Windows XP and 2000 Tips & Tricks UPDATE, April 21, 2003

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April 21, 2003—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

2. FAQS

  • Q. How can I install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000?
  • Q. Why does Windows Movie Maker 2 freeze when I try to save a large movie file?
  • Q. How can I install the FTP service under Windows XP?
  • Q. How can I start and stop the FTP service from the command line?
  • Q. How can I use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer on Windows XP and later?
  • Q. How can I remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended Windows XP and later installations?

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Microsoft TechEd 2003, June 1-6, 2003, Dallas, TX
  • Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Win a Florida Vacation

4. CONTACT US

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

1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, [email protected])

This week, I explain how to install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000, why Windows Movie Maker 2 might freeze when you save large movie files, and how to install the FTP service under XP. I also tell you how to start and stop the FTP service from the command line, how to use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer, and how to remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended XP and later installations.

Around the industry this week, Microsoft has announced the new Windows Server System branch under which the company will market all of its server products. Compulsion Software has released User Finder 2--software that scans your network and tells you which user is logged onto which computer (a trial version of this new release is available at http://www.compulsionsoftware.com/userfinder.exe. New builds of the next Windows client OS (codenamed Longhorn) and XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) have surfaced on the Internet, so I'm hoping beta versions of both products will be available soon.


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2. FAQS

Q. How can I install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000?

A. The simplest way to install DirectX 9.0a is to navigate to the Windows Update Web site at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com, click "Pick updates to install" from the left-hand pane, select the "DirectX 9.0a End-User Runtime" link from under the XP or Win2K section, then click Add and proceed with Windows Update as usual.

Alternatively, you can visit the DirectX Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/directx and click Downloads from the left-hand site navigation menu. Select the "Get DirectX 9.0a Now" option, then download dxwebsetup.exe. After you download the file, run the file to download the files required for installation.

Q. Why does Windows Movie Maker 2 freeze when I try to save a large movie file?

A. Windows Movie Maker 2 users might encounter a problem when they try to save a movie whose size is greater than the available RAM. No fix exists for this problem, but you can implement one of the following workarounds:

  • Buy more RAM.
  • Close any unnecessary programs on your computer.
  • Increase the pagefile size, which might let the computer write to disk more of the items in memory and thus free more memory.
  • Save the movie in a lower quality (on the Movie Setting page, select "Other settings," then select "High Quality Video (small)").
  • Reduce the size of your movie by removing unnecessary parts such as pictures and video transition effects.
  • Save the movie in small sections and then import the sections into a collection.

If you can't work around this problem, you might want to consider third-party production software such as Ulead Systems' MediaStudio Pro 7.

Q. How can I install the FTP service under Windows XP?

A. XP includes a built-in FTP service component that lets FTP clients connect to the machine and read or write files; however, this service doesn't install by default. To install the FTP service, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs applet (go to Start, Control Panel, then click Add/Remove Programs).
  2. Select Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. Select Internet Information Services (IIS), then click Details.
  4. Select the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Service check box, then click OK.
  5. Click OK to close all dialog boxes.

You can use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Internet Information Services snap-in to configure the FTP service (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, then click Internet Information Services). After the snap-in starts, expand the computer name, then expand FTP Sites. A Default FTP Site will have been added. Right-click Default FTP Site, then select Properties from the displayed context menu to set options such as Home Directory, accounts, and anonymous access. To stop the FTP service, right-click the FTP site and select Stop from the context menu; likewise, select Start from the context menu to restart the service.

Q. How can I start and stop the FTP service from the command line?

A. As with all services, you can use the Net Start and Net Stop commands to start and stop the service. To specifically start and stop the FTP service, you must specify the short name for FTP, which is msftpsvc. Therefore, the command to start the FTP service is

net start msftpsvc

The command will display the following information:

The FTP Publishing service is starting.
The FTP Publishing service was started successfully.

The command to stop the FTP service is

net stop msftpsvc

The command will display the following information:

The FTP Publishing service is stopping.
The FTP Publishing service was stopped successfully.

These commands are useful when you're dealing with systems that don't have FTP services running (e.g., for security reasons). In such situations, you can quickly transfer a file by enabling the service on your machine, logging on to the target system, then use the target system's client FTP program to connect to your workstation's FTP service, where you can send or receive files.

Q. How can I use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer on Windows XP and later?

A. When you open an event-log file, you must tell Event Viewer the type of log to use (e.g., Application, Security, System). The computer hosting the event-log file generates this list of options.

Problems can occur if you're not in the Administrator group of the machine hosting the event file or if the Remote Registry service is disabled on the host computer. If either of these conditions are true, the event descriptions might not be available, which leaves you with a fairly useless event log.

You can use the mmc.exe command to open a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) console and specify the /auxsource flag to tell Event Viewer to use an alternate source for the descriptions. For the best results, the alternate source should be as similar to the computer that generated the event file to ensure the same components are available to provide full event descriptions.

To run the mmc.exe command, open the Run dialog box or go to the command prompt and type

mmc /a eventvwr.msc /auxsource=

Some event logs won't work from a remote computer. For example, to read Active Directory (AD) logs, you must be running Event Viewer on a domain controller (DC), even if you use the /auxsource switch. The same is true for the DNS and File Replication Service (FRS) logs.

Q. How can I remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended Windows XP and later installations?

A. After the text/Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) portion of a typical installation, you might have noticed that the system waits 15 seconds before rebooting. To remove this wait period for unattended or automated installations, you can edit your deployment file and under the "\[Unattended\]" section locate the

WaitForReboot=Yes

entry. Simply change this entry to

WaitForReboot=No

and save the file. The installation will no longer wait 15 seconds before the reboot.

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    April 21, 2003—In this issue:

    1. COMMENTARY

    2. FAQS

    • Q. How can I install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000?
    • Q. Why does Windows Movie Maker 2 freeze when I try to save a large movie file?
    • Q. How can I install the FTP service under Windows XP?
    • Q. How can I start and stop the FTP service from the command line?
    • Q. How can I use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer on Windows XP and later?
    • Q. How can I remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended Windows XP and later installations?

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Microsoft TechEd 2003, June 1-6, 2003, Dallas, TX
    • Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Win a Florida Vacation

    4. CONTACT US

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

    1. COMMENTARY
    (contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, [email protected])

    This week, I explain how to install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000, why Windows Movie Maker 2 might freeze when you save large movie files, and how to install the FTP service under XP. I also tell you how to start and stop the FTP service from the command line, how to use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer, and how to remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended XP and later installations.

    Around the industry this week, Microsoft has announced the new Windows Server System branch under which the company will market all of its server products. Compulsion Software has released User Finder 2--software that scans your network and tells you which user is logged onto which computer (a trial version of this new release is available at http://www.compulsionsoftware.com/userfinder.exe. New builds of the next Windows client OS (codenamed Longhorn) and XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) have surfaced on the Internet, so I'm hoping beta versions of both products will be available soon.


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    2. FAQS

    Q. How can I install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000?

    A. The simplest way to install DirectX 9.0a is to navigate to the Windows Update Web site at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com, click "Pick updates to install" from the left-hand pane, select the "DirectX 9.0a End-User Runtime" link from under the XP or Win2K section, then click Add and proceed with Windows Update as usual.

    Alternatively, you can visit the DirectX Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/directx and click Downloads from the left-hand site navigation menu. Select the "Get DirectX 9.0a Now" option, then download dxwebsetup.exe. After you download the file, run the file to download the files required for installation.

    Q. Why does Windows Movie Maker 2 freeze when I try to save a large movie file?

    A. Windows Movie Maker 2 users might encounter a problem when they try to save a movie whose size is greater than the available RAM. No fix exists for this problem, but you can implement one of the following workarounds:

    • Buy more RAM.
    • Close any unnecessary programs on your computer.
    • Increase the pagefile size, which might let the computer write to disk more of the items in memory and thus free more memory.
    • Save the movie in a lower quality (on the Movie Setting page, select "Other settings," then select "High Quality Video (small)").
    • Reduce the size of your movie by removing unnecessary parts such as pictures and video transition effects.
    • Save the movie in small sections and then import the sections into a collection.

    If you can't work around this problem, you might want to consider third-party production software such as Ulead Systems' MediaStudio Pro 7.

    Q. How can I install the FTP service under Windows XP?

    A. XP includes a built-in FTP service component that lets FTP clients connect to the machine and read or write files; however, this service doesn't install by default. To install the FTP service, perform the following steps:

    1. Start the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs applet (go to Start, Control Panel, then click Add/Remove Programs).
    2. Select Add/Remove Windows Components.
    3. Select Internet Information Services (IIS), then click Details.
    4. Select the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Service check box, then click OK.
    5. Click OK to close all dialog boxes.

    You can use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Internet Information Services snap-in to configure the FTP service (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, then click Internet Information Services). After the snap-in starts, expand the computer name, then expand FTP Sites. A Default FTP Site will have been added. Right-click Default FTP Site, then select Properties from the displayed context menu to set options such as Home Directory, accounts, and anonymous access. To stop the FTP service, right-click the FTP site and select Stop from the context menu; likewise, select Start from the context menu to restart the service.

    Q. How can I start and stop the FTP service from the command line?

    A. As with all services, you can use the Net Start and Net Stop commands to start and stop the service. To specifically start and stop the FTP service, you must specify the short name for FTP, which is msftpsvc. Therefore, the command to start the FTP service is

    net start msftpsvc

    The command will display the following information:

    The FTP Publishing service is starting.
    The FTP Publishing service was started successfully.

    The command to stop the FTP service is

    net stop msftpsvc

    The command will display the following information:

    The FTP Publishing service is stopping.
    The FTP Publishing service was stopped successfully.

    These commands are useful when you're dealing with systems that don't have FTP services running (e.g., for security reasons). In such situations, you can quickly transfer a file by enabling the service on your machine, logging on to the target system, then use the target system's client FTP program to connect to your workstation's FTP service, where you can send or receive files.

    Q. How can I use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer on Windows XP and later?

    A. When you open an event-log file, you must tell Event Viewer the type of log to use (e.g., Application, Security, System). The computer hosting the event-log file generates this list of options.

    Problems can occur if you're not in the Administrator group of the machine hosting the event file or if the Remote Registry service is disabled on the host computer. If either of these conditions are true, the event descriptions might not be available, which leaves you with a fairly useless event log.

    You can use the mmc.exe command to open a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) console and specify the /auxsource flag to tell Event Viewer to use an alternate source for the descriptions. For the best results, the alternate source should be as similar to the computer that generated the event file to ensure the same components are available to provide full event descriptions.

    To run the mmc.exe command, open the Run dialog box or go to the command prompt and type

    mmc /a eventvwr.msc /auxsource=

    Some event logs won't work from a remote computer. For example, to read Active Directory (AD) logs, you must be running Event Viewer on a domain controller (DC), even if you use the /auxsource switch. The same is true for the DNS and File Replication Service (FRS) logs.

    Q. How can I remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended Windows XP and later installations?

    A. After the text/Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) portion of a typical installation, you might have noticed that the system waits 15 seconds before rebooting. To remove this wait period for unattended or automated installations, you can edit your deployment file and under the "\[Unattended\]" section locate the

    WaitForReboot=Yes

    entry. Simply change this entry to

    WaitForReboot=No

    and save the file. The installation will no longer wait 15 seconds before the reboot.

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS
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    http://www.winternals.com/savedmybacon


    April 21, 2003—In this issue:

    1. COMMENTARY

    2. FAQS

    • Q. How can I install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000?
    • Q. Why does Windows Movie Maker 2 freeze when I try to save a large movie file?
    • Q. How can I install the FTP service under Windows XP?
    • Q. How can I start and stop the FTP service from the command line?
    • Q. How can I use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer on Windows XP and later?
    • Q. How can I remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended Windows XP and later installations?

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Microsoft TechEd 2003, June 1-6, 2003, Dallas, TX
    • Windows & .NET Magazine Connections: Win a Florida Vacation

    4. CONTACT US

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

    1. COMMENTARY
    (contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, [email protected])

    This week, I explain how to install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000, why Windows Movie Maker 2 might freeze when you save large movie files, and how to install the FTP service under XP. I also tell you how to start and stop the FTP service from the command line, how to use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer, and how to remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended XP and later installations.

    Around the industry this week, Microsoft has announced the new Windows Server System branch under which the company will market all of its server products. Compulsion Software has released User Finder 2--software that scans your network and tells you which user is logged onto which computer (a trial version of this new release is available at http://www.compulsionsoftware.com/userfinder.exe. New builds of the next Windows client OS (codenamed Longhorn) and XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) have surfaced on the Internet, so I'm hoping beta versions of both products will be available soon.


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    2. FAQS

    Q. How can I install DirectX 9.0a on Windows XP and Windows 2000?

    A. The simplest way to install DirectX 9.0a is to navigate to the Windows Update Web site at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com, click "Pick updates to install" from the left-hand pane, select the "DirectX 9.0a End-User Runtime" link from under the XP or Win2K section, then click Add and proceed with Windows Update as usual.

    Alternatively, you can visit the DirectX Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/directx and click Downloads from the left-hand site navigation menu. Select the "Get DirectX 9.0a Now" option, then download dxwebsetup.exe. After you download the file, run the file to download the files required for installation.

    Q. Why does Windows Movie Maker 2 freeze when I try to save a large movie file?

    A. Windows Movie Maker 2 users might encounter a problem when they try to save a movie whose size is greater than the available RAM. No fix exists for this problem, but you can implement one of the following workarounds:

    • Buy more RAM.
    • Close any unnecessary programs on your computer.
    • Increase the pagefile size, which might let the computer write to disk more of the items in memory and thus free more memory.
    • Save the movie in a lower quality (on the Movie Setting page, select "Other settings," then select "High Quality Video (small)").
    • Reduce the size of your movie by removing unnecessary parts such as pictures and video transition effects.
    • Save the movie in small sections and then import the sections into a collection.

    If you can't work around this problem, you might want to consider third-party production software such as Ulead Systems' MediaStudio Pro 7.

    Q. How can I install the FTP service under Windows XP?

    A. XP includes a built-in FTP service component that lets FTP clients connect to the machine and read or write files; however, this service doesn't install by default. To install the FTP service, perform the following steps:

    1. Start the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs applet (go to Start, Control Panel, then click Add/Remove Programs).
    2. Select Add/Remove Windows Components.
    3. Select Internet Information Services (IIS), then click Details.
    4. Select the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Service check box, then click OK.
    5. Click OK to close all dialog boxes.

    You can use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Internet Information Services snap-in to configure the FTP service (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, then click Internet Information Services). After the snap-in starts, expand the computer name, then expand FTP Sites. A Default FTP Site will have been added. Right-click Default FTP Site, then select Properties from the displayed context menu to set options such as Home Directory, accounts, and anonymous access. To stop the FTP service, right-click the FTP site and select Stop from the context menu; likewise, select Start from the context menu to restart the service.

    Q. How can I start and stop the FTP service from the command line?

    A. As with all services, you can use the Net Start and Net Stop commands to start and stop the service. To specifically start and stop the FTP service, you must specify the short name for FTP, which is msftpsvc. Therefore, the command to start the FTP service is

    net start msftpsvc

    The command will display the following information:

    The FTP Publishing service is starting.
    The FTP Publishing service was started successfully.

    The command to stop the FTP service is

    net stop msftpsvc

    The command will display the following information:

    The FTP Publishing service is stopping.
    The FTP Publishing service was stopped successfully.

    These commands are useful when you're dealing with systems that don't have FTP services running (e.g., for security reasons). In such situations, you can quickly transfer a file by enabling the service on your machine, logging on to the target system, then use the target system's client FTP program to connect to your workstation's FTP service, where you can send or receive files.

    Q. How can I use the /auxsource flag in Event Viewer on Windows XP and later?

    A. When you open an event-log file, you must tell Event Viewer the type of log to use (e.g., Application, Security, System). The computer hosting the event-log file generates this list of options.

    Problems can occur if you're not in the Administrator group of the machine hosting the event file or if the Remote Registry service is disabled on the host computer. If either of these conditions are true, the event descriptions might not be available, which leaves you with a fairly useless event log.

    You can use the mmc.exe command to open a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) console and specify the /auxsource flag to tell Event Viewer to use an alternate source for the descriptions. For the best results, the alternate source should be as similar to the computer that generated the event file to ensure the same components are available to provide full event descriptions.

    To run the mmc.exe command, open the Run dialog box or go to the command prompt and type

    mmc /a eventvwr.msc /auxsource=

    Some event logs won't work from a remote computer. For example, to read Active Directory (AD) logs, you must be running Event Viewer on a domain controller (DC), even if you use the /auxsource switch. The same is true for the DNS and File Replication Service (FRS) logs.

    Q. How can I remove the 15-second wait when performing unattended Windows XP and later installations?

    A. After the text/Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) portion of a typical installation, you might have noticed that the system waits 15 seconds before rebooting. To remove this wait period for unattended or automated installations, you can edit your deployment file and under the "\[Unattended\]" section locate the

    WaitForReboot=Yes

    entry. Simply change this entry to

    WaitForReboot=No

    and save the file. The installation will no longer wait 15 seconds before the reboot.

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS
    (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

  • MICROSOFT TECHED 2003, JUNE 1-6, 2003, DALLAS, TX

  • Realize your potential at Tech·Ed 2003, Microsoft's premier technical conference. Includes the latest in-depth sessions on the entire .NET developer-language family. Register by April 25 and save $400!
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=14029

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  • Register now for this exclusive opportunity to learn in-person from your favorite writers you know and trust. All attendees will receive a free 1-year subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine, plus a chance to win a Florida vacation for two. Connections is simply the best lineup of technical training for today's Windows IT professional. Register now:
    http://www.winconnections.com

    4. CONTACT US
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