Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

Summary: Ready to get your prank on? This isn't your average, run-of-the-mill Windows prank list, so pull up a chair and stay a while! There's plenty to learn here and lots of laughter to be had by you at your victim's expense!

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  • Last but not least on my comprehensive list of pranks is an application that simulates a Windows Vista upgrade (albeit a fast one) which ultimately dumps the user to an OS X desktop just before letting them know they were pranked. Here are the deets:

    1 - Download Vista Upgrade Prank straight from the developer's page.
    2 - Open the zip file and extract vista.exe to the Startup folder like so:
    3 - Click the Start button
    4 - Click "All Programs"
    5 - Scroll down to "Startup," right-click it, then select "Open."
    6 - Click and drag vista.exe into the Startup folder.

    You can couple this app with the shutdown shortcut, or maybe set it up for the next day they come in and boot up. There are plenty of options! And now, since you've made it this far, onward to a couple of bonus pranks!

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  • Bonus 1: Perhaps the oldest trick in the book is changing someone's home page, but there's one recent page in particular that seemed to get a lot of people's attention: Google's barrel roll. Put simply, set your victim's home page to this URL and watch their expression the next time they open a new search window! Alternately, you could create shortcuts to this URL and place them in the Startup folder. Mean, huh? :)

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  • Bonus 2: As we all know, ThinkGeek makes some pretty awesome gadgets. Well, as it happens, they make one nifty prank gadget that's sure to frustrate anyone you choose to make your victim. It forces random keystrokes, sporadic mouse movements, and toggles the caps lock key at random times. You can read more about it here, but being the owner of one, I can vouch for the side-splitting laughter it induces!  

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Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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  • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

    appears that barrel roll does not work using ie9 on win 7 pro computer.
    Must I install google chrome / firefox
    thank you
    TALKIN
    • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

      @TALKIN Ah, you're right! I guess Google checks the user agent of the browser and scoffs at Microsoft (go figure). It appears to work only with Chrome and Firefox. I will update the gallery to reflect this soon. Thanks for the feedback!

      [b]Update[/b]: It is due to a lack of support for WebGL in IE, which the barrel roll trick utilizes.
      StephenChapman
      • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

        @StephenChapman I doubt that it is scoffing. It is probably using HTML, JavaScript, or CSS that IE doesn't support.
        grant22
      • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

        @grant I should have looked a bit deeper. Indeed, it appears to be a lack of support for WebGL in IE9 (or any other version prior to) which causes it not to work.
        StephenChapman
      • doesn't work in Linux

        @StephenChapman I couldn't get it to work on a number of different distributions and with 3 different browsers. Apparently it's a windows0only phenomenon. =(
        pgit
  • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

    http://www.zdnet.com/tb/1-109286-2194125?

    I have followed ZDTv & ZDNet for a looooong time and I still Love It, Awesome job & thanks for the laughs!
    zinfandale
    • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

      @zinfandale@... Hey, thanks! Always happy to hear from our long-time readers. Glad you enjoyed the gallery!
      StephenChapman
  • This is Awesome

    Great article, gave me a few laughs! Thanks
    smu122
    • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

      @smu122 Thanks for reading! Hopefully, you have a few new tricks up your sleeve now. The upside-down desktop really is so simple, yet incredibly effective. =)
      StephenChapman
  • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

    Changing the background to the desktop is a fun one I used to do in Windows 3.1.
    grant22
  • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

    On the mouse tricks you forgot switching the mouse buttons
    h82loze
    • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

      @bwillingham@... They changed how to do that in Windows 7, which is what step 11 in "mouse hijinks" now does!
      StephenChapman
  • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

    omg....this is so fun to do to family members. I supervise a computer sale and service store. My family is always calling me freaking out about their computers. I do this to the ones that keep getting Malware to scare them. Still havent told them....it's a joke......LOL!!! So funny!!!
    Kattarena
  • My version

    Add a new shortcut named something like "Advanced desktop 4.0", make it launch that shutdown command, give it an appropriate icon.
    Take a scren shot and flip it 180 degrees. Now hide all shortcuts but the new one. Make that picture the wallpaper, and flip the desktop and hide the taskbar. Now it will look like an ordinary desktop except for that icon - move it on top "itself" on the wallpaper, change it's icon to a transparent one and give it a name consisting of spaces (no visible characters).
    Clicking all other icons will now have no effect, but clicking that one will make the shutdown window appear - upside down! :D
    Natanael_L
    • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

      @Natanael_L See, now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about, hahaha. Excellent idea! Hope to see more people contribute their own, too. So many excellently evil combinations to choose from!
      StephenChapman
      • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

        @StephenChapman Childish. Mr Chapman, that is the singularly most thoughtless post I've ever read from you, and you've pushed out some hairy bombs in your time.

        Havent we had enough of LULZ that you think its clever to upset someone, prevent them from working and waste company time and resources undoing them?

        I do love a wind-up, but if anyone touched my work they'd get punched in the testicles for their trouble at the very least. I'd expect the same from any co-worker as well. But perhaps here in the UK, we prefer our jokes to come from our leaders, I dont know...

        Bad show, Mr Chapman. Are you so irresponsible you cant see the wave of misery and lost resources you just caused publishing this idiocy? Granted its all out there, but most people arent inventive enough to try it without being told.

        How about 10 Mac pranks? 10 Linux ones? Oh, my mistake. People who value their computer and/or OS wouldnt touch it with a ****** stick.
        SiO2
      • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

        @StephenChapman
        Heh heh!

        I'll bet sharing an office with you and Natanael_L is...interesting.

        Yeah, interesting. :)

        Seriously, thanks for the laughs!
        clfitz
  • humor lost

    As an IT person who ends up fixing crap like this, I'd have a hard time distinguishing between one of these "tricks" and a generally misfunctioning Windows machine. Fiddle for 15 minutes, then rebuild...
    gdstark13
    • RE: Ten epic Windows 7 pranks you absolutely must try

      @gdstark13 Yeah, I see your point. But it's just plain cruel for someone to play one of these pranks on someone and let it escalate all the way to someone in your position before coming clean!
      StephenChapman
      • Other IE pranks, I can't find

        Stephen, great pranks, dude! :) I actually was looking for a certain IE prank you write a lil text thing for, that I had a year ago but deleted part of, & I can't find it online now. I'll add the part I have below. You're supposed to make an IE file that accesses this text file somehow, but of course, I don't recall how to do it. How about can you find out from a smart PC peep, or ask people? The best part is that you can add any text you want to it and it will print that on the screen when someone clicks the fake IE icon you must create-which, as said, I don't recall how to do. Just copying it & changing it to open using IE doesn't work. It's supposed to run it. So, here's the text, on wordpad.
        Dim fso, ws, file, APP_PATH
        Set ws = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
        APP_PATH = """C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"""
        ws.run APP_PATH

        do
        set shl = createobject("wscript.shell")
        shl.sendkeys "This is God! I saw what you did! Don't ever do it again!(Change this to whatever you want.)"
        wscript.sleep 8000
        loop
        Thanks! Love ZDNET! :)
        skye_hook