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TIP 6: Finding out how many programs are working in background.







Go to:


Regedit | HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SessionInformation


Now in the right pane search for the entry “ProgramCount”. The number written in brackets besides its value displays the number of programs working in the background. This can be used to find out whether there is some program running in the background without your notice?


As you open more programs, the number will increase after you refresh [F5].


TIP 7: Deleting the ‘Recycle bin from desktop.





To delete the recycle bin you need to right click it and select ‘delete’. This is the first thing that your mind would tell you. But when you right click it, you will see no ‘delete’ option in the context menu. So how do you delete it? To delete ‘Recycle bin’, you must know its CLSID value (or Class ID Value). The CLSID value of recycle bin is ‘645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E’. To be sure, do one thing: right click on the desktop, select ‘properties’ and under the ‘themes’ tab click the ‘save as’ button. The theme will get saved at a location determined by you. Now open this saved file with notepad. In the very first part, you will find a line as:



; Recycle Bin


[CLSID\ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\DefaultIcon]



So here you see the CLSID value of the ‘Recycle Bin’.



Now switch to the following Registry key:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\explorer\Desktop\Namespace


Find a key with the value of that of the CLSID value of ‘Recycle Bin’.


Delete this key. PLESAE EXPORT THIS KEY FOR THE TIME WHEN YOU NEED THE RECYCLE BIN AGAIN ON DESKTOP. After a log off and a log back in, you will find no ‘Recycle Bin’ on the Desktop.


Please, please do take a complete backup of the registry before making any changes because this will come handy in case of any failures.





TIP 8: Renaming the ‘Recycle Bin’!!









You must have also seen that in the right click context menu of ‘Recycle Bin’ there is no ‘Rename’ option. Of course those having ‘Norton Antivirus’ will change the name by using the antivirus software itself. But that can be done even without that software.


Go to the following Key:



HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}



As you would be noticing that again the CLSID value comes in use here. Now in the right pane, search for the entry “LocalizedString”. Right click it and select ‘Modify’. Now in the ‘Value Data’ field and write the new name you want to give to the ‘Recycle Bin’. Now Exit the registry editor and refresh your desktop. The new name should appear. If it doesn’t, you will need to restart the computer.





TIP 9:



Renaming My Computer and changing its icon.






Renaming can be done just by right clicking ‘My Computer’ in the start menu and selecting ‘Rename’. Alternatively you may go to registry at the following location and enter you name of choice in the “(Default)” entry’s ‘Value Data’ filed:



HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\ {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}


For changing Icons,



Go to:


Regedit |



HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\ {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon


In the “(Default)” entries change the value to the ‘location and file name of your choice’. Suppose the icon you want to assign is located at ‘D:\Icons’ and has got a filename of ‘Icon_1.ico’. In this case you will need to type down “D:\Icons\Icon_1.ico” in the ‘value data” field


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