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Add and Remove Programs

By redhabiscus ·
I am running Windows XP and I have recently come across a problem with my add and remove programs. I am not seeing every program that is downloaded on my computer. For instance I have a game that is downloaded which I can not see. I also have verious messanger programs that are not on my add and remove programs. Looking at the list now I only have 9 programs showing, verious windows applications, an anti virus program and media player. I know I have way more then that on this computer. I do not know how to fix this problem and am scared to download anything due to not being able to uninstall it. PLEASE HELP ME

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How To Uninstall Hidden Program In XP

by Jacky Howe In reply to Add and Remove Programs
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can you please help me im having trouble. please

by chris_brown551989 In reply to Add and Remove Programs

ok hello. i got this new laptop. and the person that gave it to me had an account but they forgot their password and i want to know if there's anyway i can make a new accoutn without going on or maybe even like breaking the password. pelase help thank you.

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to bypass the password

by northrock In reply to can you please help me im ...

Open up your laptop. Go to the motherboard. Look for the pins that say password, slip the little black thingy off and you will bypass the password. If you have someone who knows something about motherboards, have them show you or better yet. Take the name of the motherboard go online to the manufacture for a diagram of motherboard locate password pins.

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cracking passwords

by w2ktechman In reply to can you please help me im ...

Please read my previous message first. This is a crack into a computer and its files and folders. However it is not meant to get into protected files (such as encrypted, or alternate installed SW (3rd party)).
This is only intended as a guide. Please check out the laws in your area before attempting to crack into someone elses sysem. I cannot stress this enough. Continue at your own risk!!! Dont forget, it is not too late to back out and reconsider (best option)!

Ok, Cracking a Win 2k/XP administrator PW and name (and enabling the account if disabled). This will gie you full access to the system with unlimited permissions. If you are told that you do not have permissions, you can GRANT YOURSELF permissions, as this is a SUPER USER account.

First, you will need some HW and basic tech skills.
1. Antistatic wrist strap
2. Iron or Steel rod 3/4 to 1 foot long and 1/2 to 3/4 Inches round.
3. Electrically cunductive gel
4. A new spare HDD (within the last 3 years)
5. A keyboard manufactured after 1997
6. A grounding wire -- up to 5 feet
7. A set of screwdrivers (small) with both philips, flat head, and torx tips (or 3 small screwdriver sets)
8. Small hammer (not required bu useful)

Ok, before you begin, put on the antistatic wrist strap. I cannot stress this enough. Follow its instructions to 'ground' yourself. But later this will not be enough, you will use the grounding wire for the more intense part.

Get your screwdrivers out, along with the spare HDD.
open up the HDD. Note there will be screws under he labels. you can press down across the label to find the screw holes.
You need to pull out PLATTER 1 (top) from the HDD, and the magnets need to be removed from this drive.
Keep these handy.

Start the computer, but do not attempt to log on. Press Ctrl -- Alt -- Del. Type in any random set of letters and/or numbers (not special characters though). You MUST do 13 characters though, this is the key. There is a 'special' 'hidden' 14th character that you will need to access.
Use a small flat head screwdriver in between the P and O keys (funny story, they added it here for Override Password -- see the humor?). They added a special chip under/beween these keys on all keyboards manufactured after 1997. This is a little known fact and very hard to obtain info (I can ge into big trouble for posing it if they find out who I am). If you are unsure about your keyboard age, look underneath it. I should have a manufactured date on a sticker. If you cannot tell, go get another keyboard.
Back on point, use the screwdriver to 'pop' the chip. If you did not hear a pop, try again. It is a small chip that is directly under and between the O and P keys. I prefer using a small hammer with not oo much force here, but not using one should work fine.
If you had 13 numbers and letters, you should see a 14th one flash quickly, but it is so quick that I rarely see it myself. The boot sequence may hang here. his is what should happen. Ok, power off the system.

Open the case and unplug the HDD (boot drive if multiples exist). Then remove the drive, taking precaution against damage.

Now with the boot HDD in one hand, grab the 1st platter from the spare drive. Place the platter underneath the boot drive (by the board and chipset). On the top, use BOTH magnets in a clockwise motion on the top of the boot drive. You must make at least 4 complete passes, but 6 is better. Since Win was told to 'unlock' the password (via boot characters above), it is free to replicate on all platters and 'jump tracks'. That is why we need the platter underneath. And being the first platter means that it is the best possible platter to install it on.
Now put he second HDD back together being careful not to damage it. This should be put back into your machine to keep the PW until later, but it is not needed right now.

Ok, now is the tough part. We need to unlock the ADMIN account and reset it to administrator (if it was changed and disabled). To do this, on the boot drive look for where the platters all meet. There should be a screw or nut holding them all together. You need to 'ding or dent' very LIGHTLY on the top of the HDD case, away from the magnets and HDD heads. Some people like to put it at 180 degree from the arm for the heads. I should be visually dented, bu not interfere with the HDD operation.

Now the HDD and Windows need o both be synchronized with this new PW mess that we created. The PW is probably floating around randomly on several platters. So install the boot drive back into the computer. Now get the small flat head screwdriver ready.
Boot the computer (it may make a bit more noise than usual, but do not worry.
OK, for a few seconds this should display on the screen "BIOS Revision" Look closely at the "S" in BIOS. Looks a bit off or not normal doesnt it (requires really close investigation, sometimes it has been reported that someone has to look through several boots to notice it). Ok, this S is a keyword for "Synchronise" after the PW unlocking. This gets triggered in the BIOS whenever the O and P keys were tampered with.
Anyway, use the plathead screwdriver on the S on the monitor. To get it right, you may need to try several times. I suggest a couple of reboots to get setup properly.
If this is an older monitor (CRT) you may want a small hammer to aid.
Without too much force, you want to 'punch' the "S" in BIOS out. Quicly turn off the computer.

Now for the final preperation before you obtain full access to the system You will need a good ground and to get out he grounding wire. Tie it to the computer case if another good ground is not close by. Bare about 1/3 feet of the other end and tie it around your ankle. USe the electrically conductive gel all around your hands and ankle (where the grounding wire is attached).

This step may take several tries, but it will be well worth it when done properly.

Turn the system on and very quickly plunge the metal rod into the power supply of the compuer. A small hammer to help may be needed. BUT be careful as not to plunge it too far, we are looking to get a 'spike' not destroy the computer.
WARNING: Do NOT wear gloves!!! We need the extra grounding to do this properly, or else it may destroy the computer and put you at risk!
If you did not feel a slight jolt (very slight), try again with a litle more force.

Ok, when done properly, clean up. now restart the computer. At logon enter the username ADMINISTRATOR and for the PW type "P_W_R_E_C_O_V_E_R" and press enter. Yes, those are underscores.

You now have full access to the system

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Game Console

by northrock In reply to Add and Remove Programs

Do you have a game Console. I have HP Game console. And wild Tangent. Did you check and see if you do. Your games are sometimes added to this control panel. You can download trials, and then buy if you want.
I have monopoly among others . Polar bowler
do a search for your games. And see where it is putting them.

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downloads different than those installed on your pc

by Ssp@Techrepublic In reply to Add and Remove Programs

You may download many but the add/remove list would only show those that you have 'installed' on your pc. When you install, there are several things that happen including the activity of adding your new application to the list of 'installed' programs in Windows. Hope this helps.

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Some applications

by w2ktechman In reply to downloads different than ...

Do not use the MS installer, so they will no be in add/remove programs. In these cases, you will need to find the uninstall program or manually remove them.

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