Some Hidden Features in XP

1. Application Secrets.

Secret – Hidden Command Line Switch
Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Run” and Type defrag c: -b to defragment the Boot and Application Prefetch information. Similar to what BootVis invokes.

Secret – Image Trails
Instructions – Open an image and hold down Shift then drag the image around to create an image trail.

Secret – 10 X zoom
Instructions – Open an image and select the magnifying glass icon. Left-click exactly on the line below the 8 X.

2. OS Secrets.

Secret – Hidden Uninstall Options
Instructions – Warning: Proceed at your own risk.
Browse to C:\Windows\inf\ and make a backup copy of sysoc.inf. Then open the original file C:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf in notepad. Go to “Edit” and select “Replace”. In “Find what” type, hide and in “Replace with:” type, then select “Replace All”, save and close the file. Go to the control panel, “Add/Remove”, select “Add/Remove Windows Components”. You will now see many more Windows components to uninstall. Do not remove anything with no label or that you do not recognize or fully understand what it does. Doing so can break certain functionality in Windows.

Control Panel
Secret – Hidden Control Panel Extensions
Instructions – Download and install Tweak UI, launch, go to “Control Panel” and check any item not selected, then “Apply” and “OK”. You will now see the hidden control panel extensions.

Device Manager
Secret – Hidden Devices
Instructions – Go to the control panel, “System” icon, “Hardware” tab and select “Device Manager”. Select View and Show hidden devices.

Secret – Music from the Installer
Instruction – Browse to C:\Windows\system32\oobe\images\title.wm

a and play

Secret – Display Hibernate Option on Shut Down dialog.
Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Turn Off Computer” and press either Shift key to change “Stand By” button to “Hibernate”.

3. Game Secrets

Secret – Instant Win
Instruction – Hold down Ctrl + Shift + F10 during game play. Then you will be asked if you want to Abort, Retry or Ignore. Choose Abort, then move any card to instantly win.

Secret – Hidden Game Modes
Instruction – In the “Game” menu choose “Select Game”. Enter -1 or -2 to activate the hidden game modes.

Secret – Reveal Mines
Instructions – Minimize or close all running applications. Launch Minesweeper, then type xyzzy. Next hold down either shift key for one second. Now when you move the mouse cursor over a Minesweeper square you will see a tiny pixel in the top left corner of your desktop screen. This pixel will change to black when your mouse moves over a mine. You may need to change you desktop background to a solid color other then white or black to see the pixel.

Secret – Extra Balls
Instructions – Type lmax at the start of a new ball to get extra balls.

Secret – Gravity Well
Instructions – Type gmax at the start of a new game to activate Gravity Well.

Secret – Instant Promotion
Instructions – Type rmax at the start of a new game to go up in ranks.

Secret – Skill Shot
Instruction – Launch the ball partially up the chute past the third yellow light bar so it falls back down to get 75.000 points. There are six yellow light bars that are worth a varying amount of points :
First: 15.000
Second: 30.000
Third: 75.000
Fourth: 30.000
Fifth: 15.000
Sixth: 7.500

Secret – Test MOde
Instructions – Type hidden test at the start of a new ball to activate Test Mode. No notification will be given that this is activated but you can now left-click the mouse button an drag the ball around.

Secret – Unlimited Balls
Instructions – Type bmax at the start of a new ball. No notificatin will be given that this is activated but when a ball is lost a new ball will appear from the yellow wormhole indefinitely. Once this is activated you will be unable to activate other secrets without restarting the game.

Secret – Instant Win
Instruction – Press Alt + Shift + 2 during game play to instantly win.

Secret – Draw single cards in a Draw Three game
Instruction – Hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift while drawing a new card. Instead of drawing three cards you will only draw one.

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