We Are Hiring Windows Escalation Engineers in Charlotte and Issaquah

Would you like to join the world’s best and most elite debuggers to enable the success of Microsoft solutions?   As a trusted advisor to our top customers you will be working with to the most experienced IT professionals and developers in the industry. You will influence our product teams in sustained engineering efforts to…


Great power. Great responsibility.

When it comes to the registry, administrators are given great power to manually configure Windows to suit their needs, but even slight, seemingly innocuous changes to a particular key or value can have a drastic impact on basic operations of the system, even affecting its ability to boot properly.   I recently had the pleasure…


Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Wrap up

Over the past 1 1/2 weeks, we have touched on a number of new updates to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 that our (Windows Performance/Reliability) team supports.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts and look forward to your comments. To wrap up the mini-series, we’d like to direct you to a couple…


Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Assigned Access

Hello again Askperf!  Today we are going to quickly highlight the new Assigned Access feature in Windows 8.1.  Formally known as Kiosk Mode, Assigned Access is designed to restrict a standard user access to a single application. This feature works well for the corporate admin or parent that would like to prevent users from having…


Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Updated Shell UI changes

Hello folks, today I would like to take some time and highlight some of the new UI changes in the shell for Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 introduces several changes that allow the user to personalize and enhance the overall user experience. Start Screen The Start Screen now provides more customization options. There are more sizes…


Debugging a Generation 2 Virtual Machine

Hyper-V is based on the 440BX (PCI) chipset for emulation. The decision to use this chipset started years ago with Connectix Virtual PC.  The advantage of using an emulated chipset based on a popular motherboard like the 440BX, along with associated peripherals, is the compatibility with a large number of operating systems.   Windows Server…


Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – In-box Scan App

Welcome back AskPerf readers!  Prior to Windows 8.1, scanning could be a relatively frustrating experience with many questions coming to mind… Will my scanner work on Windows RT? Do I need to download a driver from the manufacturer? Do I have the necessary applications to acquire and edit an image? With Windows 8.1, any Windows…


Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Printer Roaming

Hello again AskPerf!  Today I’m going to introduce a new Windows 8.1 feature called Printer Roaming. Windows 8 provided the ability for users to roam a number of settings with their Microsoft account, such as the desktop background and web history. Windows 8.1 extends this functionality to include roaming of printer connections, and this is…


Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – RDS Shadowing is back!

Hello again AskPerf!  I’m happy to report that Windows Server 2012 R2 reinstates Remote Desktop Shadowing. This functionality lived in kernel mode through Windows Server 2008 R2, but was removed from the product in Windows Server 2012 when the RDP stack was moved to user mode. We’ve strived for feature-parity with 2008 R2, with the…


Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – NFC “tap to connect” Printer Connections

Hello folks, today I am going to talk about a new feature that’s available in Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 called NFC “tap to connect” Printing. NFC stands for Near Field Communication, which allows a two way communication between devices (endpoints) within a very close proximity; typically no more than few centimeters. NFC…