Ritesh’s Technical Blog

All Hacks n Cracks part-1

Posted on: February 15, 2009

TOPICS

A. Mouse and Keyboard

1. Turn ON Your PC on mouse or Keyboard 1 click
2. Know your BIOS
3. Disable Windows Shortcut Key
4. Swap Ctrl + Alt + Del functioning
5. Change the Default NumLock State
6. Define keys on your Keyboard different functions
7. Windows key combination
8. Cursor’s Blink Rate
9. Swap Mouse Buttons


ANSWERS


1. Turn ON Your PC on mouse or Keyboard 1 click

If you want to start up PC by just 1 right click of your mouse or 1 touch of Keyboard do the following-

1. Start your computer
2. Press DEL button to enter BIOS
3. Click on Power Management Setup
4. Then Enable the option which says Mouse Power On and Keyboard Power On
5. For Enabling just click on the desired option and press PageUP button
6. Then press F10 and hit enter

NOTE: Only for USB PS 2 Mouse and Keyboard. Also, you need to first start your PC manually after then for starting your PC this TWEAK will work.


2. Know your BIOS

If you want to know your Bios Version, Video Bios Date, and System Bios Date then navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System
And on the right pane you will find all these information’s.


3. Disable Windows Shortcut Key

If you want to prevent users from using shortcuts like [Windows + R] and so on
1. Open Group Policy Editor. (Type gpedit.msc in RUN dialog box)
2. Navigate to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components> Windows Explorer.
3. On the right pane double click on option turn off windows + X hot keys and Enable it.


4. Swap Ctrl + Alt + Del functioning

What happen when you press Ctrl + Alt + Del? Yeah, Task manager pop ups have you ever think what’s the reaction of your friend when he presses Ctrl + Alt + Del and Calculator pop ups or nay other application. Here is the way to open any application by using Ctrl + Alt + Del

1. Open Regedit. (type Regedit in RUN dialog box)
2. Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe
3. On the right pane double click or create a string named Debugger and set its value to C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\calc.exe
Now, whenever you press Ctrl + Alt + Del calculator program will pop up.


5. Change the Default NumLock State

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard]
“InitialKeyboardIndicators”=”2”
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard]
“InitialKeyboardIndicators”=”0”


6. Define keys on your Keyboard different functions

If you have a multimedia keyboard then you can change the functionality of your application keys like play, pause, mute etc key to something of your choice

In my keyboard (Logitech clavier media) I have a app key which opens calculator which I am going to change. You can use this trick to change any key you want; here I am changing the functionality of key 18 which opens calculator on pressing so that it would open task manger.

Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AppKey\18

Here create or modify the string named ShellExecute and set its value to the actual path of the program which you want to open. In my case I have set the path
to C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe


7. Windows key combination

The Windows logo key, located in the bottom row of most computer keyboards is not only a shortcut for opening start menu but a amalgamation key of lot shortcuts have a look below-

1. Windows: Display the Start menu
2. Windows + D: Minimize or restore all windows
3. Windows + E: Display Windows Explorer
4. Windows + F: Display Search for files
5. Windows + Ctrl + F: Display Search for computer
6. Windows + F1: Display Help and Support Center
7. Windows + R: Display Run dialog box
8. Windows + break: Display System Properties dialog box
9. Windows + shift + M: Undo minimize all windows
10. Windows + L: Lock the workstation
11. Windows + U: Open Utility Manager
12. Windows + Q: Quick switching of users (Power toys only)
13. Windows + Q: Hold Windows Key, then tap Q to scroll thru the different users on your pc.


8. Cursor’s Blink Rate

To control how fast the cursor blinks, navigate to
HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop
And change the value of string named CursorBlinkRate to anything between 1200 (slowest) to 200 (fastest) in milliseconds.


9. Swap Mouse Buttons

Navigate to
HKCU\Control Panel\Mouse
On the right pane change the value of String named SwapMouseButtons to 1.

Or

Scared from regedit, no problem open RUN (WIN+R) and type
RUNDLL32 USER32.DLL SwapMouseButton

and press enter.

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