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October 14, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

2. FAQS

Q. When I install Microsoft Office 2000, why doesn't Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 5.0 and later recognize Microsoft Word as an HTML editor?
Q. How can I prevent Windows XP from maintaining a thumbnail cache?
Q. How can I configure the grace period that Windows uses for password-protected screen savers?
Q. Why do I receive an error when I try to run the Internet Connection Wizard (ICW) on my non-networked computer?
Q. Why can't I add or remove programs after I install Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or IE 5.5 on Windows 2000?
Q. Why can't I use the CD command to change directories to a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path in a command window?

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1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, jsavill@winnetmag.com)

This week, I tell you how to use Microsoft Word as an HTML editor with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 5.0 and later, how to prevent Windows XP from maintaining a thumbnail cache file, and how to configure the grace period Windows uses for password-protected screen savers. I also explain why IE 6.0 and IE 5.5 might prevent you from being able to add or remove new programs, why you might receive an error when you run the Internet Connection Wizard (ICW) on a non-networked computer, and why you can't use the CD command to change directories to a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path in a command window.

As for industry news, Microsoft has released a new build of Windows Media Player (WMP) 9, build 2903, and DirectX 9.0 beta 3. Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003, build 3689, which is not the same as Release Candidate 2 (RC2), is also now available to beta testers. Finally, a few weeks ago I mentioned that Microsoft was coming out with a whole line of peripheral devices just in time for the holidays. I've received my new Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Pro keyboard, and it's great--so far, so good.


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2. FAQS

Q. When I install Microsoft Office 2000, why doesn't Internet Explorer (IE) 5.0 and later recognize Word as an HTML editor?

A. Because the Office installer doesn't register Word as an editor for the .htm file type, IE doesn't recognize Word as an HTML editor. Microsoft has resolved this problem in IE 5.5 and later.

To use Word as an HTML editor on a machine running IE 5.0, you can either manually load an HTML file into Word and click Yes when the system prompts you to use Word as the default editor, or you can manually update your registry by performing the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.htm\OpenWithList registry subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, Key.
  4. Enter the name WINWORD.EXE, then press Enter.
  5. Close the registry editor.

To confirm this setting, start IE, open the Tools menu, and select Internet Options. Select the Programs tab and click the "HTML editor" drop-down list to ensure that Microsoft Word is an option.

Q. How can I prevent Windows XP from maintaining a thumbnail cache?

A. XP keeps a thumbnail cache of images on your machine. However, if these images change frequently, the OS might not always update the cache file, and thus display the wrong thumbnail. For the same reason, you might simply want to prevent the OS from creating the cache file (i.e., thumbs.db) altogether. To stop the OS from maintaining the cache file, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced registry subkey.
  3. Double-click the DisableThumbnailCache value or create this value of type DWORD if it doesn't exist.
  4. Set the value to 1, then click OK.
  5. Close the registry editor.
  6. Log off and log on for the change to take effect.

Q. How can I configure the grace period that Windows uses for password-protected screen savers?

A. By default, when you activate a password-protected screen saver, Windows provides a brief grace period during which keyboard and mouse activity will stop the screen saver and let you access the system without having to enter the password. To modify this grace period, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon registry subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
  4. Enter the name ScreenSaverGracePeriod, then press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value, set the "Value data" to the number of seconds (from 0 to 2,147,483) that you want to use for the grace period, set the Base type to "decimal", then click OK.
  6. Restart the machine for the change to take effect.

Q. Why do I receive an error when I try to run the Internet Connection Wizard (ICW) on my non-networked computer?

A. The error,

You are restricted from running the Internet Connection Wizard. Contact your Network Administrator for more information.

is the result of a policy setting that you can configure using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK). To remove the policy setting, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel registry subkey.
  3. Delete the Connwiz Admin Lock value.
  4. Exit the registry editor.

Q. Why can't I add or remove programs after I install Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or IE 5.5 on Windows 2000?

A. A bug in the IE 6.0 and IE 5.5 installation procedure prevents you from adding or removing new programs. To resolve this problem, you can try to reinstall IE. If reinstalling the Web browser doesn't work, perform the following steps:

  1. Reboot you machine.
  2. During startup, press F8 to start the computer in Safe mode with Networking.
  3. Use the Local Administrator account to log on (the Windows Update dialog box will appear and state that Windows is updating the following items: browsing services, Internet tools, and system services).
  4. Run the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs applet and ensure that you can see the installed programs listed correctly as you'd expect.
  5. Reboot the machine.

Q. Why can't I use the CD command to change directories to a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path in a command window?

A. When you attempt to use the CD command to change directories to a UNC path, you receive the following error:

CMD does not support UNC paths as current directories.

Although you can map a drive, use the CD command to change to the new drive, then disconnect after you're done working in the UNC location, this approach is cumbersome. A better approach is to use the Pushd command. For example, you can enter

pushd \\titcanic\data

The Pushd command automatically maps a drive and navigates to it. If you run the Net Use command after you run Pushd, you'll see a new drive mapping. After you're done working in the UNC location, use the Popd command to navigate back to your original network location before you ran Pushd.

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