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Get Dreamscene in Windows 8 or 8.1

What is DreamScene?

DreamScene was released on September 25, 2007 and introduced in Windows Vista. Using DreamScene users can set video content of MPEG, WMV, AVI formats as there desktop background. It was a really a cool feature. See the steps below to enable DreamScene or Video wallpaper in Windows 8 or 8.1. This also works in Windows 7 and Vista.

Steps to enable DreamScene in Windows 8:

1. Download & install DreamScene Video Wallpaper 2.23 software from here and install it.

You can download one sample dreamscene wallpaper from here

2. Double-click on the icon from desktop to launch the application.
dreamscene
3. Click on the “Plus” icon (look above picture) to add downloaded sample dreamscene wallpaper to playlist. You are done!

You can click on “Launch at Windows startup” to start playing dreamscene automatically on windows startup.


Force windows to use 100% of available bandwidth

Bandwidth is usually controlled by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Sometimes there are software elements that influence your internet connection speed. Once such factor is QoS (Quality of Service), for example Windows Update, streaming videos or audio, Voip applications, etc. – anything that makes use of the QoS Packet Scheduler.

 
The reservation is 20% in Windows Xp, Vista & 7 and it is 80% on windows 8 and latest versions. We have the option to disable this reserved bandwidth to get access to 100% of your bandwidth. However, please take note that the 20% reserved bandwidth is only used when QoS applications need it. By configuring its setting in the Group Policy, you can easily limit the reservable bandwidth.

 

Steps:
1. Open Run or cmd window and type gpedit.msc and press enter on your keyboard.

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2. Now Local Group Policy Editor will open and navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative -> Network -> Qos Packet Scheduler.

 
3. Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab. i.e.”By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 80 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default”. Click too ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to 0 (ie. 0%).

 
4. Restart your PC to effect the changes

 

 

Using Windows regisrty:
1. Open Run or cmd window and type regedit in the search box and press Enter on your keyboard.

 
2. In Regedit click your way through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

 
3. Right click on the Windows map and select New and Key from the dropdown menu and name the new map Psched

 
4. Double-click on the new Psched map and right click in the empty white screen on the right

 
5. Select New and DWORD (32-bit) Value from the dropdown menu

 
6. Name the new Dword Value NonBestEffortLimit

 
7. Right-click on your new NonBestEffortLimit key and select Modify from the dropdown menu

 
8. In the Value Data field make sure the value is 0 so the reserved bandwidth percentage is set to 0%.

 
9. Click OK and restart your PC to make the changes


Make password protected folder using batch script

Hi, interesting and useful trick to password protect folder without using any software using batch file programming.

 

There are a lot of methods are available that you can use to create a password protected folder. Most of them require the use of some third party software. Using this neat method you can hide your folders with a quick batch script.

It’s important to note that this will not actually conceal your data from somebody who knows what they are doing.

Steps:

1. Open Notepad and Copy code given below into it.

 

cls
@ECHO OFF
title coolhacking-tricks.blogspot.com
if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST MyFolder goto MDMyFolder
:CONFIRM
echo Are you sure to lock this folder? (Y/N)
set/p “cho=>”
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
goto CONFIRM
:LOCK
ren MyFolder “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
echo Folder locked
goto End
:UNLOCK
echo Enter password to Unlock Your Secure Folder
set/p “pass=>”
if NOT %pass%== techipick goto FAIL
attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” MyFolder
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
:FAIL
echo Invalid password
goto end
:MDMyFolder
md MyFolder
echo MyFolder created successfully
goto End
:End

Here I’ve used password as techipick (See bold text). You may change it with your own password.

2. Save the notepad file as lock.bat (.bat is must)
3. Now double click on lock.bat and a new folder will be created with name MyFolder
4. Copy all your data you want to protect in that New folder
5. Now double click on lock.bat and when command promp appears Type Y and press enter.
6. Now MyFolder will be hidden from you view, to access that folde double click on lock.bat
7. It will ask for password enter your password and done.
Note: To change the password replace techipick with new password in the above code