Saturday, September 15, 2007

Windows XP-Hidden Applications

There are a lot of hidden applications in Windows XP which can be quite helpful. These applications can be quite fruitful. Try them out. Here’s how you go about doing it.

In order to run any of these apps go to Start > Run and type the executable name (for example drwsten32.exe).


1) Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters)

2) Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (views contents of Windows clipboard)

3) Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool)

4) DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards)

5) Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters)

6) IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (Create self-extracting / self-installing package)

7) Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe

8) Microsoft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (allows organization of files on the network when working offline. Apparently undocumented).

9) System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe (modify System.ini & Win.ini just like in Win98! ).

10) Program Manager = progman.exe (Legacy Windows 3.x desktop shell).

11) Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe (documentation is totally non-existant).

12) Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the Windows Registry).

13) Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network).

14) File siganture verification tool = sigverif.exe

15) Volume Contro = sndvol32.exe (I've included this for those people that lose it from the System Notification area).

16) Syskey = syskey.exe (Secures XP Account database - use with care, it's virtually undocumented but it appears to encrypt all passwords, I'm not sure of the full implications).

17) Microsoft Telnet Client = telnet.exe

18) Driver Verifier Manager = verifier.exe (seems to be a utility for monitoring the actions of drivers, might be useful for people having driver problems. Undocumented).

19) Windows for Workgroups Chat = winchat.exe (appears to be an old NT utility to allow chat sessions over a LAN, help files available).

20) System configuration = msconfig.exe (can use to control starup programs)

21) gpedit.msc used to manage group policies, and permissions

22) Windows Media Player 5.1 = mplay32.exe (Retro version of Media Player, very basic).

23) ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe (something to do with databases)

24) Object Packager = packager.exe (deals with packaging objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files).

25) System Monitor = perfmon.exe (highly recommended, highly configurable tool, tells you all you wanted to know about any aspect of PC performance, for uber-geeks only )

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