Secrets Hidden in Windows XP

5 08 2008

A hidden message or feature in an application. This guide covers the undocumented and hidden features in Windows XP. All of the following were tested in Windows XP only.

Defrag

Secret – Hidden Command Line Switch

Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Run” and Type defrag c: -b to defragment the Boot and Application Prefetch information.

Windows XP will run this automatically every three days or so, during system idle periods. BootVis will evoke this when you run the “Optimize System” function. There is no need to manually run this unless you wish to immediately optimize a newly installed application’s load time.

IExpress

Secret – Hidden Install Creator

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type iexpress

Notes – IExpress is a technology designed to simplify creation of a setup program. Using the step-by-step IExpress Wizard, you can create self-extracting files that automatically run the setup program contained inside. The setup program

can be an .inf file or an executable program. IExpress technology automatically removes the setup files after installation, saving the user time and frustration.

Netmeeting

Secret – Hidden Internet Conference Application

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type conf

Notes – Windows XP is the last version of Microsoft Windows to include NetMeeting. NetMeeting delivers a complete Internet conferencing solution for all Windows users with multi-point data conferencing, text chat, whiteboard, and file

transfer, as well as point-to-point audio and video.

Notepad

Secret – Create a Log File

Instructions – Launch Notepad, Type .LOG on the first line, and then press Enter to move to the next line. On the File menu, click Save As, type a descriptive name for your file in the File name box, and then click OK. When you next open

the file, note that the date and time have been appended to the end of the log, immediately preceding the place where new text can be added. You can use this functionality to automatically add the current date and time to each log entry.

Paint

Secret – Image Trails

Instructions – Open an image and hold down Shift then drag the image around to create an image trail.

Secret – 10x Zoom

Instructions – Open an image and select the magnifying glass icon. Left-Click exactly on the line below the 8x.

Private Character Editor

Secret – Hidden Font Editor

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type eudcedit

Notes – You can use Private Character Editor to create unique letters and logos for your font library.

Windows Media Player 6.4

Secret – Hidden Windows Media Player

Instructions – Go to Start, Run, type mplayer2

Notes – Windows Media Player 6.4 (Classic) is installed along with Windows Media Player 7. The only update is that it now supports the latest codecs.


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