Windows 8: Boot Time in BGINFO

Last week I noticed that the Boot Time shown on my BGInfo generated desktop wallpaper had a date of several days ago. This is because of the new Fast Startup feature introduced with Windows 8. In short, when you shutdown Windows 8 the kernel session is hibernated, so the next time you power on your computer the system starts from that hibernated session. When you initiate a Restart then the system does not hibernate the Read More …

What you should know about the Win32_Product Class

I just read this very interesting article “Why Win32_Product is Bad News!” and if you’re a Desktop Systems Administrator I strongly recommend to the read that article as well. To simulate what Darren is writing about, simply open an elevated command prompt (on a Test system) and type WMIC, once WMIC has started type Product and confirm with Enter. All installed Products will be listed. Now open the Windows Event Viewer. (Eventvwr.msc) and open the Read More …

ToolTip: Windows Services Dependency Viewer

During my periodic visit on CodePlex I came across the Windows Services Dependency Viewer utility. The tool provides access to the following information: Windows service dependent and antecedent services Services grouped by process Service details (from Win32_Service WMI class) Service process details (from Win32_Process WMI class This tool might come in handy once you start changing a specific Service’s startup mode. The Windows Services Dependency Viewer can be downloaded from here Additional documentation can be Read More …

3 seconds to get system serial number

Okay, depends on how fast you can type. Start a command prompt and enter the following command: wmic csproduct get identifyingnumber,vendor,name In simple words, wmic is a WMI commandline tool. It’s around since XP if i am right, but there hasn’t been much documentation for it: Some references here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb742610.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa394531.aspx