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ROG G752 weird overheat (fixed?)

updated: 23/08/2018 The Problem From time to time, I noted that my ROG G752VT heated horribly in this point (above the right-bottom angle): After some investigations and tests, it seems something related to the quick charge capability of the nearest USB ports. I had switched it off, by removing the USB Charger Plus program, but after some weeks of calm, the problem pops up again. … Continue reading ROG G752 weird overheat (fixed?) »

Virtualizing an old broken PC

Introduction A couple of weeks, a 12-15 years old desktop PC of mine died. After a quick investigation, it appeared to have some sort of electrical problem around the mainboard and the power supplier. I took a full week, to evaluate what to do. From hardware point of view, it didn’t deserve any replacement. What is annoying me, is the 180€ of Windows 10 Professional … Continue reading Virtualizing an old broken PC »

HOWTO compress Windows OEM Drivers Repository

updated 15/05/2018 Introduction The project of today is: Can I use NTFS compression to system drivers repository? It seems the ideal target to be compressed since it’s rarely used and it can consume 1 or more Gb of your system partition. The first problem is that we can’t use Windows File Explorer to compress it because we don’t have the correct access rights. The second … Continue reading HOWTO compress Windows OEM Drivers Repository »

HOWTO Switch Core Isolation Memory Integrity

With Windows 10 1803, I decided to switch on Memory Integrity Isolation into Core Isolation options of Windows Defender Security Center. The problem is that once activated, the switch is disabled, and it is not possible to switch off. Naturally I have found, that this feature has some problems about: some of the old drivers may not work properly Virtualbox doesn’t work These forced me, … Continue reading HOWTO Switch Core Isolation Memory Integrity »

HOWTO reset Windows Update client

In our lab, we had few machines with different Windows Update problems. Some PCs don’t accept anything from our WSUS server, some others seem to have other problems that prevent Windows Update working. I ran system and MS troubleshooters, but the problems weren’t solved. In all cases, the OSes seem to be healthy. Solution I had a long investigation phase, but I didn’t found anything … Continue reading HOWTO reset Windows Update client »

IIS is not working anymore after a system upgrade

Introduction Suddenly this Monday, the PC hosting the bug tracker site jumped from Win10 1611 to 1709. At the end of the upgrade process, the site was not available anymore. IIS seemed up and running, but something occurred and put the site offline. Looking the event log, I saw swarms of the following errors: Error 2307 – IIS-W3SVC-WP The worker process for application pool ‘DefaultAppPool’ … Continue reading IIS is not working anymore after a system upgrade »

HOWTO compress a folder by command line

NTFS file-system has the ability to compress files and folders to save disk space with only drawback is that they will be read and written slower than the normal ones. Windows File Explorer displays them in blue instead of black, and it allows to compress or expand by right-click them and selecting ‘Properties’ and then ‘Advanced’. Suppose that you have to compress a folder but … Continue reading HOWTO compress a folder by command line »

HOWTO remove dead items from Control Panel

Sometimes, it may occur discover a dead Control Panel item, after having uninstalled a program. It’s something annoying, but it can be fixed manually. Removing the dead item To remove it, open the following registry location and look for the proper item: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace If you don’t find anything, give a look to this other registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace In these registry keys, you will find the … Continue reading HOWTO remove dead items from Control Panel »

Windows 10 – Cleanup disk 3.99 TB

Several weeks ago I had the following issue while running the Disk Cleanup utility: It detects wrong cleanup space on Windows Update Cleanup point. After some investigations, I found this post explaining the problem. To make a long-story brief, one of the applied updates has broken one or more of the hardlinks present into Windows Component Store folder. After some other investigations, I discovered how … Continue reading Windows 10 – Cleanup disk 3.99 TB »