Category: Windows OS-Level Issues

Optimize Service Work Items and Additional/Delayed Worker Threads
article #1084, updated 33 days ago

Downloadable here within OWTAS.ZIP, is a VBS script which sets a number of additional critical and delayed worker threads, plus service work items. The number is autocalculated according to a combination of RAM and OS bit-width (32 vs. 64).

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"Failed to schedule Software Protection service for re-start" Error Code: 0x80070005
article #1083, updated 34 days ago

One way this can be fixed at least sometimes, is to give “NETWORK SERVICE” full rights to:

C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\SoftwareProtectionPlatform

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Windows Registry Cleaning & Optimization
article #1081, updated 35 days ago

This tool:

http://www.pcstarters.net/performance-maintainer/

is an aggregator which appears to be very helpful so far.

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Tools

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NSSM - Create Services from Executables in Windows
article #1065, updated 92 days ago

Best I’ve found so far:

http://nssm.cc/download

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Tools

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Install All Microsoft Redistributable VC++ Runtimes
article #643, updated 93 days ago

Below-linked is a tool which will automatically install all of the redistributable Microsoft Visual C++ runtime DLLs, all versions, 2005 to present:

http://appnee.com/vc-redist-installer/

This is a great way to handle many missing DLLs. Below is another tool, a PowerShell script, newer-fangled engineering with additional capabilities, definitely better for enterprise use, and quite a lot faster:

https://github.com/aaronparker/Install-VisualCRedistributables

Once you have all of the files for the latter, the best command to do the fully automatic install is probably this:

.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -xml VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml -install

It may be helpful to do this first:

Unblock-File .\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates

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Set NIC to full DHCP via netsh
article #1057, updated 119 days ago

To set a Windows NIC to full DHCP via netsh, do this, replacing “Local Area Connection” to the name of the NIC if it’s not the same:

netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" dhcp
netsh interface ip set dns "Local Area Connection" dhcp
netsh interface ip set wins "Local Area Connection" dhcp

Sometimes, if WINS is set static, you have to do this before WINS can be set DHCP:

netsh interface ip set wins "Local Area Connection" static none

Categories:   Networking Ports & Protocols   Windows OS-Level Issues

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Windows Diagnostic Telemetry eating up CPU or hard drive bandwidth
article #1051, updated 132 days ago

Another from the excellent Mike Hunsinger. Windows Diagnostic Telemetry can max out certain resources. It is not necessary. To disable it, run PowerShell as administrator and then:

stop-service diagtrack
set-service diagtrack -startuptype disabled

This service appears to be hidden in Windows 10. It is visible in 8.1 and 7 as “Diagnostic Tracking Service”. More info is here:

http://windowsitpro.com/windows-10/how-turn-telemetry-windows-7-8-and-windows-10

There are three more visible in 10, “Diagnostic Policy Service”, “Diagnostic Service Host”, and “Diagnostic System Host”. The specific roles of all four of these services are not yet clear.

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Upgrading Windows 10 Versions
article #1036, updated 210 days ago

When going to version 1607 of 10, it is reportedly supposed to be automatic:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/08/02/how-to-get-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/

but can be done by ISO:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_10-windows_install/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-anniversary-update/fab99802-4358-49d9-8278-e9664cd56311

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates

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The System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
article #1034, updated 211 days ago

A 539-megabyte monster! Appears to be designed to solve lots of problems.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20858

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   Windows OS-Level Issues

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Record all audio in Windows regardless of "Stereo Mix"
article #1032, updated 222 days ago

In Windows, some audio drivers provide something called “Stereo Mix” and some don’t; this is what is usually recommended if you want to record everything audio happening at once in Windows. But increasingly this doesn’t exist. There are software replacements which do the job:

http://vb-audio.pagesperso-orange.fr/Voicemeeter/

http://www.virtualaudiostreaming.net/

Categories:   Audio-Video   Windows OS-Level Issues