Category: Windows

Mark’s Blog: The Case of the Slooooow System

Mark Russinovich, co-founder of Sysinternals and author of many excellent tools (and an excellent book on Windows internals), blogs about troubleshooting a Vista system using Process Explorer and Process Monitor. [url=http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/archive/2008/09/24/3126858.aspx]Mark’s Blog: The Case of the Slooooow System[/url]

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Didn’t Know About

Over the years, I’ve grown so accustomed to using many Windows related keyboard shortcuts that I intuitively use them without thinking. Looking at the list of keyboard shortcuts published by Microsoft for Windows XP, I know and use all of them. Lately, I’ve (re)discovered a few shortcuts that turn out to be really useful (for me), but I didn’t know or even think about. For example, I often use CTRL-LEFT and CTRL-RIGHT to navigate wordwise (and, even more frequently, I use CTRL-HOME/END), but didn’t know that you can actually use CTRL-BACKSPACE to delete the previous word! In the section “rediscovered”...

Windows Vista: Moving Program Files and User Data, Revisited

In January, I wrote how you can move both your program files and user data folders using Junctions. I have been doing this for years on my XP installations and didn’t expect it to cause so much trouble. In March, the first Windows Updates failed with error code 80070011. I have posted about how you can fix this on a per-failed-update basis manually. With the release of SP1, this method didn’t work any longer. There was no pending.xml, no matter how many updates failed on me. Reader Jiminaus suggested to update the ProgramFilesDir. Today, my system drive crashed on me...

Vista: Windows Update Error 80070011 Semi-Automated Fix

In January, I showed you how to [url=http://moblog.wiredwings.com/archives/20080113/Vista-and-XP-Dual-Boot-Adventures….html]move your program files and your profile folder to a different partition[/url] using robocopy and mklink. With NTFS junctions, you (and your programs) can transparently use the folders on your C drive, while the actual data lies someplace else. Unfortunately, today, some Windows Updates where shipped that try to install on every reboot, but fail with error code 80070011. Using Google[url=http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/nbbw.cgi]Scroogle[/url], I quickly [url=http://forums.techarena.in/showthread.php?t=697961]found out why[/url] (and how to fix it manually). Cause: If files cannot be replaced because they’re open, updates write XML commands to \SystemRoot\WinSxS\pending.xml (usually C:\Windows\WinSxS\pending.xml, unless you’ve installed Windows...