Change a process priority and affinity with PowerShell

Yesterday I was using a virtual machine from my Hyper-V server and I noticed it became sluggish at one point. A quick look at the task manager and it was clearly Windows Update who was slurping away my CPU power. There is no real point in killing the process but it should not interfere as … Continue reading Change a process priority and affinity with PowerShell

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Retrieve Disk Health information with PowerShell

With the PowerShell Get-StorageReliabilityCounter cmdlet you can get the storage reliability counters for a specified disk or all disks in your system. These counters include information about such things as the device temperature, errors, wear, and length of time the device has been in use (if your devices supports these). What happen? I just tried … Continue reading Retrieve Disk Health information with PowerShell

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Explorer Network Browsing

The Computer Browser service relies on the SMBv1 protocol to populate the Windows Explorer Network node (also known as "Network Neighborhood"). This legacy protocol is long deprecated, doesn't route, and has limited security but we all tend to make use of it when looking for a share on a remote computer. The Change In Windows … Continue reading Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Explorer Network Browsing

Notifications grayed out and settings closes immediately after opening? – Possible solution

I've come across a few people who had this problem and after doing some cleanup with the registry last night it happened to me (again). The Microsoft forum and other tech fora are full of these questions and i don't know during which night every freaking problem on your pc would be solved by running … Continue reading Notifications grayed out and settings closes immediately after opening? – Possible solution

File association configuration in Windows 10

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Before Windows 10, an application could check default apps, ask for user consent and set default app programmatically using a Windows API. The problem with the previous sentence is the word could. The application should have checked it, should have asked it and then changed it. But some programs skip the user consent and set the … Continue reading File association configuration in Windows 10

Kodi slow after Windows upgrade?

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Yesterday my laptop received the Redstone 3 update and things worked fine. Today i noticed some drivers were being 'updated' and made things really bad. My Intel Graphics driver had been downgraded to some version from 2016... I couldn't use Kodi on the machine anymore because Kodi thought I didn't have a DirectX 11 capable … Continue reading Kodi slow after Windows upgrade?

Test Windows 7, 8 or 10 using free virtual machines from Microsoft

Connectix, a company known for their x86 emulator pioneering, was acquired by Microsoft in 2003. A few years later Microsoft released Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server under their own brand and created a pathway to Hyper-V. You might remember something like Windows XP mode when Windows 7 was introduced. It was nothing more … Continue reading Test Windows 7, 8 or 10 using free virtual machines from Microsoft

Hyper-V Server 2016 for a workgroup environment – Part 1

Pop quiz: Which Operating System edition from Microsoft has been free for use throughout it's almost 10 year long lifespan? Microsoft Hyper-V Server. What is it? Hyper-V is Microsoft's hardware virtualization product. It lets you create and run a software version of a computer, called a virtual machine. Each virtual machine acts like a complete computer, … Continue reading Hyper-V Server 2016 for a workgroup environment – Part 1

Kodi and SMBv1 – how to jump into the 21st century

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What is it? The Server Message Block (SMB) protocol is a network file sharing protocol that allows applications on a computer to read and write to files and to request services from server programs in a computer network. The SMB protocol can be used on top of its TCP/IP protocol or other network protocols. Using … Continue reading Kodi and SMBv1 – how to jump into the 21st century

vSphere ESXi 6.x – Easy update for standalone servers

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To upgrade a vSphere host using this method you need access the keyboard of your server or use SSH to perform the commands. By default, remote command execution is disabled on an ESXi host, and you cannot log in to the host by using a remote shell. You can enable remote command execution from the direct … Continue reading vSphere ESXi 6.x – Easy update for standalone servers