Category Archives: Windows

Stuff about Microsoft’s answer to elevator music

Making Windows keep the system clock in UTC

Some hypervisors for virtual machines do not properly support sending a fake system time to the guest operating system, thus making Windows guests display the wrong time if their timezone is set to anything except UTC. This happens because Windows, by default, keeps the system clock set to the local time. This is stupid. The […]

Finding the most expensive recent SQL queries on SQL Server

Mostly a note to self, original source here. SELECT TOP 10 SUBSTRING(qt.TEXT, (qs.statement_start_offset/2)+1, ((CASE qs.statement_end_offset WHEN -1 THEN DATALENGTH(qt.TEXT) ELSE qs.statement_end_offset END – qs.statement_start_offset)/2)+1), qs.execution_count, qs.total_logical_reads, qs.last_logical_reads, qs.total_logical_writes, qs.last_logical_writes, qs.total_worker_time, qs.last_worker_time, qs.total_elapsed_time/1000000 total_elapsed_time_in_S, qs.last_elapsed_time/1000000 last_elapsed_time_in_S, qs.last_execution_time, qp.query_plan FROM sys.dm_exec_query_stats qs CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(qs.sql_handle) qt CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_query_plan(qs.plan_handle) qp ORDER BY qs.total_logical_reads DESC — logical reads […]

Figuring out which session is blocking a query on Microsoft SQL Server (query suspended)

I was recently debugging a case where a customer’s installation was hanging due to a database lock. The issue turned out to be that the database was not set to a default transaction level of READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT, which the product expects. Regardless, while troubleshooting the issue, I stumbled upon a very useful SQL query […]

Cygwin for Windows XP – fast mirror

Cygwin stopped being compatible with Windows XP in 2016. Following this post on stackoverflow, you can find the setup files and a (very slow) mirror that’s compatible. I made my own, considerably faster, mirror of the last Windows XP compatible Cygwin release, at http://cygwinxp.cathedral-networks.org/ The mirror date is 2016-08-30, the 30th of August 2016 AD. […]

Installing Windows XP on the Dell Vostro 1700

This is basically the same procedure as installing Windows XP on the Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo u9200, in that it needs custom SATA drivers to find the harddisk during install, as well as a bunch of other ones. For this install, I decided to actually create a driver disk, and use a real floppy drive. I […]

Windows Volume License Keys (VLK)

I keep having to look these up, especially the “Upgrade Key” at the bottom. So I stored them here. Windows Server 2016 Operating system edition KMS Client Setup Key Windows Server 2016 Datacenter CB7KF-BWN84-R7R2Y-793K2-8XDDG Windows Server 2016 Standard WC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY Windows Server 2016 Essentials JCKRF-N37P4-C2D82-9YXRT-4M63B Windows 10 Operating system edition KMS Client Setup Key Windows 10 […]

Installing Windows XP on the Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo u9200 in 2017

I recently picked up a brand new vintage 2009 business targeted netbook, sealed in box – the Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo u9200 (fact sheet) (review => archive). At just short of 2KG (4.37 pounds) it’s rather bulky compared to today’s netbooks, but as a rather disposable piece of equipment for travel, which I’d be perfectly fine […]