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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.