Archive for October, 2013



I knew lot of patrons are looking forward for this post, however at the same time some were already educated about this.  But, this post will be real benefit for patrons who are keen to improve their Windows performances and increase system response time and decrease system load timings.

Lot of general Windows users tend to delete temp, %TMP% and PREFETCH files to see if that action does anything they were expecting. Well, the news is, that really doesn’t help much, but I must admit that, it is the Real First Step you should consider doing, when you felt that your Windows is slow. What really that does is: deleting the tmp, %TMP%, and Prefetch files frees up the some portion of your RAM Cache Memory and Windows Partition Disk space. You can start with these approaches, but you should continue the remaining steps to control your Windows completely about it’s performance.

You type the below commands and Delete the Items listed there. Use SHIFT+DELTE Combinations to delete permanently items from your computer.

temp tmp prefetch prefetch2Remember that to Access Prefetched Items in your Windows, You need Admin Rights. And as you can Imagine, this deletes the temporary files and files those were ready to access files for some applications will be cleared off. But that really does no help in performance improvement, where in some cases the Applications those relying on temp files and prefetched files will load up slow to get all the DATA again from the applications data from hard disk and put on into RAM for access.

So, to get the real benefit from performance improvement, follow the rest steps below.

You really should use MSCONFIG to suppress some of the Applications and services those put System Start-up pressures and eventually runs in the background unnecessarily eating much of your Valuable RAM. So, what MSCONFIG really does is, it will give control to handle, which applications are allowed along with system starts and which will not.

msconfig

Once you hit Enter in your Command prompt with MSCONFIG typed, this Dialog Box opens up. The Services Tab in there will list the services which will be started up whilst Windows Boots up!. Remember that, the Dialog box initially loads with Normal Startup as the Startup Selection, what you need to do is, you should select the Selective Startup Radio Button and Navigate to Services and Startup Tabs in Dialog Box presented.

msconfig 3msconfig services

Here, the Services which were presented are allowed to start at Windows Load times. What you really need to do is, Untick the services which were not part of Microsoft Services; tick the Hide All Microsoft Services and Isolate the services to start at System Loads. Remember this window is representing the Windows 8 settings and Windows 7 or xp or vista are real similar, except the Startup Items are moved to Task manager in Windows 8 and 7 and previous Windows Versions remain same, having control in the same MSCONFIG settings.

msconfig 2

Look at the above Picture, I have hidden all the Microsoft Services, to not to accidentally disable any Windows sort of Services, allowing myself to not to boot into system with required services disabled. :0 Here I have disabled lot of services except Apple Bonjour and Apple Mobile Device; where These are required for iTunes to detect your iPhone or iPad when you connect to your Computer. Other Few services I allowed here are ExpressCache, where cache improves my startup times and ESET is my antivirus programme, which shall not be disabled; any antivirus program shall not be disabled to protect PC.
msconfig startupThe above image tells that to handle the startup items, we need to use task manager and restrict the applications from starting up. See the below images.

win8 startupSo, I have navigated to Windows 8 task manager to handle the Application startup restrictions. In Windows 7 and Vista, 7 the MSCONFIG will present you the same options there. Here you need to carefully disable the Applications those were not really useful. For example, here in the above image I have disabled all the applications except Windows Host Process, Realtek HD Audio Manager and igfxtray applications, however you can disable the Igrfxtray as well, but remember to not to disable the Windows required applications.

You can also, increase your System Performance by moving you SWAP file aka PAGE file from your Windows Disk to Another DIsk (I said Different Disk, not Different Partition. Remember, moving to another partition doesn’t help you). See the below Screenshots on how to change the SWAP file settings. Here i have not moved the Page File to different Disk, because I don’t have any, rather I manually controlled the Virtual Memory of Windows Drive, where you can increase the Virtual Memory as you desire instead of Windows handling it to 2 Times RAM. These VM settings can be accessed through System Properties-> Advanced System Settings-> Advanced Tab-> Performance settings -> Advanced Tab then on and Selecting the Virtual Memory Settings in the Advanced Window Opened. And then Untick the Automatically Manage Paging file Size for all drives and select Drive you were interested and select Custom Size and increase the value as you desire.

VM Settings

And once these steps are implemented, the next steps to Do is to handle the Windows System Settings to disable some Graphical settings to get most out of our PC.

Go to your Computer and Select system Properties. – Right click on Windows and Select Properties from the Context Menu, which will take you to the System Info Dialog Box. See the below Screenshot:

System Settings screenAnd then Click on Advanced System Settings here in this Windows and Go to Advanced Tab from the Window Opened. From there, Click on Performance Settings Button, which will take you to the Performance Options Windows with Visual Effects Tab selected. Click on Adjust from best Performance from there and select those you were really interested. What this does is, discouraging the Windows to use Graphical Representation and saves some RAM for us. Here I have not changed anything, because my Windows is Perfectly A-OK with 16 Gigs of RAM and Tuneup UP and running for me (oh! what is tuneup? Look at this post finish lines)

performance settings

Now, Finally these steps will put you in lot better standings than earlier. Reboot and See if these changes have improved your Windows performance.

You can/might use CCCleaner sort of things for improvements. But My favorite part is here it comes… The Tuneup Utilities Application. I love this literally and I really encourage to use it for real performance improvements.

tuneup

tuneup 2

Remember to Answer all the Tuneup Asked questions to best improve the performance. It will handle all the Registry cleaning, Defragmenting,  Disabling Application background processes and Hell lot of others… It will really pull out all the potential your Windows Has.

Thank you for your real Patience, going through all these hell lot of wordings.

Cheers! CHALADI


Hey Guys! Have you recently visited the ESET website? Well, now the Antivirus and Enterprise Security Organisation Website gt hacked by some Palestinians; popular KDMS team did that and I managed to Grab a Video of that for future reference purposes.

I knew, for lot this doesn’t seems useful, but for future reference and for case studies, I am blogging this. Maybe some might get this useful. Here’s the Video grabbed:

Cheers! Chaladi \(--)/


Update: Create a partition specifically for Virtual RAM if you are still facing any lags. Separate disk would do much better, but only PCs has this feasibility.

Generally the visibility of disk usage is seen in Task Manager and more info at Resource Monitor. The issue can be of different sources, but that has to be dealt carefully before applying this sort of approach, because each issues has its fix and this issue is tracked so that appropriate solution is implemented. Note: For windows 8, this has become a common issue and mostly this can be your solution too and be informed about the issue source too.

For the fix; Change the Virtual Memory settings from Automatic System Managed To Custom Sizes, and Set Minimum To RAM Equivalent. For clear Step-By-Step Instructions, see below screenshots.

First off, Take a closer look at Resource Monitor Tool: Use RESMON command in CMD Prompt: And look there, in Disk Activity, the Read (B/Sec) is aligned in High to Low order, so that Highest Read rates Process are visible. Here, BackGroundTaksHost.exe is using Read rates from Disk consistently and is Locked out to fix the issue with Virtual Memory, since the Source process is initiated by Pagefile.sys file.

High_Disk_usage

Some times, the RAM may be, at 100% usage, but for that Virtual Memory is not the issue, but can be at some times. However for such issues too, look at the Memory Tab in RESMON and identify the key issue maker. Here BackGroundTaskHost.exe is having more HardFaults than any, which is an issue with RAM processing. Sometimes RAM consistent usage is noticed for some users, however the Processes that’s using at boot starts are the one’s those to be blamed. For now to solve Disk Usage issue, Proceed to the next step, leaving Memory set aside.
RAM USAge

Now, go to system properties of your computer.

System Settings screen

Click on the Advanced System Settings, visible in the Left Hand-side Column.  And go to Advanced Tab in the Properties Dialog Box. and then click Settings Button on Performance Options.

system properies

Now, Click on Advanced Tab and Proceed to Virtual Memory Options menu and click on change button. And set the RAM amount there, Minimum = Your RAM Size in MB and Maximum = Twice or Thrice as you wish.

performance options

VM Settings

So, that’s it! Set it up! and Reboot the System to see the changes. And watch out the task manager after reboot, to see if the changes are made and success for us.

Cheers!


Recently I have came across this annoying error: Identity source cannot be added in vsphere Web client interface via SSO configuration to add Active Directory to be my Identity Source for Users authentication in my vSphere 5.1 Platform.

LDAP-error-49

The issue is Very straight-forward if you have read the Error description with patience; Authentication issue: Provided Credentials are not valid error. However, the Administrator account seems to be accurate with the password, but still throws this error. IN such cases try the below steps to isolate the issue straight away.

Steps:

1- Make sure the Administrator Password is Correct and it hasn’t changed since last known.

2- Make sure the Administrator account is a member of Domain Administrator account: Will be default, if Default Admin account is being used.

3- If everything is failing, Try using a different Account, whereby promoting/creating a Domain Admin Account and providing the same.

Once the valid credentials are provided, Identity source can be added without fail this time.

You may also encounter, LDAPS security error, where in The Domain Environment, the rejection of normal LDAP protocol is set via Group Policies. In such cases, you should use LDAPS protocol to connect to AD Source and use the certificate of LDAP security. See the below links about the LDAPS error.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2035934

Video: How to add Identity Source in vSphere 5.1 via Webclient

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