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Reboot Windows 7 Using Remote Desktop

Earlier tonight while working on a Windows 7 Ultimate server I needed to reboot the computer to complete some changes made on the server but the Restart/Shutdown capabilities are removed from the start menu for security reasons. Luckily you can still easily reboot Windows 7 remotely when connected via Remote Desktop using the instructions below.

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Speed Up Indexing In Windows 7, Disable Windows 7 Search Indexer Throttling

A couple weeks ago I was testing some things on my Windows 7 laptop and needed to make sure that all of the data on my hard drive was included in Windows Search. After adding a large amount of data it seemed as though Windows Search was taking forever to index everything so I started investigating how to speed up the index process. There is a configurable option called “Disable Indexer Backoff” which can be disabled to allow Windows Search to index without any limitations though by default the Indexer Backoff is enabled and thus depending on the speed of your Windows 7 computer it can take quite awhile to index everything on the hard drive. Follow the directions below to speed up Windows Search indexing process by disabling Indexer Backoff.

Information Security

Install oclHashcat On Windows 7 With NVIDIA GPU, Update Nvidia Drivers

I have been using Hashcat and oclHashcat a lot in recent weeks but have been limited to primarily using it on Linux servers so I decided to give it a shot on a couple Windows machines. Below I describe how I got oclHashcat operational on Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit on a desktop computer with a NVIDIA 9600GT GPU as well as operational on a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit laptop with NVIDIA 9400G M GPU and a NVIDIA G210M GPU. Below is information on what needs to be done to get oclHashcat working on Windows 7.

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit: C: Drive Shows Dirty, Windows 7 CHKDSK Every Boot

I have been really satisfied with the Dell Studio XPS 13 running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit that I purchased at the beginning of the year however recently the C: drive displays dirty on boot thus triggering a chkdsk. The problem is that sometimes the boot screen would simply hang at 1 second left before the chkdsk would run. This would happen regardless of if I hit a key to skip the chkdsk or if I let the chkdsk run. Below I describe some of the things I have done to get around this problem.