Windows Tools

Introduction to Support Tools

The Windows Support Tools assist support personnel and network administrators to manage their networks and to troubleshoot problems. They are not installed with the Windows operating system; you must install them separately from the \Support\Tools folder of the Windows CD. This Help file provides information on the tools and shortcuts for opening or running these tools.

Getting Help on tools

To find Help for a tool

Each tool is covered in a main Help topic. Links to associated topics covering syntax, examples, or other features of the tool are available at the top of each topic for that tool. Tools with Windows interfaces may include a separate Help file available from the Help menu in the tool window. For command-line tools, Help is also available by typing FileName /? at the command prompt.

An extensive Glossary is available from the Contents tab. Links to glossary definitions that appear as pop-up windows are formatted in underlined dark green text.

Understanding notation and terminology

The following topics cover the conventions for usage and notation that are observed in this document:

Procedural conventions

Notational conventions

This documentation assumes you are already familiar with the Windows operating system. For more general information about Windows, including keyboard equivalents to menu and mouse actions, see Windows Help.

Printing topics

When you print from HTML Help, a dialog box opens asking whether you want to print the selected topic or to print the selected heading and all subtopics. Printing the selected topic is recommended. If you print a heading and subtopics, you may encounter error messages and special formatting will be lost, but the topics still print.