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  1. The page file is used when the OS runs out of RAM and starts writing to the hard drive for memory instead. By default, the page file is set to 1.5x the amount of RAM you have installed (might be wrong, I've been on Linux/Mac the last few years predominantly). So if you have 2Gb installed you get a 3Gb page file. However, you can easily change your preferences such that the page file size is dynamic- you set the upper and lower bounds and then Windows will grow it as it is needed (does anyone know if this is default now in Win 8?). This sounds like what you have happening. If it's 524Mb, you're still using the page file substantially, which isn't a problem (it's the design), it does not favor perormance. I would recommend upgrading your RAM if you have anything less than 4Gb, and even then, 16Gb isn't such an extreme goal these days /endlecture To answer your actual question, explorer.exe doesn't directly relate to the page file. But like any other running process, it executes within RAM and therefore needs memory allocated for it. If your Explorer is running Metro, aero glass, etc etc it will use more RAM than if it were running the classic interface (although a lot of windows management is handled by the DWM service). Enough to flood all of your RAM and force the OS to run half a gig of pagefile? Probably not, unless you have a seriously buggy extension on there or something. Hope this was helpful! EDIT: Thanks to OP for the effort- when this becomes more developed it may the only reason I move past Windows 7 I'm one of the Metro haters...
  2. What's different about the way Win8 handles USB keys? --JorgeA Opens right away and doesn't keep prompting me to scan them. I use these USB keys multiple times a day and all that time wasted waiting for the dirs to open adds up. I think it's an option in explorer if I'm not mistaken. AutoRun is annoying and a security risk.
  3. That actually brings up a relevant point- raw speed is pointless if the user takes longer to operate the machine. A fast and efficient UI is just as important as a speedy platform.
  4. I completely agree, I was hoping to get some data primarily from benchmarking utilities. Reallistically, your average user will rate a computer's "speed" based on superficial qualities such as snappiness and bootup time. So in a way, Windows 8 "feels" faster, but only because it hasn't necessarily been thrashed and modified the same way the Windows 7 partition has been.
  5. lsass.exe is the Local Security Authentication Server process, which handles user logons and whatnot. I'm suspicious that your failed attempts at connecting computers over the LAN might be affecting this (you mentioned that logins were failing). Perhaps LSASS is trying to connect over the LAN repeatedly, or is simply tripping over itself due to your specific configuration? Just my brainstorming.
  6. A lot of us probably are curious how Windows 8 will stacks up to Windows 7 performance-wise. If you're dual-booting both systems and you have access to a benchmarking program like Geekbench, could you perhaps post some results? If you don't, maybe share a bit about Windows 8 was faster (or slower) for a certain task (i.e. booting up, shutting down, etc). Of course, make sure that your conclusions are completely dependent on the OS difference (don't say that Windows 7 took longer to defrag for example, because that's 99% affected by your personal usage). I probably don't need to say it, but obviously we won't be able to compare Windows 7 to the final product for a while- so this is just a rough analysis. If Win8 is faster now, there's a pretty good chance the final build will also be. EDIT: I'll add in that I've been using the Public Preview very lightly, and so far have not been blown away by the performance. I'll benchmark when I get access to my old laptop where I have it installed later this week.
  7. I still have the files from the 7Slimmer project if you really want them (will upload later, on my home computer). However, I would seriously recommend the 7Lite RT program. It is very useful and is far more user-friendly than 7Slimmer (and much more versatile). Looking at the problems you mentioned, I'm guessing that a few key services/packages have been removed that have broken Windows Update. I remember not being able to upgrade to IE9 on a slimmed image I made last year- you'll have to more judicious about what you strip off. Best of luck, I'll be more helpful when I'm not at work haha.
  8. The situation is that I have a laptop that belongs to a younger member of the family, and it has internet access. The router we have has OpenDNS, which filters what she can access (i.e. she cannot access Facebook after 10PM, etc). The problem is that we have several unsecured networks in the area, and she can bypass all the filters by simply joining a different hotspot. So is there any way to limit which networks can be joined? I have no problem paying for software, but I would prefer a simple registry tweak or something that a normal user wouldn't know how to circumvent. Thanks in advance!
  9. I did the exact same thing the other day successfully! My 4th-gen iPod touch wasn't getting our wifi, but I had an old WinXP box that was. I installed the 2nd card (Netgear WG311 v3) and its driver. Then, I went to Network settings (or whatever the interface is called in XP, where you can see all the connections) and right-clicked my first wireless card. I went to the last tab and checked the box to 'Share this connection' and after I applied, there was a little hand under the connection icon. So now any ad-hoc connections will be connected indirectly to the main wireless network. The next part involves creating the new network. You can follow this link here, but if you know what you're doing, it's pretty simple. Just choose to create a network, and then configure it how you wish. Then go to the 2nd wireless card and choose to view available networks, and select the new ad-hoc network. On your iPad, find the network and join it. That's it! Hint: While you're in the network settings, I recommend you rename your wireless cards. I named my original card something like 'Main Card' and the second one 'Champagne Supernova' because that's what my SSID is
  10. Try rebooting in between steps. If you still get the WIM error, manually run the tweak. As for applying the changes, run GImagex, and when you unmount, make sure it doesn't discard changes (commit).
  11. Actually, it's kind of neither cryptography (in the sense of encryption) nor stenography (again, subtle differences in meaning which are arguable). This merely hides a file (you could call that cryptography) by appending a file at the end of a jpeg file and nothing more. It's a pretty darn old and well known trick, very much like using NTFS' alternate data streams (which doesn't actually make the files seem WAY larger unlike this). Stenography rather hides the files in the pixels by slightly altering their color (you extract the infos by comparing to a reference picture). Personally I just use truecrypt. Yeah it doesn't alter the data in any way, so I really can't call it cryptography. I'm trying to think of a good algorithm for even better masking, like multi-merge. Any suggestions? Like recursively hiding a copy of the JPEG inside itself?
  12. Hello MSFN...it's been a while since I've posted. I'm in a different area altogether now, with a program I call RARinJPEG. What RiJ does is grab a RAR file and embed it inside a JPEG of your choice. Cool, but how is that useful? Imagine you need a hide some files (it's a network drive, your boss, parents, etc) and you know that making it a hidden file won't be enough. Adding to a password protected archive is desirable, but once you create it, everyone can see it and they can question about it. For true cryptography, a file must be undetectable. That's where RiJ helps. Simply add your files to a password-protected RAR archive (it can be unprotected) and choose a JPEG image. RiJ combines them, and the finished project acts just like a normal JPEG, except that the size includes the RAR that's inside it (so if you're hiding porn, look elsewhere). When you run it, it makes a folder called MERGE. Put the RAR and the JPEG in here. When it finishes, you will have the new JPEG in that folder (it's easy to use, figure it out). You can open the hidden files by opening the JPEG with WinRAR or 7Zip. I am attaching a BETA version of this program. PLEASE leave feedback. Thanks! RARinJPEG Merger.exe
  13. Download the Source zip file, and head to the rem64 file. You can find that line and delete it. To execute, run init.bat and it should work properly. B)
  14. everytime i try to go download it, it goes to mediafire, then mediafire pops up and says "NOTICE: No servers are currently available with the requested data on them. Please retry your request in a moment. Click to dismiss this message. 7Slimmer_MMX_R2.exe (209 KB)" Just go to post #1 (OP) on this thread and get it there. It works fine for me (?)
  15. First, make sure you do not remove anything with vLite that you aren't sure is safe to remove (look around on a few threads here). Also, delete EVERY file out of /sources EXCEPT for install.wim, boot.wim and setup.exe

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