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Techie stuff in the life of a Sr. Premier Field Engineer

Home is where I lay my head

  • Tune in to Windows Intune!

    On the first of October I’ve switched to a new role within Microsoft: Windows Intune TSP (Technical Solution Professional) covering the BeNeLux, Austria and Switzerland. Because of the switch in technology I’ve started a new blog: Tune in to Windows Intune...
  • Reduce WinSxS folder size in Windows 8 or 8.1

    On my machine I reduced the WinSxS folder size with 1183 mb (1.241.054.572 bytes) using a new feature called delta compression. Note: If you are using Windows 8.0, first install KB2821895 “A servicing stack update is available for Windows RT and Windows...
  • Enabling Secure Boot in Windows 8

    Secure Boot is a feature on UEFI-based PCs that helps increase the security of a PC by preventing unauthorized software from running on a PC during the boot sequence. It checks that each piece of software has a valid signature, including the operating...
  • How to upgrade a Surface RT to Windows 8.1 Preview with language mismatch

    If you get an error "The update is not applicable to your computer", follow these steps. 1. Add the English US language: Go to the Control panel and select “Add language” Add English => English US Make sure that it’s downloaded and installed...
  • Windows 8.1 Preview Explorer.exe crashes

    After upgrading to Windows 8.1 Preview explorer.exe might crash with an error which looks similar to this: Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 6.3.9431.0, time stamp: 0x51bce434 Faulting module name: dlnashext.dll, version: 12.0.9431.0,...
  • Optimization Guidance for Windows 7

    The Microsoft SBSL (Slow Boot Slow Logon) Community continuously works on improving performance during system startup and logon. This can be anything from hardware to software issues, this blog is a summary of a fair amount of those recommendations. Do...
  • Important Windows 7/2008 R2 Performance Rollup Package Is Available

    You want to improve performance of your Windows OS but don’t know where to begin? This rollup is a good starter – it might improve the performance of your Windows 7 SP1 PC or Windows 2008 R2 Server! Every now and than an update/hotfix is released to address...
  • How to migrate your Microsoft Account (a.k.a. Live ID) to a different country

    Yes! It’s possible to migrate your Microsoft Account, previously known as Live ID, to another country in a few clicks! In the past this wasn’t possible but since 16th of January 2013 this can be done in a few clicks. In order to change country of your...
  • Outlook: Mail stuck after editing in Outbox

    Do you have a situation where you can’t send e-mail after editing a “waiting to be sent” e-mail in your outbox? I helped someone with the same situation, read how I troubleshooted and found the solution.   The scenario This problem occurred in Outlook...
  • Upgrading Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2012 – via RDP

    In order to save some fuel/time/energy I’m upgrading one or our test servers from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 via RDP. Not recommended or supported in any scenario <insert disclaimer here>. Before you start, make sure all Virtual...
  • Error: "We cant connect to xbox service right now”

    Are you gettings this error, maybe together with a 0xc1010190 or 0xc00d1198? I didn’t spend much time troubleshooting but this is what fixed it for me: 1. Uninstall the Modern App by right clicking the tile   2. Reboot the PC 3. Re-install the application...
  • Windows 8 - Nothing happens when you initiate a shutdown or hangs at the “shutting down” donut.

    On my corporate machine I had the issue where Windows would either: Endlessly show the “Shutting Down” screen. OR     When initiating a shutdown, nothing would happen except that Winlogon.exe would take a 100% CPU utilization on a single...
  • Windows 8 Interactive Services Detection “Error 1: Incorrect Function”

    When an application or service displays an interactive message in session 0, Windows 7 displays a message to inform you about this application. You can use this feature to switch to session 0 and have a look which message is waiting: The process responsible...
  • How to install Windows 7 or 8 from USB using UEFI

    In order to benefit from the new UEFI features (including faster system startup), you will have to prepare your USB device slightly different. Main take-away here: UEFI accepts boot loaders in files placed a the FAT formatted boot volume To prepare your...
  • How to check in Windows if you are using UEFI

    You might be wondering if Windows is using UEFI or the legacy BIOS, it’s easy to check. Just fire up MSINFO32 and look for this entry:   There are two possibilities here, either UEFI or Legacy.
  • How to install the Windows Performance Recorder for Windows 8

    Personally I think this is on the best tools available for Windows 8, it gives you the option to "lift the hood" of Windows and see what's going on. No more guessing! You might have used xperf, xperfview or xbootmgr.exe in the past which is part of the...
  • Hello world

    Imagine a world where all software runs perfectly, system administrators never make mistakes and the whole IT infrastructure is so easy that it all runs smoothly without any human intervention..... Think we all agree that we are not quite there yet? Great...