Windows XP hidden applications

March 2017

Windows XP has many hidden applications which can be accessed by typing their executable name in run! To access these applications simply:

Click on Start > Run
  • Character Map = charmap.exe (to find unusual characters)
  • Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe
  • Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe
  • Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool)
  • DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards)
  • Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (create or modify characters)
  • IExpress Wizard = iexpress.exe (Creating self-extracting / self-installing package)
  • Microsoft Synchronization Manager = mobsync.exe (appears to allow synchronization of files on the network for when working offline. Apparently undocumented).
  • Windows Media Player 5.1 = mplay32.exe (Retro version of Media Player, very basic).
  • ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe (something to do with databases)
  • Object Packager = packager.exe (to do with packaging objects for insertion in files, appears to have comprehensive help files).
  • System Monitor = perfmon.exe (know your system's performance)
  • Program Manager = progman.exe (Legacy Windows 3.x desktop shell).
  • Remote Access phone book = rasphone.exe (documentation is virtually non-existant).
  • Registry Editor = regedt32.exe [also regedit.exe] (for hacking the Windows Registry).
  • Network shared folder wizard = shrpubw.exe (creates shared folders on network).
  • File siganture verification tool = sigverif.exe
  • Volume Control = sndvol32.exe
  • System Configuration Editor = sysedit.exe
  • Syskey = syskey.exe (Secures XP Account database)
  • Microsoft Telnet Client = telnet.exe
  • Driver Verifier Manager = verifier.exe (Driver monitoring).
  • Windows for Workgroups Chat = winchat.exe (Application to Chat on a LAN network).
  • System configuration = msconfig.exe (can use to control starup programs)


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