some tricks and twiks that i saw in the net
How do I enable CD burning for Limited accounts?
This tip does not apply to Nero users, it is only for XP's built-in CD burning feature.
Allow limited users access to CD Burning:
To allow Limited User's to burn CD's, click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT. Go to:
Look in the right pane for AllocateDASD and double click the entry. Set the value to 2.
On PRO, this is exposed in Local Security Policy under Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
"Devices: Allowed to format and eject removable media"
For XP Pro, you can do this by clicking Start, Run and entering SECPOL.MSC
Go to Local Policies, Security Options, look in the right pane for Devices: Allowed to Format and eject removable media. Set this option to Administrators and Interactive Users
How Do I see the Security Tab in XP Home?
Go to: http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/nts/downloads/recommended/scm/default.asp
Instructions: Download the x86 (Intel) version of the Security Configuration Manager and save it to your hard disk. Double click the SCESP4I.EXE file you downloaded and extract the contents to a temporary location on your hard disk. Then open the folder you extracted the files to and locate the Setup.inf (Setup Information) file. Right click Setup.inf and select Install. After the installation is finished, reboot your computer.
If the download link on the page, listed above, does not work, try this one:
Right click the SCESP4I.EXE file and select Copy to Folder). Make sure to read the README files!!!!
Disclaimer: I have tested this procedure on my XP Home installation, and it works. I cannot guarantee that it will work on your system. Make sure you create a System Restore point before proceeding.
WARNING: Adjusting the permissions on a drive, file or folder can lock even the Administrator account out of that drive/file/folder. Deny Permissions take precedence over Allow Permissions, regardless of your group membership. Administrators are members of the User's group, by default. Uncheck Allow, rather than using Deny.
Lock your Desktop
Press the Windows key and the L key (WinKey+L) at the same time.
Additionally, you can create a new shortcut, with the following command line:
Copy the new shortcut to your Quick Launch bar and you have one click access to locking the desktop.
Notes: If you are using the Welcome screen and Fast User Switching is enabled, other users will still have access to you computer, by selecting their Username and entering their password. Additionally, if you don't have a password on your account, then all that is required is to click on your Username on the Welcome screen.
Recover Deleted Files/Folders
Ok, you've deleted a file or files, and sent them to the Recycle Bin. Then, being conscientious, you emptied the Recycle Bin to free up the disk space.
Oops! The first pictures of your new baby were in that folder! Or the pictures of your sister's wedding.
And those pictures are gone!
You'll need 3rd party software to recover these files. I use FileSaver, from http://www.file-saver.com
Of course, the less work you do with your computer, in the meantime, the better your chances of recovering your deleted files/folders intact.How do I delete an "undeletable" file?
Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open. Close all open programs. Click Start, Run and enter TASKMGR.EXE Go to the Processes tab and End Process on Explorer.exe. Leave Task Manager open. Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory the AVI (or other undeletable file) is located in. At the command prompt type DEL <filename> where <filename> is the file you wish to delete. Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell. Close Task Manager.
Disable the Windows XP Splash Screen
Ever wonder what's going on behind that splash screen? Well, now you can find out!
Right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Startup and Recovery, Edit. Edit BOOT.INI. Add "/SOS" right after "/fastdetect" with a space between. The line will look something like this:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /SOS. When you're finished. The first part, multi(0)..... may not be the same on your machine. Upon restarting, the splash screen will be gone. It can be re-enabled by removing the new switch.
How do I restrict a User's Logon hours?
You can only restrict when a user can log on to the system. On a stand alone computer, there is no way, currently, to force a user to log off when their hours expire.
1) Open Help and Support and type "logon hours" (without the quotes) in the search box.
2) Go to Full text matches and click on "Net user". See the examples for setting a user's logon hours. Some examples would be:
net user johnsw /time:M-F,08:00-17:00
net user johnsw /time:M-F,8am-5pm
net user marysl /time:M,4am-5pm;T,1pm-3pm;W-F,8:00-17:00
net user johnsw /time:all (this one means this user can always log on)
3) Open a Command Prompt window.
4) Enter the appropriate "net user" command for the user(s) you wish to restrict access for.
If you need to force a user to log off when their hours expire, you may want to investigate Access Boss, from FS Pro Labs.
Orkut Tips and Tricks
Open scrapbook. Write a message in the new message area (ie in the top and not in reply). Do NOT click on submit. Copy and past the code below