Monday, February 26, 2007

Core 2 Duo Vs. Core Duo: Merom and Yonah square off

Intel has consistently impressed with its mobile CPUs. The ageing Pentium M processor continues to be a solid foundation for laptops or desktop PCs (like the one in our ultimate quiet PC feature). The successor to the M processor — the Core Duo (codenamed Yonah), is a marvel of engineering that helped push the Centrino brand to new heights.

But what of the recently released Core 2 Duo range of processors, known in tech circles as ‘Merom’? Intel says they are up to 20 per cent faster than the current crop of mobile chips, but are they really as good as it makes out? Bored, disillusioned with the world and with a complete lack of anything better to do, we thought we’d break it down for you Crave readers.

The first thing you need to know about Core 2 Duo is that it’s not hugely different to the Core Duo. The key difference is that the fastest chips in the range, the T7xxx series, use 4MB of level 2 cache instead of the standard 2MB. The entry-level chips use 2MB, but all Core 2 Duo CPUs have the benefit of 64-bit EM64T support — though we won’t see the full benefit of this until Windows Vista rolls around.

For our test, we got hold of three laptops, two of which were from rockdirect. The first rock laptop uses a 2.33GHz Intel T2600 CPU — the fastest in the Core Duo range — while the second uses the new 2.13GHz T7400 from the Core 2 Duo family. The third laptop is a non-retail reference sample boasting a T7600 Core 2 Duo CPU. All three laptops use identical Intel 945PM chipsets, 1GB of DDR2 533MHz memory, and an Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics card.

To put them through their paces we ran the PCMark 2005 synthetic benchmark application to test their core performance ability. We also ran 3DMark 2005 to test graphics capabilities, and MobileMark 2005 to test features such as battery life and general mobile performance. We also tried out Cinebench 9.5, a free 3D rendering benchmarking tool, to put the systems through their paces.

According to PCMark 2005, there isn’t a massive difference between the three processors. The Core 2 Duo was around 5 per cent quicker, which isn’t worth writing home about. Cinebench 9.5 showed more of a difference — the top-spec Core 2 Duo machine was 11 per cent faster than the Core Duo system in our single CPU test, and 8.5 per cent faster in the multi-CPU test.

Unsurprisingly, we didn’t spot much difference between the three processors during 3D gaming tests. They returned a nearly identical score in 3DMark 2005 and pretty much the same frame rates in F.E.A.R. As expected, the major bottleneck here is the graphics card. The Core 2 Duo processor is likely to be better than the Core Duo at running CPU-intensive games (such as those that display large numbers of non-playable characters on a screen simultaneously), but in most gaming situations the two CPUs are very similar.

The all-important battery life figures make for interesting reading. All three laptops lasted pretty much the same amount of time when playing a DVD movie and they ran out of juice within a couple of minutes of each other when browsing the Web using Wi-Fi. We can only conclude that this is a good thing, as the Core 2 Duo gives better performance without losing any battery life.

Ultimately, we have to conclude that the performance delta between Core Duo and Core 2 Duo is relatively small in most cases, but there are noticeable differences when running CPU-intensive applications. When using your laptop for simple everyday tasks like writing Word documents you’ll notice zero advantage with a Core 2 Duo. However, the new CPUs come into their own when performing more demanding tasks such as 3D rendering. Here it outperforms its predecessor by a notable, if hardly mind-blowing margin.

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:Windows Vista Command Line List and Reference:

The list of commands available in the command line shell for Windows Vista is similar to that for Windows XP but with some additions. The commands and a brief explanation of their functions is given.

Several commands are now in the standard list that were formerly available only in Support Tools or the Server 2003 Tools. For example, Robocopy from Server 2003 is now included. There are also some new commands and they are indicated with an asterisk in the list below.

  1. ASSOC Displays or modifies file extension associations.
  2. ATTRIB Displays or changes file attributes.
  3. BREAK Sets or clears extended CTRL+C checking.
  4. *BCDEDIT Sets properties in boot database to control boot loading.
  5. CACLS Displays or modifies access control lists (ACLs) of files.
  6. CALL Calls one batch program from another.
  7. CD Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
  8. CHCP Displays or sets the active code page number.
  9. CHDIR Displays the name of or changes the current directory.
  10. CHKDSK Checks a disk and displays a status report.
  11. CHKNTFS Displays or modifies the checking of disk at boot time.
  12. CLS Clears the screen.
  13. CMD Starts a new instance of the Windows command interpreter.
  14. COLOR Sets the default console foreground and background colors.
  15. COMP Compares the contents of two files or sets of files.
  16. COMPACT Displays or alters the compression of files on NTFS partitions.
  17. CONVERT Converts FAT volumes to NTFS. You cannot convert the current drive.
  18. COPY Copies one or more files to another location.
  19. DATE Displays or sets the date.
  20. DEL Deletes one or more files.
  21. DIR Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.
  22. DISKCOMP Compares the contents of two floppy disks.
  23. DISKCOPY Copies the contents of one floppy disk to another.
  24. DISKPART Displays or configures Disk Partition properties.
  25. DOSKEY Edits command lines, recalls Windows commands, and creates macros.
  26. DRIVERQUERY Displays current device driver status and properties.
  27. ECHO Displays messages, or turns command echoing on or off.
  28. ENDLOCAL Ends localization of environment changes in a batch file.
  29. ERASE Deletes one or more files.
  30. EXIT Quits the CMD.EXE program (command interpreter).
  31. FC Compares two files or sets of files, and displays the differences between them.
  32. FIND Searches for a text string in a file or files.
  33. FINDSTR Searches for strings in files.
  34. FOR Runs a specified command for each file in a set of files.
  35. FORMAT Formats a disk for use with Windows.
  36. FSUTIL Displays or configures the file system properties.
  37. FTYPE Displays or modifies file types used in file extension associations.
  38. GOTO Directs the Windows command interpreter to a labeled line in a batch program.
  39. GPRESULT Displays Group Policy information for machine or user.
  40. GRAFTABL Enables Windows to display an extended character set in graphics mode.
  41. HELP Provides Help information for Windows commands.
  42. *ICACLS Display, modify, backup, or restore ACLs for files and directories.
  43. IF Performs conditional processing in batch programs.
  44. LABEL Creates, changes, or deletes the volume label of a disk.
  45. MD Creates a directory.
  46. MKDIR Creates a directory.
  47. *MKLINK Creates Symbolic Links and Hard Links
  48. MODE Configures a system device.
  49. MORE Displays output one screen at a time.
  50. MOVE Moves one or more files from one directory to another directory.
  51. OPENFILES Displays files opened by remote users for a file share.
  52. PATH Displays or sets a search path for executable files.
  53. PAUSE Suspends processing of a batch file and displays a message.
  54. POPD Restores the previous value of the current directory saved by PUSHD.
  55. PRINT Prints a text file.
  56. PROMPT Changes the Windows command prompt.
  57. PUSHD Saves the current directory then changes it.
  58. RD Removes a directory.
  59. RECOVER Recovers readable information from a bad or defective disk.
  60. REM Records comments (remarks) in batch files or CONFIG.SYS.
  61. REN Renames a file or files.
  62. RENAME Renames a file or files.
  63. REPLACE Replaces files.
  64. RMDIR Removes a directory.
  65. ROBOCOPY Advanced utility to copy files and directory trees
  66. SET Displays, sets, or removes Windows environment variables.
  67. SETLOCAL Begins localization of environment changes in a batch file.
  68. SC Displays or configures services (background processes).
  69. SCHTASKS Schedules commands and programs to run on a computer.
  70. SHIFT Shifts the position of replaceable parameters in batch files.
  71. SHUTDOWN Allows proper local or remote shutdown of machine.
  72. SORT Sorts input.
  73. START Starts a separate window to run a specified program or command.
  74. SUBST Associates a path with a drive letter.
  75. SYSTEMINFO Displays machine specific properties and configuration.
  76. TASKLIST Displays all currently running tasks including services.
  77. TASKKILL Kill or stop a running process or application.
  78. TIME Displays or sets the system time.
  79. TITLE Sets the window title for a CMD.EXE session.
  80. TREE Graphically displays the directory structure of a drive or path.
  81. TYPE Displays the contents of a text file.
  82. VER Displays the Windows version.
  83. VERIFY Tells Windows whether to verify that your files are written correctly to a disk.
  84. VOL Displays a disk volume label and serial number.
  85. XCOPY Copies files and directory trees.
  86. WMIC Displays WMI information inside interactive command

Access a Free Yahoo! Mail Account with Outlook Exp:

Access a Free Yahoo! Mail Account with Outlook Express!
Folow the steps bellow:

1. Download YPOPs! from here:

2. Install YPOPs! and make sure it is running..

3. Open Outlook Express.
Select Tools > Accounts... from the menu in Outlook Express.

Click "Add" and select "Mail..."

Type your name.
Click Next >Enter your Yahoo! Mail address ("", for example).
Click Next > again.

Make sure POP3 is selected under My incoming mail server is a ___ server..

Enter "localhost" under Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP) server:.

Type "localhost" under Outgoing mail (SMTP) server: as well.

Click Next >

Type your Yahoo! Mail user name under Account name:.

The user name is your Yahoo! Mail address sans "". In this example, the user name is "hmmzl34".
Enter your Yahoo! Mail password under Password:Click Next >Click Finish.

Highlight localhost in the Internet Accounts window.Click Properties.

Type "Yahoo! Mail" under Mail Account.Click OK.Click Close.

Best tricks foe using windows!!!

System Tips

Use the 'wild card' (*) in system searches. It's possible to find all pictures by using *.jpg, for instance. To list virtually every graphic on your hard drive, try *.jpg; *.png; *.gif; *.bmp. Multiple searches are possible using a semicolon followed by a space, then the next item. This works foe other file types, too, like *.doc or *.txt. The use of shortcut keys instead of mouse clicks is much more efficient. Re-training oneself to do so is a bit more challenging. Most folks know that pressing the CTRL key plus x cuts and item, CTRL+ c copies and CTRL+ v pastes, but don't forget to 'unload' the clipboard after copying a large graphic or hitting 'Print Screen.' Just copy something small, like a word of text, to replace that large load. Otherwise it ties up precious memory. Here are some more to try: CTRL+ A: Highlights all text in document CTRL+ close window closes all windows Windows: Display the Start menu Windows + D: Minimize or restore all windows Windows + E: Display Windows Explorer Windows + F: Display Search for files Windows + Ctrl + F: Display Search for computer Windows + F1: Display Help and Support Center Windows + R: Display Run dialog box Windows + break: Display System Properties dialog box Windows + shift + M: Undo minimize all windows Windows + tab: move through taskbar buttons Windows + U: Open Utility Manager And a new one (04/26/02) from Mark M.: CTRL+ Z is an unlimited UNDO In rich text environments like Outlook Express or Microsoft Word, SHIFT will traditionally 'select' and CTRL will 'move.' CTRL+ BACKSPACE will delete entire words at a time; CTRL+ HOME will take you to the top of the document; CTRL+ SHIFT + HOME will select all data between your cursor and the top of your document (END will take you to the end); CTRL+ LEFT CURSOR will move you one word back (and RIGHT will move you right); SHIFT+ HOME will select all text in that paragraph or line. Want more? Search "Keyboard Shortcuts" on your own computer.

Do Internet with Airtel n Bluetooth..

first download firefox........change its setting.go in tool<<<ur ready to do internet......

Search For Hidden Or System Files In Windows XPThe Search companion in Windows XP searches for hidden and system files differently than in earlier versions of Windows. This guide describes how to search for hidden or system files in Windows XP. Search for Hidden or System Files By default, the Search companion does not search for hidden or system files. Because of this, you may be unable to find files, even though they exist on the drive. To search for hidden or system files in Windows XP: Click Start, click Search, click All files and folders, and then click More advanced options. Click to select the Search system folders and Search hidden files and folders check boxes. NOTE: You do not need to configure your computer to show hidden files in the Folder Options dialog box in Windows Explorer to find files with either the hidden or system attributes, but you need to configure your computer not to hide protected operating system files to find files with both the hidden and system attributes. Search Companion shares the Hide protected operating system files option (which hides files with both the system and hidden attributes) with the Folder Options dialog box Windows Explorer.

Tips & Tricks for Symbians!!!

Tip 1 : Do u know how to use the edit button (abc or pencil button)?Heres how... in the inbox for example; u wanna delete multiple sms, simply hold the edit button, scroll down, and then, press c to delete the marked sms. The edit button can also b used to copy and past text in sms, simply hold it and scroll across, choose copy. pretty good for placing song names in ngages Tip 2 : Shit happens, on a smartphone, its inevitable u do something wrong, and tis calls for a format of fone. to format the fone, press *#7370#, then enter the lock code, which is the sec code of the fone. NOTE: batt must b full, else if format is disrupted by low batt, consequences will b disatrous I heard the code *#7780# works too, pretty much the same i tink. for 6600 users, to format the fone, theres an alternative way. Press and hold <3>, <*> and Call (Send) buttons, then power on fone, keep holding on the 3 buttons, till u come to a format screen. this method ONLY works on 6600, and need not enter the sec code. BUT sec code would be reset to default 12345.

Tip 3 : TO NGAGE USERS; Did u know u can install .sis files simply using the cable given? Juz plug it in, place the .sis file anywhere on e: (the mmc), not in any folders, root of e:, disconnect, then look for it in manager.

Tip 4: Save on battery and system memory being used by regulary checking the task manager which can be accessed by holding down the menu button!!

Tip 4a: Set the screen saver to a short time out period to prolong battery life.Tip 4b: Avoid restarting the phone, or repeatedly turning it on and off. This helps increase battery life.

Tip 5: Type *#06# to display your IMEI serial number, very valuable for the unlocking your phone to other sim cards

Tip 6: Type *#0000# to view which firmware version you are running

Tip 7: If you would like to avoid being "blue jacked", keep bluetooth turned off, or set your phone's visibility to hidden.

Tip 8: Don't want to carry a watch and a phone? Set the screen saver to show date and time, then you can ditch the watch.

Make your 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. Note

•To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.

•This option is only available for folders included in your user profile. Folders in your user profile include My Documents and its sub folders, Desktop, Start Menu, Cookies, and Favorites. If you do not make these folders private, they are available to everyone who uses your computer.

•When you make a folder private, all of its sub-folders are private as well. For example, when you make My Documents private, you also make My Music and My Pictures private. When you share a folder, you also share all of its sub folders unless you make them private.

•You cannot make your folders private if your drive is not formatted as NTFS For information about converting your drive to NTFS

Faster boot time in xp:

First, let's do a bit of comparing with the "before and after" you try this registry trick. Please try restarting your pc and observe at the blue lines that appear upon booting. Notice how many times it appeared? Now try this...

Here's How:

[hide]To increase system boot speed, here's what you can do:

1. Start>run> and type ''regedit''

2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/ SYSTEM / CurrentControlSet / Control / Session Manager / Memory Managment / PrefetchParameters / EnablePrefetcher.

3. Double click on "Enableprefetcher"

4. Past 1 in Value Date, and Hexadecimal most be on(enable)

Then restart the pc and and look at the blue lines again. See how many times or how fast it goes? Most of the time it just quickly passes that part.


Windows RUN Commands...:

Wanted to Browse fast in windows. Remember these commands.
This will really save a lot of time of your. There are many
commands which you might have never seen or never knew.
There are certain properties of windows which you hardly know
exist in windows. Here is a list of 112 run commands.

Windows Run Commands

Accessibility Controls------- access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard------- hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs------- appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools------- control admintools
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
timedate.cpl------- 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
File Signature Verification Tool------- sigverif
Findfast------- findfast.cpl
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
Iexpress Wizard------- iexpress
Indexing Service------- ciadv.msc
Internet Properties------- inetcpl.cpl
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration)------- ipconfig /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 (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS)------- ipconfig /registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID)------- ipconfig /showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID)------- ipconfig /setclass
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
Microsoft Chat------- winchat
Minesweeper Game------- winmine
Mouse Properties------- control mouse
Mouse Properties------- main.cpl
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
Password Properties------- password.cpl
Performance Monitor------ perfmon.msc
Performance Monitor------- perfmon
Phone and Modem Options------- telephon.cpl
Power Configuration------- powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes------- control printers
Printers Folder------- printers
Private Character Editor------- eudcedit
Quicktime (If Installed)------- QuickTime.cpl
Regional Settings------- intl.cpl
Registry Editor------- regedit
Registry Editor------- regedit32
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
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 Properties------- sysdm.cpl
Task Manager------- taskmgr
Telnet Client------- telnet
User Account Management------- nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager------- utilman
Windows Firewall------- firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier------- magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure------- wmimgmt.msc
Windows System Security Tool------- syskey
Windows Update Launches------- wupdmgr
Windows XP Tour Wizard------- tourstart
Wordpad------- write


OK buddy, doctor's diagnosis - virus/spyware infection. You should scan your PC for viruses ASAP. I am assuming that there is no updated resident antivirus program on your PC, and that the virus in question may contain protected TSRs. So, I would recommend the Sophos Command Line scanner for now, use the link in the subject line to download, its 10.1MB.

Just download, extract, and burn the files to a disc on an uninfected computer (recommended). Then, boot up your PC in 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt' with the disc in the drive. Change directory to wherever sav32cli.exe is on the CD, and type the following:


The DI switch disinfects, REMOVE toasts lost souls, and the log file will give you an idea of who those lost souls are, should you have to reinstall them.



Fast User Switching can be turned-on with Windows XP Professional only when your computer is not part of a domain.

Power Options in Control Panel lets you adjust any power management option that your computer's unique hardware configuration supports. These options vary widely from computer to computer. Power Options automatically detects what is available on your computer and shows you only the options that you can control.

ACPI—If you are not sure whether your computer is ACPI–compliant, check your manufacturer's documentation. During Windows Setup, ACPI is installed only if all components present during Setup support power management.

The Hibernate function in Windows XP Professional can make the batteries in your laptop computer last longer.

Windows XP supports the industry standard power management technology known as the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), which enables the operating system to control power to your computer and peripheral devices. The power management features in Windows XP include Hibernate and Standby. Hibernate saves an image of your desktop with all open files and documents, and then it powers down your computer. When you turn on power, your files and documents are open on your desktop exactly as you left them. Standby reduces the power consumption of your computer by cutting power to hardware components you are not using. Standby can cut power to peripheral devices, your monitor, even your hard drive, but maintains power to your computer’s memory so you don’t lose your work.

Power Management Performance
Windows XP wakes from Hibernate faster than any earlier version of Windows. So you can preserve your batteries without taking time to close all your files and shut down, and then restart and open all your files when you’re ready to work again. If you need to leave your computer, you can just leave it. Windows XP can automatically put your computer into Hibernate mode after a specified period of inactivity. Or Windows XP can detect when your batteries are running low, and then automatically put your computer in Hibernate mode to save your work before the battery fails. To put your computer into hibernation, you must have a computer that is set up by the manufacturer to support this option.

To automatically put your computer into hibernation:
You must be logged on to your computer with an owner account in order to complete this procedure.

· Open Power Options in Control Panel. (Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Power Options.).

· Click the Hibernate tab, select the Enable hibernate support check box, and then click Apply.

If the Hibernate tab is unavailable, your computer does not support this feature.
Click the APM tab, click Enable Advanced Power Management support, and then click Apply.

The APM tab is unavailable on ACPI–compliant computers. ACPI automatically enables Advanced Power Management, which disables the APM tab.
Click the Power Schemes tab, and then select a time period in System hibernates. Your computer hibernates after it has been idle for the specified amount of time.

To manually put your computer into hibernation:
You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of either the Administrators or Power Users group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure.

· Open Power Options in Control Panel. (Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Power Options.).

· Click the Hibernate tab, and then select the Enable hibernate support check box.

· If the Hibernate tab is not available, your computer does not support this feature.

· Click OK to close the Power Options dialog box.

· Click Start, and then click Shut Down.

· In the What do you want the computer to do drop-down list, click Hibernate.

If you are using Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP Professional with Fast User Switching turned on, the Shut Down menu will present the options to Stand By, Turn Off, or Restart your computer. Hold down the Shift key, and the Stand By button will change to Hibernate.


Nokia Secret GSM Codes
To check the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) type *#06#

Information you get from the IMEI :


TAC FAC SNR SPTAC = Type approval code
FAC = Final assembly code
SNR = Serial number

SP = Spare

To check the phones software revision type *#0000#
Information you get from the software revision :
V 05.31
-1st line = software revision-2nd line = the date of the software release
-3rd line = phone type(generation)

TO ENTER THE SERVICE MENU type *#92702689# (*#WAROANTY#)-Serial number IMEI
-Production date(MM/YY)
-Purchase date (MM/YY) You can only enter the date once.
-Date of last repair (0000=No repair)-

Transfer user data to another Nokia phone via infra red

NOKIA 1610/1611

*#170602112302# show the software version

NOKIA 2110

*#3283# phone information
for 2110i *#170602112302# or *#9999# to see the software version
for 2110 *#682371158412125# to see the software version

NOKIA 3110
*#7780# make a reset
*#3110# to see the software version
*#92702689# to enter the secret menu

NOKIA 5110
*#0000# show the software version
*#92702689# to enter the secret menu

NOKIA 6110/6150
*#0000# show the software version
*#92702689# to enter the secret menu

NOKIA 8110/8210/8810
*#0000# show the software version
*#921702689# to enter the secret menu


New Vista RTM Timer Stopper Crack:

How to activate Vista RTM with Timer Stopper Crack by Dr. Hisham - CORE - (C)hallenge (O)f (R)everse (E)ngineering!.

New Windows Vista instalation:

1. Go to your BIOS, set the year to 2099.

2. Disconnect Internet (physically pull out your LAN cable if you will tongue.gif )

3. Install Vista. DO NOT enter any key while installing, and select the Ultimate edition.

4. Once vista boots up for the first time, set the year back to 2006 (from within Vista). Remember, internet should still be disconnected.

5. Reboot, and check date in BIOS to make sure its 2006.

6. Use enclosed patch

7. Unzip the patch and run the exe.

8. Click on test. It should say 4 timers stopped.

9. Click on the install button.

10. Reboot.

11. Connect Internet

12. Test by typing “slmgr -dlv” in the command prompt (in administrator mode), and note the minutes.

13. After about an hour of use, reboot and redo step 12. The minutes should remain same!

14. Enjoy!

If you already have vista installed, you dont need to re-install it. You can just re-arm in 2099. Steps:

1. Go to your BIOS, set the year to 2099.

2. Disconnect Internet (physically pull out your LAN cable if you will tongue.gif )

3. Boot vista, open command prompt in administrator mode and type “slmgr -rearm”. Wait for the command to complete, and then reboot.

4. Once vista boots up, set the year back to 2006 (from within Vista). Remember, internet should still be disconnected.

5. Reboot, and check date in BIOS to make sure its 2006.

6. Use enclosed patch

7. Unzip the patch and run the exe.

8. Click on test. It should say 4 timers stopped.

9. Click on the install button.

10. Reboot.

11. Connect Internet

12. Test by typing “slmgr -dlv” in the command prompt (in administrator mode), and note the minutes.

13. After about an hour of use, reboot and redo step 12. The minutes should remain same!

14. Enjoy!



Optimize Windows XP:

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· Remove Annoying Delete Confirmation Messages
Although not strictly a performance tweak I love this fix as it makes my machine ‘feel’ faster. I hate the annoying ‘are you sure?’ messages that XP displays, especially if I have to use a laptop touchpad to close them. To remove these messages:

  • Right-click on the ‘Recycle Bin’ on the desktop and then click ‘Properties’
  • Clear the ‘Display Delete Confirmation Dialog’ check box and click ‘Ok’. If you do accidentally delete a file don’t worry as all is not lost. Just go to your Recycle Bin and ‘Restore’ the file.

· Disable Indexing Services:

  • Indexing Services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer; it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don’t search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completely unnecessary. To disable do the following:
  • Go to Start
  • Click Settings
  • Click Control Panel
  • Double-click Add/Remove Programs
  • Click the Add/Remove Window Components
  • Uncheck the Indexing services box
  • Click ‘Next’

· Optimize Display Settings :

Windows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimize:

  • Go to Start
  • Click Settings
  • Click Control Panel
  • Click System
  • Click Advanced tab
  • In the Performance tab click Settings
  • Leave only the following ticked:
  1. Show shadows under menus
  2. Show shadows under mouse pointer
  3. Show translucent selection rectangle
  4. Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
  5. Use visual styles on windows and buttons

· Speedup Folder Browsing :

You may have noticed that every-time you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers every-time you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:
Open My Computer:

  • Click on Tools menu
  • Click on Folder Options
  • Click on the View tab.
  • Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box
  • Click Apply
  • Click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

· Disable Performance Counters:

Windows XP has a performance monitor utility which monitors several areas of your PC’s performance. These utilities take up system resources so disabling is a good idea.

To disable:

  • download and install the Extensible Performance Counter List
    Then select each counter in turn in the ‘Extensible performance counters’ window and clear the ‘performance counters enabled’ checkbox at the bottom below
  • Improve Memory Usage Cacheman
  • Cacheman Improves the performance of your computer by optimizing the disk cache, memory and a number of other settings. Once Installed:
  • Go to Show Wizard and select All
  • Run all the wizards by selecting Next or Finished until you are back to the main menu. Use the defaults unless you know exactly what you are doing
  • Exit and Save Cacheman
  • Restart Windows

· Optimize your internet connection:

There are lots of ways to do this but by far the easiest is to run TCP/IP Optimizer:

  • Download and install
  • Click the General Settings tab and select your Connection Speed (Kbps)
  • Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet
  • Check Optimal Settings then Apply
  • Reboot

· Optimise Your Pagefile:

If you give your pagefile a fixed size it saves the operating system from needing to resize the page file:

  • Right click on My Computer and select Properties
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • Under Performance choose the Settings button
    Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change
  • Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.

Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512MB or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.

· Run BootVis - Improve Boot Times
BootVis will significantly improve boot times:

  • Download and Run
  • Select Trace
  • Select Next Boot and Driver Trace
  • A Trace Repetitions screen will appear, select Ok and Reboot
  • Upon reboot, BootVis will automatically start, analyze and log your system’s boot process.
  • When it’s done, in the menu go to Trace and select Optimize System
  • Reboot.
  • When your machine has rebooted wait until you see the Optimizing System box appear. Be patient and wait for the process to complete

· Remove Fonts for Speed:

Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.

  • Open Control Panel
  • Open Fonts folder
  • Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:\FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.

Intermediate Users:

Turn Off System Restore:-
System Restore can be a useful if your computer is having problems, however storing all the restore points can literally take up Gigabytes of space on your hard drive. To turn off System Restore:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Performance and Maintenance
  • Click on System
  • Click on the System Restore tab
  • Tick ‘Turn off System Restore on All Drives’
  • Click ‘Ok’

Defragment Your Pagefile:-
Keeping your pagefile defragmented can provide a major performance boost. One of the best ways of doing this is to create a separate partition on your hard drive just for your page file, so that it doesn’t get impacted by normal disk usage. Another way of keeping your pagefile defragmented is to run PageDefrag. This cool little app can be used to defrag your pagefile, and can also be set to defrag the pagefile every time your PC starts. To install:

  • Download and Run PageDefrag
  • Tick “Defrag at next Reboot”,
  • Click “Ok”
  • Reboot

· Make Your Menus Load Faster:

This is one of my favourite tweaks as it makes a huge difference to how fast your machine will ‘feel’. What this tweak does is remove the slight delay between clicking on a menu and XP displaying the menu.

  • Go to Start then Run
  • Type ‘Regedit’ then click ‘Ok’
  • Find “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop”
  • Select “MenuShowDelay”
  • Right click and select “Modify’
  • Reduce the number to around “100?

This is the delay time before a menu is opened. You can set it to “0? but it can make windows really hard to use as menus will open if you just look at them - well move your mouse over them anyway. I tend to go for anywhere between 50-150 depending on my mood

· Make Programs Load Faster :

This little tweak tends to work for most programs. If your program doesn’t load properly just undo the change. For any program:

  • Right-click on the icon/shortcut you use to launch the program
  • Select properties
  • In the ‘target’ box, add ‘ /prefetch:1′ at the end of the line.
  • Click “Ok”

· Ensure XP Is Using DMA Mode:

XP enables DMA for Hard-Drives and CD-Roms by default on most ATA or ATAPI (IDE) devices. However, sometimes computers switch to PIO mode which is slower for data transfer - a typical reason is because of a virus. To ensure that your machine is using DMA:

  • Open ‘Device Manager’
  • Double-click ‘IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers’
  • Right-click ‘Primary Channel’ and select ‘Properties’ and then ‘Advanced Settings’
  • In the ‘Current Transfer Mode’ drop-down box, select ‘DMA if Available’ if the current setting is ‘PIO Only’

Advanced Users :

Speed Up Boot Times I
This tweak works by creating a batch file to clear the temp and history folders everytime you shutdown so that your PC doesn’t waste time checking these folders the next time it boots. It’s quite simple to implement:

  • Open Notepad and create a new file with the following entries:
  1. RD /S /q “C:\Documents and Settings”UserName without quotes”\Local Settings\History”
  2. RD /S /q “C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\History”
  3. RD /S /q “D:\Temp” <–”Deletes temp folder, type in the location of your temp folder”
  • Save the new as anything you like but it has to be a ‘.bat’ file e.g. fastboot.bat or deltemp.bat
  • Click ‘Start’ then ‘Run’
  • Type in ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit ‘ok’
  • Click on ‘Computer Configuration’ then ‘Windows Settings’
  • Double-click on ‘Scripts’ and then on ‘Shutdown’
  • Click ‘Add’ and find the batch file that you created and then press ‘Ok’

Speed Up Boot Times II:

When your PC starts it usually looks for any bootable media in any floppy or cd-rom drives you have installed before it gets around to loading the Operating System from the HDD. This can waste valuable time. To fix this we need to make some changes to the Bios.

  • To enter the bios you usually press ‘F2′ or ‘delete’ when your PC starts
  • Navigate to the ‘Boot’ menu
  • Select ‘Boot Sequence’
  • Then either move your Hard drive to the top position or set it as the ‘First Device’5. Press the ‘Escape’ key to leave the bios. Don’t forget to save your settings before exiting

Note: Once this change has been made, you won’t be able to boot from a floppy disc or a CD-rom. If for some strange reason you need to do this in the future, just go back into your bios, repeat the steps above and put your floppy or CD-rom back as the ‘First Device’

Speed Up Boot Times III:

When your computer boots up it usually has to check with the network to see what IP addresses are free and then it grabs one of these. By configuring a manually assigned IP address your boot time will improve. To do this do the following:

  • Click on ‘Start’ and then ”Connect To/Show All Connections’
  • Right-click your network adapter card and click ‘Properties’
  • On the ‘General’ tab, select ‘TCP/IP’ in the list of services and click ‘Properties’
  • In the TCP/IP properties, click ‘Use the following address’ and enter an IP address for your PC. If you are using a router this is usually 192.168.0.xx or 192.168.1.xx. If you are not sure what address you could check with your ISP or go to ‘Start/run’ and type ‘cmd’ and then ‘ipconfig/all’. This will show your current IP settings which you will need to copy
  • Enter the correct details for ‘Subnet mask’, ‘Default gateway’ and ‘DNS Server’. Again if you are not sure what figures to enter use ‘ipconfig/all’ as in stage 4 ·

Disable Unnecessary Services:

Because Windows XP has to be all things to all people it has many services running that take up system resources that you will never need.Below is a list of services that can be disabled on most machines:

  • Alerter
  • Clipbook
  • Computer Browser
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • Fast User Switching
  • Help and Support - (If you use Windows Help and Support leave this enabled)
  • Indexing Service
  • IPSEC Services
  • Messenger
  • Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
  • Portable Media Serial Number
  • Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
  • Remote Procedure Call Locator
  • Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
  • Remote Registry Service
  • Secondary Logon
  • Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
  • Server
  • SSDP Discovery Service - (Unplug n’ Pray will disable this)
  • Telnet
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • Upload Manager
  • Universal Plug and Play Device Host
  • Windows Time
  • Wireless Zero Configuration (Do not disable if you use a wireless network)

To disable these services:

  • Go to Start and then Run and type “services.msc”
  • Doubleclick on the service you want to change
  • Change the startup type to ‘Disable” ·

Speedup Folder Access - Disable Last Access Update:

If you have a lot of folders and subdirectories on your computer, when you access a directory XP wastes a lot of time updating the time stamp showing the last access time for that directory and for ALL sub directories. To stop XP doing this you need to edit the registry. If you are uncomfortable doing this then please do not attempt.

  • Go to Start and then Run and type “regedit”
  • lick through the file system until you get to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem”
  • Right-click in a blank area of the window on the right and select ‘DWORD Value’
  • Create a new DWORD Value called ‘NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate’
  • Then Right click on the new value and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the Value Data to ‘1′
  • Click ‘OK’ ·

Improve Boot Times:

A great new feature in Microsoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option in enables but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.

  • Go to Start Menu and Click Run
  • Type in “Regedit” then click ok
  • Find “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOpt imizeFunction”
  • Select “Enable” from the list on the right
  • Right on it and select “Modify”
  • hange the value to “Y to enable”
  • Reboot ·

Improve Swapfile Performance:

If you have more than 256MB of RAM this tweak will considerably improve your performance. It basically makes sure that your PC uses every last drop of memory (faster than swap file) before it starts using the swap file.

  • Go to Start then Run
  • Type “msconfig.exe” then ok
  • Click on the System.ini tab
  • Expand the 386enh tab by clicking on the plus sign
  • Click on new then in the blank box type”ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1?
  • Click OK
  • Restart PC ·

Improve XP Shutdown Speed:

This tweak reduces the time XP waits before automatically closing any running programs when you give it the command to shutdown.

  • Go to Start then select Run
  • Type ‘Regedit’ and click ok
  • Find ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop’Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’
  • Right click and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the value to ‘1000′
  • Click ‘OK’
  • Now select ‘HungAppTimeout’
  • Right click and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the value to ‘1000′
  • Click ‘OK’
  • Now find ‘HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop’
  • Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’
  • Right click and select ‘Modify’
  • Change the value to ‘1000′
  • Click ‘OK’
  • ow find ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control’
  • elect ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’
  • Right click and select ‘Modify’
  • ange the value to ‘1000′
  • Click ‘OK’

I hope you found this guide useful and that implementing these tweaks will give your XP installation a second lease of life!


Sunday, February 25, 2007

Knowledge 2 share..............Part-II

Windows XP Tips & Tricks - PART-I

Deleting System Softwares:

XP hides some system software you might want to remove, such as Windows Messenger, but you can tickle it and make it disgorge everything. Using Notepad or Edit, edit the text file /windows/inf/sysoc.inf, search for the word 'hide' and remove it. You can then go to the Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components and there will be your prey, exposed and vulnerable.

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.

Increasing Band-Width By 20%:

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

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-9F08-00AA002F954E}
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.

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.

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_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]"Search Page"="""Search Bar"="" [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL]""="" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search]"SearchAssistant"="" .

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.

Customize Logon prompt with your Own Words:

Open Registry by going to Start then Run, entering regedit and Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\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.
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.

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.

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 SettingsNow 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_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet. Explorer\Main. 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_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\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_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail] 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\Windows\CurrentVersion\ThemeManager] 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:
Click on the "Recycle Bin" string in the right hand pane. Hit Delete, click OK.

Windows XP Tips & Tricks - PART-II

Adding Administrative Tools Icon To The Desktop:

Open Registry Editor. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace . Create the following key: {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153} (just copy/paste, including the brackets). Close Registry Editor. There is no need to reboot. Just wait a few seconds and see how the icon appears.

Creating The Suspend Shortcut:

Right click on the Desktop .New / Shortcut. Enter in rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState . Give it whatever name you want. Now when you click on that shortcut, your computer will shutdown and suspend.

Disable XP Load Screen:

By disabling the load screen you can boost the boot up time by a couple of seconds, if not more. To disable the load screen, open the “msconfig” utility: go to Start>Run, type in “msconfig” without quotes and press Enter. In the subsequent window, select the ‘boot.ini’ tab. Check
the /NOGUIBOOT option and press ‘Apply’. Restart Windows to see the effect.

To Remove Arrow Signs From Desktop Shortcuts:

Open registry editor by going to Start then Run and entering regedit. Once in registry, navigate to key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\ and rename the string value IsShortcut to AriochIsShortcut.

Make Your Internet Explorer As Fast As FireFox:

Open registry editor by going to Start then Run and entering regedit. Once in registry, navigate to key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\InternetSettings. Right click @ windows right > New > DWORD. type MaxConnectionsPerServer > You can set value (the more higher the no, the more good speed u get, e;g : 99). Create another DWORD >type MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server. Then put a high value as mentioned above. Restart I.E and you are done.

Disable Disk Performance Counters:

Win XP comes with many inbuilt performance monitoring applications that constantly examine various parts of the system. This information can be of real use to a system administrator for collecting performance statistics. However, for a home user, these statistics hold no value and since the monitoring happens all the time, it consumes a good deal of system resources. “Disk monitoring”, for example, happens in the background, and turning it off is advisable if you will not be using the performance monitoring applications. To turn it off, type in “diskperf -N” at a command prompt. To bring up the command prompt: go to Start>Run, type in “cmd” and press [Enter].

Moving My Documents Folder:

The ‘My Documents’ folder invariably ends up as the default repository of files for most Windows applications. Over a period of time, this folder starts bloating, and this, to a certain extend results in performance degradation. It might be a good idea to move the target location of the ‘My Documents’ folder to some other partition on the hard drive, or to a different drive.To do so, right click on ‘My Documents’, and on the ‘Target’ tab, click on ‘Move’. In the subsequent dialog box, browse to the drive where you want to move the folder. Then click ‘Make New Folder’ to create a new folder, and name it appropriately. Click ‘Apply’ and then ‘Yes’.

Removing Multiple Boot Screens:

If you are getting unwanted multiple boot screenThen Follow these Steps.1> Right Click on My Computer2>Select Properties3>Select Advanced Tab4>Select Settings In the Startup & Recovery Section(3rd grp)5>Select the operating system which u want.6>And Click OK.7>Further again press the setting and click on Edit.8>It will open boot.ini File.9>Now u can delete those o/s which you don't want to be displayed.Note: For deleting operating systems from boot.ini file, keep it mind that you can'tdelete that o/s which is selected by default there. Beforemaking any changes make a copy of boot.ini file.

Enabling Hibernation:

Go to diplay properties>screen savers>power>hibernate. Check 'Enable Hibernation'. Press shift button after you click 'Turn Off Computer' in start menu.

To Increase the Internet Speed:

Open Notepad and paste the below code in it.
Now save this file as speed.reg. Execute it and observe the change!

Speed Up Browsing By DNS Cache:

Each time you browse a web site on the internet, the actual site name you type is resolved to an IP address. This translation is effected through what is called the DNS (Domain Name System). This DNS information is stored in your computer so that each time you type a web address , a record of its IP address is stored so that it can be recalled later without having to retrieve it again. One way to speed up your browsing experience is to increase this DNS cache in windows XP. You will need to modify registry for this. Start notepad & enter the following text into it: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic esDnscache\Parameters] "CacheHashTableBucketSize"=dword:00000001 "CacheHashTableSize"=dword:00000180"MaxCacheEntryTtILimit"=dword:0000fa00 "MaxSOACacheEntryTtILimit"=dword:0000012d Save this file, naming it dnscache.reg . Double click on the file in windows explorer & merge it into your registry.

Changing Your Dynamic IP Address:

1. Click on "Start" in the bottom left hand corner of screen
2. Click on "Run"
3. Type in "command" and hit okay
4. Type "ipconfig /release" just like that, and hit "enter"
5. Type "exit" and leave the prompt
6. Right-click on "Network Places" or "My Network Places" on your desktop.
7. Click on "properties"
8. Right click on "Local Area Connection" and click "properties"
9. Double-click on the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" from the list under the "General" tab
10. Click on "Use the following IP address" under the "General" tab
11. Create an IP address (It doesn't matter what it is. I just type 1 and 2 until it fill the area up). 12. Press "Tab" and it should automatically fill in the "Subnet Mask" section with default numbers.
13. Hit the "ok" button here
14. Hit the "ok" button again
15. Right-click back on "Local Area Connection" and go to properties again.
16. Go back to the "TCP/IP" settings
17. This time, select "Obtain an IP address automatically"
18. Hit "ok"
19. Hit "ok" again
20. You now have a new IP address
Using The Mouse Wheel To Control The Font Size:
Try using the Control key with the mouse wheel. This works a zoom function. You do this for Office 2000 applications as well, but in IE it just works on the text, so the page stays somewhat the same.

Saving File Searches:

While on the Desktop or with the Explorer, press F3 to start the search Click Options / Save Results. Do the search. After the search select File / Save Search. An icon will be placed on the desktop with the search results.

Deleting The Index.Dat File:

The INDEX.DAT file keeps a record of all the web sites you have visited.Normally you can't simply delete this file since it is protected by the operating system.However, there is a way:
Close all running applications
Open a command window (CMD.EXE)
Go to to C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 (where username is the replaced by your current login name)
Start the Task Manager (Ctrl-Shift-Esc)
Click on the Processes tab
Select EXPLORER.EXE and click on End Process
The screen will be blank except for the command window
Delete the INDEX.DAT file
Go back to the Task Manager
Do File / Run / Explorer and the desktop will be back

Change Or Add OEM Logo And Information:

By default, the General tab (right-click My Computer, or double-click System in Control Panel) contains information on the Windows version, processor, memory, registered user and registration identity. Optional items include the manufacturer and model, a small picture, and a button leading to a separate page of support information. The information is not held in the registry, but in an old-style .INI file, which can be created in any plain-text editor including Windows Notepad.This file can have two sections:1.The first section, has a section header called [General], and within that section - two entries: Manufacturer= Model=2.The second section, headed [Support Information], is optional, but if present adds a button with that label to the page. The entries after that heading should be in the form: Line1= Line2= Line3= and so on. The limit on the number and length of lines seems limited only by the 64 KB general limit on .INI files.The file should be saved in the %systemroot%\system folder (for Windows 98/ME computers) or in %systemroot%\system32 folder (for W2K/XP/2003 computers) as OEMINFO.INI.The picture is a 256-colour-Windows bitmap (.BMP) file. Microsoft states that the size should be 96 pixels square when using small fonts in Display Property settings, or 120 square with large fonts.The file should be saved in the %systemroot%\system folder (for Windows 98/ME computers) or in %systemroot%\system32 folder (for W2K/XP/2003 computers) as OEMLOGO.BMP.No other entry in the .INI file is required, but the latter must exist and have a populated [General] section for the bitmap to be visible in Display Properties.No reboot is necessary in order for the hack to take place. Press the ΓΏ +BREAK keys and see for yourself.For example, using this OEMINFO.INI file:
[General]Manufacturer=[YOUR NAME]Model=[YOUR COMPUTER MODEL][Support Information]Line1=Visit my home page atLine2=Line3= hundreds of tips, tricks, knowledge base articles and much more!Line6=Line7=You can also contact me by using the following e-mail address:Line8=Line9=[YOUR ID]@xyz.COM

Breaking The XP Password:

In case of user password boot the pc in safemode by pressing the F8 key and then selecting the Safe Mode option. You can now logon as an administrator and XP wont prompt for the password. Incase of an administrator account try rebooting the pc in DOS. access C:\Windows\system32\config\sam . Rename SAM as SAM.mjNow XP wont ask for password next time You Login. Also
Go to the cmd prompt .
Type net user *.
It will list all the users.
Again type net user "administrator" or the name of the administrator "name" *.
e.g.: net user aaaaaa *(where aaaaaa is the name).
It will ask for the password.
Type the password and there you are done.
Logging In As Administrator:
Hold the Ctrl-Alt key and press Del twice. This will bring up the normal login and you can log on as Administrator.

To unhide the Administrator account so it does show up:

1. Start Regedit
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList
3. Unhide the Administrator key by giving it a value of 1
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
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

Shutdown Icon Explained:

As in XP Tips Part 1WindowsXP has a program called SHUTDOWN.EXE which allows you to easily create icons to shutdown or restart your computer.
To create a shutdown shortcut on the desktop:
Right click on an open area of the desktop
Select New / Shortcut
Enter in "shutdown -s -t 00" - no quotes
Press the Next button
For the name, enter in anything you like. I just use shutdown. Click on the Finish button.
For a reboot, enter "shutdown -r -t 00"
Shutdown [{-l-s-r-a}] [-f] [-m [\\ComputerName]] [-t xx] [-c "message"] [-d[u][p]:xx:yy]
-l - Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
-s - Shuts down the local computer.
-r - Reboots after shutdown.
-a - Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
-f - Forces running applications to close.
-m [\\ComputerName] - Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
-t xx - Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
-c "message" - Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.

Scheduling a Shutdown:

Goto scheduled tasks and start a new schedule, browse shutdown.exe from system32 folder, select time or day to run scheduled task enter administrator password and on next screen check the option for opening advance screenand then append -s at the end of this line "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe".

Accessing Stored User Names And Passwords:

Access Stored User Names and Passwords with rundll32.exe in Windows XP1. Click on START - RUN Type rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr2. Press Enter

Add Desired Test To Time Area:

1.Open control panel2.Double click on Regional and Language Option3.Under Regional Option TAB. Click Customize4.Click the time TAB5.Change THE "AM" symbol to desired TEXT.6.Change THE "PM" symbol to desired TEXT.

Hiding Your Computer In a Workgroup:

These settings will permanently hiding your computer from a workgroup:
Open registry, START --> RUN --> Type 'Regedit'
Double click on 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE'
Double click on 'SYSTEM'
Double click on 'CurrentControlSet'
Double click on 'Services'
Double click on 'LanmanServer'
Single click on 'Parameters'
On the right panel, Create a new DWORDvalue, or modify the existing value, named "Hidden" and set it to "1". (Without Quots)
Close the Registry, then restart yourcomputer.

To Disable Right-Click On Desktop:

Goto Start> RUN and Enter REGEDIT. Browse the following keyHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Sofware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\ExplorerCreate a new DWORD (edit ;new ; dwordvalue ;). With a value=1 ( Rightclick on the newly created DWORD and click on modify then change its value to 1)Restart Your Computer and you are done.

Disabling Unnecessary Programs At Startup:

Many programs add portions of themselves starting automatically on every login.This can be either in the Startup Folder or the Registry. One easy way to tell is by looking at how many icons are in your system tray. If you have a large number, perhaps unnecessary resources are being allocated them as well as increasing your boot time. Typical examples are Microsoft Office, Office FindFast, Real Player, ATI Video setting etc. You can remove them in one of three main ways:
In the Start / Programs / Startup Folder In the Registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run

To convert a FAT partition to NTFS:

Click Start, click Programs, and then click Command Prompt.In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type cmd and then click OK.At the command prompt, type CONVERT [driveletter]: /FS:NTFS.Convert.exe will attempt to convert the partition to NTFS.NOTE: Although the chance of corruption or data loss during the conversion from FAT to NTFS is minimal, it is best to perform a full backup of the data on the drive that it is to be converted prior to executing the convert command. It is also recommended to verify the integrity of the backup before proceeding, as well as to run RDISK and update the emergency repair disk (ERD).

Check out the Windows XP Secrets :

You can delete files immediately, without having them move to the > Recycle Bin first. Go to the Start menu, select Run... and > type 'gpedit.msc'; then select User Configuration, Administrative > Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer and find the Do not > move deleted files to the Recycle Bin setting. Set it. Poking around > in gpedit will reveal a great many interface and system options, but > take care -- some may stop your computer behaving as you wish. > (Professional Edition only) > > > You can lock your XP workstation with two clicks of the mouse. Create > a new shortcut on your desktop using a right mouse click, and > enter 'rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation' in the location > field. Give the shortcut a name you like. That's it -- just double > click on it and your computer will be locked. > > > XP hides some system software you might want to remove, such as

Windows Messenger, but you can tickle it and make it disgorge > everything. Using Notepad or Edit, edit the text > file /windows/inf/sysoc.inf, search for the word 'hide' and remove > it. You can then go to the Add or Remove Programs in the Control > Panel, select Add/Remove Windows Components and there will be your > prey, exposed and vulnerable. > > > For those skilled in the art of DOS batch files, XP has a number of > interesting new commands. These include 'eventcreate' > and 'eventtriggers' for creating and watching system > events, 'typeperf' for monitoring performance of various subsystems, > and 'schtasks' for handling scheduled tasks. As usual, typing the > command name followed by /? will give a list of options -- they're > all far too baroque to go into here. > > > 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',

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. > XP will treat Zip files like folders, which is nice if you've got a > fast machine. On slower machines, you can make XP leave zip files > well alone by typing 'regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll' at the command line. > If you change your mind later, you can put things back as they were > by typing 'regsvr32 zipfldr.dll'. > > > You can use Remote Assistance to help a friend who's using network > address translation (NAT) on a home network, but not automatically. > Get your pal to email you a Remote Assistance invitation and edit the > file. Under the RCTICKET attribute will be a NAT IP address, like > Replace this with your chum's real IP address � they > can find this out by going to – and

You can run a program as a different user without logging out and > back in again. Right click the icon, select Run As... and enter the > user name and password you want to use. This only applies for that > run. The trick is particularly useful if you need to have > administrative permissions to install a program, which many require. > Note that you can have some fun by running programs multiple times on > the same system as different users, but this can have unforeseen > effects. > > > Windows XP can be very insistent about you checking for auto updates, > registering a Passport, using Windows Messenger and so on. After a > while, the nagging goes away, but if you feel you might slip the > bonds of sanity before that point, run Regedit, go to > HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current > Version/Explorer/Advanced and create a DWORD value called > EnableBalloonTips with a value of 0.

You can start up without needing to enter a user name or password. > Select Run� from the start menu and type 'control userpasswords2', > which will open the user accounts application. On the Users tab, > clear the box for Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use > This Computer, and click on OK. An Automatically Log On dialog box > will appear; enter the user name and password for the account you > want to use. > > > Internet Explorer 6 will automatically delete temporary files, but > only if you tell it to. Start the browser, select Tools / Internet > Options... and Advanced, go down to the Security area and check the > box to Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed.> > > The Start Menu can be leisurely when it decides to appear, but you > can speed things along by changing the registry entry > HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop/MenuShowDelay from the > default 400 to something a little snappier. Like 0. > > > You can rename loads o

Windows Media Player will display the cover art for albums as it > plays the tracks � if it found the picture on the Internet when you > copied the tracks from the CD. If it didn't, or if you have lots of > pre-WMP music files, you can put your own copy of the cover art in > the same directory as the tracks. Just call it folder.jpg and Windows > Media Player will pick it up and display it.

Lock ur Private folder before somebody deletes it :-
Suppose you want to lock the folder games in d: which has the path D:\Games.In the same drive create a text file and typeren games games.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}Now save this text file as loc.batCreate another text file and type in itren games.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} gamesNow save this text file as key.batNow you can see 2 batch files loc and key.Press loc and the folder games will change to control panel and you cannot view its contents.Press key and you will get back your original folder.try it out!!!!!!!How to rename your text files as bat files?Just go to my computer->tools->folder options->go to the view tab.Now uncheck the 'Hide extensions for known file types'.Press apply.Now rename ur text files as bat files


Knowledge 2 Share.........Part-I

:Upgrade Paths to Windows XP:

At one point in the history of Windows this was a straightforward question. If you had Windows on your box, you were eligible to use an upgrade version of Windows. Simple. No more. As the years since Windows 3.1 have slipped by, more versions of Windows are still in use and the upgrade paths have become more complicated. Consult the chart below to determine your options. Current Operating System Upgrade to XP Home Upgrade to XP Professional

Now you know whether or not you’re eligible but that isn’t the only consideration. Just because you can upgrade to XP Professional doesn’t necessarily mean you should upgrade. If you have an older machine it may be to your benefit to buy a new computer with XP already installed and the upgrade price incorporated into the sellers price structure. The suggested and minimum requirements for a computer to run Windows XP are listed below as taken directly from the Microsoft website.

Here's What You Need to Use Windows XP Home Edition:

  • PC with 300 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233-MHz minimum required;* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended:
  • 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
  • 1.5 gigabyte (GB) of available hard disk space.
  • Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Here's What You Need to Use Windows XP Professional:

  • PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended:

  • 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
  • 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space
  • Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Pay close attention to the minimum requirements as well as understanding that additional bits and pieces may be needed to enjoy the full extent of the features XP offers. If your current computer doesn’t meet or substantially exceed these requirements it would almost assuredly be a wiser choice to purchase a new machine with XP preinstalled rather than follow the upgrade path.

One final note about a common misunderstanding. Upgrade, as it refers to this article, simply means being able to install Windows XP based on the current operating system installed on your computer. If you are not eligible to upgrade you will have to purchase the full version of XP as opposed to the upgrade version. Once you have made this determination, the next step is deciding whether to to do an [Upgrade] or [New Install] from whatever version you purchased.



There are Several ways to make ur copy of windows xp sp2 Genuine.Here some of the Followings:

Its all about Genuine XP SP2:


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Key finder (or)

Now open keyfinder.exeClick on options and click "change windows key"

Now enter below given this key and you're done.


And restart the PC


This will allow you to bypass the Microsoft Genuine Validation thingythis method works better than many others i've tried before. forget the cracks and injectors etc... this is the BEST WAY:

1) Start > run > "regedit" (without the quotes of course)

2) Go to the key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents\OOBETimer...and doubleclick on it. Then change some of the value data to ANYTHING ELSE...delete some, add some letters, I don't care...just change it!now close out regedit.

3) Go to start > run > "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a" (again, dont type the quotes)

4) The activation screen will come up, click on register over telephone, then click on CHANGE PRODUCT KEY, enter in this key: JG28K-H9Q7X-BH6W4-3PDCQ-6XBFJ

Now you can dl all the updates without activating, and the Genuine Microsoft Validation thingy won't bug you no more!!

Works with most WinXP versions though there are some exceptions...


How 2 Enable Taskmanager Disabled by Virus/Trojans:

some times it happens due to ur pc infected with virus/trojans so in this case follow the given procedure C the thing antivirus software is must for your OS.

(some of antivirus softwares here:NOD32/KASPERSKY/AVG/TREND MICRO(BY SYMANTEC)/PANDA/NORTON/McAfee etc.,)

  1. Go to start->run.Type gpedit.msc and click OK.
  2. In the Window that opens, select User Configutration->Admin templates->System->Ctrl-Alt-Del options. Double click on Remove Task Manager. Select the disable option in the pop up window. Click Apply->OK.
  3. Your task manager should start.

Re-Enabling System Restore:

One of the tips that was widely circulated on the net when XP Professional was first released involved disabling System Restore via Group Policy Editor. It certainly works, but a problem arises if you want to re-enable System Restore at a later date. There is no option to re-enable it again. To do so:

Start the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

Navigate to Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/System RestoreSet Turn off System Restore and Turn off Configuration to DisableRight click on My Computer and Select ManageNavigate to Services and Applications/Services

Navigate to System Restore Service and double clickOn the General tab set [Startup Type] to Automatic using the drop down listClick the Start button to start the serviceClose the Computer Management consoleReturn to System Restore in Group Policy Editor and configure both to Not ConfiguredClose Group Policy Editor and reboot the system.

After the reboot is complete, right click My Computer, select Properties and the tab for System Restore will have been restored. Configure it to your individual needs and satisfaction.


System Restore:

1. Click Start, Run and type %Windir%\INF

2. Locate the SR.INF file. If you have configured Windows Explorer to hide known file extensions, the file may show up as SR.

3. Right-click the SR.INF file, and then click Install

4. Windows will now attempt to reinstall System Restore, and may prompt you for the Windows installation source path. Point to %Windir%\ServicePackFiles folder, or insert your slipstreamed Windows XP (matching the Service Pack level of your system.)

5. System Restore core files will be reinstalled. Restart Windows when prompted.

Microsoft Genuine Validation:

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how to crack the latest version of Windows XP with Service Pack 2 that uses the registration key: JD3T2-QH36R-X7W2W-7R3XT-DVRPQ.**** IT WILL WORK WITH OTHER VERSIONS OF WINDOWS XP but not all!

****This will allow you to bypass the Microsoft Genuine Validation thingy

This method works better than many others i've tried before. forget the cracks and injectors etc... this is the BEST WAY:

1) start > run > "regedit" (without the quotes of course)

2) go to the key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents\OOBETimer...and doubleclick on it. Then change some of the value data to ANYTHING ELSE...delete some, add some letters, I don't care...just change it!now close out regedit.

3) go to start > run > "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a" (again, dont type the quotes)4) the activation screen will come up, click on register over telephone, then click on CHANGE PRODUCT KEY, enter in this key: JG28K-H9Q7X-BH6W4-3PDCQ-6XBFJ.

Now you can dl all the updates without activating, and the Genuine Microsoft Validation thingy won't bug you no more!!


Do you want to see what is going on behind the Windows XP and 2000 splash screens?

When Windows first starts up it displays a screen with the Windows logo known as the splash screen. To see what is going one behind it use notepad to edit the C:\boot.ini file (to see the file listed, you may need to set your Windows Explorer, Tools, Folder Options, View to see hidden files and folders, and to unhide protected system files).

You'll see a line that looks similar to this:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Add a space and /SOS to the end of the line so it looks like this:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect /SOS

The boot.ini file can also be edited in Windows XP by right-clicking My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Startup and Recovery, Edit.

Here's a quicker shortcut to the Windows 9X/Me/2000/XP System Properties (submitted by Doug Gould)...

Press the Pause/Break key while holding down the Windows Logo key.

A quicker shortcut to the Windows Explorer (submitted by Nigel MacGeorge). Press the key with the Windows logo on it, together with the "e" key. This will immediately launch the Windows Explorer. Use the Windows key and "i" and you immediately launch the Internet Explorer (the second one didn't work on my computer with Windows Me and IE 6.0--Larry).

How to get at the Windows 9X System Properties in Two clicks (submitted by Martin Halvorson)?

Right click My Computer on your desktop and Select Properties from the menu. Actually, it may take more clicks to get at My Computer. In Windows 98 just click the Show Desk Top icon on the System Trey (next to the Start button).

How to Get at the Windows 9x Display Properties in one click?

Right-click any bare spot on your Desktop and Select Properties.

The Windows 9X Start button is bigger than it appears...

Click any bare spot on your Desktop with your mouse and the Start menu will pop-up.

How to avoid processing the config.sys and autoexec.bat files when booting Windows 9X?

(This is useful for trouble-shooting. For example, use it if Windows doesn't get past the Splash screen when booting-up.). Hold the Shift Key down while Windows boots.
How to shut-down a non-responding program without shutting-down Windows 9X. You don't need to turn-off your computer to clear a misbehaved program/frozen Window. Hold the Ctrl and Alt Keys down and press the Delete Key (once!), select the non-responding program and Click the End Task button. If the program does not shut-down after reasonable period of time, repeat the process. Clicking Ctrl-Alt Delete twice will shut-down Windows and reboot the computer.

How to make a shortcut on your desktop to for shutting down your PC (submitted by "deerslayer")?

Right click, choose new shortcut and type in thisC:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL32.EXE user.exe,exitwindows. Make sure you name it properly, if you click on it by mistake it will shut down. I do not recommended for PC's with small chidren's access)To put it in your start menu choose start, settings,task bar and start menu the put the above command in.

TweakUI.INF (submitted by Matt Thyng).

There's an incredibly handy utility on every Win98 disc called TweakUI (User Interface). Do a filesearch for TweakUI.INF on the CD, and then right click on it and choose "Install". The program will be installed in your Control Panel, and lets you customize Windows, including Icons, startup/shutdown screens, clearing various caches automatically, etc. Very handy for any type of user.

Built-in Back-up.

Windows 9X includes a very good backup program which many users do not know about because it isn’t included in the “typical” Windows installation. To install it, Click Start>Setting>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs>Windows Setup>System Tools>Details>OK>OK. I use the program to back-up customer hard disks and to back-up my own data to my NT file server. If you are installing a new hard disk, keep that old hard disk, if it works, install it on the Secondary IDE port with your CD-ROM, and use MS Backup (which is really a program developed by Seagate Software) to do disk-to-disk backups of your critical user data. I include My Documents, my FrontPage web sites, graphics, C:\WINDOWS\FAVORITES, C:\WINDOWS\COOKIES, and a few others. Altogether, its about 240 Mbytes of data and it takes only a few minutes to run, and is a heck of lot faster than a tape drive or even a Zip drive. The program will also work with Zip and Tape drives. It is very easy to restore individual files from previous backups. I have found it to be very reliable. I would be happy to answer any questions about it.

How to Fix a Windows 98/98SE Frozen (Locked-up) Splash Screen?

You just upgraded Windows to Windows 98 and it freezes at the Windows 98 splash screen (the screen with the big flag on it)… Many things can cause this problem, but a frequent cause is an anti-virus program. If the hardware is in fact not locked-up by another problem, such an IRQ conflict, you can quickly determine what is causing it by pressing the Esc key to display DOS screen behind the splash screen. McAfee, in particular, causes this problem and it is a memory problem with DOS-based scan.exe, which is executed upon boot-up by a line in the autoexec.bat file. To fix it, press the F8 key just as windows starts to boot (or hold the Ctrl key), select boot to the command prompt from the resulting menu, edit the autoexec.bat file:

C:\>edit autoexec.batIn the following line:


Change SCAN.EXE to BOOTSCAN.EXEExit, save,

and reboot.

Other virus programs may be displaying a menu under the splash screen and waiting for you to make a selection. To fix the problem choose the option which allows the anti-virus program to update affected files.

How to Make Exploring Easy?

If you are like me, you use the Windows 98 Windows Explorer frequently. Are you tired of Clicking Start, Programs, scrolling up or down the menu, and clicking Windows Explore to fire-it-up? You could right-click (click the right mouse button) Start followed by Explore, but that still isn’t fast enough for me. So, put it on your Quick Launch toolbar on the Start Menu, which is immediately to the right of the Start button in most Windows 98 configurations. A simple way to do that is click Start, Programs, right-click the Windows Explorer shortcut, select copy, right-click your desktop, and select Paste to put the shortcut on your desktop. Next, click and hold the mouse button over the shortcut, drag it with the mouse, and drop it in the desired position on Quick Launch toolbar. Now, the Windows Explorer is one click away. You may want to remove the shortcut from your desktop… Just right click it and choose Delete. I also put shortcuts to my most used programs on the Quick Launch toolbar (and remove the View Channels shortcut by right-clicking it and Deleting).