23 hidden windows apps

To run any of these apps go to Start > Run and type the executable name: 

1) Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters) 

2) Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe 

3) Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (views contents of Windows clipboard) 


4) Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool) 

5) DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards) 

6) Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters) 

7) IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (Create self-extracting / self-installing package) 

8 Mcft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (appears to allow synchronization of files on the network for when working offline. Apparently undocumented). 

9) Windows Media Player 5.1 = mplay32.exe (Retro version of Media Player, very basic). 

10) ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe (something to do with databases) 

11) Object Packager = packager.exe (to do with packaging objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files). 

12) System Monitor = perfmon.exe (very useful, highly configurable tool, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about any aspect of PC performance, for uber-geeks only ) 

13) Program Manager = progman.exe (Legacy Windows 3.x desktop shell). 

14) Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe (documentation is virtually non-existant). 

15) Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the Windows Registry). 

16) Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network). 

17) File siganture verification tool = sigverif.exe 

18 Volume Contro = sndvol32.exe (I've included this for those people that lose it from the System Notification area). 

19) System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe (modify System.ini & Win.ini just like in Win98! ). 

20) Syskey = syskey.exe (Secures XP Account database - use with care, it's virtually undocumented but it appears to encrypt all passwords, I'm not sure of the full implications). 

21) Mcft Telnet Client = telnet.exe 

22) Driver Verifier Manager = verifier.exe (seems to be a utility for monitoring the actions of drivers, might be useful for people having driver problems. Undocumented). 

23) Windows for Workgroups Chat = winchat.exe (appears to be an old NT utility to allow chat sessions over a LAN, help files available).

Note:- Some of them might not run in Windows XP Home edition

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