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Installing Windows from a USB Stick (and copying it to that stick from an ISO)

(Quick public dump so I can find the tool link again easily)   Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool from here. (NB links to the page, not the EXE) Download ISO image from store or MSDN Run Win7 USB DVD Tool and point it to ISO and USB Stick Label stick Seriously Tristan, label the… Read more

RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host (actually, a TMG instance on it), and I’ve a sort-of-gaming PC set up next to that,… Read more

IUSR vs Application Pool Identity – Why use either?

(pasted from my email clippings. I’m on holiday right now, catching up on paperwork!) The TLDR version is: using AppPoolIdentity as both the App Pool Account and Anonymous user account lets you have multiple isolated anonymous websites on one box. IIS 7.x and upwards (as of Win2008 R2 and Windows 2008 SP2, also in IIS 8.x in Windows Server… Read more

PSA: You really need to update your Kerberos setup documentation with SetSPN -S!

Hi! You might remember me from such posts as Kerbie Goes Bananas, and SetSPN improvements for Windows 2008. Or something. I’m here with a public service announcement! Excitement! It’s been long enough since Windows 2008 (and the downlevel release of SetSPN) that I feel comfortable respectfully asking you to please: Search and Replace SetSPN -A… Read more

ATI Video Blurring on Media Center

I upgraded the drivers for my ATI/AMD Radeon in the Media Centre after 1 year of old version-ness, and suddenly video smearing and odd fleshtones are back for standard def TV. (Why oh why oh why won’t ATI just leave my video (and historically, HDMI overscan/underscan) settings alone!?) The usual TRDenoise and DXVA_thingy hacks didn’t… Read more

DebugDiag 1.2 (64-bit capable, .Net 2.0+ compatible) released

Great news, everybody! Wait, that was Farnsworth-y – no, really, it’s great news! DebugDiag 1.2 (or to give it its full title, the Debug Diagnostic Toolkit) has been released to the web and is available from the Microsoft Download Center. Notes from the email that described this release: Analysis: · .Net 2.0 and higher analysis… Read more

IE8 and IE9 Taskbar Icons

I’ve been working on my tablet for the last week, and found myself really really missing IE9, even though I swore I wouldn’t install it on this, in the interests of production-readiness. So, with the work done, I’m installing it. Gimme my tearoff tabs back. It’s enough to make me consider reverting the taskbar to… Read more

Ooh! The Web Farm Framework for IIS 7.x!

ScottGu has the detail of (and a walkthrough for) the Web Farm Framework, which looks to make high-uptime application publishing, deployment and maintentance a snap. Last month we released a beta of the Microsoft Web Farm Framework. The Microsoft Web Farm Framework is a free product we are shipping that enables you to easily provision and… Read more

Office Cheap, Windows 7 Cheaper

Holy ger-burble, splatman! Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $30 (at the bottom of the block). Office 2010 for $80. Academic editions, with student-friendly pricing. Qualifying student ID required. http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-us/default.aspx… Read more

Slow IO?

(aka IOlwayscallsmethat. OK, horrendous joke based on a bad Dad Joke. Geneva has been notified.) Exciting news over at the NTDebugging blog – a new Storport.sys update that enables ETW tracing of slow IO, for Windows 2008 and up. It’s more involved than a registry-key-and-go, but if you’re facing what could be external delays on… Read more