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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1 Tips, Tricks, & Tweaks










Context Menu Items

Create Invisible Folders


Keyboard Shortcuts

Music CD

Screen Saver Stuff

Shortcut to text

Startup, Shutdown, & Logon Screens

Unlocking Files

User Account Logon

Windows Explorer Shortcut

Windows Snipping Tool



As usual, nothing out of the box is good enough.  Change is good especially if and when it improves things.

These are basically my notes gathered from Googling around for customizations wanted and used regularly.

Some of the below are done via the registry, if comfortable, go for it, if not, do not!  Either way, I’ll help!


Use at your own risk!


Happy Tweaking!


Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Mozilla Firefox, on an Acer Aspire 5150 Laptop

AMD Phenom(tm) II N660 Dual-Core Processor (self-upgraded from single-core V120)

3.00 GHz, 8GB RAM, 250GB HDD







        Context Menu


            add copy to and move to folder… enables you to conveniently copy or move any file or folder

1. go to HKCR\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

2. for Copy To folder... add key {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

4. for Move To folder... add key {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}






        Create Invisible Folders


                        only you’ll know it’s there

1. create the folder(s), 3 for the example

2. rename them consecutively using the Alt and number key pad keys like so: Alt0160, Alt0160Alt0160, Alt0160Alt0160Alt0160. etc, etc

3. go to the properties of the folder and change the icon to any 1 of the 3 available invisible ones





        Keyboard Shortcuts


            the less known useful ones

Winkey + D:                    show / un-show the desktop

Winkey + E:                    open Windows Explorer (see here to change from libraries to computer)

Winkey + L:                    lock the desktop (if not launching the screen saver to do so)

Winkey + R:                    open the run dialog       

          Ctrl + +:                          zoom in

          Ctrl + -:                           zoom out

          Ctrl + 0:                          zoom reset








                send encrypted e-mail attachments



Have you ever thought twice about e-mailing sensitive information because you knew it was unsecured?  Regardless of secured connections or applications, your ISP, the destinations ISP, and all hops in between, can easily view its contents.  The text itself cannot be encrypted but anything attached can be in three simple steps after completing the below three phases initially.

You’ll create an OpenPGP key pair (see Wikipedia about), one is openly shared (public key) and the other is kept private (secret key).  Let’s say you’re collaborating with me on our family tree and want to provide birth dates, maiden names, and the like, with supporting docs.  Using my public key, you’ll encrypt it all and send it as an attachment.  I, with the only paired secret key, will be the only one that can open it in a readable state.  All others, due to its 2048 bit algorithm, will only see unrecognizable code even the FBI could not break.



PHASE 01. Download & install Gpg4win (see Wikipedia about) with only these three components: GnuPG (pre-selected), Kleopatra, and GpgEX, complete the install with no changes.


PHASE 02. Create your OpenPGP key pair:


01. click "Start, All Programs, Gpg4win, Kleopatra".
02. click "File, New Certificate".
03. click "Create a personal OpenPGP key pair".
04. enter with no space "yourFIRSTLASTname and YOUREMAIL@ADDRESS.COM", click Next.
05. confirm your name and e-mail address is correct then click "Create Key".
06. in the Certificate Creation Wizard window, type randomly while also doing step 07.
07. enter at least a 100% quality passphrase (password) as many times as needed and click "Finish".

Note that it is not possible to recover a lost passphrase, anything encrypted with it is lost forever.  Moving forward, you will simply have to create a new key pair.


PHASE 03. Export Certificate (it's your public key):


08. ensure your secret key is selected/highlighted in the Kleopatra window.
09. click "File, Export Certificates" (not “export secret keys” below it).
10. save it to the desktop keeping the default file name, i.e. 8597777311961A49918E9D8F2HH40P70Q94K31RP.asc


After doing the above three phases initially, here's how to Encrypt and/or Decrypt with three simple steps



click “Start, All Programs, Gpg4win, Kleopatra”.


drag and drop the attachment into the Kleopatra window.


select to Encrypt or Decrypt and follow the instructions.


All the best and don't hesitate to ask for help.






        Music CD


            fit about 150 tracks per disc

1. using your favorite burning software, create a data disc with all the MP3 files you can fit onto it, with or without folders.






       Shortcut to text


            remove that text from them all, the curved right-arrow will still remain

1. start, run, regedit, go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

2. close all windows & programs

3. ctl-alt-del & start task manager

4. end explorer.exe

5. on the right registry pane, note original link binary value of 17 00 00 00 and change to 00 00 00 00

6. ctl-alt-del, log off & back on or shut down & restart






Startup, Shutdown, & Logon Screens


            use your own image, all three screens share the same image

1. go to HKLM-SOFTWARE-Microsoft-Windows-CurrentVersion-Authentication-LogonUI-Background

2. change the value of OEMBackground to 1

3. look for or create Backgrounds folder here: C:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info\ Backgrounds

4. the image placed in there must be less than 245k and named BackgroundDefault.jpg

5. to crunch the image down to size, go to JPEG Image Byte Reduction Cruncher - Optimizer Generator

6. here’s my BackgroundDefault image






        Unlocking Files


            unlocking system files is not for the inexperienced, please use with care

1. in a DOS window, enter:            attrib -h -r -s oem12.* (where oem12 is the file name)

2. to delete it, enter:                         del oem12.*






        User Account Logon


            automate at boot so your user is always booted to, you can then logoff if you wish

1. run control userpasswords2 or search for and open netplwiz

2. select your user account name

3. deselect Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer

4. click apply and enter your password






        Windows Explorer Shortcut


            open computer instead of libraries

1. go to the properties of the windows Explorer shortcut

2. change the target from %windir%\explorer.exe to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}






        Windows Snipping Tool


            enable the snipping of any context menu or start menu

1. launch the Snipping Tool

2. press the Esc button

3. open the context or Start Menu you want to snip

4. press Ctrl + Print Screen






        Screen Saver Stuff

                        Download screensaver stuff


            1. Screensaver Toggler – (872 KB or 1.20 MB, 32 or 64 bit) It toggles your default screensaver ON or OFF on demand with a keyboard shortcut.

            FILE SELECTION:

Choose 32 or 64 bit and with or without “logon screen" depending on whether or not you are using the option "On resume, display logon screen"


1. copy SST.exe somewhere in your computer.

2. create a shortcut to it in the Accessories folder in your Start menu.

3. in the properties of the shortcut, assign a shortcut key combination to launch it, like ctrl + shft + D.


Launch it to see it's current state with a button to toggle it, you could either:

1. press the Enter key to toggle it, it'll display the new current state and auto-close in 3 seconds.

2. or press the Esc key to leave it as is and close it immediately.


            2. Screensaver Launcher – (3.50 KB) it launches your default screensaver on demand with a keyboard shortcut.

            INSTALLATION & USE:

1. Copy SSL.exe somewhere in your computer.

2. Create a shortcut to it in the Accessories folder in your Start menu.

3. In the properties of the shortcut, assign a shortcut key combination to launch it, like ctrl + shift + S.


            3. My Pictures Slideshow – (46 KB) the very well-liked screensaver from Windows XP


1. copy ssmypics.scr to C:\Windows\System32

2. right click it and choose Install

3. set your options


Left Arrow key  = go to previous picture

Right Arrow key = go to the next picture

Down Arrow key  = pause / play the slideshow


4. Activate a Logon Screen screensaver – (0 KB, no file) enable running a screensaver at the logon screen


            1. ensure the screensaver, like ssmypics.scr, of your choice is in C:\Windows\System32\ssmypics.scr

            2. go to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop and add/set these 4 strings with the following names & values:

                        ScreenSaveActive = 1

                        ScreenSaveIsSecure = 1

                        ScreenSaveTimeOut = 300 (value in seconds, 300 sets Windows Screen Saver Properties Wait time to 5 minutes)

                        SCRNSAVE.EXE = C:\Windows\system32\ssmypics.scr











Selvan Poothamby, January 30, 2012 JavaScript Menu Courtesy of