BCDEdit and debug setup

This blog is a short guide to provide some basic info regarding Boot Configuration Data Editor (BCDEdit), and present a collection of useful links where more detail is available. Boot Configuration Data (BCD) provides a store that is used to describe boot applications and their settings. These objects and elements effectively replace Boot.ini. The data…

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Windows Home Server Add-Ins

Windows Home Server has quickly become a mainstay tool in your electronic home as storage for your data and for automatic backup of up to 10 of your home computers. While the server is built to do what it was designed for very efficiently, people are looking for things to improve, and to enhance the…

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New program highlighting in the Start menu

Ever wonder why some programs are highlighted in the “All Programs” list of the Start menu? Start by reading this fine MSDN blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2005/11/24/496690.aspx Even though it is written prior to Vista, it basically holds true for Vista as well. There are some exceptions, however. On Windows Vista:  1.       Apps installed within 5 hours of…

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Windows Home Server PP2 released!

Windows Home Server (WHS) Power Pack 2 (PP2) was released on March 24th, 2009 in English, with more languages to follow shortly. What makes this a PP2 rather than SP2 is the fact that it not only fixes bugs and other known issues, it also adds new features to enhance the WHS experience. These enhancements…

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DPI Scaling (font size adjustment) does not work on some displays in Vista

You have your nifty new hand-held ultra mobile PC running Windows Vista, but you wish your font size was a little larger so you could read the text. You hunt around and find that you can modify just the font size (from the classic view of Control Panel -> Personalization -> Adjust font size (DPI)),…

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Preserving power configuration settings during SysPrep.

Manufacturers and system administrators might want to disable the automatic customization of power policy for mobile PCs if they are providing manufacturer-specific or corporation-specific updates to power policy. The Specialize configuration phase of Windows Setup typically occurs when the system is first started by the customer immediately before the out-of-box experience (OOBE). Therefore, any manufacturer-specific…

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