How to automate the creation of Windows Eventlog Custom Views

In the past couple of days I have been working on measuring system boot performance and you are probably going to see some posts from me on that subject soon. Today I want to share with you how you can automate the creation of a Windows Eventlog custom view.   While running these boot performance tests I reinstalled Windows several times on different systems and each time I wanted to collect the boot performance data from Read More …

Enable Windows Remote Management through Group Policy

In today’s post I am going to show you how to enable Windows Remote Management through Group Policy.If you haven’t heard of Windows Remote Management yet I recommend you read the articles I have referenced below. When enabled and configured Windows Remote Management provides an easy way for IT Administrators to remotely access and manage Windows Clients and Servers. If you have used the Microsoft Sysinternals PSTools suite, you’re going to like this one as Read More …

Are my Windows Power Settings Energy Star compliant?

I am often asked by customers whether their Windows 7 Power Settings are Energy Star compliant. The recommendations for Windows clients are: Computers must enter system standby or hibernate after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity. Monitors must enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity Windows 7 by default comes with 3 Power Plans. High Performance, Balanced (default) and Power Saver. If you have enabled the Balanced or Power Saver power plan Read More …

ToolTip: CBS Package Inspector

CBS Package Inspector (Package Inspector) is a GUI tool that allows you to open up a Component Based Servicing (CBS) package and view and examine its manifests. In simple words, with this utility you can open and view the content of Microsoft Security Update and QFE packages provided as MUS or a CAB file. This tool becomes handy when you need to take a closer look what files or registry settings an update applies.   The Read More …

Windows 7 – MFU (Most Frequent Used Programs)

This week I found an interesting tool called UserAssist.exe written by Didier Stevens. The UserAssist tool lists the UserAssist registry keys  stored under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist. This is the location where Windows 7 (and earlier versions of Windows) retrieves the information about the execution frequency of applications started by users. If you are interested about the details of the UserAssist registry keys I recommend that you read some of Didier Stevens blog posts and his article he Read More …

Changing the Windows 7 Scheduled Defrag Task

As you probably know Windows 7 has a build-in scheduled task to run Defrag every Wednesday every week. One of my clients asked me to have the day changed from Wednesday to Thursday. Well,  hat I thought would be done in a few minutes ended up in a little journey, but finally I got it to work. As you can see from the below screenshot, by default Defrag is started every Wednesday every week. Windows Read More …

ReadTip: Life After Windows XP: Windows Vista and Windows 7

A nice presentation highlighting the key technology and feature improvements from XP to Windows 7. Download the presentation from here

ToolTip: Xperf123 simplify Windows Performance Data Collection

Those of you who have been using the Windows Performance Analysis Toolkit know of the many command line options xperf provides. Xperf123 solves that challenge by providing an intuitive user interface to configure and start a trace. Xperf123 provides the following trace options: General Base Disk I/O High CPU Paged/Non Paged Pool Working Set Heap Leaks Virtual Allocations (Memory Leak) Wait Analysis Shutdown Reboot Startup Hibernation Note that the Xperf123 download package has the 64 Read More …

ToolTip: PwrTest (Testing Windows Power Management)

While reading the Microsoft Whitepaper Diagnosing Application Compatibility Issues Affecting Windows Power Management I came across a utility called PwrTest that can be used to diagnose sleep reliability issues and more… The below list shows the various options the tool provides. Scenario Description sleep for sleep/resume transition testing battery for battery information testing info for system capabilities information es for thread execution state changes idle for power idle statistics ppm for processor power management testing Read More …

The GatherNetworkinfo.vbs Script

I recently read the whitepaper“Using Windows Script Host and COM to Hack Windows” that is mentioning the GatherNetworkinfo.vbs script I hadn’t paid attention to yet. The gathernetworkinfo.vbs script comes by default with every Windows 7 installation and is located within the C:\Windows\System32\ folder. The script does collect various networking information about the Windows 7 system and its configuration and dumps the information into the C:\Windows\System32\Config folder. On a system where the script hasn’t been executed Read More …