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Open Folder With An Alias Name Through Run Prompt

I was trying to get the quickest way through which i can open my favourite folders and programs through run prompt, you must be wondering why I should  rather make desktop shortcuts for those programs and folder and place them directly on the desktop and access them quickly.

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But I don’t want flood my desktop with more shortcuts as I want it to be as clean as possible. So, I thought of accessing these folders and files with some alias names like through run prompt.

1. d for open C:\Downloads directory

2. a to open C:\abhi directory

3. i to launch iTunes program

and so on.

Finally after some googling and hit and trails I was successful to access any of my favourite program or directory with alias names as commands through run prompt directly.

Read on to know more about how did i do it.

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Backup Offline Installers For All Windows Live Essentials Beta Programs After Download

Recently, Microsoft released all the programs under their windows live essentials beta pack. Windows Live essentials beta pack includes a variety of programs which lets you do various things

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The programs which are included in windows live essentials beta pack are:

  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Mail
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Silverlight
  • Windows Movie Maker Beta
  • Family Safety
  • Windows Live Toolbar For Internet Explorer

When ever you want to download any of these programs who will need to first download a single web installer called wlsetup-web_2.exe which runs an installation wizard in which you can select which programs you need to install.

This small web installer actually download the offline installer which can be backed up and install programs on another computers which does need to be connected to internet in order to install these programs.

We will tell you how can you backup the downloaded installers for the specific programs from the system hidden folders after using web installer for installing these programs once.

Let’s see where does windows live essentials beta pack stores the individual installer for all these programs which can be backed up and used as a standalone installer.

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Hide Drives In Windows XP and Vista

Recently I received a comment from one of the reader asking how can he hide some specific drives on his computer hard disk so that no one can access that drive or partition.

It means like you want to hide specific partitions on your hard disk like C, D or E etc. This trick of hiding your drive is really useful when you have some private files on a particular drive which you don’t want others to see. 

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You can hide any of your drive in three different ways including you can easily hide your drives by using a free software called TweakUI, applying a registry hack to to hide drives and with simple commands through command prompt.

Let’s discuss all these three above mentioned methods to hide drives in windows

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How To Install and Run Console Application On Windows

Did you ever encountered any application or program which runs through command prompt only but does not work when you double click on it, this happens when you launch a program which is a console application. Instead when you try to launch it the command prompt window flashes for a second and closes automatically.

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What is a Console Application?

A console application is a computer program designed to be used via a text-only computer interface, such as a text terminal, the command line interface of some operating systems (Unix, DOS, etc.) or the text-based interface included with some Graphical User Interface (GUI) operating systems, such as the Win32 console in Microsoft Windows

Console applications for windows could be some additional commands for windows which you may want to integrate with windows and some other programs which are completely console based or which does not have any GUI interface associated with them. 

Let’s see how can you integrate and install console based application in windows

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All Ways To Change Start Button Text In Windows XP

One of the most annoying thing in windows XP is the start button text, which almost every user want to change as per my experience. I my self changed my start button text to different funny start button texts.

In order to change the start button text you will need to tweak your windows explorer which is responsible for displaying the text on your start button.

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The most traditional way or commonly used way to change the start button text is by using the popular program called Resource Hacker but it is some what more complex and meant for advanced users.

In this post we are going to mention all ways including some simple and complex ways to change start button text in windows XP

Let’s see all three ways through which you can change the start button text in Windows XP   

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Hide or Reset unread mail count on welcome screen in windows XP

Recently one of our reader asked us via email on how can he hide or reset the unread mail count displayed on the welcome logon screen in windows XP.

Anyone can get annoyed after seeing the unread mail count on the windows XP on the welcome screen every time when user see the login screen, unread mail count displayed on the windows logon screen when user uses the outlook or Mozilla thunderbird, outlook express and msn browser client to read mails

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These X number of unread mails is displayed by default in windows form all the account configured in the above email accounts.  

There three different methods to get rid of this unread email count or hide it from the welcome login screen

Let’s discuss these methods one by one

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Change IE Title Bar Text for IE 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 and IE 7 [ Registry Tweak ]

It is very easy to change the Internet Explorer Title bar text with a simple registry hack which applies to all the version of internet explorer released including IE 7 but may not work with IE 8

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This trick involves a registry tweak which you will need apply to your windows registry in order to change the title bar text of any internet explorer version you use on your computer.

But if you don’t want to play with system registry we also have the another way to do it with out playing with the registry yourself.

Let’s see how can you change the title bar text for internet explorer.

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Scare your friends with Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Screensaver from Microsoft

The most feared colour on windows is blue colour, you must be wondering why, because it the colour of blue screen of death the biggest problem of windows XP which merely have no solution other than formatting your operating system.

Blue Screen of Death comes appears when your operating system becomes unstable, that means blue screen of death will be displayed when some thing goes terribly wrong and windows operating system cannot deal with it.

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Bluescreen is a screen saver which emulates BSOD Blue Screen of Death, it will simulate startup screens during a system boot.