How to make folders 'Invisible'

How to make folders 'Invisible'

First off create a new folder (right click - new - folder), you can put the new folder any where but i chose to put it on my desktop.

Next, rename the folder.. hold the alt key while you type 0160. You must press the number on the numpad...i think thats what its called. You should end up with a folder with no name.

Now you are going to have to change the icon. Right click the folder and click properties then click the customise button up top and you should come to a screen like this.

Click on the 'Change icon' button down the bottom. Scroll across until you come across a blank picture. Click that then click 'Ok'

There you have it, store your secret stuff in there. (homework, assignments etc). To find it again just highlight your whole screen until you see this

Copy to & Move to Option

Copy to & Move to Option

You can add "Copy To Folder" and "Move To Folder" to the context menu...

So when you right click on the file or folder it have option to copy or move it to another folder...

Start by launching RegEdit from the Start menu's Run dialog. Navigate to the key:

*Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers entry and from the menu, select New | Key.
*Name the new key Copy To.
*Double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and set its data to {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK
*Then right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers key and create another new key, naming this one Move To. Set the (Default) value for this one to {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}.
*Click on OK and close the Registry Editor.
Getting older programs to run on Windows XP

Getting older programs to run on Windows XP

Most programs run properly on Windows XP. The exceptions are some older games and other programs that were written specifically for an earlier version of Windows. To run your program on Windows XP, you can try the following, Run the Program Compatibility Wizard. As an alternative, you can set the compatibility properties manually. Update your program, drivers, or hardware. These options are covered in detail below.

The Program Compatibility Wizard
This wizard prompts you to test your program in different modes (environments) and with various settings. For example, if the program was originally designed to run on Windows 95, set the compatibility mode to Windows 95 and try running your program again. If successful, the program will start in that mode each time. The wizard also allows you to try different settings, such as switching the display to 256 colors and the screen resolution to 640 x 480 pixels. If compatibility problems prevent you from installing a program on Windows XP, run the Program Compatibility Wizard on the setup file for the program. The file may be called Setup.exe or something similar, and is probably located on the Installation disc for the program. To run the Program Compatibility Wizard click Start, click Help and Support, click Find compatible hardware and software for Windows XP, and then, under See Also in the navigation pane, click "Program Compatibility Wizard."

Set the compatibility properties manually
As an alternative to running the Program Compatibility Wizard, you can set the compatibility properties for a program manually. The settings are the same as the options in the Program Compatibility Wizard. To set the compatibility properties for a program manually Right-click the program icon on your desktop or the shortcut on the Start menu for the program you want to run, and then click Properties. Click the Compatibility tab, and change the compatibility settings for your program.

The Compatibility tab is only available for programs installed on your hard drive. Although you can run the Program Compatibility Wizard on programs or setup files on a CD-ROM or floppy disk, your changes will not remain in effect after you close the program. For more information about an option on the Compatibility tab, right-click the option and then click "What's This."

Update your program or drivers
If your program does not run correctly after testing it with the Program Compatibility Wizard, check the Web for updates or other fixes, as follows:

Check the Web site of the program's manufacturer to see if an update or patch is available.
Check Windows Update to see if a fix is available for the program.
Click Home on the menu bar of Help and Support Center, then click Windows Update in the right pane.

If the program is a game that uses DirectX, ensure that you are using the latest version of DirectX. In addition, check the Web site of the manufacturer of your video card or sound card to see if newer drivers are available for either of them.

How To Disable The Send Error Report, to Microsoft

To disable the stupid feature in WinXP which tries to send a report to microsoft every time a program crashes you will have to do this:

Open Control Panel
Click on Preformance and Maintenance.
Click on System.
Then click on the Advanced tab
Click on the error reporting button on the bottom of the windows.
Select Disable error reporting.
Click OK
Done !!!

Encoding you movies with Helix Producer Pro

This are the setting i found to have a fair quality and a good size to put the movies on the phone. 30minutes +- = to 3.7 Mb:

- 1) you need to set your input file (divx, avi, mpeg, rm, *.*)

- 2) you need to add a file destination (target and name for destination)

- 3) in Audiences menu you need to clear all sellectet and leave only one for full customization.

- 4) set the resize, leaving the constrain size on, to 176x (the default size of the movie size)

- 5) set the codec to Real Player 8

- 6) by clicking in the audience file you have more options...set them to: 18 kbps 5fps

- 7) All audio codecs to 6.5 kbps

23 Ways To Speed WinXP

Since defragging the disk won't do much to improve Windows XP performance, here are 23 suggestions that will. Each can enhance the performance and reliability of your customers' PCs. Best of all, most of them will cost you nothing.

1.) To decrease a system's boot time and increase system performance, use the money you save by not buying defragmentation software -- the built-in Windows defragmenter works just fine -- and instead equip the computer with an Ultra-133 or Serial ATA hard drive with 8-MB cache buffer.

2.) If a PC has less than 512 MB of RAM, add more memory. This is a relatively inexpensive and easy upgrade that can dramatically improve system performance.

3.) Ensure that Windows XP is utilizing the NTFS file system. If you're not sure, here's how to check: First, double-click the My Computer icon, right-click on the C: Drive, then select Properties. Next, examine the File System type; if it says FAT32, then back-up any important data. Next, click Start, click Run, type CMD, and then click OK. At the prompt, type CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS and press the Enter key. This process may take a while; it's important that the computer be uninterrupted and virus-free. The file system used by the bootable drive will be either FAT32 or NTFS. I highly recommend NTFS for its superior security, reliability, and efficiency with larger disk drives.

4.) Disable file indexing. The indexing service extracts information from documents and other files on the hard drive and creates a "searchable keyword index." As you can imagine, this process can be quite taxing on any system.

The idea is that the user can search for a word, phrase, or property inside a document, should they have hundreds or thousands of documents and not know the file name of the document they want. Windows XP's built-in search functionality can still perform these kinds of searches without the Indexing service. It just takes longer. The OS has to open each file at the time of the request to help find what the user is looking for.

Most people never need this feature of search. Those who do are typically in a large corporate environment where thousands of documents are located on at least one server. But if you're a typical system builder, most of your clients are small and medium businesses. And if your clients have no need for this search feature, I recommend disabling it.

Here's how: First, double-click the My Computer icon. Next, right-click on the C: Drive, then select Properties. Uncheck "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching." Next, apply changes to "C: subfolders and files," and click OK. If a warning or error message appears (such as "Access is denied"), click the Ignore All button.

5.) Update the PC's video and motherboard chipset drivers. Also, update and configure the BIOS. For more information on how to configure your BIOS properly, see this article on my site.

6.) Empty the Windows Prefetch folder every three months or so. Windows XP can "prefetch" portions of data and applications that are used frequently. This makes processes appear to load faster when called upon by the user. That's fine. But over time, the prefetch folder may become overloaded with references to files and applications no longer in use. When that happens, Windows XP is wasting time, and slowing system performance, by pre-loading them. Nothing critical is in this folder, and the entire contents are safe to delete.

7.) Once a month, run a disk cleanup. Here's how: Double-click the My Computer icon. Then right-click on the C: drive and select Properties. Click the Disk Cleanup button -- it's just to the right of the Capacity pie graph -- and delete all temporary files.

8.) In your Device Manager, double-click on the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers device, and ensure that DMA is enabled for each drive you have connected to the Primary and Secondary controller. Do this by double-clicking on Primary IDE Channel. Then click the Advanced Settings tab. Ensure the Transfer Mode is set to "DMA if available" for both Device 0 and Device 1. Then repeat this process with the Secondary IDE Channel.

9.) Upgrade the cabling. As hard-drive technology improves, the cabling requirements to achieve these performance boosts have become more stringent. Be sure to use 80-wire Ultra-133 cables on all of your IDE devices with the connectors properly assigned to the matching Master/Slave/Motherboard sockets. A single device must be at the end of the cable; connecting a single drive to the middle connector on a ribbon cable will cause signaling problems. With Ultra DMA hard drives, these signaling problems will prevent the drive from performing at its maximum potential. Also, because these cables inherently support "cable select," the location of each drive on the cable is important. For these reasons, the cable is designed so drive positioning is explicitly clear.

10.) Remove all spyware from the computer. Use free programs such as AdAware by Lavasoft or SpyBot Search & Destroy. Once these programs are installed, be sure to check for and download any updates before starting your search. Anything either program finds can be safely removed. Any free software that requires spyware to run will no longer function once the spyware portion has been removed; if your customer really wants the program even though it contains spyware, simply reinstall it. For more information on removing Spyware visit this Web Pro News page.

11.) Remove any unnecessary programs and/or items from Windows Startup routine using the MSCONFIG utility. Here's how: First, click Start, click Run, type MSCONFIG, and click OK. Click the StartUp tab, then uncheck any items you don't want to start when Windows starts. Unsure what some items are? Visit the WinTasks Process Library. It contains known system processes, applications, as well as spyware references and explanations. Or quickly identify them by searching for the filenames using Google or another Web search engine.

12.) Remove any unnecessary or unused programs from the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel.

13.) Turn off any and all unnecessary animations, and disable active desktop. In fact, for optimal performance, turn off all animations. Windows XP offers many different settings in this area. Here's how to do it: First click on the System icon in the Control Panel. Next, click on the Advanced tab. Select the Settings button located under Performance. Feel free to play around with the options offered here, as nothing you can change will alter the reliability of the computer -- only its responsiveness.

14.) If your customer is an advanced user who is comfortable editing their registry, try some of the performance registry tweaks offered at Tweak XP.

15.) Visit Microsoft's Windows update site regularly, and download all updates labeled Critical. Download any optional updates at your discretion.

16.) Update the customer's anti-virus software on a weekly, even daily, basis. Make sure they have only one anti-virus software package installed. Mixing anti-virus software is a sure way to spell disaster for performance and reliability.

17.) Make sure the customer has fewer than 500 type fonts installed on their computer. The more fonts they have, the slower the system will become. While Windows XP handles fonts much more efficiently than did the previous versions of Windows, too many fonts -- that is, anything over 500 -- will noticeably tax the system.

18.) Do not partition the hard drive. Windows XP's NTFS file system runs more efficiently on one large partition. The data is no safer on a separate partition, and a reformat is never necessary to reinstall an operating system. The same excuses people offer for using partitions apply to using a folder instead. For example, instead of putting all your data on the D: drive, put it in a folder called "D drive." You'll achieve the same organizational benefits that a separate partition offers, but without the degradation in system performance. Also, your free space won't be limited by the size of the partition; instead, it will be limited by the size of the entire hard drive. This means you won't need to resize any partitions, ever. That task can be time-consuming and also can result in lost data.

19.) Check the system's RAM to ensure it is operating properly. I recommend using a free program called MemTest86. The download will make a bootable CD or diskette (your choice), which will run 10 extensive tests on the PC's memory automatically after you boot to the disk you created. Allow all tests to run until at least three passes of the 10 tests are completed. If the program encounters any errors, turn off and unplug the computer, remove a stick of memory (assuming you have more than one), and run the test again. Remember, bad memory cannot be repaired, but only replaced.

20.) If the PC has a CD or DVD recorder, check the drive manufacturer's Web site for updated firmware. In some cases you'll be able to upgrade the recorder to a faster speed. Best of all, it's free.

21.) Disable unnecessary services. Windows XP loads a lot of services that your customer most likely does not need. To determine which services you can disable for your client, visit the Black Viper site for Windows XP configurations.

22.) If you're sick of a single Windows Explorer window crashing and then taking the rest of your OS down with it, then follow this tip: open My Computer, click on Tools, then Folder Options. Now click on the View tab. Scroll down to "Launch folder windows in a separate process," and enable this option. You'll have to reboot your machine for this option to take effect.

23.) At least once a year, open the computer's cases and blow out all the dust and debris. While you're in there, check that all the fans are turning properly. Also inspect the motherboard capacitors for bulging or leaks. For more information on this leaking-capacitor phenomena, you can read numerous articles on my site.

Following any of these suggestions should result in noticeable improvements to the performance and reliability of your customers' computers. If you still want to defrag a disk, remember that the main benefit will be to make your data more retrievable in the event of a crashed drive.

How to recover MOST of Scratched CD data discs

I learn an old thecnique to how to recover damaged or scratched disks
with some lost of data. In this case i have one borrowed game - MAX PAYNE 2
with a chunck of 4 mb lost with a scratch in CD1 Install. Here we cover some
special thecniques of how to create a full working CD from the scratched one.

First some tools will be needed:

1. Alcohol 120%
2. UltraISO
3. Windows XP/2000 (not tested on 95/98/me)
3. Small piece of cotton
4. Dry cleaner paper
5. Finally, oil for cooking.

First step - preparing the CD

Get the cotton and drop some water, start cleaning vertically the surface of CD.
Do it 3 times and dry the water with a piece of dry cleaner paper. With a new piece
of cotton, drop some oil for cooking and start to wet the surface like you are
washing the CD with the oil. Dry carefully now. Some particles of oil will stay on the
microsurface of the scrath. It's okay. Seems the oil helps the laser of the CD/DVD driver
to read the surface again. Sure this will work with small unreadable scratchs - some hard
scratchs loose parts of the surface of the CD where we have data and it's lost forever.
But if it is loosed try anyway. Whith this tip 80% of the small scratched CD's coud be

Second Step - testing the CD

With Alcohol 120% make an ISO - image making wizard - and lets see if the app can
read the loosed surface. In my case Alcohol 120% had recovered 60% of the data.
This is not enough. Have tryed other appz, they do not recover all the data. But the
CD/DVD driver laser CAN recover all data in this case. the data is still there, what we do?

Third step - making the new CD

With the main copy system of windows explorer you can do it. Just create one folder
with the same name of the CD label for future burn reference, and copy the CD content
to the folder. When the CD copy process find the scratch, in majority of the cases, it's
slow down the reading and will recover ALL loosed data.If not, it just tell you there's
an unreadable sector. In this case your CD is lost. But it's not my case, finally
windows explorer got all the data from the scratch and made a copy in the folder.
with the ultraISO, wrote the original CD label, drop the content of the folder and
save as Iso. You can Test the new CD just mounting the iso in the Alcohol 120%. In my
case i did ISO of the two discs from MAX PAYNE 2 and tested installing from the mounted
ISO. Works like a charm. I got the 4 mb lost again. So, I have burned the CD and now i
have a working copy from the scratched one.

Sounds too bizzarre, but works. Course you can jump the cleaning process and try to copy
the content with Windows explorer. But in my case did not work without oil...

How To Fix Corrupt Files

Large downloads often seem to become corrupted due to one or more of the following reasons:

* Bug in the download manager.
* Bad proxy server.
* Bad web server.
* Problems with your own computer.

Re-downloading corrupted files, specially those sized over 500 MB are really painful for most of us. And there is no guarantee that the re-downloaded file will be free of corruption as far as you are using the same configuration.

In such cases, its best to fix them manually instead of downloading again. The whole process is very simple, but requries enough concentration. Once you have mastered it, you will never have to worry about corrupted files.

Tools Required:

* WinHex

Steps required in brief:

* Make a backup copy of the corrupted file and open it with WinHex.
* Identify corrupted segments. Large sequences of zeros are all we have to search for in most cases.
* Re-download the corrupted segments with CURL.
* Write the retrieved data on appropiate offsets.

Step-by-step example:
Let us assume that we have a corrupted file named corrupted.rar. We open it WinHex, and do the following things:

* Switch the offset representation from hex to decimal by clicking once on the offset area

Now we search for corrupted segments. Most of the time they will be sequences of zeros. As we can see from the first bytes of the opened file, it's a rar file. Files we download over the Internet are mostly compressed formats. By design, a fresh file should not contain sequences of zeros or other repeating bytes after the header part. So, we scroll a few pages down.

Now we start searching for such sequences with CTRL+ALT+F.

The search takes us to a place where we can see some zeros and repeating bytes. Surely this is one of the corrupted segments.

So, now we have to download the missing data using CURL. It's always a good idea to retrieve the data with some margin. In our case, we get the bytes from 01094304 to 01094512 in order to cover the screenshot size. In real case it should be even higher. So, we start command prompt and issue the command "curl -r 1094304-1094512 -o 01094304.bin" to download the mentioned segment of the original file, and save it to a file named 01094304.bin. For details, curl manual can help. After it's done, curl will terminate and we will have our file 01094304.bin right inside CURL's folder.

# Now we open the downloaded segment 01094304.bin with WinHex.
# Copy the whole file with CTRL+A -> CTRL+C.

Switch back to our corrupted file and go to the starting offset of our retrieved segment. CTRL+G -> 01094304

Now press CTRL+B to write the copied data over this offset. It is very important to determine correct offset. One offset left or right can ruin everything. Our retrieved segment starts with 18 1E BD 3D, and the offset we are going to write here also starts with 18 1E BD 3D.

* After we are done, we save the file using CTRL+S. For larger files, it is better to switch the edit mode to in-place mode. F6 -> In-place mode.

Now we can see that the corrupted part has been filled with original data, and it's fixed. In this example we had only of such segment. But in real cases, there might be several segments like this. In that case the whole procedure is to be repeated for each corrupted segment. Also note that, the length of zero sequences to find for can be chosen to be smaller or larger than the length used here.
Your Home Page Nevr Being Changed

Your Home Page Nevr Being Changed

Your Home Page Nevr Being Changed

Some websites illegally modify your registry editor and set their website as default home page, for stop this,
1. Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon on your desktop and select "Properties".

2. In the "Target" box you will see "C:\Program Files\Internet


3. Now by adding the URL of the site to the end of this it overrides any
Homepage setting in internet options:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"

Best Settings Smartmovie converter

Best Smartmovie Settings

Download ffdshow from google searches-its free
install smartmovie converter
In smartmovie,change the encoder from xvid to ffdshow and configure it in this way:

Generic: MPEG4


Max keyframe interval :254

min keyframe :1

one pass quality based-%70

Audio:32 kbps 16000hz

How to Change Icons In Nokia 6670/7610/6630

Yes you read it correctly, 6670/7610/6630 etc. can change icons just like 6600. Although its abit complicated, its possible.

Heres how:

Step 1:

Go to themes and choose the theme of which the icons you want to use, press options>edited and change one of the setttings, for example, the colour palette. In my case its the sketch theme

Step 2

Using a program like fexplorer, go to c\system\skins\theme_used_in_step1 and take the ini file

Step 3

Put it into c\system\skins\the_theme_which_you_wana_use. In my case the Avril Lavigne Theme

Step 4

If there is any ini file inside, delete it, then, rename the ini file to the name of the folder

Step 5

You are done, exit the fexplorer and apply your theme

How to Change the browser's title

This trick helps you to change the browser’s name Internet Explorer. That means after Microsoft Internet Explorer
also write "provided by "something"", for example I wrote "provided by SACHIN ;)".

Try the following steps

1. Click on START->Run->you have to write here gpedit.msc.
2. Click on User Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Internet Explorer Maintenance -> Browser User Interface
3. Right click on Browser Title,and now click on Proprieties.
4. Now make sure that Customize Title Bars also in the dial Title Bar Text and we write anything we want, for example I wrote SACHIN ;) to show me like this:
5. Now we click on OK,and we enter Internet Explorer to see the result.

How to find Current hour and date using Notepad

In this tutorial i will show you a trick found in Notepad.

First of all enter Notepad
(start->run->notepad or right click on the desktop New->Text Document).
Then type ".LOG"(without "")

Afterwards name the document "docname" and save it.
Close Notepad and enter the saved document.
You will see the current hour and date.