Introduction: Computer Prank

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This will make the untrained computer user think there's something wrong with their computer. It only works on windows. it will make the computer almost unuseable untill you turn it back on. I suggest making them get you a soda first.

Step 1: Task Manager

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They must first leave their computer or you can ask if you can use it really fast. Once you have it click Control+Alt+Delete. this will get you to the task manager. On vista you must click after this "start task manager."

Step 2: Ending Explorer

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Click the tab named "processes" and scroll down to find "explorer.exe" click on it then click "end task". Everything will be gone at that point the start menu the windows because that's all explorer is. Unless they know what they're doing their reaction most likely would be. What did you do?!

Step 3: Fun's Over

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After you've had your fun and made them do numerous thingts for you. Go back to the task manager and click File+Run/New Task and type in explorer.exe then click enter. That should bring everything back to normal or restart the computer by holding down the on button.


shikaku (author)2009-03-27

I'm getting a little tired of every 12 year old who learns a new "cool computer trick" posting it on here. Make sure it's useful to someone before posting. My Google Reader gets spammed with this crap

ToxicN1 made it! (author)shikaku2016-05-31
Hey, at least show some respect. It's completely rude to say that. Sometimes, people just want to have fun.

"12 year old"
They aren't all 12 year olds.

ToxicN1 (author)shikaku2016-05-31
Hey, at least show some respect. It's completely rude to say that. Sometimes, people just want to have fun.

"12 year old"
They aren't all 12 year olds.

iman4 (author)shikaku2014-02-25

Excuse me but another comment by the author below says his 'self esteem is being lowered for every comment'. It's easy to be nice.

tanmanknex (author)shikaku2009-06-16

hey, you dont like it, turn off mailing in preferences. this is useful to someone, the author. his computer wouldn't start explorer.exe.

shikaku (author)tanmanknex2009-07-26

way to not read it. cuz you cant just do that with rss feeds. way to try to act cool and fail

tanmanknex (author)shikaku2009-07-26

P.S. That made absolutely no sense at all.

shikaku (author)tanmanknex2009-07-26

made plenty of sense. you jsut clearly dont know what rss feeds are

tanmanknex (author)shikaku2009-07-26

Whatever. You're still acting like a jerk.

tanmanknex (author)shikaku2009-07-26

I believe there was a nice policy, at least there was.

iman4 (author)2014-02-25

Very good!
It's simple, so it doesn't take forever to do it, but makes your friends BALLISTIC!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!

paradoxicalwarfare (author)2013-11-10

All I see is a lack of programmers squabbling over a window's system service. There are better tricks, like password resets.

MrLouque (author)2011-01-28

To make this trick better you can first take a screen shot of their desktop, then set that picture as their background image. This will give them a picture of a start bar making it seem more like the start bar wont work. Also if you then take away the icons by the way of the previous comments, or however you like, there will be false icons too.

Musicman41 (author)2009-05-23

I had a virus on my computer that did this among other things. It was creepy

Wesley666 (author)Musicman412009-05-28

I got a virus that kept popping open the same window once every second! I had to get it off really quick cause my computer was slowing down A LOT especially cause they wouldn't close.

NetDex (author)Wesley6662009-09-09


Wesley666 (author)NetDex2009-09-09

Damn Walmart! I hate their ads!

Bholoo (author)2009-07-28

I know one! This will make all the icons disappear off the desktop. XP: >Right click in an open space on the desktop > Go to the submenu "Arrange Icons By" and then uncheck "Show Desktop Icons" VISTA >Right click in an open space on the desktop >Go to "View" and then uncheck Show desktop Icons

tanmanknex (author)2009-07-26

You know, this may be a pointless instructable, but if he thinks it's kind of cool, I think it's kind of cool, and some other people think it's kind of cool, then it's a good enough instructable for me. So what if it's simple? It's still good. shikaku, maybe he's sick of his inbox getting spammed, but with negative comments! Give him a break!

xACIDITYx (author)2009-03-30

Actually, every time I've tried this (on both Vista and windows XP) the Explorer.exe process always restarts itself.

andrewdpham3 (author)xACIDITYx2009-04-10

really? you have a smart computer. iv never seen that before. iv also tried it on both operating systems just like you and it worded fine for me

xACIDITYx (author)andrewdpham32009-05-17

Actually, via further examination, it sometimes stays closed, and sometimes opens back up. Usually, it opens back up if I have an app open with a window (like firefox) and not if I have an app open without one (in this case, PiMP streamer)

andrewdpham3 (author)xACIDITYx2009-05-18

cool your smart

danilo-dude (author)xACIDITYx2009-05-17

Ya, mine too

jetsmiley123 (author)2009-03-28

that sounds funny! I'm just afraid to peminetly screw my computer up, lol

thx my self esteem is getting lowered by everyone elses comments

Rmg12 (author)jetsmiley1232009-03-29

you won't. Explorer.exe is the fle manager in Windows, this includes the taskbar and icons, so when you end that program, it will seem like nothing will work, but it will because it automatically runs when you restart your computer, or you can restart the program by running explorer.exe

Mister nobodie (author)2009-04-02

Oh please. This is barely even a computer trick. It's incredibly old (you probably copied it from somewhere else) and really simple.

its always fun for me and i din copy it my old computer broke down or at least i thought it did i found out at start up explorer.exe dint start and i later made it into this

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