July, 2009

  • Maarten's blog

    Disabling a Shim (part II)

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    Follow-up from the research on how to disable a per-application shim . When I saw the output from the shim infrastructure in DebugView, I mistakenly assumed that the application was shimmed. It apparently only means that the application is found in the...
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    Logo doc

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    When I go to connect and download the Windows 7 Software Logo Requirements v1.7.docx, it downloads a zip file. Unzipping the file gives me a somewhat familiar view. I've seen this before. This looks like a OPC document . Since OPC is XML wrapped...
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    Windows 7 Software Logo Voucher

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    For Windows Vista Logo, we used to have vouchers to entice early adaption. An ISV recently asked me for vouchers for Windows 7. Since Windows 7 is a "self-test" there is no need for a voucher. It is virtually free. The only cost might be that an ISV needs...
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    What happened to my Search

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    I recently upgraded to Windows 7 RTM. When I hit the Windows key, no search results were being returned. Only standard items from control panel etc. The Windows search service appeared not to be running. When I tried to start the service from services...
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    Performance Impact of /IntegrityCheck

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    You can link binaries with /integritycheck. This will tell the loader to check the signature of the binary at load time. Supposedly signing with page hash (/ph) has a substantial impact on load time. Omitting /ph will require the entire binary to be loaded...
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    Disabling a Shim

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    The other day I was working on an application that we apparently shimmed. I wanted to know if disabling the shim actually changed the behavior. You can download ACT and go hunt for the executable. (For some interesting reason that fully escapes me...
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    Running Idle tasks before XPerf

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    I am working on profiling impacts of software on the performance of the OS. I'm testing on Windows 7 RC 7100 x86. It is predominantly to get a feel for the complexity. I want to know how much effort it would entail to wrap this up into an offering for...
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