useful schtuff

I’ve been installing winXP a lot lately. One of the most useful things I’ve recently discovered?

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Kills MSN messenger. It generates an error along the way, but it gets the job done. Just paste it into a the run dialog on the start menu, and it gets the job done.

(I found this on this page)

  1. Another thing that turns out to be trouble in XP is the automatic “Compressed Folders” which makes ZIP files look like folders. This can be extremely painful to work with when using various FTP programs as well as trying to do backups. I once unknowingly lost the contents of a whole folder full of ZIP files because I tried to just copy everything over.

    So type “regsvr32 -u zipfldr.dll” and the troubles are gone. You can still double-click on the file and the built-in “Compressed Folders” tool will open them, but they now appear as plain files. I of course prefer to open them in the much more powerful IZarc freeware.

  2. Also possible to msconfig-ify it away (is that handy tool available on XP? can’t remember). Or just head for the services dialog and turn off all the junk which XP automatically turns on. That particular solution has the advantage of scriptability, though.

  3. Yay! The evil that is MSN Messenger is dead! We can all live in peace, at last!

  4. Turning off services is very scriptable:

    sc config $SERVICE_NAME start= disabled

  5. I still run the original pre-Fast Track (’97) install of Win95a on my TI laptop.

    And that’s all I have to say.

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