I often see advice to the effect that `priority' can be assigned to certain tasks within the Task Manager, but whenever I try to do this myself I get a warning that "system instability" may occur (I've also received this message when trying to end certain processes that have become non-responsive with the Task Manager). What exactly does `system instability' mean in this context, and is it something I should be worried about?
2) Safety of Using Common Shutdown/Restart/Logoff Shortcuts
A few weeks ago, I ran across a comment on a computer help forum that warned against using shortcuts with a shortened or null time parameter ("-t 00") to shut down or restart one's computer (or to log off the current account), as this could, over time, result in corrupted system files (possibly because of a feature called `delayed write'?). I am currently using the following shortcuts for these functions:
I have also seen the following methods for creating shutdown, restart, and log off shortcuts offered on various computer sites, but have never tried them personally:
C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL32.EXE shell32,SHExitWindowsEx 1
C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL32.EXE shell32,SHExitWindowsEx 2
C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL32.EXE shell32,SHExitWindowsEx 0
First of all, can anyone tell me whether the shortcuts I am currently using (i.e. the 3 at the top of the above list) will be safe to use over the long term, and/or elaborate on the differences (if any) between these shortcuts and the ones below them?
Secondly, if the "-t 00" parameter is unsafe to use to exit Windows, is it safe to use in conjunction with the "-f" parameter to kill running applications without exiting Windows? Or will that eventually harm files that are important to the applications in question?
Lastly, I have read that having the write-back cache setting enabled on your hard drive is a bad idea if you are planning to shut your PC down abnormally on a routine basis. Do the above shortcuts qualify as an `abnormal' means of shutting down your PC?
3) Safety of Using Autologon in Conjunction with Password-protected Accounts
I have read on numerous forums that cable/DSL users should password-protect all of the accounts on their computers as a precaution against hackers...
My question here is, does setting TweakUI to autolog you on to your preferred account after you have password-protected all of your accounts defeat the purpose of creating the passwords to begin with?
Also, when they say to password-protect "all" of the accounts on your computer, do they mean to include the hidden ASP.NET account that is automatically generated when you download and install the .NET Framework?
Any elaboration (or links to useful resources) on any of the above will be greatly appreciated
Edited by Damaru, 17 January 2008 - 05:44 AM.