Performance update for Vista RTM released today

Saw this on the Windows Vista team blog today. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943899 This update improves performance, responsiveness, and reliability of Windows Vista in various scenarios. This update resolves the following issues on a Windows Vista-based computer: •You receive a “Stop 0x000000A0” error when you try to switch the computer to the hibernate state. •You receive a “Stop…

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Not getting kernel memory dumps in Windows Vista or Windows 2008?

Backstory: With the advent of Windows Vista there are changes made in how the operating system determines if it can take a kernel memory dump or not.  Starting in Vista the amount of memory allocated for kernel mode could vary dynamically.  If the pagefile is not big enough, switching to minidump at dump time can’t…

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Discrepancy in volume size when you extend a volume with DISKPART

Had an issue come in today where the customer requested that one of their drives on SAN storage be expanded. They carved out the necessary disk space and expanded the LUN which was verified showing 430GB total on the array. Rescanned in Disk Management and showed the Unallocated Space. They then used diskpart to expand…

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The case of Windows Defender not starting.

Had a client whose machine would not load Windows Defender, each time it was opened it would eventually die on initialization: Log Name:      ApplicationSource:        Application ErrorDate:          8/13/2007 4:03:10 PMEvent ID:      1000Task Category: (100)Level:         ErrorKeywords:      ClassicUser:          N/AComputer:      server1 Description:Faulting application MSASCui.exe, version 1.1.1505.0, time stamp 0x45ad8d6e, faulting module ntdll.dll, version 6.0.6000.16386, time stamp 0x4549d372, exception code…

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Storport update rolls a lot of changes into one package for Win2k3

  KB 932755 was released recently and contains many changes to the Storport driver for better reliability and performance.  If you’ve been seeing issues with Storport it might not be a bad idea to check out this article and see if your symptoms match up and if they do download the package.  This is a…

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