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  • Blog Post: BCDEdit and debug setup

    This blog is a short guide to provide some basic info regarding Boot Configuration Data Editor (BCDEdit), and present a collection of useful links where more detail is available. Boot Configuration Data (BCD) provides a store that is used to describe boot applications and their settings. These objects...
  • Blog Post: New program highlighting in the Start menu

    Ever wonder why some programs are highlighted in the “All Programs” list of the Start menu? Start by reading this fine MSDN blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2005/11/24/496690.aspx Even though it is written prior to Vista, it basically holds true for Vista as well. There are some...
  • Blog Post: Running Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in's from the Start menu.

    Items that end in an extension with .msc are Microsoft Management Console Snap-in's, but did you know that you can run most of these directly from either the RUN line or the Search Bar in Vista? My personal favorites to run in this fashion are the Device Manager, Event Viewer and the Disk Management...
  • Blog Post: DPI Scaling (font size adjustment) does not work on some displays in Vista

    You have your nifty new hand-held ultra mobile PC running Windows Vista, but you wish your font size was a little larger so you could read the text. You hunt around and find that you can modify just the font size (from the classic view of Control Panel -> Personalization -> Adjust font size (DPI...
  • 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: Resolving issues with the Windows Media Center Store Update Manager and a corrupt data store.

    If you've experienced an error just like this when using Windows Media Center you may have some issues with a corrupt data store and may need an additional hotfix. “Windows Media Center Store Update Manager Has Stopped Working” Problem Details: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: APPCRASH...
  • Blog Post: Why it takes a very long time to turn on Windows features in Vista through control panel.

    So you pick up your new machine and start it up. During the initial screens you may be asked to select the language of your choice and then you are warned that the selection is not reversible. This usually occurs on computers that were built to be shipped to multiple countries. Some manufacturers usually...
  • Blog Post: How to separate out .DLL based services that use a shared generic service host process name (svchost.exe) for troubleshooting…

    Have you ever had system resource issues where checking Task Manager in Vista seems to point to an instance of SVCHost.exe? Well, the difficulty here is that multiple dynamic link library (.DLL) based services can be hosted within a single SVChost.exe, and there can be multiple SVCHost.exe open simultaneously...
  • 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: Updated OCUR tuner support after applying the Media Center TV Pack for Windows Vista.

    Many of the OEM's are shipping the latest update to the Windows Vista called the Media Center TV Pack for Windows Vista. This brings a host of updates and new features to Media Center PC's. Windows Vista SP1 Media Center, supported two OCUR tuners out of the box for Home Premium and Ultimate. However...
  • Blog Post: The space bar is the new F8 when it comes to Vista and Server 2008 boot options.

    In Windows Vista or Server 2008 you now have an alternative and more options than just pressing F8 while booting. Next time you restart your system, right after the BIOS POST screen and just before you see the Windows boot screen, try pressing the space bar. If you timed it right or hit the space bar...
  • 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: Troubleshooting and resolving memory leaks faster with UMDH and other debugging tools.

    "You probably can’t avoid tech support problems entirely, but by using tools that Microsoft’s Global Escalation Services support team uses, you can obtain detailed Windows system and application information that can shorten a support call or even avoid it. In this first What Would Microsoft Support Do...
  • Blog Post: Enabling the IME during OOBE on Windows Vista.

    If you're setting up a system to run Chinese Vista with Office 2007 installed and you're not able to get those Chinese characters to show during OOBE you should be able to follow the below steps to get this enabled: Please do the following: Machine with Vista SP1 + Office 2007 both in Chinese...
  • Blog Post: How to run an ETW trace through a reboot.

    In Windows Vista and Server 2008, you can use the AutoLogger feature to trace a component during the boot process (or through a reboot) by adding a registry value as described in the following MSDN article and rebooting the system: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa363687(VS.85).aspx Pre-Vista...
  • Blog Post: Associating WinDbg with .DMP files and other tips.

    During a discussion here about debugging in Windows we got onto the topic of extensions and tricks to speed things up and cut out extra steps. One super simple tip is to associate the .DMP memory dump files with WinDbg, this was previously posted by another Escalation Engineer who herself got it from...
  • 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: Managing Group Policy in Windows Vista

    Hi, my name is Bob Newhouse and I will be discussing managing group policy with Windows Vista. To start we have added approximately 700 new group policies in Windows Vista and Server 2008\Vista, increasing the granularity of what you can do with group policy. For a complete listing of the Windows 2008...
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