Windows 2000 Tips

Here, we have provided some quick and easy tips and answers to commonly-asked questions. All tips here should apply to all versions of Windows 2000.


"Windows" Key Keyboard Shortcuts

Changing Dual-Boot Options under Windows 2000

Disabling/Enabling CD-ROM Autorun under NT

Starting Task Manager

Determining Expiration Date of Evaluation Copies

Converting FAT disks/partitions to NTFS

Disabling Administrative Shares

Hiding Last Logon User ID

Administering Windows 2000 Servers from Windows 2000 Professional

Making the Windows 2000 Boot Diskettes

Operation Was Attempted on Something That Is Not a Socket Error

System32 Folder Opens When Logging On

Faster DOS Printing

Show Hidden Devices

Enable / Disable the Task Manager

Problems with 16-Bit Programs After Installing SP2

Common Command Console Utilities

Quick Access to the Device Manager

Enabling NumLock on by Default

Using MSCONFIG to Change the Programs Starting Automatically

Increasing File System Caching

Increasing System Performance

Disabling Dr. Watson

Enabling CD AutoRun

Starting Programs Automatically at Each Command Prompt

Renaming the My Computer Icon

Quick Windows2000 Shutdown/Restart

Fix Browsing Delay to Win98/ME Computers

Windows 2000 Command Reference

Date and Time Environment Variables

Changing File Associations from the Command Prompt

Network Bindings

Disable Regedit From Opening to Previous Location

Not Displaying Last User Logged On

Creating a Logon Banner

Easy Way to Share Multiple Folders

Access to All Dial-Up Connections

Changing Drive Letters

Cascading My Computer Folder

Automatic Creation of Admin Shares

Additional Information From the Task Manager

Enabling DMA/UDMA

Enabling Hibernation

Unsigned Driver Installation

System File Checker

Starting the Indexing Service to Speed Up File Searches

Automatic File & Directory Name Completion

Moving My Documents

Displaying More File Information in Explorer

Running Applications as Another User

Opening a Command Prompt to a Particular Directory from Explorer

Removing Personalized Menus

Display Administrative Tools

Display Logoff

Expand Control Panel, My Documents, Network and Dial-Up Connections or Printers

Displaying Hardware Conflicts

Bring Up Task Manager Directly

Quickly Changing Directories

Disk Cleanup

Create Cascading Menus

Increasing Disk Performance

List of Related Links


"Windows" key Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 2000 has built-in support for keyboards that have the special Windows key, using the special keys as follows:

SEE MORE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS HERE
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Changing Dual-Boot Options under Windows 2000

If you installed Windows 2000 after Windows 9x, you may have opted for Dual-Boot. By default, Windows 2000 makes itself the default option when booting, and displays the menu for 30 seconds.

To change these settings, right-click on My Computer and select Properties.  Select the Advanced tab, then click the Startup & Recovery button. From there, you can select which menu item is the default, and how long before that default is automatically selected.


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Disabling/Enabling CD-ROM Autorun under Windows 2000

To disable CD Autorun:
  1. Start RegEdit (regedt32.exe)
  2. Drill down to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Cdrom
  3. Edit the following item:
To re-enable it, do the same, but set Autorun to 1. 
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Starting Task Manager

The normal way to start Task Manager is to press CNTL-ALT-DEL, then click on the Task Manager button. However, in some cases it is necessary to start it via a means that doesn't require pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL. One example - some remote-access software doesn't work well with that combination of keystrokes.

Alternative ways to start Task Manager include: Click Start/Run, and then type c:\winnt\system32\taskmgr.exe and press ENTER Press CNTL-SHIFT-ESC to bring it up directly (does not work from most remote access programs) Right-Click the Taskbar, and select "Task Manager" from the menu.


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Determining Expiration Date of Evaluation Copies

If you've installed a beta or an evaluation copy of Windows 2000, you probably know that it has an expiration. After a certain number of days from the installation, it will stop running. 

To determine when it will expire, click Start then Run, and enter "winver". A panel displaying the version of Windows 2000 will be displayed, and if it is an evaluation copy, the panel will state that along with the expiration date.


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Converting FAT disks/partitions to NTFS

Windows 2000 runs just great on FAT and FAT32 volumes, but prefers NTFS.  If you have a Windows 2000 system with FAT drives, and have decided you'd rather be on NTFS, here's the easy way to do it.

Open a command window (or click Start/Run) and execute the following command:

convert c: /fs:ntfs

Be sure to replace 'c:' with the actual drive letter of the drive/partition you wish to convert.  Windows 2000 will then convert the drive, or may require a reboot and will do the conversion during the reboot.


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Disabling Administrative Shares

Windows 2000 automatically creates Administrative shares for each drive partition when the operating system is installed.  These shares are named <drive letter>$ - for example, the c: drive will automatically have one named C$.   The "$" denotes a hidden share - it won't appear in the Network Neighborhood lists.   These shares by default are open to system and domain administrators.

If you wish to disable these automatic shares, a registry entry must be changed.  To change it, do the following:

Open Regedit and drill down to the following key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters\

Find the value named AutoShareServer and change the DWORD value to 0 (zero).


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Hide Last Login User ID

When logging on to a Windows 2000 system, the Login dialog box appears.  By default, the user ID of the last person to log onto the server will be shown.  In some cases, this can be a security problem (after all, someone viewing this now knows of at least one valid user ID, though not the password). 

It is possible in Windows 2000 to disable this, so that no user ID is shown in that dialog box.  To do so, do the following:

Open Regedit and drill down to the following key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\WinLogon\

Add a new value named "DontDisplayLastUserName" as a REG_SZ item, with a value of 1.


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Administering Servers from Windows 2000 Professional

It's very easy to administer Windows 2000 Servers from a Windows 2000 Professional workstation.  Microsoft made it easy to install all the MMC snap-ins and other administrative tools.

To do so, simply insert the Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server CD-ROM into your workstation, and run the file adminpak.msi found in the \i386 folder.  Once completed, if you look under Start/Programs/Administrative Tools, you'll see many more options than before.


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Making the Windows 2000 Boot Diskettes

If you are installing Windows 2000 and can't boot from the CD-ROM, then you'll need the boot diskettes.  A set ships in the retail boxed copy of Windows 2000, but you can also create them from the Windows 2000 CD-ROM.

To do so, insert the CD-ROM into any computer running Windows 95, 98, NT, or Windows 2000.  Click Start/Run (or open a Command Prompt) and type:

d:\bootdisk\makeboot.bat a:

You'll be prompted for a blank diskette and the process will begin.  You'll need a total of four blank diskettes to make all of the boot diskettes for Windows 2000.


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Command Line Utilities

Here is a list of some of the more common command line utilities for Window 2000:
Computer Management
Component Services
Disk Managment
Device Manager
Disk Defrag
Event Viewer
Local Users and Groups
Local Security Settings
Group Policies
Performance Monitor
Resultant Set of Policies
Services
Shared Folders

compmgmt.msc
comexp.msc
diskmgmt.msc
devmgmt.msc
dfrg.msc
eventvwr.msc
lusrmgr.msc
secpol.msc
gpedit.msc
perfmon.msc
rsop.msc
services.msc
fsmgmt.msc





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 Operation Was Attempted on Something That Is Not a Socket Error

If you get this error when you try and renew your IP address,
Likely the winsock2 registry entries are corrupted.


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System32 Folder Opens When Logging On

If the System32 folder shows on the desktop, there may be an invalid entry in the Registry

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to both:
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  4. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  5. Double check that the values do not have incorrect, incomplete, or blank entries

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Faster DOS Printing

If you are experiencing slow printing for DOS programs with Windows2000

  1. Go Start | Run | Regedit
  2. Click Hkey_Local_Machine
  3. Click on System
  4. Click CurrentControlSet
  5. Click Control
  6. Go to the bottom of this part of the list and click WOW
  7. Click LPT timeout and change it to a 3

SEE MORE DOS TIPS HERE

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Show Hidden Devices

You can show hidden devices in the Device Manager. One way is by making a simple registry change. The other is through a batch file.

Registry Change:

  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ ControlSet001 \ Control \ Session Manager \ Environment

  2. Create a string DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES

  3. Give it a value of 1

Batch File

@Echo Off
Prompt $p$g
set DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1
start devmgmt.msc
exit


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Enable / Disable the Task Manager

  1. Start Regedit

  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\

  3. Create the Dword value DisableTaskMgr

  4. Give it a value of 0 to enable it

  5. Give it a vaule of 1 to disable it


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 Problems with 16-Bit Programs After Installing SP2

After the installation of Service Pack 2, (SP2), for Windows 2000 the operating system ceased to execute 16-bit programs. This was due to a program compatibility feature within VDM, (Windows NT Virtual Dos Machine), that prevented the operation of 16-bit applications, and generated the following error code

<Program> caused a general Protection Fault in module KRNL386.EXE at 0001:6382 Choose close. <Program> will close

The resolution is ...

  1. Start - Run - REGEDIT
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\SessionManager\AppCompatability\
  3. Delete the NTVDM.EXE subkey
  4. Click YES for confirmation
  5. Restart your computer

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 Common Command Console Utilities

Windows2000 comes with quite a few console utilities you can easily run from the command line:

Computer Management - compmgmt.msc
Disk Managment - diskmgmt.msc
Device Manager - devmgmt.msc
Disk Defrag - dfrg.msc
Event Viewer - eventvwr.msc
Shared Folders - fsmgmt.msc
Group Policies - gpedit.msc
Local Users and Groups - lusrmgr.msc
Performance Monitor - perfmon.msc
Resultant Set of Policies - rsop.msc
Local Security Settings - secpol.msc
Services - services.msc
Component Services - comexp.msc


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 Quick Access to the Device Manager

If you want to quickly access the device manager, create a shortcut on the desktop that point to:

%systemroot%\system32\devmgmt.msc

Note: See the previous tip for other Command Console utilities you can add as well.


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 Enabling NumLock on by Default

To have numlock turned on for each user:

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard\InitialKeyboardIndicators
  3. Change the value from 0 to 2
  4. Turn Numlock on manually
  5. Log off and back on again.
  6. For all users, make the same change to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard\InitialKeyboardIndicators

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Using MSCONFIG to Change the Programs Starting Automatically

You can now use the MSCONFIG.EXE that comes with WindowsXP.

  1. If you like to use MSCONFIG from Windows98, you can still use it with Windows2000.
  2. Just copy the file to a place in your path (e.g. \WINNT)
  3. You will get an error about a file Regenv32.exe. It will work find without it but I just copied that file as well.

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 Increasing File System Caching

To increase the amount of memory Windows will save for locked I/O operations:

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
  3. Edit the key IoPageLockLimit

4096 - 32megs of memory or less
8192 - 32+ megs of memory
16384 - 64+ megs of memory
32768 - 128+ megs of memory
65536 - 256+ megs of memory


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 Increasing System Performance

If you have 512 megs or more of memory, you can increase system performance by having the core system kept in memory.

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\DisablePagingExecutive
  3. Set the value to be 1
  4. Reboot the computer

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Disabling Dr. Watson

If you want to disable Dr. Watson program errors from generating log files:

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion\ AeDebug
  3. Set the string Auto=0
  4. To re-enable it, run drwtsn32 -i

Note: If you do want to use Dr. Watson, you can change the default settings by running drwtsn32 


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Enabling CD AutoRun

To enable CD's automatically running when you insert them:

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ CDRom
  3. Make sure the key reads Autorun=1

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Starting Programs Automatically at Each Command Prompt

If you want to start a program (like DOSKEY) or set an environment variable each time you open a command prompt:

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor
  3. Create a String key called Autorun
  4. Give it the value of the command you want to run
  5. Multiple commands need to be separated by a double ampersand (&&)

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Renaming the My Computer Icon

To rename the My Computer icon to the name of the user that is logged on:

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  3. Change the "My Computer" at end of @C:\WINNT\system32\shell32.dll,-9216@1033,My Computer
  4. Press the F5 key to refresh the desktop and the new name will show up.

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Quick Windows2000 Shutdown/Restart

To do a quick shutdown of Windows2000:

Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete
Hold the Control key while you click on the Shutdown button

A warning box will come up stating:
"If you continue, your machine will reboot and any unsaved data will be lost. Use only as a last resort."


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Fix Browsing Delay to Win98/ME Computers

If you experience a 30 second or so delay when browsing to Windows98 or WindowsME computers,
delete the following registry key on the Windows2000 computer.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / Software / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer / RemoteComputer / NameSpace {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}


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Windows 2000 Command Reference

If you want quick access to all the commands you can run with Windows2000,
run the following command line:

hh.exe mk:@MSITStore:C:\WINNT\Help\windows.chm::/ntcmds.htm

This is one I like to keep handy as a quick reference.


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Date and Time Environment Variables

You can get the current date and time in a batch file by entering:

echo %date% (this gives the same value as date /t)
or
echo %time% (this gives the same value as time /t)


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Changing File Associations from the Command Prompt

Usually you change the file associates from the Explorer.
An easy way to do it from the cmd prompt is by using the assoc and ftype commands

Assoc shows you the extension file type and it's name. 
For example assoc .txt displays .txt=textfile

Ftype lets you change the file assocation
For example ftype txtfile displays txtfile=%SystemRoot%\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE %1

To change the program you want to use for a txtfile, simply type:

ftype txtfile=the location of the other program


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Network Bindings

To view or change your network bindings:

  1. Right click on the My Network Places icon on the desktop
  2. Select Properties
  3. On the menu select Advanced / Advanced Settings

From here you can change the bindings for your adapters.


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Disable Regedit From Opening to Previous Location

By default, whenever you start Regedit, it starts in the previous location.
To turn off this feature:

  1. Start Regedt32 (not Regedit)
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Applets \ Regedit
  3. Clear the entry in the LastKey
  4. Highlight the Regedit key
  5. From the menu select Security / Permissions
  6. Deny Full Control to the currently logged in user

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Not Displaying Last User Logged On

  1. Go to Start / Settings / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy
  2. Open up Local Policies / Security Options
  3. Enable Do not display last user name in login screen

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Creating a Logon Banner

To create a logon banner:

  1. Go to Start / Settings / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy
  2. Open up Local Policies / Security Options
  3. Enter in Message Text and Message Title for users attempting to logon

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Easy Way to Share Multiple Folders

Running the program SHRPUBW.EXE will bring up a simple dialog box to let you:

  1. Browse to the folder you want to share
  2. Enter in a share name
  3. Ender in a description
  4. Set permissions
  5. Restart the process from within the same program

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Access to All Dial-Up Connections

If you have several dial-up connections but don't want to have a shortcut to each one on your desktop,simply copy a shortcut from the \winnt\system32\rasphone.exe file.

This will allow you to select which dial-up connection you want to use from a pull down menu.


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Changing Drive Letters

If you want to change the letters assigned to your fixed or removable drives:

  1. Right Click on My Computer
  2. Select Manage
  3. Select Disk Management

For a Fixed Disk:

  1. Select it
  2. Right click
  3. Select Change Drive Letter and Path
  4. Click on the Edit button
  5. Enter in the letter you want to use

For a Removable Disk:

  1. In the lower, right hand panel, right click on the Disk or CD ROM # 
  2. Select Change Drive Letter and Path
  3. Click on the Edit button
  4. Enter in the letter you want to use

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Cascading My Computer Folder

Simply drag the My Computer icon from the desktop to the Start Button.
Now you have a cascading menu for My Computer available when you press Ctrl-Esc. 
This gives you easy access to your disks, CD ROMS, mobile devices and network connections


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Automatic Creation of Admin Shares

To re-enable automatic creation of the administrative shares, change the value of the following registry key to one (1), or delete the value:

For Server - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters \AutoShareServer

For Workstation -  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters \AutoShareWks

A setting of zero (0) prevents the administrative shares, such as C$, D$, Admin$, and so on, from being created automatically.


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Additional Information From the Task Manager

You can customize some of the items you can see in the Task Manager

  1. In Processes, select View / Columns...
  2. From here you can view additional information about each process such as Page Faults, Priority, Threads etc.

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Enabling DMA/UDMA

To make sure your IDE Controller is set to use DMA

  1. Right click on the My Computer icon
  2. Select Manage
  3. Click on Device Manager
  4. Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller
  5. Right-click on Primary IDE Channel
  6. Click on Properties
  7. Click on the Advanced Settings tab
  8. In the Transfer Mode section, select DMA if available
  9. Do this for both devices in both the Primary and Secondary Controllers
  10. After you reboot you can go back in and see what the controller is now actually using.

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Enabling Hibernation

With Windows2000 Hibernation, when you select it from the Shutdown menu, all your applications as well as their location on your desktop come up the next time you start up your computer.

To enable it:

  1. Go to the Control Panel / Power Options icon
  2. Click on the Hibernate tab
  3. Check Enable hibernation support
  4. Since hibernation takes what is in memory and writes it to disk,
    the amount of hard drive space needed is the same as the amount of memory you have.
  5. Now when you go to logoff, select the Hibernate option instead.

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Unsigned Driver Installation

By default, Windows2000 will allow you to install drivers that have not been signed and approved my Microsoft.
If you want to restrict this so only signed drivers can be installed:

  1. Run the Local Security Policy MMC (Start / Run / Programs / Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy)
  2. Scroll down to Unsigned driver installation behavior (This is second from the bottom)
  3. The default is Not Defined
  4. You have three additional options:

    Silently Succeed
    Warn but allow installation
    Do not allow installation


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Changing the Logon Background Color

If you want to change the green logon color:

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors\Background
  3. Change the three numbers from the default of 58 110 165 to the RGB values you want
  4. For example 110 110 255 is a fairly light blue, 0  0  0  would be black
  5. Log off and log back on again to see the change.

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System File Checker

There is a command-line utility called System File Checker (SFC.EXe), which allows an administrator to scan all protected files to verify their versions. 

The following shows the command-line syntax:

/SCANNOW Scans all protected system files immediately.
/SCANONCE Scans all protected system files once at the next boot.
/SCANBOOT Scans all protected system files at every boot.
/CANCEL Cancels all pending scans of protected system files.
/QUIET Replaces all incorrect file versions without prompting the user.
/ENABLE Enables Windows File Protection for normal operation
/PURGECACHE Purges the file cache and scans all protected system files immediately.
/CACHESIZE=x Sets the file cache size


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Starting the Indexing Service to Speed Up File Searches

You can greatly speed up searching for files, particularly files with text in them, if you index your files.
To turn this on:

  1. Start a search by pressing the F3 key from the Explorer on while on the desktop
  2. Click on Search Options
  3. Click on Indexing Service
  4. Check Yes, enable Indexing Service

Searches should now go extremely fast. The index file is relatively small. 
For example I have about 3 gigs of used hard drive space and this created a 20 meg index file.


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Automatic File & Directory Name Completion

From the command prompt, you can list files or directories without needing to type in the entire name.

  1. Start a new command session with Start / Run / "cmd  /f :on"
  2. You can scroll through files by pressing the Ctrl-F key
  3. You can scroll through directories by pressing the Ctrl-D key
  4. You can enter the first few letters of the name to make the search more specific
  5. You can search backwards by pressing shift key down at the same time
  6. To make this permanent, you can add it to any command prompt shortcuts you use

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Moving My Documents

Normally the My Documents fold is in the Documents and Settings / User_Name directory.

You can change that location by:

  1. Start / Documents
  2. Right click on My Documents
  3. Select Explore
  4. Right click on My Documents
  5. Right click and select Properties
  6. Click on the Move button and select the location you want to move it to.

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Displaying More File Information in Explorer

You can easily display more information than the file name, size, type and modified date in Explorer. 

  1. Right click on any one of these headings.
  2. This will bring up some of the additional fields you can display.
  3. Items such as Attribute, Comment, Created Date, Accessed date are available.
  4. You can also click on More for other items as well
  5. Selections such as Comment can be useful for Word and Excel documents. 
  6. You can right click on the file, select Properties / Summary. 
  7. Select the Comment field and enter in a short description for the file. 

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Running Applications as Another User

With NT, you have always been able to connect to a network share as another user. 
This allowed you to not have to log off and then back on again with a different user.
The same capability is now available with Windows2000 for running applications.
If you need to run an app as an administrator, you can do it without logging off and back on as the admin.

  1. Select the the application you want to run.
  2. While holding down the shift key, right-click on the icon
  3. You now have the option to Run As
  4. You will then be prompted for the user's name, password and domain.

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Opening a Command Prompt to a Particular Directory from Explorer

If you want to open a command prompt to a directory that is selected in the Explorer:

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT  \ Directory \ shell
  3. Create a new key called Command
  4. Give it the value of the name you want to appear in the Explorer. Something like Open DOS Box
  5. Under this create a new key called command
  6. Give it a value of " cmd.exe cd %1 " (no quotes)
  7. Now when you are in the Explorer, right click on a folder, select Open DOS Box, and a command prompt will open to  the selected directory.

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Removing Personalized Menus

  1. Right-click on the Task Bar
  2. Select Properties
  3. Uncheck Use Personalized Menus

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Display Administrative Tools

  1. Right-click on the Task Bar
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click on the Advanced tab
  4. Check Display Administrative Options

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Display Logoff

  1. Right-click on the Task Bar
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click on the Advanced tab
  4. Check Display Logoff

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Expand Control Panel, My Documents, Network and Dial-Up Connections or Printers

  1. Right-click on the Task Bar
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click on the Advanced tab
  4. Check the ones you want to expand

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Displaying Hardware Conflicts

  1. Make sure you display the Administrative tools 
  2. Go to Start / Programs / Administrative Tools / Computer Management
  3. Scroll down to System Tools / System Information / Hardware Resources / Conflicts/Sharing
  4. This will display and IRQ or other conflicts.

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Bring Up Task Manager Directly

To start the Task Manager, simply press the Ctrl-Shift-Esc keys


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Quickly Changing Directories

If you want to change directories but don't want to type in the entire path name,
you can use the "*" at the end of a partial display.

For example to change to Program Files, you can simply enter cd pro* and it will fill in the rest.


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Disk CleanUp

To clean up your drive from Temporary Internet Files, Temp files, the Recycle Bin etc.

  1. Click on the My Computer icon
  2. Right click on the drive you want to clean
  3. Select Properties
  4. Click on the Disk Cleanup button
  5. From here you can select the types of files you want to remove

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Cascading Menus

Simply drag the My Computer icon from the desktop to the Start Button. Now you have a cascading menu for My Computer available when you press Ctrl-Esc. This gives you easy access to your disks, CD ROMS, mobile devices and network connections.


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Increasing Disk Performance

Go to Start \ Settings \ Control Panel \ System \ Performance \ File System \ Troubleshooting.
Check the box Disable synchronous buffer commits.


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