Reduce WinSxS folder size in Windows 8 or 8.1

On my machine I reduced the WinSxS folder size with 1183 mb ( bytes) using a new feature called delta compression. Note: If you are using Windows 8.0, first install KB2821895 “A servicing stack update is available for Windows RT and Windows 8: June 2013” Note 2: Current installed Windows Updates can not be uninstalled…


Enabling Secure Boot in Windows 8

Secure Boot is a feature on UEFI-based PCs that helps increase the security of a PC by preventing unauthorized software from running on a PC during the boot sequence. It checks that each piece of software has a valid signature, including the operating system that will be loaded. It’s a good security measure against rootkits….


How to upgrade a Surface RT to Windows 8.1 Preview with language mismatch

If you get an error "The update is not applicable to your computer", follow these steps. 1. Add the English US language: Go to the Control panel and select “Add language” Add English => English US Make sure that it’s downloaded and installed, just adding isn’t enough 2. Set the OS Installation and default to…


Windows 8.1 Preview Explorer.exe crashes

After upgrading to Windows 8.1 Preview explorer.exe might crash with an error which looks similar to this: Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 6.3.9431.0, time stamp: 0x51bce434 Faulting module name: dlnashext.dll, version: 12.0.9431.0, time stamp: 0x51bcfb3d Exception code: 0xc0000005 Fault offset: 0x000000000000d56c Faulting process id: 0x180c Faulting application start time: 0x01ce730758420ce9 Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe Faulting…


Optimization Guidance for Windows 7

The Microsoft SBSL (Slow Boot Slow Logon) Community continuously works on improving performance during system startup and logon. This can be anything from hardware to software issues, this blog is a summary of a fair amount of those recommendations. Do note, this list is far from complete and it doesn’t have to reflect Microsoft’s best…


Important Windows 7/2008 R2 Performance Rollup Package Is Available

You want to improve performance of your Windows OS but don’t know where to begin? This rollup is a good starter – it might improve the performance of your Windows 7 SP1 PC or Windows 2008 R2 Server! Every now and than an update/hotfix is released to address potential performance issue with Windows 7 SP1…


How to migrate your Microsoft Account (a.k.a. Live ID) to a different country

Yes! It’s possible to migrate your Microsoft Account, previously known as Live ID, to another country in a few clicks! In the past this wasn’t possible but since 16th of January 2013 this can be done in a few clicks. In order to change country of your Microsoft Account, follow these steps: Log in to…