XP Hidden Programs and Tweaks

January 4, 2009 by  

XP Hidden Programs and Tweaks


            Hidden Programs In Windows XP

1.    Private Character Editor

This program is for designing icons and Characters(Alphapet)

click :start

Then :run





2.    iExpress

This Program is for converting your files to EXECUTABLE files

click : start

Then : run

type : iexpress




3.     Disk Cleanup

This program used for cleaning harddisk to offer space

click : start

Then : run

type : cleanmgr




4.    Dr Watson

This program Is for repairing problems in Windows

click : start

Then : run

type : drwtsn32




5.    Windows Media Player 5.1

Opens the old media player

click : start

Then : run

type : mplay32


Windows XP Registry Tweaks


Windows XP – Secrets

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 etc

To get it back:

click Start then Run and type ” gpedit.msc” without quotes.This opens the group

policy editor. Then go to:

Local Computer Policy then Computer Configuration then Administrative Templates

then Network then QOS Packet Scheduler and then to Limit Reservable Bandwidth.

Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but

the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab i.e.”By default, the Packet Scheduler limits

the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this

setting to override the default.”

So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will

allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.It works on Win

2000 as well.



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


HKEY_CLASSES_ ROOT/CLSID/ {645FF040- 5081-101B- 9F08-00AA002F954 E}

and change the name “Recycle Bin” to whatever you want (don’t type any quotes).

Managing Tasks:

You can at last get rid of tasks on the computer from the command line by using

‘taskkill /pid’ and the task number, or just ‘tskill’ and the process number. Find

that out by typing ‘tasklist’, which will also tell you a lot about what’s going

on in your system.



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.



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


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


Now in the right hand pane check the box – Display the link to the Windows Update

Catalog under See Also

Below Choose which categories and updates to display on Windows Update – make sure

you check all the boxes you want shown.

click Save Settings

Now look in the left hand pane under See Also click Windows Update Catalog and

choose what you’re looking for. Choose either MS updates or drivers for hardware


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:

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\UnreadMai l] and

look for the data key “MessageExpiryDays”.

If you do not see this key, create one

DWORD key by the name “MessageExpiryDays” . Setting its value to 0 would stop

Windows XP from displaying the count of unread messages.



Modify Color Selection of Default Theme:

Open registry by going to Start then Run. Entering regedit, navigate to

[HKEY_USERS\ .DEFAULT\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentV ersion\ThemeMana ger]

and locate the key “ColorName”.

Right click on it and select modify its value from “NormalColor” to “Metallic”

click Ok, and exit regedit and restart your computer.



Modifying the Disk Check Autochk.exe Time-out

Modifying the Disk Check Autochk.exe Time-out (Scandisk Delay) Value from 10

seconds to 3 Seconds

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager]




Disable Automatic Restart in the event of a System Crash / BSOD

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\CrashControl]




Disable The Windows XP Desktop Cleanup Wizard (Unused Desktop Shortcuts)





Speed up Network Browsing by Removing Network Scheduled Tasks

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace\{D627 7990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}]



Disables Windows Take A Tour Bubble Popup





Disable Remote Registry Service (Remote users to modify registry settings on your

computer. Now registry can be modified only by users on your computer)





Remove’s the Recent Documents from the Start menu.

The system saves a shortcut to each of the non-program files the user opened most recently,

and it displays the shortcuts on the Recent Documents.





Classic Search, Full Path In Title Bar And Address Bar.

This allows you to disable

the new Search Assistant Dog and use the traditional search interface in Windows





“Use Search Asst”=”no”

“Settings”=hex:0c,00,02,00,1b,01,e7,77,60,00,0 0,00



Have you ever wanted to Rename Recycle Bin ? This Tweak Allows Renaming of Recycle







Low Disk Space Notification

Are you getting ‘Low Disk Space Notification’ ? This Disables Low Disk space






Do you want to Speed up the Windows XP Start Menu?

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]




Maximize Your Internet Explorer’s Simultaneous Downloads From 2 to 10 Connections

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]





Open Explorer From My Computer or Any Folder (Power users love this)





Remove ‘Shortcut To …’ Prefix when you create new Shortcut





Send Out Executable Files Via Gmail and Keep them from getting Kicked Back!

As a security measure to prevent the intrusion of potential viruses, Gmail

strictly disallows users to send and receive executable files (files with the

extension “.exe”, “.dll”, “.ocx” or “.bat”) in its policy. If you try to send

these files, Gmail will send you an error message: “This is an executable file.

For security reasons, Gmail does not allow you to send this type of file.” You

might try to zip or compress the files into other formats such as “.zip”, “.tar”,

“.tgz”, “.taz”, “.z” or “.gz”. However, your Gmail account will bounce back your

message. How to send executable files with your Gmail account if you really need

to do so?

Of course the easiest way is to use other email services such as Yahoo to send

your important executable files. However, if you are still set on using Gmail to

send your executable files, there are a few ways you can try.


1.     You can rename your executable files from the “exe” extension to other formats

such as “doc”, “jpeg”, etc. For instance, your file name is happy.exe; just rename

your file to happy.doc and send it over to the receivers. Once the receivers have

received the files, they just need to change the extension back to the original

file extension.


2.    The other way you can try is upload your executable files to some free file

hosting service such as DivShare or Rapidshare. Copy down the link and send it to

the receivers. It’s pretty straightforward.


3.  The last option you can try is to compress your executable file by using

      Winrar. Gmails doesn’t scan files in the RAR format. You can send the file out

      without a problem. However, you must make sure your receivers can open the RAR files.


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