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Enabling Windows File Extensions

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or... How to enable windows file extensions...
ummm, ok, so i am repeating myself...
by default, windows does not show you file extensions...
this is very bad in my opinion!!!
the 3 letter extension after the name of a file is very useful.
 
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i will repeat myself here, once again, for good measure.

When you download a mod file for your TreadMarks game, you will notice that the file has a .zip extension to it. An example... say you download TM-mod-awesome-weapon.zip, but when you look at it, if all you see is TM-mod-awesome-weapon, without the .zip file extension. then you should quit what you are doing and go enable file extensions in windows. This is actually a security hazard in windows, and virus writers can take advantage of you and give you a virus by sending you a file with double extensions... ie: virus.jpg.vbs    if file extensions are not enabled, then the file virus.jpg.vbs will look like virus.jpg  and windows will tell you that virus.jpg  is an image; instead of what it truly is : virus.jpg.vbs : a visual basic script file ( the .vbs extension )   Files with double extensions are a dead giveaway for viruses and trojans and worms.
 
 

 

windows98

Here is how to enable file extensions... for win98
1) double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop
2) click the "View" menu item and choose "Folder Options"
 
win98 view menu options
 
win98 view tab options
3) click the 2nd tab, "View"
4) click the radio button "Show all files"
5) uncheck the box "Hide file extensions for known file types"
6) click the "Apply" button in the lower right corner
7) click the top button "Like Current Folder" so these changes apply to ALL folders on your computer
8) click the "OK" button on the botton to close the window
9) once again, this is for win98
 

 

windows 2000

Here is how to enable file extensions... for win2000
1) double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop
2) click the "Tools" menu item and choose "Folder Options"
 
w2k tools menu options
 
w2k view tab options
3) click the 2nd tab, "View"
4) click the radio button "Show hidden files and folders"
5) uncheck the box "Hide file extensions for known file types"
6) uncheck the box "Hide protected operating system files"
7) agree to the warning that dire consequences might happen
8) click the "Apply" button in the lower right corner
9) click the top button "Like Current Folder" so these changes apply to ALL folders on your computer
10) click the "OK" button on the botton to close the window
11) once again, this is for win2000
 
 

 

windows95

Here is how to enable file extensions... for win95
1) double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop
2) click the "View" menu item and choose "Options"
 
win95 view menu options
 
win95 view tab options
3) click the 2nd tab, "View"
4) click the radio button "Show all files"
5) uncheck the box "Hide MS-DOS file extensions for file types that are registered"
6) click the "Apply" button in the lower right corner
7) check the box "Display the full MS-DOS path in title bar". Well, you don't have to, but it is nice to turn on.
8) click the "OK" button on the botton to close the window
9) once again, this is for win95
 

 

windows NT4

Here is how to enable file extensions... for NT4
1) double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop
2) click the "View" menu item and choose "Options"
 
nt4 view menu options
 
nt4 view tab options
3) click the 2nd tab, "View"
4) click the radio button "Show all files"
5) uncheck the box "Hide file extensions for known file types"
6) click the "Apply" button in the lower right corner
7) check the box "Display the full path in title bar". Well, you don't have to, but it is nice to turn on.
8) click the "OK" button on the botton to close the window
9) once again, this is for NT4
 

 

windows ME

Here is how to enable file extensions... for winME
1) double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop
2) click the "Tools" menu item and choose "Folder Options"
 
winME tools folder options
 
winME view tab options
3) click the 2nd tab, "View"
4) click the radio button "Show hidden files and folders"
5) uncheck the box "Hide file extensions for known file types"
6) uncheck the box "Hide protected operating system files"
7) agree to the warning that dire consequences might happen
8) click the "Apply" button in the lower right corner
9) click the top button "Like Current Folder" so these changes apply to ALL folders on your computer
10) click the "OK" button on the botton to close the window
11) once again, this is for winME
 
 

 

windows XP

Here is how to enable file extensions... for winXP
1) double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop, or choose "My Computer" from the start menu.
2) click the "Tools" menu item and choose "Folder Options"
 
winxp-tools-folder-options
 
winxp-2-view-tab
3) click the 2nd tab, "View"
4) click the radio button "Show hidden files and folders"
5) uncheck the box "Hide file extensions for known file types"
6) uncheck the box "Hide protected operating system files"
7) agree to the warning that dire consequences might happen - see below
8) check the box "Do not cache thumbnails"
8a) this prevents XP from creating those useless thumbs.db files everywhere
9) for good meausre, check the box "Display the contents of system folders"
10) click the "Apply" button in the lower right corner
11) click the top button "Apply to All Folders" so these changes apply to ALL folders on your computer
12) click the "OK" button on the botton to close the window
13) once again, this is for winXP
 
 
this is the dire warning of unknown consequences... just ignore it and click yes.
 
 
 
 
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