Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE--October 20, 2003

Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE, October 20, 2003, —brought to you by the Windows & .NET Magazine Network and the Windows 2000 FAQ site
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1. Commentary

2. FAQs

  • Q. When I view the Owner column in Windows Explorer, Windows XP takes a long time to display the folder contents. How can I remove this column?
  • Q. When I try to promote a Windows Server 2003 domain controller (DC) into a Windows 2000 forest, the action fails with a schema error. How can I resolve this problem?
  • Q. I recently joined a computer to a domain after restoring its system state. Why can't users log on to this computer?
  • Q. How can I stop Web sites from accessing my local clipboard?
  • Q. I've noticed that Windows Server 2003 doesn't display keyboard shortcuts when I run winnt32.exe. How can I display these shortcuts?

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1. Commentary
by John Savill, FAQ Editor, [email protected]

This week, I explain how to remove the Owner column from Windows Explorer in Windows XP, why a schema error might prevent you from promoting a Windows Server 2003 domain controller (DC) into a Windows 2000 forest, and why users might not be able to log on to a computer that you've recently joined to a domain after restoring its system state. I also tell you how to stop Web sites from accessing the local clipboard and how to display keyboard shortcuts in Windows 2003.


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2. FAQs

Q. When I view the Owner column in Windows Explorer, Windows XP takes a long time to display the folder contents. How can I remove this column?

A. XP has difficulty displaying an object's owner in Windows Explorer. To remove the Owner column so that Windows Explorer no longer displays it on any folder, perform the following steps:

  1. Right-click the column headings to display a list of all available column options.
  2. Clear the check mark next to Owner.
  3. From the Tools menu, select Folder Options.
  4. Select the View tab, then click Apply To All Folders.
  5. Click Yes, then click OK.

Q. When I try to promote a Windows Server 2003 domain controller (DC) into a Windows 2000 forest, the action fails with a schema error. How can I resolve this problem?

A. Windows 2003 contains an updated schema that isn't compatible with the basic schema present in Win2K-based domains and forests. To resolve the problem, you must run the Adprep command from the Windows 2003 installation CD-ROM to update the Win2K-based domain and forest schemas. Before you perform the following actions, ensure that you've installed Win2K Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later on all Win2K DCs:

  1. Identify the Schema master for the forest and the Infrastructure master for the domain. For information about how to do this, see other FAQs in the Active Directory (AD) section on the "FAQs for Windows" Web site, including the FAQ titled "How can I find the current FSMO role holders in a domain/forest?".
  2. Disconnect the Schema master from the network.
  3. From the Schema master, insert the Windows 2003 installation CD-ROM, open a command session, then type
    :
    cd \i386
    adprep /forestprep 
  4. Ensure that no errors were displayed or written to the event log and that domain functions such as Dcdiag still work. If everything is OK, reconnect the Schema master to the network.
  5. If the Infrastructure master is on a different machine than the Schema master, wait 15 minutes for the forest change to take effect (or up to half a day if the machines are in different sites).
  6. From the Infrastructure master, insert the Windows 2003 installation CD-ROM, open a command session, then type
    :
    cd \i386
    adprep /domainprep 

The changes will then replicate across the domain (this process can take just 15 minutes if the Schema master and Infrastructure master are in the same site or as long as half a day if the machines are located in different sites). After the changes replicate, you'll be able to promote the Windows 2003 server to the desired domain as a DC.

Q. I recently joined a computer to a domain after restoring its system state. Why can't users log on to this computer?

A. The secure channel between the client computer and the domain was lost when you rolled back the system state to a state before the client computer was part of the domain. To fix this problem, remove the client computer from the domain, then add it again.

Q. How can I stop Web sites from accessing my local clipboard?

A. The dynamic HTML component in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 5.0 and later lets Web sites access and write to the clipboard unless you use the High security setting. To avoid having to use the High security setting, perform the following steps:

  1. Start IE.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
  3. Select the Security tab.
  4. Select Internet, then click Custom Level.
  5. Scroll down to the Scripting section.
  6. Under "Allow paste operations via script," set to Disable or Prompt, then click OK.
  7. Close all dialog boxes.

You should perform the same steps for the "Restricted sites" zone and any other security zones you think you might need (e.g., the "Local intranet" zone).

Q. I've noticed that Windows Server 2003 doesn't display keyboard shortcuts when I run winnt32.exe. How can I display these shortcuts?

A. Windows 2003 no longer displays keyboard shortcuts by default. To display the shortcuts, you must press the Alt key when you run winnt32.exe.

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