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 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.

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!