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  • Blog Post: Using Resource Monitor to see impact of changing the Maximum Processor State

    So you have a system with a processor with performance state control running Windows Vista/SP1/Server 08. On such systems, in the Control Panel "Power Options", in "Change advanced power settings" under your selected Power Plan (for example: "Balanced"), you'll see an expandable "Processor Power Management...
  • Blog Post: What is hybrid sleep in Windows Vista?

    Hybrid sleep is a new power saving state for desktops running Windows Vista. Hybrid sleep is designed to give users a fast on and off experience similar to an appliance yet save energy. It accomplishes this by saving user documents and programs to memory and also to your hard disk then sending the computer...
  • Blog Post: Preserving power configuration settings during SysPrep.

    Manufacturers and system administrators might want to disable the automatic customization of power policy for mobile PCs if they are providing manufacturer-specific or corporation-specific updates to power policy. The Specialize configuration phase of Windows Setup typically occurs when the system...
  • Blog Post: Changing USB device behavior when resuming from S3/S4

    Since Windows Vista was released, there have been a handful of fixes that have come out to address various USB bus and device issues. In some cases, only one or two files were affected and updated. In other cases, it involved updates to all of the core USB files. Along the way, a change was made to Windows...
  • Blog Post: Enabling hibernation in Windows Vista when the option isn't presented by default.

    Q: I’ve installed Windows Vista on my laptop but I do not see hibernation listed in the Shutdown options. How do I enable this? A: During Windows Vista installation, setup looks at your current memory and if the system has 4GB or greater, Windows will not enable hibernation by default. Many OEMs work...
  • Blog Post: Be green with Windows Vista Power Management...

    Windows Vista has a new tool for investigating and configuring Power Management features. For this discussion, I'll focus on PowerCFG -LastWake feature that is new for Windows Vista. This tool can help diagnose individual, corporation, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) issues with machines returning...
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