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Dec
12
comment Is GWX technically malware?
A key point of malware is that if the user knew the implications he would refuse to install the software. That is the case here for many users. In fact that makes it kind of a scam.
Dec
1
awarded  Famous Question
Nov
25
comment Disable Auto-Restart Prompt after Windows Update (in Windows Vista/7)
This disables/stops the Windows Update service which works but also might have side-effects. The other answer is a clean and permanent solution.
Aug
24
comment How does Windows know if a program is not responding?
The first half of the answer suggests that thought.
Aug
24
comment How does Windows know if a program is not responding?
The hang state is not based on CPU. Most programs are "hung" in that sense for 99.999% of the time and do nothing.
Aug
9
comment Chkdsk consistently failing due to no free space but it has 90% free space
You could try adding some big files back and then deleting them. Maybe that resets enough of the volume bitmap to make chkdsk work again. Or, it corrupts the rest of the drive...
Jun
6
accepted What is the purpose of “C:\swapfile.sys” in Windows 8?
May
16
awarded  Yearling
May
7
comment What happens to TCP connections when I remove the ethernet cable?
@Brad I don't make that assumption any longer. But it is an important addendum to this answer that connections can be killed at the leisure of the OS due to some detectable link failures. The simplistic OSI model is not fully implemented in practice.
May
7
comment What happens to TCP connections when I remove the ethernet cable?
I just plugged the cable and it did nothing indeed. It could have, though. The OS did detect that the cable was unplugged. The hardware tells that to the OS. Of course not every link interruption can be detected but some can. It depends on the OS what happens then. It is not possible to logically deduce what must happen. It's an implementation choice.
May
7
comment What happens to TCP connections when I remove the ethernet cable?
@MichaelKjörling good point. But that's what happens. I just disabled my NIC using the Window network center and watched all TCP connections instantly die using TcpView.
May
7
comment What happens to TCP connections when I remove the ethernet cable?
That's what the model says but I believe real OSes detect some failures and kill connections immediately. That's just a useful thing to do.
Mar
22
comment What do you do if you are being hacked by something coming from a supposedly legitimate IP address such as from Google?
If you properly secure the device this should not concern you. This actually is the answer to the question: What to do? Secure the device.
Feb
7
comment Should I disable swap file if I have lots of RAM or should I move it to a virtual RAM drive?
@DanW I have never heard about that. That would rquire the app to explicitly check whether the paging file is on and stop working if it is not. Few reasons an app would care about the paging file. Assuming, though, that such apps exist: set the file size to 1MB.
Feb
7
comment Should I disable swap file if I have lots of RAM or should I move it to a virtual RAM drive?
@DanW those users should have disabled the file and would have gotten even better results. Putting the paging file on a RAM disk is always inferior to having no paging file at all.
Feb
7
comment Should I disable swap file if I have lots of RAM or should I move it to a virtual RAM drive?
@begtodiffer it is true that Windows misjudges paging decisions all the time. But with out page file at all, instead of one on a RAM disk, there is nothing to misjudge.
Dec
10
awarded  Excavator
Nov
19
answered Can Windows updates/patches impact calculated results of engineering software?
Nov
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
11
comment Should I disable swap file if I have lots of RAM or should I move it to a virtual RAM drive?
Having a paging file on a RAM disk never accomplishes anything. You take away a certain amount of available memory and add a certain amount of virtual memory. Null-sum. Just have no paging file.