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’.
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!
That’s it! Now you can store the file for later use or just explore DxDiag interface.
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
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.
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.
Step 3. Click Sites button.
Step 4. Add these 2 addresses:
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:
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.
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!
Administrator account exists in Windows Vista, 7 and 8 and is hidden by default. It does not exist in Windows XP and older versions of Windows.
Administrator account purpose
The purpose of administrator account is to fix problems that couldn’t be fixed in normal situations. Administrator account should be disabled after using because inexperienced users could do a lot of damage. It can be enabled through CMD or registry.
1) Via CMD
Step 1. Open CMD with admin rights. To do this, search for “cmd” in the start menu, then right click it and select Run as Administrator.
Step 2. Run the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes
Step 3. You should see a message that says it is done successfully. Now log out of your account and you should have a new account available on the login screen, called Administrator.
Step 4. When you finished what you wanted to do, open CMD as admin again and run the following command
net user administrator /active:no to disable it.
2) Via registry
Step 1. Press Win + R to load the Run window.
Step 2. Type in “regedit” without quotes and press Enter.
Step 3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\Userlist.
Step 4. Right click and create a new DWORD entry.
Step 5. Name it “Administrator” without quotes.
Step 6. Right click it and select Modify.
Step 7. In the Value data text box enter 1 instead 0.
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.
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.
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 tochange 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.
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.