Tag: Client

Windows 10 Cortana

How to hide Cortana Search Box in Windows 10

During the last Windows 10 event in January, Microsoft showed the Cortana integration in Windows 10 and with Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 (build 9926) Microsoft released it’s first public preview of Cortana for Windows 10. Cortana helps you to do a lot of great things and I am a huge fan since I am using Cortana on my Windows Phone. The problem I have with the integration is the huge text box Cortana uses. And I don’t really need that box since I use the Windows Key anyway to open search.

Windows 10 Cortana Search box

To disable or hide the Cortana Search Box simply right click on the Taskbar, select search and enable “Show search icon”.

 

Hide Windows 10 Cortana Search Box

Now you only see the Cortana Icon instead of the Cortana Search Box. You can still just start to type by pressing the Windows Key or clicking on the Cortana Icon.

Windows 10 Cortana Icon

 



InstantGo powercfg

Troubleshoot Windows InstantGo (Connected Standby)

In Windows 8 Microsoft released a feature called InstantGo (formerly know as Connected Standby) which should bring smartphone like Power Management features to your Windows tablet or notebook. Devices such as the Surface Pro 3 do offer this feature. This post should help you troubleshoot issues with InstantGo or Connected Standby.

InstantGo requires the following:

  • Windows 8.1 Operating System (In Windows 8 this is called Connected Standby)
  • A firmware flag indicating support for the standard
  • The boot volume must run on a SSD disk
  • Support for NDIS 6.30 by all network devices
  • Passive cooling on standby
  • Secure Boot
  • Memory to be soldered to the motherboard
  • The Hyper-V Hypervisor role must be disabled on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 systems. Windows 10 Hyper-V will allow you to use Hyper-V and InstantGo at the same time.

Check if the hardware supports InstantGo

To check if your hardware supports InstantGo you can run the following command:

 
powercfg /a

InstantGo powercfg

InstantGo Issues / Connected Standby Issues

In some case you can run in some issues where you have your battery draining more than expected during the InstantGo or Connected Standby time. This could be of the following reasons:

  • Drivers – Make sure you have the latest drivers installed
  • Firmware – Make sure you have the latest Firmware (BIOS) installed
  • Mails –  The Windows communication app keeps the broker infrastructure (BI) system active. BI, in turn, keeps the WLAN network up so that the system stays up-to-date with emails. If you get a lot of emails this can end up in a higher power drain.
  • Software –  Some installed legacy Software which does not let you go into the InstantGo modus.
  • VPN Clients – Some older VPN Clients can also cause issues with InstantGo
  • Network Activity – The WLAN device might have a challenging radio environment and the Windows system might not be able to establish a reliable Internet connection. We see how these events affect the WLAN device, which, in turn, impacts the battery.
  • Hyper-V – If you run Hyper-V in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 you can not run InstantGo, this is solved in Windows 10.

Troubleshooting InstantGo / Troubleshooting Connected Standby

To get some more information about your device and InstantGo or Connected Standby you can use the following tools and reports.

powercfg /SleepStudy

Powercfg SleepStudy

The maybe best way to Troubleshoot Connected Standby or InstantGo issues, is to use the powercfg /SleepStudy command. This will generate a Sleep Study report which allows you to analyze different things about Conncted Standby:

Connected Standby / InstantGo Overview

SleepStudy Report

Connected Standby Transitions

SleepStudy Report Connected Standby Transitions

Connected Standby Sessions

Here you can analyze which application or driver did use battery resources during the Connected Standby session.

SleepStudy Report InstantGo

powercfg /batteryreport

powercfg batteryreport

With powercfg /batteryreport you can generate a report about how your battery is used.

Battery Report

And you can also see what kind of state drained your battery, if this was an active session or a Connected Standby session.

Battery Report Battery Usage

powercfg /energy

PowerCFG Engery

With powercfg /engery you can see not only InstantGo or Connected Standby issues, you can see what other applications, drivers and more does could drain your battery.

Energy Report

I hope this helps you to troubleshoot Connected Standby issues.

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InovatiX

Back from inovatiX Amsterdam 2014

A little over 24 hours the itnetx team arrived at the Zurich airport. At the end of last week some of you may have seen a lot of tweets around Microsoft System Center with the hashtag #inovatiX. Well the name inovatiX comes from the company names of inovativ and itnetx. Both companies do focus on Microsoft Cloud solutions based on System Center, Windows Server, Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure. So what is behind that inovatiX event. InovatiX was the first run of the know-how sharing event between inovativ.nl, inovativ.be and itnetx.ch. In different focus groups around topics like Windows Azure Pack, Hyper-V, Config Manager, Windows InTune, Operations Manager, VMM or Microsoft Azure,  the cloud experts of those companies shared knowledge and experience with real world deployments.

InovatiX

For me personally I had some great talks about Windows Azure Pack, Hyper-V, VMM, Storage Spaces, Scale-Out File Servers, Network Virtualization and a lot more. And it was fun to finally meet the guys from inovativ in person.

InovatiX

This event was a perfect example how different companies can collaborate with each other to evolve and to make the quality even better, and help employees to Thanks here to the management of Inovativ and itnetx for organizing this.



Windows 8 Client Hyper-V

Windows 8 Client Hyper-V

Last year Microsoft announced that Hyper-V is included in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise. Hyper-V on Windows 8 is great if you want to run your demo environment on your client or you have special application which do not run on Windows 8.

It’s a great solution for me. Sure there were other solutions like Virtual PC, Virtual Box and VMware Workstation before, but using the built-in Hyper-V has some advantages which make my life a little easier.

  • PowerShell support – it lets me start up a whole lab environment within seconds. I can quick import Virtual Machines and start them up.
  • Performance – it offers great performance. (Same as Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Windows 8 Hyper-V allows you to create VMs with 64 virtual CPUs and much more)
  • VHD and VHDX – it’s great to work with one virtual disk format and not have to convert virtual disks and if you need you can native boot from VHD or VHDX
  • Dynamic Memory
  • Remote Management for Hyper-V Servers (like the RSAT)
  • Live Storage Migration – Move a running Virtual Machine from local disk to another local disk, USB or network share and back

To enable Hyper-V on your Windows 8 system you have some requirements.

  • Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise
  • CPU Virtualization Feature (Intel VT or AMD-V)
  • Hardware based Data Execution Prevention or DEP (AMD NX and Intel XD)
  • 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

To check the hardware requirements of your system you can use the command line utility systeminfo:

systeminfo Hyper-V

To install Hyper-V on your Windows 8 you have two different ways to enable. First you could enable over the GUI.

Windows 8 Hyper-V Feature

or you could use my favorite way, Windows PowerShell:

 
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature –FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All

Windows 8 Hyper-V Feature PowerShell

For more information about Hyper-V on Windows 8 checkout the Windows Client Hyper-V TechNet page.



MetroTwit – an awesome Windows Twitter Client

MetroTwit

This is just a quick note about one of the coolest Windows Twitter clients. Since some months I started using MetroTwit and I loved it.

You can get MetroTwit here.

MetroTwit