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How to Customize Thumbnail Preview Border for Images and Videos in Windows 7

13 Mar

In Windows Vista and 7 Explorer, if you set “Thumbnail” view for a folder containing images or videos, it shows the thumbnails having a nice looking border with shadow effect.

In this tutorial, we’ll tell you about a small registry trick which helps you in customizing these thumbnails border. You can remove the drop-shadow effect or add different effects to the thumbnails.

Note: The default border for thumbnails in Windows Explorer is the Border-2 image .

So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

1. Open the Start Menu and type regedit in the search box, then press Enter.

2.In regedit, navigate to the location below:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image (to customize border for images)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\video (to customize border for videos)

3. In the right pane of the registry, right click on Treatment and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)

4. Type in the value data number set its value to any of following then click on Ok

0 – To remove the border (Makes thumbnail preview a little bit faster)
1 – To add drop-shadow effect
2 – To add photo-shadow effect
3 – To add video reel like effect

5. Close regedit.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.


Connect to Remote Desktop Using a User Account Without a Password

5 Apr

Go to Control panel> administrative tools> local security policy> Security options> Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only set that to disable, and you will be able to remote desktop without the need for a password.

Change Logon Wallpaper In Windows XP

13 Dec

Logon wallpaper is the wallpaper or image that windows xp shows on screen when windows logs on (before it asks for username & password) . It’s usually set to the image-logo of the brand(manufacturer) of our computer (e.g. in compaq laptops). Now we can set it to our own image or any other image(any bmp file) by following trick.

Open Startmenu->Run type regedit and press ok to open registry editor.(shows a tree like structure of directories at left)

In that hierarchical structure in left, navigate to registry entry
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

In right side pane see a number of values placed in a table format. choose the value named Wallpaper from there and double click it. Now you see a box with value name as Wallpaper and value data as Path to the image file .There give the full path of the image(bmp file) which you want to set as logon wallpaper by deleting previous path and writing path to your bmp file e.g. C:\WINDOWS\lon.BMP (to set image lon.BMP file as log on wall paper).

Also double click on WallpaperStyle and change it’s value to 2 to get a stretched wallpaper at logon.

Put that bmp file in windows directory for better results.
If that is a jpeg file, convert to bmp file by opening in Windows Image Viewer and save as bmp.

How To Make A Shutdown Timer!

13 Dec


* Right click on your desktop and choose “New=>shortcuts”.
* In the box that says “Type the location of the shortcut”,
type in “shutdown -s -t 3600″ without the quotation marks and click next.

Note: 3600 are the amount of seconds before your computer shuts down. So , 60secs*60mins=3600secs.

* Make up a name for the shortcut and you’re done.
* You can change the icon by right clicking=>properities=>change icon=>browse

To make an abort key to stop the shutdown timer just create another shortcut and make
the “location of the shortcut” to “shutdown -a” without the quotes.



Here is another trick to shutdown at a specific time, for example you wish to shutdown at 11:35am.

Type this in

Type Code: at 11:35 shutdown -s


Type this in

Code: shutdown -a

Delete Internet Explorer Address Bar History

25 Nov

When you use Internet Explorer to browse to a website and do so by directly typing the URL in the address bar, the URL you’ve typed will be saved. This is useful for your own use, but in case you’re using a computer of co-worker (or your wife, even nastier), and the URL you’ve typed is, hmmm… how should I say, a bit suspicious, then that URL could be viewed by the other user by pulling down the list.

If you’ve logged on as your own user then that’s ok, but if you’ve temporarily used a different user’s account to “just check in your email” (wink wink…), then that might get you into trouble.

That’s why you may want to remove, delete or clear the history of links from Internet Explorer address bar.

Now here is the tricky part. We all know that you could simply clear your IE history (Internet Explorer > Tools >Internet Options > General tab > click Clear History), however that’ll clear ALL your history, including the address bar URL cache. That we do not want, because that’ll just signal the “other user” (e.g. wife) that you’ve done something you wanted to hide. And that my friend, is harder to explain.

So, in order to clear or the history of the address bar in IE only without deleting your IE History folder follow these steps:

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

Note: As always, before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup. In cases where you’re supposed to delete or modify keys or values from the registry it is possible to first export that key or value(s) to a .REG file before performing the changes.

2. Locate the following key in the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs

3. Delete all the URLx (e.g. URL1, URL2 and so on) that you do not wish to be visible in the address bar drop down list.

Note: If you delete only certain keys, make sure that the remaining keys are in renamed in sequential order start from url1. Otherwise you might corrupte your remaining keys.

4. Close the registry editor.

It’s worth noting that all IE windows should have been closed before doing the above steps.

Install Xp From Dos

10 Nov

If XP will not install from the CD or if you have a new drive with no operating system on
it yet try these:

Install Windows XP from the hard drive with Windows 98 already installed:

Boot Windows 98
Insert the XP CD into your CD reader
Explore Windows XP through My Computer
Copy i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder and double click on winnt32.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive

Install Windows XP from DOS (ie. no OS on a new hard drive):

Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk
Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader
Run smartdrv.exe from the Win98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching)
Type cd.. to back up to the root directory
Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader
Copy the i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder on C: and type winnt.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive.

Easy Way to Share Multiple Folders

26 Feb

If you need to share multiple folders, running the program SHRPUBW.EXE will bring up a simple dialog box to let you:
Browse to the folder you want to share
Enter in a Share name
Ender in a Share description
Set permissions. Several choices are available
Restart the process from within the same program