SysInternals Desktops 2.0 patch

Discussion in 'Windows XP Customization' started by Borg, Sep 6, 2023.

  1. Borg

    Borg

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    Do you remember great little utility from SysInternals called Desktops 2.0 that
    allow you to create 4 virtual desktops? Very usefull. However, I always been annoyed
    that when I press hotkey to change between desktops, it will create one when needed.

    With this little patch it will do nothing. To create desktop, you need to click on tray icon
    and select: Press to create Desktop. Enjoy!
    Code:
    8B 04 BD C4 9D 41 00 85 C0 74 11 6A 00 50
             E4                   2E EB 0F 90
    
     
    Borg, Sep 6, 2023
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    I recall that app and have it on my trusty XP Apps drives and wanted to use it except the annoyance of what you speak was too much.

    Where/how do I apply this hack?
     
    TMTGTR, Sep 7, 2023
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  3. Borg

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    You need to grab any hex editor (I recommend myself XVI).
    Then you need to find upper hex string (it should be found only once).
    Then you need to change upper values for those in down. If there is blank,
    it means no change is needed.
    Then save the changes and try it.
    Remember to always make backup of .exe you patching :)

    If this is too much problem for you, you can grab already patched version here:
    http://ds-1.ovh.uu3.net/ftp/home/borg/Desktops.exe

    MD5 sum:
    e45fb01cca424c6bee3f4c9f7f93149d *Desktops.exe
     
    Borg, Sep 7, 2023
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    Thanks Borg! I did grab it from your ftp. I'll report when I install it. The computer I intended (office Back up) just died. Got to get a "New" one
     
    TMTGTR, Sep 12, 2023
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    Damn.. Sad that it died. I hope my current desktop will survive at least next 5 years.
    The old one (very decent, custom build for gaming) had internal NIC b0rked.
    Adding PCI NIC was a disaster. DPC latency skyrocketed :/
     
    Borg, Sep 12, 2023
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