Running an Application as Administrator or in Compatibility Mode

Today someone in a forum asked how to programmatically configure an application so that it runs in compatibility mode. Configuring this manually is easy, just open the file’s properties, select the Compatibility tab and apply the required settings. On Windows 7 this then looks as shown in the picture below. Now whatever we configure here, it all gets written to the following location in the Windows Registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers If the settings have to apply Read More …

ReadTip: BranchCache Learning Roadmap

Microsoft has published a BranchCache Learning Roadmap document. Download the document from here This learning roadmap provides you with links to prerequisite information you need to understand and deploy BranchCache, and also provides links to BranchCache information from level 100 to level 300. In addition there are links to optional information that will enhance your ability to expand and manage your BranchCache deployment.

Online Windows Crash Dump Analysis

if you ever need to analyze a Windows Dump file but don’t have the Windows Debugging Tools available here’s a handy way of doing an online analysis of the dump file. Get the Windows Crash Dump file from C:\Windows\Minidump, then ZIP the dump file and upload it on the OSR Online website via the Instant Online Crash Analysis Service. http://www.osronline.com/page.cfm?name=analyze After a while you get an online analysis report.

Using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool with custom ISO files

Most of you are probably familiar with the Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool which allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB or a DVD. Now the Tool works great with the original Microsoft Windows 7 ISO files, but when you want to use the tool for your own customized Windows 7 installation ISO files you might get an error as shown below. Now luckily the tool Read More …

Using the Windows 7 Event log to check WLAN Link Quality

When using WLAN on a day to day basis we can see the WLAN signal strength via the Windows User Interface as shown in the screenshot below. But there are other ways, and yes the approach might appear a bit inconvenient, but basically I want to demonstrate the Power of the Windows Event log. First open the Windows Event viewer (eventvwr.msc) and then within the View Menu enable the Show Analytic and Debug Logs option. Read More …

GPO Settings for Microsoft Security Essentials

With the release of the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 in December 2010, Microsoft also changed the licensing terms. Small Business. If you operate a small business, then you may install and use the software on up to ten (10) devices in your business. Now although 10 PCs isn’t a lot, some Administrators might be interested in configuring their Microsoft Security Essential clients with a GPO. Fabien Duchene has created an Administrative template Read More …

ToolTip: Test Poor Network Connectivity (TMNetsim)

A few days ago I found another utility for testing poor network connectivity. TMNetsim is a FREE utility provided by TMUrgent Technologies. TMnetsim is used to simulate a wide-area network for a single protocol. TMnetsim is primarily used to simulate network delay, however, in some (rare) cases it may be used to simulate packet loss or out-of-order delivery, as well as packet capture. (For more details read the provided tmnetsim.html file). So to simulate an Read More …