PC Tips & Tricks

Create desktop icon for restart and shutdown

Do the following:
1. Right click on your desktop
2. Then in NEW click on SHORTCUT
3. A shortcut wizard will appear
4. Type this in the box:
shutdown -s -t 00
5. Your done now right click on the folder>properties>Change Icon
And then choose any appropriate icon
For restart instead of -s type –r


Lock any folder without using any software


1. Suppose you have a folder named abcd in D:\abcd.
2. In the same drive next to the folder create a new notepad file with the exact statement
ren abcd abcd.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
3. Now save this text file as loc.bat
4. Create another notepad file and type
ren abcd.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} abcd
5. Save this as key.bat
6. Now there are two batch files. Double click loc.bat and your folder will change into Control Panel and its contents cannot be viewed .
7. To open the folder double click key.bat and you get back your original folder.
8. For more safety keep the key.bat in another location . Only for unlocking copy paste to the original location and double click
(don't forget to replace abcd with the folder name)



Hide your files in jpeg format


Well, did you know you could hide your files in a JPEG file? For this, you will only need to download WinRAR. You just need to have a little knowledge about Command Prompt and have WinRAR installed.
1. Gather all the files that you wish to hide in a folder anywhere in your PC (make it in C:\hidden - RECOMMENDED).
2. Now, add those files in a RAR archive (e.g. secret.rar). This file should also be in the same directory (C:\hidden).
3. Now, look for a simple JPEG picture file (e.g. logo.jpg). Copy/Paste that file also in C:\hidden.
4. Now, open Command Prompt (Go to Run and type ‘cmd‘). Make your working directory C:\hidden.
5. Now type: “COPY /b logo.jpg + secret.rar output.jpg” (without quotes) - Now, logo.jpg is the picture you want to show, secret.rar is the file to be hidden, and output.jpg is the file which contains both.
6. Now, after you have done this, you will see a file output.jpg in C:\hidden. Open it (double-click) and it will show the picture you wanted to show. Now try opening the same file with WinRAR, it will show the hidden archive .


Make your start menu run faster

1. Go to to 'run' Type regedit.
2. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > CONTROL PANEL > DESKTOP
3. There is an key called 'MenuShowDelay'
4. Double click on it and change 400 to 0
5. Click 'ok' and restart your computer to see changes to take effect

Set Wallpapers in Drives in XP

All you have to do is just create a "Notepad" file and copy paste this in your Drive
[{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}] iconarea_image=C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Pictures\Sample Pictures\sunset.jpg iconarea_text=0x00FFFFFF
Save it as desktop.ini



Automatically close non-responsive programs

With a small registry tweak, Windows XP can be set to automatically close any program that 'stops responding' (crashes), eliminating the need for you to use the task manager to close down the offending software manually.
To do this:
Open REGEDIT and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\ Desktop
Modify the REG_SZ entry AutoEndTasks with a value of 1

Remove shut down option

Wanna play with your friends by removing the shutdown option from start menu in their computer.
Click on start>run(win key+r)
Then tpye “regedit” there, this opens up the registry editor, now goto
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Explorer
Then set “NoClose”=”DWORD:1

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