Before you edit the registry, export the keys in the registry that you plan to edit, or back up the whole registry. If a problem occurs, you can then follow the steps how-to restore the registry to its previous state.
How to Export Registry Keys
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
On the File menu, click Export.
In the Save in box, select the boxs at the bottom the bottom according to weather you want to export all or only selected branches of the registry.
Next select a location in which to save the backup .reg file. In the File name box, type a file name, and then click Save.How to Restore the Registry
To restore registry keys that you exported, double-click the .reg file that you saved.
We know windows is very easy operating system to operate compared to other operating systems due to its Graphical user interface but some times it may make your job worst when you are unable to solve OS issues. Recently I came across the issue with the windows xp activation. This particular problem took my 2 days of time to solve.
At this point I got questions in my mind,
Is windows Buggy……..?
Why windows makes life difficult sometimes……?
The problem was with windows xp activation. On my PC I had installed the trial version of windows xp for some test and went on holidays during the time of activation and when I came back, my windows xp crossed more than 30 days and my trial period got expired. As I was doing some tests, I decided to not to go with the windows xp and decided to install the windows 7. So I went to uninstall the windows xp but my system was not booting using the cd-rom to load the windows 7 setup. The screen always going to windows xp login screen. When I tried entering my password the machine was asking me to activate my windows xp by contacting customer services but I was not at all interested in windows xp as I have the windows 7 and its licenced version. I tried changing the BIOS settings to load using the CD-ROM. I even disabled the HDD boot option but the system still loading in to windows xp.
When my mind reached the status to get help from someone, I thought of looking for answers on internet which could help me to solve the my problem. Thankfully I got some tips from internet and I was able to solve my problem. My concern was to load the new operating system as it was affecting my work and testing. I was not at all concerned about my data as it was on some other drive (This was planned to deal with these kind of disaster recovery situation).
How did I solved this issue?
Well, as my machine was not allowing me to boot using the windows 7 using the cd I copied the setup to an USB and connected to my PC and booted the machine till I get the windows login screen.
Next, click to login as usual. You should get an error from Windows telling you that your Windows has expired and is asking whether you would like to activate Windows now. Click Yes.
A “Let’s activate Windows” window will appear. Let’s minimize it. DO NOT close it.
Now, hold down the Windows Key on your keyboard while you also press the “U” key. This will open up the Narrator program to help assist those with poor vision. It is this program that will help us login to our Windows.
Click the little computer icon in the top left hand side of the Narrator window. A drop down menu should appear. The last option in this menu is named “About Narrator…”. Click it. This should open up another window called “About Narrator”.
In this window, there should be the text “Microsoft Web site”. Click it, as it is a link and will open up your Internet Explorer, taking you to the Microsoft Accessibility website.
In the address bar of Internet Explorer, type “G:” (G: is just an example here which is our USB drive which contains the windows7 OS. You can enter the drive letter accordingly) . This should display all removable drive contents on drive “G”. From there you run the windows setup. The time is very less to perform these steps and you have to try these within 2-3 minutes.
The New windows will load successfully without any issues
Hope the provided information above helps. Happy Troubleshooting 🙂
Disclaimer: This is not to promote piracy, but I do feel people should have access to their personal files, regardless of whether Windows has expired or not.Also no one can force to use only there operating system and should not avoid reinstalling/Upgrading the operating system as this situation may occur accidently (as in my case). This tutorial should not be used to bypass Windows Activation, nor does it restore full Windows functionality, but I provide it to those who are in desperate need of accessing files that are suddenly lost to them through the Microsoft Genuine Advantage activation system or want to install newer version of OS..
This isn’t a tweak, but a great little feature! For a great way to put your digital photos to work, try creating a slide show presentation for use as a screen saver. Here’s how:
1. Right-click an empty spot on your desktop and then click on Properties.
2. Click the Screen Saver tab.
3. In the Screen saver list, click My Pictures Slideshow.
4. Click Settings to make any adjustments, such as how often the pictures should change, what size they should be, and whether you’ll use transition effects between pictures, and then click OK.
Now your screen saver is a random display of the pictures taken from your My Pictures folder.
How Do U See Hidden Files, Using DOS…
Simple and useful tip
Simple and useful tip
At command prompt just type
if the list is too long u can use
How Long Has Your System Been Running?
Here’s how you verify system uptime:
Click Start | Run and type cmd to open a command prompt.
At the prompt, type systeminfo
Scroll down the list of information to the line that says System Up Time.
This will tell you in days, hours, minutes and seconds how long the system has been up.
Note that this command only works in XP Pro, not in XP Home. You can, however, type net statistics workstation at the prompt in Home. The first line will tell you the day and time that the system came online.
Automatic Windows Installation, No key press require
An unattended Windows XP/2003 install can install all your software and settings along with Windows, and without you having to click a button or press a key, completely automated. Learn how over here:
It’s easy to run commands in windows and access the windows applications and services in a few seconds instead accessing from the programs. Some of the services we can’t access even from programs and we have to use the below commands in order to access those. Hope this helps 🙂
To run these commands just go to Start—>Run—>Enter the command given below (For Eg: control admintools and windows administrative tools wizard will be opened)
Add Hardware Wizard
Check Disk Utility
Date and Time Properties
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)*
Direct X Troubleshooter
Disk Cleanup Utility
Disk Partition Manager
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected)
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility
Driver Verifier Utility
File Signature Verification Tool
Free Cell Card Game
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)
Hearts Card Game
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration)
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents)
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents)
IP Configuration (Release All Connections)
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections)
IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS)
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID)
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID)
Java Control Panel (If Installed)
Java Control Panel (If Installed)
Local Security Settings
Local Users and Groups
Logs You Out Of Windows
Network Setup Wizard
Nview Desktop Manager(If Installed)
ODBC Data Source Administrator
On Screen Keyboard
Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed)
Phone and Modem Options
Printers and Faxes
Private Character Editor
Quicktime (If Installed)
Removable Storage Operator Requests
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof)
Scanners and Cameras
Shuts Down Windows
Sounds and Audio
Spider Solitare Card Game
SQL Client Configuration
System Configuration Editor
System Configuration Utility
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot)
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting)
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x)