Computer Prank

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Intro: Computer Prank

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

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

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

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.

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18 Discussions

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iman4

4 years ago on Introduction

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

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paradoxicalwarfare

4 years ago

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

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MrLouque

7 years ago on Introduction

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.

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Bholoo

9 years ago on Introduction

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

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tanmanknex

9 years ago on Introduction

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!

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Musicman41

9 years ago on Introduction

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

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xACIDITYx

9 years ago on Introduction

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

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andrewdpham3xACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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xACIDITYxandrewdpham3

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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)

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Rmg12jetsmiley123

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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Mister nobodie

9 years ago on Step 3

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

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andrewdpham3Mister nobodie

Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

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