Address Book - wab
Windows Address Book Import Utility - wabmig
Windows Backup Utility (if installed) - ntbackup
Windows Explorer - explorer
Windows Firewall - firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier - magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure - wmimgmt.msc
Windows Media Player - wmplayer
Windows Messenger - msmsgs
Windows Picture Import Wizard (need camera connected) - wiaacmgr
Windows System Security Tool - syskey
Windows Update Launches - wupdmgr
Windows Version (to show which version of windows) - winver
Windows XP Tour Wizard - tourstart
Wordpad - write
Password Properties - password.cpl
Performance Monitor - perfmon.msc
Phone and Modem Options - telephon.cpl
Phone Dialer - dialer
Pinball Game - pinball
Power Configuration - powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes - control printers
Printers Folder - printers
Private Character Editor - eudcedit
Quicktime (If Installed) - QuickTime.cpl
Quicktime Player (if installed) - quicktimeplayer
Real Player (if installed) - realplay
Regional Settings - intl.cpl
Registry Editor - regedit
Registry Editor - regedit32
Remote Access Phonebook - rasphone
Remote Desktop - mstsc
Removable Storage - ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests - ntmsoprq.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) - rsop.msc
Scanners and Cameras - sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks - control schedtasks
Security Center - wscui.cpl
Services - services.msc
Shared Folders - fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows - shutdown
Sounds and Audio - mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game - spider
Malicious Software Removal Tool - mrt
Microsoft Access (if installed) - access.cpl
Microsoft Chat - winchat
Microsoft Excel (if installed) - excel
Microsoft Frontpage (if installed) - frontpg
Microsoft Movie Maker - moviemk
Microsoft Paint - mspaint
Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed) - powerpnt
Microsoft Word (if installed) - winword
Microsoft Syncronization Tool - mobsync
Minesweeper Game - winmine
Mouse Properties - control mouse
Mouse Properties - main.cpl
Nero (if installed) - nero
Netmeeting - conf
Network Connections - control netconnections
Network Connections - ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard - netsetup.cpl
Notepad - notepad
Nview Desktop Manager (If Installed) - nvtuicpl.cpl
Object Packager - packager
ODBC Data Source Administrator - odbccp32.cpl
On Screen Keyboard - osk
Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed) - ac3filter.cpl
Outlook Express - msimn
Paint - pbrush
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) - ipconfi/all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents) - ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents) - ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Release All Connections) - ipconfig /release
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections) - ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration(RefreshesDHCP&Re-RegistersDNS) - ipconfig/registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID) - ipconfig/showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID) - ipconfig /setclassid
Java Control Panel (If Installed) - jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (If Installed) - javaws
Keyboard Properties - control keyboard
Local Security Settings - secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups - lusrmgr.msc
Logs You Out Of Windows - logoff
Accessibility Controls - access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard - accwiz
Add Hardware - wizardhdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs - appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control - admintools
Adobe Acrobat (if installed) - acrobat
Adobe Designer (if installed) - acrodist
Adobe Distiller (if installed) - acrodist
Adobe ImageReady (if installed) - imageready
Adobe Photoshop (if installed) - photoshop
Automatic Updates - wuaucpl.cpl
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard - fsquirt
Calculator - calc
Certificate Manager - certmgr.msc
Character Map - charmap
Check Disk Utility - chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer - clipbrd
Command Prompt - cmd
Component Services - dcomcnfg
Computer Management - compmgmt.msc
Control Panel - control
Date and Time Properties - timedate.cpl
DDE Shares - ddeshare
Device Manager - devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed) - directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter - dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility - cleanmgr
Disk Defragment - dfrg.msc
Disk Management - diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager - diskpart
Display Properties - control desktop
Display Properties - desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) - control color
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility - drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility - verifier
Event Viewer - eventvwr.msc
Files and Settings Transfer Tool - migwiz
File Signature Verification Tool - sigverif
Findfast - findfast.cpl
Firefox (if installed) - firefox
Folders Properties - control folders
Fonts - control fonts
Fonts Folder - fonts
Free Cell Card Game - freecell
Game Controllers - joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) - gpedit.msc
Hearts Card Game - mshearts
Help and Support - helpctr
HyperTerminal - hypertrm
Iexpress Wizard - iexpress
Indexing Service - ciadv.msc
Internet Connection Wizard - icwconn1
Internet Explorer - iexplore
Internet Properties - inetcpl.cpl
Internet Setup Wizard - inetwiz

Enjoy ..........

Speed Up Your Firefox

Here I want to share what I found on the net. I believe this will usefull for all of you.
Let's start bloggers.....
Since Firefox is an open source web browser then you can setup your browser anyway you like.
These setting will speed up your firefox, before you make any change just remember what is the default setting, so if anything goes wrong just put back the default setting.
Follow these steps bloggers:

Type “about:config” di Addresse bar (URL) and hit Enter.
Change values of these parameters:

browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs – true

network.http.max-connections – 64

network.http.max-connections-per-server – 20

network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy – 10

network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server – 4

network.http.pipelining – true

network.http.pipelining.maxrequests – 100

network.http.proxy.pipelining – true

network.http.request.timeout – 300

nglayout.initialpaint.delay = 0

network.http.request.max-start-delay = 0

If nglayout.initialpaint.delay doesnt exist, Right click, new integer.


network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy = 10

network.http.proxy.pipelining = true

network.http.proxy.version = 1.0

Restart your firefox