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How to manage services and drivers in Windows 2000 / XP?

It has already become a good thing that with each new version of its products, Microsoft is constantly putting something useful and tidy into their user interface, thereby provoking the curious users to “feel” the newfangled program. Recall, for example, the evolution of the line of operating systems built on the NT kernel. Later, Windows NT 4.0, with its unobtrusive and unsophisticated interface in the style of the beginning of the 95th era, the company released the 2000 version of the OS to the market with the user environment borrowed from the highly popular Windows 98 at that time. user-friendly interface "ninety-eighths" has done its job - the Windows 2000 system quickly gained popularity. , Microsoft, in order not to deviate from the beaten track in any way, has implemented in the next versions (this XP also of the future Longhorn) a whole series of innovative solutions in the districts of the user interface.

What have we brought here this long introduction, of course, still resting on the nuances of the interfaces? We just wanted to emphasize the fact that Microsoft, in an effort to ease the work of its regular users, somehow forgets about the existence of operating system rulers whose working days are directly related to setting up, disassembling servers and workstations. Audit of logs, installation of system services, assessment of events, troubleshooting - this is just a small fraction of the duties of administrators, just can not list. What blah blah can Microsoft offer in this case?

Entertaining task. But true what? A simple utility (eventvwr.exe) for viewing system events, which really is only suitable for parsing single records? Or a means for backing up data (ntbackup.exe) with the absence of at least minimal data compression? Task Manager (taskmgr.exe), providing the minimum capacity of information about running processes? A lot of questions ...
Not surprisingly, third-party utilities are also sinking into the stock of system rulers.

Well, we have already talked about replacing the standard Windows Task Manager, the tool for controlling the regulation of network connections did not go unnoticed. It is time to share your impressions of the free utility ServConf, which helps to facilitate the work with the services, the kernel drivers and the file system of the Windows NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 operating systems.

ServConf provides complete information on each service with the ability to change their parameters (including hidden ones), also displays the communication between the OS services. The utility allows you to take a "snapshot" (snap-shot) of the current configuration of the system, so that later, having done dark deeds and having stirred up until death, I walk through system services from the depth of your knowledge, give all the settings to the room. Another bonus addition to the standard features of the program is the universal function of viewing the system event log (Event Log). This log viewer is undoubtedly richer than the built-in Windows utility, but up to perfection, alas, does not reach far in the distance. Another plus - ServConf "is able to export to the file the pieces of the registry responsible for the operation of a particular service.

I think the above mentioned functional capabilities of ServConf (and we have not listed all of them in the distance) have already led you to install this useful utility on your computer.