Reset tiles in the “Start menu” screen on Windows 8

If you ever want to wipe the slate clean of tiles, so to speak, try this:

  1. Start key
  2. Gesture from right to activate the charms menu. For non-touch devices (PCs), do an Alt+C and click Settings:image
  3. Tilesimage
  4. Under “Clear info from personal tiles” click the Clear buttonimage



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Network analysis feature in Process Monitor

Process Monitor from Windows Sysinternals, part of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division, combines the best of familiar but now extinct tools. By extinct I mean deprecated or no longer supported. The warranty* expired.

Windows 8 PC running Process Monitor
Events with a highlight filter applied
Time of Day and Process Name columns
Right-click menu

The context-sensitive [right-click] menu allows you to highlight a specific number of rows (events displayed horizontally) with only a particular column match highlighted. The example above is right-clicking on the Operation column of a particular row.

PID, Operation, and Result are columns in photo

But how Process Monitor combines all is just the start. They also allow you to filter. My favorite part of the toolbar in Process Monitor is the


All five turned on except “profiling”, the default settings
To filter out just the network traffic, click on each highlighted box to deselect except this highlighted icon in the photo below:image
Show Network Activity icon

Then turn on the Autoscroll feature, off by default:

Autoscroll (Ctrl+A)

Allowing you to get a real-time,scrolling, network [event] trace like this:


Just remember to turn on the other three show buttons (file, registry, process). Don’t turn Profiling on, unless you want more data. Refer to the onboard [F1] Process Monitor help.

For more information on support lifecycle, and how to download Process Monitor, refer to the references section below:


*Microsoft Support lifecycle website
Windows Sysinternals

The best slides from the closing arguments in the Apple ebooks case


Apple(s aapl) and the Justice Department made closing arguments in the ebook pricing case Thursday. Apple argued that a ruling against it would lead to a “chilling” effect on commerce and content markets in the U.S., while the DOJ said this is a straightforward antitrust suit and compared Apple and publishers to Saudi Arabian oil cartels.

While we wait for Judge Denise Cote’s verdict — which could take weeks or months — here’s a peek at some of the funniest and/or most interesting slides from the closing arguments.

Apple wins on graphics and iOS imagery

Apple made a calendar to show the dates and times of its calls with publishers. Apple argues that the breaks between the calls show that it wasn’t acting as a behind-the-scenes “ringmaster.”

calendar dates

Apple took apart some of the slides from the DOJ’s opening argument, in which the DOJ mentioned a “spiderweb” of calls between Apple…

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IE crashing on site

Tried to hit this site just now:



Internet Explorer crashed. That’s the technical explanation. But In laymen’s terms Internet Explorer hit a piece of code it didn’t like and threw an exception of some kind and Internet Explorer caught it and the Windows 8 error reporting or WER (Windows Error Reporting) took over and threw up the message:

Error message:

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has stopped working.

A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

Debug and Close program buttons appear at the bottom of the message box.

Thankfully when I clicked on Close program it refreshed the page and all is well.

Event Viewer

Checked the MMC snap-in Event Viewer that I’ve pinned to my taskbar.

Application Log
Windows Error Reporting information event ID 1001


The primary application, obviously is Internet Explorer. But I haven’t seen this nvwgf2um.dll file before.


Searched on this file using Bing and found these:

Not much. So I searched my hard drive by opening Windows Explorer (File Explorer), selected the Local Disk (C) drive, and in the box on the upper right typed pasted nvwgf2um.dll

Windows Explorer

Waited about a minute… Had to expand the file path column:


Finally finished:




File description: NVIDIA D3D10 Driver, Version 311.50