How big should my OS drive be?

My name is Michael Champion and I've been working in support for more than 12 years here at Microsoft.  I have been asked by many customers "What is the recommended size for the OS partition for Windows Server?".  There are minimum recommendations in the technical documentation (and release notes), but those recommendations are more on…


Go the modern (app) way

Hello everyone, This is Ashfana from the Windows Performance team. I’m here to talk about the basic philosophy behind Windows Store Apps which were introduced in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Windows Store apps were originally called Metro or modern apps before the RTM of the product. These are apps developed using a variety of…

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Deciphering Storport Traces 101

Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog — Paul Reynolds here. In previous blogs, I wrote about how to capture Storport traces in Windows 8 and Windows 2012. Please see: Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 with KB2819476 hotfix And Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8 without KB2819476 hotfix…

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An Update about the Windows 8.1 Update

Hi everyone, David here.  Today over at the Springboard series blog we announced some important news that applies to anyone who has been trying to roll out the Windows 8.1 update in an enterprise environment.  We don’t usually do announcements about things being covered by other Microsoft blogs, but this one addresses something we’ve gotten…

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Options for Managing Go to Desktop or Start after Sign in in Windows 8.1

Hi, David here.  Over the past year we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from our customers about the pain of changing from older versions of Windows over to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.  While it’s a great OS with a lot of compelling features, it’s a big change – and as any desktop administrator will…

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What to do if your Windows 8 Modern App fails to start

Good morning AskPerf!  David Alessi here from the Windows 8 client team.  One of the biggest support issues we’ve seen is with Windows 8 Store (formerly Metro/Modern) Apps failing to start.  This post is going to cover some of the most common issues that users run into, and how to troubleshoot them. When troubleshooting Windows…


Window 8 / Server 2012 computers reboot outside of maintenance window after installing updates

Currently, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM computers check for updates from Windows Update or Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) daily at a default time of 3:00 AM (configurable) as part of an automatic maintenance task which runs every day. If any of the updates applied required a reboot, clients and servers may reboot…


Task Manager in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

Good morning AskPerf!  This is Digvijay from the Performance team in Bangalore. Following up on my previous blog about Task Manager for Windows Server 2008 R2, it was very apt to write another one about the Task Manager of Windows Server 2012 & Windows 8. My first impression of this new task manager was –…


How to Cleanup TPM information from AD for Windows 8 computers

For Windows 7 machines, TPM Owner Password is stored in msTPM-OwnerInformation which is attribute of Computer object in AD. So if you delete the computer object, TPM Owner Password is also deleted. For Windows 8, TPM Owner Information is not stored directly under Computer Object. It is stored in a separate object which is linked…