Having a desktop short cut to the CMD prompt window can be handy if you live in dos-esque enviroments(like i invariably do),
Typing CMD as the target for a new shortcut does this.
These are double edged swords,
The system restore (windows xp +) function on your computer is a place where alot of malware likes to hide and repopulate from, disableing this can help you remove this threat (but you should always keep regular backups and be confident with any changes as windows will lose its ability to self-repair(which to be honest never works anyway))
Disableing the indexing function on all your hard disks saves you about 5-18% of your cpu power, the only drawback is slightly longer search times.
Sounds obvious but some people dont know these ones;
Pressing the Windows key and M at the same time minimizes all your windows.
In windows Xp Pro if you use the Welcome screen holding Ctrl-alt del brings up the standard login box (so you can login as an admin)
I just want to point out that most of this thread probably isnt going to be a good idea to try on your own if your not entirely comfortable with more advanced computer functions, (just a feeling i have about where this thread might go, i dont want to see loads of “my computer doesnt work right after i pressed this button i created by inaccurately following some instructions i couldnt understand because of the jargon they used” threads(you know what i mean))
anyway ill post more as i get bored and remember what tricks i use.
Might need to explain what CMD+H does for those who don’t use what it’s from (I’d take a guess Mac?…)
some small yet good ones (most are common but few may not know of all)
D: Make bookmark of current page in some Browsers (IE + FF, maybe others)
[Print screem]: (found mostly in the upper right) copy the current screen to your clipart (Paste it in a graphic program like paint etc to get a Screenshot)
Windows Key + D minimize everything like M, but unlike M if pressed again will restore them.
Well, there IS a button on the ‘quick launch’ section (right next to the windows button; you have to enable it) called ‘Show Desktop’. I don’t know the keyboard shortcut, but I guess you could program it…
here is a good trick/OS vulnerability/hack (WARNING: IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT CMD IS DON’T USE THIS) (windows xp and lower only)
type is the following code exactly (// is a comment don’t copy that):
at 16:49 /interactive “cmd.exe”
//replace 16:49 with 1-3 mins ahead of whatever your current computer time is, use 24 hour clocks
go to file -> save as
save it as filename.bat
//.bat VERY IMPORTANT
open filename.bat (it will appear where you saved it to)
wait for the specified time
a command prompt will pop up
press ctrl + alt + del
go to the processes tab and end explorer.exe
in that cmd window type explorer.exe
close all windows
look on your start menu you should now see you are logged in as SYSTEM
this means that you can do many things that you cant as administrator
for example: you can end critical system tasks (although you really shouldn’t they are critical for a reason you know)
Note: this will work on any computer (school, work, public place) as long as they are running xp and are allowing batch files to run (most places do)
NOTE: if you have access to run you can you that to open an instance of command prompt and type the at command in there
ANOTHER NOTE: this may have been fixed in windows xp sp3 I’m not sure.