MySQL Connection Response Slow on Windows 2008 / 2012

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One of the reasons why a PHP / MySQL combo seems so “slow” with regards to response times when moving from Windows 2003 (IIS6) to Windows 7/2008 (IIS7) / 2012 (IIS8), is the way many scripts connect to MySQL and having IPv6 enabled by default. Many server installations leave WordPress or other PHP script installs to default to “localhost”… Read more »

Fixing an SSD Freezing on Windows 7

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I recently installed a new Intel 520 series SSD in my Thinkpad W520. I didn’t notice any issues for the first few weeks until I started running 2 virtual machines at once. There was a stuttering (or freezing) every 60-90 seconds for about 10 seconds. Taking a look at Perfmon, I found the Disk Queue… Read more »

Windows 7 Desktop Icons and Shortcuts Disappearing

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So your desktop shortcuts are missing? If they are all missing, chances are they might have been deleted or somehow, either you or a program, has disabled desktop icons. See Method 1 below. If some of your icons look funny, are missing thumbnails, or the desktop doesn’t “refresh” when you’ve placed new items on it,… Read more »

Reduce Windows 7 WinSxS Folder Size

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With Windows Vista, the WinSxS folder was able to be cleaned up via a third party tool (WinSxS Lite here – Vista only!). With the initial release of Windows 7, we lost that capability – but it has since returned with Service Pack 1. The WinSxS folder is used to store install and uninstall files,… Read more »