Windows XP

Some Windows XP tips, that you may not know.

Windows XPNo doubt that Windows XP is one of the best Operating Systems, but there are still some who don’t know much about it; just as normal Window. I am going to tell you five awesome tips which Windows XP users can try on their Operating systems. These are some untold tips which are hard to find on internet. These are:

How do I get the “Administrator” name on Welcome Screen?

– To get Admin account on the “Welcome Screen” as well as the other usernames, make sure that there are no accounts logged in. Press “CTRL-ALT-DEL” twice and you should be able to login as administrator. It will work fine just remember all accounts have to be logged out first.

Create a Password Reset Disk

– If you’re running Windows XP Professional as a local user in some work group environment,
you can create a password reset disk to log onto your computer when you forget your
password. To create the disk just follow these simple steps:

  • Click Start, select Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
  • Click your account name. Under related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.
  • Follow the directions in the Forgotten Password Wizard to create a password reset disk.
  • Store the disk in a secure location because anyone using it can access your local user

Change Web Page Font Size on the Fly

– If your mouse contains a scrolling wheel, you can change font size of the web pages while
viewing them. To do so:

Press and hold CTRL. Scroll down to enlarge the font size and Scroll up to reduce the font

Create a Shortcut to Lock your Computer

You can create a shortcut on your desktop to quickly lock the keyboard and display. To create a
shortcut on your desktop to lock your computer:

  • Right-click the desktop. Point to New, and then click Shortcut.
  • The Create Shortcut Wizard opens. In the text box, type the following: rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  • Click Next.
  • Enter a name for the shortcut. You can call it Lock or choose any name you like.
  • Click Finish.
  • Now just double click this shortcut next time you want to lock your computer.

Instantly Activate a Screen saver
– Now you can activate a screen saver just by double clicking a shortcut on your desktop:

  • Click the Start button, and then click Search.
  • In the Search Companion window, click All file types.
  • In the file name box, type *.scr
  • In the Look in box, choose Local Hard Drives (C or the drive where you have system files stored).
  • Click Search. You will see a list of screen savers in the results. Pick a screen saver you want. You can preview it
    by double-clicking it.
  • Right click on the file, choose Send To, and then click Desktop (create shortcut).
  • To start the screen saver, double-click the icon on your desktop.

I hope you liked the tips. Do share your comments. :)

Tips by Arun, who works for, a web design Kuwait Company that provides web design solution in Qatar, Sharjah and Middle East.

How to use Net Send command

Send Messages to Other PCs over LAN on Windows

Long since I’ve posted any PC tips, so here we go. This post will introduce you to the net send and msg.exe and tell you how to use it to send messages to other PCs which are connected to your LAN. :)

The net send command works for most of the versions of Windows upto Windows XP SP 2. Due to the use of the command for spamming over the WWW, this command was replaced by msg.exe in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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Block Trojans

Detect & Block Trojans Manually

Block Trojans

Block Trojans

Sometimes, even antivirus softwares fail in removing the trojans, or they don’t even get to know that a trojan is residing on your PC…

Here’s what you can do if that happens, and also manually protect yourselves from them and have some fun yourselves blocking them without using any other software :)

1.Get a list of Services that’re running on your PC…

The list of the processes that you see in the Task Manager isn’t the complete list of the processes/services running on your Pc…
To get the list of all the services that are currently running on your PC, follow these 2 steps:

  1. Go to “Run“(Windows Logo Key + R) and type “services.msc” and hit Enter.
  2. There you are! A complete list of services running on your PC would be there for you…And you know, this list can be used to terminate trojans that are residing on your PC!

2.How to Detect Trojans using it?

It’s really easy, just browse through the list and look for *weird* and *unusual* service names…most of the names that you find will be the ones that you might have came across before, like the words that begin with “Windows”. There will be a bunch of such names, and you can easily make out which one does what by looking at its description, and then note down the suspicious names.

3.Clear your Suspicion

Time for some research…time to see if your suspicions are really harmful or not :)

Try your suspicious names in the TrendMicro ThreatEncyclopedia and see if you get it there…If you don’t,then Google the suspicious¬† names, you’ll surely find them :D

If you find some positives, then carry on to the next step

4.Got the Culprits? Shut them off!

  • Right-click on the Trojan service and go to “Properties”
  • Click the “Stop” button.
  • In the “Start-up type” choose “Disabled”.
  • You’re done with it…

You have blocked a trojan manually, now the next time you turn on your PC, go  to services and check if it worked :D

Disable Windows Security Alerts

That notification box is really bugging…and the icon with a red armor with a X seems really odd at the taskbar’s tray!

Security alerts are good but they become no-good when you want to ignore the alerts. Especially, when you’re on a PC with pirated Windows, and most of the pirated windows can’t do automatic there’ll always be a notification in the taskbar’s tray reminding you that the updates are off, and you can’t really help it out.


  1. Go to “Security Center”.
  2. Look on the left pane for “Change the way Security Center alerts me”.
  3. In XP, uncheck all of them and in Vista, choose the appropriate option.
  4. That’s it you’ve dumped that notification…

Rename All Files At Once

Imagine you have transferred images from all your devices such as Digital Camera, Mobile, etc. etc. into the same folder!
Everything seems fine, except…the file names…the devices had given a separate name to your image files, and you want them to be one.
Its really simple to rename all files at once.

  1. Just select all the files (Ctrl + A) and right-click on the first file and select “Rename…
  2. Rename the first ile and you will notice that all the files have been renamed by that name, ie. mypix.jpg, mypix(1).jpg, mypix(3).jpg

Was that tough?
You can also use this to rename any other files other than images :)

Clean-up Your Temp Folder

The “Temp” folder contains the temporary files in Windows. The files which are to be used by the system temporarily are stored in the Temp folder, like the files used by the running programs or the files waiting to be burned to a DVD.
The files in this folder are flushed after the computer is shut-down, but sometimes this doesn’t happens and the folder gets junky with some unuseful files which can result in the decrease in the performance of the system.
To avoid this, we can manually delete the temporary files manually, or by creating a BAT file that automatically cleans-up the Temp Folder (the hacker’s way).

Deleting manually:

  1. Type “%temp%” in Run (Windows Logo Key + R). This should pop-up the Temp folder.
  2. Select all the files (Ctrl + A) and delete them.

Deleting by using a BAT file:

  1. Copy the following to your favorite text editor and save it as “ClearTemp.bat” and select “All Files” in the “File Type“.
    del %temp% /F
  2. Confirm the action to delete the Temp files. Then it would give you a list of files which weren’t deleted because they were in use.