Introduction: OFFICE WARS: Annoying Windows Prank; Make Your Boss, His Rude Spoiled Secretary and His A**kissers Go Crazy! >:) (+video Inside)

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So, this is mainly for using against people that really deserve it, but if you want to have some extra fun, you can play it to your/family friends too.

But let's stick to the workplace.
All of you may have come across some nasty personalities at your job.
it is either a:
evil boss ::::: a**kissing servants :::: rude secretary :::: or sometimes all 3 combined.

So, this are the kind of victims that deserve it.
IT'S TIME FOR REVENGE, the prank that will let them know they are not liked at all >:)

Remember, watch your timing and be quick. Do some practice first, test how fast you can operate it.

(!): I saw after publishing a similar instructable about this, yet I took this prank to another level, it's more about confusing, not making the victims believe they computer totally froze up. They won't suspect it is prank. Read the end of the instructable also, please.

Step 1: Vulnerable

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You all know how people usually interact with their desktop. They click all day long with the mouse around, very few actually use some power-shortcuts from their keyboard.
They just click, double click, drag, right click, click again.

What if they couldn't click any more, but still can? This is as confusing as it gets :D

One typical Windows XP desktop, ready to be hijacked :D

Step 2: Victim AWAY

Make sure they're away for at least 5 minutes

Now sneak to their computer and watch out not to be spotted by others or to generate any curious' looks.


And plan your escape to be as discrete as the takeover!



Now press the Print Screen button on their keyboard.

MINIMIZE ALL OPEN WINDOWS FIRST!! We're interrested in the actual image of the desktop, not a snapshot with open windows.

Step 4: Paste the Screenshot

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Start the "Paint" program

Press Start button -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Paint

Step 5: Save the Image With a Confusing Name

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In Paint

go Edit > Paste

or press Ctrl+V key combo

The desktop capture will appear.

Now save it in My Pictures or in the Windows folder as "none.bmp". (!!)
This will cause some confusion as they will believe that no wallpaper is selected if they look in the wallpaper list suspecting the cause of this prank. In 50% of the cases it works.

Step 6: Now Hide the Desktop Icons

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Right click on the desktop and go click Arrange Icons By -> and deselect Show Desktop Icons

This will make the icons dissapear until you recheck that option.

Step 7: Use the Screenshot Now!

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Right click on the Desktop -> select Properties

From the popped-up box select the Desktop tab and the click the Browse button

Locate and select the none.bmp screenshot.

Click Apply .

Step 8: Illusion

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Ta-daaa! Icons back? LOL, not at all, the background image fools you.
Looks real, isn't it? :)

Now GET OUT of there, step back to a place where you can observe without being noticed. Be discrete.
Just watch them as they resume work on their computer.

Just don't burst into laughter.

Step 9: What Will the Victim Do

First they will click.
Then they will double-click.
Then they will right click
--- drag around
--- click again

But what's more strange is that the taskbar works (LOL :D). So they won't assume the computer just froze all of the sudden, they can use the other apps as well.

So they will restart the computer ... hoping it will work again. (actually a surprisingly low number of victims did this... :/ )

Step 10: But After the Restart...

Big suprise.

1 -The icons will still remain hidden
2 - The "none.bmp" wallpaper will still be active
The show goes on :D

This is the point where they will call tech-support or the IT guys.
So, watch for another round of fun... how long until the IT guys will figure it out?
In the end they will realize someone has fooled them. Some will get a little paranoid. :D

Revenge is sweet, isn't it? ;)


You can use this prank as well if you try to come a little closer to the hot secretary newly arrived in the company, or if you'll try to break the ice to get into talks with your beautiful female colleague you usually don't know how to approach.

(It's like in cars: deflate her tire, then wait until she sees it and offer to help her change the wheel ;))

Make her computer act like crazy, wait and step into the scene help her out. Just sell her some story about people playing practical jokes to the newly arrived in the company. She WILL remember you after this for being kind to her ;)

Here you go: an instructable with two sides: a dark one and a bright one. Depends on the purpose :D

PS: You can use it in school/college as well! ;)


jack1197 (author)2010-09-09

I did this at school except i made the task bar so small you wont see it, that computer still "doesn't work"

Doctor Freeman (author)2010-08-16

i used to know the infinit shutdown prank off hand but now i don't imagin god (censored) you!! help me or else! or what idk ill slap you. ok olny if you kiss my but for the rest of my life. no!!!! ok then your screwed. fine.

hacker99 (author)2010-04-09

 if you kill the explorer.exe proses in taskmeneger the taskbar wil be gone but wont go back until resart

Maxaxle (author)2009-11-21

Better yet: hide "none.bmp" somewhere in the unused reaches of the C:\ drive, like the WINDOWS folder.

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-09-20

i did this to my teacher

kid3 (author)2009-09-18

you'd really be screwed if you got caught

shabaki (author)2009-08-07

wait i reread my comment and realized if the comps on network then if u have acess then u could just do from afar

shabaki (author)2009-08-07

the best way to do it is if u r the tech guy/girl and make them look stupid after making a big scene by fixing in a manner of econds and then if the comps are on network chances are u can go delete none.bmp ( O . O ) < ------ them

AlternateLives (author)2009-07-20

Here's an Idea: Go into properties of all of the shortcuts of the most-used Icons. That way, some of the Icons work, confusing them further! Make sure the victim is out a lot longer than 5 minutes, though.

Derin (author)2009-06-18

In Edubuntu,a fun trick is to drag EVERY file on the desktop on top of eachother.

Redgerr (author)2008-07-18

this is good, but the problem is that the time in the bottom corner will not change, it will continue to be the same as it was before :O that is if you make the bottom bar disapear too so they cant restart >:O lol :)

watermelonhead (author)Redgerr2009-04-26

you can, just reduce its size. if you go to far, it'll disapear

cgel1015 (author)Redgerr2009-01-28

The taskbar is still active after this, so the clock will continue to function. That is what causes some of the confusion :)

Fondots (author)2007-08-02

you can also right click on the taskbar, unlock it, and drag it down, so they cant even use the start menu and such

thejrb (author)Fondots2008-03-21

Ever heard of the windows key?

Xellers (author)thejrb2008-06-14

If you do this and then go to the task manager and force quit "explorer.exe", someone will go crazy!

ReCreate (author)Xellers2009-01-30

force quit?

Derin (author)Xellers2008-06-19

man yea!

The Mollusk (author)thejrb2008-06-19

I pop out the windows key and switch it with the key next to it.

Fondots (author)thejrb2008-03-21

strangest thing about that, no one seems to think about that, most people just freak out, start clicking everywhere, and eventually just force shutdown their computer, almost no one thinks to use the windows button unless they already know what's going on.

AZIMUT (author)Fondots2008-06-15

I tried this but it does'nt work on vista :(

The Mollusk (author)AZIMUT2008-06-19

yes it does, I did it to my computer to piss people off when they try to use it.

ClayOgre (author)2009-01-28

hmmm....I wonder if there is a way to do this with a Linux live CD to hack into a locked down windows system....?

memyselfand1 (author)2009-01-27

This is brilliant!! There are heaps of people in our class who deserve this. I seriously have to try it!

drmjj55 (author)2008-11-30

you coul move the taskbar down and wala!!!

hylan32 (author)2008-08-03

Ctrl+Alt+Del= Task manager. Click "Processes" tab and then press "E" on the keyboard until you find "explorer.exe", right click it and select "End Process", click "OK"

hylan32 (author)hylan322008-08-03

do it again, except go into the "Tasks" tab, click "New Task..." type in "explorer.exe" and then Click "OK" this will restore full desktop usability.

hylan32 (author)2008-08-03

to make it even more realistic:

Ctrl+Alt+Del= Task manager. Click "Processes" tab and then press "E" on the keyboard until you find "explorer.exe", right click it and select "End Process", click "OK"

This will remove the ability of being able to right click or do anything a "normal" user would want to be able to do.

adityagautam (author)2008-07-18

check my trick out... the same... but a step further...

eviltechie (author)2008-07-15

You could just set the desktop without hiding the icons. Then if they delete or move one, it won't move.

coolz (author)2008-06-25

you could also disable the taskbar...

AZIMUT (author)2008-06-15

I did this prank to my little sister. She started crying beause she thought that she had broke our brand new laptop. LOL

freakinslop (author)2008-06-09

a pure classic i love it =D

vaiden (author)2007-08-21

Here is another, more complicated windows prank that will have it coming to the pc soon. Take this text and paste into a file in notepad.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="\"%COMPUTERNAME%\" %*"

save the file as whatever.reg. Make sure the file isnt whatever.reg.txt, because then it wont work, itll just open in notepad. If all went well you have a registry script that will make all executable files open with the open with dialog!

Make another reg script with the %computername% replaced with %1%, which is the default behavior, so if you need to correct the change you can run the second one to put it back!

drahz (author)vaiden2008-05-30

and what does this do?

vaiden (author)drahz2008-06-07

search for "fun with friend's PC" for my instructable on this.

vaiden (author)drahz2008-06-07

I have an instructable here with full instructions, but this prank causes all executable programs to open the "run with" dialog instead of running. You know, the drill, what program do you want windows to open this with?

drahz (author)2008-01-18

Don't forget to unlock the taskbar and resize it so that you can't see it.

and then lock it again

whats funny is to move the login screen allllllll the way to the bottom so you cant see it unless you know its there.....they will go o-no!!!

BrokenArsenal (author)2008-05-29

i am goin to try this

nkk07 (author)2008-04-15

lol nice +1

jamesbhamilton (author)2008-04-01

if you dont understand this i have one, probably more confusing but whatever... THEY GO CRAZY

bennor3 (author)2008-03-21

bro i am so going 2 pull this on my mom!!!

electronicboy (author)2008-02-29

if you want to stop there taskbar from working "after restart it will work again" open task manager and end the proccess explorer.exe and it end the start menu

darkmuskrat (author)2008-02-25

lol, old but still damn funny.

James (pseudo-geek) (author)2008-01-19

oh man I'm laughing my head off! I just did this to my dads pc sitting next to me so when he gets on hes gonna freak out....I'll post an update in a few hours

K, here's a dandy. go to the run box and type GPEDIT.MSC to open the group policy snap-in. Do this while logged into an administrative account on an XP PRO machine. If it cant be found, Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type mmc, and then click OK. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in. Click Add. Under Available Stand-alone Snap-ins, click Group Policy, and then click Add. Blam, now go the administrative template folder, open Desktop, then you will see a setting to change the user interface to custom. Enable the setting, then browse for whatever program you want to replace explorer at boot. Be prepared to learn how to fix it if you choose something dumb. I like to make firefox the custom gui. Or rocket dock, where all you have on your desktop is a MAC like interface, you can add all the icons you want .

teh_pyroazn (author)2007-07-02

this is awsome!!!!! one question tho... do you make the backround then delete all icons??? teh-pyro-asian p.s you could also make a few word docs and save they're names as. SUICIDE NOTE.doc 10 WAYS TO KILL ME BOSS.doc and other ones that will take the piss out of the person you wanna prank, coz the I.T ppls will see it!

mwwdesign (author)teh_pyroazn2008-02-01


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