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Window's Tweak: Hack Your Start Button
written by Sarah Lane on Wednesday, July 21, 2004


I've gotten so many requests on how to change the Windows XP Start button, I'm going to teach you how to hack it to pieces manually.
Before you get started, you might want to print out this page for easy reference.

Change the Start text

1. First of all, make sure you download Resource Hacker. You'll need this puppy to edit resources inside your Windows shell.

2. Locate explorer.exe in your c:\\Windows directory. Make a copy of the file in the same directory and rename it explorer.bak.

3. Now launch Resource Hacker. In the File menu, open explorer.exe. You'll now see a bunch of collapsed folders.

4. Expand the String Table folder and then find folder No. 37 (folder No. 38 if you're in Windows Classic mode).

5. Click on resource 1033 and locate the text that says "Start." This is your Start button, and now you've got control over what it says! Change the "Start" text to your text of choice. You don't have a character limit, but the text takes up valuable taskbar space, so don't make it too long.

6. Click on the button labeled Compile Script. This updates the settings for your Start button. But nothing will happen until you complete through step #20, so keep going!

Change your hover text

7. While you're here, why not also change the text that pops up when your mouse hovers over your Start button?

8. Right now it says "Click here to begin." Well, duh! We already know that's where to begin!

9. Open folder No. 34 and click on resource 1033.

10. Find the text that says "Click here to begin" and change it to something cooler. Might I suggest "Click here for a good time, baby."

11. Click on the Compile Script button to update this resource.

Customize your Start icon

12. For an added bonus, you can also change the Windows icon to the left of the text, too.

13. Collapse the String Table folder and expand the Bitmap folder at the top of your folder list.

14. Click on folder No. 143 and click on resource 1033. You should see that familiar Windows icon.

15. Go to the Action Menu and select "Replace bitmap." Select "Open file with new bitmap", and locate the replacement image on your machine. Note: The image must have a .bmp extension and a size of 25 pixels by 20 pixels. Then click the Replace button.

Here's the image I've been using instead of the Windows icon, in case you want to use it.



16. Now that you've made your changes, save the file in your Windows folder with another name, such as newstartbutton.exe. Don't name it Explorer.exe, because that file is already being used by your system. Close all open programs and restart your system.

17. Boot into Safe Mode With Command Prompt by pressing F8 on startup. Then choose Safe Mode in the command prompt.

18. Log on as administrator and enter your password.

19. When the command prompt comes up, make sure you're in the right directory by typing "cd c:\\windows" (without the quotes).

20. Now type "copy c:\\windows\
ewstartbutton.exe c:\\windows\\explorer.exe" (no quotes). Type "yes" (no quotes) to overwrite the existing file, then restart your system by typing "shutdown -r" (no quotes).

When Windows relaunches, you'll see your new Start button in all its glory!
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To run any of these apps go to Start > Run and type the executable name (ie charmap).

CREDIT TO: justsomenewb

WINDOWS XP HIDDEN APPS:
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1) Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters)

2) Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe

3) Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (views contents of Windows clipboard)

4) Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool)

5) DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards)

6) Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters)

7) IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (Create self-extracting / self-installing package)

8) Microsoft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (appears to allow synchronization of files on the network for when working offline. Apparently undocumented).

9) Windows Media Player 5.1 = mplay32.exe (Retro version of Media Player, very basic).

10) ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe (something to do with databases)

11) Object Packager = packager.exe (to do with packaging objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files).

12) System Monitor = perfmon.exe (very useful, highly configurable tool, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about any aspect of PC performance, for uber-geeks only )

13) Program Manager = progman.exe (Legacy Windows 3.x desktop shell).

14) Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe (documentation is virtually non-existant).

15) Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the Windows Registry).

16) Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network).

17) File siganture verification tool = sigverif.exe

18) Volume Contro = sndvol32.exe (I've included this for those people that lose it from the System Notification area).

19) System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe (modify System.ini & Win.ini just like in Win98! ).

20) Syskey = syskey.exe (Secures XP Account database - use with care, it's virtually undocumented but it appears to encrypt all passwords, I'm not sure of the full implications).

21) Microsoft Telnet Client = telnet.exe

22) Driver Verifier Manager = verifier.exe (seems to be a utility for monitoring the actions of drivers, might be useful for people having driver problems. Undocumented).

23) Windows for Workgroups Chat = winchat.exe (appears to be an old NT utility to allow chat sessions over a LAN, help files available).

24) System configuration = msconfig.exe (can use to control starup programs)

25) gpedit.msc used to manage group policies, and permissions
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This works for Windows XP Professional Only

Log on as "Administrator".

Run - gpedit.msc
Click Local Computer Policy
Click Administrative Templates in the Computer Configuration Group.
Click Network>QoS Packet Scheduler>Limit Reservable Bandwith
Ok, I know it looks like it isn't reserving any bandwith but it is. The secret is in the "Explain Tab."
To disable this click "Enabled."
Set it to 0.

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nice . . .how many of these work w/ vista
 
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That would only be for local networking... not to the internet
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I did not make this! From: www.darcnetworkz.com

How To Add More Memory Without Physical Adding Any!

In this I will tell you how to kinda "trick" your computer into giving you more ram.



One of the key things to making any PC run faster is making sure it has

a sufficient amount of RAM installed. RAM allows the system more

temporary space to load files, making it multi-task more efficiently.

Therefore, one of the best ways to speed up your PC is to add

a stick or two of RAM to the motherboard.



Unfortunately, RAM can be expensive and should in no event be

installed by anything less than an experienced computer tech.

But there is a way that any user can seemingly "increa,se" their

system's RAM, and this is called "Virtual Memory". Virtual

Memory is the process used by Windows to create a file on the

hard-drive which can be used to read/write data much like normal

RAM does. So, basically, it uses a chunk of your hard-drive to act

as a stick of RAM.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Step 1:

The first thing we need to find out is how much physical RAM you

already have, to make the best use of the Virtual Memory feature. We need

to open up the "System Properties" window, which will display some quick

info regarding our RAM. Hold the Start key and press the Pause/Break key

to open this window.

Step 2:

At the bottom of the text, we can see it says "384 MB of RAM"

(it will likely be different on your PC. Remember that number, and let's go to

the Virtual Memory settings. Tap the "Advanced" tab.




Step 3:

Now, under the "Performance" heading, select the "Settings"

button.




Step 4:

And select the "Advanced" tab on the "Performance Options"

window.




Step 5:

At the bottom of this pane, you see the Virtual Memory status.

Right now, it's been set at only 192 MB. This is quite low, so to change it,

select the "Change" button.



Step 6:

Make sure "Custom size" is the selected option, and then change

the "Initial size" and "Maximum size" numbers. What numbers should you

use? The most widely recommended formula is to have 1.5 times the

amount of physical RAM available for Virtual Memory. In the case of

the screenshot below, since we have 384 MB of RAM, 384 x 1.5 =

576, so that is what has been entered. Also, to prevent fragmenting

(which will slow down the system), set both the Initial and Maximum

sizes to be equal. This creates a static-sized page file (Virtual Memory).

Now that you have your desired settings entered, hit "Set" to apply the

changes.


And now you have customized your Virtual Memory settings.

Close any open windows, and enjoy the enhanced performance!
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Sweet! you sure about this?

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Dude, this is overclock.net

I believe 98% of us knows about this
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That would only be for local networking... not to the internet

gonx, why you going to bring my hopes down .
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The IntelliAdmin weblog describes how to hide a user account from the Windows XP welcome screen.

The author claims you might want to do hide your account so that other users aren't "tempted to try getting into it while they are on [your] computer," Just keep in mind that you'd probably want to move your Docs and Settings, too. Either way, you can hide your account with a little work with your registry, or you can use IntelliAdmin's simple app for doing the same thing.










The Windows XP Welcome screen. Pretty pictures for each user account. What a nice thought on Microsoft's part. The only trouble is - I want to create an administrator account, and not have others tempted to try getting into it while they are on my computer.

When windows XP is not joined to a domain, it displays a welcome screen when it first boots:


The welcome screen displays all of the local users on the system, except the built-in administrator account that was created during setup. If we want to hide a specific user from the list, we need to create a special value under this registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows
NT\\CurrentVersion\\Winlogon\\SpecialAccounts\\Use rList

Under this key you simply create a new DWORD value - the name matches the users name exactly, and the value is one of the following (Decimal format)

0 - Hides the user just from the welcome screen
1 - The user is shown

Before you start putting values in this key, I want to warn you. This tip is particularly dangerous. If you make the wrong move, you could make it nearly impossible to get back into your system. Don't blame me if you hose your system!

To disable the users I want, I browse to the registry key on my system:
Reduced: 98% of original size [ 520 x 423 ] - Click to view full image


Now I want to hide all of the accounts except Jennifer, so I add each of the accounts shown on the welcome screen, and give them a value of zero.

Reduced: 99% of original size [ 517 x 421 ] - Click to view full image


that's all we need to do. I log off, and now I only see Jennifer's account:




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