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Merge and Hide a Compressed File (Zip or Rar) into an Image File

Many of us have sensitive files in the computer. And if you share your computer with other family member you have to hide those files.

You can use some third party applications available on the internet. But actually you can hide your secret files without any third party application, nor by changing the file attribute to hidden, but by disguising it into an image file. First, you need to compress the files using 7-zip or Winrar to zip or rar files and then merge the compressed file with an image file. For example I have two files, secret.rar and rose.jpg and located in C:\, to merge these two files please follow these steps:


JPG file=

JPG and RAR marged

Step 1:
Open command prompt, click Start > Run... > type cmd > click OK

run CMD
Step 2:
Type cd\

Step 3:
Type copy /b rose.jpg + secret.rar secret_rose.jpg

command prompt

Step 4:
Press Enter, it will create secret_rose.jpg file

command prompt

When someone open secret_rose.jpg, it will open up rose.jpg inside secret_rose.jpg and Windows will use the default picture viewer to open the file. To open compressed file inside secret_rose.jpg simply rename it to secret_rose.rar and the extract it.


Faster Log Off and Shutdown with UPHClean (User Profile Hive Cleanup Service)

After using computer for a long time, sometimes your computer will take a long time just for the shutdown process and this is very annoying. Microsoft provides an application called UPHClean (User Profile Hive Cleanup Service) which you download for free to solve this problem.

You can download UPHClean here: (24 KB-Windows XP)
You will be prompted to validate your copy of Windows, as soon as you have downloaded the UPHClean installer (UPHClean-Setup.msi), double-click the installer to begin the installation.
  1. In the User Profile Hive Cleanup Service installation wizard, click Next.
  2. On the License Agreement page, read the license agreement, select I Agree, and then click Next.
  3. In the Select Installation Folder page, click Next.
  4. In the Confirm Installation page, click Next.
  5. When UPHClean is installed, click Close.
UPHClean runs as a service in Windows and will start automatically every time that Windows starts.

The User Profile Hive Cleanup service helps to ensure user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off. System processes and applications occasionally maintain connections to registry keys in the user profile after a user logs off. In those cases the user session is prevented from completely ending. This can result in problems when using Roaming User Profiles in a server environment or when using locked profiles as implemented through the Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP.

On Windows 2000 you can benefit from this service if the application event log shows event id 1000 where the message text indicates that the profile is not unloading and that the error is "Access is denied". On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 either event ids 1517 and 1524 indicate the same profile unload problem.

To accomplish this the service monitors for logged off users that still have registry hives loaded. When that happens the service determines which application have handles opened to the hives and releases them. It logs the application name and what registry keys were left open. After this the system finishes unloading the profile. Microsoft

UPHClean icon
To confirm that UPHClean is installed and running, click Start, and then click Run > type services.msc > and then click OK

run services.msc
In Services, in the Name column, locate User Profile Hive Cleanup. In the Status column, confirm that the User Profile Hive Cleanup service is Started.

UPHClean service

Or, open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) then locates uphclean.exe process...


This little app is just taking as much RAM as Notepad and it's definitely a must have application. I have tried it, significantly faster shutdown.

Play Red Alert 2 LAN Multiplayer On Windows Vista or Windows 7

A few months ago I wrote a post about how to play Red Alert 2 on Windows Vista/7... Yes it works! but I don't know how to play Red Alert 2 on LAN (LAN multiplayer)... because Red Alert 2 uses IPX when we play on LAN and Windows Vista/7 doesn't support IPX !

But finally someone tells me that we can play Red Alert 2 on LAN on Windows Vista / Windows 7

Anonymous said...
To play Ra2 on LAN on Vista ain't possible because vista doesn't support IPX.
But if you go to (link is dead) you can download a file (wsock32.dll) which you simply puts into your Westwood/Red Alert 2 directory, the game will work on lan.

Thank you!!!

This patch (fix) allows you to play Tiberian Sun and RA2 over LAN on Windows 2000 and above.
The patch makes use of the UDP protocol instead of IPX which no longer requires you to have IPX installed.

Supported Operating Systems by this release of the multiplayer patch:
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, (and Windows 8 ?)

This is Red Alert 2 page, simply download that patch (zip) file then extract it, and read the "readme"

You can use this patch in Red Alert 2 and Tiberian Sun.
For Command & Conquer 95 and Red Alert 1 LAN Patch follow this link

Anonymous said...
can someone give me another link to find an understorm patch
Red Alert 2 LAN Patch 1.00 Final (Released on May 24, 2008)
(Download) (Mirror 1) (Mirror 2) (Mirror 3)

Command & Conquer 95 and Red Alert 1 LAN Patch 1.01 Final (Released on May 24, 2008)
(Download) (Mirror)

UPDATE 2: is down... you can download wsock32.dll patch (Read Alert 2 LAN patch) from this direct link:
Red Alert 2 LAN Patch 1.00 Final (Released on May 24, 2008)

Command & Conquer 95 and Red Alert 1 LAN Patch 1.01 Final (Released on May 24, 2008)

Acer GameZone

If people around you have an Acer laptop, then you will often see "Acer GameZone" stickers. But, not many people really know what Acer Game Zone is. Acer GameZone is a game package that is included in the preinstalled OS on Acer laptop. So if you buy an Acer laptop without a preinstalled OS, you won't get this Acer GameZone. Thankfully, Acer provides a download link for it :

Acer GameZone v1.2 :
  • Big Kahuna Reef 2
  • Cake Mania
  • Dynasty
  • Galapago
  • Luxor 2
  • Mystery Case Files - Prime Suspects
  • Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst
  • Star Defender 3
  • Treasure of the Deep
  • Zuma Deluxe 
Acer GameZone shortcut 

Screenshot of Acer GameZone (when "loading...")

Acer Game loading
Acer GameZone in VistaAcer GameZone work well in Vista (and XP)

But... This is not free ... Do you see that "Time Remaining".... Yes, Acer GameZone is a trial software, you have 60 minutes (every one game) to try it.

Acer GameZone screenshot
Acer GameZone screenshot
I hope Acer will give us a free Acer GameZone... Maybe someday...

Anonymous said...
mine says go online also. u have to go ere 4 online games
the games u got on ya computer dont expire if u load them from
c:/Program Files/Acer GameZone/
open ya game double click (exe) or application
they dont expire..

Thanks ! :)

Capture or Record Video from Acer Integrated Webcam

Someone asks me how to record video using an Acer integrated webcam. Yes, there is no "record video" option on Acer Crystal Eye Application, but don't worry, I'll show you that we can record video from Acer integrated webcam and it's so easy to do :)

All you need is Windows Movie Maker application. In Windows XP, this program already exists by default. Follow the steps below to record video from your laptop integrated webcam:

Acer Crystal Eye Application
Step 1:
Click "Start" > "All Programs" > "Windows Movie Maker"

Step 2:
On the Windows Movie Maker Movie Tasks click Capture from video device

Click to capture from device
Step 3:
In Available devices, click the analog device you want to use to capture video, and then, in the Video input source list, click the input line you want to use, then click Next.

I am using "Realtek HD Audio Input" as Audio Device and "Mic Volume" as Audio Input source (Aspire 4710)

In Available devices, click the analog device you want to use to capture video, and then, in the Video input source list, click the input line you want to use, then click Next.

Step 4:
In the Enter a file name for your captured video box, enter a file name for your captured video file. And then, in the Choose a place to save your captured video box, select the location where you want your video to be saved or click Browse to select a location. Click Next

Step 5:
On the Video Setting page, select the video setting you want to use for capturing video and audio.

Available settings :

  • Video for Pocket PC (218 Kbps)
  • Video for Pocket PC (143 Kbps)
  • Video for Pocket PC (Full screen 218 Kbps)
  • High quality video (large)
  • High quality video (small)
  • Video for local playback (2,1 Mbps)
  • Video for local playback (1,5 Mbps)
  • Video for LAN (1,0 Mbps)
  • Video for LAN (768 Kbps)
  • Video for broadband (512 Kbps)
  • Video for broadband (340 Kbps)
  • Video for broadband (150 Kbps)
  • Video for ISDN (48 Kbps)
  • Video for dial-up access (38 Kbps)

Typically, a higher bit rate will result in higher-quality video with smoother motion. However, as the bit rate increases, so does the size of the captured video file.

Step 6:
To prevent the video into smaller clips after the wizard completes and the video is captured, do not select the Create clips when wizard finishes check box,

To prevent audio from playing over your speakers while capturing video, select the Mute speakers check box.

To automatically stop capturing after a time period has elapsed, select the Capture time limit check box, and then type or select the length of time you want to capture. Time is displayed in the form of hours:minutes(h:mm).

To begin capturing, click Start Capture.

Step 7:
To stop capturing, click Stop Capture.

If you have selected the Capture time limit check box, wait for the specified amount of time for video to be captured.

Done! :)
you can open your video in drive D:\

You can use any other webcams not just from Acer

Anonymous said...
i have acer aspire 5920 with vista.
this is how i record video WITH NO EXTRA SOFTWARE AND VERY EASILY!!
locate the program that came from acer that is called 'acer arcade deluxe' click on 'dv wizard'. there you go!!!
you can find your video in windows gallery. mine seem to save automatically to 'user name - videos'.

Problem Solved : Keyboard and touchpad not responding on Aspire 4310 and 4710

First I would like to thank F.Torres9 for his comment on this post, it's really helpful. If you don't understand what I'm talking about please read this post. My problem on Acer Aspire 4710 (and 4310) finally solved. 

Now keyboard and touchpad still work and responding well after sleep (stand by). Like F.Torres9 said, when you install windows do not install camera driver, just install the application for the camera, not the driver. You can use default drivers for windows. You may have to reinstall windows, it will not work if you just uninstall the device from device manager.

usb video device in device managerUPDATE :
You may try to use Roll Back Driver feature, Open Device Manager > double click on CrystalEye > click "driver" tab > click Rool Back Driver

 USB Video Device Properties

Tested and working! :) I hope future release of the camera driver will solve the problem. But I think I don't need this driver, there's no difference (image quality) between camera driver from Acer and the default camera driver from Windows.

Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 setup error on Windows XP SP3

Yesterday I tried to install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 because Encarta 2008 need it, but there is an error when I tried to install it...

Error 25007.Error occurred while initializing fusion. Setup could not load fusion with LoadLibraryShim(). Error: 0x80131702

Windows XP SP3 is not listed in the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 system requirements. Maybe the future release of Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 will solve this problem. Until now I was unable to use Encarta on my Windows XP SP3. I have to install Encarta on my other laptop's OS, Windows Vista (Dual boot)

Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 setup error
Windows XP SP3 - systeminfoUPDATE:
Go to C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\ and then delete
Policies folder. Restart your computer.

Keyboard and Touchpad on my laptop stop responding after wake up from sleep status

I'm still confused about this.... When my aspire 4710 wake up from sleep status, the keyboard and the mouse stop responding, this is happening in windows XP, Vista Home Premium, and Vista Business. I think this can be happening in another version of windows like Vista ultimate or even Vista Home Basic.

When I close the lid, the laptop will sleep, this is the default setting on windows vista, and when the laptop wake up, keyboard and touchpad stop responding, but not the mouse... I'm still able to use it. I tried to restart the laptop, but it cannot boot up again, nothing appears on the screen. Just the LED on the power button still on.

Power buttons settings

I hold down power button for several seconds, to force shutdown the laptop. I press the power button again and hope that the laptop will able to boot up again. No.. It can't boot again, until I remove the battery and insert it again.

I send an email to Acer about this, but Acer customer service don't reply my email. I think there is a BIOS problem (maybe....) By the way, my BIOS version is 1.02

Do you have the same problem with me?


Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge in Windows Vista / Windows 7

If you want to play Red Alert 2 and Yuri Revenge in Windows Vista or Windows 7, please follow these steps:

Step 1:
Right click on these files
 - Ra2.exe
 - game.exe
 - mph.exe
 - mphmd.exe
 - RA2MD.exe
 - YURI.exe

And then apply this settings:

"Run this program in compatibility mode for" > Windows 98/Me
"Privilege Level" > Run this program as an administrator

Red Alert 2 compatibility settings

Step 2:

double click (open) game.exe -> select allow
double click (open) gamemd.exe -> select allow
double click (open) mph.exe -> select allow
double click (open) mphmd.exe -> select allow
UPDATE : or just turn off User Account Control :) Control Panel > User Accounts > User Accounts > Turn User Account Control On or Off

to start RED Alert 2, open Ra2.exe
to start Yuri Revenge, open YURI.exe

no more " ***FATAL***String Manager failed to initilaized properly "

but there is one more problem, you can't play multiplayer mode bacause there is no IPX protocol in Windows vista UPDATE 1: You can play Red Alert 2 on LAN on Windows Vista read this Play Red Alert 2 on LAN on Windows Vista / Windows 7

At December 24, 2009 9:44 PM, Anonymous said...
thanx for your help!
i did what you said, but it takes no effect.there are 2 exe files in that directory: game.exe and ra2.exe .
the game starts an i can hear the music and the sounds of the start menu, but the screen keeps black.
i have vista home premium 32 bit with latest updates.

At January 21, 2010 7:57 PM, Anonymous said...
i posted on 24.dec and i found a solution to run red alert 2 on my vista home premium 32bit pc.
i found it while searching for another solution to play diablo 2 on my pc wich won't work too.
i downloaded a reg-fix that enables direct draw, wich was disabled in the directx 11 version.
if nothing other helps you can try to download this:

i'm sorry for my bad english, but i hope i could help some people with this, because nothing from here helped me with my problem.

Thanks a lot anonymous :) download link for enabledd.reg: