Windows XP — Hidden features and applications

A lot of hidden features and applications comes with the Windows XP operating system. Some of them are simply funny, sometimes  useful and some of them are sometimes life saving !!!. Average XP users don’t know ( or don’t know all of them) about these hidden features and utilities that come with the XP. Here are some of the hidden features that will help the users to maximize their Windows XP using experience.

 

IExpress — A hidden Install Creator package :  Probably you have used different install   creators, either commercial or free versions. Do you know that the XP itself provides a program install creator? It is in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 directory and if you simply type  ” iexpress in the  run command box. The setup program created by IExpress can be an .inf file or an executable program depending on the choices one makes while creating installation package. IExpress automatically removes the setup files after installation, saving the user time and frustration.  This installation creator gives different options for the install creator : Package title, Confirmation prompt, License agreement (totally customizable) , post installation command , windows visibility during installation (default, hidden, minimized & maximized) , finish massage , Package name etc….. Enjoy using this free installation creator….

visit http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd346760.aspx to get the detailed instruction on how to use the Iexpress ….

Folder Name — There are some reserved special file names that are used by the XP itself. So these names can’t be used as a file name/ folder name etc. For example CON, AUX, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, PRN, NUL are reserved words by the XP. So you can’t use any of these word to name your file or folder. If you find yourself in a situation when you can’t name a file/folder(or the XP doesn’t permit you) , don’t assume it’s  a fault of the OS. Simply try something else….

image of DOS editorMS-DOS Editor – Better Text Editor

Go to Run–> type  ‘edit’. image of MS_DOS editorYou will be provided with a text editor (simply call  edit) which has features similar to Notepad, as well as additional features such as the ability to work with multiple text files and change the background and text colors. To place a shortcut of this application go to C:\Windows\System32 folder. search for the edit.com and right-click the file, drag it to your desktop, and select the Create Shortcut(s). Double-click the Shortcut icon to launch Edit.

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Microsoft Security Essentials — Free Antivirus by Microsoft

microsoft-security-essentials imageMicrosoft has released an Anti virus Software and it’s free! It is quite a news to the techno-concerned people – both  for Microsoft Lovers and Anti-Microsoftist!!! . First, Microsoft has released the Anti virus, which is the first anti virus release by this software corporation. The people who are just happy to always have Microsoft products- free or not, will say that, Microsoft understand the Windows Operating system better that any one else. So the Anti virus released by the Microsoft will definitely be more effective and efficient that any other anti virus. Let’s hope that those Microsoft lovers are right this time. The need for a reliable anti virus  that will work on viruses, worms and other malicious coding and in the mean time will not slow down the performance of the computer is felt by all. People seem to switch over different anti viruses so frequently and either complain that, it can’t detect all the viruses or it’s slowing sown my PC. So we were expecting that Microsoft will come as an Olympian Hero in the near future. Let’s hope for the best. It seems like, Microsoft has gone one step further- by offering the Anti virus for free.

The techno-people and basic computer & internet users who always speak against Microsoft are arguing that, it’s another Huge-name-zero-came product. They think that the free anti viruses, those are already in market and available for free download, are just fine. They are even questioning: “why Microsoft came at the competition at a last moment”. They even shown doubt whether it’ll be free or not later if it gains popularity. Some of them are even questioning the reliability of MORRO, which is the earlier release of the  present version. No blame for them- they are quite correct in a sense.

Download the Microsoft Essential Essential from http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials

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An alternative way to hide your folder

Most of the time you hide your folder in Windows XP using the Tools –>Folder Options –>View –> Do not show hidden files and folder radio button combining with the folder–> Right click–> Hidden Attribute .

If you are little more serious about hiding your folder, most probably you are using a folder lock or folder hide software. Okay, most of this software serve your purpose.

But do you know there is a tricky way to hide any folder in your windows operating system? To hide your folder first rename it using Alt and 0160 as the file name. You’ll notice that the file won’t have any name since alt + 0160 was used as the file name. Now go to the properties of this folder and select customise tab and then go to change icon. As an icon, select a blank icon as shown in the following picture. Put this folder at your desired place ( Hard drive location) and it will be hidden from others but you can access it pretty easily.


This tips word for  Win98/ME,Windows XP, Windows Vista/ 7. But keep it mind that, this is not a secured way to hide folder. With it you should not hide a folder you want absolute security.