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    While looking over Tweak UI, I found some things that I don't understand the usage of.

    Under Common Dialog >Places Bar: What exactly is this used for? I understand that you have to select the type of place you wish to see. Is this like a favorites page, where would it appear in IE7 and why I would want to use it?

    Doing a search I found the topic: Placebar for XP where WyllyWylly and Pilgrim discussed the topic. None explained it's usage or where it can be found to my satisfaction.

    Also under Logon > Settings (still in Tweak UI), I see: Keep RAS connections after longoff and Parse Autoexec.bat at login, I've selected neither one because, again, I know nothing about what they would do or their usage. This is very important because it concerns logging in and logging off.

    Will any one that uses and or knows about Tweak UI supply me with the requested information?

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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='772588' date='27-Apr-2009 22:59']While looking over Tweak UI, I found some things that I don't understand the usage of.

    Under Common Dialog >Places Bar: What exactly is this used for?[/quote]

    Don't know about the rest, but the Places Bar is the bit pointed at in the screenshot down the side of the save/load dialog box.

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    The My Places bar is the vertical bar with five icons on the left hand side of the Open and Save As dialogs.
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    It can be used to quickly navigate to various locations. If you're not satisfied with the default choices that are displayed (History or My Recent Documents, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer and My Network Places), TweakUI XP lets you modify the choices: you can select items from a list of predefined locations, or if that isn't enough, you can type a custom path yourself.

    I'd leave the "Keep RAS connections after logoff" and "Parse AutoExec.bat at login" check boxes alone. They are technical settings that are only important for advanced users.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='772588' date='27-Apr-2009 15:59']Also under Logon > Settings (still in Tweak UI), I see: Keep RAS connections after logoff and Parse Autoexec.bat at login, I've selected neither one because, again, I know nothing about what they would do or their usage.[/quote]
    When enabled the RAS switch allows the PC to maintain internet connectivity when using the "switch users" capability of Windows XP.

    Autoexec.bat is a DOS file that is read (parsed) on startup (or shelling of another command window); the commands in it are executed. For more information look in Wikipedia for "Batch file" (or ask Batcher ) and "Autoexec.bat".
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    [quote name='JohnBF' post='772597' date='27-Apr-2009 17:42']When enabled the RAS switch allows the PC to maintain internet connectivity when using the "switch users" capability of Windows XP.

    Autoexec.bat is a DOS file that is read (parsed) on startup (or shelling of another command window); the commands in it are executed. For more information look in Wikipedia for "Batch file" (or ask Batcher ) and "Autoexec.bat".[/quote]

    FWIW, by default Autoexec.bat is only used during the XP boot process. When a command window is launched Autoexec.nt by default is parsed. The Autoexec.bat setting in TweakUI is used to change the default. See AUTOEXEC.BAT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for details.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='772678' date='28-Apr-2009 07:56']When a command window is launched Autoexec.nt by default is parsed.[/quote]
    Thanks for the clarification on Autoexec.nt.
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    [quote name='jonWallace' post='772590' date='27-Apr-2009 18:15']Don't know about the rest, but the Places Bar is the bit pointed at in the screenshot down the side of the save/load dialog box.

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    Thanks, a pictures worth a thousand words.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='772678' date='28-Apr-2009 09:56']FWIW, by default Autoexec.bat is only used during the XP boot process. When a command window is launched Autoexec.nt by default is parsed. The Autoexec.bat setting in TweakUI is used to change the default. See AUTOEXEC.BAT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for details.

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    Good explanation from John BF and Joe Perez, thank you gentlemen I really appreciate your help. I'll leave the two Hans mentioned alone, an advanced user I'm not. The pictures supplied made it clear as day. I have no desire to learn at this late date about Autoexec. I'll leave well enough alone.

    Thanks again guys.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='772678' date='28-Apr-2009 09:56']FWIW, by default Autoexec.bat is only used during the XP boot process. When a command window is launched Autoexec.nt by default is parsed. The Autoexec.bat setting in TweakUI is used to change the default. See AUTOEXEC.BAT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for details.

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    I just read the article you suggested that I see (wikipedia). In it there was mentioned something about the requirement that the drive be FAT. Both my hard drives are NTFS.

    Also mentioned was the fact that in Windows XP the file is called Autoexe.nt. I found 2 on my computer:
    C:\Windows\repair and C:\Windows\system32

    What is repair used for and what would happen if it was executed?

    These were found in Wikipedia under OS/2NT.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='772948' date='29-Apr-2009 13:41']I just read the article you suggested that I see (wikipedia). In it there was mentioned something about the requirement that the drive be FAT. Both my hard drives are NTFS.[/quote]
    Read the Wikipedia article again - what it states is that the drive must be FAT if you are dual booting MS-DOS (which is distinct from shelling a command window under Windows NT/2000 and up).

    Don't try to execute the Autoexec.nt files. They appear to be resolve backwards compatibility issues related to setting DPMI and using Soundblaster cards, and that's all I need or want to know about them.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='772948' date='29-Apr-2009 15:41']What is repair used for ...[/quote]
    Why don't you quit worrying about it, Gloria and let Windows do its job. In that particular folder, there are FIVE files on my drive that were updated at 1 AM this morning and I ain't gonna worry about WHY Windows chose to write some files to that folder at 1 AM in the morning! (It so happens that that's the time of night when my overnight backup imaging runs, but so what?)

    Take a break and let Windows do its thing...

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    [quote name='JohnBF' post='772978' date='29-Apr-2009 17:23']Read the Wikipedia article again - what it states is that the drive must be FAT if you are dual booting MS-DOS (which is distinct from shelling a command window under Windows NT/2000 and up).

    Don't try to execute the Autoexec.nt files. They appear to be resolve backwards compatibility issues related to setting DPMI and using Soundblaster cards, and that's all I need or want to know about them.[/quote]

    Reading articles a second time almost always reveals something you didn't see or notice the first time.

    I'll take your advice and ignore the Autoexec.nt file.

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    [quote name='Bigaldoc' post='772986' date='29-Apr-2009 18:03']Why don't you quit worrying about it, Gloria and let Windows do its job. In that particular folder, there are FIVE files on my drive that were updated at 1 AM this morning and I ain't gonna worry about WHY Windows chose to write some files to that folder at 1 AM in the morning! (It so happens that that's the time of night when my overnight backup imaging runs, but so what?)

    Take a break and let Windows do its thing...[/quote]

    There's nothing I'd rather do than take a break, but sometimes it's better to know what's on your computer and what's running. How did you get into the repair folder, when I tried Windows wouldn't let me open it?

    Someone else gave me this explanation of what it's used for. They said that it's used when Last Good Configuration is chosen.
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='773314' date='01-May-2009 15:03']... How did you get into the repair folder, when I tried Windows wouldn't let me open it?[/quote]
    I just opened Windows Explorer, navigated, and there she is. See attached, including files updated this MORNING!

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    As to this bit about last good configuration, who knows and why should we worry about it? As I first said, it's part of Windows... let it be...
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='773314' date='01-May-2009 15:03']There's nothing I'd rather do than take a break, but sometimes it's better to know what's on your computer and what's running.[/quote]
    I have to agree with Bigaldoc on this one for sure. Operating Systems are extremely complex and most people, even those who preen themselves as being "gurus", won't be able to comprehend why Windows has this or does that, etc. The system is basically designed to be USED and ENJOYED and not meddled with. Those who stick their fingers in places where they were not meant to go most often get burned. (see some of the salient posts in the Vista and XP forums where there are a few individuals who are constantly "tweaking" their systems in ignorance and then crying for help to fix problems. )

    The old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" is wisdom indeed. And "A little knowledge can be dangerous!" equally applies. Here's another, probably poor example. I love to cook and actually, I'm quite good at it. But invariably, when I change a recipe by trying something out of my own curiosity not based upon the solid knowledge of how things go together, etc., the end result is often inedible. The advantage in this case is that I can sometimes give the failed attempt to the dog and start over. If you ruin your system, the consequences are far more time consuming and even costly. Even if you have a complete system backup, having to restore your system on a regular basis isn't what I would call fun.
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