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easy play with registry!

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Desktop Gone Forever
If you can do without the regular NT 4.0 desktop permanently, it's possible to s
tart with just the Task Manager even without Command Prompt. Launch the Registry
Editor and locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/ CurrentVersion/WinLogo
n. Double-click on value named Shell (set by default to Explorer.exe). Enter Tas
kmgr.exe for the NT Task Manager. For a command prompt, enter Cmd.exe. Close the
Registry Editor and log off.
Using the Windows Task Manager
Windows Task Manager can aid you in finding the amount of RAM you can regain by
disabling unnecessary system services. Right-click on the taskbar and select Tas
k Manager from the context menu. You can view the CPU usage and memory usage und
er the Performance tab, To regain resources, you can kill unnecessary processes
from the Processes tab.
Fast Menus
You can change the Start menu delay in displaying sub-menus. Run Regedit adn nav
igate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel\Desktop. Change the value for MenuShow
Delay to any number between 0 (fastest) and 4000 (slowest). If the above does no
t exist, add a string value with this name.
Launch Faster
You can change the default boot delay of 30 seconds. Open Control Panel > System
> Startup/Shutdown. Under the Show List For, change the settings to the desired
boot delay value. To bypass the boot menu altogether, set the delay to 0. Note:
If you dual boot between the Operating Systems using the NT boot loader, do not
set the boot delay value to 0.
Messing with Partitions
Before using Disk Administrator to make changes to the partitions, you may want
to make sure you save your current configuration. To do this, click Start > Prog
rams > Administrator tools > Disk Administrator > Partition > Configuration > Sa
ve. Insert a formatted floppy disk into your drive and click OK. You can restore
the partition structure later by clicking on Partition > Configuration > Restor
Performance Monitor
The Performance Monitor will not monitor disk performance unless you turn on the
disk counters first. to do this, open the Command Prompt window and type diskpe
rf -Y. r\Restart the computer. you can monitor disk activity with the Performanc
e, you should turn them off by typing diskperd -N at the Command Prompt when you
have finished testing.
Sharing Resources Secretly
To secretly share a resource, simple append a dollar sign ($) to share name. Whe
n you do so, the resource doesn't appear in Network Neighborhood, but is readily
available by either mapping the drive or typing the UNC in the Run dialog box.
This provides an additional degree of privacy and security to a shared resource.
Further more, and access restrictions or passwords assigned to that shared reso
urce remain in effect.
NT Protocol Analyser
NT server 4.0 includes a software-based protocol analyzer called the Network Mon
itor Agent. To install it open Control Panel > Network > Services and click on A
dd. Select Network Monitor Agent from the list. You can now start Network Monito
r from the Administrative Tools. To capture network data, click on Capture > Sta
rt. Click Capture > Stop to stop monitoring.
Alerter and Messenger
If messages don't reach their destination's) when using "net send" command, turn
on the Alerter and Messenger serviced in the Services applet of the Control Pan
el. also, make sure that the intended recipient is not logged in to multiple mac
Adding a Command Prompt to any Folder
Open Explorer and click View > Options > File Types. Locate Folder and click Edi
t. Click New to open the New Action dialog box. Type Command Prompt in the Actio
n box, and type cmd.exe in the Application Used to Perform Action box. Now you c
an right-click a folder and click Command Prompt to open a Command Prompt window
at the folder's path.
You can automatically fill in file and folder names at the command prompt, much
like a UNIX terminal. Launch the Registry editor and move down to the HKEY_CURRE
NT_USER \Software\Microsoft\Command Processor. Select CompletionChar and set its
value of to 9. Restart the system for the changes to take effect. Now, at the C
ommand Prompt window, type in the first few characters of the file or folders an
d press Tab to complete it automatically.
Saving Recent Desktop Settings
To save the Desktop settings on normal exits only. You could lose your recent De
sktop modifications if NT crashes or hangs. you can save your current Desktop se
ttings by selecting and object on the Desktop and pressing F5 key.
Key to the CD Key
The CD Key is required to reinstall the operating system. If you have lost it, y
ou can retrieve it form the Windows registry. Open Regedit and navigate to HKEY_
LOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT \CurrentVersion. Look at ProductId. Th
e CD Key is digits 6 thought 15.
The Bin is Full
To change the icons used for the Recycle bin, run the Registry Editor and naviga
te to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\CLSID\ {645F040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002
F954E}\DefaultIcon. Edit the value labeled Full and type the path to the icon fi
le. Similarly, edit the value labeled Empty Empty to specify the icon for the em
pty recycle bin.
Compressing data
Windows NT lets you compress and decompress directories and files on NTFS partit
ion. Compression reduces storage requirements for seldom-accessed files without
degrading overall drive performance. You can compress and expand files and direc
tories form My Computer or Explore - just right-click on item, select Properties
and enable Compress form the list of attributes.
Drop and Run
You can open the Run dialog box (Start > Run), then drag and drop a file or appl
ication onto it form My Computer or Explorer. The compete pathname appears in th
e Run dialog box. Now you could add command-line options or simple click OK to l
aunch the file.
Re-create NT installations disks
You can re-create NT installation disks if you lose or damage your original set.
Format three floppy disks and load your 4.0 CD-ROM in the drive. Form the Run d
ialog box, browse to the i386 folder on the CD-ROM and select winnet32.exe and c
lick Open. Alter the Run command like to d:\i386\winnt32/ox (where the first d i
s the CD-ROM drive letter). Click OK and follow the prompts.
List of settings and address
For a complete list of the settings and address currently assigned to your syste
m, open the Command Prompt form the Start button's Program menu, and type ipconf
ig/all. this will display all TCP/IP relates settings on the system. This is sim
ilar to winipcfg in Windows 9x.
Easy addition of users
Creating a user template makes if easy to add multiple new users with the same g
roup and access privileges. Open User Manager for Domains. Add a new user by sel
ecting New User form the User menu. Label this user as a template for the user l
evel, such as Template--Worker or Template--Secretary and set the correct privil
eges and options for Groups, Profile, and Dial-in. the next time you need to add
a user, simple select the template account, and select User > Cope from the men
u. All you need to do is changed the name and password.
Maintaining a Repair disk
The Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) holds a record of the settings and boot paramete
rs for your primary partition Boot Sector. Every time you make a change to these
areas, you should also re-crease the ERD; otherwise, the repair disk will not r
estore your system to the most recent functioning state. To crease an updated ER
D, type rdisk /s in the Run dialog box.
Documentation Books on your hard drive
Wish to avoid inserting the NT CD-ROM every time you access Books Online? Simple
cope the \Support\Books form the CD-ROM to your hard drive. Next, remove the di
sc form the drive and attempt to launch the Books Online Shortcut. When you're p
rompted to insert the CD-ROM or specify an alternate route, click the Browse but
ton, and select the directory where you copied the files.
Restoring a damaged boot sector
An up-to-date Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) can aid you in recovering from a damag
ed boot sector. To restore a damaged boot sector, reboot the computer using the
Setup disk 1, followed by disk 2 when prompted. Select R for Repair. Form the ne
xt menu, select only Inspect boot sector (to check the boot sector for damaged).
Insert disk 3 and then the ERD when prompted and follow the instructions on scr