Microsoft KB Archive/102473

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Article ID: 102473

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102473


When you run Hewlett-Packard (HP) Dashboard with Windows NT, the following problems occur:

  • You cannot make HP Dashboard the shell
  • Dashboard does not show group toolbar

NOTE: XTree for Windows displays similar problems. Group conversion and group command buttons are not available.


You Cannot Make HP Dashboard the Shell

Dashboard, a 16-bit application, attempts to install itself as the shell through the defined method for Windows 3.1 shell replacement. This does not work in Windows NT because the shell is defined in a different manner. Windows NT version 3.1 does not support the replacement of Program Manager.

Dashboard Does Not Show Group Toolbar

Dashboard relies on the existence of .GRP files. If Dashboard is installed on a Windows NT system upgraded from Windows 3.1, you have the groups from your Windows 3.1 installation on the Dashboard toolbar. If you did not upgrade from a previous version of Windows to Windows NT, you do not see any groups on the toolbar. This problem occurs because Windows NT Program Manager does not store group information in .GRP files (Windows 3.1 Program Manager did) but instead places the information in the Registry.

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