Windows Performance Recorder (WPR.exe) now inbox in Windows 10.

Applies to: Windows 10   Starting with Windows 10, the “Windows Performance Recorder” (WPR.exe) console (command) line version ships in-box. Note:  The WPR.exe file is located in %SystemRoot%\System32 i.e. c:\Windows\System32. It contains the common profiles (scenarios): Profile Description GeneralProfile First level triage CPU CPU usage DiskIO Disk I/O activity FileIO File I/O activity Registry Registry…

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After using a disk for “Storage Spaces”, if you try using it on another machine, you might not see the disk in “Disk Management”.

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2.   WARNING:  Make sure you have a good working backup before you do anything with “Storage” in general. A few weekends ago, I bought a new 240 GB Samsung SSD drive that was on-sale to replace one of the 128 GB Samsung SSD in my “Storage Spaces” running in…

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List of USB related hotfixes post SP1 for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 W2K8R2 Service Pack 1  W2K8R2 SP1 Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Windows 7 SP1 Win7 Service Pack 1 Win7 SP1 Note:  You should check http://support.microsoft.com for the latest version of the different files. Note 2:  These are not available in Windows…


Before you upgrade your Windows 7 SP1 system to Windows 10

Audience: Home users   Applies to: Windows 7 SP1   Originally published June 2nd 2015.  Updated June 22nd, 2015.   A couple of weekends ago, I helped my neighbor who happens to be a teacher in K-12 upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview. Here are some lessons learned: 1)  Make sure that you have important…


How to setup a local network trace using “Start Local Trace” in Message Analyzer v1.3?

Applies to: Windows 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 7   Does not apply to: Windows Server 2008 Windows Vista Windows Server 2003 Windows XP   In this blog post, we will be using the ‘new method’ of taking a local network trace in…

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Tool: Installing the Microsoft Message Analyzer version 1.3

Applies to: Windows 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8.0 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 Windows Vista   If you are still in version 1.2, it’s time to upgrade to the latest release version 1.3 which was released to the web on May 22nd, 2015. What’s…

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How to setup a local network trace on the LAN using Message Analyzer v1.3 UI?

Applies to: Windows 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 7   Does not apply to: Windows Server 2008 Windows Vista Windows Server 2003 Windows XP   There are several network tracing (packet sniffing) tools out there such as: NetSh trace start Network Monitor (Netmon)…

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How to troubleshoot an Event ID 6008 "The previous system shutdown at Time on Date was unexpected."

  Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 Windows Vista Symptom: ======== Event ID: 6008 Source: Event Log Type: Error Description: The previous system shutdown at Time on Date was unexpected.   Causes: ===== Hardware going bad Hardware firmware or…


Storage optimization: Letting your RAID or Fibre Channel (FC) adapter use beyond the first 4GB of RAM installed.

Does not apply to: Windows Server vNext (Windows 10) Windows Server 2012 R2 Applies to: Windows Server 2012 that has more than 4GB of RAM installed. Windows Server 2008 R2 that has more than 4GB of RAM installed. Does not apply to: Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2003 Symptom: ========     The Windows Server 2008 R2…


HUGE SALE on Lenovo Laptops & Desktops – Up to 50% off – One Day Only!

Hi all, Everyone likes a deal, including myself. A lot of folks are graduating from High School, Junior High (Middle School) and Elementary this month.   Lenovo is offering up to 50% off desktops and laptops for one day only.   Save money on top-selling Yoga products, and other popular models. But, you’d better hurry;…