Virtualization in Vista

Before I begin: this section is not related to Virtual PC, Virtual Server, Hyper-V, App-V or any 3rd party virtualization product. On Windows XP a process running as a regular user that attempts to write to %systemroot% (due to assumptions made by the programmer) would most likely crash, or at least throw an error due…

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Don’t Trust All Your Eyes Tell You… (hard links in Windows Vista)

There are times when the Windows shell gives you incorrect information – not because it likes lying, but because it is being given this information by a lower-level component. Such is the case with the long-awaited "hard links" introduced with Windows Vista. A hard link is effectively an additional pointer to an already-existing file, which…

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Genesis

Since 2004 I have worked at Microsoft – starting as a Support Specialist in the Networking team at CSS (Customer Service & Support) and then in late 2005 moving to the “Core” (Windows) support team, where my role today is a Senior Support Escalation Engineer. Terminal Services (including the new “RemoteApp” technology), Hyper-V and user-mode…

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