Dec 20

Chrome: how to check witch tab consumes most CPU & Memory

Suddenly my Chrome started to consume unusual amount of CPU:

Since I’d opened zillions of tab I wasn’t sure which web page was the suspect. In these cases you can take advantage of Chrome’s built-in task manager.

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Dec 20

NTFRS: How to force SYSVOL replication

For those who still use NTFRS – as of KB823230 ntrfsutl can be used to force Sysvol replication:

The replication path will be SRC_DC_FQDN > DST_DC_NAME

In fact ntfrsutl connects to DST_DC_NAME and “tells” NTFRS to pull Sysvol changes from its inbound partner SRC_DC_FQDN.

Apr 22

How to launch Settings panel on Windows 10

In Windows 10 there are two kind of management apps:

  1. Control panel – old fashion / classic app we all know
  2. Settings – the new way of configuring Windows (a XAML app)

Prior to Windows 8, running control panel applets was about pasting strange GUIDs,Control.exe with parameters in RUN dialog or via APIs. You can also use the Canonical names.

In Windows 8/8.1/10 there are more user-friendly commands. For example you can start Windows Update app via RUN dialog:


This will start Settings >Security > Windows Update XAML app.

Here is a list of most recently used items:

You can find an up-to-date list of all commands here: