How to show a banner at each startup in Windows

There is a hidden feature in Windows and not many users know anything about it. You can setup a banner with a message in it. Each time your Windows boots up the same banner will pop up. The message can be anything from a welcome message to some important information. You can use it in the way you want. Follow the simple steps given below to setup a banner for your Windows system :

  • First of all, go to “start” –> “run”.
  • Type “regedit” and hit Enter.
  • A new window will open named “registry editor”. In the left panal of the “registry editor”, go to the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionpolicies system
  • Now right click on the right panel, choose “new”,Select “string value”. A new “string value” will be created.
  • Right click on it and choose “rename”. Type “LegalNoticeCaption” .
  • Right click on that “string value” and choose “modify”. On the “value data:” area, type the text or value that you want to see in the title bar of the banner.
  • Now create yet another new “string value” in the right panel and “rename” it to “LegalNoticeText”.
  • Right click on that “string value” and choose “modify”. On the “value data:” part, type the message you want to display each time windows boots.
  • Now, close the “registry editor”.
  • Restart your computer.

Now, after the “boot screen” and just before the “welcome screen” a new banner will pop up which contains your message and an “OK” button. The users have to click on the “OK” button to proceed.

Change STARTUP and SHUTDOWN sounds in XP

Have you ever felt bugged-up with the Start-up and Shutdown jingle of your Windows XP or Vista ? If yes, here is the solution, now you use any of your favorite voice or music or dialogue as your PC’s shutdown and start up.
It’s a simple 4 step process.
Step 1.
Choose the track which you want to play at start-up and shutdown jingles,
Limitations are
* It should be in .WAV format.
* The size of file should not be large, prefer keeping them within in 1 Mb, otherwise your startup will take a bit longer.
If the file you want to make your start-up or shutdown is not in .WAV format, you can easily convert them using Jet Audio 7, or any other converter.
Step 2.
Now rename these files as “Windows XP Startup.WAV” and “Windows XP Shutdown.WAV” respectively.
Step 3.
Now Go to “C:WINDOWSMEDIA”, here you will find files “Windows XP Startup.WAV” and “Windows XP Shutdown.WAV”, move them to some other locations, this step is required for, in case you need to revert back these sounds, else you can ignore this step.
Step 4.
Now the files you have chosen and renamed, just copy-paste or cut paste them in “C:WINDOWSMEDIA”, here you go, now you can enjoy the new Start-up and shutdown.

Using the mouse wheel to change the icon views

If you’re using Windows Explorer to work with your files and folders, you’ve probably already discovered the new Views menu. You just click the arrow next to the Views icon on the toolbar to bring up the Views menu, as shown in Figure , and then drag the slider up or down to change the size and appearance of the file and folder icons. 

The slider on the Views menu has seven settings that range from Extra Large Icons to Tiles.
While clicking the icon and dragging the slider is simple enough there is an easier way. Simply hold down the [Ctrl] key and scroll your mouse wheel up and down to resize the icons from Tiles to Extra Large Icons.

Using the [Ctrl] key and the mouse wheel combination also works on the Desktop. While the Desktop is selected, just hold down the [Ctrl] key and scroll your mouse wheel up and down to resize the icons from a microscopic 16 x 16 all the way up to huge 256 x 256 renditions.

Launching your favorite applications with the [Windows] key

In the article, Customizing Vista’s Taskbar and Start Menu, I showed you how to put the main area of the Start Menu to much better use by configuring it as a launching area for all the programs you use most often. However, Windows Vista provides you with an even better way to quickly access your favorite applications–you can assign them to special [Windows] key combinations.

To take advantage of this hidden trick, all you have to do is add the shortcuts to your favorite applications to the Quick Launch toolbar, which you can do with a simple drag and drop operation. You can have up to 10 shortcuts on the Quick Launch toolbar to use with the [Windows] key. By default, the Show Desktop and the Switch Between Windows/Flip 3D shortcuts are already on the Quick Launch toolbar, so with the idea that you’d leave them there, you can add up to 8 additional shortcuts.

Moving left to right, the first shortcut on the Quick Launch toolbar is automatically assigned to [Windows]+1, the second shortcut to [Windows]+2 and so on. The tenth shortcut on the Quick Launch toolbar is automatically assigned to [Windows]+0. By unlocking the Taskbar (via a simple right-click on the Taskbar and clicking Lock the Taskbar) and expanding the Quick Launch toolbar, as shown in Figure A, you can use drag and drop to arrange the shortcuts in any order that you want.
                                                             Figure A

You can resize the Quick Launch toolbar so that it doesn’t take space away from the Taskbar, yet still access the shortcuts via the [Windows] key combination

Once you memorize which numeric [Windows] keys are assigned to which application shortcuts; you can resize the Quick Launch toolbar to its default size and relock the Taskbar, as shown in Figure B. This lets you use the all the space on the Taskbar as you normally would and still be able to launch any of your applications with a simple [Windows] keystroke.
                                                            Figure B

Other Win Key combinations
Here are a couple of other handy [Windows] key shortcuts:

  • [Windows]+T: Cycles through programs using the Live Taskbar feature.
  • [Windows]+[Spacebar]: Brings the Windows Sidebar to the foreground.

Disable Dr. Watson

Dr. Watson can be disabled using the registry editor:

  1. Start the registry editor (Start >> Run >> type “regedit.exe” >> Hit enter )
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows NT CurrentVersionAeDebug
  3. Click on AeDebug and click Del

Alternativly just set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows NT CurrentVersion AeDebug AUTO to 0

To re-enable Dr. Watson type “drwtsn32 -i” in run window.

How to Get Virtual Desktops on Windows XP?

A lot of people prefer multitasking. The best tool for that purpose is virtual desktops. Virtual desktops provide the opportunity to run many desktops at the same time from a desktop computer or laptop. It is very easy to switch among the desktops by just using a button. Every virtual desktop can possess its unique applications as well as a different background. The feature of virtual desktops is not included in Windows XP by default. However, you can easily get virtual desktops on Windows XP. The means to get virtual desktops on Windows XP is very safe for the computer. All you have to do to get virtual desktops on Windows XP is to use software. This software provides four desktops to use. 

In order to get virtual desktops on Windows XP, you have to use the Microsoft PowerToys download page. Follow these simple steps to get the virtual desktops: 

  • Go to the “Microsoft PowerToys download page”. 
  • Choose DeskMan.exe from the list on the right hand side of the window. 
  • It will allow you to download the file named DeskmanPowertoySetup.exe. Double-click on the file. 

Orkut Album Hack Save Picture in orkut

Orkut Album Hack Download Picture in orkut
Many time we like to download pictures from our friends album but orkut has disable right click on their album so we cannot download their pictures from albums.Here is simple by which you can download pictures from your friends album. 

Method 1

1. Open Orkut using Firefox

2.Then go to tools ,Next open page info

3.Click on the  media option

4.You can see a list of pictures found in that page and there will be a preview option in it using it select the picture, Click on save.You image will be save.
For next picture, repeat from the first step

Method 2

This is very simple open your friend album and picture that you want to save on your hard disk.Click on that image and drag it to you desktop.You image will be save their.

Web Design Tips

While designing web sites it is important to keep in the mind the platform, popularly used web browsers and of course the users. One more important element of website design is search engines compatibility, since eventually the search engines will index the site to present it to the users in a search. How much the search engines give importance to your website depends a lot on the how the website is designed.
These tips will help web designers to justify what is stated above.

1) Use colors carefully such that they are brand appropriate or do justice to whatever the site is providing.   This applies to the text, text fonts, background and the content provided.

2) Use tag lines, which highlight the essential features of the site and catch the attention of the readers, since visitors do not read the text fully. Set your content in proper paragraphs and columns for increased readability and appearance.

3) Avoid Flash and client side scripts on main pages. Do not use FRAMES since search engines find it difficult to index pages using the above technologies.

4) Use high-resolution graphics which are light in weight for faster downloading. The images should add to the content and help in describing the sites resources and services. The images should be appropriately placed on the web pages. Use alt text to describe the images properly for photo optimization.

5) For search engine optimization use descriptive title and meat tags since the search engine use these to some extent to index and rank your website.

6) Avoid using gate away or doorway pages which lead to the main page this is spamming and your website may be banned by major search engines. Do not resort to cloaking and over use of keywords.

7) Most important do not copy content from other websites to avoid facing duplicate content penalty. This was the practice widely resorted to earlier. It is wiser to have a content writer in the web development team.

How To Change Thumbnail Size And Quality

If any of you out there like to use the thumbnail view, especially for browsing through photos and images, it can become a bit of a drain on your system. It is possible to lower the thumbnail size and quality by editing the following registry keys.

Open the registry and navigate to :

HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer

Create a new DWORD value called ThumbnailSize, and set the value between 32 and 256.

And/or create another DWORD value called ThumbnailQuality, and set the value between 50 and 100.

Key Details :

USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer]

Value Name: ThumbnailSize

Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

Data Value: 32 – 256

USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer]

Value Name: ThumbnailQuality

Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

Data Value: 50 – 100

Make Windows XP Shutdown Faster than ever

You can make your shut down process a bit faster by the following tweak.
   1. This step is very important.
Export (right click > Export) the following keys and save it to a safer place.

HKEY CURRENT USERControl PanelDesktop

    2. Open Notepad, copy and paste the following to the Notepad.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop]


    3. Save the file and close Notepad.

    4. Change extension of the file from .txt (text file) to .reg (registry file).

    5. Double click open this file and click Yes and the OK .
Or download the following executable file from here
alternate address here