Add hibernate or logoff buttons to Start Menu

by admin on October 1, 2010

In Windows 7 Start menu, in the default configuration, only shutdown button is displayed as an option among hibernate/switch user/logoff/restart/sleep/lock/shutdown. You can change the button action to any of hibernate/logoff/restart/sleep. Right click on Start button Select Properties It opens Taskbar and start menu properties window as below: Click on the drop down list located against […]

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By default windows explorer does not show hidden files. We can change this behavior in the following way. Open ‘My computer‘ Click ‘Tools‘ in the toolbar and select ‘Folder options‘ Select ‘View‘ tab As shown in the above picture  select ‘Show hidden files and folders‘ Click ‘Apply‘ and ‘OK‘


In Windows XP/2003 administrators can redirect users Application data to a network location as per the below listed steps. Log in to the Domain Controller machine and open the Group policy object editor( see here) Next go to User Configuration->Windows Settings->Folder Redirection Right click on “Application Data” and click on Properties. This will open a […]


On Windows XP if you are not seeing ‘My Documets‘ link in start menu, it can be added to the same in the following way. Right click on Start button Select Properties Click Customize button Select Advanced tab. Now you will see a window like below. Scroll down through the list of Start menu items. […]


Not all editions of Windows OS support Encrypting File System(EFS). In the unsupported editions if you go to properties and advanced you see that the check button “Encrypt contents to secure data” option is not configurable and is greyed out.  Below listed are the Windows editions which does not support native windows EFS feature. Windows […]


My documents target greyed out XP

by admin on February 19, 2010

In Windows XP, we can change the location of My documents folder location by editing the value in the Target field in My documents properties. If this target box is greyed out, then it means that the administrator of the machine/domain has enforced a group policy removing user level control of my documents location. In […]


Windows can’t find gpedit.msc in XP

by admin on February 16, 2010

If you are getting error when you run gpedit.msc from Run window then most probably you are using an OS edition which does not support group policy. In Windows XP, only XP professional supports group policy configuration. Windows XP Home edition does not support group policy and hence we’ll see an error like below when […]


Adding dependency among services in XP

by admin on February 12, 2010

We can add dependency among sevices by editing registry database. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services is the place where information about all the services is stored. This node will have a subnode for each of the services installed on the machine. Click on the subnode for which you want to add dependency for. Edit the parameter ‘DependonService’ under it […]


Clear my recent documents list in Windows XP

by admin on February 9, 2010

In Windows XP/2003 My recent documents list can be cleared as per the steps described below. For Vista/Windows 7 see the post How to delete Recent Items list in Vista or Windows7 Right click the Start button and choose Properties Make sure that Start Menu tab is active. Click customize Click on Advanced tab Click […]


How to change computer name in XP?

by admin on February 8, 2010

On a Windows XP/Server 2003 machine system name can be changed as follows. Click Start Button Right click ‘My computer‘ Select ‘Properties‘ Select the tab ‘Computer name‘ Now you can see the computer name and also the name of the domain it is joined to if it is a XP professional or 2003 server box. […]