Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Install Windows XP in 15 Minutes

This tip will be very helpful for saving time while installing Windows XP.
Normally XP installation takes around 40 minutes to complete, but through this trick you can now save 10-15 minutes.

1. Boot through Windows XP CD.

2. After all the files are completely loaded, you get the option to select the partition. Select “c”.

3. Now Format the partition, whether it is normal or quick with NTFS or FAT

4. Once the formatting is completed, All the setup files required for installation are copied. Restart your system by pressing Enter.

5. After rebooting, you get a screen where it takes 40 minutes to complete or finalize the OS installation.
This is the Trick......

6. Press SHIFT + F10 Key -> it will opens command prompt window.

7. Enter “Taskmgr” in command prompt. This will open Task Manager.

8. Go to Process Tab and look for a process called Setup.exe -> Right Click on it -> change the Priority -> Select High or Above Normal. by default it will be Normal.

Once done you will notice how fast the installation runs and would not take more than 15 minutes....

Monday, November 1, 2010

Set a Wallpaper as Folder Background Image

1. Open Command Prompt and set folder attribute to "system". Suppose there is a folder "mahhek" in "D:\" drive, in which you want to set a wallpaper as background image. So give following command in Command Prompt:

attrib +s D:\mahhek

It'll change the attribute of the folder to "system".

2. Now open Notepad and paste following code:

{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC} = {BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}


Now change "path_of_the_wallpaper" to the exact path of the wallpaper which you want to set as background. Suppose the wallpaper is stored in "D:\Wallpaper\Image1.jpg", then the code will be as following:

{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC} = {BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}


"IconArea_Text" stands for the text color, you can change it to white, yellow, blue, black or any other color. You just need to know the hexa-decimal number of the color and then replace the code in "IconArea_Text" section. A few most used color codes are as follows:

Black - 0x00000000
White - 0x00FFFFFF
Green - 0x0000FF00
Blue - 0x00FF0000
Purple - 0x00C000C0
Red - 0x000000FF
Yellow - 0x0000FFFF
Indigo - 0x00FFFF00

3. Now save the file with name "Desktop.ini" (including quotes) and copy the file in the desired folder which is "mahhek" in our example.

4. Now close the folder and re-open it. Now it should show the wallpaper as background.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Configure pop3 for HOTMAIL ACCOUNT

POP server: pop3.live.com

POP SSL required? Yes

User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example yourname@hotmail.com

Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live

SMTP server: smtp.live.com

Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password)

TLS/SSL required? Yes

How to Take Ownership in Windows 7

1. Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer

2. Right click on file or folder and select “Properties” from Context Menu

3. Click on Security tab

Windows 7 Files and Folder Security Tab

4. Click on “Advance”

5. Now click on Owner tab in Advance Security Settings for User windows

Owner Tab of Advance Security Settings

6. Click on Edit Button and select user from given Change Owner to list if user or group is not in given list then click on other users or groups. Enter name of user/group and click ok.

Other Users or Groups

8. Now select User/group and click apply and ok. (Check “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” if you have files and folder within selected folder)

9. Click ok when Windows Security Prompt is displayed

Window Security Prompt

10. Now Owner name must have changed.

11. Now click Ok to exist from Properties windows

Once you have taken the ownership of file or folder next part comes is Granting Permissions to that file/folder or object.
How to Grant Permissions in Windows 7

1. Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer

2. Right click on file or folder and select “Properties” from Context Menu

3. Click on Edit button in Properties windows Click ok to confirm UAC elevation request.

4. Select user/group from permission windows or click add to add other user or group.

5. Now under Permission section check the rights which you want to grant i.e check “Full Control” under the “Allow” column to assign full access rights control permissions to Administrators group.

Change Permissions

6. Click Ok for changes to take effect and click ok final ok to exit from Properties window.

Now you can access files of folder in windows 7 with full permissions and take full control

Downgrade Windows Media Player 12 to Windows Media Player 11 on Windows 7

How to Downgrade Windows Media Player 12 to Windows Media Player 11 on Windows 7

1. Download Windows Media Player 11 Installer for Windows 7

2. Now Type services.msc on windows 7 search bar

3. Stop Windows Media Player Network
Sharing Service.

4. Take Ownership of following files

All files in “Program Files\Windows Media Player\” folder
All files starting with “wmp” in System32 folder
wmploc.dll.mui in “Sytem32\en-us\” folder

5. Now Run Windows Media Player 11 Installer

6. Now type Regedit on Start Menu Search bar

7. Delete following Registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Setup\Installed Versions“

(Don’t forget to take Backup of Registry before modifying/editing/deleting any registry key)

8. Reboot your Windows 7