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Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade with SSD

I recently upgraded my Windows 7 desktop to Windows 10 and was VERY frustrated with how slow programs opened and would fail to respond once they were opened… turns out somewhere in the upgrade, SuperFetch and Prefetch got re-enabled on my SSD.

SuperFetch and Prefetch are Windows Storage Management technologies that provide fast access to data on traditional hard drives by trying to predict and preload applications… On Solid State Drives they really are not needed and just end up in excessive writes to the drive…

SuperFetch is easily disabled using the Service Manager (services.msc). Simply scroll down to the SuperFetch service and change the start up to Disabled and click on Apply.

To disable Prefetch, run the Registery Editor (regedit) and Navigate to: HKLM \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Session Manager \ Memory Management \ PrefetchParameters

Double-click on EnablePrefetcher in the right side to open its DWORD value box.

The possible values for EnablePrefetcher are:

  • 0 – Disable Prefetcher
  • 1 – Application launch Prefetching enabled
  • 2 – Boot Prefetching enabled
  • 3 – Application launch and Boot Prefetching enabled

The default value is 3. To disable Prefetch, set it to 0. Click OK and Exit.

Things seem much more efficient now…

Mysteriously disappearing Airplay


Today for no apparently reason my Airplay button disappeared from iTunes. At first I thought it might be the router.. however after restarting the router and my computer the issue remained and oddly the airplay on my iPad and iPhone was working just fine.
A search on the web brought up a mentioning of IPv6 protocol on the network connection – sure enough, going into the Local Area Connection Properties (Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center) and unchecking the Internet Protocol Version 6, and then restarting iTunes caused Airplay to reappear… even stranger, going back in and re-enabling the IPv6 didn’t affect Airplay. So basically, it was just the toggling of the setting and restarting iTunes which fixed the issue…

Update 4/9: The airplay option disappeared again today and toggling the IPv6 brought it back…


Since getting my iPad a couple years ago I’ve found I’ve used my laptop less and less even though the iPad was never bought or intended for work use it was what I tend to take with me to clients’ and then if I needed something I’d remote in to my desktop at home…
The past few months I’ve been wanting to limit my work us of the iPad and actually get something meant more for work and so after much deliberation, I ordered a Surface Pro 2 on Monday from Microsoft and it arrived yesterday afternoon… I was quite shocked it came the day after I ordered it as I had the free 3-7 day shipping.

I have managed to load it with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and InDesign from Creative Cloud but really haven’t had time to work with it much.

First impressions… I don’t like the kick stand. I find it annoying and I miss the folder smart cover my iPad has… the pen is interesting… sort of like one of the earlier Wacom essentials versions… definitely not the weight/feel of a Wacom. I did read that Wacom has a Feel IT driver that makes the surface pen more Wacom like… haven’t tried it out yet but will and post results…

My biggest complaint at the moment is why can google and apple sync bookmarks/favorites across devices but Microsoft can’t unless all devices are Windows 8 using windows live login??? Seems bizarre… Loading iCloud to the surface pro so Apple can do Microsoft’s job for them and sync my favorites…


Spammers Taking Advantage of a Facebook ‘Misconfiguration’

For several weeks I’ve received several emails from Facebook friends which claim they are sent from said friend however the from email address is obviously not them. The Subject line is “For Connie” and the content is simply a link or something about check out this link…

My brother-in-law brought it up to me today as he received one sent to him claiming to be from me but obviously not from one of my many email address and so I again did some searching to check into it and this time I found some intereting information.

The best info is on Forbes at:


I became aware of the threat after receiving two spear-phishing messages in the last week at a personal email addres registered with my Facebook account. In both cases, the sender appeared to be someone I interact with on Facebook, and the subject line was personalized (“for David”). But when I checked the email’s header fields, I saw that while my friend’s name was in the “From:” field, the originating address wasn’t their usual account; instead, it was a bogus-looking Yahoo! Philippines email. I quickly unearthed several other reports of similar emails, all received within the last few weeks.

Also take a look at http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=13981&rss