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  1. Introduction
  2. Capabilities
  3. Structure
  4. The Registry
  5. System and Configuration Files
  6. Security
  7. Application Support
  8. Requirements
  9. Installation
  10. Unattended Installation
  11. Booting
  12. Filesystems
  13. Programs
  14. Control Panel
  15. Tool
  16. Commands
  17. Customization
  18. Environment Variables
  19. Printing
  20. Performance
  21. System Services
  22. Permissions
  23. Groups
  24. User Rights and Auditing
  25. User Profiles
  26. Policies
  27. Network Model
  28. Resource Access
  29. Network Browsing
  30. Protocol Support
  31. RAS
  32. Networking
  33. Backups
  34. Events
  35. Error Handling
  36. Diagnostic Tools
  37. Items to Memorize
  38. Terms
  39. Credits

Windows NT Control Panel

Holds mini application (applet) programs for changing the system environment. Most changes are saved in the system registry. Applets include:

  • Accessibility - Four tabs are keyboard, sound (Can have visible sound indications), mouse(Can move the mouse with the keyboard), and general (alternatives to keyboard and mouse).
  • Add/Remove Programs - Allows programs to be installed or removed from the system. Vendor programs must be written to use this applet.
  • Console - Allows settings for MS-DOS console. Uses four tabs which are options (for cursor size, command history, and display options), font, layout, and colors tabs.
  • Date/Time
  • Devices - Can stop a device driver. The driver may be set to start at boot time or some other time. It may be manually started. Can control the devices that appear in different hardware profiles.
  • Dial-Up Monitor - Shows RAS statistics. Status (throughput and compression statistics), Summary, and Preferences (display style and connection sounds) tabs.
  • Display - Background, Screen Saver, Appearance, Plus! (Desktop Icon settings), and Settings( Sets the video mode) tabs. Background wallpaper, screen saver, appearance, Icon size, settings for desktop size and screen size.
  • Fonts - Allows viewing of current fonts and installation of new fonts. It is a shortcou to the fonts folder.
  • Internet setup - General (Control of temporary files, history, and home page), Security (Allows trusted site settings, cookie settings, JavaScript settings and more), Content (Allows certificates, and storage of private information), Connections, Programs (Specification of programs for e-mail, HTML editing, newsgroups, and more), and Advanced tabs(JavaScript debugging options, HTML versions and more).
  • Keyboard - Speed, Input Locales (assign hotkeys), and General (Physical type of keyboard) tabs.
  • Modems - Allows adding and removal of modems.
  • Mouse and mouse pointer settings including mouse speed - Tabs include Step Savers, Buttons, Motion, Pointers (Selection of mouse icons for normal, waiting, and other states), Basics (Speed and button selection), Productivity (Mouse Odometer), Visibility (Location of pointer when pressing CTRL and if is visible when typing text), Wheel, and General (Sets up the mouse type such as PS2 Intellimouse).
  • Multimedia - Audio, Video, CD Music, MIDI (Musical instrument digital interface), and Devices tabs. Controls the sound and screen settings for the appropriate multimedia. The Devices tab allows installation, deletion, and configuration of the multimedia devices.
  • Network - Can change computer name, and set to workgroup or domain. Bindings are set here with the first one on the list to be the first one tried when services are attempted to be used. Also used to install NIC drivers. Tabs are:
    • Identification - computer name and domain or workgroup name
    • Services - Can add, or remove services and check their properties.
    • Protocols - Can add or remove protocols or check their setup (properties).
    • Adapters - Add or remove NIC adapter drivers.
    • Bindings - Where the binding priority may be set for various services.
  • Regional settings - Set up regional and language settings for NT. Select number, currency, date, or time symbols.
  • PCMCIA - Socket status (installed cards) and Controller tabs(Resources each card uses).
  • Ports - Allows configuration of serial and parallel ports.
  • Printers - Allows addition and deletion of printers. Right clicking and selection properties for a specific printer, opens a properties window with General (Driver Selection, Separator page, print processor [RAW, text], Print test page), Ports, Scheduling (Priority, When printing starts relative to spooling, Hours of availability), Sharing, Security, and About tabs.
  • SCSI Adapters - SCSI adapters may be added or removed here. They are not configured here but may be configured at boot time using the manufacturer BIOS.
  • Server - Tells who is connected, see shared resources, directory replication.
    • Users - Shows users logged onto the domain and where they are logged on from. (NT Server ONLY)
    • Shares - Shows resource name and path along with connected users.
    • In Use - Shows resources being used and the associated permissions.
    • Replication - Allows setup of directory replication.
    • Alerts - Controls where administrative alerts are sent
  • Services - Can start or stop services or set them to automatically start when the system is booted. Description entries include:
    • Service - The name of the service.
    • Status - Whether the service is running.
    • Startup - Manual or automatic.
    Buttons include:
    • Start
    • Stop
    • Pause
    • Continue - Restart a service that is paused.
    • Startup - Set the service to be started by selecting one ot the radio buttons automatic, manual or disabled. Can also select one of two radio buttons called "System Account" or "This Account".
    • HW Profiles - Allows selection of the hardware profile the service is being configured for.
    There is also a "Startup Parameters" text box used to configure special startup parameters for the service.
  • Sounds- Alignment of sound (.wav) files to system events.
  • System
    • General - Describes the name and version of the system, who it is registered to and the hardware it is running on.
    • Performance - Allows applications in the foreground to be configured for a priority boost and allows configuration of page files.
    • Environment - Used to set environment variables. If the path is modified to include applications run on Win95, these applications can be run when using a dual boot system or migrating from Windows 95.
    • Startup/shutdown - Allows default selection of system to boot and amount of delay before timeout. Allows selection of what to do when a stop error occurs. More than one choice may be selected.
      • Write an event to the system log
      • Send an administrative alert
      • Write debugging information to a specified file
      • Automatically reboot
    • Hardware profiles - Allows selection of hardware profiles and what to do if the system cannot determine which profile to use.
    • User profiles - Allows user profiles to be added and changed which will affect desktop settings. Roaming profiles may be set using this tab.
  • Tape Devices - This is where tape device drivers are added to allow the system to perform backups. They can be added using the detect button or using the drivers tab.
  • Telephony - Used to configure part of RAS. The TAPI (telephony application programming interface) and unimodem service provider are automaticllly installed. Unimodem works for modems on com ports and TAPI is used for telephony applications.
  • UPS - Configure the UPS. UPS command configuration is configured here so the systems may receive information from the UPS unit. Commands can be programmed here to execute when a UPS event occurs.