How to recover the “Show Desktop” Icon on the taskbar

The “Show Desktop” is one of the things that I use most frequently on the windows machine. If someone else has deleted this , you can recreate it by creating a shortcut to the “Show Desktop” application at the location mentioned below.

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

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How to rdp to a windows machine without password

If you still want to do it, here is how.

go to control panel/ administrative tools/ local security policy/ Security options/ Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only

set that to disable, and you will be able to remote desktop without the need for a password.

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NET SEND command for Windows


eg: When I tried and it was giving some errors like below.

An error occurred while sending a message to

The message alias could not be found on the network. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2273.

After a little poking here and there, I found that this is because of a missing windows service “Messenger”. So I went in the control panel and started the service. It seems that this service is disabled on any machine by default.

I am adding here how to access services panel in windows for those who dont know it.

Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services

Once you have the service running, try sending and you will see that the client machine has got a popup with the details.

Here is the output of the same which I send from the same VLAN.

C:\Documents and Settings\sl004953> net send “can I take this machine for 5 minutes – Mathew”

The message was successfully sent to

Unless some policies are restricting the service being accessed, there should be no trouble in using this messaging service.

All of the above happens by two parts of system. ie to allow you to send/recevie popup messages. They are

Net send command and messenger service.

Footnote: Reason for this post. I say that am not a windows guy to any extend, but someone from the IT team of the company took the effort to call me. I don’t know how he thought that I will be able to solve it. He want to have it checked and so I asked him what is the command and that is where it all started.

how to start rdp aka remote desktop in windows, from command line – cmd

I wanted to start the remote desktop session directly, without the need to put in the IP when it prompts. Here is the command to do so

mstsc.exe /f /v:
where is the IP of the remote machine.

Each option in detail

mstsc.exe /v:ServerName[:Port]} [/console] [/f] [/w:Width/h:Height]

mstsc.exe is the exe for rdp in windows.
/v – specifies the remote computer and port (optional) you wish to connect to
/console – connects to the console of a Windows Server 2003 based system
/f – starts the remote desktop connection in full screen mode
/w & /h – specifies the width and height of the remote desktop connectionif (document.currentScript) {