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April, 2008

  • Understanding Component-Based Servicing

    Prior to Windows Vista, if you wanted to install optional components, Windows Updates or driver files on your system, the process was fairly simple. In Windows Vista, the new componentization architecture, known as Component-Based Servicing (CBS) changes...
  • Controlling your MMC Snap-ins on 64-bit Operating Systems

    Over the last couple of weeks, we have worked with a few customers on some MMC issues that they have been experiencing when launching MMC Snap-ins on 64-bit Windows systems.  Most customers have reported that the issue normally surfaces after installing...
  • WMIC: Leveraging the power of WMI

    We’ve covered different pieces of WMI in previous posts, but we have yet to discuss the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-Line (WMIC) in detail.  The WMIC provides administrators easy access to the WMI infrastructure.  Prior to...
  • An Introduction to Pool Tags

    We’ve discussed several areas of Memory Management in our blog since we started. Today, we’re going to take a look at Pool Tags and how they can be used to identify the source of Pool Memory leaks. A pool tag is a four-byte character that is associated...
  • Using Process Explorer without an Internet Connection

    Last year when we wrote our post on Memory Management – Understanding Pool Resources we mentioned that it was possible to use Process Explorer to view the limit for both Paged and NonPaged Pool.  In that post  we mentioned that you would...
  • Using Reliability Monitor for Troubleshooting

    Today we are going to talk about the new Reliability Monitor feature in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. In a nutshell, the Reliability Monitor shows you your system stability history at a glance and lets you see details on a day-by-day basis about...
  • Using Special Pool to find out who is allocating a Pool Tag

    OK, a quick disclaimer right at the start.  The steps we discuss in this post assume that you are very comfortable with kernel debugging, and in particular live debugging.  This is a bit of a niche post, but it is a question that we get every...
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 RTM / RTW

    Last week, we announced the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 includes previously released updates for the OS and also a small number of new updates. The current timeline for XP SP3 availability is as follows...
  • MSIT, Terminal Services, Network Adapter Performance and Hyper-V

    Looking at the title, I know you’re thinking, “what do these four things have to do with one another?” The answer: not a great deal in fact. However, there are some very interesting posts and articles on these subjects that have been published recently...