Tech Tips

Windows NT : Startup and Shutdown

Stopping and starting the Proxy services

There are several ways to stop and start the Proxy services. You can use the Internet Service Manager (ISM) and simply select the service and click the Start/Stop button. You can alternatively use the Services applet in Control Panel to first select the service and then choose Start or Stop....

Speeding up application shutdowns

How quickly they forget the days of DOS. No matter how quick and reliable users' systems are, they're always complaining about waiting a few seconds for an app to shut down. Of course, you get impatient with this stuff, too. The wait for some applications to shut down, particularly some...

Clear the page file at shutdown

For added security, it's a good idea to make sure there's little or no information remaining in the page file after a system shuts down. Fortunately, there's a registry tweak you can employ that clears the page file on shutdown. Using Regedt32, add the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\ Control\Session Manager\Memory Management...

Using the Shutdown utility

Use the Shutdown.exe utility that's shipped with the Windows NT Resource Kit to reboot the local machine. An example of the usage is Shutdown /l/r/c/y. The command line arguments add flexibility to the utility. Use /l to shut down the local machine, /r to reboot, /c to close all programs,...

Controlling Num Lock status at startup

Ever try and figure out why some NT workstations automatically boot up with Num Lock on and others don't? Sure, you can play with BIOS settings, but there really is an easier way. The Num Lock status at startup is controlled by a registry value. You can manually set the...

Enabling automatic logons

Although it does seem to go against basic security rules, there are some situations when you might need to set up an Windows NT machine to log on automatically, completely bypassing the standard logon sequence. This might be necessary for a remote print server or other specialized application server, for...

Controlling persistent connections

The Persistent Connections subkey stores data about the most recent connections to network drives. Understanding how to configure Persistent Connections on Windows NT can help your system start faster and let you control which network connections are made at startup. You can make changes to the way NT works with...

Using Control Panel to make OS selections

When Windows NT boots, you're greeted with a menu that allows you to choose between Windows NT, Windows NT VGA Mode, and any other operating systems that you have loaded. If you want to change the default choice or the length of time on the counter, you don't have to...

ARC paths

Advanced RISC Computing (ARC) names are the names seen when viewing Boot.ini and are used to locate the NT boot partition. There are two main types of ARC names, depending on whether the disks are IDE or SCSI. For IDE, the ARC names will follow this convention: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation...

Boot.ini switches

An often-overlooked feature of Windows NT is using the Boot.ini file to help diagnose problems and configure other boot options. Let's examine some of the switches that can be added to the menu lines. Remember that Boot.ini is a read-only file, so remove the attribute before adding these switches. Editing...

Contact Us | Authors | Subject Index | Directory | RSS Feeds

Copyright ©2006 Setup32.com