FREE Software To Quickly Retrieve The Serial Presence Detect (SPD) From Your RAM Modules

TCAT Shelbyville IT Department:

Excellent as usual Rick!

Originally posted on What's On My PC:

I recently came across PassMark RAMMon (FREE for personal use) to help me positively identify the RAM Modules in a PC and thought I would pass this onto my readers.

Passmark RAMMon

PassMark RAMMon generates an extensive snapshot of the manufacturer, the clockspeed and other data of their DDR2, DDR3, XMP and EPP memory devices and even some older memory types. It uses SysInfo DLL SDK to gather the SPD attributes from RAM devices. 

What is SPD?

Serial Presence Detect (SPD) is the standard set forth by JEDEC for a host system to retrieve attributes of memory modules. The SPD standard is intended for use on any memory module, independent of memory technology or module form factor.

RAMMon displays the values stored on RAM module such as the memory capacity, the manufactuer, serial number, model part number, the CAS latencies supported and the module voltage.

Also, depending on your RAM type, other…

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Windows 10 Tech Preview

I’ve been working on computers for a long long time.  It does seem that Microsoft gets it right, wrong and then right when they release operating systems.

When Windows 8 came out, we did find it was a good operating system but hard to navigate.   Users eventually became use to it and they eventually found hidden items..   Consumers of traditional Windows XP and Windows 7 will have no problem navigating Windows 10 if Microsoft keeps this release.  

The download for the preview  of Windows 10 can be found here.  It’s around 4 Gb and goes on smooth.  We’ll find out over the upcoming weeks if users begin having problems and what problems are being reported.  Now before you download it, be sure to read the rules about what to install it on and Microsoft’s recommendations.  It truly is for people who know the following – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-faq#faq=tab0

If you are going to participate in the Technical Preview, go over and look in the forum.  Hopefully Microsoft will assign a committee to stay in the forum, listen and communicate to engineers.  The forum is located here:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_tp?auth=1

I do want to note that I am already seeing people loading their computers with this OS.  You have to remember it will be polished up, improved and tweaked over the upcoming months.  Because there are thousands of programs and applications on ever type, model and make of computer with every type of hardware imaginable, there will be tons of updates coming.   There will be errors.   Consumers and technicians will report back and Microsoft will require this feedback.

Can you imagine writing an operating system for almost every piece of hardware on the market with every type of configuration?   With thousands and thousands of applications?

Loading Windows 10 Technical Preview

I of course loaded it in a  virtual computer and later on an older computer.  Both installations went smooth and was fast.  The setup is almost like Windows 8, 8.1 or 8.1 Update.   It really did appear to be smooth and was truly error free.

The setup on VMWare Player was like any other iso installation. (www.vmware.com)

Note:  Don’t download this to a production or home computer just yet, it is being reviewed.  

Upon signing in, the menu was back and enhanced with the Microsoft Store Apps.   The menu is now how it should have been.  Navigation was the same through windows, menus were the same in explorer and there was no more worrying about corners or apps that were running or the mysterious Charms Bar.  

While we will find hidden options and features later, one of the best features is multiple desktops for productive people who like multi-tasking.   I have to note that Linux has had this feature for many years and Microsoft has put this feature in.

Note: There will be those who pick it apart along with those who will find security holes in this operating system.    Of course today with viruses and vulnerabilities found in everything, we have entered a time that the business that patches their system quickly and thoroughly will win over the IT personnel in the world.   Also companies that make the easiest to use interface that works for home users that is affordable and has tons of freeware will also win out the consumer. 

Initial setup of VMware Player with 2GB of RAM, 2 Processors and only 30 GB of HDD space.

1 VMWare 1aVMWare

The initial boot up showed a familiar setup screen along with a minimum number of screens requiring any input.2loading 3main 4 agreement 5 disk space 6 installing 7 restart 8 Settings 9 internet

I did click setup a new account and on the next screen I elected to login locally.  10 account 11 apps

The ever familiar desktop found in Windows 8 loaded after signing in.  What I noticed first was the logo in the lower left corner produced a menu that should have always been there and no charms bar if I moved my mouse to the right side of the screen.12 Desktop 13 Finally a menu

Working with networks and group policies in the enterprise, I tested the network for speed and accuracy and dove into the group policy editor.   The network was very quick and responsive and it appears very little has changed in group policies.

14 Faster Than before  17 Computer info 17 Control Panel 16 Work Folder18 File manager

Searches for files or computers using a UNC path were exceptionally fast.19 unc path

Clicking the task view on the taskbar produced an Add a desktop option for anyone wanting to multitask.20 Task View Add a desktop

Clicking the Task View icon again (below) showed the active desktops.21 Extra Desktop

Opeing Apps on the menu gave an option to close them or minimize them using standard controls (below).  The right side of the App listed more options to control the app.22 App Controls

While I have had this installed for only an hour or so, I’m sure I’ll find some hidden features that will benefit users.  Now if Microsoft will keep the code trim, secure and keep controls where users can easily find them, they’ll have a hit.   There will also be a question if Microsoft will give the OS free to end users who own Windows 8 or 8.1 and if they will listen to end users from this point forward.

PCWorld’s GlassWire review

Although this product is in beta, it’s first appearance appears to be very promising.  Read PCWorld’s review of Glasswire, an application that can keep an eye on your computer network to see what traffic your devices are receiving and sending.  Read more at PCWorld.

Screenshots from a local VM network

Glass Five GlassWire Four GlassWire Three GlassWire Two

Proxy server error after removing malware

If you have used traditional means to remove malware and suddenly you can’t change the proxy server under Internet Options (Control Panel), you can use RogueKiller to remove the proxy.

Symptoms include any browser failing to navigate the internet, proxy errors and proxies such as 127.0.0.1 port 8800.

After trying the control panel and seeing that the proxy under internet options, connections, lan settings and proxy was ‘locked’ by the Administrator (the end user was the administrator), I used netsh winhttp reset proxy, and tried removing the proxy from the registry.

RogueKiller was the only program that recognized the malicious software and removed the proxy.

After an initial scan, you will have to Agree to Terms and then scan your computer.  Before removing the items, always review each tab and only hit delete on items that are malicious.

Note: Always backup your computer 

RogueKiller

Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

If you have several computers on your network and would like to see the computers on your network, Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP to speed this process up.  NetBIOS allows computers to be seen by name on your network.  Enabling NetBIOS allows your computer to find other computers in your network (Network or Network Places).

To enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, and then click Network. (click Start, type ncpa.cpl into the search box for Windows 7 or Vista, hit ENTER).
  2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center
  3. Click Manage Network Connections.
  4. Right click on the Local Area Connection select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  6. Click the Advanced button under the General tab.
  7. Click the WINS tab.
  8. Click Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP.
  9. Click OK and Exit the settings.

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Setting up WINS

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