Change your computer’s CPU name

If you want to prank your friends or you are just bored with your current CPU, you can change your CPU name by changing the registry!

Disclaimer: Do not do this if you are not an experienced user because you can easily screw something up.

Step 1. Create a new text file somewhere and call it ‘cpuname.reg’.

Step 2. Open it and paste the following text:

Step 3. Edit “YourNewCPUName @ 50 GHz” to something you want, but keep the quotes around your new name.

Step 4. Create a new shortcut and enter this as the location:

and replace the template with the real location on your computer.

Step 5. If you are using Windows XP, go to:

or go to

if you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8. Remember to replace UserName in the snippet above.

Step 6. Copy and paste the shortcut to the Startup folder.

This way, every time your computers starts, cpuname.reg is going to be executed and Windows will show your new CPU name, instead of the real one.

If you want the changes immediately, execute the .reg file and click Yes.

How to disable hardware and usage data collection in UE4

Unreal Engine 4 is a free next-gen engine. Free comes at a price – it collects hardware and usage data and sends them encrypted to Epic Games (makers of Unreal).

If you do not want to send data back to Epic(or your game(s) require no data gathering), you can disable data gathering. Here’s how:

Step 1. In the directory where UE4 source is compiled, search for ‘EngineAnalytics.cpp’ and open it.

Step 2. Search for ‘bShouldInitAnalytics’ and set it to false.

Step 3. Recompile the editor.

Alternatively, if you have got the pre-built version, search for ‘UE4-AnalyticsET.dll’ and rename it (or delete it).

How to get hardware configuration from DxDiag

DirectX Diagnostics(DxDiag, for short) is a diagnostic tool used for testing DirectX video and audio components. DxDiag can export very detailed hardware information to a TXT file, which can be useful for later system diagnostics. Here are the steps to open it:

Step 1. Press Win + R on your keyboard and type in ‘dxdiag’.

Run 'dxdiag' window
Run ‘dxdiag’ window

Step 2. To save all the data to a TXT file for later use, click the ‘Save All Information’ button and choose location where the TXT file shall be saved!

DxDiag window
DxDiag window

That’s it! Now you can store the file for later use or just explore DxDiag interface.

How to disable ads in uTorrent

uTorrent is a great torrent app, but in the last few months it began to show ads. They also removed the option for hiding them. But, there is a way to remove them: here’s how.

To turn off ads and offers, open Options > Preferences > Advanced. Search and disable the following flags:

  • offers.left_rail_offer_enabled
  • left_rail_offer
  • gui.show_plus_upsell
  • offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled
  • sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled
  • bt.enable_pulse
  • gui.show_notorrents_node
  • offers.content_offer_autoexec

These may be similarly named in your torrent application. Be careful when editing things if you are not entirely sure what they do.

How to remove Skype ads

In Skype 6.10, Microsoft implemented a very annoying feature in Skype: banner ads. This tutorial will show you how to disable them.

1) Disable promotions

Skype Promotion Banner
Skype Promotion Banner

Promotions are little banners that show in the lower left corner of Skype window, under contacts list. You can turn them off or on at any time.

Step 1. Go to Tools -> Options -> Notifications.

Skype Options - Alert & Messages
Skype Options – Alert & Messages

Step 2. Click Alert & Messages and uncheck Help and Skype tips and Promotions.

Step 3. Restart Skype.

That’s it! There is nothing more to do to disable promotions. Enjoy more contact list space!

2) Disable ads

There are 3 ways to disable them: via Internet Options in Windows, by changing hosts file and by changing Skype language file. First way works only for Windows, while the second and third work for all systems.

Keep in mind that that you won’t be able to use Skype Updater or access skype.com if you change your hosts or disable sites via Internet Options.

1) Via Internet Options

If you are using Windows 7, open Start menu from the task bar and type Internet options in the search box, then find it on the list and click it. If you are using Windows XP, follow this article to open it.

Step 1. Open Internet Options windows.

Step 2. Switch to Security tab and click Restricted sites.

Security tab - Restricted sites
Security tab – Restricted sites

Step 3. Click Sites button.

apps.skype.com blacklisted
apps.skype.com blacklisted

Step 4. Add these 2 addresses:

http://apps.skype.com

https://apps.skype.com

Step 5. Close all Internet Options windows and restart Skype.

 2) By changing the hosts file

Step 1. Open hosts file from %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\.

Step 2. Add the following lines to the end of the file:

127.0.0.1 apps.skype.com
127.0.0.1 live.rads.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ads1.msn.com
127.0.0.1 static.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 g.msn.com
127.0.0.1 a.ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1 b.ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 ac3.msn.com
127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1 msntest.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 flex.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ec.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 cdn.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 db3aqu.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 cds26.ams9.msecn.net
127.0.0.1 sO.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 aka-cdn-ns.adtech.de
127.0.0.1 secure.flashtalking.com
127.0.0.1 adnexus.net
127.0.0.1 adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 *.rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1 *.msads.net
127.0.0.1 *.msecn.net

3) By changing language file

Step 1. Go to Tools -> Change Language -> Edit Skype Language File.

Step 2. Navigate to s_LANGUAGE_NAME (around line 129).

Step 3.Change the string to something else that is arbitrary (for instance, “NoAds”).

Step 4. Click “Save As…” and save the file to what you named it (for instance “NoAds.lang”).

Step 5. Finally, make sure this language is selected as the current language in the Tools -> Change Language menu (if it isn’t, click the “Open Skype Language File” to load it).

Watch ASCII Star Wars in Windows XP (and later)

Almost everyone heard for the film “Star Wars”. Some of us have even watched it. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can do it directly from your Windows machine. Yes, that’s right – you can. If you are on Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8 you will need to enable telnet service if you haven’t already. You may also have to configure your antivirus software to not block the telnet port 23.

Let’s watch Star Wars!

1) You want to do it the hard way

Step 1. Press Win + R.

Step 2. Enter telnet.exe and press Enter.

Step 3. Type in o and press Enter.

Step 4. Type in towel.blinkenlights.nl and press Enter.

Star Wars in Telnet client - Preview
Star Wars in Telnet client – Preview

2) Easy way

Step 1. Press Win + R.

Step 2. Type in telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl and press Enter.

Step 3. A new windows will come up. If your antivirus asks you to confirm Internet access, allow it.

Conclusion on Star Wars Episode IV ASCII film

This trick can be used to fool your friends that you have converted the film to ASCII: they will be amazed. If you yet have not watched this first Star Wars film, now is your chance to do so!

How to install Extended Visualizations Mod(XVM) in WOT

What is XVM?

XVM – extended visualization mod is a battle interface modification for WOT. It is completely free and licensed under the GPLv3 license. You can install it either manually or automatically.

1. Automatically

This way XVM is installed by an automatic installer that detects WOT’s install directory. In this tutorial I’ll use the one provided by LaCourgette.

XVM Updater
XVM Updater – main screen

Step 1. Download XVM Updater from the link above and run it.

If you don’t want to change any options, jump to step 3. If you want to change some of them, proceed to the next step.

Step 2. XVM Updater will automatically detect where WOT is installed, so you can safely ignore that. Enable player stats display will, if checked, tell XVM to show players WN8, their battle and other stats. Show win chance in the game is something I would check because it shows chance to win in percent for the highest tier. Keep old XVM configuration file is used only if you have XVM already and you have changed xvm.xc file. If you have not, leave it unchecked. Choose the desired version and in the Configuration drop down choose a predefined configuration or just choose default.

Step 3. Click Install / Update button and that’s it! You have successfully installed XVM.

2. Manually

Decided not to use the automatic installer and do it the dirty way? If so, let’s start!

Step 1. Go here and download the latest stable version.

Step 2. Unzip the file to your WOT’s installation directory.

For advanced configuration, open the readme-XX.txt file in your language.