From Computing and Communication Services

If you got a new office PC this summer, it came with Windows NT installed rather than Windows 95. Though in most ways, Windows NT looks and acts pretty much like Windows 95, there are a couple of things that can trip you up. Keep reading for tips on making the most of Windows NT.

Looking for the task list? It’s still there, you just have to know where to look. Under Windows 95, Ctrl-Alt-Del brought up the task list; you could use this to forcibly close an application that had stopped responding.

To see the task list in Windows NT, press Ctrl-Alt-Del and then click Task Manager.

This will bring up a list of processes, which may have rather inscrutable names. If something has locked up, though, look for something like APPLICATION-NAME.EXE, select that process, and click End Process.

You also can see a list of applications. Click the Applications tab to see a more familiar-looking list of applications. Windows NT should tell you if any of these applications are locked up, and you also can select it from this list and click End Task.

Where’s the My Documents folder? It’s called the Personal folder in Windows NT — but some of the shortcuts still call it My Documents.

In Windows 95, you had a folder on your C:\ drive called My Documents. Most applications stored files in that folder by default. In Windows NT, you have a folder called Personal, and most applications will store files there by default. Why does Windows NT do it this way? Basically, it’s to make it easier for multiple people to share a computer without getting in each other’s way.

You should have a shortcut on your desktop called My Documents, which will point to your Personal folder. If you need to navigate to your Personal folder manually, it’s at C:\winnt\profiles\your_username\personal. Fortunately, you shouldn’t need to navigate to it often. If you click the My Documents icon in the Microsoft Office Save or Open dialog boxes, it will take you straight to this folder.

Why do some of the shortcuts to this folder still call it My Documents? Well … in Windows 2000 (which we’ll probably roll out next summer), Microsoft calls it My Documents again. We’re trying to make as few changes as possible, in the hopes of not confusing people. (And if we’ve confused you, we apologize!)

Trying to install software? Call CCS.

In Windows 95, you could install software on your own computer without getting any assistance from CCS. This may not be the case under Windows NT; there are some directories (which installers may need to place data in) that are restricted. If you try to install an application and get an error, contact CCS and we’ll help you install it. Because of this change, we will help you to install unsupported applications (such as Adobe InDesign), provided that you have the installation media.

Can’t set your computer’s clock? Don’t worry — it’s taken care of.

Campus PCs are being configured to synchronize their clocks each day to a super-accurate atomic clock. This means that everyone with a PC will eventually be on the same time — so when the Outlook reminder pops up for your 2 p.m. meeting, it will be reminding everyone else at 2 p.m., instead of reminding half the people at 1:55 and half the people at 2:05.

If you’ll be doing something like taking a laptop computer to another time zone, though, you may want to call CCS in advance to get help setting the time to your new location.

More questions? Call or e-mail the CCS Help Desk.

If you have questions about Windows NT, you always can call or e-mail the CCS Help Desk, (651) 962-6230, ccshelp@stthomas.edu. During semesters, the Help Desk is staffed from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. (Hours are reduced on holidays and during vacations and January Term.)