The [The selected task “{0}” no longer exists…] issue

Good morning AskPerf! Over the past couple of years, our customers have opened Support Cases and created forum posts  on the following error when opening Task Scheduler on Windows 7 clients and Windows 2008 R2 Servers: The selected task “{0}” no longer exists. To see the current tasks, click Refresh. After you click OK to… Read more

Heads up: Perfmon algorithm issue found/fixed

One of our Escalation Engineers has posted the following blog on the NTDEBUGGING page: Performance Monitor Averages, the Right Way and the Wrong Way Recently we have found that under some conditions perfmon will use the incorrect algorithm to calculate averages.  When reading from log files perfmon has been formatting the values, summing them, and… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Wrap up

Over the past 1 1/2 weeks, we have touched on a number of new updates to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 that our (Windows Performance/Reliability) team supports.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts and look forward to your comments. To wrap up the mini-series, we’d like to direct you to a couple… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Assigned Access

Hello again Askperf!  Today we are going to quickly highlight the new Assigned Access feature in Windows 8.1.  Formally known as Kiosk Mode, Assigned Access is designed to restrict a standard user access to a single application. This feature works well for the corporate admin or parent that would like to prevent users from having… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Updated Shell UI changes

Hello folks, today I would like to take some time and highlight some of the new UI changes in the shell for Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 introduces several changes that allow the user to personalize and enhance the overall user experience. Start Screen The Start Screen now provides more customization options. There are more sizes… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – In-box Scan App

Welcome back AskPerf readers!  Prior to Windows 8.1, scanning could be a relatively frustrating experience with many questions coming to mind… Will my scanner work on Windows RT? Do I need to download a driver from the manufacturer? Do I have the necessary applications to acquire and edit an image? With Windows 8.1, any Windows… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Printer Roaming

Hello again AskPerf!  Today I’m going to introduce a new Windows 8.1 feature called Printer Roaming. Windows 8 provided the ability for users to roam a number of settings with their Microsoft account, such as the desktop background and web history. Windows 8.1 extends this functionality to include roaming of printer connections, and this is… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – RDS Shadowing is back!

Hello again AskPerf!  I’m happy to report that Windows Server 2012 R2 reinstates Remote Desktop Shadowing. This functionality lived in kernel mode through Windows Server 2008 R2, but was removed from the product in Windows Server 2012 when the RDP stack was moved to user mode. We’ve strived for feature-parity with 2008 R2, with the… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – NFC “tap to connect” Printer Connections

Hello folks, today I am going to talk about a new feature that’s available in Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 called NFC “tap to connect” Printing. NFC stands for Near Field Communication, which allows a two way communication between devices (endpoints) within a very close proximity; typically no more than few centimeters. NFC… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – VMConnect Enhanced Mode – RDP over VMBUS

Hello folks, I would like to introduce you to an exciting new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 called VMConnect Enhanced Mode. This feature enables high fidelity RDP sessions to VM guests over the VM bus.  High fidelity implies getting audio, clipboard support, USB and other redirection in addition to enhanced graphics. Creating high fidelity… Read more