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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Never install Quickheal Cleaner, it is an Adware…


Today I got introduced to an adware – Quickheal Cleaner, the way it was installed on the PC was quite intresting…

I was going to watch a movie today, which I had downloaded yesterday from P2P netwroking sites (torrents). When I opened the movie with Windows Media Player (as it was in .wmv format), it said that the codec required to play the movie has to be downloaded. I downloaded it and installed it, then what I noticed was that the file “Quickheal” wasn’t a codec it was a program. Then it ran automatically, started some sort of scanning (like Windows Defender does) & started giving out warnings & alerts again & again, that the PC is having a lot of threats + internet attacks + Trojans + whatever malicious you could think of… (LOL)

This behaviour itself proved to me that this Quickheal Cleaner was an Adware, (I had had such coincidences before) I googled for Quickheal Cleaner & found that what I had thought is true, it is an Adware…

Now, how do I get the PC back to normal? I googled that and found some softwares called “Quickheal Cleaner Removal Tool“. But I couldn’t trust those softwares either. I got other ways of manually removing it, but they seemed time-consuming…At this point of time, running Windows Restore? & restoring the PC to an earlier time seemed most probable thing to do, and the most easiest also.

Thank God, that the adware hadn’t deleted the System Restore points (deleting the restore points is common for trojans). After the System Restore, the PC was normal again. Then to convince myself, I opened that movie file with GOM Media Player & I learned that it was a fake video file binded with an Adware as GOM Player just showed some green & white horizontal lines moving over the screen for 5 seconds :P

So if you ever come across anything called Quickheal Cleaner, don’t even think to install it, unless you want your PC dumped with fake alerts (they are really irritating) & ads :D

How to remove “Recent Items” from the Start Menu in Windows Vista

You know, disabling the recent times does more than just protecting the Privacy– it also speeds up the loading time of the Start Menu at start-up and saves the memory used to store Recent Items.

To disable “Recent Items” follow these:

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar and select “Properties“.
  2. In the properties window, browse to “Start menu“.
  3. Under “Start Menu“, look down for “Privacy” and disable (un-check) the first option, i.e., “Store and display a list of recently opened files“.
  4. That’s it, press F5 and open the Start Menu, you won’t see the “Recent Items” :)