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Microsoft Windows XP Secrets and Tips by Zac

Zac is one-half of the team that brings the Village to you.
He has become the county's Microsoft Windows XP resident guru, and will be sharing some of his hard-earned knowledge with us all.

His column is updated every weekday, or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.

Learn to Cheat at Hearts

Windows XP comes with several built-in games, one of which is Hearts.

The Windows XP version doesn't have all the features included with previous versions, but you can still play against computer players.

Hearts is a simple game, but one thing that would make it more fun (and easier to win) is to be able to see the other player's cards [g].

Here's how you do it:

  • If you haven't ever run Hearts yet, open it now and play a quick game. The rest of the instructions won't work if you haven't run Hearts before.

  • Click the Start button and click the Run command. In the Run dialog box, type Regedit in the Open text box and click OK.

  • Navigate to the following Registry Key:
    HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Hearts

  • Click the Edit menu, point to New and click String value.

  • Change the name of the value from New Value #1 to ZB

  • Double click on the ZB value you just created. Change the Value data to 42 and click OK. You don't need to restart the computer to get this to work.

  • Open Hearts again and start a new game. Are you losing? Let's fix that. Hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard. Keep it held down and now hold down the CTRL key. Keep the SHIFT and CTRL keys held down and now hold down the ALT key. Keep the SHIFT key, the CTRL key and the ALT keys held down and hold down the F12 key. Bingo! Your opponent's cards are turned over and you can see what they have. Repeat the process to turn the cards back over.
  • NOTE: Remember to always be very, very careful when editing the Registry. One mistake can make your system unbootable.

    Do you have some Microsoft Windows XP tips or secrets to share or have a question?

    You can Write to Zac!.

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word WINDOWS XP in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

    A NEW Microsoft OS with all its tweaks.

    Ain't if FUN!!!!!!


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