How to backup registry and system state data in XP

Registry editing can be like swimming in shark infested waters.If you don’t know what you are doing by changing registry settings it is always a good idea not to do that in the first place. Ever seen a standard disclaimer of backing up registry before making any changes to it? Let’s see how to backup …

Adding support information to Windows XP system

> In large deployments of Windows,customizing is needed as the boxes are centrally managed and monitored. One common customization is to add support information to XP that basically lists the contact information of folks whom you need to get in touch with for any system related query. Let’s add that in XP.Here is how : …

How to save frequently used RDP connections

Using remote desktop to access some systems on a regular basis (like say logging onto a domain controller or a file/application server daily) can be a chore if you type in the system name,user name,password,domain everytime you want to access it. Why not save the RDP connection to each of the frequently accessed boxes so …

How to change the default action of .reg files

> Double clicking on files that you don’t know in Windows is somewhat dangerous.The danger increases especially if the file makes some changes in the system registry which you had not intended at all. One such file is the .reg file.By default,on double clicking it will merge all the changes it has in the system …

How to put Windows kernel in RAM

A kernel is the core of any operating system,its something similar to a brain that can make decisions for the OS. Wouldn’t it be great if kernel performance can be optimised like making it make really fast decisions and make the applications launch faster and all other XP nirvana? There is a registry hack that …

Using Task scheduler to get system privileges

>”Privilege escalation” -the term in computer security world is often seen as something like a prisoner who has just got a weapon a.k.a “armed and dangerous”. It means getting the important super privileges from a normal user account to root in *nix and admin/system account in Windows world. Command prompt in Windows machines (especially XP) …

How to get a list of local administrators on a Windows box

>There is the almighty root account in *nix and here in Windows world is the powerful and omnipotent Administrators group.Actually there can be different admin groups like domain admins,enterprise admins(ultimate account in a Microsoft Windows network) and of course the local administrator account on a standalone Windows box. Wouldn’t it be great if there is …

Checking out the dlls and making RAM go faster

>Task manager in Windows is useful,but what about tasklist? Tasklist is a command line utility in Windows XP Professional(not in Home)onwards. Let’s say I want to see all the processes and their associated dlls which are running on my Windows box just by using a simple command prompt.I can use tasklist to accomplish that,here is …