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What am I waiting for?
When you log into or out of Windows Vista, you will receive the following message as Windows starts up or shuts down various services, applies settings, runs logon scripts, etc. If you enjoy knowing WHAT it is that Windows is doing, you can make Windows display much more verbose status information: This...
20 Jun 2007
Sometimes the error message means what it says
I'm in the process of setting up a new Hyper-V server, and for some reason I was unable to connect via Terminal Services to the server... I had properly enabled the "Allow connections from computer running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure) option". However, no matter, what I did, I got the...
23 Jun 2008
Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernel Changes
Great Stuff from SysInternals (and Mark Russinovich): Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernal Changes : Mark goes deep inside the Server 2008 kernel to describe enhancements to memory management and I/O processing, as well as how Server 2008 implements new features like Hyper-V, self-healing NTFS, SMB2, and...
11 Mar 2008
Where did I leave my key?
If you are a standard user, the following post will not help you, but if you are a power user with multiple Windows Vista Keys sitting around from MSDN, TechNet, Betas, Roadshows, Retail... You may run into the problem (when flattening and rebuilding a box) of not knowing WHICH key (from your drawer...
29 Sep 2007
Dude, where's my RAM? (or, why don't I have 4GB?)
I ran into this exact issue yesterday, and intended to write a post. Fortunately, the ASKPERF Blog covers this issue today, and at the bottom of this post, I get to link to 3 more of my favorite blogs that cover the problem in depth: Memory Management - Dude where's my RAM?? Only a couple of years ago...
13 Apr 2007
Windows Experience Index will not update
Part deux in my "strange experiences while installing Vista" series :) As mentioned earlier , I installed a clean copy of Vista after replacing the Motherboard and Video Card. The first time I booted up, my Windows Experience Index bottlenecked on the Video Card. Although I have an ATI Radeon X1950 Pro...
6 Jun 2007
Can't read .chm (Compiled Help) on Vista/XP/2003?
In my previous post , I mentioned that TechNet Magazine has their past issues available in HTML Help format (.chm) here . If you navigate to that page (with a fully patched Vista or Windows XP box) and open one of the referenced files from directly within IE, you will get something that looks a...
29 May 2007
Where did my Vista Parental Controls go?
Parental Controls on Windows Vista are a great way to take charge of how your kiddoes use the computer. You can restrict time limitations, the ratings of games they are allowed to play, block or allow specific programs, block or allow specific websites, and get activity reports on what they have...
9 Jul 2007
Network Shell (Netsh) Technical Reference released
Aaaaah... to come full circle. Microsoft's OSs started at the command line, went GUI, and you can now do more from then command-line than ever before. Between PowerShell , the Windows Command Reference , and now the Netsh Technical Reference , you can script until you are blue in the face...
14 Mar 2008
Experience Index... Going Up!
Approximately 6 months ago, my computer started spontaneously rebooting, and I decided to replace the motherboard and Processor. After researching processors online, I decided that the best bang-for-the-buck would be to pick up an Intel Core2 Duo 1.86GHz processor (I am not a gamer, but this is a quite...
28 May 2007
MacBook Pro - Windows Experience Index
If you are planning on running Windows Vista on a MacBook Pro... I just picked one of the new ones up, and Vista is VERY snappy on it... Windows Experience for the MBP with the following hardware: 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 Santa Rosa chipset 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM 160GB 5400 RPM HD 128MB NVIDIA GeForce...
21 Jul 2007
TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows
Download the eBook here . There is nothing particularly fundamental about this book, unless you are a CCNP or otherwise live and breathe packets. Surprisingly (to me) however, the book remains quite readable. Written by Joseph Davies (aka The Cable Guy in TechNet Magazine )... he even has an entry on...
1 Jun 2008
Windows Vista Ultimate Wallpaper
Just noticed two really nice Windows Vista Ultimate wallpapers over on the official Windows Vista Ultimate site . You can set them as the desktop background on any OS (Vista or otherwise), but... why would you?
17 Mar 2007
Why won't Vista install? It worked with the last OS I had on it...
I installed a clean copy of Vista recently, after replacing my Motherboard, Video Card, and Processor ( detailed here ). As my last post focused on my Experience Index, I didn't cover the two strange issues I ran into. I will cover them (and their solutions) in two posts. The first problem I ran into...
6 Jun 2007
Make Windows XP show up on your Vista Network Map
Just saw the following over on the Computerworld article: Teach XP and Vista to play nice on networks And the Windows Vista Network Map -- which may be the best networking feature Microsoft has ever introduced into Windows -- won't work properly with XP PCs. They won't show up properly on the network...
15 May 2007
Network Utilization between Vista and Windows Server 2008
I love the next-generation TCP/IP Stack and SMB 2.0 . It makes for quite zippy transfers :) More on the new networking features of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726965.aspx
2 Jul 2008
I did it! (also known as the June TechNet Magazine)
One of the best parts of working at Microsoft is the amazing discussions and debates that take place on our internal Discussion Lists. A few months ago, the greatest security minds at Microsoft were undergoing a hot and heavy debate on Security by Obscurity . Does it make sense to rename the Administrator...
13 May 2008
Group Policy Documentation Survival Guide
The latest version of the links below can be found here , or download a PDF version here . Don't ask me where they got that US-Army-looking-font in the PDF... it probably wouldn't have been my first choice ;) Group Policy Documentation Essentials These links help you get started with Group Policy. Learn...
15 May 2008
Unleash The Power of WVHA
I spent some time in the lab today playing with Windows Vista hardware Assessment Tool (WVHA) 2.0. WVHA is an awesome utility from the Solution Accelerator team that allow you to scan a network (of both AD-joined and workgroup computers) and report on what machines in your network are capable of being...
29 Oct 2007
The Microsoft Download Center fairy has been busy!!!
Some highlights... Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 This software is an optional supplement to Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, the Streaming Media Services role (which includes the latest version of Windows Media Services) and remote administration tools are not included...
6 Feb 2008
Vista on your MacBook
Sure... Windows XP has been working great on your MacBook, but you have been holding off on upgrading to Windows Vista because you were afraid of driver problems. Wait no more! The developers at Apple have just released a version of Boot Camp that is now compatible with the Windows Vista (32-bit). Weighing...
29 Mar 2007
Taking Screenshots in Boot Camp
In my next post, I'll cover my Boot Camp experience on my MacBook Pro. But in order to do so, I wanted to take some screenshots. Unfortunately, the MacBook Pro does not have a Print Screen button on the keyboard, which makes it difficult to take a screenshot. There are a couple of workarounds...
21 Jul 2007
Windows Vista User Interface Guidelines Updated
Developing for Windows Vista? The User Interface guidelines have been recently updated: Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines The goals for the official Windows Vista™ User Experience Guidelines (or "UX Guide" for short) are to: Establish a high quality and consistency baseline for all Windows Vista...
17 Mar 2007
Windows splash screens from 1.01 to Vista
To follow up on my Why Design Matters. A pictorial history of microsoft.com post (showing the microsoft.com homepage iterations dating back to 1994), TechRepublic has a great posting called Dinosaur Sightings: Windows splash screens from 1.01 to Vista Ever since the dawn of the Windows operating system...
13 Apr 2007
How do I index network shares in Vista?
It can be done! By default, the search function built into Windows Vista will only search indexing local volumes and directories. You may have some file shares, however, that contain a large number of documents that you would like to rapidly search. Here is how you enable the Windows Vista instant...
21 Apr 2007
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