This article describes the new Tools
tab that is available in the System Configuration utility (Msconfig.exe). The new Tools
tab is available after you install the 906569 update on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer.
You can use the Tools
tab in the System Configuration utility to start diagnostic tools. The Tools
tab also displays both the path and the switches for the tools.
To start one or more of the tools that are listed on the Tools
tab, click the tool that you want to start, and then click Launch
. Alternatively, click the tool that you want to start, and then press ALT+L.
You can customize the list of tools on the Tools
tab to include additional tools, to modify command-line switches or to add both of these functionalities. You can apply changes to the list of tools by using update services such as Windows Update or OEM programs. Additionally, you can customize the Tools
tab by editing the Mscfgtlc.xml file that is associated with the System Configuration utility. You must create the Mscfgtlc.xml file in the same folder where the Msconfig.exe file is located. By default, the Msconfig.exe file is located in the Windows\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries folder.Note
The Mscfgtlc.xml file is a system file. To change this file, you must have administrative permissions.
The following is an example of the Mscfgtlc.xml file format:
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<a NAME="Remote Assistance" PATH="%windir%\\system32\\rcimlby.exe" DEFAULT_OPT="-LaunchRA" ADV_OPT=""
HELP="Receive help from (or offer help to) a friend over the Internet"/>
<b NAME="Internet Protocol Configuration" PATH="%windir%\system32\cmd.exe"
DEFAULT_OPT="/k %windir%\system32\ipconfig.exe" ADV_OPT="/k %windir%\system32\ipconfig.exe /all"
HELP="IPCONFIG is a command line tool used to control network connections on Windows-based computers"/>
In this example, entry "a" shows an entry that contains no advanced functionality. No advanced functionality is available because of the null argument for the ADV_OPT element. Entry "b" contains an entry that has advanced functionality. In entry "b," the whole command is repeated together with the addition of a switch. Additionally, the tool is started in a Command Prompt window.
You do not have to provide a tool description in the Mscfgtlc.xml file. However, if you use incorrect path, syntax or option information, you receive an error message. Additionally, if you use incorrect path, syntax or option information, the tools that you want to display are not visible on the Tools
tab in this situation.
The following table provides descriptions of the tools that are visible on the Tools
tab. This table also lists the default commands to start these tools at a command prompt:
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|Tool name||Description on the Tools tab ||Default command|
|About Windows||Shows the version of Windows currently installed on the system.||Winver.exe|
|Command Prompt||Opens a Command-Prompt window.||Cmd.exe|
|Event Viewer||Displays monitoring and troubleshooting messages from Windows and other programs.||Eventvwr.msc|
|Internet Options||Internet Explorer Settings.||Inetcpl.cpl|
|Internet Protocol Configuration||IPCONFIG is a command-line tool used to control network connections on Windows-based computers.|| Ipconfig.exe or Ipconfig.exe /all|
|Network Diagnostics||Network Diagnostics scans your system to gather information about your hardware, software, and network connections.||Netsh.exe diag gui|
|Programs||Add or remove programs and Windows components.||Appwiz.cpl|
|Registry Editor||Make changes to the Windows registry.||Regedit.exe|
|Security Center||Configure Automatic Updates, Windows Firewall, and Internet Properties settings.||Wscui.cpl|
|System Information||View advanced information about hardware and software settings.||Msinfo32 .exe|
|System Properties||View basic information about your computer's system settings.||Sysdm.cpl|
|System Restore||Restore computer to a previous state.||%SystemRoot%\System32\restore\Rstrui.exe |
|Task Manager||Provides details about programs and processes running on your computer.||Taskmgr.exe|
When you click Internet Protocol Configuration
on the Tools
tab, an Advanced Options
check box is available. Click to select the Advanced Options
check box, and then click Launch
if you want to include detailed information for all network adaptors. This procedure returns the same result that you receive when you run the ipconfig /all
command. Click to clear the Advanced Options
check box if you want to see only the basic network information for enabled network adaptors.
To start the System Configuration utility, use either of the following methods.
, click Run
, type msconfig.exe
, and then click OK
- Click Start, and then click Help and Support.
- Click Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems.
- Click System Configuration Utility.
The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Download the 906569 package now.
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Release Date: October 5, 2005
For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.
The Italian version of this update is Windowsxp-kb906569-v3-x86-ita.exe.
You must be running Windows XP SP2 to install this update.
The English version of this update has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone
tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name
27-Sep-2005 00:34 5.1.2600.2764 169,984 Msconfig.exe
27-Sep-2005 00:29 5.1.2600.2764 21,504 Xpsp3res.dll