Tip 54: The Benchmark is Within, Run WinSat without the GUI

This tip is for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. The Windows Experience Index is a performance measurement that can be used to judge how well a PC will run Windows. The value of the index starts at 1 to 5.9 for Windows Vista and 1 to 7.9 for Windows 7 and 1 to…

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Tip 53: You set it up, but did you check it? Confirming Windows Network Load Balancing

This tip is will show how you can verify that Windows Network Load Balancing is working after configuring 2 or more servers to load balance. I will show this example in Windows 2008 R2, but any version of Windows NLB will be similar. I will use 2 servers, 1NLB2K8 and 2NLB2K8 as the hosts for…

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Tip 51: Cleanup on Isle 3! Get Back Disk Cleanup Wizard on Windows Server 2008 & 2012

This tip is for the server administrators out there with messy disks on Windows Server 2008 and 2012. I just finished upgrading all of my lab infrastructure to the newest coolest and cloudiest server OS, Windows Server 2012. I did an actual upgrade also, not a custom installation. The difference being that an upgrade will…

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Tip 50: Wipe your **** after you’re done

I know what you were thinking but the **** stands for data, or bits. I remember using some old Norton Utilities to wipe deleted files from hard drives. I’m not sure why I did it, as I’m sure the data I had deleted was not important to anyone to want to take the time to…

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Tip 49: How Do You Set Default User Profile Registry Settings

This tip is for Windows 2000 and up. Instructions for Windows NT 4.0 can be found at; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/146050. The following instructions are based on Windows 7. The steps may be different in other versions of Windows. Since the instructions in this post will show how to edit the Windows registry I will post the standard…

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Tip 48: Setting Up and Installing Printers in Windows

This tip is for Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7 and possibly 8. This is going to be a long post, but is not meant to be all inclusive. There are definitely other ways to setup and install printers, but the ways below are a good practice to follow as they do not rely on any…

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Tip 47: One Windows System Stability Index Score to Rule Them All

This tip is for Windows Vista, 2008 Server RTM and up. Since I talked about Wbemtest.exe and Windows System Stability Index in the last posts I thought I would do something useful with the treasure trove of reliability information available through WMI. Usually the System Stability Index is shown in the Windows Reliability History by…

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Tip 46: Is This Computer Junk? Windows Reliability Index and Reliability Monitor

This tip is for Windows Vista, 2008 Server RTM and up. How reliable is a computer? Most of the time if you ask this question, you will get a subjective answer; depending on the how the day is going of the person you posed the question to. If you are a support professional and have…

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Tip 45: WBEMTEST, the underappreciated tool

This tip is for all versions of Windows, Windows NT and up. One of my favorite built in tools in Windows is Wbemtest.exe. It is not the prettiest program ever created, but the power to find out information on your computer and other computers on the network is second to none. This tool should be…

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