5 Windows tricks you didn't know

No matter how much we research, there's so much to Windows that we haven't yet discovered. Here are the top 5 tricks that you'll love to try out.

a) Folder Pictures

When there are a number of pictures in a folder, they tend to show up in numbers in the thumbnail view. Wouldn't it be great if we could display just a single photo as the Folder picture? Well, good news is on your way. We can do this by following the steps given below:

* Select the picture which you want to show up as your folder picture.
* Simply rename this picture to folder.jpg (You can also rename it to folder.gif).

b) Speed Up Your PC with a Pen drive

If you have a 1GB pen drive (2GB is recommended), then you can increase your system performance by moving your system Pagefile onto the pendrive. The trick behind this is that accessing flash memory is faster than the hard disk. You will need to do one thing after you move the system Pagefile onto the drive.

* Right click 'My Computer'.
* Select 'Properties'.
* Go to 'Hardware' tab an select your Pendrive.
* Click 'Properties'.
* Under 'Policies' tad, select 'Optimize for performance'.

That's it. You're done.

c) No Requirement of the Windows CD

Tired of looking for your Windows CD every time you encounter a problem? Well, you can escape that situation by following the given steps :

* Copy the entire CD onto your hard disk.
* Click 'Start-->Run' and type 'gpedit.msc'.
* Navigate to 'Computer Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->System'.
* Look at the right hand side to see 'Specify Windows installation file location'.
* Double click it and select 'Enable' and enter the path to your Windows XP setup file (setup.exe).

d) Disalbe Windows Key Shortcuts

If you want the users of your system to stop using the windows key shortcut, follow the steps given below:

* Click 'Start-->Run' and type 'gpedit.msc'.
* Navigate to 'User Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->Windows Components-->Windows Explorer.
* Enable the 'Turn off Windows + X hot keys' setting.

e) Disable some Control Panel Applets

If you want to remove some applets from the Control Panel so that other users of your system cant access them, follow these steps:

* Click 'Start-->Run' and type 'gpedit.msc'.
* Navigate to 'User Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->Control Panel'.
* On the right hand side, you'll see 'Show Only specified Control Panel applets'.
* Bear in mind that you'll have to know the exact names of the Control Panel applets to disable them. (For example, Add/Remove Programs is known as appwiz.cpl).

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