What to do if your Windows 8 Modern App fails to start

Good morning AskPerf!  David Alessi here from the Windows 8 client team.  One of the biggest support issues we’ve seen is with Windows 8 Store (formerly Metro/Modern) Apps failing to start.  This post is going to cover some of the most common issues that users run into, and how to troubleshoot them. When troubleshooting Windows… Read more

Designing Applications for High Performance

Happy Friday AskPerf!  We’ve had a few questions in the past about guidelines for application design in a faster computing environment.  Now, I make absolutely no claims whatsoever to being any sort of a code guru, and so I wasn’t about to try to pass myself off as an expert in that area!  Thankfully, after… Read more

Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Problem Steps Recorder

Hi all, and welcome to Day 21 in our Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Series.  Tomorrow is the big day!  To wrap up our Launch Series, I want to talk today about a really cool tool included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 called Problem Steps Recorder.  I am sure… Read more

Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: AppLocker

Happy Monday everyone.  It’s Day Nineteen of our Launch Series, which means that there are only three more days until Windows 7 appears on store shelves!  Today, we’re going to provide a really quick overview of AppLocker, which is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  AppLocker replaces the Software Restriction… Read more

Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: RemoteApp and Desktop Connection

Welcome back to our Launch Series.  It’s Day Fourteen which means that there’s just over a week to go!  Today we’re continuing on with our look at various Remote Desktop Services components.  Our subject: RemoteApp and Desktop Connection.  In Windows Server 2008, RemoteApp was introduced to deploy RDS applications to users, and to seamlessly integrate… Read more

Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Console Host

Happy Monday everyone.  It’s Day Five of our Launch Series.  Today, we’re going to cover a new feature in Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 – Console Host (ConHost.exe).  A good number of companies and individuals out there still run “console” applications.  A console application is one that does not have a GUI, but… Read more

Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Fault Tolerant Heap and Memory Management

Hello, and welcome to our second post in the Windows 7 launch series. This post is going to be a long one, so buckle in.  We’re going to start with an overview of Fault Tolerant Heap, which is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and then go over some Memory… Read more

MSI: Troubleshooting Package Installation

TROUBLESHOOTING PACKAGE INSTALLATION Description:  Microsoft Windows Installer Service is an installation and configuration service included in Windows.  It allows you to add, modify, and remove applications provided as Windows Installer (*.msi) packages.  Note, this service is set to Manual by default, and only starts when needed (On-Demand).   Scoping the Issue:  There are a number… Read more

TSK: Task Scheduler Service

TASK SCHEDULER SERVICE Description:  The Task Scheduler service enables you to perform automated tasks on a computer.  With this service, you can schedule any program to run at any time or when a specific event occurs.  The Task Scheduler monitors the time or event criteria that you choose and then executes the task when those… Read more

TSK: Creating Tasks for Other OS Versions (Windows Vista+)

CREATING TASKS FOR OTHER OS VERSIONS (WINDOWS VISTA +) Description:  Creating Scheduled Tasks in Vista and Server 2008 has been vastly improved over Windows 2000/2003/XP. Task Scheduler overall is now more reliable, more scalable, and much easier to use than previous Windows versions. The new Task Scheduler provides significant improvements in the following areas: User… Read more