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Old 08-13-2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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Looking for trick to play on friend's computer

A coworker and I are screwing with each other's machines, playing tricks, etc. There are the generals like flipping the screen or removing icons and whatnot, but I want to play a less-used trick on his XP machine. Of course, I don't want it to be irreversible or damaging in any way. I don't want to install any extra software.

You guys have any ideas?
Old 08-13-2007, 03:48 PM   #2
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If you two sit near each other, you can switch the keyboard connections without him knowing and start typing gibberish on your keyboard which will be displayed on his monitor.

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Old 08-13-2007, 03:48 PM   #3
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take a screenshot of his desktop, use a photo editor (ms-paint will do it) and rotate the image 180 degrees (upsidedown) and set the taskbar on autohide, then set the upsidedown screenshot as a wallpaper...
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simple take a snap shot of his desktop. open it in paint or some other editing tool. then copy past all of the icons all over the place... FYI you need to do that with a plane solid color background. white works best or black.

then remove all of his icons off of his desktop and put up your creation as his desktop background. if you want to be real mean change his account to user from administrator and remove his access to the start menu.
Old 08-13-2007, 07:35 PM   #5
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randomly edit the registry to change various messages. I have edited mine so that when i save something like a jpg file it calls it something else. I bet with a little creativity in the registry you could make the clock the start button.

even better change his keyboard to dvorak format. That should make for hours of confused typing fun.

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Old 08-13-2007, 07:45 PM   #6
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Does he have MS Word installed? Add a bunch of auto-correct entries for common words(a, the, is, etc) so that when he types them different things are displayed in the document. The changed text can be anything at all...
Old 08-13-2007, 08:17 PM   #7
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Yeah, I've already done auto-correct and desktop snapshots. Today I turned his display upside down from the ATI control panel.

I tried changing his regional settings to a foreign language, but that did nothing. Thought it would be cool if he couldn't read the menu items to change it back. Didn't work.

I've pretty well versed in the ways of the registry, and know many of the security and tweak settings. I also know VB and may try writing a small "utility" to screw with his machine.

Any other ideas are welcome.
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Talk about hitting a man whilst he's down.

He has Windows XP on his computer, do you really think you have to play "tricks" on him too?
Old 08-14-2007, 03:16 AM   #9
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Install ZipSlack and have him boot to that by default..if you're mean enough, configure the desktop to have XP screenshot as the background, and then some fancy stuff all over the screen.

The "eyes" would be a good pick too (not sure if anybody has created them for Windows).

EDIT: you said you don't want to install any extra software, but we're talking about a whole OS here, not just any software

Either use registry or for easy access install TweakUI powertool from MS, and take everything out of his ControlPanel.

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Old 08-14-2007, 06:46 AM   #10
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Open up the computer and rip out the hard drive. Throw it out the window.

That work?
Old 08-14-2007, 06:50 AM   #11
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use a live dist. put it into his drive and set in bios the order to boot 1st of this medium
Old 08-14-2007, 11:11 AM   #12
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What about the Blue Screen Screensaver?
Old 08-14-2007, 11:13 AM   #13
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What about this?

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Old 08-14-2007, 12:18 PM   #14
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A great trick i like to play on people is to place a .bat file in their startup folder with the following command:

shutdown -r -t 00

Every time he starts his computer and logs in, it will immediately reboot.
Old 08-14-2007, 12:42 PM   #15
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But then how can they turn on their PC? D:

I'd say change his BIOS password and use a liveCD with WindowMaker. >=D


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