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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hidden programs of Microsoft Windows XP

Hidden programs of Microsoft

I have simply added links over time to Joe's list as I researched each one. The interesting thing is that these hidden programs of microsofts are not all that good at times. Ever had a blank square in your screen and refresh would not get ride of it? Well thats a hidden program glitch, see here: Blank_Windows_in_Windows_XP

If you want to clean up your system programs and run much more efficently, then try Paul Collins' Startup Applications List.

The auto run program is very good to determine whats going on and do so tweaking. Autorun or DownLoad Autoruns

If your feeling adventuraous there is a load of sysInternal programs you can use. Sysinternals

The list:

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

2) Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe Automate the Disk Cleanup and command-line switches

3) Clipboard Viewer = (views contents of Windows clipboard) ClipBook Viewer

4) Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool) Dr. Watson for Windows

5) DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards) DirectX Diagnostic Tool

6) Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters) Private Character Editor

7) IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (Create self-extracting / self-installing package) IExpress WizardDeploy Multiple Packages with ODK and User-Specific Profile using IExpress and ODK

8) microsoft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (appears to allow synchronization of files on the network for when working offline. Apparently undocumented)Configure Offline Files to Synchronize

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

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

11) Object Packager = packager.exe (to do with packaging objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files).Drag-Drop Insertion of OLE Objects

12) System Monitor = perfmon.exe (very useful, highly configurable tool, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about any aspect of PC performance, for uber-geeks only ) Perfmon

13) Program Manager = progman.exe (Legacy Windows 3.x desktop shell). Troubleshoot Folders in Windows 95/98/Me

14) Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe (documentation is virtually non-existant).Establish a Dial-Up connection by command line in Windows Vista and Rasdial

15) Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the Windows Registry). Differences between Regedit.exe and Regedt32.exeHow to set or change registry editing permissions in Windows XP or in Windows Server 2003

16) Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network). file sharing and network discovery settings forum

17) File siganture verification tool = sigverif.exe Verify Unsigned Device Drivers in Windows XPFile Signature Verification utility (Sigverif.exe) may stop responding

18) Volume Control = sndvol32.exe (I've included this for those people that lose it from the System Notification area). Search results for Various Articles

19) System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe (modify System.ini & Win.ini just like in Win98! ). Modify the Config.sys and Autoexec.bat Files and List of SysEdit Error Messages

20) 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).Search Results for Various Articles

21) Microsoft Telnet Client = telnet.exe Telnet to test an Internet Mail Connection

22) 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).Driver Verifier in Windows XP

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

24) System configuration = msconfig.exe (can use to control starup programs)troubleshoot by using the System Configuration utility in Windows XPStartup Items Disabled in Msconfig.exe Tool Are Still Run

25) gpedit.msc used to manage group policies, and permissions Ways to open the Group Policy snap-inApply Local Policies to All Users Except Administrators on Windows Server 2003 in a Workgroup SettingBackup to restore files and folders

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