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Jun 20, 2004 - General    No Comments

Window size and location is not remembered

Windows NT remembers the size and location of the last 28 windows closed.

Each Windows size and location is stored as a subkey at:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStreams
The first window for the first user is 0, the second windows is 1, etc. After 28, a subkey is overwritten. The association of these subkeys with a window is stored at:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStreamMRU
If your StreamMRU settings become cross linked, the size and location of a window will be stored on top of another windows entry.

To correct this problem, delete all the subkeys of the Stream key and all the value names of the StreamMRU key, except MRUList.

Jun 20, 2004 - General    No Comments

How do I re-add a deleted port

Use Regedt32 to navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionPorts

On the Edit menu, Add Value name as a type REG_SZ.
is the actual port such as LPT1: or COM3:.
In the String Editor, enter the correct value data.

NOTE: LPTx ports have a blank string.

NOTE: COMx ports have BaudRate,Parity,DataBits,StopBits,FlowControl where:

BaudRate=75,110,134,150,300,600,1200,1800,2400,4800,7200,9600,14400,19200,38400,57600, or 115,200

Parity=n,o,e,m, or s

DataBits=4,5,6,7, or 8

StopBits=1,1.5, or 2

FlowControl=not entered for none, p for hardware, or x for XON/XOFF.

Jun 20, 2004 - General    No Comments

ALT+PAGE DOWN and ALT+PAGE UP changes locale in Terminal Server

In Terminal Server, each active window is allowed to have its’ own keyboard local.

When you change windows, the last keyboard locale for that window is used.

If you have the default ALT+SHIFT key set as the locale toggle hotkey, the ALT+SHIFT+TAB is sent when you press ALT+PAGE DOWN or ALT+PAGE UP, which cause the locale to toggle.

You can reset the default in Terminal Server using Control Panel / Keyboard. Setting the locale toggle to CTRL+SHIFT or none will allow ALT+PAGE DOWN and ALT+PAGE UP to not toggle the locale.

Jun 20, 2004 - General    1 Comment

Creating a Custom System Properties Screen

To customize the General tab in System Properties, it is not necessary to edit the registry. Create a file called oeminfo.ini in the System/System32 folder (depending on your version of Windows) containing the following lines :

[General]
Manufacturer=Manufacturer Name
Model=Computer Model

[Support Information]
Line1=Text displayed in
Line2=the message box
Line3=opened when you click
Line4=on Support Information

The General section displays information about the computer’s manufacturer and model displayed above the processor version and the amount of memory installed in your machine located at the bottom of the General tab.

The Support Information section displays the Support Information… button which opens a message box containing the text typed in all LineX when clicked.
To display a logo to the left of the General information, create a 180×114 pixel file called oemlogo.bmp in System/System32. And here it is. The file oeminfo.ini is required for the logo to be displayed although there is no explicit reference to the logo in that file.

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Jun 20, 2004 - Windows 2000    No Comments

Windows 2000 issues no warning when you are logged on using cached credentials

In Windows NT, if a domain controller can not be contacted, and you are not a new user of the workstation, you receive:

A domain controller for your domain could not be contacted.
You have been logged on using cached account information.
Changes made to your profile since you last logged on may not be available.

In Windows 2000, the message is suppressed by default.
To enable the message, you must edit the registry of each Windows 2000 member. Use Regedt32 to navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon

On the Edit menu, Add Value name ReportControllerMissing and set this string value (type REG_SZ) to uppercase TRUE. The default is FALSE. This enables reporting for the workstation.

To enable reporting for the users, set the ReportDC value to 1.

Jun 20, 2004 - Windows 2000    No Comments

How do I crash Windows 2000 with a few key strokes

Sometimes, a Memory.dmp is helpful.

If you want to be able to create one with a few keystrokes:
1. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesi8042prtParameters

2. On the Edit menu, Add Value name CrashOnCtrlScroll, as a type REG_DWORD. A data value of 1 enables this feature. A missing Value Name, or a data value of 0, disables it.
3. Shutdown and restart your computer.
To crash your system, with:

*** STOP: 0x000000E2 (0x00000000,0x00000000,0x00000000,0x00000000)
The end-user manually generated the crashdump.

1. Hold down the right hand Ctrl key.
2. Press the ScrLk twice.

Jun 20, 2004 - Windows 2000    No Comments

Is there an alternative to start menu scrolling in Windows 2000?

In Windows 2000, the default is to scroll the start menu.

You can alter this behavior using Start / Settings / Taskbar & Start menu … / Advanced. Uncheck Scroll the programs menu and press OK.

You can also alter the registry at:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced

Edit StartMenuScrollPrograms, a type REG_SZ, and set the string to NO. You will need to restart your computer.

Jun 20, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I log off or shutdown a remote Windows 2000 computer?

You can do this from your Windows 2000 desktop.
1. Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
2. On the Action menu, press Connect to another computer ….
3. Double-click a computer in the list.
4. Right-click Computer Management () and press Properties.
5. On the Advanced tab, press Startup and Recovery.
6. Press the Shut Down button.
7. Select an Action:

Log off Current User
Shut Down
Restart
Power down (if supported)
8. Select a Force Apps Closed action and press OK.

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