Windows XP Auto logon

Yesterday, I tried to copy something over network. Got the login prompt, entered my password… password wrong! I tried all kind of combinations, I was struck. I went to my profile settings to learn that I didn’t set a password yet, LOL. So I set my password, but on the next reboot I realise that the autologon feature does not work anymore, logical… Continue reading Windows XP Auto logon

Service names

How to find out the short name of a windows service? The short name is handy to stop a service from the command line. One can always use the display name between quotes, but stopping a service like “Windows Firewall (WF) / Internet-verbinding delen (ICS)” isn’t fun like that. 😉
I didn’t find a way to find the short name through the service panel (if you know, please let me know!). So here is how I did it:

  • Open regedit and go to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services
  • Do a search on the friendly name
  • The name of the parent key is the service’s short name!

UPDATE: An anonymous poster pointed out my post is actually useless =) See the comments for information on how ‘normal’ people look it up.

Microsoft makes deals with hardware vendors

or so it seems ;). They really seem to be pushing new technology with Windows Vista. Of course, Windows Vista is far from released. An interesting read anyway about Windows Vista’s hardware requirements. Particularly, I wasn’t aware of Native Command Queuing (NCQ), which is standard in S-ATA 2 drives, and which will be (ab)used by Windows Vista.