Acknowledgement

This collection of Tweaks & Tricks would certainly not Exist today were it not for my Loving friends. Special thanks must go to Atul & Pankaj for letting me crash their computers several times in order to get Every Trick Tested.

Nikhil Sharma

1. How to take back up of Registry 2. Hack XP Pirated to XP 3. Where does Window's Product Identification get stored? 4. When you start Computer, Microsoft Windows XP Start up Screen appears & then Computer Restart 5. Customize Internet Explorer Title Bar 6. Speedup Boot up sequence by defragmenting all key boot files. 7. Disabling display of drives in My Computer 8. How to manually open ports in Internet Connection Firewall in Windows XP 9. How to pop system Policy window on Start up 10. Hack to turn your Windows Home Edition CD into Pro. 11. Boosting System Dialup Speed. 12. Speed up Your Acrobat Reader (Almost like notepad) 13. Speedup Broadband cable Internet Connection. 14. To Lock a Folder: Simplest Way 15. Increase Internet Download Connections 16. Private information about who is logged on your computer at a time 17. Troubled by IE crashing unexpectedly for no reason? Launch it in its own Process 18. Create a Hidden User Account 19. Change someone's Windows Password 20. Restrict certain users from running an application 21. Are you annoyed by XP asking for registration Again & Again 22. Enable 5th Zone setting in Internet Explorer 6.0 23. How to disable unread message count from Welcome Screen. 24. How to restart Windows without restarting computer 25. Automatically kill non Responding application at shutdown. 26. How to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console to your Hard Disk. 27. How to delete the Recovery Console. 28. Customize Logon Box Message. 29. A faster Start Menu 30. Enable/Disable Notification Area Ballon Tips 31. Rename My Computer on Desktop 32. Sort Menu Alphabetically 33. Enable/Disable Recycle Bin 34. Faster Browser in Windows Explorer on Network Computers 35. Enable /Disable Logon Screen Saver 36. Change the Registered Organistaion/Onwer of Windows XP. 37. Change the Location of Special Folders 38. Enable/Disable Local Group Policy Objects 39. Enable /Disable Task Manager 40. Enable /Disable Run Commands Specific to the Registry

41. Automatic Logon to Windows XP 42. Welcome Screen Logon versus Classic Logon 43. Changing the default Download Directory of I Explore 44. Why do Install Programs ask me to close every thing Else. 45. Virus Removal Guide (i) Detect & Remove the Mi.Mail.C/Mi.Mail.D.Worm (ii)Detect & Remove the Sobig.E.worm from your XP System (iii)Removing Win32.Blaster Worm 46. How can i configure TCP/IP settings from the Command Prompt? 47. How to use the Netsh.exe Tool and Command line switches 48. Widows XP Reset the TCP/IP stack 49. How to Determine & Recover from Winsock 2 Corruption 50. Manual Steps to determine whether the Winsock 2 key is corrupted 51. Manual Steps to Recover from Winsock 2 corruption 52. Get the extra Performance from your same old computer 53. Hack the Step of entering serial in office 2K-XP-2003 54. Breaking Windows 95/98 in 10 sec 55. Removing genuine check at Start of Windows 56. How to crack any type of software Protection 57. Steps to clear DNS cache and all Associated Command Line 58. How to install a Network Adaptor 59. FAT32 or NTFS: - Making the choice 60. Change Text on XP Start Button 61. How to get some non required Programs out of Start Up. 62. Secure your Desktop Icons and Settings:63. Deleting System Options from the Start menu:64. Cleaning Recent Docs Menu and the RUN MRU 65. Remove Internet Explorer Branding Logos 66. Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer & Outlook Express in Windows XP 67. How to Remove Content Advisor Password in Internet Explorer 68. How to Fix Problems with Content Advisor Missing Information 69. How to fix Cipher Strength of the Browser without reinstalling it 70. Use NETSH Command to Change from Static IP Address to DHCP 2K 71. Useful Windows Run commands

How to take back up of Registry...
Open Regedit>Highlight my computer>right click>export>save it with Extension (.reg). To Restore registry > double click on .reg file and click Yes on the pop up ...Reboot computer. Note: - Some times Window may return with the Message “Not all data was successfully written to registry. Some keys are open by system or Other Process.” Don’t worry click ok & reboot.

Hack XP Pirated to XP Legal
1) Go to Start, Run, and type regedit browse to 2) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft \WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents 3) In the right-hand pane, double click on the value "OOBETimer" 4) Change one of these characters to another random character (it really doesn't matter which, the idea is To corrupt the key so that we deactivate our copy of Windows) and press OK 5) Then Use any of the following Keys HFRJP-BVYWW-C8C63-F36MJ-GMDQD KD2YT-4YT3T-4VQQX-43WBV-FDF3M CX633-TT3DV-VQP3F-94DKT-3MRR3 W6GHC-TXPFC-V79P2-BCHDQ-DJV3W J3TGH-CPY32-CCXCW-C6FQF-DFBHB F2GW6-TMPJT-VH2GF-9G3XM-G9GYD J9QWM-JP8BX-M9C2F-JJXYH-WTD7B K4YHK-GQRXD-7T773-YGYYJ-68JBJ G96J2-2WYMR-9BFMP-MQRJT-XCXV6 CT7TY-2VTY4-PMPGF-2PQFH-Q8HPT QX2V4-2V76D-XH8PV-RQQT9-QJMBT PX83Q-RXY8T-TRXQM-CDHFB-78BGG PDCV3-3V282-DXMVJ-V6HGJ-P9JHQ JMRCY-4QMYM-J3BVJ-BQJWF-2HTKJ BRYJV-CFWKX-JYDM9-RDW34-PRV46 KKH9W-PR2XY-XFYXW-R4C2R-XFXJ3 W4DTB-P33VR-G26PF-4BW39-WP2Q3

KMT4R-W6RPC-CQJX3-YDM9C-BV24Y PCM2H-JPK8V-TCTBM-3KFB2-33488 CXRYY-TM77D-92JJX-44DX8-8RW9M D62H3-XTG8F-2RMTX-KG938-9RYCJ R2TJC-YTHTC-B7GVQ-RJ6W8-GT9KW HJHYP-P7Q6B-D6HP9-2WPT2-3BFPQ 6) Go to Start, Run, and type C:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a, obviously replace C: with the drive letter that Windows is installed to. 7) Select the option to activate by phone, and press next 8) Click the button at the bottom labeled "Change Product Key" 9) Enter the new product key and click Update 10) When the key is updated, do not continue with the activation process, close the activation window!

Where does Window's Product Identification get stored?
There are two places at least where ProductId gets stored. To see the first place, open Registry by going to: START-RUN and entering REGEDIT and Navigate to

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft \Windows NT\Current Version]
In right pane, look for key by the name "ProductId". This is Your Windows Product Id alternatively you can navigate to

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version]
And still find same Field with the name Product Identification.

When you start your computer, the Microsoft Windows XP start up screen appears, & then the Computer Restarts. The CAUSE: This error can occur if the Kernel32.dll file is missing or damaged To resolve this issue, use the Windows Recovery Console to extract a new copy of the Kernel32.dll file from the original Windows XP Compact disc (The CD). To do this, and follow these steps:Follow these steps to install Recovery Console:1. Start the Recovery Console. If you do not have the Recovery Console installed, start it from the Windows XP compact disc (The CD). Follow the a. b. c. d. steps to install Recovery Console: a. Insert the Windows XP CD in your CD drive and restart your computer. If prompted, select any options required to boot from the CD. b. When the text-based part of Setup begins, follow the prompts; you need to choose the repair or recover option by pressing R. c. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot system, choose the installation that you need to access from the recovery console. d. When prompted, type the Administrator password. 2. At the command prompt, type cd system32 , and then press ENTER. 3. Type ren kernel32.dll kernel32.old , and then press ENTER. 4. Type map , and then press ENTER. 5. Note the drive letter assigned to the CD-ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD. It is displayed in a format similar to the following: D: \Device\CdRom0 6. Type expand drive \i386\kernel32.dl_ (where drive is the drive letter of the CD-ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD), and then press ENTER. For example: Expand d:\i386\kernel32.dl_ Note the underscore character after the "L" in Kernel32.dl_ The following message appears: Kernel32.dll 1 file(s) expanded. 7. Type in exit, after the computer restarts remove the Windows XP CD and start the computer normally.

Customize Internet. Explorer Title bar
This tip won't make your computer any faster but may help personalize your computer experience. Open Registry by going to START-RUN and typing 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.

Speedup boot up sequence by defragmenting all key boot files
Open Registry by going to START-RUN and typing REGEDIT. Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction.

In right hand look for Enable. Right click on it and set it 'Y' for enable. It will help speedup boot time.

Disabling Display of Drives in My Computer:To disable the display of local or networked drives when you click My Computer go to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Now in the right pane create a new DWORD item and name it No Drives. Now modify its value and set it to 3FFFFFF (Hexadecimal) Now press F5 to Refresh. When you click on My Computer, no drives will be shown. To enable display of drives in My Computer, simply delete this DWORD item.

How to manually open ports in Internet Connection Firewall in Windows XP
1 Click Start and then click My Network Places. 2. Under Network Tasks, click View Network Connections. 3. Right-click the connection that you use for the Internet, and then click Properties. 4. Click the Advanced tab and then click Settings. Note If the Settings button is unavailable, ICF is not enabled on this connection, and you do not have to open any ports (because they are all already open). 5. Click Add to open a new port. 6. In the Description box, type a friendly name. For example, type File Sharing: Port 445. 7. In the Name or IP address of the computer hosting this service on your network box, type 127.0.0.1. Note: - You can specify the IP address of an internal computer. But you typically will use 127.0.0.1. 8. In the External port and Internal port boxes, type the port number. Generally, this number is the same. 9. Click either TCP or UDP, and then click OK. 10. Repeat steps 1 through 9 for each port that you want to open.

How to pop system Policy window on Start Up
To pop a banner which can contain any message you want to display just before a user is going to log on, go to the key:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon.
On the Right Side of the Window Look For "LegalNoticeCaption" open it . Now whatever u Want as a Header of Policy Type that Text. On the Right Side of the Window Look for "LegalNoticeText" open it. You can type the Whole policy of your company.

Hack to turn your Windows Home Edition CD into Pro.
Now Microsoft is going to be pissed about this! LOL! Note: If you’re Windows XP CD does not contain Service Pack 2, you might want to Slipstream Your Windows XP CD first as you will not be able to upgrade an installation after using the CD. 1. Copy the root directory and the i386 directory of the Window’s CD to your hard drive. 2. Extract the Boot sector of your Windows XP CD. You can use BBIE to do this. 3. Click START-->RUN-->REGEDIT 4. Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 5. Click FILE-->LOAD HIVE and select the Setupreg.hiv file this file is located in the i386 folder. Use the one you extracted to your hard drive from your Windows XP CD. 6. Locate the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Homekey\ControlSet001\Services\setupdd 7. Edit the DEFAULT key and change the following values: 01 to 00 02 to 00 8. Change the name to the value HOMEKEY to anything. 9. Locate the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Homekey\ControlSet001\Services\setupdd Edit the DEFAULT key and change the following values: 01 to 00 02 to 00 10. Highlight HOMEKEY and select FILE-->UNLOAD HIVE You can now burn the data on your hard drive to a CD to make a new Windows XP CD. Then use the CD to install Windows XP. Be sure to make the CD bootable. You can use the instructions here to help you do that. The weird thing is your Windows XP Home serial will still be valid.

Boosting System dialup speed
Below is the script for the Same Copy Paste it on notepad and save it as Tweak.reg and now double click on the Reg file.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters] "SackOpts"=dword:00000001 "TcpWindowSize"=dword:0005ae4c "Tcp1323Opts"=dword:00000003 "DefaultTTL"=dword:00000040 "EnablePMTUBHDetect"=dword:00000000 "EnablePMTUDiscovery"=dword:00000001 "GlobalMaxTcpWindowSize"=dword:0005ae4c

SPEED UP UR ACROBAT READER (ALMOST LIKE NOTEPAD)
Do you get irritated when acrobat reader takes 5/10 seconds to load when you want to open a PDF document. There is a way to speed up the loading. 1. Go to the installation folder of Acrobat Reader

(C:\program files\adobe\acrobat\reader\... whatever) OR
2. Move all the files and folders from the "plug_ins" directory to the "Optional" directory. (I repeat... cut and paste the files NOT copy & paste).Also make sure that acrobat reader is not open.

Some different versions (like Acrobat6.0 Professional) follow (C:\programfiles\adobe\acrobat\acrobat). Create a folder and rename it “Optional”. Move all the files and folders from the "plug_ins" directory to the "Optional" directory. Now your acrobat reader will load very fast and almost as good as notepad.

Speedup broadband cable Internet connection
A. In the "My Network Places" properties (right click on the desktop icon and choose properties) Highlight the connection then at the menu bar choose “Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck The two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK. B. Continue as indicated below steps: 1. From the Windows XP CD in the support directory from the support cab, extract the file netcap.exe and place it in a directory on your hard drive or even in the root of your C:\ drive. 2. Next, open up a command prompt window and change directories to where you put netcap.exe then type "netcap/?". It will list some commands that are available for netcap and a netmon driver will be installed. At the bottom you will see your adapters. You should see two of them if using a 3Com card. One will be for LAN and the other will be for WAN something or other.

4. Next type "netcap/Remove". This will remove the netmon driver.

5. Open up control panel / system / dev man and look at your network adapters. You should now see two of them and one will have a yellow! On it. Right click on the one without the yellow! And click uninstall. YES! You are uninstalling your network adapter, continue with the uninstall. Do not restart yet. 6. Check your connection properties to make sure that no connection exists. If you get a wizard just cancel out of it. 7. Now restart the machine and go to your connection properties again and you should have a new connection called "Local area connection 2". Highlight the connection then at the menu bar click "Advanced" then "Advanced Settings". Uncheck the two boxes in the lower half for the bindings for File and Printer sharing and Client for MS networks. Click OK.

8. Choose connection properties and uncheck the "QOS" box.

9. Reboot & Enjoy increased responsiveness of IE, faster page loading, and connection speed boost.

To lock a folder: Simplest Way!!!
First select a folder for example I’ll use a folder name movies in D drive D:\movies\in the same drive you Create a text file and type: ren movies movies.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} and save it as loc.bat Again you type in a notepad as ren movies.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} movies And save it as key. bat. Now in D drive u can see two batch files loc and key. When u double click loc the movie folder will change to control panel and when u double click key the control panel will change to normal folder. You can also Customize the look by using these:{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} - Turned to Explorer {0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1} - Turned to start menu properties {6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF} - Turned to Folder Options {7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} - Turned to Network Connections {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152} - Turned to Fonts Folder {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} - Turned to Schedule tasks {E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD} - Turned to Scanners & camera {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} - Turned to recycle bin {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} - Turned to Printers Folder

Increase Internet Download Connections.
[Start] [Run] [Regedit] HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server Setting for Value Data: [0000000a]Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: MaxConnectionsPerServerSetting for Value Data: [0000000a] Exit Registry and Reboot

Private information about who is logged on your computer at a time
XP stores certain information about you as and when you are logged on in following places in registry:

Logged on User:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\LogonUserNamePersonal HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellFolders\Personnal

Default Document folder: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Volatile Environment\HOMEDRIVE]

.Net email account: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MessengerService\ListCache\.NETMessenger\Service\IdentityName

Number of Open programs:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Session Information\Program Count

Troubled by IE crashing unexpectedly for no reason? Launch it in its own process. If you have seen it happening, you must hate it. You are working on something important and out of no where an error is reported in iexplorer.exe and all instances of Internet explorer close . Isn't this painful? Well sure it is, but what can you do (???) Well you can do some thing. That’s not the perfect solution but may be a good workaround till we achieve perfection. Open registry (by going to START-RUN and entering regedit) and navigate to: -

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\Current Version\Explorer
& add a new string by the name "BrowseNewProcess" and set its value to "yes". That’s all. Doing this would open your Internet Explorer Browser in a separate process area of its own, and this would not Shut down just because there was a problem with another instance of Internet Explorer. Hey this takes more memory but for those who can afford it offers a solution.

Create a Hidden User Account
This tweak allows an account that is normally displayed on the Welcome screen to be hidden from view. To log on using the account it's necessary to use the Log On To Windows dialog box similar to the one in Windows 2000. [Start] [Run] [Regedit]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: Type Name of Account to be hidden Setting for Value Data: [0 = Account is Hidden / 1 = Enabled] Exit Registry and Reboot While the account is hidden on the Welcome screen, note that the account profile will be visible in C:\Documents and Settings or wherever user profiles are stored as well as in Local Users and Groups

Change someone's windows password & its not hacking its Cracking.
This hack works if you are at someone else's home & you are logged into the account of the person Operating System account you want to hack. This also works if you want to hack someone else's account On your pc bit do not know his/her password. Click on START-->RUN. Type compmgmt.msc & press enter. In the left pane, select COMPUTER MANAGEMENT--> SYSTEM TOOLS-> LOCAL USERS AND GROUPS--> USERS. Then in the right pane, select the user name account you want to hack. RIGHT CLICK and then click on SET PASSWORD from the pop-up menu. Enter the new password. Click on OK.There you have it. You have changed the user's password.
NOTE: IF USE THIS HACK Cracked ACCOUNT MAY BE LOCKED OUT AFTER SOMETIME. THEN GO TO ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT, FOLLOW THE SAME PROCEDURE TILL SELECTING THE USER'S NAME. SELECT THE USER NAME. RIGHT CLICK. CLICK ON PROPERTIES. UNCHECK THE CHECKBOX THAT SAYS "ACCOUNT IS LOCKED OUT". CLICK OK. IT’S OK NOW.

Restrict certain users from running an application
You can selectively restrict access to few apps and file names. To do this, open registry by going to START-RUN and entering regedit. Navigate to: -

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\Current Version \Policies\Explorer]
& a sub-key by the name "Disallow Run”. Within this key, add many string keys you like each mapped to an application or file that you want to be restricted.
NoDeletePrinter: Disables Deletion of already installed Printers NoAddPrinter: Disables Addition of new Printers NoRun : Disables or hides the Run Command NoSetFolders: Removes Folders from Settings option on Start Menu (Control Panel, Printers) NoSetTaskbar: Removes Taskbar system folder from the Settings option on Start Menu NoFind: Removes the Find Tool (Start >Find) NoDrives: Hides and does not display any Drives in My Computer NoNetHood: Hides or removes the Network Neighborhood icon from the desktop NoDesktop: Hides all items including, file, folders and system folders from the Desktop NoClose: Disables Shutdown and prevents the user from normally shutting down Windows. NoSaveSettings: Means to say, 'Don't save settings on exit' DisableRegistryTools: Disable Registry Editing Tools (If you disable this option, the Windows Registry Editor (regedit.exe) too will not work.) NoRecentDocsHistory: Removes Recent Document system folder from Start Menu (IE 4 & above) ClearRecentDocsOnExit: Clears the Recent Documents system folder on Exit.

Nolnternetlcon: Removes the Internet (system folder) icon from the Desktop

Under the same key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Current Version/Policies
You can create new sub keys other than the already existing Explorer key. Now create a new key and name It System. Under this new key, system we can create the following new DWORD values (1 for enabling the particular option and 0 for disabling the particular option):
NODispCPL: Hides Control Panel NoDispBackgroundPage: Hides Background page. NoDispScrsavPage: Hides Screen Saver Page NoDispAppearancePage: Hides Appearance Page NoDispSettingsPage: Hides Settings Page NoSecCPL: Disables Password Control Panel NoPwdPage: Hides Password Change Page NoAdminPaqe: Hides Remote Administration Page NoProfilePage: Hides User Profiles Page NoDevMgrPage: Hides Device Manager Page NoConfigPage: Hides Hardware Profiles Page NoFileSysPage: Hides File System Button NoVirtMemPage: Hides Virtual Memory Button.

Similarly, if we create a new sub key named WinOldApp, we can add the following DWORD values Under it (1 for enabling the particular option and 0 for disabling the particular option): Disabled: Disable MS-DOS Prompt & NoRealMode: Disable Single-Mode MS-DOS.

Are you annoyed by XP asking for registration Again & Again?
First of all, this trick must only be used by the Operating System who have legal copy of XP and are troubled by registrations reminders every Now and then. Before you begin, make sure PC must not be connected to the network. During XP setup answer no when setup asks you to use Windows Dynamic Update. Dynamic update connects to Microsoft to register XP. Once the installation is completed, reboot to Safe mode. Go to Windows Explorer and rename %systemroot%\System32\regwizc.dll and %systemroot%\System32\Dllcach\regwizc.dll to regwizc.dll.bak or whatever. By renaming the regwizc DLL, it blocks other windows components from registering XP to Microsoft Now, navigate to

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft \WindowsNT\Current Version]
And look for the data key "RegDone" and set its value to 1 to make XP believe that it’s registered.

Enable 5th zone setting in Internet Explorer 6.0
There a fifth setting in Internet Explorer 6 called my computer which is disabled by default. If you want To enable this, open registry by going to START-RUN and entering regedit and then navigate to

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \ Windows\CurrentVersion\InternetSettings\Zones\0]

& look for the data value called "flags". Its default value is 33 ("Flags"=dword: 0X00000021 ) .Change It’s Value 1 & reboot. Now you should see an option called My Computer in Internet Explorer 6 Zone Settings.

How to disabling unread message count from Welcome Screen?
To stop XP from displaying count of unread messages, Open registry and navigate to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail] & 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

How to restart Windows without restarting your 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".

Automatically kill non-responding application at shutdown
Remember this! It happens to all of us invariably sometime or the other no matter what you do. Don't you hate waiting for the Operating System’s extra seconds and then simply responding yes to the windows query. Well you have a remedy. You can tell Windows XP to automatically close all non responding windows. Open registry by going to START-RUN and entering regedit. Navigate to

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop].
In this look for value of "AutoEndTasks". If available, do one of the following: If you want to enable automatic killing of non responding tasks, set its value to 1. To disable it set it back to 0

How to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console to your hard disk.
If you want to install the Windows Recovery Console after Windows is already installed Computer. Start > Run, CD-ROM drive letter assume its E. E:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons in the Open box, where CD-ROM drive letter is the drive letter Assigned to your CD-ROM drive. Click on OK; now follow the instructions on the screen to finish Setup and then restart you need to your computer.

How to delete the Recovery Console
Open My Computer, & then double-click the drive on which you installed the Recovery Console. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab. Click Show hidden files & folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK. At the root folder, delete the Cmdcons folder and the Cmldr file. At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini files, and then click Properties. Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK. WARNING: By modifying the Boot.ini file incorrectly may prevent your computer from restarting. Be sure to delete only the entry for the Recovery Console. Also, it is recommended that you change the attribute for the Boot.ini file back to a read-only state after you complete this procedure. Open the Boot.ini file in Notepad, and remove the entry for the Recovery Console.

It looks similar to this:

C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

Now save the file and close and Reboot.

Customize Logon Box Message
This is the message displayed on the Classic Logon box, not the XP ‘Welcome’ logon screen. [Start] [Run] [Regedit] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ Current Version \Winlogon Modify/Create the Value Name [Logon Prompt] according to the Value Data listed below. Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: Logon Prompt Value Data: [Enter the text of the message] Exit Registry and Reboot

A Faster Start Menu
I see no reason for there to be any delay when I click on the Start Menu. Effects are pretty, but I wouldn’t click on it if I didn’t have business inside, so let’s get it open and get moving. The default speed can be adjusted with a quick registry entry. The default value is 400. Set it to 0 and the delay is gone, but it will be nearly impossible to move the mouse fast enough not to activate [All Programs] if You mouse over it in route to your final selection. It's easy to train yourself to move the pointer to the right after clicking Start to avoid activating All Programs. Pick a number that suits your style and make the change, then test it until you find a good compromise between speed and usability. [Start] [Run] [Regedit] HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: String Value // Value Name: MenuShowDelay Setting for Value Data: [Default = 400 / Adjust to Preference] Exit Registry and Reboot

Enable/Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips
This tweak disables the annoying balloon tips that appear adjacent to the Notification area. The [Notification Area] is on the right side of the Taskbar, adjacent to the Clock display. [Start] [Run] [Regedit] Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: EnableBalloonTips Setting for Value Data: [0 = Balloon Tips Disabled / 1 = Balloon Tips Enabled] Exit Registry and Reboot

Rename My Computer on Desktop
This tweak allows you to have a personalized name instead of the generic My Computer. [Start] [Run] [Regedit]

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Data Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ [Expandable String Value] // Value Name: LocalizedString Rename the value [LocalizedString] to [LocalizedString.old] Modify/Create the Value Name [LocalizedString] according to the Value Data listed below. Create a REG_EXPAND_SZ [Expandable String Value] and name it [LocalizedString] Value Data for [LocalizedString]: [%USERNAME% on %COMPUTERNAME%] Exit Registry & Reboot “My Computer” icon will now reflect the current user and computer name.

Sort Menus Alphabetically
For those that are annoyed by new entries in the Start Menu being appended to the bottom of the list instead of being automatically integrated alphabetically, this tweak will force XP to perform the sort function automatically. [Start] [Run] [Regedit] HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder Right click Menu Order in the left pane, click Permissions... then click advanced button Remove the checkmark from the "Inherit from parent the permission entries that apply to child objects. Include these with entries explicitly defined here" entry.In the Security dialog box that opens, click Copy and you'll be taken back to the Advanced Security Settings for MenuOrder window. Click OK and you'll return to the Permissions for Menu Order window.Clear the checkmark next to Full Control in both your account and all security groups where you are a member. Do not change the Read permission. Exit Registry and Reboot To verify that the tweak has completed successfully, log off the system and log back in then open Start and All Programs menu. Click on one of the items and try to drag it to a new location within the order of the folders. If all went well you will be unable to reposition the item. The black line that normally appears showing where the selected item would be repositioned will either be missing totally or appear as a faint shadow.

Enable/Disable Recycle Bin
For those confidants enough that you will never need a deleted file or folder, this tweak will disable the Recycle Bin and permanently delete items with no chance of recovery. [Start] [Run] [Regedit] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: DWORD // Value Name: NukeOnDelete Setting for Value Data: [0 = Use Recycle Bin / 1 = Permanently Delete] Exit Registry and Reboot

To avoid the inherent danger of editing the registry, the same results may be obtained by using the procedure detailed below. Right click the Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop and click [Properties] Check the box for [Do Not Move Files to the Recycle Bin] Click [Apply] and [OK]

Faster Browsing in Windows Explorer on Network Computers
By default, a Windows XP machine connecting to a Windows 95/98/Me computer will search for scheduled tasks or enabled printers on the remote computer. Two sub-keys control this behavior. Deleting them will speed up browsing on the remote computer. [Start] [Run] [Regedit]

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RemoteComputer\NameSpace

Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Disable Scheduled Task Checking, Value Name: {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} Delete the sub-key in the left pane of Registry Editor, Disable Printer Checking Value Name: {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} Delete the sub-key in the left pane of Registry Editor Exit Registry and Reboot

Increase Internet Download Connections
Increases the number of allowed simultaneous connections to ten (10). [Start] [Run] [Regedit]

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server Setting for Value Data: [0000000a] Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: MaxConnectionsPerServer Setting for Value Data: [0000000a] Exit Registry and Reboot

Enable/Disable Logon Screen Saver
Note: This applies only to the default Login [login.scr] screensaver and is not the same as screensaver selections made in the [Display Properties] property sheet accessed by right clicking on the desktop and selecting [Properties] from the context menu. [Start] [Run] [Regedit] Registry Key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: ScreenSaveActive Modify/Create the Value Name [ScreenSaveActive] according to the Value Data listed below. Value Data: [0 = ScreenSaveActive Disabled / 1 = ScreenSaveActive Enabled] Exit Registry and Reboot

Change the Registered Organization/Owner of Windows XP
This tweak allows modification of the registered owner and organization of the Windows XP software. Note: This tweak has nothing to do with Windows Product Activation (WPA) and will not allow you to register illegal XP software. [Start] [Run] [Regedit]

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version
Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: String Value // Value Name: Registered Organization Data Type: String Value // Value Name: Registered Owner Setting for Value Data: [Modify the Values to Reflect Current Information] Exit Registry and Reboot

Change the Location of Special Folders
Tweak allows changing the location of special folders on the system. Any of the folders listed in the registry key may be moved.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserShell Folders

Modify/Create the Value Name [Various Folder Names] according to the Value Data listed below. Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: Consult RegEdit for Folder Names Value Data: [Move the folder to the new desired location using explorer, and then edit the matching folder in RegEdit to reflect the new folder location] Exit Registry and Reboot

Enable/Disable Local Group Policy Objects
In a non-networked environment (or in a networked environment that does not have a domain controller), the local Group Policy object's settings are more important, because they are not overwritten by other Group Policy objects. You can open the Group Policy snap-in to edit the local Group Policy object that is stored on your local computer. Click Group Policy to open the local Group Policy object. This tweak allows you to disable Local Group Policy Objects. [Start] [Run] [Regedit] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System [In most cases, this registry key is not present and will need to be created] Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: DWORD Value // Value Name: DisableGPO Setting for Value Data: [0 = Default (Enabled) / 1 = Disabled] Exit Registry and Reboot

Enable/Disable Task Manager
This tweak disables user access to Task manager. It must be applied on a user by user basis. Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: DWORD Value // Value Name: DisableTaskMgr Setting for Value Data: [0 = Enabled (Default) / 1 = Disabled] Exit Registry and Reboot

Enable/Disable Run Commands Specific to the Registry
This tweak controls the use of the Run command on the local machine. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Create a DWORD value for each Run function that will be disabled. Modify/Create the Value Name [DisableLocalMachineRun] according to the Value Data listed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: DisableLocalMachineRun Modify/Create the Value Name [DisableLocalMachineRunOnce] according to the Value Data listed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: DisableLocalMachineRunOnce Modify/Create the Value Name [DisableCurrentUserRun] according to the Value Data listed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: DisableCurrentUserRun Modify/Create the Value Name [DisableCurrentUserRunOnce] according to the Value Data listed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: DisableCurrentUserRunOnce Setting for Value Data: [0 = Disabled / 1 = Enabled] Exit Registry and Reboot

Automatic Logon to Windows XP
Convenience is one of the major reasons this tweak has become so popular. However, with convenience there is a price, and in this case that price is a lack of security. Due to the way it is implemented, anyone with local or remote access to the computer can easily navigate to the registry key and find out your password since it's stored as a plain text string. You've been warned.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: String Value // Value Name: DefaultUserName Setting for Value Data: [Enter the account name to be automatically logged on] Data Type: String Value // Value Name: DefaultPassword Setting for Value Data: [Enter the account password] Data Type: String Value // Value Name: AutoAdminLogon Setting for Value Data: [0 = Disabled / 1 = Enabled] Exit Registry and Reboot Another secure method to accomplish the same result is at Bypass The Windows XP Log On Screen Bypass The Windows XP Log On Screen To make logon an unattended process: Click [Start] [Run] and type control userpasswords2 Click [OK] The [User Accounts] Property Sheet displays. On [Users] tab, clear the [Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer] check box. Click [Apply]. Enter a user name and password that should be used to logon automatically in the dialog box that appears. Click [OK]. Go to [Control Panel] [User Accounts] [Change the Way Users Log On and Off]. Uncheck [Use the Welcome Screen] and [Use Fast User Switching]

Welcome Screen Logon versus Classic Logon
This tweak specifies whether the Welcome screen or the Classic logon will be used to access Windows XP. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] / Value Name: Logon Type Value Data: [0 - Classic Mode / 1 - Welcome Screen] Modify/Create the Value Name [Logotype] according to the Value Data listed above. Exit Registry and Reboot CHANGING THE DEFAULT DOWNLOAD DIRECTORY OF IEXPLORER Go to Start -> Run -> regedit >Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer. Find the key "Download Directory” and edit to the location of your choosing. Now, IE will By default show that location when saving new files from the Internet.
WHY DO INSTALL PROGRAMS ASK ME TO CLOSE EVERYTHING ELSE?

When you install software on your machine, you are usually asked to close the other running. 1) Some install programs require you to reboot your operating system when the install is done. So, you would have to close the other programs down anyway. 2) Some install programs may modify parts of the programs currently running, and may even modify part of your operating system. You may think, "Hey, I'm running a word processor. Why should installing a spreadsheet require me to close my document?" Unfortunately, with today's world of programs consisting of dozens, perhaps hundreds of pieces, there may be code shared by your word processor and the spreadsheet that you are trying to install. 3) What if the install program crashes? Installer programs are notorious for modifying key Operating system components. They might modify something that causes your system to Crash and any work you may have done in your currently open applications would be lost. So play it safe - close down other applications before running installers.

Virus Removal Guide
Disclaimer: Your antivirus software may report these scripts as potentially malicious, or a possible virus. This is because these scripts write to the System Registry and the file system to remove the worm.

Detect & Remove the Mi.Mail.C/Mi.Mail.D Worm.
Visit the Following Link and download the VB based Patch Named "mimailc_remove.vbs" and Run the Exe it would remove the Virus.http://www.dougknox.com/security/scripts/mimailc_remove.vbs

Detect & Remove the Sobig.E worm from your XP System.
To use: Download the xp_sobig_remove.vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double-click the xp_sobig_remove.vbs file to run it. The script will tell you when it has completed. Link http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/xp_sobig.htm REMOVING WIN32.BLASTER WORM… Here is the solution to your problem. First set the clock 1 hr slow after u get that error message, so that you can work 1 hr without any trouble. I Use Windows XP While working, i get a Remote Procedure Call (RPC) error and my PC starts a Shutdown procedure by showing a count down of 1 minute, after which it actually restarts! This happens quite often. Yikes! It’s the Win32.Blaster Worm that’s infected your system. Here's how you manually remove this worm from your system. Press [Crl] + [Alt] + [Del] to bring up the task manager and remove any currently running instance of msblast.exe. Enable the Internet connection Firewall in Windows XP. Go to Control Panel > Network>Connections. Right click your Internet connection and select properties. In the advanced tab, under Internet connection Firewall, check ‘Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the internet’ enables the firewall. Now, apply the security patch available for this worm at the Microsoft web site.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=/directory/worldwide/ja/kblight/t009/7/02.asp

Note: - Start>Run>”shutdown –a”. Click on Ok .This will abort the Shutdown caused by RPC and would give you the time to correct all Settings Back to normal.

How can I configure TCP/IP settings from the Command Prompt?
Configure interfaces Configure routing protocols Configure filters Configure routes Configure remote access behavior for Windows-based remote access routers that are running the Routing and Remote Access Server (RRAS) Service Display the configuration of a currently running router on any computer. Use the scripting feature to run a collection of commands in batch mode against a specified router. What can we do with Netsh.exe? 1. netsh interface ip show config With Netsh.exe, you can easily configure your computer's IP address and other TCP/IP related settings. The following command configures the interface named Local Area Connection with the static IP address 192.168.0.100, the subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and a default Gateway of 192.168.0.1
Netsh.exe can be also useful in certain scenarios such as when you have a portable computer that needs to be relocated between 2 or more office locations, while still maintaining a specific and static IP address configuration. With Netsh.exe, you can easily save and restore the appropriate network configuration.

First, connect your portable computer to location #1, and then manually configure the required settings (such as the IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, DNS and WINS addresses).
Now, you need to export your current IP settings to a text file. Use the following command:

netsh -c interface dump > c:\location1.txt When you reach location #2, do the same thing, only keep the new settings to a different file: netsh -c interface dump > c:\location2.txt

You can go on with any other location you may need, but we'll keep it simple and only use 2 examples. Now, whenever you need to quickly import your IP settings and change them between location #1 and location #2, just enter the following command in a Command Prompt window

netsh -f c:\location1.txt OR netsh -f c:\location2.txt and so on.
You can also use the global EXEC switch instead of -F:

netsh exec c:\location2.txt
Netsh.exe can also be used to configure your NIC to automatically obtain an IP address from a DHCP server:-

netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" dhcp Would you like to configure DNS and WINS addresses from the Command Prompt? You can. See this example for DNS:-

netsh interface ip set dns "Local Area Connection" static 192.168.0.200
This one for WINS:

netsh interface ip set wins "Local Area Connection" static 192.168.0.200

Or
If you want, you can configure your NIC to dynamically obtain it's DNS settings:

netsh interface ip set dns "Local Area Connection" dhcp
As you now see, Netsh.exe has many features you might find useful, and that goes beyond saying Even without looking into the other valuable options that exist in the command.

How to Use the Netsh.exe Tool and Command-Line Switches Netsh.exe is a tool an administrator can use to configure and monitor Windows-based computers at a command prompt. With the Netsh.exe tool, you can direct the context commands you enter to the appropriate helper, and the helper then carries out the command. A helper is a Dynamic Link Library (.dll) file that extends the functionality of the Netsh.exe tool by providing configuration, monitoring, and support for one or more services, utilities, or protocols. The helper may also be used to extend other helpers. MORE INFORMATION You can use the Netsh.exe tool to perform the following tasks: • Configure interfaces. • Configure routing protocols. • Configure filters. • Configure routes. • Configure remote access behavior for Windows-based remote access routers that are running the Routing and Remote Access Server (RRAS) Service. • Display the configuration of a currently running router on any computer. • Use the scripting feature to run a collection of commands in batch mode against a specified router. The syntax for the Netsh.exe tool is:

netsh [-r router name] [-a AliasFile] [-c Context] [Command | -f ScriptFile]
To display a list of sub contexts and commands that can be used in a context, type the context name followed by a space and a ? at the netsh> command prompt. For example, to display a list of subcontext and commands that can be used in the /routing context, type routing? at the netsh> command prompt, and then press ENTER. Contexts Context strings are appended to the Netsh.exe tool command and are passed to an associated helper. The helper may have one or more entry points that map to contexts. Some of the contexts available in the Netsh.exe tool are: Context Command: /dhcp Result: Changes to the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) context. Context Command: /ras Result: Changes to the Remote Access Server (RAS) context. Context Command: /routing Result: Changes to the routing context.

Context Command: /wins Result: Changes to the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) context. Contexts may also nest within other contexts. For example, the following contexts operate within the netsh>ras context: Context Command: /ip Result: Changes to the Internet Protocol (IP) context. Context Command: /ipx Result: Changes to the Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) context. Context Command: /netbeui Result: Changes to the NetBios Enhanced User Interface (NETBEUI) context. The following sub contexts operate within the netsh>routing ip context: Context Command: /autodhcp Result: Changes to the autodhcp subcontext. Context Command: /dnsproxy Result: Changes to the dnsproxy subcontext. Context Command: /igmp Result: Changes to the Internet Group Membership Protocol (IGMP) subcontext. Context Command: /mib Result: Changes to the Management Information Base (MIB) subcontext. Context Command: /nat Result: Changes to the Network Address Translation (NAT) subcontext. Context Command: /ospf Result: Changes to the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) subcontext. Context Command: /relay Result: Changes to the relay subcontext. Context Command: /rip Result: Changes to the Routing Information Protocol (RIP) subcontext. Netsh.exe Commands The following additional commands can be used with the Netsh.exe tool: NOTE: Optional parameters are shown in brackets ([ ]). Alternative entries are shown with a pipe (|) Character between them.

Context Command: /? Result: Displays help. Context Command: /abort Result: Discards any changes made in offline mode. No effect in online mode. Context Command: /add helper DLL-name Result: Installs the helper .dll file in netsh.exe. Context Command: /alias [alias-name] [string1] [string2 ...] Result: If /alias, lists all aliases. If /alias alias-name, displays the equivalent string. If /alias aliasname string1 string2 ..., sets alias-name to the specified strings. Context Command: /bye Result: Exits the program. Context Command: /commit Result: Commits any changes made in the offline mode to the router. No effect in the online mode. Context Command: /delete helper .dll file name Result: Removes the helper .dll file from Netsh.exe. Context Command: /dump -file name Result: Dumps or appends configuration to a text file. Context Command: /exec script file name Result: Loads the script file and executes commands from it. Context Command: /exit Result: Exits the program. Context Command: /h Result: Displays help. Context Command: /help Result: Displays help. Context Command: /offline Result: Sets the current mode to offline. Any changes made in this mode are saved, but require a "commit" or "online" command to be set in the router. Context Command: /online Result: Sets the current mode to online. Any changes in this mode are immediately reflected in the router. Context Command: /popd Result: Pops a context from the stack. Context Command: /pushd Result: Pushes current context onto the stack.

Context Command: /quit Result: Exits the program. Context Command: /set mode [mode =] online | offline Result: Sets the current mode to online or offline. Context Command: /show alias | helper | mode Result: If /show alias, lists all defined aliases. If /show helper, lists all top-level helpers. If /show mode, shows the current mode. Context Command: /unalias alias name Result: Deletes the specified alias. Helper Dynamic Link Libraries Files Available

Routing & Remote Access IP Configuration - Ipmontr.dll Routing & Remote Access IPX Configuration - Ipxmontr.dll Interface - Ifmon.dll RAS - Rasmontr.dll DHCP - Dhcpmon.dll WINS - Winsmon.dll Associated Registry Entries for Helper Dynamic Link Libraries Files

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/NetSh/
REG_SZ: Ipmontr.dll REG_SZ: Ipxmontr.dll REG_SZ: Ifmon.dll REG_SZ: Rasmontr.dll REG_SZ: Dhcpmon.dll REG_SZ: Winsmon.dll

NOTE: If attempts to use Netsh dump -<file name> to dump configurations to a file does not work, try Using the syntax: netsh dump >filename or path\filename, from a command line.

Windows XP Reset the TCP/IP Stack From command prompt, type the following
netsh int ip reset log.txt
Other Windows XP netsh commands include: netsh diag connect mail Will connect to the default incoming and outgoing mail server then drop the connection. Easier for customers than trying to telnet to the mail server ports netsh int ip show config Shows the current IP address and additional config info netsh int ip delete arpcache Deletes the arp cache entries for all available adapters (including the dial up adapter) Works well with DSL if you are able to ping the loop back address, and your own IP but nothing else. netsh diag gui Launched the GUI Network Diagnostic Program netsh diag show mail Shows default mail servers Windows 2000 From a command prompt, type the following: netsh <enter> interface reset all routing reset all routing dump bye exit

NETSH Command to Change from Static IP Address to DHCP in Win 2K You can use the netsh command in Windows 2000 to script the process of changing a computer from a static Internet Protocol (IP) address to Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) or vice versa. The netsh command accomplishes this task without the need to restart the computer. This feature is particularly useful for laptops that move from one environment to another, when it is necessary to use statically assigned IP addresses at one location and DHCP assigned IP addresses at another.

More Information:To switch the specified adapter from a static address to DHCP, type the following command: netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" dhcp NOTE:Typing this command changes the interface named "Local Area Connection" to DHCP. To display all of the adapters in the computer with their current IP addresses to determine the correct Adapter name, type the following command:

Netsh interface ip show config
To change to a static address, type the following command: netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" static ip address subnetmask gateway metric

Note:Replace ipaddress with the static IP address, subnet mask with the subnet mask, gateway with the default gateway and, if necessary, metric with the appropriate metric. The following example changes the interface "Local Area Connection" to a static address of 192.168.0.10 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and the interface has a default gateway of 192.168.0.1 with a metric of 1: netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" static

192.168.0.10 255.255.255.0 192.168.0.1.1

How to determine and recover from Winsock2 Corruption
Symptoms

When you try to release and renew the IP address by using the Ipconfig program, you may receive one of the following error messages.
1: -An error occurred while renewing interface 'Internet': An operation was attempted on Something that is not a socket. 2: -An error occurred while renewing interface Local Area Connection: the requested service Provider could not be loaded or initialized. 3: -When you start Internet Explorer, you may receive,” The page cannot be displayed.” 4: -When you use your computer, Initialization function INITHELPERDLL in IPMONTR.DLL failed to start with error code 10107 Additionally, you may have no IP address or no Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) Address and you may be receiving IP packets but not sending them.

When you use the ipconfig /renew command, you may receive the following error messages: 1: -An error occurred while renewing interface local area connection: an operation was Attempted on something that is not a socket. Unable to Contact driver Error code 2. 2: - The operation failed since no adapter is in the state permissible for this operation. 3: -The attempted operation is not supported for the type of object referenced. 4: - When you create a dial-up connection, you may receive “Error 720: No PPP Control Protocols Configured. “ In Device Manager, when you click Show Hidden Devices, TCP/IP Protocol Driver is listed As disabled under Non-Plug and Play drivers, and if we try to enable it would give the error Message ERROR 24.

Manual steps to determine whether the Winsock2 key is corrupted
To determine if the symptoms are caused by a problem with the Winsock2 key, use the following.
Use the Msinfo32 program Note: - Use this method only if you do not have a Windows XP Setup CD and you do Not have Support Tools installed. 1. Click Start; click Run, type Msinfo32, and then click OK. 2. Expand Components, expand Network, and then click Protocol. 3. You will have ten sections under Protocol. The section headings will include the following names if the Winsock2 key is undamaged:

• MSAFD Tcpip [TCP/IP] • MSAFD Tcpip [UDP/IP] • RSVP UDP Service Provider •RSVP TCP Service Provider •MSAFD NetBIOS [\Device\NetBT_Tcpip... •MSAFD NetBIOS [\Device\NetBT_Tcpip... •MSAFD NetBIOS [\Device\NetBT_Tcpip... •MSAFD NetBIOS [\Device\NetBT_Tcpip... •MSAFD NetBIOS [\Device\NetBT_Tcpip... •MSAFD NetBIOS [\Device\NetBT_Tcpip...
If the names are anything different from those in this list, the Winsock2 key is corrupted, or you have a third-party add-on, such as proxy software, installed. If you have a third-party add-on installed, the name of the add-on will replace the letters "MSAFD" in the list. If there are more than ten sections in the list, you have third-party additions installed. If there are Fewer than ten sections, there is information missing. Note: - These entries represent an installation with only the TCP/IP protocol installed. You can have a working Winsock and see additional entries if another protocol is installed.

Manual steps to recover from Winsock2 corruption
Windows XP with Service Pack 2 instructions
To repair Winsock if you have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed. Note: - Following command works perfect from Command Prompt so it should not be executed from Run window netsh winsock reset Warning: Programs that access or monitor the Internet such as Antivirus, Firewall, or Proxy clients may be negatively affected when you run the netsh Winsock reset command. If you have a program that no longer functions correctly after you use this resolution, reinstall the program to restore functionality. Following steps should only be tried if the Winsock command was unable to fix the concern. Windows XP without Service Pack 2 instructions To repair Winsock if you do not have Windows XP SP2 installed, delete the corrupted registry keys, and then reinstall the TCP/IP protocol. Step 1: Delete the corrupted registry keys 1. Click Start, and then click Run. 2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK. 3. In Registry Editor, locate the following keys, right-click each key, and then click Delete: Restart the computer after you run this command.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock2
4. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click yes. Note: - Restart the computer after you delete the Winsock keys. Doing so causes the Windows XP operating system to create new shell entries for those two keys. If you do not restart the computer after you delete the Winsock keys, the next step does not work correctly.

Step 2: Install TCP/IP
1. Open Control Panel and Double Click on Network Connections.

2. Right Click on LAN and select “Properties”.

3. Click on “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and then Click on “Install”.

4. Select the option “Protocol” and Click on the “Add” Button.

5.Click on the “Have Disk” Button.

6. In the Text Box, Type in “c:\windows\inf” and Click “OK”.

Now Select the First Option Which Would Say “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and Click “OK”.

8. Finally Click on “Close” and Restart the PC.

If Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) does not appear, follow these steps
A. Click Start, and then click Search. B. In the Search Companion pane, click more advanced options. C. Click to select the following three check boxes: • Search system folders • Search hidden files and folders • Search subfolders D. In the All or part of the file name box, type nettcpip.inf, and then click Search. E. In the results pane, right-click Nettcpip.inf, and then click Install. 7. Restart the computer. Supported Platforms: - Microsoft Windows Server 2003(Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition), Windows XP (Home Edition, Professional).

Get the extra performance from your same old computer.
Click on: Start Menu Go To: Run & Type: Regedit Look for the Keys:HKEY_LOCAL_MECHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentConrolSet\Control\SessionManager \Memory Management\PrefetchParameters Now Look For the DWORD KEY: ENABLEPREFETCHER Its Default Value Is: 3 Change the Value To: 6 Now Close the Registry Editor and Restart Your Computer Note: If u Change its Value to 1 It'll b very Slow and those who already have 3 then nothing to worry. Note: -By changing the Value we are Making Windows to Use the Prefetch for Better Speed.

This is a simple hack u can skip entering serial in office 2000-Xp-2003. Procedure: 1) Copy entire contents of the office CD (2Kor XP or 2003) in any folder of your computer. 2) Now browse for setup.ini file and open it in notepad. 3) Navigate to ;[Options] ; If a value is present, the [Options] section gives the values of properties to apply to ; this installation. Specify them in the format: ; PropName=PropValue ; Remember to uncomment both the section name and the value names. ; ;USERNAME=Customer 4) Here add just add one line as below ;[Options] ; If a value is present, the [Options] section gives the values of properties to apply to ; this installation. Specify them in the format: ; PropName=PropValue ; Remember to uncomment both the section name and the value names. ; ;USERNAME=Customer PIDKEY="ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP" 5)Where "ABCD...." is ur serial key without "-". 6)save the file 7) write office in a CD 8) start the setup U can see the serial is already in the appropriate fields there. Enjoy...

Breakings Windows 95/98 in 10 sec
Have you ever forgotten your windows password and never been able to retrieve those files you longed? Well here is how to change your password without knowing the old one.

1) When the computer boots keep pressing F8 until you get to a boot screen. 2) Select boot in DOS. 3) Get yourself into the windows folder by typing "cd windows" 4) Next type "dir *.pwl". This will display the login password files. 5) After you found out the one that’s yours type del username.pwl 6) Reboot the computer 7) When you have to login, put in the username you deleted, & enter new password you like. 8) The computer will say something like "No password.Would you like to use this one? Confirm? 9) Put your password in. Sit back and watch all the Computer geeks try and open their windows boxes with the wrong password

Remove genuine check at start of windows
1) Just remove these files... \WINDOWS\system32\WgaLogon.dll ,\WINDOWS\system32\WgaTray.exe & \WINDOWS\system32\LegitCheckControl.dll Rename them and like abcd with out any extension like (.txt, .dll) and after that u can delete then restart u will not get any genuine problem legitcheckcontrol.dll and wgatray.exe can be easily removed wgalogon.dll can be deleted in safe mode. 1. Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data folder. 2. Delete data.dat file. Now create a new text file the original .txt extention of the text file Need to be changed. 3. The extension of text file can be changed by opening it and go to "save as" in file and rename it to data.dat and set "save as type" to all files and save it * The new data.dat file has been created now go back to the Windows Explorer, at folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data, Check that data.dat exists. • Delete the text file you created previously. Windows Genuine Advantage validation check has been disabled.

How to crack any type of software protection
Identifying the protection
Run the program, game, etc., (Software X) that you want to crack without the CD in the CD reader. SoftwareX will not run of course, however, when the error window pops up it will give you all of the vital information that you need to crack the program, so be sure to write down what it says.

Cracking the protection
Now, run Win32Dasm. On the file menu open DISASSEMBLER > OPEN FILE TO DISASSEMBLE. Select Software X’s executable file in the popup window that will appear (e.g. SoftwareX.exe). W32Dasm may take several minutes to disassemble the file. When W32Dasm finishes disassembling the file it will display unrecognizable text; this is what we want. Click on the String Data References button. Scroll through the String Data Items until you find Software X’s error message. When you locate it, double click the error message and then close the window to return to the Win32Dasm text. You will notice that you have been moved somewhere within the Software X’s check routine; this is where the error message in generated. Now comes the difficult part, so be careful. To crack Software X’s protection you must know the @offset of every call and jump command. Write down every call and jump@offset number that you see (You have to be sure, that the OPBAR change its used color to green). You need the number behind the @offset without the “h.”Now open HIEW, locate Software X’s executable, and press the F4 key. At this point a popup window will appear with 3 options: Text, Hex, and Decode. Click on “Decode” to see a list of numbers. Now press the F5 key and enter the number that was extracted using Win32Dasm. After you have entered the number you will be taken to Software X’s check routine within HIEW. To continue you must understand this paragraph. If the command that you are taken to is E92BF9BF74, for example, it means that the command equals 5 bytes. Every 2 digits equal one byte: E9-2B-F9-BF-74 => 10 digits => 5 bytes. If you understood this then you cans continue. Press F3 (Edit), this will allow you to edit the 10 digits. Replace the 5 bytes with the digits 90. In other words, E92BF9BF74 will become 9090909090 (90-90-90-90-90). After you complete this step press the F10 key to exit.

Congratulations! You just cracked Software X!
Don’t panic if Software X will not run after you finished cracking it. It only means that something was done incorrectly, or perhaps Software X’s protection technology has been improved or created after this tutorial. Simply reinstall Software X and start over. If you’re sure that you completed all steps correctly and the program still will not run then tough nuts…..!

Steps to clear DNS cache and all associated Command Line
Start>Run>Cmd>Open C:\Documents and Settings\Username> ipconfig/flushdns Windows IP Configuration Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. C:\Documents and Settings\ Username >ipconfig/? USAGE: ipconfig [/? | /all | /renew [adapter] | /release [adapter] | /flushdns | /displaydns | /registerdns | /showclassid adapter | /setclassid adapter [classid] ] where adapter Connection name (wildcard characters * and ? allowed, see examples)

Options: /? Display this help message /all Display full configuration information. /release Release the IP address for the specified adapter. /renew Renew the IP address for the specified adapter. /flushdns Purges the DNS Resolver cache. /registerdns Refreshes all DHCP leases and re-registers DNS names /displaydns Display the contents of the DNS Resolver Cache. /showclassid Displays all the dhcp class IDs allowed for adapter. /setclassid Modifies the dhcp class id. The default is to display only the IP address, subnet mask anddefault gateway for each adapter bound to TCP/IP. For Release and Renew, if no adapter name is specified, then the IP address releases for all adapters bound to TCP/IP will be released or renewed. For Setclassid, if no ClassId is specified, then the ClassId is removed. Examples: > ipconfig ... Show information. > ipconfig /all ... Show detailed information > ipconfig /renew ... renew all adapters > ipconfig /renew EL* ... renew any connection that has its ame starting with EL > ipconfig /release *Con* ... release all matching connections, eg. "Local Area Connection 1" or "Local Area Connection 2"

How to install a network adapter
The basic steps necessary to install a network adapter are below. The process of installation depends on the network adapter and the configuration of your computer so the procedure may differ.
Windows 98/ME

Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. Double click the Network icon. Click the Add button on the Network Control Panel. Select Adapter from the Select Network Component Type screen. Click Add. On the Select Network Adapters screen, select have Disk... Insert the network card manufacturer's floppy in the disk drive and select the A:\ drive from the drop-down menu or locate the path where the manufacturer's files can be found on the hard drive. Click OK. A list of available drivers will be displayed. Select the appropriate driver from the list and click OK. Remove floppy from the A:\ drive if used and restart the computer.
Windows XP/2000

Right click My Computer and select Properties. Select the Hardware tab on the System Properties window. Click the Device Manager Button. Double click Network adapters or click the [+] to the left of Network adapters to expand the tree. Highlight the network interface card and select Action -> Uninstall from the menu. Click OK in the Confirm Device Removal window Restart the computer. When the computer restarts: If Windows locates the files and registry entries, the drivers will be reinstalled. If the files or registry entries are not located, the Found New Hardware Wizard will launch. If the Found New Hardware Wizard appears, click next. Select Search for a suitable driver for my device (recommended) and click next. In the Locate Driver Files window, place a check in Specify a location and leave the other options unchecked. Click Next. Click Browse. Click the down arrow beside the Look in box and select the drive that contains your Network Interface Card's driver installation program. After the driver is located, select open. The installation path for the drivers will appear in the Copy Manufacturer's files from: field. Click OK. The Driver Files Search Results window and Manufacturer name and model of the Network Interface Card will appear. Click Next. Click Finish

FAT32 OR NTFS: MAKING THE CHOICE
Choosing the file system to use on a Windows XP system is seldom easy, and frequently it's not just a one time decision. Different factors can blur the decision process, and some tradeoffs are more than likely. No matter what method you choose to adopt Windows XP, you will have to face the FAT32 versus NTFS decision. Clean and upgrade installs both require you to address the situation early on in the process. Later on, if you add a drive or repartition an existing drive the decision process faces you yet again. Circumstances may dictate the choice for you, but in most cases the options have to be Weighed and the tradeoffs of using each method analyzed. Let's look at the available choices.

File System Choices
Most articles discussing file system choices look at FAT32 and NTFS as the two available choices. In Reality, there are three systems which could be selected. FAT, FAT32, and NTFS. Granted, FAT32 and NTFS are the primary choices, but on occasion you'll still find the need for a FAT volume. A FAT Volume has a maximum size of 2GB and supports MS-DOS as well as being used for some dual boot Configurations, but backward compatibility is about the only reason I can think of that FAT should ever be used, other than for the occasional floppy diskette. That said; let's move on to FAT32 and NTFS.

Which File System to Choose?
As much as everyone would like for there to be a stock answer to the selection question, there isn’t. Different situations and needs will play a large role in the decision of which file system to adopt. There isn’t any argument that NTFS offers better security and reliability. Some also say that NTFS is more flexible, but that can get rather subjective depending on the situation and work habits, whereas NTFS superiority in security and reliability is seldom challenged. Listed below are some of the most common factors to consider when deciding between FAT32 and NTFS.

Security
FAT32 provides very little security. A user with access to a drive using FAT32 has access to the files on that drive. NTFS allows the use of NTFS Permissions. It's much more difficult to implement, but folder and file access can be controlled individually, down to an extreme degree if necessary. The down side of using NTFS Permissions is the chance for error and screwing up the system is greatly magnified. Windows XP Professional supports file encryption.

Compatibility
NTFS volumes are not recognized by Windows 95/98/Me. This is only a concern when the system is set up for dual or multi-booting. FAT32 must be used for any drives that must be accessed when the computer is booted from Windows 95/98 or Windows Me. An additional note to the previous statement. Users on the network have access to shared folders no Matter what disk format is being used or what version of Windows is installed. FAT and FAT32 volumes can be converted to NTFS volumes. NTFS cannot be converted to FAT32 without reformatting.

Space Efficiency
NTFS supports disk quotas, allowing you to control the amount of disk usage on a per user basis. NTFS supports file compression. FAT32 does not How a volume manages data is outside the scope of this article, but once you pass the 8GB partition size, NTFS handles space management much more efficiently than FAT32. Cluster sizes play an important part in how much disk space is a wasted storing file. NTFS provides smaller cluster sizes and less disk space waste than FAT32.In Windows XP, the maximum partition size that can be created using FAT32 is 32GB. This increases to 16TB (terabytes) using NTFS. There is a workaround for the 32GB limitation under FAT32, but it is a nuisance especially considering the size of drives currently being manufactured.

Reliability
FAT32 drives are much more susceptible to disk errors.NTFS volumes have the ability to recover from errors more readily than similar FAT32 volumes. Log files are created under NTFS which can be used for automatic file system repairs. NTFS supports dynamic cluster remapping for bad sectors and prevent them from being used in the future.

The final choice

As the prior versions of Windows continue to age and are replaced in the home and workplace there will be no need for the older file systems. Hard drives aren't going to get smaller, networks are likely to get larger and more complex, and security is evolving almost daily as more and more users become connected. For all the innovations that Windows 95 brought to the desktop, it's now a virtual dinosaur. Windows 98 is fast on the way out and that leaves NT and Windows 2000, both well suited to NTFS. To wrap up, there may be compelling reasons why your current situation requires a file system other than NTFS or a combination of different systems for compatibility, but if at all possible go With NTFS. Even if you don't utilize its full scope of features, the stability and reliability it offers make it the hands down choice.

Change Text on XP Start Button
Step 1 – Modify Explorer.exe File In order to make the changes, the file explorer.exe located at C:\Windows needs to be edited. Since explorer.exe is a binary file it requires a special editor. For this purpose in this article I have used Resource Hacker. Resource Hacker TM is a freeware utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on Win95, Win98, Win ME, WinNT, Win2000 and WinXP operating systems. http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker The first step is to make a backup copy of the file explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer. Place it in a folder somewhere on your hard drive where it will be safe. Start Resource Hacker and open explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer.exe as shown in Fig. 1. The first step is to make a backup copy of the file explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer. Place it in a folder somewhere on your hard drive where it will be safe. Start Resource Hacker and open explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer.exe as shown in Fig. 1.
FIG 1

The category we are going to be using is String Table. Expand it by clicking the plus sign then navigate down to and expand string 37 followed by highlighting 1033. If you are using the Classic Layout rather than the XP Layout, use number 38. The right hand pane will display the string table as shown in Fig. 2. We’re going to modify item 578, currently showing the word “start” just as it displays on the current Start button.

FIG 2

There is no magic here. Just double click on the word “start” so that it’s highlighted, making sure the quotation marks are not part of the highlight. They need to remain in place, surrounding the new text that you’ll type. Go ahead and type your new entry. In my case I used ATUL.
Fig 3

Compare the screen captures in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 and you’ll notice that after the new text string has been entered the Compile Script button that was grayed out in Fig. 2 is now active in Fig. 3. I won’t get into what’s involved in compiling a script, but suffice it to say it’s going to make this exercise worthwhile. Click Compile Script and then save the altered file using the Save As command on the File Menu. Do not use the Save command – Make sure to use the Save As command and choose a name for the file. See Fig. 04. Save the newly named file to C:\Windows.

Fig 4

Step 2 – Modify the Registry Now that the modified explorer.exe has been created it’s necessary to modify the registry so the file will be recognized when the user logs on to the system. If you don’t know how to access the registry I’m not sure this article is for you, but just in case it’s a temporary memory lapse, go to Start (soon to be something else) Run and type regedit in the Open: field. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft \ Windows NT\ Current Version\ Win logon
Fig 5

In the right pane (Fig. 5), double click the Shell entry to open the Edit String dialog box as shown in Fig. 6. In Value data: line, enter the name that was used to save the modified explorer.exe file. Click OK

Fig 6

Close Registry Editor and either log off the system and log back in, or reboot the entire system if that’s your preference. If all went as planned you should see your new Start button with the revised text. Fig 7

How to get some non required Programs out of Start Up.
The Easiest way to check which All Programs are in Startup Start > Run > type MSCONFIG Click OK. You will get this window

Now click on the Last Tab on the Top Named as “Startup” & it will Show all the Programs which are in Startup.

Now Check the path Highlighted .This is the location of every Program in the Registry. Now Lets Start the Main Work. Click >Start>Run>type Regedit >Click ok Simply Navigate to the Location
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN

Highlight the Program Key that you want out of the start up List and Press Delete and Confirm Delete .After these steps make sure to reboot the computer.

NOTE: - JUST MAKE SURE THAT THE ENTRIES CORRESPONDING TO ANTIVIRUS OR FIREWALL SHOULD NOT BE DELETED OTHERWISE THEY WILL NOT PROVIDE THE ACTIVE SHIELD EFFECT.

Secure your Desktop Icons and Settings:You can save your desktop settings and secure it from your nerdy friend by playing with the registry. Simply launches the Registry Editor go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer In the right pane create a new DWORD Value named NoSaveSettings And modify its value to 1. Refresh and restart for the settings to get saved.

Deleting System Options from the Start menu:You can actually remove the Find and Run options from the start menu by performing a Simple registry hack. Again like always Launch the registry editor and scroll down to the below key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer Right-click on the right pane and select New, DWORD Value. Name it No Find. (To remove the RUN options name it NoRun). Double-click the newly create DWORD to edit its Value and enter 1 as its value. This will disable the FIND option of the Start Menu and will also Disable the default Shortcut key (F3 for Find.) To restore the Run or find commands modify the value of the DWORD to 0 or Simply delete the DWORD value.

Cleaning Recent Docs Menu and the RUN MRU:The Recent Docs menu can be easily disabled by editing the Registry. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer Now in the right pane, create a new DWORD value by the name: NoRecentDocsMenu & set it's value to 1.Restart Explorer to save the changes. You can also clear the RUN MRU history. All the listings are stored in the key: HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU You can delete individual listings or the entire listing. To delete History of Find listings go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ Doc Find Spec MRU and delete.

Remove Internet Explorer Branding Logos
There are two ways to fix it (i) Command Line Fix Command Line Fix Close all browser windows and applications. Click Start and select Run. In the Open: field, type in rundll32 iedkcs32.dll,Clear. Press the enter key or click OK. & (ii) Manual Registry Fix

Manual Registry Fix
Close all browser windows and applications. Click Start and select Run. Type in regedit Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar. Delete the following string values: BigBitmap BrandBitmap SmallBitmap SmBrandBitmap Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main Delete the following string values: BigBitmap BrandBitmap SmallBitmap SmBrandBitmap Window Title Close regedit. Launch Internet Explorer. The name and logo should be reset to the defaults

Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer & Outlook Express in Windows XP Setup has detected a newer version of Internet Explorer already installed on this system. Setup cannot continue. 1. To avoid this error message and reinstall the same version of Internet Explorer and Outlook express, follow these steps: 1. while you are logged on as an administrator, click Start, and then click Run. 2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

3. Locate the appropriate registry sub key, right-click the Is Installed (REG_DWORD) value, and then click Modify. To reinstall only the Internet Explorer 6 browser component on Windows XP, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\ {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383} To reinstall only Outlook Express 6 on Windows XP, use the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\ {44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C} 4. Change the value data from 1 to 0, and then click OK. 5. Quit Registry Editor, and then install Internet Explorer 6.

How to Remove Content Advisor Password in Internet Explorer
The following steps will remove any password set in the Internet Explorer Content Advisor and allow you to reset the program to its original state. 1) Click on Start and choose Run. 2) Type in Regedit and select OK. 3) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current version \Policies 4) Now click on the Ratings folder. 5) RegEdit window, you'll see an icon called Key. Click on it and press Delete. 7)Exit RegEdit. You've just deleted your original Content Advisor password. 8) Restart the computer and run Internet Explorer again.

9) Choose View and then Internet Options (or Options for version 3.x). For IE 5 or greater, Click on Tools, Internet Options. 10) Click on the Content tab and click on Disable. When asked for a password, don't enter anything; just click on OK. This will disable Content Advisor because there's no longer a password.

How to Fix Problems with Content Advisor Missing Information
In most cases, this problem occurs when the Ratings.pol file is damaged; Fix 1) Quit Internet Explorer 2) Open My Computer, click on Tools, Folder Options 3) Click on the View tab and make sure "Show hidden files and folders" is selected, You may also uncheck the box next to "Hide extensions for Known file types" and click Ok 4) Double click on Drive C in My Computer 5) Double click on the Windows folder and then double click on the System folder 6) Search for the file RATINGS.POL and right click on it and choose Rename. Rename it to RATINGS.OLD 7) Close out of the open Windows and then reopen Internet Explorer 8) Click on Tools, Internet Options 9) Click on the Content tab, and then click on Settings 10) Type in the Supervisor password if necessary and click Ok 11) Select the Ratings options you would like and click Ok and close out of Internet Explorer 12) When you reopen Internet Explorer, everything should work.

How to fix Cipher Strength of the Browser without reinstalling it. Start>>Run>> www.tinyurl.com/3ldpr & Click OK A Black Screen will get displayed and then a patch will be downloaded. Install the Patch and it should resolve the concern. Use NETSH Command to Change from Static IP Address to DHCP 2K You can use the netsh command in Windows 2000 to script the process of changing a computer from static Internet Protocol (IP) address to Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) or vice versa. The netsh command accomplishes this task without the need to restart the computer. This feature is particularly useful for laptops that move from one environment to another, when it is necessary to use statically assigned IP addresses at one location and DHCP assigned IP addresses at another. To switch the specified adapter from a static address to DHCP, type the following command: netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" dhcp NOTE: Typing this command changes the interface named "Local Area Connection" to DHCP. To display all of the adapters in the computer with their current IP addresses to determine the correct adapter name, type the following command: Netsh interface ip show config To change to a static address, type the following command: netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" static ip address subnet mask gateway metric NOTE: Replace ipaddress with the static IP address, subnetmask with the subnet mask, Gateway with the default gateway and, if necessary, metric with the appropriate metric. The following example changes the interface "Local Area Connection" to a static address of 192.168.0.10 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and a default gateway of 192.168.0.1 with a metric of 1:

Useful Windows Run Commands
Add Hardware - Wizardhdwwiz.cpl Add/Remove Programs - appwiz.cpl Administrative Tools control - admintools Automatic Updates - wuaucpl.cpl Bluetooth Transfer Wizard - fsquirt Certificate Manager - certmgr.msc Character Map - charmap Check Disk Utility - chkdsk Clipboard Viewer - clipbrd Command Prompt - cmd Component Services - dcomcnfg Computer Management - compmgmt.msc Control Panel - control DDE Shares - ddeshare Device Manager - devmgmt.msc Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)- directx.cpl Direct X Troubleshooter- dxdiag Disk Cleanup Utility- cleanmgr Disk Defragment- dfrg.msc Disk Management- diskmgmt.msc Disk Partition Manager- diskpart Display Properties- control desktop Display Properties- desk.cpl Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility- drwtsn32 Driver Verifier Utility- verifier Files and Settings Transfer Tool- migwiz File Signature Verification Tool- sigverif Folders Properties- control folders Fonts- control fonts Fonts Folder- fonts HyperTerminal- hypertrm Iexpress Wizard- iexpress Indexing Service- ciadv.msc Internet Connection Wizard- icwconn1 Internet Explorer- iexplore Internet Properties- inetcpl.cpl Internet Setup Wizard- inetwiz

Network Related Commands:IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) - ipconfi/all IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents)- ipconfig /displaydns IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents)- ipconfig /flushdns IP Configuration (Release All Connections)- ipconfig /release IP Configuration (Renew All Connections)- ipconfig /renew IP Configuration(RefreshesDHCP&Re-RegistersDNS)-ipconfig/registerdns IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID)- ipconfig/showclassid IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID)- ipconfig /setclassid Java Control Panel (If Installed)- jpicpl32.cpl Java Control Panel (If Installed)- javaws Keyboard Properties - control keyboard Local Security Settings - secpol.msc Local Users and Groups - lusrmgr.msc Logs You Out Of Windows - logoff Net meeting - conf Network Connections - control net connections Network Connections - ncpa.cpl Network Setup Wizard - netsetup.cpl Notepad - notepad Object Packager - packager ODBC Data Source Administrator- odbccp32.cpl Outlook Express - msimn Paint - pbrush Password Properties - password.cpl Performance Monitor - perfmon.msc Phone and Modem Options - telephon.cpl Phone Dialer - dialer Power Configuration - powercfg.cpl Printers and Faxes - control printers Printers Folder - printers Private Character Editor - eudcedit Regional Settings - intl.cpl Registry Editor - regedit Registry Editor - regedit32 Remote Desktop - mstsc Removable Storage - ntmsmgr.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 SQL Client Configuration - cliconfg System Configuration Editor - sysedit System Configuration Utility - msconfig System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)- sfc /scannow System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)- sfc /scanonce System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) - sfc /scanboot System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting)- sfc /revert System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)- sfc /purgecache System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x)-sfc/cachesize=x System Information- msinfo32 System Properties - sysdm.cpl Task Manager - taskmgr TCP Tester - tcptest Telnet Client - telnet User Account Management- nusrmgr.cpl Utility Manager - utilman Windows Explorer - explorer Windows Firewall- firewall.cpl Windows Management Infrastructure - wmimgmt.msc Windows Media Player - wmplayer Windows System Security Tool - syskey Windows Update Launches - wupdmgr