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2 Geeky Ways to Change Folder Background in Windows XP

You may be habitual to change Windows desktop background image easily via desktop properties. Have you ever thought to change background of a folder? We can change the background of a folder easily in Windows XP.

Below are two simple methods to change the background image of a folder in Win XP.

By  desktop.ini file

  • First make right click on the folder and go to its properties > Customize > change icon
  • Choose an icon for folder and a file named desktop.ini will be automatically created
  • Desktop.ini is a hidden system file which exists in  folder but we can’t see it. To view desktop.ini file go to upper option bar of explorer and select folder options. Here tick on the “show hidden files and folders”. After doing this you will be able to see the desktop.ini file.
  • If you are still unable to see this file then;
  • Copy and paste this code in a notepad file
  • [ExtShellFolderViews]
    {BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}={BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}
    [{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}]
    IconArea_Image=E:DRIVE DTITANICMY IMAGES224042007(003).jpg ( example image path)
  • Change example image path with your desired image and save this notepad file as desktop.ini

You will be asked to replace existing file and you have to replace it. Now you can see the image as folder background.

Second easy and quick way

Using customize folder wizard

It is a little executable customization file with which you can easily change the background of a folder.

  • Download the Customization file here
  • Copy this file into the folder that background you want to change.
  • Execute the file and browse  images to set as background.

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Thus you can change the folder background easily. You can share any other trick to change the folder background in Windows XP.

How to Use Task Scheduling in Windows XP

What is task scheduling

If we want to run an application automatically at a specific time then it is called task scheduling. Suppose we want to play a mp3 file at 5:03 pm automatically then we can schedule this mp3 file play for this time.

How it works

Scheduling an application or any file is an easy to do work in Windows XP and it can be done in only few steps. Here is a little demo to show how schedule task option works.

  • First locate the schedule task option by doing this

start menu > control panel > scheduled tasks. You can also locate by typing following command in win explorer bar c:\windows\tasks\

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  • Here right mouse click and select “new >scheduled task”
  • Now you can customize the task settings. First browse the file to schedule

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  • Then set execution or playing frequency,time and day then apply settings. All done now your scheduled application or media file will work at the specified time automatically

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  • You can also set stop time or duration of application run

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Important

You must set the Windows log on user account password otherwise task scheduling will not work.

How to Show Hidden files and Folder in Windows 7

If you happens to be like me who just shifted to Windows 7 from Windows XP, you will have the same question. How to view hidden files and folder in Windows 7. In this post I will be sharing simple guide which will help you to see your hidden files.

Follow below given steps:

In your Windows 7 OS, go to Control Pane l> Appearance and Personalization

Click on show hidden file and folders under Folders option and on the next screen, select show hidden file and folders and click on apply and save.

See Screenshots:

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That’s it and now you can see all the file and folders which have hidden attribute. Once you done with seeing hidden files, don’t forget to revert back the settings, else what’s the point of hiding file?

How to Customize Start Menu Icon size in Windows 7

When I switched to Windows 7 few months back, the only thing I didn’t like about it was the large Start Menu icons. So, I changed them back to small icons in few simple steps.

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If you also want to change the large Start Menu icons, follow simple steps below:

1. Right click on Start Menu and go to Properties.

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2. Click on Customize.

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From the list, find “Use Large Icons”, uncheck it and click OK.

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And you are done.

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Do let us know what do you enjoy more? Big Icon size on Start menu or smaller size?