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How to Open Command Prompt Directly from a Folder Context Menu

Here is a nice trick which adds the option – Open with command prompt with every folder context menu.

Here is the procedure for doing that,

  1. Launch any folder, & visit Tools > Folder Options (provided in above menu options of Windows Explorer Panel)
  2. Now go to File Types as shown in the below photo, and select (NONE) Folder from the provided file types list,
    Another Way to Open Command Prompt Directly from a Folder’s Context Menu
  3. Then click the Advanced button link, and then click New. Now type cmd.exe in the Application used to perform action text field and Command Prompt in the Action text field. Click OK twice and exit the Folder Options window. Another Way to Open Command Prompt Directly from a Folder’s Context Menu

Now just right click on the folder and select Command Prompt, to launch the command prompt directly from a folders’ context menu.

Another Way to Open Command Prompt Directly from a Folder’s Context Menu

Enjoy yourself !

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How to Play .avi Files in Windows Media Player on Windows

You might be knowing that Windows Media Player can’t open / play the .avi files.
This is just due to the reason that the codecs needed for playing the .avi files doesn’t comes installed with the Windows Operating System.

So, the easier solution to this problem would be to install the necessary codecs.

Now there are two ways,

1. Download the K-Lite Codec Pack, which is basically the combined combination of several media packs. And in terms of productivity it is the best solution to play almost any media file using the Windows Media Player.

2. The second method could be downloading the Divx Codecs, which could be used to play the .avi files onto the Windows Media Player.

Enjoy Yourself.

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How to Backup and Restore Registry Settings in Windows XP

Here are the ways to back-up your Windows XP Registry, manually:

Method 1 – By making a System Restore Point :

Hit on Create a Restore Point option after visiting Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. Hit Next and type some identification for saving that restore, e.g. PreModifiedRegistry. Now click OK and it’s done.

So, if you want to restore the registry now, then just locate that restore point and it will be done automatically e.g. here it is PreModifiedRegistry.

Method 2 – Using Regedit :

Visit Start > Run, write regedit and click the Enter button. Then go to the File > Export, write the identification for the registry file, then select the desired path to save it and hit OK / Save.

And, to restore that registry file, just open the .reg file by double clicking on it that you just exported by using the above method.

Method 3 – Using Windows XP’s Backup Utility :

Visit Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools and then Backup, and choose System Data State option to backup the COM+ Class Registration Databases, registry files and the boot files.

Now to restore that registry file from that backup file, use the below procedure:

  1. Launch again the backup utility (as did above) and hit on Advanced Mode option. Now choose Restore and Manage Media
  2. Locate the backup file, to restore
  3. Tick on System State option. In the Restore Files To window, and choose Original Location
  4. Visit Tools > Menu > Options, then click on Always replace the files on my computer option. It is mandatory, otherwise it will confirm everytime to replace each file (there are several files to be replaced in this step).
  5. Hit the OK button
  6. Hit on Start Restore. Some warning window will appear, stating Restoring System State will always overwrite current System… etc.. Overwrite it by hitting the OK button, and again OK to the Confirm that Restore window.

After adopting the steps mentioned above, the restoring process will be started, which could take a few moments to complete, depending upon your computer’s hardware configuration.

Al last, you’ll have to shut down and re-start your computer.

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How to get rid of “Send Error Report” in Windows XP

In the Windows XP Operating System, when a program gets malfunctioned, an annoying Send Error Report dialog box gets displayed in front of us, as the following,

Get rid of Send Error Report in Windows XP

After clicking on the send error report option, the error(s) are analyzed by the Microsoft Error Sender, and suitable solution is found for it. If the program detects some bug or error in the process, then its patch is released, and hence sending the error reports is a nice habit.

But sometimes it really gets annoying when we are doing an important job, and suddenly everything gets closed and this window pops-up.

Here are the ways for stopping it :

Way 1 : Hit the Start button > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced, and hit on the Error Reporting option. A similar window will appear in front of you, e.g.

Get rid of Send Error Report in Windows XP

Choose the Disable error reporting option here, hit OK, two times. From now onwards, the Send Error Report dialog won’t appear in front of you on the particular operating system (on which you have disabled it).

Way 2 : Second way requires registry editing. follow the below steps,

  1. Hit the Start button > Run, type regedit and hit Enter button.
  2. look for the below registry key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/PCHealth/ErrorReporting and if it doesn’t exist then create a new DWORD value by the name DoReport with value set to 0. If it exists already then set its DWORD value to 0.


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How to Copy text from the Error Messages Dialog Box in Windows XP and Vista

I guess, you might have met with some situation, when you see some error messages appear in the windows operating system. These warning messages describe us the fault occurred while processing the request and sometimes also provides ways to correct them. But sometimes the messages are really difficult to understand.

The 1st method to find the explanation of that difficult error-message is, searching it on any search engine. But you won’t be able to select and copy the text present in those error messages, so we are forced to write them in the Search, by our own.

Ok, you can get rid of this problem by using this method.

From the next time when you get some error message windows, just click on the CTRL + C shortcut, and all the text present in that message dialog box, will get copied to your computer’s clipboard. (Note: Only works with Windows Error Messages, and this method can’t be used if you get error while opening any software)

Now open the notepad or some other text editor, and paste that text into it (or into some search engine directly) by hitting the shortcut CTRL + V.

For example, when some error window opens, hit the CTRL + C, it will get copied, and now you can paste it anywhere. 🙂

Copy Text From Error Message Dialogs in Windows Vista And XP

Here everything from the dialog will get copied, including the button’s text.

Enjoy !

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How to Stop Annoying Balloon Tips in the Windows Notification Area

Are you worried about the annoying balloon tips which often comes onto your Windows Operating System?

Just like this,
Stop Those Annoying Balloon Tips in the Notification Area of Windows

Okay, there is an easy way to bypass them.

1.Hit the Start > Run, write regedit, and hit the Enter button
2.Locate to the key in registry editor,

3. and search for the DWORD value by the name EnableBalloonTips in it
If it is exists, change its hexadecimal value to 0 (zero).
But if doesn’t exist, then create a DWORD value and follow the step 2.

Stop Those Annoying Balloon Tips in the Notification Area of Windows

4. Click OK and exit the Registry Editor.

From now onwards, you won’t get those balloon tips on your Windows Operating System.