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How to manage services also with drivers in Windows 2000 / XP?

It has already become a good tidation that with each new version of its products, Microsoft continuously contributes something useful also laconic to their user interface, thus provoking curious users to quickly "touch" the new-fangled program. Let's recall, for example, the evolution of the operating system line, built on the NT kernel. Later, Windows NT 4.0 with its unobtrusive and simple-minded interface in the style of the beginning of the "95's" era, the company released a 2000 version of the OS on the market with a user's work environment borrowed from the extremely popular Windows 98 at the time. Integration of a very stable NT kernel also convenient interface "ninety-eighths" did its job - the Windows 2000 system quickly gained popularity. , Microsoft, in order not to depart from the beaten track, has implemented a whole series of innovative solutions in the UI counties in the next versions (this XP is also the future Longhorn).

What did we bring here this long introduction, of course, still resting on the nuances of interfaces? Simply, we wanted to emphasize the fact that Microsoft, trying to facilitate the work of its ordinary users, somehow forgets about the existence of the rulers of operating systems, whose working days are directly related to the setting up, dismantling of servers and workstations. Audit logs, installation of system services, evaluation of events, troubleshooting - this is just a small part of the duties of administrators, just can not enumerate. What blah blah can Microsoft offer in this case?

An entertaining task. But it is true, what? A simple utility (eventvwr.exe) for viewing system events, which is really only useful for parsing single records? Or the means for data backup (ntbackup.exe) with at least minimum compression of data? Task manager (taskmgr.exe), which provides a minimum capacity of information about running processes? A lot of questions ...
Not surprisingly, in the stock of system governors, the programs of third-party companies also settle.

Well, we already talked about replacing the standard Windows task manager with the tool to control the network connections, too. It's time to share your impressions about the free utility ServConf, which helps to facilitate the work with the services, kernel drivers, and the file system of the operating systems Windows NT / 2000 / XP / 2003.

ServConf provides complete information on each service with the ability to change their settings (including hidden ones), displays links also interactions between OS services. The utility allows you to make a "snap-shot" of the current configuration of the system, so in the future, after having done the dark things, also exciting up to death, walk the system services from the depth of your knowledge, give all the settings to the room. Another bonus additive to the standard features of the program is the universal function of viewing the system event log (Event Log). This log viewer, of course, is richer than the built-in Windows utility, but down to perfection, alas, is far from reaching the distance. Another plus - ServConf " can export to the file pieces of the registry, responsible for the operation of a particular service.

I think the above functional functions of ServConf (and we listed them in the distance are not all) already spodvigli you to the fact that you install on your computer this useful utility.