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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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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Resolving issues with the Windows Media Center Store Update Manager and a corrupt data store.

If you’ve experienced an error just like this when using Windows Media Center you may have some issues with a corrupt data store and may need an additional hotfix. “Windows Media Center Store Update Manager Has Stopped Working” Problem Details:Problem signature:   Problem Event Name: APPCRASH  Application Name:        mcupdate.EXE  Application Version:    6.0.6001.18061  Application Timestamp:             480ea322 …

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Creating a GUI cheat sheet for commonly used WinDbg commands.

There is an undocumented feature in WinDbg that may be useful for remembering WinDbg commands and essentially building a personalized GUI cheat-sheet of commonly commands. The syntax is “.cmdtree c:\debuggers\cmdtree.txt” where cmdtree.txt is a text file describing all of the commands. This was picked up on several popular debugging blogs, such as:http://blogs.msdn.com/debuggingtoolbox/archive/2008/09/17/special-command-execute-commands-from-a-customized-user-interface-with-cmdtree.aspxhttp://www.wintellect.com/CS/blogs/jrobbins/archive/2008/09/17/windbg-cmdtree-file-that-eases-some-sos-pain.aspxhttp://blogs.msdn.com/tess/archive/2008/09/18/making-it-easier-to-debug-net-dumps-in-windbg-using-cmdtree.aspx An example of this is provided…

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Setting up dynamic partition mirroring on GPT disks in Server 2008.

In this helpful how to KB from our very own Doug Iman, he decribes at great length what is required to set up dynamic boot partition mirroring on GUID partition table (GPT) disks in Windows Server 2008. This will be increasing helpful in the future as GPT begins to replace the aging Master Boot Record…

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