Thursday, December 18, 2008

System Configuration utility for Windows Vista Customization II

click to zoom: system-configurationsThis is a bit advanced feature of the operating system so be careful when using it.  Start by typing msconfig in the start search box or in the run dialog.

You will see 5 different tabs namely- General, Boot, Services, Startup and Tools. General programs starting with the widows can be checked in the startup tab but we are mainly concerned with tools to quickly access advanced features of the Windows Vista. If you are looking for configuration modes, boot options and startup program options, please read the previous post System Configuration utility for Windows Vista Customization I.

  1. About Windows: Display Windows version information
    C:\Windows\system32\winver.exe
  2. System Information: View advanced information about hardware and software settings
    C:\Windows\System32\msinfo32.exe
  3. Remote Assistance: Receive help from or offer help to a friend over  the Internet
    C:\Windows\System32\msra.exe
  4. System Restore: Restore your computer system to an earlier state
    C:\Windows\System32\rstrui.exe
  5. Computer Management: View and configure system settings and components
    C:\Windows\System32\compmgmt.msc
  6. Event Viewer: View monitoring and troubleshooting messages
    C:\Windows\System32\eventvwr.exe
  7. Programs: Launch, add or remove programs and Windows components
    C:\Windows\System32\appwiz.cpl
  8. Security Center: View and configure the security essentials for your computer
    C:\Windows\System32\wscui.cpl
  9. System Properties: View basic information about your computer system settings
    C:\Windows\System32\control.exe system
  10. Internet Options: View Internet explorer settings
    C:\Windows\System32\inetcpl.cpl
  11. Internet Protocol Configuration: View and configure network address settings
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\system32\ipconfig.exe /all
  12. Performance Monitor: Monitor the reliability and performance of local or remote computers
    C:\Windows\System32\perfmon.exe /report
  13. Task Manager: View details about programs and processes running on your computer
    C:\Windows\System32\taskmgr.exe
  14. Disable UAC: Disable User Account control, this requires rebooting the system
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  15. Enable UAC: Enable User Account Control, this requires rebooting the system
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
  16. Command Prompt: Open a command prompt window
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
  17. Registry Editor: Make changes to the Windows registry
    C:\Windows\System32\regedt32.exe

Enabling or disabling the User Account Control is made simple by points 15 and 14. In fact these are shortcuts to Windows Registry Values to enable or disable the UAC feature of Windows Vista. No third party software is required to customize Windows Vista and it's UAC features.

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