Encrypt and Password Protect Your Files
No sooner was it released than
Microsoft pulled the plug on a utility called My Private
Folder. The password protected folder sat on your
desktop, encrypting any files you put inside it. So why
doesn’t MS offer it anymore? With no backdoor access, IT
professionals feared facing the wrath of users who had
forgotten their passwords, and parents fretted over what
files their kids might be hiding. If you’re okay with
Enable Hibernate in the Shut-Down Dialog
Putting your PC into Standby conserves
power without shutting down your computer, but if
there’s a power outage, any open programs and unsaved
work will be lost. Using hibernation tackles this issue
by first taking a snapshot of your desktop and saving it
to your hard drive before powering down, but Microsoft
neglected to include a Hibernate button in the shut-down
dialog box. To fix this, first make sure you’ve enabled
hibernation under Power Options in the Control Panel.
Next, go into the registry and navigate to
and create a new key called System (right-click Windows
and select New>Key). Highlight System and create another
key called Shutdown (you should now be in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System\Shutdown).
Now create a DWORD value named ShowHibernationButton and
change the data from 0 to1. You should now see the
Hibernate Button in the Shutdown dialog. If not, you’ll
need to request a hotfix from Microsoft.
Goodbye MS Paint, Hello Paint.NET
Capable photo editing suites are often
too expensive if all you’re interested in is the
occasional doodle, and the learning curve requires a
further time investment. Solve both problems with
which combines the ease of use found in MS Paint with
enough functionality to release your inner Rembrandt!
Make Your Own Icons
Who wants boring old icons when you
can make your own? Fire-up any photo editing program and
create a new 48x48 pixel image, or resize an existing
photo. Save the image as a bitmap and change the file
extension to .ico (e.g., MPC.ico).
To apply your custom icon,
right-click a folder on your hard drive, select
Properties, then Customize, then Change Icon. Or if you
prefer to change system icons, open Display Properties
and click Customize Desktop under the Desktop tab. You
can change icons for all file types by opening My
Computer, clicking Tools, Folder Options, File Types,
Advanced, then Change Icon.
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