Running Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in's from the Start menu.

Items that end in an extension with .msc are Microsoft Management Console Snap-in’s, but did you know that you can run most of these directly from either the RUN line or the Search Bar in Vista?  My personal favorites to run in this fashion are the Device Manager, Event Viewer and the Disk Management Snap-ins…..

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Using Resource Monitor to see impact of changing the Maximum Processor State

So you have a system with a processor with performance state control running Windows Vista/SP1/Server 08.   On such systems, in the Control Panel “Power Options”, in “Change advanced power settings” under your selected Power Plan (for example: “Balanced”), you’ll see an expandable “Processor Power Management” setting, under which there is a “Minimum Processor State” and…

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How to separate out .DLL based services that use a shared generic service host process name (svchost.exe) for troubleshooting…

Have you ever had system resource issues where checking Task Manager in Vista seems to point to an instance of SVCHost.exe?  Well, the difficulty here is that multiple dynamic link library (.DLL) based services can be hosted within a single SVChost.exe, and there can be multiple SVCHost.exe open simultaneously.  How can we possibly sort out what…

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