ToolTip: CrystalDMI

The CrystalDMI utility allows you to read DMI (Desktop Management Interface) data. CrystalDMI is FREE and does not require installation. Download is available here More information about DMI can be found here

Remote Management of AMT/vPro machine with WinPE and VNC

Intel vPro/AMT enabled systems allow you to remotely reboot a system from a redirected CD-ROM aka as IDE-R.  So if one of your users devices doesn’t boot its OS properly anymore, you can remotely boot that system with a diagnostics CD that you have stored on your local disk drive. As long as that recovery CD has a text based interface such as the SystemRescueCD the system can be remotely managed through the remote VT100 Read More …

ToolTip: HWiNFO32

Today’s ToolTip is about HWiNFO32 which is a hardware information and diagnostic tool. I have seen many tools that can collect hardware information but this one gives me an impression of being a well organized utility and most important it’s FREE. I recommend that you download the portable ZIP file as that doesn’t require an install. Beside collecting detailed hardware information, HWiNFO32 also includes a Benchmark feature that compares the current system components against other Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

Windows Virtual PC requires that your hardware supports hardware-assisted virtualization. There are a number of third party utilities around already, but now Microsoft released one as well. It’s called the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool and can be downloaded from here If you launch the tool manually it will tell you if your system meets the requirements for running Windows Virtual PC or not, quite similar as the Securable utility I wrote about in the Detect Read More …

Accessing the BIOS in Windows Virtual PC

When setting up a Virtual Machine in Windows Virtual PC, You will see the following progress window when the VM is started. This indicates that the VM is running in Enhanced Mode which is the default. To better understand the different modes of Windows Virtual PC I recommend reading the “Three Modes of Windows XP Mode” article. The progress windows is being displayed until the OS running in the VM has started up, so you Read More …

ToolTip: SpeedFan

SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. Michael Pietroforte author of the 4SysOps blog wrote a review of the SpeedFan utility. Read the entire article here

XP Mode vs. Med-V

Here’s another great article from Stephen Rose, explaining XP Mode vs. MED-V. Read the entire article here

Using Intel AMT Power Management @ Home

I write most of my blog posts at home in the evenings. Usually when I find a new tool I install these first within a virtual machine, this to not mess our family PC or my laptop I use for work. All Virtual Machines run on a HP dc7800 desktop which has Intel vPro support. This PC is installed down in the cellar. To avoid having to go down there to power on  the PC Read More …

Detect XP Mode support

Does your hardware support the Windows7 XP Mode feature ? Here’s a small and free utility that helps you to find out if your system provides hardware virtualization support.    Download here

Intel Virtualization introduction

With the launch of Windows Virtual PC for Windows7, there is a lot of talk about the Virtualization Technology again. I found this introduction video from Intel that provides an overview on VT.