Monthly Archives: July 2014

How to Solve the Svchost.Exe 100% CPU Utilization Problem


How to Solve the Svchost.Exe 100% CPU Utilization Problem

Does the 100% svchost.exe CPU bug have your computer dragging? This reoccurring bug is caused by problems updating Internet Explorer, and can quickly grind your computer to a halt. Luckily, you can quickly fix this problem by manually updating Internet Explorer.

How to Turn off Microsoft Updates

Edited by Benjamin C., Whoze, Kanhu, Teresa and 3 others

Piracy, privacy, and protection are all good reasons to disable automatic updates to Windows XP. It doesn’t matter if you want to protect Microsoft from receiving any information or keep your pirated copy of Windows XP running. This article will walk you through the steps to disable updates for Windows XP.


  1. Log in as an administrator. At the “Welcome screen” press Control+Alt+Delete (press the ctrl button, alt button, and del button at the same time then lift off the keyboard) twice and you will see another log in screen where you can type the Administrator username and password.
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    Open the “Control Panel”. You can do this by clicking on Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. If you have the standard view, click on Start -> Control Panel. If all else fails you can go to Start -> Run -> type “control panel” and press “OK”.

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    Open “System”. If you don’t see the System icon you may have to press “Switch to Classic View” on the left panel. If all else fails here you can go to Start -> Run -> type “sysdm.cpl”.

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    Click on the tab called “Automatic Updates”. This tab is on the top row and second from the left.

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    Select “Turn off Automatic Updates”. You must press the white circle on the left of the text to select it.

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    Press “OK”.

    Properly Disable Windows Automatic Update on Windows 7



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    Turning windows update offMany users face problem while disabling the Windows Automatic Update on Windows 7. Even last time my bro called me and asked me how to do this. Now you may wonder what’s the big deal in just disabling it from the Windows Update Center from Control Panel. Basically, the thing is that when we disable it from the Windows Update Center, only a part of it gets disabled. But Windows Update still starts automatically and eats up some of your precious bandwidth…

    So we are going to discuss how to permanently disable Windows Update from Windows 7. After this tweak Windows 7 update service will not start at all… So you don’t have to worry about any excess bandwidth usage… [Recommended Reading5 tips to lower your broadband usage over internet]

    #1: Disabling from Windows Update Center:

    This is a easier step and you might be aware of it. Anyways for those who don’t know, here are the steps…

    • Go to Start Menu > Control Panel and switch to large icon viewswitching to category view
    • Now at the end of the list click on “Windows Update
    • Windows Update panel will pop on let me choose my settingsNow select the “Let me choose my settings” option
    • Now under “Important Updates” section click on the dropdown menu and select the “Never Check for Updates” never check for updates
    • Apply all changes [Just press OK] and you are done

    #2: Disabling from the Administrative Tools:

    In this step we will disable the Automatic Update service from the administrative tools. This will permanently stop it and will prevent it from being started on each start up. So after this tweak, you don’t have to worry about Automatic Updates anymore…




    Caution: Doing so will make any program depending on Windows Update API [WUA] stop working. So it is not recommended if you use such program. [But I will recommend you to do this if you want to save your bandwidth!]

    So here is how to do it:

    • Go to Control Panel before and switch to Icon View as before.Click on Administrative ToolsNow click on the “Administrative Tools” icon.
    • From the Administrative Tools double click on “Services”.Service WindowThis will open up the Service panel.
    • Now scroll down to the list and find and select “Windows Update”.Find Windows UpdateWhile selecting it take a look on the left sidebar panel. If there is something like “Stop the Service” simply click on it.Stop the serviceElse just ignore this step.
    • Now right click on Windows Updatego to winupdate propertiesand go to Properties.
    • Now under the Startup Type from the Properties Window select the Disabled option from the dropdown menu.disable windows update
    • Hit OK and save everything



How to Copy VMs Directly Between ESXi Hosts Without Shared Storage


How to Copy VMs Directly Between ESXi Hosts Without Shared Storage

There were some discussions earlier this week about copying Virtual Machines from one ESXi host to another ESXi host that reminded me of a very cool feature in the ovftool that could help with this task(which I thought I had written about already). As you probably have guessed by now, I am a big fan of the ovftool and have written several articles herehere and here. It still surprises me with the amount of features this little utility contains and this particular one is definitely a cool one!

If you have ever needed to copy a Virtual Machine from one host to another, it can be a challenge sometimes, especially if you do not have shared storage. You can of course leverage tools like VMware Converter or exporting the VM to a “middle man” system and then re-importing that VM into the destination host but it could take awhile or you have to run a Windows system. Well, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to copy a VM from one host to another, try using the ovftool.

In this example, I have two ESXi hosts called vESXi-03 and vESXi-04 and they both contain a single local datastore (no shared storage). I have a VM called vMA5 that is located on vESXi-03 and I would like to copy that directly to vESXi-04 without needing any additional storage.

Here is an example of using ovftool to probe the ESXi host to see the list of available VMs:

Note: A VM must be powered off for ovftool to transfered or exported.

Now that we have identified our VM, we just need to specify the source ESXi host and the destination ESXi host as well as the datastore using the -ds option. Here is an example of using ovftool to export the VM from one ESXi host to another ESXi host:

There are also other options that you can specify such as the network configuration and power options, please refer to the ovftool documentation for more details.

If you open up a vSphere Client connection to each of your ESXi hosts, you will see that the source host will have an export task and the destination host will have an import task as shown in the screenshot below:

If anyone is interested in how this works, the export/import process of a VM to an ESXi host is using the NFC (Network File Copy) protocol and as long as two hosts can communicate with each other, then you can leverage ovftool to copy your VMs.

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How to Combine Multiple Outlook PST Files into a Single File?


How to Combine Multiple Outlook PST Files into a Single File?

pst-mergePST file management is always a matter of deep concern for Microsoft Outlook users. Outlook users may experience some common problems while working on their Outlook application. To manage Outlook PST files is the most challenging issue for Outlook users.

  1. The Outlook PST files are not immune to corruption. The main cause behind PST corruption is its oversize. Outlook PST file has a definite size limit. An ANSI PST file has a size limit of 2 GB and a Unicode PST file has a size limit of up to 20 GB. ANSI is the default file format of those PST files which are created in MS Outlook 2002 and its earlier versions. While Unicode is the default file format of those PST files which are created in MS Outlook 2003 and its later versions. You can store up to 2 GB of data in an ANSI PST file. Beyond this size limit, if an ANSI PST file stores more data, then chances for its corruption become high. The same problem can be experienced with a Unicode PST file. A Unicode PST file can store up to 20 GB of data and in Outlook 2010 it can store up to 50 GB of data. Though the size limit is more than enough to store data; however, it may be exceeded sometimes or become corrupted. To prevent corruption in Outlook PST file due to its oversize, you can break your PST file into multiple smaller parts.
  2. An oversized PST file can also be compressed by reducing its large file size. By reducing its file size, the PST file becomes smaller and easily manageable.

If PST files are oversized, then you may face problem while opening them. An oversized PST file takes a lot of time to be opened in MS Outlook or sometimes it may not open. Your Outlook application may hang or work poorly if you have some oversized PST files.

If you have multiple Outlook PST files, then you must face problem while managing them. A large number of files are always very difficult to handle and manage. Sometimes these files may get misplaced somewhere or deleted (accidentally). To view these files, you need to open them one by one, which will take surely enough time. Or sometimes you need to share them over the network or Exchange Server. By uploading the files one by one takes a lot of time. For all these situations you have a better option. You can combine all multiple PST files into a single file, which would be easy to manage, easy to share and easy to open in Outlook.

How to combine multiple PST files of MS Outlook 2010 (my current Outlook version)

1. Open your MS Outlook program.

2. Now locate all those PST files which you want to merge in the navigation pane.


3. Create a new PST file. Click on New Items, point to More Items and click on Outlook Data File.


4. “Create or Open Outlook Data File” window will appear. Give a name to this new Outlook data file and click on OK.

5. The new Outlook data file or PST will be highlighted in the navigation pane.

6. Now click on File tab > Open > Import“Import and Export Wizard” will appear.


7. Select “Import from another program or file” from the list and click on Next.


8. Now select file type to import from. Click on Outlook Data File (.pst) and click on Next.


9. Click on Browse and select the file to import. Check the box “Do not import duplicates” and then click on Next.


10. Select the folder to import from. Check the box “Include subfolders” and “Import items into the same folder in”. Then click on Finish.


By using this above method you can easily combine your multiple Outlook PST files into a single file. This may take enough time in combining PST files as you have to perform each and everything manually. Other than this there is one more option for combining multiple PST files, which is much better and effective than the above manual solution.

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