Archive for December, 2006

What is SVCHOST anyway?

Basically, SVCHOST is a services DLL loader.  Here’s the MS artical that explains it:

The keys to finding out what is going on are: Run TASKLIST /SVC from the command window and look at the following Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Svchost

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Controlling Cache settings and more in IE

Hidden deep within Group Policy there are many jewels that are not always easy to find. One of these jewels is the advanced or “preference mode” Internet Explorer settings. These can be accessed with the following steps:

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console and create a new GPO.
  2. Browse to User Configuration/Windows Settings
  3. Right click on “Internet Explorer Maintenance” and click “Preference Mode”

This will add another subgroup of settings listed under “Advanced”. In this subgroup you can edit settings related to cache size, auto complete, roaming profile cache, auto image resizing, and many more things.
Warning:  If you have already set some things in “Internet Explorer Maintenance”, you will need to either clear them first or create a new GPO in order to switch to “Preference Mode”

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