Screen Freeze Prank. (XP)

Introduction: Screen Freeze Prank. (XP)

About: My screen name is an allusion to something. Does anyone besides me know what the allusion is to? If you think you know, feel free to PM me and ask if you're right.

I know Instructables on how to do this are already out there. Don't tell me that, please. I have my reasons for making this. Basically, mine is better. I'm serious. On others, the winkey still works, and the start menu is still there if you move you mouse down. Desktop can still be right-clicked on. Mine fixes all of these issues, no prank software downloads or extensive coding are needed.

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By proceeding to the following steps you agree that I will not be held liable for damages to any computer you use information from this Instructable on, and that this information is for educational purposes only.

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Step 1: Materials

Well, *reads note on hand* It seems we will need:

A computer (you already have one)

WIndows XP (you should already have this too, but it costs around $55)

Command prompt (comes with windows XP)

Microsoft Paint (comes with windows XP)

Download and extract the zip file below.

Step 2: Screenshot Time

Now, use a shortcut key, for example, Shift+Print Screen to take a screenshot. Next, open microsoft pain, select the select tool, right click on the drawing canvas, and click paste. Next, save that file somewhere memorable.

Step 3: Involuntary Change of Background

Right click on the desktop (while you can! BWAHAHA!) and click properties. Go to the 'Desktop' tab and click browse. Locate the screenshot from step 2 and use that as the background.

Step 4: Why Mine Is Better

Up to this point, there seems to be no difference between my instructable and the scores of other instructables you see out there. Well, it isn't. Mine will disable the WInkey. No right clicking on the desktop. No start menu, not even hidden! Basically, the only thing that works is Task Manager. If you could disable the HotKeys to get to that, that wouldn't work either.

Step 5: The Awesome Part

If you want this to happen every time people log on, place the .exe file in the startup directory of your computer. Otherwise, just run it. Now, to get out of the terrible frozen-ness, use the HotKey to bring up Task Manager and start a new task, called 'explorer.exe'. That is all. Goodbye.

Oh, if you run the .exe file with the parameter 'decompile', it will... decompile. Open source =D

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    6 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    What bat wrapper did you use to give your exe a "decompile" function?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The same one you used in your pipe bomb Instructable. (I prefer the 3 lined no pipe version)
    In the latest version (1.5) a decompiler was added.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ohhh... Ill stick to the 1.4 so that it's harder for people to decompile...


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, now that I check, you used version 1.4. 1.5 is a lot better.