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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 Workstation Customization

The Taskbar

To add or remove running programs listed in the start menu, right click on the taskbar, select "properties", then select "Start Menu Programs". The key combination ALT-TAB will allow switching between tasks.


Shortcuts are pointers to programs that may be placed anywhere on the system. Usually shortcuts are placed on the user's desktop which is located in the folder "WINNT40\ Profiles\Username\Desktop".

Hardware Profile

NT profile settings or customizing for docking a laptop may be set from the control panel from the "System" applet by selecting the "Hardware Profiles" tab.

Making a boot disk

The following procedure outlines how to make a boot disk:

  1. If necessary establish a connection with the directory that contains the installation files.
  2. Enter a command line session in the MSDOS prompt.
  3. Type "winnt /o" at the MS-DOS prompt to create a boot floppy with the files, boot.ini,, and ntdlr.exe.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Another method is to:

  1. Format the floppy disk.
  2. Modify the file attributes of boot.ini,, and ntldr.exe so they are not hidden, system, or read-only files.
  3. Copy boot.ini,, and ntldr.exe to the floppy disk.
  4. Change the file attributes of boot.ini,, and ntldr.exe back to their original settings.
  5. If Windows NT resides on a SCSI drive with the SCSI BIOS disabled, copy Ntbootdd.sys to the floppy disk.
  6. It should now be possible to boot the system using the floppy disk.