What is Windows NT?
A version of the Windows operating system. Windows NT (New Technology) is a 32-bit operating system that supports preemptive multitasking. There are actually two versions of Windows NT: Windows NT Server, designed to act as a server in networks, and Windows NT Workstation for stand-alone or client workstations.
Changing Process Priority
Is a program or process running too slowly, or is one hogging all of the CPU time? Go into the task manager and click on the "Processes" tab. Right click on one of the processes and change the priority class to one of your choosing. Give mission-critical processes high priority and lower those of non-essential tasks.
Larger CPU Usage Graph
If you want to see your CPU usage graph in a larger window than that normally allowed by NT 4.0's Task Manager, just click on the Task Manager's "Performance" tab and double-click the window. A larger graph of the CPU performance will appear in place of the "Task Manager" window temporarily.
Missing a Command Prompt Shortcut?
For various reasons, a shortcut to the command prompt may be missing from your Start menu. If you need to get to it fast, just click the start button, choose "R"un, and then type COMMAND and press ENTER
System Sluggish? Check your Services
If your NT system is running a little sluggish, you may want to check and see if you have unneeded services running.
Click on the "Start" button, choosing "Settings," and then "Control Panel." Double-click the "Services" icon, and look at the list of services.
From the "Services" menu, you have many options including shutting down services temporarily or forcing them outright to never start up again. It is recommended, when attempting to disable services that you are unsure about it, to only temporarily disable such services at first and examine how NT reacts. Then, force the service to run manually instead of automatically, and if all goes well after a testing period, outright disable such service.
Can't Find the Mouse
There may be times when installing Win NT 4.0 that it can not detect the mouse. Even worse, the mouse service can not be started - period. According to the Microsoft Knowledge Base, this is normal with the release of NT 4.0 and can occur when performing an upgrade or under certain other conditions. If this happens, you may want to install the latest Service Pack which should fix the problem.
This error did occur on a test machine, and installing the service pack fixed the problem - just thought I would let you know. Getting *to* the download area wasn't fun without a mouse, though :(
Take Care with your Screensaver Choice
If you like to use screensavers, carefully decide which screensaver you wish to use on a server computer. Some of the fancier screensavers, such as the OpenGL screensavers, use a high percentage of CPU time, slowing down your running services. Stick with simple screensavers or use none at all for servers.
PowerToys - They're Not Just for Windows 95
Just because the PowerToys are under the Windows 95 section of the Microsoft(c) website