2013 Q3 link clearance: Microsoft blogger edition

It's that time again: Linking to other Microsoft bloggers, and once again, the links are all from the excellent NT Debugging blog.

Comments (9)
  1. Joshua says:

    One other case for undocumented registry keys: removed in a service pack. The key that disabled the blur effect in aero glass was removed in W7 sp1. That was the end of aero for me due to sensitivity to blur.

  2. Karellen says:

    My guess is that "set this pointless registry key" was one tech support team's eqivalent of prescribing sugar pills. The client gets the "magic recipe from on high", and suddenly, as with the "turbo button" on some later 486/Pentium systems that weren't actually connected to anything, their system "feels" more responsive. Everyone's happy.

  3. Miff says:

    Random Linux fact: Under the GNOME desktop environment, grepping the equivalent of the registry is actually the standard way of doing advanced configuration…

  4. Yuhong Bao says:

    BTW, for the last year of XP support, MS has killed the GDR branch from XP/Server 2003 updates.

  5. Anon says:


    HA. We told them that just as an alternative to "Check and see if the ethernet cable is connected."

  6. Joshua says:

    @Anon. in Brian_EE's case, it's most likely that they were not standard cables and the wiring was not symmetric.

  7. DWalker says:

    I have a lot of respect for those who can debug 64-bit programs as described in the linked documents.  Wow.

  8. Anon says:


    Sadly, much like 'Swap the ends of the ethernet cable," a lot of Tech Support 'fixes' are just ways to get the customer to actually check what you tell them to.

    Ask someone "Is X set to Y?" and most of them will say "Yes" without bothering to actually *look* at X. Ask someone to change Z to A, then check if X is set to Y, and they'll *actually* look at X.

  9. Brian_EE says:


    Swapping the ends of the ethernet cable sometimes *IS* an actual solution. When I was in college (early 90's) the wall jacks were wired one way, and the Cat-5 to coax converter boxes for the DECnet cards in the PCs were wired another way.

    The help desk had many calls of non-functioning PCs when students rearranged their dorm rooms. The fix – swap the cord ends.

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