Vista Gets Stuck During File Copy

Ok, so this isn’t a new topic. It’s been around for quite a while but I have never
encountered it, so now that I have- it’s time for a post about it.

I have installed a new PC (Windows Vista 64bit) and connected it to my home
network using a wireless NIC (Realtek RTL8168B/8111b). The wireless router I
use is an Edimax BR-6215SRg. The same network has several other PCs connected
to it wirelessly and one PC that is wired.

When copying files to/from the new PC (HTPC) it seemed to simply freeze up. Even
though I could move the mouse pointer I couldn’t really do anything else…Now keep in
mind that this is a new PC (and it’s fully patched:SP1 and everything). Since this
is a new PC I started worrying that I have a hardware issue, yet after some research
on the Internet I found others that had similar problems due to the TCP receive window
auto-tuning issue in the new TCP/IP stack.

The advice was to simply turn off the auto-tuning feature by running the following
command:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

I decided to give it a try, and not surprisingly it worked. Personally, I find it very odd that
due to a networking your whole OS freezes up. When dwelling deeper into the issue
it seems that the new TCP/IP stack tries to manage data flow in a more efficient way by constantly
tuning the receive window set by TCP. This window allows the receiver to define the amount
of data it will receive before the sender has to stop data if it hasn’t received acknowledgments.

In older versions of Windows, the window size was set once (not tuning) which causes data flow
to be less efficient. Once I disabled the feature, I could see that my copying speed has dropped from
4.5 to 3.7. On the other hand it no longer froze my system…

I am not sure who is at blame here, my gateway, the NICs driver or the favorite target of the last few
years:Vista…

Win7 fever

Everybody is talking about it, doesn’t really matter where I turn
it stares me in the face:Win7.

The hype seems to be huge and the reviews are warm so I guess I
should be glad-but wait,I’m not…Why, you may ask?
Well,with every piece of beta software released I battle with the age old
dilemma: To install or not to install?

Personally, I don’t like installing beta software. The problem is that as
opposed to the past where a beta was usually limited and details about the
product were scarce, Win7 is everywhere…so, my better judgment is starting
to cave in and the little voice in my head saying “I want one!” is getting louder
and louder…

Anyways,enough about the voices in my head, based on the rumors Win7 is
very customizable visually. Microsoft even has a website dedicated to themes
and customization of Win7 at:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Personalize

Check it out, and what’s up with that fish and it’s bubbles?

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Tides Turning

I find it somewhat funny to see how tides are turning. Apple used to be the medias
darling,it was touted as innovative and cool while Microsoft was old and boring…These days,
it seems that tides are starting to turn as all of a sudden Apple is no longer treated
as nicely as it used to be. Take a look at the following video by the Onion:


Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

 

Will this eventually also affect consumer perception?

Windows 7 Remote Server Admin Tools Beta released

You really can’t avoid Windows 7. Doesn’t really matter where you look you
simply can’t avoid it. Considering Vista and Windows 7 it looks like that the
hype Windows 7 is creating is very positive.

Since literally “everyone” has installed it, you might be interested in knowing that
a version of Remotes Server Administration Tools (aka RSAT) has been released
for it.

Click Here, for the download page.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003) from a remote computer that is running Windows 7. It includes support for remote management of computers that are running either the Server Core or full installation options of Windows Server 2008 R2, and for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008. Some roles and features on Windows Server 2003 can be managed remotely by using Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, although the Server Core installation option is not available with the Windows Server 2003 operating system.
This feature is comparable in functionality to the Windows Server 2003 Administrative Tools Pack and Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1).