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Feb
20
comment How to remove certain UML labels in Visio 2010
On the Window menu.... There is no Window menu!
Feb
8
comment Should I enable or disable Prefetch/Superfetch with my new SSD?
Although the SuperFetch benefit will not be as large with SSD as with a HDD, you will still benefit by having SuperFetch on - even when using an SSD. It is also important to ensure it is on if you have both SSD and HDD (e.g. user profile, documents, Outlook archive, dozens of gigabytes of games on the spinning platter). Windows 7 mistakenly would turn off SuperFetch if the primary disk was solid state. Windows 8 got smarter about leaving SuperFetch on. And yes, SuperFetch is still useful for caching in RAM things stored on a SSD.
Jan
26
comment How to check whether my hardware is 64-bit capable in Windows?
It was hoping the web-site would describe a way to see if my machine is 64-bit capable.
Jan
25
comment How to check whether my hardware is 64-bit capable in Windows?
That tells you if you're running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. Not if you can run 64-bit Windows.
Dec
27
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
GParted fails to boot. It shows a graphical menu screen, then a console screen decompressing things, then a black screen that stays black for (at least) four minutes (at which point i hit the reset button). Clonezilla refuses to use the source disk (it's confused by an MBR partition on a dynamic disk).
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
Also, drive cloning fails when they encounter the bad sector (at least DriveImageXML did).
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
It very well might be that this is an old, now discontinued, now unsupported, 64 GB Kingston drive. Or maybe it's just a bug in the drive's firmware where they forgot to implement sector remapping.
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
@ThomasW. i don't mind a self-booting tool; using whatever OS it likes. Of course i'd prefer a GUI tool. i got tired of using command lines in 1990. i started to looking into using CreateFile to open the volume directly; but realized i'd have to start from scratch, parsing all the undocumented data structures. i opened the volume directly for editing in my favorite hex editor but had the same down-side, having to manually parse hex structures.
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
Katy Coe has an excellent blog that starts to delve into the guts of NTFS. But my eyes glazed over when i had to start calculating offsets, logical cluster numbers, virtual cluster numbers, and the fact that $BadClus is a spare file that is actually the size of the entire volume. i'd almost certainly destroy my (functioning) drive.
Dec
26
comment How to unmark an NTFS cluster as bad?
As an SSD, there are no spare sectors to remap into. That is why the drive's SMART continues to note a Pending Sector Count of zero, and a Reallocated Sector Count of zero.
Dec
19
comment Why is it bad to map network drives in Windows?
A situation where network shares are not perfectly share to map as drives is if you are running an automated job. The mapped drives are loaded with the account's profile. If the user's profile is not loaded, then those mapped drives will not exist.
Dec
15
comment Kingston SSD with several bad blocks and zero reallocated sectors
Similar issue, except it's a single bad spot. Each scan it's the same single bad spot (e.g. not a bad cable). Zero reallocated sectors. The pending sector count is zero, meaning the drive doesn't even realize there is a bad sector that needs replacing.
Nov
28
comment How can I pin a program to the Windows 7 Taskbar, with parameters?
@barlop For the love of god, please don't use it.
Nov
5
comment Internet Explorer crashes on startup
"My Fusion is experiencing low tire pressure in the back right wheel." "Try a different less buggy car. Buy a Toyota or a Honda" It doesn't answer the question; and is just mean-spirited and snotty.
Oct
24
comment Where is my RDP server certificate stored?
@SamStephenson It's on the server. It's whatever certificate the server decided to create in order to let me remote to it; i didn't create it, ask it to create it, ask anyone else to create it, or have anyone else create it. i RDP to the server and the warning appears.
Oct
19
comment How does Google Chrome store passwords?
@brunoais Only if you've typed in your password. Unfortunately this is a fundamental limitation of encryption: once data is decrypted it is decrypted.
Oct
19
comment How does Google Chrome store passwords?
@brunoais Chrome does not know the key used to encrypt passwords. Chrome does not decrypt them - Windows does.
Oct
7
comment Windows 7 doesn't request MTU from DHCP server; what is it thinking?
@FiascoLabs But what happens when the router drops packets destined for the Internet when they cannot fit out the pipe?
Oct
7
comment Windows 7 doesn't request MTU from DHCP server; what is it thinking?
i've been preparing screenshots and documentation for that very issue in pfSense. Unfortunately they are pretty testy is someone suggests an issue with their system. Then they'd likely suggest that i shouldn't be relying on ICMP notifications; as a lot of firewalls are misconfigured to block it. And finally that i should simply set the MTU on enterprise's LAN NICs.
Oct
7
comment Windows 7 doesn't request MTU from DHCP server; what is it thinking?
i got my (mis)information about Path MTU Discovery relying on TCP MSS from this MSDN article. i see now that just read it wrong. Consulting RFC1191 - Path MTU Discovery would have been the better choice. Now i'm left to wonder why the local router isn't responding with ICMP Destination Unreachable - Fragmentation needed but DF flag set. pfSense just released version 2.1, and it doesn't send ICMP 3-4 :(