How to customize the new Tools tab that is available in the System Configuration tool (Msconfig.exe) in Windows Vista

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INTRODUCTION

This article describes the new Tools tab that is available in the System Configuration tool (Msconfig.exe) in Windows Vista.

MORE INFORMATION

You can customize the list of standard tools on the Tools tab to include additional tools. You can add tools to the Tools tab by including a custom tools file that is named Mscfgtlc.xml in the %windir%\system32 directory. Use the following format in the Mscfgtlc.xml file.
<MSCONFIGTOOLS>
  <TOOL NAME="Display IP Address" PATH="%windir%\system32\cmd.exe" DEFAULT_OPT="/k %windir%\system32\ipconfig.exe" ADV_OPT="/k %windir%\system32\ipconfig.exe  /all" HELP="Displays the network IP address."/>
  <TOOL NAME="Release IP Address" PATH="%windir%\system32\cmd.exe" DEFAULT_OPT="/k %windir%\system32\ipconfig.exe /release" ADV_OPT="" HELP="Releases the network IP address."/>                   
  <TOOL NAME="Renew IP Address" PATH="%windir%\system32\cmd.exe" DEFAULT_OPT="/k %windir%\system32\ipconfig.exe /renew" ADV_OPT="" HELP="Renews the network IP address."/>
</MSCONFIGTOOLS>
Notes
  • You must replace the placeholders for the tool name, for the path, and for the help comments with the name of the tool that you use, with the location of the tool, and with the actual help comments. Multiple entries of tools in the Msfgtlc.xml file are permitted.
  • The DEFAULT_OPT attribute specifies the default arguments (if any) to the tool.
  • The ADV_OPT attribute specifies the advanced arguments (if any) that override the default arguments when the Advanced Options check box is selected.

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Article ID: 954385 - Last Review: July 28, 2008 - Revision: 1.1
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  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
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  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
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