Windows

Removing hiberfil.sys

My hiberfil.sys was taking up 11 GB on my 120 GB SSD. Since I never used hibernate mode and desperately needed the space, I used the instructions on the following site to remove it: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15140/what-is-hiberfil.sys-and-how-do-i-delete-it/ It was pretty straightforward. All you need to do is open up a Command Prompt in Administrator mode and then run the following command:

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Skype Virtual Audio Cable Windows

Playing Music Through Skype Using Virtual Audio Cable

I wanted to be able to play music over Skype. I also wanted to be able to play my keyboard which is currently connected to a Komplete Audio 6 soundcard. I managed to get this working utilising the following setup with Virtual Audio Cable:                         Here are the specific steps to be performed: 1. Create two VAC lines (Line 1 and Line 2) using…

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Oracle PeopleSoft Windows

Identifying the cause of high CPU utilisation for process oracle.exe on a Windows environment

I was running a PeopleSoft Application Engine process that I suspected was hogging the CPU on a Windows environment. I wanted to see whether this process was in fact the cause of the CPU intensive activities on the database. Interestingly, I discovered that on a Windows environment, an Oracle instance is composed of one oracle.exe process with many different threads. Each thread represents either a background process (PMON, SMON, etc.) or a foreground user session.…

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Windows

shutdown command in Windows

I use the following shutdown command to turn off my computer after a certain timeperiod: [sourcecode language=”powershell”] shutdown /s /t 3600 [/sourcecode] /s means that we want to shutdown the pc /t indicates a delay in the time that we want to shutdown/restart. In this case, we want the local pc to shutdown in 3600 seconds (1 hour). Here’s a good reference for other options available to the shutdown command: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/commandlinereference/p/shutdown-command.htm

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Windows

Re-enabling AutoPlay in Windows 7

I noticed that the AutoPlay feature stopped working for me some time ago. It may have something to do with the fact that I have virtualization software such as VMWare and Daemon Tools installed. I managed to re-enable the AutoPlay functionality by changing the following value in the registry:

The value was set to 255 (in decimal) or ff (in hexadecimal), meaning that AutoPlay was disabled for all devices. Once I set this value…

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Windows

Hiding the Guest account on the Windows 7 Welcome Screen

I like to enable Guest access at work so that I can easily share directories without having to worry about user security. Unfortunately in Windows 7 after enabling Guest access, I can now see the Guest account on the initial logon screen. Fortunately, you can remove this by performing the following: 1. In the run dialog (Windows + r), type “control userpasswords2” and then press enter. 2. Select the “Guest” user and press “Properties” 3.…

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Network Issues Windows

Creating a Windows share for a Guest account (without a password)

Here are the security requirements that I often use for creating a Windows share for the Guest account (without a password): Remove generic password restrictions Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Account Policies 1.  Password Policy    a. Minimum password age = 0    b. Minimum password length = 0    c. Password must meet complexity requirements = Disabled Remove Guest restrictions for User Rights Assignment and Security Options Control Panel…

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Network Issues Windows

Finding a hostname from an ip address

At my workplace, I’ve set up an FTP server so that colleagues from across the globe can download some files that I make available for them. I noticed that two people in the same office were downloading the exact same file (10 GB in size) except one was about 10% complete while the other was about 95% complete. I wanted to find out their computer hostnames – usually just an abbreviation of their real names…

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