Why is there a redundant Restart-NetAdapter cmdlet?

Sometimes you can’t just Enable your way out of a Disable mess Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 include a whole set of new PowerShell cmdlets to manage the network stack.  These cmdlets include Enable-NetAdapter and Disable-NetAdapter.  Believe it or not, those two cmdlets let you enable and disable your network adapters, respectively.  Want to…


Thanks for your help making Windows great!

Really, it’s all about self-interest Remember way back when you first set up your new computer?  Windows probably prompted you to “join the Customer Experience Improvement Program”.  For those of you who elected to join this program: thanks!  Without any extra effort on your part, you are helping us design a better product. But with…


Making minidumps more useful

Miniport: meet minidump Minidumps are a small (~100kb) record of a crash.  As their name suggests, they’re optimized for small size… at the expense of usefulness.  Minidumps include just enough information to see the stack of the faulting thread, but they don’t generally have other threads or most of kernel pool.  If someone brings me…