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How to change File Extension and Attributes in Windows XP

Some time we need to change information related to file such as its attributes e.g.  date and time when the file was created and modified etc. Sometime we need to change the file extension but we are unable to do this directly by renaming it. Suppose we have an exe file named “stop” and we want to change the file extension to any other such as .example i.e. stop.example instead of stop.exe but we can’t do it by adding .example. So below are the methods to change different identity information of a file.

Changing File extension using folder options

It is the simple method and you can change file type by playing little with folder options. First open “My computer” and locate “Folder Options” in upper option-bar (tools > folder options).


  • Here you will find 4 tabs “general”,”view”,”file types”,”offline files”. Here select tab “view”
  • In “view” see the option “Hidden files and folders”. Here remove the tick from option “Hide extensions for known file types”.


Now you can change the file type by just renaming a file.

Changing file extension by using File Extension Changer

You can also change file type without disturbing your windows default folder options  using this free software

  • First download the File extension changer free. [link] (312kb in size)
  • Install it and make right lick on a file you want to change and select option “change file extension”


  • Now easily change file extension whatever you want

Changing files attributes

  • You can change different file attributes such as time and date of file creation,modification etc by a little tool named Attribute changer. You can download this software for free.[link]
  • To use this software after installation make right click on a file and select option “change attributes”.


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Changing file extension may be irreversible some time so your should be careful in doing this task and you should do it only in emergencies.

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\


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


  • 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


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



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

30 Best Free WindowsXP software

Every couple of years or so, I format my PC’s hard drive, reinstall Windows, and start again with a clean slate.  Instead of automatically reinstalling all the programs I had running before, I start working, and reinstall applications on an as-I-need-them basis. Here are the Windows apps I run on my clean new Windows desktop now.

Primarily I use Windows XP Pro; never quite made the full-time switch to Vista. Many of the apps below are directly related to what I have do to as a tech writer, so as always, your mileage can and will vary. All items are free to download unless otherwise noted.

Web Browsing software for Windows

  • Firefox (primary web browser) with many extensions:
    • Foxmarks (bookmark synchronizer)–must-have for anyone who uses more than one computer
    • Adblock Plus (advertisement blocker)
    • Auto Copy (skip Ctrl+C)–saves keystrokes while blogging
    • Better Gmail 2 and friends–these are extensions I authored, so I dogfood ‘em
    • CoLT (link copier)–another blogging timesaver
    • Evernote Web Clipper (web clipping)
    • FireFTP (FTP client)
    • Google Gears (offline webapp access)–use this for WordPress and other webapps
    • Greasemonkey (user script manager)
    • Read It Later (web page reading shelf)
    • Ubiquity (universal browser commander)–here’s a little of what Ubiquity can do
    • Web Developer (webdev tools)

Windows Enhancements and Utilities

  • FileBox eXtender (open/save dialog customizer)–ugly as sin, but great for making your file list also show in details view, sorted descending by date (for example)
  • TeraCopy (better file copying)
  • Google Desktop (file search)
  • FoxIt (PDF reader)–lighter than Adobe
  • 7-Zip (archive manager)–handles more archive file types than Windows built-in ZIP extractor

Backup software for Windows

  • Mozy (online backup, offers limited free storage, with paid subscription options)
  • SyncBack Freeware (local backup)

Media software for Windows

Remembering Crap

Getting Things Done

  • EditPlus (text editor, $35)–fell in love with EditPlus years ago, paid for a license, and never looked back, even though there are strong free alternatives
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (office suite, not at all free)–use only when absolutely necessary


  • Digsby (instant messenger)
  • Thunderbird (email)–I use Gmail’s web interface for email, but POP my mail to Thunderbird once a month so I have an offline backup


  • Synergy (keyboard/mouse sharing software)–there’s a MacBook and a PC at my desk; Synergy lets me share a single mouse and keyboard between them
  • WinSCP (SCP and SFTP client)

Blogging Apps for Windows

  • SnagIt (screenshot-taking utility, $49)–lots more options than Alt+PrintScreen
  • Camtasia Studio (screencast-taking utility, $299)–excellent screencasting software
  • Texter (auto-text replacement utility)

via Gina Trapani