Beauty Contest: What’s a good-looking boot?

Well, I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like it when the boots are short and punchy! Jeff continues to tell you everything we know: This time, it’s what the goal state of any boot optimization process should look like: a beautiful, fast boot. It’s what you should…


Boot Tracing for Windows XP (or: why’s it taking so long?)

Get the impression that PFE work with performance a lot? Well, we do. We try to ensure that whatever we’re thrown at is as optimized as it can be in the time available to us. Not content to talk about current versions of Windows, Jeff takes a dive down memory lane to cover XP startup…


How To Troubleshoot and Fix Windows 7 Slow Boot and Slow Logon Times

How long do your enterprise desktops take to boot up to a usable state?  2 minutes?  3?  5?  10?  Does this impact business productivity?  Has your organization had a WDRAP (if not, then why not)?  Is it all about boot times and logon times, or does it go beyond that?  Are some systems sluggish all…


Why Use Windows Performance Analyzer Instead of xperfview?

He was a skeptic, but Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Jeff Stokes has determined that Windows Performance Analyzer (WPA), a component of the Windows Performance Toolkit (downloadable here), offers a level of depth and insight not currently available with the classic Visual Trace Analysis tool (xperfview.exe).   In Jeff’s own words:  “WPA is the frickin future,…


Windows 7 Slow Boot / Slow Logon (Why I do what I do)

Lately, the last year or two, I’ve been slowly drawn (moth to flame almost) into the remediation of the problem state of Windows slow boot or slow logon conditions. Interestingly enough, Microsoft Premier Field Engineering management allows (and…(read more)

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How To Effectively Capture Windows Memory Dumps (Pt 1: Using DebugDiag)

Written by Richard Case, Premier Field Engineer. This is the first article in a series of blog posts on collecting Microsoft Windows memory dumps for specific scenarios. Each part will detail some of the tools and techniques that can be used to capture a memory dump for that scenario. These scenarios are based on real…


Simplify BitLocker Administration and Monitoring with MBAM (beta)

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Please note that the following post is all based on beta software, and all features are subject to possible change upon official release. I have done a number of posts around BitLocker, and today I would like to add one more.  Some of my previous articles…


Managing the Trusted Platform Module with Windows

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. There are many volume encryption technologies out there, and some of these are now taking advantage of technology that Microsoft BitLocker has been using from its inception.  The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip is a micro-computer built onto all new motherboards that contains its own CPU…


BitLocker – Windows 7’s Best Feature

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Mobile computers (Laptops, Netbooks, Tablets, etc.) have been outselling desktop computers for years now, and why shouldn’t they?  Some modern day laptops offer better 3D Gaming frame rates than desktop computer counterparts.  With the proliferation of the internet, email, electronic record keeping, digital photos/videos and electronic…


4 Must-Have Windows High-CPU Troubleshooting Tools

Written by Cheng Pei Koay, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Here’s my quick list of 4 tools that should be in the arsenal of anyone who’s troubleshooting high-CPU usage situations on Windows systems. 1) User Mode Process Dumper The User Mode Process Dumper dumps any running Win32 processes memory image which includes system process. This tool…