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Using Process Monitor to Solve a Slow Boot Problems

Posted on June 20th, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 7
procmon - boot Process Tree

To diagnose the reasons of slow Windows boot, there is a number of quite powerful tools and techniques of log analysis that allow performing the detailed debugging of all steps of system boot and start of services (xperf/xbootmgr from Windows Performance Toolkit / Analyzer). But their use can cause some.. read more

Fix: Can’t Boot After Accidentally Deleted System Reserved Partition

Posted on March 14th, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
System reserved partition on Windows 7 / 2008

Beginning from Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2, when you install Windows with the default settings to an unformatted disk, apart from the system partition (disk C:\), an additional service partition with the size of 100 MB is created. It is called System Reserved. A letter is not assigned.. read more

Adding USB 3.0 Controller Drivers to Windows 7 Install Media

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7
dism /image:c:\tmp\mount /add-driver usb

Out-of-the-box Windows 7 RTM distribution doesn’t support USB 3.0, and you can face some problems with the installation of Windows 7 on a computer/laptop having USB 3.0 ports only (This is the situation with majority of new devices.) For instance, USB keyboard and mouse may not work in Windows 7.. read more

Fix: Windows 7 Stuck on “Checking For Updates”

Posted on February 1st, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7
Windows 7 stuck on checking for updates

I have encountered a problem of very long (better to say, endless) update search in a newly installed Windows 7 SP1 on one of the client computers. The problem looks like this: after the OS has been installed and the Internet connection has been configured, you go to Windows Update.. read more

GPO Logging Using Gpsvc.log in Windows 7

Posted on January 10th, 2017 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

The debug log Userenv.log  (%Systemroot%\Debug\UserMode\Userenv.log) could be used to thoroughly analyze the application of GPO in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Using this Group Policy logging, you could track the order and time of applying group policies, find the policies that slow down the booting and solve other GPO.. read more

Recovering Encrypted Files from VSS Snapshot after Ransomware Infection

Posted on November 22nd, 2016 · Posted in Group Policies, Windows 10, Windows 7
mount shadow copy using vshadow.exe

We go on with the series of articles concerning the countermeasures against ransomware. Last time we considered a simple way of protection against encryption ransomware.on Windows file servers using FSRM. Today we’ll talk about how to easily recover your files if the ransomware has already penetrated on the computer and.. read more

Disable Creating Thumbs.db on Network Folders

Posted on November 14th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
Folder In Use The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program

One of the subscribers has found an interesting peculiarity of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 when working with network shares. The problem was that right after copying or moving a directory in the share, the system refused to delete or rename it. You could only rename or delete this folder.. read more

Unable to Install Print Driver after KB3170455

Posted on October 7th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
A policy is in effect on your computer which prevents you from connecting to this print queue.

We have found an unpleasant problem with one of Microsoft security updates released in July. We mean KB3170455 released on July, 12, 2016. After the installation of this update, the problem of network printer connection may appear in the domain.

User Account Control Slider and Group Policy Settings

Posted on September 14th, 2016 · Posted in Group Policies, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8
UAC Slider in Windows

In Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a new mechanism, providing an additional level of protection against unauthorized modifications called UAC (User Account Control). In Windows 7 (or higher), UAC has got a setting slider (called from the Control Panel or UserAccountControlSettings.exe), which allows to select one of four UAC protection levels.

Fix High Memory Usage by Svchost.exe (wuauserv)

Posted on July 4th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 7
svchost.exe high memory usage

Some users have begun complaining of performance issues on their computers running Windows 7. The problem manifests itself as follows: daily at one and the same time (each user at their own time) the computer begins to slow down. The Task Manager shows that the process svchost.exe  uses up to.. read more