Add Language Packs before Hotfixes when Creating Multilingual Vista Images

When asked to create a multilingual image for your company or organization, you may be tempted to start with your existing image and add Language Packs.  This method can cause you problems down the road. As a best practice, you should start with the Vista image as shipped and all of the Language Packs you…

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Tips for using Vista Package Manager (pkgmgr)

Vista Package Manager is command line tool to install, remove or updates Windows packages to an offline Windows image.  Used incorrectly you can easily corrupt your Windows installation image.  Here are some tips to avoid this problem. The first and most important tip is always save your previous images.  You can not repair a corrupt…

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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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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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BreakOnSysRq applies to USB (kbdhid) keyboards as well…

If you happen to be debugging and hit the PrtScn / SysRq key on the debugee you may have noticed that this caused the debugger to break in. In certain situations this may not be the desired, thankfully it can be changed. This behavior and the modification is described in the following MSDN article, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc267412.aspx. One important thing to…

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Windows Server 2008 == Windows Vista Service Pack 1

As is probably well known, Microsoft spends a tremendous amount of time and resources on marketing and education both internally and externally. At times it seems as if only word of mouth and a few more people saying the same thing will drive the message home. To that effect we’d just like to reiterate that indeed, Windows…

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Vista tips and tricks… changing boot options on the fly.

There are a number of boot options that can be used in Vista and Windows Server 2008 that can be a pain to modify (or not possible if you are in a bugcheck loop), that can be done on the fly at boot time. These options are invaluable for diagnosing some problems you may experience…

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Be green with Windows Vista Power Management…

Windows Vista has a new tool for investigating and configuring Power Management features. For this discussion, I’ll focus on PowerCFG -LastWake feature that is new for Windows Vista. This tool can help diagnose individual, corporation, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) issues with machines returning from a sleep state. In Windows XP there was no easy…

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Troubleshooting Internet Explorer Hangs (and other applications too!)

From a consumer point of view seeing the message, “Internet Explorer has stopped responding” can be frustrating. Fortunately with Windows Vista information is collected about the hang which can be sent to Microsoft for further analysis, however you may not always get an answer on how to solve the problem. However, this information is useful…

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