-> Again, I write to find out what your perspective is and to let you know you are chastising a very old OS.
Is this to me? I do not recall making the remarks quoted. Just to verify my involvment here:
I am actually using windows 2000 on this machine that I am responding from. I love windows 2k, it is stable. I do not know why they removed the MSCONFIG.exe from the original desogn of 2k, but, an earlier solution was to take the MSCONFIG from either win 98 or win ME, both of which cause severe errors when you run it before you can get to the functions you need. But it was a workable solution. Actually I had found another way to remove unwanted startup programs but I have long forgotten it, so this is the best way to do it now.
It only occured to me recently to use the MSCONFIG from windows XP as a solution to this, because someone brought this computer over and I added it to my network, it is an old Dell Optiplex GX1p, a slot P-III, 500 MHz with 128 Ram. Now, it seems to me, that this was a logical solution and "everyone was doing the same thing" -Also, I did not see why I should "upgrade" it to XP when it was working fine.
My interest in these old threads about old OS's is because of this: My primary job is that of saving people's data when their OS becomes unworkable. Most of the time, any OS can be restored to good functionality by a combination of a good Antivirus run while the hard drive is hooked up as a slave to a newer machine, re-installation of the original OS (which I have a copy of every one from Dos 6.22/Windows 3.11 to Windows 2003 including variations and server versions), Deletion of unwanted programs, and restoration of the OS to it's original configuration.
I have a number of clients that are running networks with several OS's from win 98 to XP, and I have to know every trick to keep these OS's running.
So, well, I made the mistake of making ONE serrvice call to MS back in 1996 when I had just gotten windows 95 and the OS was pretty much garbage. The techs did not know what the hell they were talking about and I neded up figuring out the solution all by myself, which I have been doing for 9 years now.
I just like to peruse these writings to see if there are better solutions to problems I keep running in to.
Just to give one to be chewed on, the latest problem with Windows XP is that 1) I use XP that has SP 1 installed and I never install SP 2
2) XP being the most unstable of OS's and requiring re-installation and repair frequently, under XP withOUT SP1 I was able to repair about seven consequent installations of XP. THEN, I started using the version of XP that included SP1. From then on, I am allowed to re-install XP, and after F8 I am allowed to choose "Repair Previous Installation" but after the entire process id finished, the computer continuously reboots, and a blue screen of death wqould be shown, if I were able to have access to the OS to turn ON the blue screen of death and the machine would just sit there and show me and not continue to REBOOT.
So, if anyone knows the way around this, please.
However, getting back to Windows 2000, I was positive I saw a System Restore installed on one of my clients computers, and I do not think it was a 3rd party program, so, do some versions of 2k have a system restore? Or is it some kind of add on.