HOWTO start Memory Test on W10

If you are investigating strange issues/BSOD on your computer, you may reach the point to verify the installed memory. Windows 10 has this feature included, and it will spare the need to use any live CD, … You can simply use it by typing in the Search box: mdsched and selecting Memory Diagnostic Tool from the results, or by administrative Command Prompt by typing the … Continue reading HOWTO start Memory Test on W10 »

HOWTO quickly rename folders from _svn to .svn

Once upon a time, someone had the idea to use ‘_svn’ for a Windows SVN sandbox working folder instead of the standard ‘.svn’. I suppose, that the idea was to use a more windows-aligned folder name. By using TortoiseSVN, it was quite transparent. Years passed, and the idea was dropped, and these sandboxes aren’t working anymore by default. TortoiseSVN still provides a hidden registry setting … Continue reading HOWTO quickly rename folders from _svn to .svn »

HOWTO limit MS SQL Server memory usage

Go to Microsoft web site and download MS SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS for ‘friends’), about 0.5Gb to download, and 1Gb of disk space. It is working with almost any MS SQL Server version and edition. Once installed you have to: start the program with administrative access rights elevation connect to the service right-click on root item into Object Explorer, select Properties select Memory from … Continue reading HOWTO limit MS SQL Server memory usage »

HOWTO add encrypted disks to your PC

Imagine to be a contractor, and you want a secure black box to keep your customer data on your PC. This will come very useful, for example, in case of loss or theft of your notebook. A common approach is to encrypt the whole hard disk, but it has two main drawbacks: the whole system is slowed down by the disk encryption. usually it’s almost … Continue reading HOWTO add encrypted disks to your PC »

HOWTO enforce WindowsXP security

There are dozens of reasons to abandon Windows XP (security, technical, …), but if you have no option, at least you can mitigate them by enabling the PosReady option and install all MS published security updates. Open Registry Editor and go to: HKLM\System\WPA\PosReady the add/edit the value ‘Install‘ as DWORD and set it to 1. Reboot, and run Windows Update by the following command line: … Continue reading HOWTO enforce WindowsXP security »

HOWTO quickly set Safe Mode into Windows 10

Setting safe mode to the next reboot has become quite tricky. Usually you have to navigate among one-way system options (reset, restore, …). Recently I discovered that you can easily trigger it from Command Prompt with administrator access rights. Type the following command: bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal and reboot. The system will reboot in safe mode as requested this time only. If it will … Continue reading HOWTO quickly set Safe Mode into Windows 10 »

HOWTO Make Windows SlimRW Lock More Confortable

Recently I tripped into SlimRW Lock API. It’s a Windows synchronization object very similar to the critical section, with the support of two different types of lock: shared and exclusive. Essentially you should get the shared lock for all read-only activities, while the exclusive lock shall be used for all the other cases. The Basic Implementation I wrote this simple class to include them in … Continue reading HOWTO Make Windows SlimRW Lock More Confortable »

HOWTO Setup Hyper-V 2019 Server Outside a Domain

Hyper-V 2019 Server might be a great and free opportunity to host Hyper-V VMs. The main problem is that it’s quite an unfriendly & raw environment not set to live outside a network domain. Setting up a domain server for small labs, or similar realities can be quite expensive and not advantageous. Surfing the web, I found several sources to use it into a private … Continue reading HOWTO Setup Hyper-V 2019 Server Outside a Domain »