The Startup Programs and Executables Listing names lots of common programs along with their purpose. Next time you see something like tikl.exe running, boggle no more.
Got a Windows 2000 Server that displays blank Explorer windows until you refresh or right click inside them? Recently updated to 2 CPUs (and installed the Multiprocessor HAL)?
You need Patch KB:328310 (MS02-071), even if you've installed it already.
Everyone loves TabCompletion. It was introduced in the Windows 2000 CLI but not enabled by default. It is, in Windows XP. To enable it on W2k, change the value of the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor\!CompletionChar? (which should be a REG_DWORD) to 9. (It's the ASCII value of a Tab for the curious.)
CLI windows already opened before you changed the registry will not register the change.
There are various programs that shut down a Windows machine remotely using RPC. The appropriate !ResourceKit? for the OS has a tool for this. The PsShutdown utility from SysInternal's PsTools is another.
And if you don't keep your machine patched, it will sooner or later shut down with a timed 60 seconds warning.
Sometimes you'll find that, when starting MicrosoftExcel or Word you'll jump to 100% CPU usage, one half by the application, the other half by spoolsv. You can enter the application if you issue
but you can't do much in there and printing is out of the question.
Try installing a different printer driver, then print to screen. If it works, then it's the printer driver and you'll need to contact the printer manufacturer to see if they have an updated one. If it's across a network, there could be problems with that as well, which get fairly involved to troubleshoot.
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