Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Use Robocopy's multi-threaded feature to quickly back up your data in Windows 7

Soon after Windows Vista came out, I discovered that Microsoft had updated the venerable Robocopy with a bunch of extra features and made it a regular part of the Windows operating system. Of course, when Windows 7 came out I immediately examined the newest version of Robocopy and discovered that Microsoft had again updated Robocopy with a single, but very powerful, new feature — the ability to perform a multi-threaded copy option. More specifically, with multi-threaded capabilities Robocopy can now simultaneously copy multiple files in parallel, which will result in very fast backup operations. Read more.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Use Windows 7 Event Viewer to track down issues that cause slower boot times

In last week’s blog, “Better Troubleshooting Capabilities with Windows 7 Event Viewer,” I introduced you to some of the new features in Microsoft Windows 7’s Event Viewer and told you that these new features make the new tool far superior to its XP predecessor. As I mentioned, in addition to the new interface, Microsoft designed Windows 7’s Event Viewer to provide you with more meaningful, actionable, and well-documented events in order to provide better information for troubleshooting. Recently, I had an opportunity to put Windows 7’s Event Viewer to the test. Read more.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Better troubleshooting capabilities with Windows 7 Event Viewer

If you had been holding on to Microsoft Windows XP and just recently made the move to Windows 7, you’ve begun to discover that a lot has changed in the operating system besides just the new user interface with all its new bells and whistles. For example, chances are that one of the first places that you probably turned to when troubleshooting problems in Windows XP was the Event Viewer. Well, when you get to Windows 7’s Event Viewer, you are in for a new experience. Read more.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Investigate memory usage with Windows 7 Resource Monitor

In last week’s blog post, “Learn How to Use the Windows 7 Resource Monitor for Effective Troubleshooting,” I introduced you to the Resource Monitor tool’s powerful features and explained how you can use it to get a better understanding of how system resources are used by processes and services. I also indicated that you can use Resource Monitor to delve into specific problems, such as investigating memory usage. Read more.