Defrag: What's your oldest, still in active use, computer'ish device at home?

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    C9C4
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    JStellato

    What about removing public library through GPO?

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    sjypharm

    I have a colleague who uses an Archimedes for all his email!

    His signature includes the following:

    "This email is from an acorn & therefore is not at RISC from pc viruses"

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    Magic​Andre1981

    [16:38] Searching for stand-alone Windows Updates and Hotfixes

    subscribe to the RSS Feeds:

    Win8: https://support.microsoft.com/common/rss.aspx?rssid=16796&ln=en-us

    Win7: https://support.microsoft.com/common/rss.aspx?rssid=14019&ln=en-us

     

    and the Quality of the GDR updates is also bad. The last months a lot of update were pulled because of issues (this month Silverlight, KB3004394 (December 2014 update for Windows Root Certificate Program in Windows) and  Rollup-Update for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 (KB2986475)). So the testing was not as good as it should. Also an Office Update causes macro issues

     

    [29:36] Disk thrashing and what is difference between disk thrashing and disk I/O.

    Run Resmon and look if the disk Queue at Init is > 10. this is bad and Shows HDD slowdowns

    btw, the ntdebugging Team wrote a blog post about disk perf:

    https://blogs.msdn.com/b/ntdebugging/archive/2014/12/09/disk-performance-internals.aspx

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    Grant Wilkinson

    I still fun an Epson LQ850 pin printer. It weighs a ton and is bullet proof. Uses tracker feed paper.

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    benyaboy

    My two year old son plays with my old yamaha electronic keytar from 1989.

    Question:

    A few months ago windows update started showing a batch of security patches for visual studio 2008 and 2010.  

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (KB2538241)

    Download size: 365.8 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified leading to MFC application vulnerability in DLL planting due to MFC not specifying the full path to system/localization DLLs. You can protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=216801

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (KB2669970)

    Download size: 2.1 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified leading to a vulnerability with add-ins on your Windows-based system running Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241621

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (KB971092)

    Download size: 365.2 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise your Windows-based system with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and gain complete control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=155933

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (KB972222)

    Download size: 4.1 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise your Windows-based system with the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and gain complete control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=162545

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 ATL for Smart Devices (KB973675)

    Download size: 131.5 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise your Windows-based system with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and gain complete control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=158265

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 XML Editor (KB2251487)

    Download size: 2.5 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified leading to an XXE (Xml eXternal Entity) vulnerability. You can protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=195035

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2565057)

    Download size: 270.6 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified leading to MFC application vulnerability in DLL planting due to MFC not specifying the full path to system/localization DLLs. You can protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=221006

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2645410)

    Download size: 1.7 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified leading to a vulnerability with add-ins on your Windows-based system running Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=234924

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2529927)

    Download size: 2.2 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    Migrating setup project from VS2008 to VS2010 SP1 changes component GUIDs, which causes upgrades to fail.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=223680

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2635973)

    Download size: 1.5 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    This update will address a crash in localized versions of Visual Studio 2010 SP1 that may occur when opening a Visual Studio Solution. This crash occurs in Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.dll's VSTypeResolutionService.get_References.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=224792

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB3002340)

    Download size: 3.4 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    This download installs a fix for an issue that Visual Studio 2010 SP1 customers will see the following dialog box when creating or opening an existing Windows Azure Project or Web Site project after installing Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.3.
    "Configuring Web for ASP.NET 4.5 failed. You must manually configure to site for ASP.NET 4.5 in order for the site to run correctly."

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=518335

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Report Viewer (KB2549864)

    Download size: 9.1 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    This update addresses functionality breaks in Report Viewer after installing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=224530

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

     

    Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Web Platform Tools (KB2548139)

    Download size: 6.6 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    In Visual Studio 2010 SP1, the IDE may crash when you undo a change to a table of a webpage in Design view. A Dr. Watson error together with the following faulted symbol is generated: FPEDITAX.DLL!LaidView::FindProperties

    More information:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=219997

    Help and Support:
    https://support.microsoft.com

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    Some these update succeed some fail with error code 66A

    Of course clicking the "Get help with this error" link finds nothing with that error code. (Why does this never find the error code?)

    I tried the "fix-it" on this page but it didn't seem to help.

    The weird part is 4 updates are successful but they keep showing up in the list of important updates. And I'm not sure why these updates popped up a few months back because they seem like older fixes.

    Any help would be appreciated?

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    dandy

    The oldest piece of hardware I still use to this day is a ThinkPad R51 laptop dating from 2004 (according to the BIOS).  It was headed for the trash bin, with a broken screen, and its battery and CDROM drive removed at the time as spares for other machines (which are now long dead, while mine lives on).

    What I haven't been able to find a decent replacement for--and the whole reason I still use it--is its modem...it detects caller ID when a phone call comes in, so its primary job is to monitor the COM port, and broadcast details about the caller over my home LAN to whoever's running a utility of mine that waits for this data to come in (one of my first C# apps).  So in essence...when the phone rings, all my computers show a balloon tip popping up next to the system clock telling me who's calling...  :)

    The listening utility can also display the details in an Always on Top window, so I also get caller details displayed on my screen while watching movies in full-screen mode on the system hooked up to my projector.

    Question:  Does any manufacturer still sell a modem on a PCI card (or USB, I suppose) that can detect caller ID and make this available to apps watching the COM port?

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    GOne

    @MagicAndre1981: So do you mean disk Queue is the only disk performance counter in order to figure out disk thrashing? 

    Also, please recommend how to resolve high disk queue length problem in storage. 

     

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    Magic​Andre1981

    you can't really solve this. Try to remove as much IO stress (Software) from the PC or replace the drive (old HDD) by a SSD.

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    GOne

    @MagicAndre1981: Is there any disk performance counter that is used to figure out fragmentation issues in HDD?

    What are scenarios/symptoms where my HDD needs defragmentation?

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    Magic​Andre1981

    run defrag.exe, it Shows you the fragmentation Level. You can also capture a xperf trace (DISK_IO flag) and look at the Layout graph. Look here at the offset of the files.

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    GOne

    @MagicAndre1981: Whenever I see high disk I/O issue by an application, in-use physical memory graph climbs up in process explorer. So does it mean high disk I/O will always led to high memory pressure issue OR is inverse also true(high memory pressure will always led to high disk I/O issue by an application)?

    Is this expected behavior? Please explain.

     

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    GOne

    Whenever I see high disk I/O issue by an application, in-use physical memory graph climbs up in process explorer. So does it mean high disk I/O will always led to high memory pressure issue OR is inverse also true(high memory pressure will always led to high disk I/O issue by an application)?

    Is this expected behavior? Please explain.

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    Magic​Andre1981

    Windows Caches the data during copy operations, you can see a larger modified value in ResMon. Do you copy data when you see tis issue?

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    GOne

    @MagicAndre1981: Nope, this issue occurs after sometimes of launching the application. I did not perform copy operation during running of the application. Probably lots of read/writes disk activities generated by application. It might be normal functionality of application.

    By the way, its Sql server simulation program that currently I'm using and experiencing this issue. Any idea whats going on?

     

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    blacqwolf

    [12:02] Connecting too two networks, NIC and WIFI, at the same time:

     

    To try to solve the user's problem, the wireless card disabling when Ethernet is connected could also be a function of the wireless driver -- if I remember correctly, Netgear drivers have this. In Device Manager, go to your wireless card's properties (not the properties accessed by the Network & Sharing feature), and switch to the Advanced tab. Search for an option for disabling upon Ethernet connection.

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    Magic​Andre1981

     GOne wrote

    @MagicAndre1981: Nope, this issue occurs after sometimes of launching the application. I did not perform copy operation during running of the application. Probably lots of read/writes disk activities generated by application. It might be normal functionality of application.

     

    capture a xperf trace of the issue and share the zipped ETL file:

    http://pastebin.com/yLvYak6n

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