Category: Windows XP

Create a desktop shortcut to lock your workstation

Some may know about the Windows Key + L to lock your workstation, others may not. To keep your PC secure, it is a good idea to lock it when you are away from your desk. Many times, you just want a simple click to lock your PC. Here is how.

1. Right click the desktop and select New and Shortcut.

2. Type C:WindowsSystem32rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation in the box.

3. You can name it anything you would like.

And that is it! You now have an icon on your desktop to lock your workstation! You can also change the icon to whatever you’d like using this knowledge base entry.

How To Flush DNS Cache

There are times when you need to flush the DNS cache of Windows. This may be you changed hosts, and it takes a while for the DNS cache to query the DNS server again. Here is a quick and easy way to flush the cache.

1. Open an elevated Command Prompt by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories. Right click the Command Prompt icon and select Run As Administrator.

2. Type IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS and press Enter. You will get the message: Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. Then, you can visit sites again, and it will re-query the DNS server for host names.

Assign Keyboard Shortcut To Any Application

There is a way to assign a shortcut keystroke to applications. This is handy for a lot of us that were from before the mouse, and prefer the keyboard over the mouse. It seems faster.

Here is how to create a keyboard shortcut for an application.

1. Right click the program icon and click Properties.

2. Click the Shortcut tab.

3. In the middle of the box, under Shortcut Key, click the empty box.

4. Enter the keyboard shortcut that you would like to use (CTRL/ALT/SHIFT and a letter/number work great).

5. Press OK.

From then on, you can use the shortcut keyboard strokes to launch the application. For a lot of most-used apps, this can be handy.

Create Folders With No Name

Sometimes you want your Desktop to be nice and neat, so you only have a few icons on there. But, you know what the Recycle Bin and My Computer looks like already (this works with other icons, as well, I am using these two as an example). So, here is a quick and easy way to get rid of the names below the folder.

Right click the icon you want to change and go to Rename.

Hold down the ALT key and press 0160 (ASCII for the Space), and press enter. Tada! No name for the icon. You can do this to whatever icon you’d like.

Disable Autorun on CD/DVD Drives

Many times, you don’t want your CD or DVD to process the Autorun file. You know what you want to do, and you do it. But, disabling the Autorun feature isn’t the easiest to find. In fact, you have to edit the registry to do it. Here is how.

1. First, open the Registry Editor (Start, Run, type regedit -or- Start, type regedit in the search box and press enter).

2. Navigate to the key ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicescdrom

3. Right click the key on the right pane titled AutoRun and click Modify. Change the 1 to a 0.

4. Restart your PC, and the Autorun feature is disabled for your CD/DVD drive. This can be very handy for those that dislike the Autorun feature.

Can I install the same copy of Windows on more than one computer?

Nope. One computer per license. In addition, if you do an upgrade over Windows XP, your Windows XP key becomes invalid. Therefore, you would be unable to install your XP on a different machine

Reassociate ZIP with Windows

Sometimes, a program associates itself with a compressed file, ZIP, and it opens with a lot of jibberish. It can be a pain, as the normal file association technique doesn’t work right.

Here is how to get Windows to open your ZIP files again:

1. Open a command prompt as Administrator. Start > Accessories > Right click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

2. Type: assoc .zip=CompressedFolder and press Enter.

That’s it. Your zip files are now able to open with Windows.