Friday, October 3, 2008

searchfilterhost.exe using large percentage of CPU

After upgrading my work laptop to Vista Business to begin testing Vista I noticed that my CPU usage was really high and it was becuase of searchfilterhost.exe using about 50% of my CPU resources.

I found an easy solution, removing .xml files from the  .XML file extension from being indexed in the Indexing Options control panel.

Open control panel, click Indexing options-->Advanced-->File Types, scroll to near the end of the list and uncheck XML

Posted by Steve at 16:11 | Windows Vista | Comments (16) | Link

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Getting Vista to join an NT 4 Domain

Well, probably not too much demand for this, but I've still got a legacy domain to support until I can get everyone moved to the new AD.

I was able to find the info on this here:

To add Vista to the domain:

1. SRVMGR.EXE on the PDC and add the computer name of the Vista PC.

2. On Vista PC run, secpol.msc then Under Local Policies > Security Options, Change the following two settings

- Domain Member: Digitally Encrypt sign secure channel data (always) - change to disabled
- Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level - change to "Send LM and NTLM - use NTLMv2 session security if negoitated"


I was able to successfully test this in VPC.  NT4 on a 3GHz Quadcore is crazy fast.  I had an NT4 PDC with SP6 and VMA in under an hour. 

Posted by Steve at 03:26 | Windows Vista | Comments (15) | Link

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hotfix for Vista + Games + Memory

I found this in the December issue of PC Gamer.  The KB, 940105, has been out since 8/28/2007, but I'd never heard of it.

Virtual address space usage in Windows game development


It would seem that this would be most beneficial to 32bit systems, but there is a hotfix for 64-Bit too.

Posted by Steve at 17:21 | Windows Vista | Comments (17) | Link

Sunday, August 5, 2007

New culprit with Vista and sleep

Having, once again, run into issues with sleep working I found a new culprit.  After updating my nVidia drivers to the all new WHQL releases from them, I found I had still lost the ability to sleep, but hibernate was unaffected. 

After some additional troubleshooting, I found that the Windows Media Center Extender service was the offender.  I just recently got an XBOX 360 Elite ( with Guitar Hero II ) and was messing around with the Extenders.  Manually stopping the WMCE service allowed me to sleep again.

Posted by Steve at 16:32 | Windows Vista | Comments (21) | Link

Thursday, March 29, 2007

3Ware Vista x64 Drivers and Management Utilities now available

Version 9.4.1 for Vista x64 is now available for my 3Ware 9590SE RAID card.  It seems that the drivers are the same revision as the pre-release engineering phase drivers, but now there's finally the 3DM management console, and it works great under Vista x64.

Posted by Steve at 21:55 | Windows Vista | Comments (18) | Link

Friday, March 9, 2007

Remote Desktops and Vista

I don't know why I had so many problems getting it installed on my 2nd Vista machine.  I just went back to the old box I had run the betas on and also installed the MSDN RTM and I found that I actually had the W2K3 SP1 Admin Tools installed and they were working.

Anyway, I installed them on my main Vista box and they work great.

The other thing I noticed is that UAC is disabled for Admins on my test box...but I don't remember doing that...hmm.


Posted by Steve at 02:12 | Windows Vista | Comments (15) | Link

Saturday, March 3, 2007

New nVidia drivers! Sleep seems to work!

nVidia released the new 101.41 drivers and I was actually able to put my computer to sleep and wake it back up and back log into Windows!

It took them a long time, and some extra pressure from customers, but things are looking better again.

nVidia is also doing a lot of hiring.  On the job boards they've got numerous positions open for various jobs.


Posted by Steve at 14:49 | Windows Vista | Comments (18) | Link

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

MediaMonkey to the rescue

Today I stumbled across 2 media players for Windows and one fit my requirements perfectly (so far). is a free media player with an option to upgrade to a "gold" version for $20. 

So far, it's working great under Vista x64.  No errors, poor performance, etc.  It just works! 

Posted by Steve at 02:50 | Windows Vista | Comments (20) | Link

Saturday, February 24, 2007

CPUZ 1.39 updated for Vista

Now available, this update gives CPU-Z full functionality in Vista.

Posted by Steve at 23:31 | Windows Vista | Comments (11) | Link

Saturday, February 24, 2007

New category: Windows Vista

Since almost all of my posts are related to Vista, I've decided to create a new category for Vista posts.


Posted by Steve at 23:29 | Windows Vista | Comments (28) | Link


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