1. Explorer: Drag and hold file on taskbar shows desktop, drag to program tab restores it (you can also press WinKey+M [Minimize All] after starting drag)
  2. Explorer: Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V makes copy of file in current folder
  3. Explorer: Ctrl+right click on taskbar tabs
  4. Explorer: Hold alt on desktop toolbar while clicking gives properties
  5. Explorer: WinKey(+Shift)+Tab then Right, Left, End, Home
  6. Explorer: Drag folder with right-button from explorer to desktop toolbar adds it to toolbar
  7. Explorer: Dragging and dropping file in same window with left button while holding Ctrl makes copy of file (same applies for dropping in some other folder)
  8. Explorer: Dragging and dropping file in explorer with left button while holding Ctrl and Shift makes shortcut of file (when making shortcut of folder into start menu it becomes browsable via start menu)
  9. Explorer: entering \ in address bar (or run, open/save dialog) opens C:\
  10. Explorer: Double click on column resizers in detailed view to autoresize them
  11. Explorer: Alt+doubleclick gives properties (13.04.2003)
  12. IE: Double click on text selects word, triple click selects paragraph (05.01.2002)
  13. IE: Ctrl+F5 or Ctrl+Refresh button click sends "Cache-Control: no-cache" in request header if HTTP 1.1 is used and "Pragma: no-cache" when HTTP 1.0 is used (24.12.2001)
  14. IE: Right click on back forward buttons
  15. IE: Ctrl+Dblclick on titlebar - full screen
  16. IE: use Ctrl+Wheel to change text size (when text-size isn't specified in pixels)
  17. IE: Holding shift on address bar while pressing enter opens new browser (works with links too)
  18. IE: use Shift+Wheel to move in history
  19. IE: use Alt+D to move cursor to address bar
  20. IE: use Ctrl+Enter after typing domain name to address bar, kala and Ctrl+Enter opens website www.kala.com
  21. IE: You can type the name of a favorites folder in the Address bar, then select the page name in the AutoComplete list that appears.
  22. IE: to delete items from auto complete (username etc.) list move selection to the item and press Del.
  23. IE: To put current address to Favorites with some modifications (ie. http instead of https remove directory), then modify it on address line and then drag it to favorites, now press ESC with focus on address bar to restore previous URL
  24. IE: select and find
  25. IE: Drag link to Home or Favorites button on toolbar (applies to Explorer too)
  26. IE: iexplore.exe -nohome (28.08.2003)
  27. Mozilla: Holding Ctrl or Alt while refreshing page sends "Cache-Control: max-age=0" in request header
  28. Mozilla: Holding Shift while refreshing page sends "Cache-Control: no-cache" in request header
  29. WMP: Hold Shift while resizing WMP (15.06.2002)
  30. Excel: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Excel\XLStart\Book.xlt
  31. Misc: type *.txt (06.01.2002)
  32. Misc: Win9x: shift on restart - reloads instead of restarts
  33. Misc: Dropping file on media player queues it
  34. Misc: Set environment variable and use its name (%envname%) to move to folder in open/save dialog
  35. Misc: In cmd.exe properties turn on QuickEdit Mode from Options tab, then select with mouse the area you want to copy with left button and then press right button/enter to copy this into clipboard, to paste from clipboard press right button or Alt+Space E P
  36. Misc: FDISK /FPRMT (This enables FAT32 for partitions lower than 512 MB)
  37. Misc: Win98: setup.exe /iw (skips copyright notice)
  38. Misc: Open font file (*.ttf, *.fon etc.) in font viewer and you can use it in programs without installing it while the font viewer is open (21.11.2002)
  39. Misc: Win2k/XP: pressing Ctrl-C will copy most error messages to the Clipboard (13.04.2003)
  40. Misc: cmd.exe 127x59, left -1, Raster Fonts 8x12px (09.11.2003)
  41. OE: Ctrl+F3 opens message source
    Registry keys:
  42. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem]
    "NoSplash"=dword:00000001
  43. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
    "PlayerScriptCommandsEnabled"=dword:00000000
  44. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PCHealth\ErrorReporting]
    "DoReport"=dword:00000000
  45. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters]
    "IPEnableRouter"=dword:00000001
  46. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
  47. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{GID}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0]
    "NoSplash"=dword:00000001
  48. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\GlobalUserOffline]
  49. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Network\Logon]
    "MustBeValidated"=dword:00000001
  50. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
    "No Start Banner"=hex:01,00,00,00
  51. space on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Hardware\Description\System\CentralProcessor\0\VendorIdentifer "Cyrix Instead"
  52. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    "PaintDesktopVersion"=dword:00000001
  53. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]
    "DisablePagingExecutive"=dword:00000001
  54. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]
    "LargeSystemCache"=dword:00000001
  55. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
    "MaxConnectionsPerServer"=dword:00000020
    "MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server"=dword:00000020
  56. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem]
    "NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate"=dword:00000001
  57. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    "CoolSwitch"="1"
    "CoolSwitchColumns"="12"
    "CoolSwitchRows"="16"
  58. WinNT: taskman Ctrl+Shift+Esc, Shift+Esc
    Win2k: WinKey+U
    Ctrl+W
    WinKey+M
    WinKey+Shift+M
    WinKey+E
    WinKey+R
    WinKey+Break
    WinKey+F1
    WinKey+D
    WinKey+F
    WinKey+Tab
    F1
    F2
    F6
    Shift+F10
    F10
    F4
    F3
    Ctrl+F
    F5 - Refresh
    Ctrl+F6
    Print Screen
    Alt+Print Screen
  59. File Types: N/A Folder - Advanced - Explore <- default
  60. Server Command Line Tools
  61. Using the WMI Command-line Utilities
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WinXP:
defrag c: -b

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How to disable port 445?

You can easily disable port 445 on your computer. To do so follow these instructions:
   1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
   2. Locate the following key in the registry: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBT\Parameters
   3. In the right-hand side of the window find an option called TransportBindName.
   4. Double click that value, and then delete the default value, thus giving it a blank value.
   5. Close the registry editor.
   6. Reboot your computer. 

After rebooting open a command prompt and in it type

    netstat -an

See that your computer no longer listens to port 445.

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Install Adobe Reader 6
From the Start->Run windows menu, Open the "%PROGRAMFILES%\Acrobat 6.0\Reader" folder
Find the plug_ins folder and rename it plug_ins_disabled
Create a new folder named plug_ins
Copy the following files from "plug_ins_disabled" to "plug_ins": EWH32.api, printme.api, and search.api

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fsutil

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%1 %2 %*

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HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\file
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory

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%DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES%=1

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Click on the "Start" button, then hold down the ALT key while pressing the minus sign.
A menu will appear where you can move or close the "Start" button. Go ahead and move
the "Start" button - it works, but will soon move back to its 'proper' place. Close
down the "Start" button and you'll make it a little tougher to shut down the machine.
If you do this, you can always shut down the machine from the window that appears when
you press CONTROL - ALT - DEL.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Restrictions
Add a DWORD with a name of:
   NoFileOpen             Disables Open command on File menu, CTRL+O, and
                          CTRL+L.
   NoFileNew              Disables CTRL+N
   NoBrowserSaveAs        Disables Save and Save As on the File menu.
   NoBrowserOptions       Disables Internet Options on the View menu
                          (disables changing browser settings).
   NoFavorites            No Favorites menu, adding to
                          favorites, or organizing favorites.
   NoSelectDownloadDir    Prevents user from being able to select
                          download folder by not displaying the
                          Save As dialog box when a file is downloaded.
   NoBrowserContextMenu   Disables HTML context menu.
   NoBrowserClose         Disable ALT+F4.
   NoFindFiles            Disables the F3 key.
   NoTheaterMode          Disables the F11 key.
Give it a value of 1 to turn on the restriction
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbars \ Restrictions
Create a DWORD with a name of :
	NoToolbarOptions       Disables adding, removing, or moving toolbars.
Give it a value of 1 to enable this restriction.

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To disable the ability to add or remove these toolbars

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_USERS \ .DEFAULT \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Toolbars \ Restrictions
Create a DWORD value called NoToolbarOptions
Give it a value of 1
Now, although you can change what is on the toolbars themselves, you can add or remove any.


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Adding a History Icon to your Desktop (IE5)
Added 11/9/99

Right-click on an open area of the desktop

Select New / Folder.
Type the name, as shown: History.{FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}
The icon will be replaced by the History icon.

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ISO Recorder Power Toy http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

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Removing Lost IE Supervisor Password
Added 4/20/99

If you forgot your Supervisor Password for the Internet Explorer, you can remove it by:

Starting Regedit
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies
Delete the Ratings key

http://www.onecomputerguy.com/ie_tips.htm

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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}]
@="TweakuiXP"
"InfoTip"="Starts the Tweakui program which customises advanced options in Windows"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}\DefaultIcon]
@="%SystemRoot%\\\\System32\\\\tweakui.exe,0"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}\Shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}\Shell\Open]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}\Shell\Open\command]
@="tweakui.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:00000030

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{D14ED2E1-C75B-443c-BD7C-FC03B2F08C17}]
@="Add Tweakui to Control Panel"

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http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=94035

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000}]
"Description"="this prevents Macromedia Shockwave from running when flags are
00000400"
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

This one turns it back on:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000}]
"Description"="this prevents Macromedia Shockwave from running when flags are
00000400"
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000000

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To search from the Address bar, type go, find, or ? followed by a word or phrase, and then press ENTER
To move back between frames, press SHIFT+CTRL+TAB
To print a document, you can drag an Internet shortcut to a printer icon on your desktop.

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Change Drive Name and Icon.

When you install your new DVD player you will find that it's still represented by the same old icon as your old CD player and even worse, it's also labeled Compact Disk.
To change the Drive Name or Icon (e.g. on your DVD drive). Start the Registry Editor (go to Start, Run and type Regedt32). Find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. If the key doesn't exist add the new sub-key DriveIcons. Create a new sub-key D (D representing the drive letter of the drive you want to modify). Under the drive letter create the new sub-key DefaultIcon and set the REG_SZ string value to equal the fully qualified name of the icon file.
To change the drive description e.g. in Explorer, under the drive letter (D in this example) create the new sub-key DefaultLabel and set the REG_SZ string value to whatever name you want the drive to appear as in Explorer (e.g. DVD Disk).
After you're done you should have two registry keys looking like this:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\DriveIcons\D\DefaultIcon and:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\DriveIcons\D\DefaultLabel

Restart your system for this change to take effect.

Windows all versions. NOTE: "DefaultLabel" value only works with Windows 2000 and higher.

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Increased security. Prevent creating Dump file and DrWatson32.log file.

The Dump file or the DrWatson32 log file may be helpful when diagnosing a system crash, but like the swap file they can also present a security risk, storing a lot of sensitive, unencrypted data.

To prevent Windows from creating the Dump File:

   1. Go to Start, Settings and then Control Panel.
   2. In the Control Panel click on System and then the Advanced Tab.
   3. Click on the Settings button on the Startup and Recovery pane. Set the drop-down menu under Write debugging information to (none).

To disable DrWatson and to prevent it from creating the DrWatson32.log file:

   1. Use Regedt32 and find the key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug.
   2. Set the Auto string to 0.
   3. Then use Windows Explorer and go to Document and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\DrWatson\. DeleteUser.dmp and DrWatson32.log.

Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

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Increased security. Disable POSIX.

Windows 2000 and XP still come with the POSIX subsystem. The POSIX allows the use of Unix commands. By disabling POSIX you prevent hackers from using Unix commands against your system.

To disable POSIX.

   1. Use Regedt32 and find the key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\SubSystems.
   2. Click on the multistring called Optional in the right hand pane. Delete the value POSIX and leave the space empty (don't delete the Optional multistring).
   3. Then click on the POSIX multistring in the same pane. It will point to a file in your Windows System32 folder called Psxss.exe. Using Windows Explorer delete or rename the file Psxss.exe then use Regedt32 to delete the POSIX multistring.

Note: One side effect on a system with a very large pagefile is that system shut down will take longer. This is because the shutdown process must physically write to each page in the pagefile to clear the page.

Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

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Windows Media Player, prevent Web checks for updates.

When you run Windows Media Player it periodically checks the Web for updates. But there is a way to disable this behavior.

Windows Media Player 6.4
Start the Registry Editor (go to Start, Run and type Regedt32). Find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer. Add the REG_SZ string value EnableAutoUpgrade and set the value to No.

Windows Media Player 7.0 or later.
Start the Registry Editor (go to Start, Run and type Regedt32). Find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft. Create a new sub-key WindowsMediaPlayer. Add the REG_DWORD string value DisableAutoUpdate and set the value to 1.

Windows all versions.

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Windows Desktop Update.

If you install IE 5 or IE6 on a Windows NT4 system that never had IE 4, you don't get Windows Desktop Update (WDU), it's not included in the IE 5 nor the IE6 update. The Windows Desktop Update include the following enhancements:

    * The Active Desktop.
    * A single, customizable Explorer with Web View.
    * A Web-integrated Start menu and taskbar.
    * Click (rather than double-click) items to open them; point at items to select them.

If you like to have the Windows Desktop Update installed, without the hassle to have to uninstall IE 5, installing IE 4 with WDU and then reinstalling IE 5, execute the following command from the folder that contains IE5Setup.exe:
IE5Setup.exe /C:"ie5wzd /e:IE4Shell_NTx86 /I:Y" or you can use:
IE6Setup.exe /C:"ie6wzd /e:IE4Shell_NTx86 /I:Y" if you have IE6Setup.exe.
This command will download and install the necessary files.
Note. For Win95 the switch is:
IE5Setup.exe /C:"ie5wzd /e:IE4Shell_WIN /I:Y". There is no installation of IE6 under Win95. To install IE6 under NT4 Service Pack 6a is required.

NOTE: There is method to install the Windows Desktop Update component directly from the Internet Explorer 5.0 setup process all at once described at NTFAQ.com.
You should use the method at the NTFAQ.com site if you want to add the Desktop Update and install IE all at once or if trying to upgrade the desktop component under Win98 1st edition (to use the method at NTFAQ.com for Win98 edit the 'iesetup.cif' file & in the [IE4Shell_Win] section change the part that reads 'Platform=Win95' to 'Platform=Win95,Win98' & change 'UIVISIBLE=0' to 'UIVISIBLE=1' and save the file; this method won't work with IE 6 because the desktop update is not included for Win95/98).
Win98 2nd edition & higher users don't have to do this as they already have the latest versions of the desktop component.
Many thanks to Emmanuel Piring for pointing out this method and for pointing out that IE6Setup.exe was also possible to use.

Works with Windows 95, Windows 98 1st edition and NT.
Windows 98SE/Me and Windows 2000/XP already have Windows Desktop Update as an integrated part.

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Local Computer Policy (gpedit.msc) -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start menu and Taskbar

Remove programs on Settings menu
Remove Search menu from Start Menu
Prevent changes to Taskbar and Start Menu Settings
Turn off personalized menus
Turn off user tracking
Prevent grouping of taskbar items

Local Computer Policy -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer
Remove Shared Documents folders from My Computer

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Local Security Policy (secpol.msc) -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options

Microsoft network client: Send unencrypted password to third-party SMB servers
Network access: Do not allow anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts and shares
Recovery console: Allow floppy copy and access to all drives and all folders
Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on
Shutdown: Clear virutal memory pagefile