Add Your Favorite Folders to TaskBar

Are there any Folders which you visit very often? If yes, then a good news for you!
After reading this post you’ll be able to browse your favorite folder(s) without opening the Explorer Windows, via your StartBar, just like you browse the StartMenu!

  1. Right-Click on TaskBar, and go to “Toolbars>New Toolbar…“.
  2. In Windows XP, select the path/folder/directory option and then choose your Folder which you want to appear in TaskBar.
  3. In Windows Vista, the first step will pop-up a window that prompts directly for the Folder.
  4. After you have done that, you will see your favorite folder in the Taskbar, which opens just like a menu!

    Taskbar Toolbar
    Taskbar Toolbar

Cool!! Isn’t??

Change the Default Program Installation Location

The default folder in Windows where your Apps are installed is C:\Program Files. There’s a registry hack which allows you to change this default location to any other location of your wish. The Installation dirctory can be manally chosen while installing an App, but it’s better to apply this hack if you want to permanantly install Apps in any other directory except C:\Program Files.

Here are the steps to do it:

  1. Open Registry Editor (Windows Key + R, and then type “regedit” and hit Enter).
  2. Browse to this direcory : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
  3. In “CurrentVersion“, look for “ProgramFilesDir” and double-click on it.
  4. In the “Value data“, enter the desired location.
  5. Hereafter, the Apps will be installed in the directory that you choose.

This trick can be useful if the C: drive is out of space and you want to shift apps to any other drive!

In-Built Scientific Calculator in Windows

The classic Calculator that you get with Windows has a “scientific” mode in it, which allows you to easily do scientific and complex calculations on your computer.
Here are the steps to get your Windows Calculator into scientific mode:

  1. Open Calculator (Windows Key + R, and then type “calc” and hit Enter).

    Opening Calculator
    Opening Calculator
  2. Go to “View” and choose the option “Scientific” from? the menu.
  3. Switching to Scientific Mode
    Switching to Scientific Mode

  4. Then you’ll see a calculator that has got a lot of things to get you going through your calculations.

    Scientific Calculator
    Scientific Calculator

Shutdown & Restart Shortcuts

Don’t you think the process of shutting down or restarting the computer consumes a lot of time??
Let’s cut-short this process…its really easy :)
Just create a shortcut to “Shutdown” or “Restart” and assign a shortcut key to it.

For Creating a Shutdown Shortcut

  1. Right-click anywhere and in the menu, go to “New” and then click on “Shortcut“.
  2. A dialogue box would pop-up asking for the Target or the Location of the item for which you’re creating the shortcut.
  3. In that box, type “shutdown -s -t 000“. The “-t 000” in this command stands for the timer of shutdown, the “000” is the time after which Windows will Shutdown.
  4. Then, give a name to the shortcut which will help you to identify it.

Now, assign a shortcut key to your shortcut…

  1. Right-click on your shortcut that you made just now, and click on the “Properties”.
  2. In the “Properties“, go to the “Shortcut” tab. Look for “Shortcut Key” over there.
  3. In the “Shortcut Key” box, press the keys that you want to assign to your shortcut (Mine is “Ctrl + Alt + S“)

For Creating a Restart Shortcut

Follow the same steps taken for creating a Shutdown Shortcut, just replace the “shutdown -s -t 000” command with “shutdown -r -t 000” and give it a diferent name.
Then you can create a Shortcut Key using the steps given earlier.

I gurantee that if you shutdown or restart your computer using the Shortcut Keys, the time taken in the process will be 70% less than the total time that was taken before. :P

‘File and Printer Sharing’ Exploit (Continued)

As I said in my recent post, I am here with the ways to secure “File and Printer Sharing”.
Here they go:

  • Don’t enable File and Printer Sharing if you don’t have the need for it, I mean if you don’t have a LAN or if you don’t have to share any Files or Printer with a network computer.
  • When having the File and Printer Sharing enabled, Password-protect the shared drives. This can be done by clicking the “Make this Folder Private” option under the ‘Sharing’ tab under the ‘Properties’ of the shared drive.
  • Don’t share the root of a drive. If you have to share specific files and/or folders then drag them diretly to the “Shared Documents” Folder.
  • To disable the File and Printer Sharing, go to “Network Connections” and check the properties of your network (usually named ‘Local Area Connection’) and uncheck the “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks”.

Increase your RAM via V-RAM?

GuYz & GaLz…
Increase your RAM via using the Virtual RAM feature of Windows…
Its a good feature if you’ve got real less RAM or want to run apps which require more RAM than what you have…
I found it while exploring the Control Panel…
Windows creates a paging file on the Windows directory named “pagefile.sys”. Actually this file is used as RAM by Windows, but still it can’t function like the real RAM. This RAM is called Virtual RAM or V-RAM(by ME!)…
The good thing is that you can also alter the pagefile; create multiple pagefiles and also alter its size limit…
Here’s how to do it:

  1. Goto “Control Panel” and switch to “Classic View” if it isn’t! Then open “System”.
  2. Move over to the “Advanced” tab and click? on the ‘settings’ under “Performance”.
  3. In the ‘Performance Options’ again move over to “Advanced”.
  4. At the bottom you can see the ‘Virtual Memory’ and a button under it “Change”. Click on “Change” and there you can change the settings for it…
  5. Its a better idea to create a paging file on all partitions of a drive. That’s what I did!


Invisible Drives

So today you’ll be learning to Hide your Drives & make them truly invisible to others:
As you know, everything that I write is in an ordered form…:

  1. Go to ‘Run’ (Ctrl+R) and type ‘diskpart’, its one of the hidden tools of Windoze.
  2. There you type ‘list volume’. You get a bunch of Drives and their asigned letters along with some other info.
  3. For the drive you want to hide, note down the LTR (literally ‘letter’) and the ‘Volume ###’.
  4. Now type ‘select [volume ### here]’ then you get a message saying that “[volume ### here] is the selected volume”.
  5. Type ‘remove letter [ltr here]’ and if you get a message after that saying “DiskPart successfully removed the drive letter or mount point” then you’re done!
  6. Now the drive is invisible and you cannot access it…
  7. To get the drive back. Go to “DiskPart” again and choose the drive volume and select it and type ‘assign letter [whatever letter it was or you want it to be here]’ and yup, you get your drive back….

HidE YouR PrivatE FileS WithiN ThE DrivE IN A HacKeR’s STyLE-HacK_MiNDeD

Hide your Files in a Picture/Image

Haw you got some confidential files to hide?
Or just don’t want others to see your files?

After reading this Article you will be able to hide files under images so that others aren’t able to get them out.

Tools Required:

  • WinRAR
  • Files to Hide
  • A picture (I recommend .jpg format) in which files will be hidden
  • Command Prompt (or MS-DOS)

Follow the steps below:

  1. Put the files which you want to hide in a WinRAR archive. Then you get a single file:(‘filename’.rar).Since now I’ll be reffering to the archive as “files.rar”.
  2. Create a folder named “Secret” on the disk where Windows is installed (usually C:\\).You can choose any other name for the folder as far as you remember it.
  3. Put ‘files.rar’ in “Secret” along with the .jpg image. Let us assume the .jpg image to be “cover.jpg”.
  4. Preparation Done…!!!
  5. Now its time for the real operation.Go to ‘Run'(Windows Logo Key+R) and type “cmd” without quotes.
  6. Now you are on to command prompt. The default position of CMD (command prompt) is C:\Documents and Settings\[Username]>
  7. What we got to do is to point it to the folder ‘Secret’. To do this type:”cd C:\Secret\” without quotes. cd stands for Chnge Directory.
  8. Now type:”copy /b cover.jpg + files.rar output.jpg”.
  9. Go to the folder “Secret”. There you will see a file “output.jpg”. That file contains your archive which has your hidden files.
  10. Now you can only open the files in the image “output.jpg” using WinRAR by right-clicking on “output.jpg” and choosing the option ‘Open with…’ and then selecting WinRAR.

Keep your Secrets SAFE!