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Desktop Gone Forever
If you can do without the regular NT 4.0 desktop permanently, it's possible to
start with just the Task Manager even without Command Prompt. Launch the
Registry Editor and locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/ CurrentVersion/WinLogon.
Double-click on value named Shell (set by default to Explorer.exe). Enter
Taskmgr.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
Task Manager from the context menu. You can view the CPU usage and memory usage
under the Performance tab, To regain resources, you can kill unnecessary
processes from the Processes tab.
You can change the Start menu delay in displaying sub-menus. Run Regedit adn
navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel\Desktop. Change the value for
MenuShowDelay to any number between 0 (fastest) and 4000 (slowest). If the above
does not exist, add a string value with this name.
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 >
Programs > Administrator tools > Disk Administrator > Partition > Configuration
> Save. Insert a formatted floppy disk into your drive and click OK. You can
restore the partition structure later by clicking on Partition > Configuration >
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
diskperf -Y. r\Restart the computer. you can monitor disk activity with the
Performance, 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.
When 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 resource remain in effect.
NT Protocol Analyser
NT server 4.0 includes a software-based protocol analyzer called the Network
Monitor Agent. To install it open Control Panel > Network > Services and click
on Add. Select Network Monitor Agent from the list. You can now start Network
Monitor from the Administrative Tools. To capture network data, click on Capture
> Start. 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
Panel. also, make sure that the intended recipient is not logged in to multiple
Adding a Command Prompt to any Folder
Open Explorer and click View > Options > File Types. Locate Folder and click
Edit. Click New to open the New Action dialog box. Type Command Prompt in the
Action box, and type cmd.exe in the Application Used to Perform Action box. Now
you can 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_CURRENT_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 Command Prompt window, type in the first few characters of the file
or folders and press Tab to complete it automatically.
Saving Recent Desktop Settings
To save the Desktop settings on normal exits only. You could lose your recent
Desktop modifications if NT crashes or hangs. you can save your current Desktop
settings by selecting and object on the Desktop and pressing F5 key.
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