Jan 252017
 

Introduction To continue my fine tradition of optimizing MS’s latest OS, I have here my findings to date: Black Viper’s Windows 10 Service Configurations. This information is based upon the Windows 10 desktop versions “Anniversary Update” released August 2, 2016 as well as all patches and security updates as of January 2017. Update Disclaimer Even though the Windows 10 Service Configurations are valid up to this point (January 2017), I am going to refrain from updating individual service links as it will take about three months for all the services to reflect the live [Continue Reading]

Aug 112015
 

Introduction I updated the Windows 10 Service Configurations to include Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro as well as added another recommendation column named “Tweaked”. Here is some helpful information to get you started: The columns can be sorted and individually hidden. Select the column header to sort by that field and/or use the column hiding GUI directly above the table search box. I highly recommend using the column hiding feature to reduce confusion associated with “too much information”. Notes for Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro users: The Safe and Tweaked configurations assume a [Continue Reading]

Aug 032015
 

Since Windows 10 has arrived, I thought I would share my findings to date. The Windows 10 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro as well as Windows 10 Education and Enterprise with Default and Safe configurations online. Windows 10 Technical Preview has been replaced with this update. All Windows 10 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest information in due time (and a lot of it). Enjoy!

Oct 012014
 

Since Windows 10 Technical Preview has been released, I wanted to kick out this update. The Windows 10 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 10 Technical Preview with Default and Safe configurations online. All Windows 10 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest information in due time (and a lot of it). Enjoy!

Aug 272014
 

With the release of Diablo 3 Patch 2.1.0 on August 26, 2014, a bug was introduced with people logging in and having no Achievements displayed. Blizzard employees acknowledged this bug, but their “easy fix” did not work for either my wife or I. Well, I have a fix: Diablo 3 Patch 2.1.0 Achievement fix: In the battle.net launcher, change region to Europe (this is assuming you are playing on Americas. If not, change to an alternate region). Create character there and log into it. After fully logging in, exit game [Continue Reading]

Sep 262013
 

Since Windows 8.1 is just around the corner, I wanted to kick out this update before it happens. The Windows 8.1 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro as well as Windows 8.1 Enterprise with Default and Safe configurations online. Windows 8.1 Preview has been replaced with this update. All Windows 8.1 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest information in due time (and a lot of it). Enjoy!

Nov 052012
 

TLDNR Give Me The Fix Now: Having poor frame rate with diablo 3 patch 1.0.5 during Maghda Encounter? I have a quick fix! Simply make… c:\Program Files (x86)\Diablo III\D3Debug.txt Read-only by right clicking the file, selecting properties, then check “Read-only” under Attributes. Introduction Two days ago, during the Maghda Encounter with Diablo 3 on my Hardcore Character, I had extremely poor frame rates which ultimately killed my character due to less than 5 FPS with periods of no updates for many seconds. I was pissed. I blamed it on my computer [Continue Reading]

Aug 192012
 

The Windows 8 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro as well as Windows 8 Enterprise with Default and Safe configurations online. All Windows 8 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest dependency information in due time. All Services pages have been cleaned up a bit to clear out unneeded HTML as well as add in a tabbed feature. Stay Tuned.      

Jul 062012
 

Windows 8 Release Preview Service Configurations are now updated. This included the “Default” as well as “Safe” settings. Information in the table is likely to be adjusted with additional findings over the next several months. It will also be ran through after Windows 8 has been released. “Tweaked” and “Bare-bones” configurations are in the works, but it takes a bit more time to figure those settings out, so I will refrain from adding/updating those columns until after Windows 8 has been released. Information with “???” is being worked through and [Continue Reading]

Apr 032012
 

Introduction This is an opinion piece to express my discontent for the feeling that “interfaces” should be consolidated and have one “look” and feel. This is utter rubbish and I will try to convey this distaste with a few examples. One should feel warned that if you do not enjoy reading opinion based content, you should stop now. This rant spawned from Microsoft’s push to force upon us a failure waiting to happen. So I will start with the tunnel vision of Microsoft, the success of Android and the failure [Continue Reading]