XP: msconfig Question

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In Windows98, at least in the Win98 TweakUI mode, when you ran msconfig
you could drag the window as necessary to see what was there. ID the
components.

In Win XP-Pro, which I am new to, it looks like the same app, but the
(small) size is fixed, and on some items processes cannot be clearly
identified. Like, right-clicking doesn't give you anything. StartUp
menu for example.

And is this a Dell version WinXP-Pro anomoly, or is it just MS XP-Pro
period?

Is there any way to make this window expand, as it did in Win98 2nd, to
see what's there? Or an alternative app or hack that does this?

Thanks!

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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Skip" wrote:
    > In Windows98, at least in the Win98 TweakUI mode, when you ran msconfig
    > you could drag the window as necessary to see what was there. ID the
    > components.
    >
    > In Win XP-Pro, which I am new to, it looks like the same app, but the
    > (small) size is fixed, and on some items processes cannot be clearly
    > identified. Like, right-clicking doesn't give you anything. StartUp
    > menu for example.
    >
    > And is this a Dell version WinXP-Pro anomoly, or is it just MS XP-Pro
    > period?
    >
    > Is there any way to make this window expand, as it did in Win98 2nd, to
    > see what's there? Or an alternative app or hack that does this?


    For descriptions of services, at least, you can go to
    Start/Settings/ControlPanel/AdministrativeTools/Services.

    *TimDaniels*
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    "Skip" <SB9967@cox.net> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1b03a5dd62a6a853989684@news.east.cox.net...
    > In Windows98, at least in the Win98 TweakUI mode, when you ran msconfig
    > you could drag the window as necessary to see what was there. ID the
    > components.
    >
    > In Win XP-Pro, which I am new to, it looks like the same app, but the
    > (small) size is fixed, and on some items processes cannot be clearly
    > identified. Like, right-clicking doesn't give you anything. StartUp
    > menu for example.
    >
    > And is this a Dell version WinXP-Pro anomoly, or is it just MS XP-Pro
    > period?
    >
    > Is there any way to make this window expand, as it did in Win98 2nd, to
    > see what's there? Or an alternative app or hack that does this?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Skip


    There may be an app.or hack out there, but I've not been fortunate to read
    of it. This is an 'XP thing' not limited to OEM/factory installs. Let's
    hope they fix it in Longhorn.


    Stew
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    if you are talking about the stuff that you find under the 'services' and
    'startup' tabs there is something that you can do to get more details...
    you can make the columns wider and then scroll left and right to get
    complete information. for instance, when in the services tab, position your
    cursor in the column heading on the vertical line between 'service' and
    'essential' then click and drag the service column to the right to make it
    wider. you will notice that the scroll bar on the bottom of the window
    changes accordingly and will then allow you to see the full description of
    an item. all the column widths are adjustable in this manner.

    "Skip" <SB9967@cox.net> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1b03a5dd62a6a853989684@news.east.cox.net...
    > In Windows98, at least in the Win98 TweakUI mode, when you ran msconfig
    > you could drag the window as necessary to see what was there. ID the
    > components.
    >
    > In Win XP-Pro, which I am new to, it looks like the same app, but the
    > (small) size is fixed, and on some items processes cannot be clearly
    > identified. Like, right-clicking doesn't give you anything. StartUp
    > menu for example.
    >
    > And is this a Dell version WinXP-Pro anomoly, or is it just MS XP-Pro
    > period?
    >
    > Is there any way to make this window expand, as it did in Win98 2nd, to
    > see what's there? Or an alternative app or hack that does this?
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Skip
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Christopher Muto" wrote:
    > if you are talking about the stuff that you find under the 'services' and
    > 'startup' tabs there is something that you can do to get more details...
    > you can make the columns wider and then scroll left and right to get
    > complete information. for instance, when in the services tab, position your
    > cursor in the column heading on the vertical line between 'service' and
    > 'essential' then click and drag the service column to the right to make it
    > wider. you will notice that the scroll bar on the bottom of the window
    > changes accordingly and will then allow you to see the full description of
    > an item. all the column widths are adjustable in this manner.


    In *my* WinXP Pro system, there isn't any description where you
    describe. Is this perhaps an option settable elsewhere?

    *TimDaniels*
  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Timothy Daniels" <TDaniels@NoSpamDot.com> wrote:

    >"Christopher Muto" wrote:

    >> if you are talking about the stuff that you find under the 'services' and
    >> 'startup' tabs there is something that you can do to get more details...
    >> you can make the columns wider and then scroll left and right to get
    >> complete information. for instance, when in the services tab, position your
    >> cursor in the column heading on the vertical line between 'service' and
    >> 'essential' then click and drag the service column to the right to make it
    >> wider. you will notice that the scroll bar on the bottom of the window
    >> changes accordingly and will then allow you to see the full description of
    >> an item. all the column widths are adjustable in this manner.

    > In *my* WinXP Pro system, there isn't any description where you
    >describe. Is this perhaps an option settable elsewhere?

    He used the words "full description" where he should have used
    the words "full name". IOW, if the name of the service was
    longer than the column, thus hiding part of it, you can adjust
    the column to see the full name of the service.
    --
    OJ III
    [Email sent to Yahoo address is burned before reading.
    Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Yes, that was what I was talking about. Thanks!

    I can see now that by dragging the columns ALL the way over and making
    them 'disappear' I can see all that is there. That is helpful as I can
    see things now I thought were hidden, in effect.

    However, this is a big step backward for XP-Pro, since you could make
    things full-screen in W98-2nd if you wanted - it was just nice to be
    able to drag a window to see everything at once, not play games by
    playing hide-and-seek and scrolling. It's kinda like going back to DOS
    2.0 (which once I thought was nice). As in backwards, not forwards.

    I notice that in several other XP menus - non-dragable windows in apps
    where it would be convienient. Is window-dragging inherently dangerous
    or something?


    > if you are talking about the stuff that you find under the 'services'
    and
    > 'startup' tabs there is something that you can do to get more details...
    > you can make the columns wider and then scroll left and right to get
    > complete information. for instance, when in the services tab, position your
    > cursor in the column heading on the vertical line between 'service' and
    > 'essential' then click and drag the service column to the right to make it
    > wider. you will notice that the scroll bar on the bottom of the window
    > changes accordingly and will then allow you to see the full description of
    > an item. all the column widths are adjustable in this manner.
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Interesting. Why MS seems to go backwards sometimes. I figure there's
    a good reason - I'd hate to think there wasn't, but every now and then I
    wonder.

    > There may be an app.or hack out there, but I've not been fortunate to
    > read
    > of it. This is an 'XP thing' not limited to OEM/factory installs. Let's
    > hope they fix it in Longhorn.
    >
    >
    > Stew
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