Wednesday, November 13, 2013

After upgrade to Windows 8.1, svchost.exe continuously consumes CPU time

The workaround that worked for me is to stop and disable the service: Intel(R) PROSet Monitoring Service.

Good luck!


Friday, August 30, 2013

How to hibernate Windows using command line

Use this command:

rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState

Source: Microsoft KB article 555569

This works on Windows XP and higher.


Monday, July 22, 2013

Windows Update Cleanup

Just recently I discovered an option in the Disk Cleanup feature of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to clean up Windows updates.

In all cases I tried Windows Update cleanup freed up more than 2 GB.

However, be advised that the cleanup can take quite a while.

Windows Update cleanup deletes or compresses older versions of updates.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Facebook Business Pages: How can I add an administrator?

The Problem

You want to add somebody (or your personal account) as administrator for your page, but you get an error.

The Solution

You can easily add administrators by using the e-mail-address (that is known to Facebook), but there are two privacy settings that come into play for that (on the account of the desired administrator):

Step 1: Make sure your likes are public


Step 2: Make sure your profile can be found by using the e-mail address:



Friday, June 21, 2013

How to append/remove trailing slash in an URL?

aspnetYou might want to use the System.Web.VirtualPathUtility  class (from System.Web.dll), which has methods like:


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Configure for Web Deploy Publishing menu item missing in IIS Management Console

iis_logoLuckily, there is a solution:

  1. Use Web Platform Installer and install
    Web Deploy 3.0 for Hosting Server”.
  2. Restart IIS Management Console.

Good luck!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Should the Windows Search Email Indexer add-in be deactivated in Outlook 2010/2013?

Outlook: Windows Search Email is deactivated.Yes, this is by design and supposed to be that way.

Get more details at:


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Visual Studio ALM (Application Lifecycle Management)

Today, I got re-awarded as a Visual Studio ALM MVP for the 8th time.

The Visual Studio ALM brand is used to refer to Team Foundation Server (and service) as the core, surrounded by clients like the Visual Studio IDE, Microsoft Test Manager, Team Explorer, Microsoft Feedback Client, Team Web Access, and some more).

Here’s how Microsoft describes the MVP Award Program:

Congratulations to the New and Renewed MVPs

mvp1Today, 885 exemplary community leaders around the world were notified that they have received the MVP Award! These individuals were chosen because they have demonstrated their deep commitment to helping others make the most of their technology, voluntarily sharing their passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the community.

While there are more than 100 million social and technical community members, only a small portion are selected to be recognized as MVPs. Each year, around 4,000 MVPs are honored. They are nominated by Microsoft, other community individuals, or in some cases themselves. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year. They come from more than 90 countries, speak over 40 different languages, and are awarded in more than 90 Microsoft technologies. Together, they answer more than 10 million questions a year!

MVPs are recognized each quarter for this annual award, which continues to grow and evolve to reflect the development of Microsoft technologies.

Congratulations to the new MVPs, and welcome back to renewed MVPs. We are very excited to recognize your amazing accomplishments!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

How to fix: IE keeps asking for credentials

On a computer, where you have all necessary permissions, IE presents you the credentials prompt every time you try to open a site on that machine.

You have probably already tried one of the following:

  • Turned off User Account Control (UAC)
  • Turned off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC)
  • Added the URL to Trusted Sites in Internet Options

Try this:

  1. In IE, open Internet Options, Security tab, click on Sites.
  2. Unselect “Automatically detect intranet network” and check all checkboxes (so that it matches the following screenshot):

Does your IE always ask for crentials?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

How to securely erase a hard disk?


  1. Delete all files on hard disk (and clear recycle bin)
  2. Download the free SDelete.exe from Sysinternals and run the following command:

sdelete.exe –z <Driverletter> (e.g. K:)

SDelete - Sysinternals just has a solution for everything...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hyper-V: Converting a VHD to a VHDX

Windows Server Hyper-V introduces a new file format: VHDX

On Windows Server 2012 there’s a new virtual hard disk format with the extension “VHDX”.

As the Virtual PC Guy states in his blog:

There are a number of advantages to this format:

  • Support for greater than 2TB disks
  • Better performance for dynamic and differencing disks
  • Better handling of different disk sector sizes
  • And more…

How to convert?

Will the size of my files change?

Yes, the new .VHDX files will probably be slightly larger.

Here’s an example of a sample conversion:


VHD size (KB)

VHDX size (KB)


System drive



(+ 1%)

Data drive



(+ 3%)

Monday, February 4, 2013

System Error 67 when trying to map a WebDAV folder using NET USE on Windows Server


The Problem

On Windows Server, you get the following error message when trying to map a WebDAV folder (in this case: HiDrive's online storage) using NET USE <driveletter>: <URL>:

System error 67 has occurred.

The network name cannot be found.

The Solution

  1. Add the Desktop Experience feature.
    This will install the required Web Client service.
    Note: Be aware this requires a restart.

FinalBuilder: Connecting to HiDrive via FTPS


The Problem

When trying to connect to STATOs HiDrive online storage via FTPs you might receive the following error message:

A fatal Server side SSL error occured: Bad Record MAC
Unable to connect to FTPS Server.
Error occured while enabling SSL/TLS on command channel

When trying to get the directory listing you get

RECEIVE: 501 PORT command denied (address mismatch).
Directory Listing failed. 501 PORT command denied (address mismatch).

The Solution

  1. Make sure you are running the latest version of FinalBuilder.
  2. In the FTPS Connect action, make sure to
    • uncheck TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2
    • check Passive Mode.

Screenshot how to configure FTPS Connection action in FinalBuilder 7

Friday, January 25, 2013

How to fix error ‘This configuration section cannot be used at this path’ when running ASP.NET apps

Problem description:

You receive the error message:

HTTP Error 500.19 - Internal Server Error

This configuration section cannot be used at this path. This happens when the section is locked at a parent level. Locking is either by default (overrideModeDefault="Deny"), or set explicitly by a location tag with overrideMode="Deny" or the legacy allowOverride="false

How to resolve:

  1. Make sure ASP.NET is installed, as described here.
  2. Unlock the configuration section using the command:

%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd unlock config -section:system.webServer/modules

More Information:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

FTP Service for IIS: client connection times out on LIST command

The Problem

You installed the FTP Service for IIS, but after connecting clients time out on list command:

“Error: Connection timed out”

“Error: Failed to retrieve directory listing”

The Solution

Step 1: Verify Firewall exceptions are defined correctly:

Step 2: Disable stateful FTP filtering (see here):

netsh advfirewall set global StatefulFTP disable

Step 3: Restart FTP Service

net stop ftpsvc

net start ftpsvc

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How to add the Desktop Experience feature in Windows Server 2012

It is hidden under “User Interfaces and Infrastructure”…

No worries, Desktop Experience has not disappeared, it was just moved.

Monday, January 14, 2013

SOLVED: Cannot download from MSDN subscriber downloads. An add-on … failed to run

msdn subscriptionsWhen trying to download from MSDN Subscriber Downloads you receive the following error message in IE:

“An add-on for this website failed to run.”


Manually install File Transfer Manager from here.


PS: For other issues, you might want to look here.