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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Dirty Little Windows Hack

Ever wanted to hide your folder's contents?
Didn't want 3rd party programs to hide your files?
Just follow these steps... it's easy

Hiding contents:

Step 1. Select a folder you want to hide (ex. topsecret)
Step 2. Open the command prompt and rename the folder name to one of the following CLSID:

.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} (= My Computer)
.{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} (= My Documents)
.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} (= My Network Places)
.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} (= Recycle Bin)
.{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} (= Internet Explorer)
.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} (= Control Panel)
.{D20EA4E1-3957-11D2-A40B-0C5020524153} (= Administrative Tools)
.{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} (= Inbox)
.{D20EA4E1-3957-11D2-A40B-0C5020524152} (= Fonts)
.{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E} (= Network Connections)
.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} (= Printers and Faxes)
.{7BE9D83C-A729-4D97-b5A7-1B7313C39E0A} (= Programs Folder)
.{E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD} (= Scanners and Cameras)
.{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} (= Scheduled Tasks)
.{48E7CAAB-B918-4E58-A94D-505519C795DC} (= Start Menu Folder)
.{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933} (= Temporary Internet Files)
.{BDEADF00-C265-11d0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F} (= Web Folders)
.{6DFD7C5C-2451-11D3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF} (= Folder Options)

ex. ren topsecret .{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}



Once renamed , the topsecret folder will change to a "My Computer" shortcut and when you try opening it, it doesn't show the contents. It works just like a normal "My Computer" shortcut.
You can rename any folder to any CLSID listed above!

Step 3: The Switch

To make renaming a lot easier, all you have to do is make a bat file.

To make the first switch, (to hide the contents),
Open Notepad and type:

@echo off
ren [folder directory]\topsecret .{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

and then save as switch1.bat

To make the second switch, (for restoring the folder),
Just simply make another bat file. This time,

@echo off
ren [folder directory]\.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} topsecret

and then save as switch2.bat

Now you can hide those switches wherever you want! Cool

Note for Beginners: On saving as a bat file, don't forget to select the filetype to "all file types"

Thats it were done!

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