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Windows Hack Part 2: Win Vista
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Creating a Windows Vista password reset disk:


?Click on Start and then Control Panel.
?Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.

Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the User Accounts icon and proceed to Step 4.
?Click on the User Accounts link.
?In the task pane on the left, click the Create a password reset disk link.
?When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click Next

Note: You will need some kind of portable media before being able to create a password reset disk. This means that you will need a flash drive (pen Drive) or a floppy disk drive and blank floppy disk.
?In the I want to create a password key disk in the following drive: drop down box, choose the portable media drive to create a password reset disk on.
?Click Next to continue.
?With the disk or other media still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next.
?Windows Vista will now create the password reset disk on your chosen media.
?When the progress indicator shows 100% complete, click Next and then click Finish in the next window.
?You can now remove the flash drive or floppy disk from your computer.
?Label the disk "Password Reset" and store it in a safe place.



Tips:
?You only need to create a password reset disk for your Windows Vista logon password once. No matter how many times you change your password, this disk will always allow you to create a new one.
?While a password reset disk will certainly come in handy if you ever forget your password, keep in mind that anyone who possesses this disk will be able to access your account at any time, even if you change your password.

Hack Windows Vista Screensavers:


Windows Vista's screensavers, for incomprehensible reasons, cannot be customized using the user interface. Want to change the way bubbles look in the Bubbles screensaver? Forget about it. You won't find a way to do it.

You can, though, hack the Windows Registry to customize many of the screensavers. For the Bubbles screensaver, for example, you can add three new values to the Registry, and turn the bubbles metallic or keep them transparent; configure whether the bubbles should have shadows; and display the bubbles against the desktop or instead against a solid black background.

To do it, open the Registry Editor, then go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionScreensaversBubbles. Select Edit-->New DWORD (32-bit) Value, and create a new DWORD called MaterialGlass. Give it a value of 1 for glassy, transparent bubbles, and a value of 0 for metallic bubbles.

Create a DWORD called ShowShadows, and give it a value of 1 to display shadows below the bubbles, and a value of 0 to have no shadow displayed.

Create a DWORD called ShowBubbles and give it a value of 1 to show the bubbles on the desktop, and a value of 0 to show them against a solid black background. When you exit the Registry Editor, your new settings will take effect.

You can similarly hack the Ribbons screensaver. Open the Registry Editor, then go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionScreensaversRibbons. Select Edit-->New DWORD (32-bit) Value, and create a new DWORD called NumRibbons. Click Decimal, and then type in the number of ribbons you want to be displayed. The minimum number of ribbons is 1; the maximum is 256.

Create a DWORD called RibbonWidth, click Decimal, and then type in a number to determine the width of each ribbon. The smaller the number, the narrower the ribbon.

When you exit the Registry Editor, your new settings will take effect. To go back to your old settings, delete the Registry values.


Hack the Elevated Command Prompt:


When you run certain commands from the command prompt, you're told that you don't have administrative rights to run them, even if you're currently logged in as an administrator.

What gives?

You'll have to run the command prompt itself as an administrator, which is called running an elevated command prompt. One way to do it is to type cmd into the Search box on the Start menu, right-click the command prompt icon that appears at the top of the Start menu, and then select "Run as administrator."

But if you don't want to go about doing that each time you run a command prompt, there's a simpler way. You can create a Desktop shortcut for an elevated prompt, or pin the elevated prompt to the Start menu. To create a shortcut on the Desktop:
- Right-click the Desktop, and select New-->Shortcut.
- In the text box of the Create Shortcut dialog box that appears, type CMD and then click Next.
- On the next screen, type a name for the shortcut--for example, Elevated Command Prompt. Then click Finish.
- Right-click on the shortcut you just created and select Properties.
- Click the Shortcut tab and click Advanced. (See Figure 3.)
- Check the box entitled "Run as administrator," click OK, and then OK again.


Now, when you want to run an elevated command prompt, simply double-click the shortcut. If you'd like the elevated command prompt to appear on the Start menu, drag it from the Desktop to the Start button, and place it where you would like it to be.


Hack Aero's Glass Borders:


The borders around system windows, such as dialog boxes and the Control Panel, are transparent in Windows Vista's Aero interface. If you'd like, you can make those transparent borders larger or smaller:
- Right-click the Desktop and select Personalize.
- Click Windows Color and Appearance.
- Click "Open classic appearance properties" for more color options.
- From the dialog box that appears, make sure that Windows Aero is selected as the color scheme. Click the Advanced button on the right side of the dialog box.
- Select "Border Padding" in the Item drop-down box. To change the size of the border, type a new size for the border. (The default is 4.) Click OK, then OK again. The sizes of the borders will now change.


Hack System Restore:


System Restore can chew up tens of gigabytes very quickly. If you want to regain that precious hard disk space, you can delete all restore points except your most recent one:

- Click Start, then choose All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Disk Cleanup.
- From the screen that appears, choose "Files from all users on this computer."
- If a dialog asks which drive to clean up, choose the drive on which Windows Vista is installed. Click OK.
- Disk Cleanup will now scan your hard drive and display a dialog box. Click the More Options tab.
- In the System Restore and Shadow Copies section, click "Clean up."
- A dialog will ask, "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?" Click "Delete."
- Click OK to close the Disk Cleanup window.


Keep in mind, though, that when you do this, you will also delete any older Shadow Copies of files, and older Windows Complete PC Backup images as well.


Hack Vista's Blinking Cursor:


Windows Vista's blinking cursor can be razor thin, and sometimes it can be very hard to find, especially if you're using a laptop. But it's easy to make the cursor thicker--pretty much as thick as you want. Select Control Panel-->Ease of Access-->Optimize visual display. Scroll toward the bottom of the screen until you come to "Make things on the screen easier to see," as shown in the nearby figure.

In the box next to "Set the thickness of the blinking cursor," select a number. The larger the number, the fatter the cursor. You'll see a preview of the cursor next to the box. Click Save. The cursor throughout Windows Vista will now be fatter and easier to see.

I have compiled a list of Rundll32 commands, which can be used for directly invoking the specified functions or to create shortcuts of those, which you use and require frequently. These shortcut / commands have been compiled from various sources, all of which have been acknowledged at the end of the article.

To Create Desktop Shortcuts : Rt click on desktop > New > Shortcut. In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, copy-paste the desired command. Then Click Next. Give the Shortcut a Name. Finally, select an appropriate icon for it. More on How to Create a Shortcut on the Desktop at KB140443.

Some of them can prove to be rather useful, eg, copy-paste rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr in Vista's Start Menu Search bar and hit enter; and you will see the Stored User Names and Passwords Box pop up ! The Stored User Names and Passwords Applet lets you assign user names and passwords to use, when needing to authenticate yourself, to services in domains other than the one you are currently logged into. Its normally very awkward to access buts this way lets you do so faster ! You can thus access quite a few useful functions easily !

Add/Remove Programs:

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,0


Content Advisor

RunDll32.exe msrating.dll,RatingSetupUI


Control Panel

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL


Delete Temporary Internet Files

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8


Delete Cookies

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2


Delete History

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1


Delete Form Data

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16


Delete Passwords

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32


Delete All

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255


Delete All + files and settings stored by Add-ons

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351


Wireless Network Setup

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL NetSetup.cpl,@0,WNSW


If you wish to disable the Autoplay feature for USB Drives & Audio CDs, here are some ways you can do it in Windows Vista:

1) Type gpedit.msc in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER to open the Group Policy Editor.(use group policy editor carefully)


Under Computer Configuration > expand Administrative Templates > expand Windows Components > click Autoplay Policies


In the RHS Details pane, double-click Turn off Autoplay to open the Properties box. Click Enabled, and then select All drives in the Turn off Autoplay on box to disable Autorun on all drives then Restart.

Additional Read:
How to selectively disable specific Autorun features and more on KB953252.

2) You can also open the Control Panel and set the options as per your preferences.


Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > AutoPlay



3) The same can be achieved by editing the Registry.
Run regedit and navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer


In the RHS, create a new dword and rename it to NoDriveTypeAutoRun.



Right click on it and give it a decimal value 225 (or Hexadecimal value 000000FF). Exit regedit. Reboot.
This will disable AutoRun on all drives. If you wish you may download this .reg fix and double click it and add the entries to your registry.