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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 7. G

General Controls Control Panel

In Windows: None

The General Controls control panel contains a hodge-podge of unrelated settings. Windows has no equivalent catch-all control panel. In fact, many features made possible by the Mac’s General Controls panel, such as the options to hide the Desktop when in an application, protect the System Folder or Applications folder, govern insertion point and menu blinking, and change the location for saved documents, have no equivalents in Windows.

Automatic hard disk checking. Only one General Controls option has a Windows counterpart: the “Warn me if computer was shut down improperly” checkbox. When turned on, this option automatically uses Disk First Aid to check your startup hard disk for problems after a crash.

By default, Windows 95/98 does the same thing with its disk maintenance program, ScanDisk. Turning this behavior on and off, however, is a much more complicated endeavor that’s possible only in Windows 98 and later. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the C: window, and choose View → Folder Options → View → Show all files.

  2. Right-click Msdos.sys, choose Properties, and turn off the Read-only checkbox. Close the Properties dialog box.

  3. Double-click Msdos.sys and open it in Notepad.

  4. Make the second-to-last line in the file read AutoScan=1 (to turn on the automatic scanning after a crash) or AutoScan=0 (to turn off this feature).

  5. Save the file, quit Notepad, and reset the Read-only attribute in the Msdos.sys Properties dialog box.

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