December 14, 2008  9:37 PM

Digging into Crash Dumps? Try Dumpchk first



Posted by: Ed Tittel
crash dumps, Desktops, Dumpchk.exe, Enterprise desktop, Windbg.exe, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

There's no question that the Windows Debugger (windbg.exe) is a nonpareil tool when it comes to troubleshooting source code or digging into Vista crashdumps. But with the program's requirement for current debug symbols, complex syntax (the downside of amazing functionality is detailed and demanding...


December 12, 2008  6:52 PM

Mark Gives the Real Skinny on Vista Paging File Size



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, paging file size, physical memory, Process Explorer, Russinovich, Sysinternals, virtual memory, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Sometimes, the information I come across on Vista internals is just too good not to pass along. And when it comes to Vista internals nobody knows (or does) them better than Mark Russinovich, formerly a principal at SysInternals, now a Microsoft Fellow. In discussing paging file sizes in the context...


December 5, 2008  6:55 PM

A Somewhat Hidden Secunia Benefit



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Secunia, Secunia Network Inspector (NSI), vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Last week I blogged about Danish information security firm Secunia's outstanding Network Software Inspector. In that capsule summary I neglected to mention that Secunia sends out e-mail...


December 3, 2008  5:47 PM

Windows Vista SP2 Beta Publicly Available 12/4/08



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista application compatibility, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

I guess those guys at TechARP really must have some good sources: less than one week after they shared leaked information about release dates and content for Windows Vista SP2, Microsoft has announced its Customer Preview Program...

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December 1, 2008  5:43 PM

Rough Dates Leaked for Vista SP2



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista upgrade, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Adrian Wong's TechARP Web site (here ARP stands for "Adrian's Rojak Pot" not "Address Resolution Protocol" BTW) has been a reliable source of advance information about upcoming Windows Service packs for some time now. Just before Thanksgiving he disclosed some...


November 28, 2008  4:56 PM

More Out-of-Cycle Vista Updates Post



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Windows Update, Windows Update Agent, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting, WUA

On 11/25/2008 Microsoft pushed a slew of updates out the door For Windows Vista, as follows:

  • KB957321 - An update to add support to the XMP specification for complex data types in the Windows Imaging Component


November 24, 2008  5:14 PM

Explorer Crashes? ShellExView to the Rescue!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Error 0xC0000096, ShellExView, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

I've grappled with this problem on various Vista systems for over a year now. A user will be tooling along merrily in Vista on his or her desktop when all of a sudden BAM! Explorer.exe crashes, and automatically restarts itself. A look into the Event Log on the affected desktop usually produces an...


November 21, 2008  9:18 PM

Exam 70-625 TS: Connected Home Integrator



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, MCTS, MS Exam 70-625, Vista System Reliability Monitor, Vista upgrade, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Media, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

At last, a Vista exam title that you can get out of your mouth out loud without having to stop halfway through to draw breath! That said, this Technology Specialist exam is not without some interesting twists and turns, and includes coverage of Windows Home Server as well as numerous aspects of...


November 19, 2008  5:59 PM

Exam 70-624 TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops



Posted by: Ed Tittel
70-624, Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Group Policy Objects, MCSA, MCTS, MS Exam 70-623, MS Exam 74-134, Vista ACT, Vista ACT resources, Vista application compatibility, Vista System Health Report, Vista Upgrade Advisor, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Another doozy of a title, this exam is likely to appeal to IT professionals who work with Vista in all situations (SOHO, SMB, tech support, enterprise, and so forth) and of all stripes (help desk, tech support, IT administration, and so on). As with other exams in the 70-620 through 70-625 Vista...


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