How to ruin Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Phazor, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    This thread can serve as a 'Things you better dont do' archive.


    My first contribution: (discovered yesterday)

    Normally, if you want to get rid of the arrows on your shortcuts, you would delete HKCR/lnkfile/IsShortcut.

    On 7 this is a BAD idea because after that you wont be able to pin anything to the taskbar anymore. (Except for the windows games, (Chess, etc), but thats probably because they arent per-user.)


    Symptoms:

    • Missing 'pin to taskbar/startmenu' context-menu entry on links under Start/Programs

    • Dragged or otherwise pinned shortcuts appear in the 'UserPinned/TaskBar' folder but never get displayed on the taskbar

    • Possibly more i didnt notice


    Fix:

    Restore HKCR/lnkfile/IsShortcut and reboot.
     
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  2. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    dont disable sppsvc or you will get a watermark :p

    to fix set the service startup type to demand or delayed then reboot
     
  3. gentoo

    gentoo MDL Senior Member

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    Mine is disabled and I have no watermark.
     
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  4. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    if you used a watermark remover then you wouldnt but on the three machines i have if that service is disabled then the watermark shows up
     
  5. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    Don't modify image resources in authui.dll

    As other files like explorer.exe and shellstyle.dll can be modified in terms of it's image resources, authui.dll cannot.
    It holds much of the resources of the logon screen u see before loggin into windows.
    As soon as you alter an image inside this file, and it differs as much as a pixel, you won't be able to login into windows anymore. After submitting your pass, a black screen is all you will get.

    Fix:

    When having a dual-or multibooted environment, you can boot into another os, and from there put the original file back in place, if you have made a proper backup.

    Otherwise, system restore or reinstall. Safe mode won't work either...
     
  6. murdercitydevil

    murdercitydevil MDL Member

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    LOL, yes I know this issue firsthand, thanks again for the fix paymyrent.

    I'm not completely sure about this, but I killed services.exe in the task manager yesterday and got a very wierd "windows encountered a critical error and needs to restart, you will be logged off in one minute" dialogue box yesterday. never seen that before in my life in any windows version.
     
  7. christantoan

    christantoan MDL Junior Member

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    Easy way.
    with other OS delete windows folder
    I guarantee you can't even boot to windows :b
     
  8. Hackeur

    Hackeur MDL Senior Member

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    this one is a beauty:

    copying the Windows 7 partition to another drive partition with partition duplicating software, then formatting or deleting the original partition for whatever reason and then trying to boot from the copied partition..........

    there are not enough swear words in the English language to describe the frustration!!
     
  9. secr9tos

    secr9tos MDL Addicted

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    Delete HKLM\SAM and reboot :D
     
  10. Hazar

    Hazar MDL Guru

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    Format %systemdrive%

    :D
     
  11. OEM-USER

    OEM-USER Guest

    *lol* :D :cool:
     
  12. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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  13. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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  14. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    right now i need a floppy drive to do bios recovery :p do you happen to have one? lol :D
     
  15. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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    No, can you even still buy those??? What about using CDs to fix your bios mate?
     
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  16. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    nope it just sits there and beeps :(
     
  17. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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    #17 sam3971, Nov 30, 2009
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    That sucks. What did you do to brick it? Does your MoBo have some form of self-recovery? I have an Asus board and it actually has a built in bios restore feature but I had to review the manual to find out that it was there and how to use it.
     
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  18. PAYMYRENT

    PAYMYRENT MDL Developer

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    something brainsuck did last night lol so i had to switch out my old mb and put it into the new case till i could buy a floppy drive
     
  19. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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    Well, at least you can take it out. I have a video card that is in my tower that makes it almost impossible to remove the MoBo because of how it sits lol.
     
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  20. bambara

    bambara MDL Junior Member

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    I wonder if some poor fella might mistake things posted here for Windows 7 Tips&Tweaks. Lol....