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It looks like Mark Russinovich has started settling in to Microsoft as he has now started blogging at:
Mark Russinovich's technical blog covering topics such as Windows troubleshooting, technologies and security.
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I must confess that the level of detail sometimes leaves me floundering so I jump to the end to find out the answer, but what is really fantastic is that he does take the time to patiently explain how he managed to solve the issue, what tools he used and why - so this in effect leaves you with a very good understanding of how to approach similar issues.

Thanks Mark.

The Case of the Process Startup Delays

I’ve been extremely busy here at Microsoft and so haven’t had time to blog until now, but plan on getting back to posting regularly. Before I start with a look at a technical problem I ran into recently, I’m pleased to report that the Sysinternals integration is proceeding smoothly and that Bryce and I will unveil an exciting new tool when the site moves to its new home under Microsoft TechNet in late October.


I don’t use my laptop much when I’m not traveling, but I occasionally read email on it in the living room. Like most Windows users, I’m frustrated by occasional unexplained delays when I perform routine tasks like start a program or open a web page. Since joining my laptop to an internal Microsoft domain, I began experiencing regular delays when starting processes. With my Sysinternals tools arsenal in hand, I set out to investigate the root cause, suspecting that recently joining the laptop to the Microsoft domain played a role.


I began my research by first noticing that, after a delay of a few seconds starting a new process, processes I started within the following 30 seconds launched instantly. I therefore started Process Explorer, waited for 30 seconds, and then executed Notepad from Explorer’s Run dialog. Notepad didn’t appear in Process Explorer’s process tree during the expected delay, which implied the Explorer thread starting Notepad was experiencing the pause, not Notepad’s startup.


A look at the stack of the launching Explorer thread might give me a hint about the cause, but I was too impatient to look at each of Explorer’s over a dozen threads and so attached the Windbg debugger from the Microsoft Debugging Tools for Windows to Process Explorer, launched Notepad with Process Explorer’s Run dialog, and broke into the debugger. I opened the thread list in Windbg by selecting Processes and Threads from the View menu, selected the first one displayed, and then revisited the View menu to open the Call Stack dialog:


more at The Case of the Process Startup Delays

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2006 7:45 AM Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , Security | Back to top

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