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Settings to manage system errors and restoration

Logging and Reporting Enhancements

Tweaks and settings to repair Windows Software

Automatic Administrative Logon to Recovery Console (Windows 2000/XP)
The recovery console is a command line environment that is used to recover from system problems. This setting controls whether the administrator account will be logged on automatically or be required to enter a password when the recovery console is invoked during startup.

Manage Floppy Access from Recovery Console (Windows 2000/XP)
If this setting is enabled, a user has full access to all drives on the system and can copy files from the hard drive to the floppy disk when using the Recovery Console.

Disable System Restore Tools and Settings (Windows XP)
System Restore allows users to revert Windows settings and configuration changes to an earlier point in time (called Restore Points). This tweak can be used to restrict user access to the System Restore tools and settings.

Change the Default NumLock State (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular
The NumLock key is usually only turned on before the user has logged into the computer, this can cause problem for people with portable computers that do not check the status of the NumLock key before typing their password. The default behavior can be changed with this setting.

Enable Remote Assistance (Windows XP)
The Remote Assistance feature is a convenient way for an administrator to remotely connect to a computer and with permission view the screen, move the mouse, use the keyboard and chat online.

View Source Not Working in Internet Explorer (All Windows)
When you attempt to view the source HTML of a web page in Internet Explorer it may not be displayed for several reasons. This article describes some of the common causes of this problem.

Windows NT Failure to Open Large Files (Windows NT)
When an application tries to open large files (over 100MB), the request may fail with one of the following error messages: Insufficient Resources or Invalid Handle. This tweak can be used to resolve the problem.

Disable Warnings on Startup (Windows 2000/XP)
With this setting you can suppress any error messages that might otherwise appear at Windows startup. These popup messages normally notify you when a device or service is not functioning correctly.

Run Inserted CD-ROMs Automatically (All Windows) Popular
When you insert a data disc into the CD-ROM drive, it may not be run automatically, changing this setting should correct the problem.

Change the Icon Cache Size (All Windows)
If you desktop icons are redrawing too frequently or are corrupt, it could be because the icon cache is full. Try increasing the size by changing this setting.

Fix Problem with Athlon Hanging AGP Programs (Windows 2000/XP) Popular
Windows may stop responding when you use an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) program with an AMD Athlon processor. This is due to the memory allocated by the video adapter driver becoming corrupted.

Windows Error Reporting Settings (Windows XP)
When an error occurs the Windows system may attempt to send debugging information to Microsoft for analysis. These settings allow you to control the operation of this feature.

Remove Programs from the Add/Remove Programs List (All Windows) Popular
Windows compatible programs must include an uninstall program, sometimes though the program may get removed but the entry in Add/Remove programs does not. This tweak allows you to manually remove any orphaned entries.

Show Computer Manufacturer and Support Information (All Windows) Popular
This tip lets you include company and support information on the System Properties page in Control Panel. This is especially useful if you run a computer store and want your customers to be reminded where they bought their PC and where to get technical support.

PCMCIA Network Power Management (Windows 95/98/Me)
When using a PC Card network adapter you might not be able to connect the computer to the network, and under Control Panel > System there is a yellow exclamation mark "!" next to the card.

Stop Error Messages When Booting (Windows NT)
Stops the annoying Windows pop-up messages notifying you a device is not functioning when you boot-up Windows.

MS-DOS Compatibility Mode Problems with PCI IDE Controllers (Windows 95/98/Me)
If your computer contains a PCI IDE hard disk controller that employs serialization between the two IDE channels, this tip may help you resolve a MS-DOS compatibility mode problem in Device Manager.

Debug the Windows Update Process (All Windows)
This setting is used to enable a debug function, called Stepping Mode, which causes Windows Update to prompt during each step of the installation process.

Change the Active Desktop Safe Mode Background (Windows 98/Me/2000/XP)
This setting is used to change the image or web page that is shown when the active desktop is disabled due to a system error.

'Failure Writing to the System Registry...' Error Message (Windows 95)
When you run a setup program that was created using the Application Setup Wizard, you may receive an error message indicating the registry may be corrupt or you do not have the required permissions to write to the registry.

Unable to Connect More Than 10 Clients (Windows NT)
If you have a retail version of Windows NT server, and you are still unable to connect more the 10 users concurrently, then have a look at this tip.

Addition of New LAN Interface in RRAS Causes Event Message (Windows NT)
When you install an additional network interface card (NIC) and the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) is already installed, you receive an error 20101 in the System Log in Event Viewer.

Delay Occurs When Unlocking Workstation (Windows NT/2000)
Sometimes a noticeable delay occurs when the logged on user or an administrator attempts to unlock a workstation. This because when you unlock the workstation Windows will update the domain list if the cached list's age exceeds two minutes (by default). This age limit can be modified.

Change the Default Mailbox Sound Setting (All Windows)
When you receive a new message, a sound may not be played even though "Play sound when new messages arrive" is enabled.

Long File Names Need to be Enabled (Windows 98)
If you are receiving an error when installing Windows 98 that long file names need to enabled in order for Windows 98 to install successfully try this.

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