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May 20, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

2. FAQS

  • Q. How can I use Windows XP's schtasks.exe tool under Windows 2000?
  • Q. How can I restrict user access to the Control Panel Internet Options applet in Windows XP and Windows 2000 or to the Control Panel Internet Tools applet in Windows NT without using policies?
  • Q. How can I disable multiuser editing in Microsoft Office XP's word processor, Microsoft Word 2002?
  • Q. How can I disable the search assistant in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0?
  • Q. How can I disable the Windows Explorer search assistant in Windows XP?

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

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4. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

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

This week, I tell you how to use Windows XP's schtasks.exe tool under Windows 2000, how to restrict access to the Control Panel Internet Options applet or the Control Panel Internet Tools applet without using policies, and how to disable Microsoft Word 2002's multiuser-editing feature. I also explain how to disable the search assistant in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 and how to disable the search assistant in XP's Windows Explorer.

Editor's note: We'll be taking a break from Windows XP and 2000 Tips & Tricks UPDATE next Monday, but will be in your inbox again the following Monday, June 3. Until then, have a great week!


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2. FAQS

  • Q. How can I use Windows XP's schtasks.exe tool under Windows 2000?
  • A. The XP schtasks.exe command-line tool is great for managing scheduled tasks. Win2K doesn't have an equivalent command-line tool. If you attempt to run schtasks.exe on a Win2K machine, you'll receive an error message indicating that you're using the incorrect OS version. However, you can modify the tool so that it will run under Win2K by performing the following steps:

    1. Open schtasks.exe in a hexadecimal editor, such as BreakPoint Software's Hex Workshop 3.1.
    2. Find code location CB2A and change the hex value 75 to EB.
    3. Save the file and exit the editor.

    For cosmetic purposes, you can use Visual C++ (VC++) or a resource editor, such as Angus Johnson's Resource Hacker, to change the error message

    ERROR: The Target system must be running Windows XP or above.

    to

    ERROR: The Target system must be running Windows 2000 or above.

    This error message is located in String Table 344. Thanks to John Eccles for this information.

    http://www.wininformant.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=24409

  • Q. How can I restrict user access to the Control Panel Internet Options applet in Windows XP and Windows 2000 or to the Control Panel Internet Tools applet in Windows NT without using policies?
  • A. If you use NTFS, you can use the file system's built-in permissions to restrict access to the Internet Options applet or Internet Tools applet by performing the following steps:

    1. Start Windows Explorer.
    2. Navigate to \%systemroot%\system32 (e.g., c:\windows\system32).
    3. Right-click inetcpl.cpl and select Properties from the context menu.
    4. Select the Security tab.
    5. Adjust the user and group permissions as appropriate, and ensure that the SYSTEM group has Full Control.

    You can also use the standard command-line permissions utility Cacls.exe to set these permissions. However, be aware that when you use either method to restrict access, another administrator will have a difficult time determining the permissions you've set. Therefore, using policies is the preferred method for restricting access.

  • Q. How can I disable multiuser editing in Microsoft Office XP's word processor, Microsoft Word 2002?
  • A. The multiuser-editing feature of Office XP's version of Word lets you open a locked file, edit the file locally, and merge your changes into the original document. To disable this feature, perform the following steps:

    1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
    2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Word\Options subkey.
    3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
    4. Enter a name of NoPromptToForkDocuments and press Enter.
    5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1 to disable multiuser editing, and click OK.

  • Q. How can I disable the search assistant in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0?
  • A. IE 6.0 contains a new search tool that Microsoft designed to provide a friendlier, easier search experience. However, if you prefer the old search tool, perform the following steps:

    1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
    2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main subkey.
    3. Double-click the Use Search Asst value (or create this value of type String if it doesn't exist).
    4. Type
    5. no

      in the "Value data" field to use the old search tool, and click OK.

    6. Close the registry editor.

  • Q. How can I disable the Windows Explorer search assistant in Windows XP?
  • A. Windows Explorer contains a new search assistant that Microsoft designed to provide a friendlier, easier search experience. The new search tool lets you search for specific file types (e.g., multimedia files, document files), computers, and more. If you prefer the old search tool, 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\CabinetState subkey.
    3. From the Edit menu, select New, String Value.
    4. Enter a name of Use Search Asst.
    5. Double-click the new value, type
    6. no

      in the "Value data" field to use the old search tool, and click OK.

    7. Close the registry editor.

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