How To Expand The Reach Of The Wireless Signal Indoor

Following Tony Northrup any posts in the company site Windows Vista.

If Windows ever notifies you about the weak signal, so you may be able to lose your connection entirely in some parts of your home. If you want to improve the signal to your wireless network, try some tips to extend your wireless coverage and improve the performance of your wireless network. But before make sure the device your wireless access point must be qualified and quality, eg that we recommend to you is Senao Engenius ECB 3220, Edimax BR6204Wg, Zinwell zw 2194, Bullet Ubiquity, and Mikrotik product.

1. Place access points or wireless router in the center of your location.
When possible, place the wireless router in the center or the location of your home.

2. Move the router away from the floor and away from walls and objects made of metal (such as a metal cupboard etc.).
Metal, walls, floors, and will disrupt the signal your wireless router. The interference from nearby access points or wireless router, the more severe the interference received, and weak connection.

3. Changing the antenna.
The antenna is supplied with a wireless router normally bertype Omni-directional, meaning they broadcast signals in all directions around the router, but there may be some areas not the desired signal. and change the antenna to the hi-gain antenna that focuses the wireless signals only one direction can lead akan signal in the direction you need it most.

4. Change your wireless network adapter.
Wireless network signal must be sent both to and from your computer. Sometimes, your computer can not receive the signals from both access points. To fix this, replace the laptop or PC card-based wireless network with a USB wireless adapter that uses an external antenna is very helpful, with Hi-Gain USB Wireless antenna belonging adapter, can significantly increase the coverage expansion.

5. Add repeater
Wireless repeaters extend the range of your wireless network, without requiring you to add cables. Place the wireless repeater on the mid points between the access point and your computer, and you will get increased wireless signal. Some access points or radio that's designed as a repeater; Senao Engenius ECB / EOC 3220, Edimax 7206APg, and Zinwel ZW2194.

6. Changing The Channel
Wireless routers can broadcast on multiple channels or channel, similar to the way radio stations use different channels. In the United States and Canada, this channel is 1, 6, and 11. Just as you will sometimes hear interference on one radio station while the other is very clear, try changing your channel access points through the configuration page, you may get increased signal strength, you do not need to change your computer configuration, because it automatically detect the new channel you have fox.

7. Down the wireless interference.
If you have a "cordless" or a wireless phone or other electronics in your home, your computer may not be able to "hear" your wireless access points due to noise from other wireless devices such as the above. To be "quiet", Avoid using electronic wireless 2.4GHz frequency. Instead, look for cordless phone that uses 900Mhz or 5.8GHz frequency.

8. Update firmware or driver your wireless adapter.
Wireless device manufacturers regularly make free improvements to their products. Sometimes, these improvements can improve their performance. To get the firmware update or latest drivers visit their website.

Similarly, Windows XP also periodically update the driver. Updates are usually improve the performance and reliability. To get the update, visit Microsoft Update, and then click the Select Hardware Type your wireless adapter, Install any updates relating to your wireless network.
Note If you go to Microsoft Update, you have two options: the Express Install for critical and security of your Custom Install for high priority and optional updates. You can get a driver update if you use the Custom.

9. Use equipment from one vendor.
While the Linksys wireless router will work better with the Edimax wireless USB adapter, but you will often get better performance if you select the router and network adapter from the same vendor.

10.Upgrade 802.11b to 802.11g devices.
802.11b standard is the most common type of wireless network, but 802.11g is about five times faster. 802.11g is upside-compatible with 802.11b, so you can still use 802.11b equipment that you have. If you're using 802.11b and you are not satisfied with the performance, consider replacing them with standard access points 802.11gyang sure akan compatible with 802.11g equipment. If you are buying new equipment, make sure to select 802.11g.

The wireless network did not reach the theoretical bandwidth limit. 802.11b usually get ransfer rate between 2-5Mbps. 802.11g are usually in the range of 13-23Mbps.

Quick Change Your IP

How to change your IP in less then 1 minute...

1. Click on "Start" in the bottom left hand corner of screen
2. Click on "Run"
3. Type in "command" and hit ok

You should now be at an MSDOS prompt screen.

4. Type "ipconfig /release" just like that, and hit "enter"
5. Type "exit" and leave the prompt
6. Right-click on "Network Places" or "My Network Places" on your desktop.
7. Click on "properties"

You should now be on a screen with something titled "Local Area Connection", or something close to that, and, if you have a network hooked up, all of your other networks.

8. Right click on "Local Area Connection" and click "properties"
9. Double-click on the "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" from the list under the "General" tab
10. Click on "Use the following IP address" under the "General" tab
11. Create an IP address (It doesn't matter what it is. I just type 1 and 2 until i fill the area up).
12. Press "Tab" and it should automatically fill in the "Subnet Mask" section with default numbers.
13. Hit the "Ok" button here
14. Hit the "Ok" button again

You should now be back to the "Local Area Connection" screen.

15. Right-click back on "Local Area Connection" and go to properties again.
16. Go back to the "TCP/IP" settings
17. This time, select "Obtain an IP address automatically"
tongue.gif 18. Hit "Ok"
19. Hit "Ok" again
20. You now have a new IP address

With a little practice, you can easily get this process down to 15 seconds.

This only changes your dynamic IP address, not your ISP/IP address. If you plan on hacking a website with this trick be extremely careful, because if they try a little, they can trace it back


Change Text On XP Start Button

Step 1 - Modify Explorer.exe File

In order to make the changes, the file explorer.exe located at C:\Windows needs to be edited. Since explorer.exe is a binary file it requires a special editor. For purposes of this article I have used Resource Hacker. Resource HackerTM is a freeware utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems.

get this from here

The first step is to make a backup copy of the file explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer. Place it in a folder somewhere on your hard drive where it will be safe. Start Resource Hacker and open explorer.exe located at C:\Windows\explorer.exe.

The category we are going to be using is "String Table". Expand it by clicking the plus sign then navigate down to and expand string 37 followed by highlighting 1033. If you are using the Classic Layout rather than the XP Layout, use number 38. The right hand pane will display the stringtable. We’re going to modify item 578, currently showing the word “start” just as it displays on the current Start button.

There is no magic here. Just double click on the word “start” so that it’s highlighted, making sure the quotation marks are not part of the highlight. They need to remain in place, surrounding the new text that you’ll type. Go ahead and type your new entry. In my case I used Click Me!

You’ll notice that after the new text string has been entered the Compile Script button that was grayed out is now active. I won’t get into what’s involved in compiling a script, but suffice it to say it’s going to make this exercise worthwhile. Click Compile Script and then save the altered file using the Save As command on the File Menu. Do not use the Save command – Make sure to use the Save As command and choose a name for the file. Save the newly named file to C:\Windows.

Step 2Modify the Registry

!!!make a backup of your registry before making changes!!!

Now that the modified explorer.exe has been created it’s necessary to modify the registry so the file will be recognized when the user logs on to the system. If you don’t know how to access the registry I’m not sure this article is for you, but just in case it’s a temporary memory lapse, go to Start (soon to be something else) Run and type regedit in the Open field. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\ Winlogon

In the right pane, double click the "Shell" entry to open the Edit String dialog box. In Value data: line, enter the name that was used to save the modified explorer.exe file. Click OK.

Close Registry Editor and either log off the system and log back in, or reboot the entire system if that’s your preference. If all went as planned you should see your new Start button with the revised text.[/b]

Boot Fast WinXp

Follow the following steps :

  • Open notepad.exe, type "del c:\windows\prefetch\ntosboot-*.* /q" (without the quotes) & save as "ntosboot.bat" in c:\
  • From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "gpedit.msc".
  • Double click "Windows Settings" under "Computer Configuration" and double click again on "Shutdown" in the right window.
  • In the new window, click "add", "Browse", locate your "ntosboot.bat" file & click "Open".
  • Click "OK", "Apply" & "OK" once again to exit.
  • From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "devmgmt.msc".
  • Double click on "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers"
  • Right click on "Primary IDE Channel" and select "Properties".
  • Select the "Advanced Settings" tab then on the device or 1 that doesn't have 'device type' greyed out select 'none' instead of 'autodetect' & click "OK".
  • Right click on "Secondary IDE channel", select "Properties" and repeat step 9.
  • Reboot your computer.

Best Keyboard Shortcuts

Getting used to using your keyboard exclusively and leaving your mouse behind will make you much more efficient at performing any task on any Windows system. I use the following keyboard shortcuts every day:

Windows key + R = Run menu

This is usually followed by:
cmd = Command Prompt
iexplore + "web address" = Internet Explorer
compmgmt.msc = Computer Management
dhcpmgmt.msc = DHCP Management
dnsmgmt.msc = DNS Management
services.msc = Services
eventvwr = Event Viewer
dsa.msc = Active Directory Users and Computers
dssite.msc = Active Directory Sites and Services
Windows key + E = Explorer

ALT + Tab = Switch between windows

ALT, Space, X = Maximize window

CTRL + Shift + Esc = Task Manager

Windows key + Break = System properties

Windows key + F = Search

Windows key + D = Hide/Display all windows

CTRL + C = copy

CTRL + X = cut

CTRL + V = paste

Also don't forget about the "Right-click" key next to the right Windows key on your keyboard. Using the arrows and that key can get just about anything done once you've opened up any program.

Keyboard Shortcuts

[Alt] and [Esc] Switch between running applications

[Alt] and letter Select menu item by underlined letter

[Ctrl] and [Esc] Open Program Menu

[Ctrl] and [F4] Close active document or group windows (does not work with some applications)

[Alt] and [F4] Quit active application or close current window

[Alt] and [-] Open Control menu for active document

Ctrl] Lft., Rt. arrow Move cursor forward or back one word

Ctrl] Up, Down arrow Move cursor forward or back one paragraph

[F1] Open Help for active application

Windows+M Minimize all open windows

Shift+Windows+M Undo minimize all open windows

Windows+F1 Open Windows Help

Windows+Tab Cycle through the Taskbar buttons

Windows+Break Open the System Properties dialog box

Acessability Shortcuts

Right SHIFT for eight seconds........ Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN....... Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK....... Switch MouseKeys on and off.

SHIFT....... five times Switch StickyKeys on and off.

NUM LOCK...... for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

Explorer shortcuts

END....... Display the bottom of the active window.

HOME....... Display the top of the active window.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK....... on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN....... on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN....... on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.

LEFT ARROW...... Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.

RIGHT ARROW....... Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.

Type the following commands in your Run Box (Windows Key + R) or Start Run

devmgmt.msc = Device Manager
msinfo32 = System Information
cleanmgr = Disk Cleanup
ntbackup = Backup or Restore Wizard (Windows Backup Utility)
mmc = Microsoft Management Console
excel = Microsoft Excel (If Installed)
msaccess = Microsoft Access (If Installed)
powerpnt = Microsoft PowerPoint (If Installed)
winword = Microsoft Word (If Installed)
frontpg = Microsoft FrontPage (If Installed)
notepad = Notepad
wordpad = WordPad
calc = Calculator
msmsgs = Windows Messenger
mspaint = Microsoft Paint
wmplayer = Windows Media Player
rstrui = System Restore
netscp6 = Netscape 6.x
netscp = Netscape 7.x
netscape = Netscape 4.x
waol = America Online
control = Opens the Control Panel
control printers = Opens the Printers Dialog

Internet Browser

type in u're adress "google", then press [Right CTRL] and [Enter]
add www. and .com to word and go to it

For Windows XP:

Copy : CTRL+C
Cut : CTRL+X
Paste : CTRL+V
Undo : CTRL+Z
Delete : DELETE
Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin : SHIFT+DELETE
Copy selected item : CTRL while dragging an item
Create shortcut to selected item : CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item
Rename selected item : F2
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word : CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word : CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph : CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph : CTRL+UP ARROW
Highlight a block of text : CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Select all : CTRL+A
Search for a file or folder : F3
View properties for the selected item : ALT+ENTER
Close the active item, or quit the active program : ALT+F4
Opens the shortcut menu for the active window : ALT+SPACEBAR
Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously : CTRL+F4
Switch between open items : ALT+TAB
Cycle through items in the order they were opened : ALT+ESC
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop : F6
Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer : F4
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item : SHIFT+F10
Display the System menu for the active window : ALT+SPACEBAR
Display the Start menu : CTRL+ESC
Display the corresponding menu : ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
Carry out the corresponding command : Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu
Activate the menu bar in the active program : F10
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu : RIGHT ARROW
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu : LEFT ARROW
Refresh the active window : F5
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer : BACKSPACE
Cancel the current task : ESC
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

Use these keyboard shortcuts for dialog boxes:

To Press
Move forward through tabs : CTRL+TAB
Move backward through tabs : CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move forward through options : TAB
Move backward through options : SHIFT+TAB
Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option : ALT+Underlined letter
Carry out the command for the active option or button : ENTER
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box : SPACEBAR
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons : Arrow keys
Display Help : F1
Display the items in the active list : F4
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box : BACKSPACE

If you have a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, or any other compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key and the Application key , you can use these keyboard shortcuts:

Display or hide the Start menu : WIN Key
Display the System Properties dialog box : WIN Key+BREAK
Show the desktop : WIN Key+D
Minimize all windows : WIN Key+M
Restores minimized windows : WIN Key+Shift+M
Open My Computer : WIN Key+E
Search for a file or folder : WIN Key+F
Search for computers : CTRL+WIN Key+F
Display Windows Help : WIN Key+F1
Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain : WIN Key+ L
Open the Run dialog box : WIN Key+R
Open Utility Manager : WIN Key+U

Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts :

Switch FilterKeys on and off : Right SHIFT for eight seconds
Switch High Contrast on and off : Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN
Switch MouseKeys on and off : Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch StickyKeys on and off : SHIFT five times
Switch ToggleKeys on and off : NUM LOCK for five seconds
Open Utility Manager : WIN Key+U

Shortcuts you can use with Windows Explorer :

Display the bottom of the active window : END
Display the top of the active window : HOME
Display all subfolders under the selected folder : NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)
Display the contents of the selected folder : NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)
Collapse the selected folder : NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)
Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder : LEFT ARROW
Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder : RIGHT ARROW

Okay,, Good Luck...


Windows True Hidden Files

No. Enabling Windows Explorer to "show all files" does not show the files in mention. No. DOS does not
list the files after receiving a proper directory listing from root. And yes. Microsoft intentionally
disabled the "Find" utility from searching through one of the folders.

Oh, but that's not all.

To see for yourself simply do as you would normally do to clear your browsing history. Go to Internet
Options under your Control Panel. Click on the [Clear History] and [Delete Files] buttons. (Make sure
to include all offline content.)

So, has your browsing history been cleared? One would think so.

These are the names and locations of the "really hidden files":

If you have upgraded MSIE several times, they might have alternative names of mm256.dat and
mm2048.dat, and may also be located here:

Not to mention the other alternative locations under:

c:\windows\application data\...
c:\windows\local settings\...
(or as defined in your autoexec.bat.)

FYI, there are a couple other index.dat files that get hidden as well, but they are seemingly not very
important. See if you can find them.

1) Shut your computer down, and turn it back on.
2) While your computer is booting keep pressing the [F8] key until you are given an option screen.
3) Choose "Command Prompt Only" (This will take you to true DOS mode.) Windows ME users must use a boot
disk to get into real DOS mode.
4) When your computer is done booting, you will have a C:\> followed by a blinking cursor.
Type this in, hitting enter after each line. (Obviously, don't type the comments in parentheses.)

C:\WINDOWS\SMARTDRV (Loads smartdrive to speed things up.)
DELTREE/Y TEMP (This line removes temporary files.)
DELTREE/Y COOKIES (This line removes cookies.)
DELTREE/Y TEMP (This removes temporary files.)
DELTREE/Y HISTORY (This line removes your browsing history.)
DELTREE/Y TEMPOR~1 (This line removes your internet cache.)

(If that last line doesn't work, then type this


(If that didn't work, then type this

If you have profiles turned on, then it is likely located under \windows\profiles\%user%\, while older
versions of MSIE keep them under \windows\content\.)

FYI, Windows re-creates the index.dat files automatically when you reboot your machine, so don't be
surprised when you see them again. They should at least be cleared of your browsing history.

It was once believed that the registry is the central database of Windows that stores and maintains the
OS configuration information. Well, this is wrong. Apparently, it also maintains a bunch of other
information that has absolutely nothing to do with the configuration. I won't get into the other
stuff, but for one, your typed URLs are stored in the registry.

HKEY_USERS/Default/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/TypedURLs/
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/TypedURLs/
These "Typed URLs" come from MSIE's autocomplete feature. It records all URLs that you've typed in manually
in order to save you some time filling out the address field.

As you may already know, deleting files only deletes the references to them. They are in fact still sitting
there on your HD and can still be recovered by a very motivated person.
Use window washer to delete slack files. /

The most important files to be paying attention to are your "index.dat" files. These are database files
that reference your history, cache and cookies. The first thing you should know is that the index.dat files
is that they don't exist in less you know they do. They second thing you should know about them is that
some will *not* get cleared after deleting your history and cache.

To view these files, follow these steps:

In MSIE 5.x, you can skip this first step by opening MSIE and going to Tools > Internet Options > [Settings] > [View Files].
Now write down the names of your alphanumeric folders on a piece of paper. If you can't see any alphanumeric
folders then start with step 1 here:

1) First, drop to a DOS box and type this at prompt (in all lower-case). It will bring up Windows Explorer
under the correct directory.

c:\windows\explorer /e,c:\windows\tempor~1\content.ie5\
You see all those alphanumeric names listed under "content.ie5?" (left-hand side.) That's Microsoft's
idea of making this project as hard as possible. Actually, these are your alphanumeric folders that was
created to keep your cache. Write these names down on a piece of paper. (They should look something like
this: 6YQ2GSWF, QRM7KL3F, U7YHQKI4, 7YMZ516U, etc.) If you click on any of the alphanumeric folders then
nothing will be displayed. Not because there aren't any files here, but because Windows Explorer has lied
to you. If you want to view the contents of these alphanumeric folders you will have to do so in DOS.

2) Then you must restart in MS-DOS mode. (Start > Shutdown > Restart in MS-DOS mode. ME users use a

Note that you must restart to DOS because windows has locked down some of the files and they can only be
accessed in real DOS mode.

3) Type this in at prompt:

CD %alphanumeric%
(replace the "%alphanumeric%" with the first name that you just wrote down.)

The cache files you are now looking at are directly responsible for the mysterious erosion of HD space
you may have been noticing.

4) Type this in:

You will be brought to a blue screen with a bunch of binary.

5) Press and hold the [Page Down] button until you start seeing lists of URLs. These are all the sites
that you've ever visited as well as a brief description of each. You'll notice it records everything
ou've searched for in a search engine in plain text, in addition to the URL.

6) When you get done searching around you can go to File > Exit. If you don't have mouse support in DOS
then use the [ALT] and arrow keys.

Next you'll probably want to erase these files by typing this:

(replace "cd\windows" with the location of your TIF folder if different.)

7) Then check out the contents of your History folder by typing this:

You will be brought to a blue screen with more binary.

8) Press and hold the [Page Down] button until you start seeing lists of URLS again.

This is another database of the sites you've visited.

9) And if you're still with me, type this:

10) If you see any mmXXXX.dat files here then check them out (and delete them.) Then:

More URLs from your internet history. Note, there are probably other mshist~x folders here so you can
repeat these steps for every occurence if you please.

11) By now, you'll probably want to type in this:


How does Microsoft make these folders/files invisible to DOS?

The only thing Microsoft had to do to make the folders/files invisible to a directory listing is to
set them +s[ystem]. That's it.

So how does Microsoft make these folders/files invisible to Windows Explorer?

The "desktop.ini" is a standard text file that can be added to any folder to customize certain aspects of
the folder's behavior. In these cases, Microsoft utilized the desktop.ini file to make these files
invisible. Invisible to Windows Explorer and even to the "Find: Files or Folders" utility. All that
Microsoft had to do was create a desktop.ini file with certain CLSID tags and the folders would disappear
like magic.

To show you exactly what's going on:

Found in the c:\windows\temporary internet files\desktop.ini and
the c:\windows\temporary internet files\content.ie5\desktop.ini is this text:

Found in the c:\windows\history\desktop.ini and the c:\windows\history\history.ie5\desktop.ini is this text:

The UICLSID line cloaks the folder in Windows Explorer. The CLSID line disables the "Find" utility
from searching through the folder.

To see for yourself, you can simply erase the desktop.ini files. You'll see that it will instantly give
Windows Explorer proper viewing functionality again, and the "Find" utility proper searching capabilities
again. Problem solved right? Actually, no. As it turns out, the desktop.ini files get reconstructed every
single time you restart your computer. Nice one, Slick.

Luckily there is a loophole which will keep Windows from hiding these folders. You can manually edit the
desktop.ini's and remove everything except for the "[.ShellClassInfo]" line. This will trick windows into
thinking they have still covered their tracks, and wininet won't think to reconstruct them.

DOS = Disk Operating System, or MS-DOS
MSIE = Microsoft Internet Explorer
TIF = Temporary Internet Files (folder)
HD = Hard Drive
OS = Operating System
FYI = For Your Information

WinRAR Tutorial

WinRAR Tutorial_Compression profiles, passwords and more

FIRST - Set Yer options correctly

Open WinRAR


GENERAL | (ok now that we're there, here's what U do next)

But 1st -> realize that everything U set on the default profile will occur everytime U rar files. So if U only need a password occasionally, or other special settings, then create another profile for those purposes. U can change which profile U need to use when WinRar is open. The Default profile is used otherwise, such as when using WinRar from the context menus in explorer.

General tab:

Archive format RAR

Compression method BEST

size (enter in BYTES the size you want as the max single Rar file). I use 51,200,000 (50,000 KB x 1024). But chose yer max size as U wish.


Archiving options: check > PUT RECOVERY RECORD

Archiving options: check > TEST ARCHIVED FILES.

Archiving options: check > DELETE FILES AFTER ARCHIVING ( unless U want yer HDD to fill up with the rars & the original files for some reason)

Archiving options: do NOT check > Put authenticy verification, as this can be a source of Error Messages being generated upon extraction.

Archiving options: check > Create SFX ONLY if U don't expect the person getting the filez to have WinRar. Otherwise leave it UNCHECKED.

Archiving options: do NOT check > Create Solid Archive. This can cause problems in certain cases.

Archiving options: do NOT check > Lock Arhive. This has NOTHING to do with a password.

Advanced tab:

Recovery Record -> U can leave it at 1%. Only set it higher if U expect the rar files to have a high risk of corruption. (very bad internet connections, or use on floppy disks, etc)

All else can be left alone. Don't bother with the Compression button.

Files Tab

File Paths -> STORE RELATIVE PATHS. (unless U have a specific folder U want the files to be extracted to. Such as c:\program files\No Name Appz\link catcher).

The rest leave alone

Backup Tab

No need to change anything.

Time Tab

Files to Process -> OF ANY TIME

Comment Tab

Whatever comment U enter there will be shown on the right hand pane when WinRar opens yer Rar files. Think of something fun, catchy,interesting. I always mention that the files have recovery record set, so if they are corrupted in transfer, the person knows to use REPAIR function.

Click OK, U have now created yer default profile.

HOW TO CREATE a PASSWORDED PROFILE, which will NOT be the default:

open WInRar

Click the ADD Icon


Check the SHOW PASSWORD box, so U can see what U typed and also copy/paste it to wherever U need it, such as on yer post. Now only one box will be open to enter the password. COPY/PASTE it to a txt file. I call mine WinRAR_Password.txt. Do this IMMEDIATELY afer entering it, before closing that window, or U may be very sorry later.

Enter the password. It is CASE SENSITIVE. If the password is 8 or more alpha-numeric characters, no one will be able to hack it. Unless they own a super-computer. Avoid using words that are found in dictionaries.

Check the encrypt file names box. That way, even if some nasty person obtains yer Rar file, they won't know what is in it, especially if the name U give the rar file is "Grandma_pix.rar" or whatever.

Back to GENERAL tab | PROFILES button | Save Current Settings to a New Profile

Enter the name of this profile. For example if the passwd is ht*p://, U might name the profile Superforum. Only U will see this profile name. It does not go into the rar files made from it.

Do NOTHING more, do NOT set this as default profile.

Click OK | Click OK again.

Now U have a Passworded Profile.


Note -> Everything U set on the default profile will occur everytime U rar files. So when U need the password profile, follow these instructions. The Default profile is used otherwise, such as when using WinRar from the contest menus in explorer.

Open WinRar

Browse to the filez/folderz U want to Rar with Password.

Highlight all filez/folderz to be included.

Press the ADD button.


Scoll down to the profile whcih has the password set. In my example Superforum

Click OK

The filez are Rar'd. U can check if U did all correctly by opening the rar filez, and seeing if a password is required.

Until U change back to DEFAULT profile in this same method, or close WinRar, all Rar'z U create after this will have a password.


With Win Explorer create a sub folder REPAIRED

Open WinRar, browse to the folder with the damaged Rar file(z). U can find which one is bad by selecting the 1st RAR file and using TEST button.

Select the damaged file, press REPAIR button.

In dialogue box, enter the path to the REPAIR subfolder, or browse to it.

As long as there is a RECOVERY record in that Rar, it will be repaired.

Copy all the NON-DAMAGED rars to your repair folder and rename the REPAIRED file back to it's original name.

Proceed with extraction in the REPAIR folder as normal.


If U select a folder to Rar, later when U extract it inside that folder, U end up with nested folders of same name. (We've all seen this often when extracting rars.

So Instead, go inside the folder, select all the filez & sub-folderz. Now U have a rar inside just one folder.