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Secret – Hidden Uninstall Options
Instructions – Warning: Proceed at your own risk! Browse to C:\Windows\inf\ and make a backup copy of sysoc.inf.
Then open the original file C:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf in notepad. Go to “Edit” and select “Replace”. In “Find what:” type, hide and in “Replace with:” type , then select “Replace All”, save and close the file. Go to the “Control Panel”,
“Add/Remove”, select “Add/Remove Windows Components”. You will now see many more Windows components to uninstall. Do not remove anything with no label or that you do not recognize or fully understand what it does. Doing so can
break certain functionality in Windows.
Secret – Hidden Control Panel Extensions
Instructions – Download and install TweakUI, launch, go to “Control Panel” and check any item not selected, then “Apply” and “OK”. You will now see the hidden control panel extensions.
Secret – Hidden Devices
Instructions – Go to the “Control Panel”, “System” icon, “Hardware” tab and select “Device Manager”. Select “View” and Show hidden devices.
Secret – Phantom Devices
Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Programs”, “Accessories” and select “Command Prompt”. At the command prompt, type “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1” and press Enter. At the command prompt, type “start devmgmt.msc” and press Enter. Select “View” and Show hidden devices. You can see devices that are not connected to the computer.
Notes – When you close the command prompt window, Windows clears the “devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1” variable that you set and prevents phantom devices from being displayed when you select “Show hidden devices”.
Secret – Music from the Installer
Instructions – Browse to C:\Windows\system32\oobe\images\title.wma and play.
Notes – “OOBE” stands for “Out-of-Box Experience”.
Secret – Display Hibernate Option on the Shut Down dialog
Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Turn Off Computer…” and press either Shift key to change the “Stand By” button to “Hibernate”.
Secret – Over 100 Windows XP Support Utilities are on the install CD
Instructions for Pre-SP2 users – If you do not have SP2 installed, put the original Windows XP CD in the CD-ROM Drive, run the D:\Support\Tools\setup.exe file.