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It is sometimes helpful to find out which processes are running with elevated permissions. Follow these steps to determine the UAC Virtualization status:


Open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).
Click on the Processes tab, and click on the 'Show processes from all users' button.
If prompted by UAC, click Yes.
Click View on the menu bar and click Select Columns.
Check the User Account Control (UAC) Virtualization box, and click OK to add that column to the Task Manager.
You can now look in the UAC Virtualization column to see if a process in the Image Name column is running elevated or not.
If the column entry shows Not Allowed, then the process is running as administrator (elevated).

These two features are available in Windows 8.1:


Quiet Hours to Disable Notifications
A new feature of Windows 8.1 is the option to turn the notifications off or set a period of time for which the notifications may appear. During the Quiet Hours you will not receive alerts from IMs, texts or basic apps. To do this, go to Change PC settings, click on Search and Apps, select Notifications, and configure the relevant options.


Configure Automatic App Updates
Unlike Windows 8, app updates in Windows 8.1 will be automatically installed by default without the user’s consent. To stop this from happening, open Windows Store and access the Settings Charm menu – the charm must only be activated once in the Windows Store or else it will not display the required menus. In the Settings Charm menu, select Settings and navigate to App Updates. Enable or disable the option to automatically update apps.

System Restore's job is to keep notes of everything you change on your computer, enabling you to reverse them with a couple of clicks.

On Windows 7, right-click Computer, select Properties > System Protection > System Restore > Next, and choose the restore point you'd like to use. Click the new button to 'Scan for affected programs' and Windows will tell you which (if any) programs and drivers will be deleted or recovered by selecting this restore point.

Mentor Graphics applications can sometimes be adversely affected by other programs that are installed and registry settings that get changed. Reversing those changes by returning to a restore point can get Mentor software back up and running.

vNPI 9.5 can be configured to automatically check the licenses back in when a certain idle period has elapsed. This is done in the Engineering Toolkit window configuration settings.

Open vNPI 9.5 Engineering Toolkit window.
Go to the Options dropdown and select Configuration.
In the Configuration Parameters window select the line beginning with 'auto_logout_timeout' and click Modify under the Edit dropdown.
Enter the desired number of minutes (minimum of 20) in the Value field in the Edit Configuration Parameter window.
Click Apply and OK and exit the Configuration setup.
The vNPI licenses will automatically check back in if 20 minutes (for example) have passed and the tool has been idle.

The default time value is 0. If the automatic timeout is no longer desired, change the value to 0 following the setup steps above.

Microsoft will end support for Windows Server
2003/R2 next summer on July 14, 2015.
End of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 means
that no more updates or patches will ship from Microsoft.


will no longer develop or release any updates after ending support. If you are
staying the Server OS, upgrade to either Windows Server 2008 or 2012.

Be sure to
check the approved platforms for your Mentor application before making any
platform changes.

Testing an Oracle Server Installation

Use SQL Plus to verify that the database connection with the Oracle Server is okay.


The Oracle version installed is 11gR2,



In Services, check that the Oracle listener is started.

In Services, check that the Oracle database service is started.

Open a command prompt and use the cd command to navigate to <oracle_home>\BIN:

For example: C:\app\myuser\product\11.2.0\dbhome_1\BIN

Enter this command:

sqlplus system/<password>@<instance>

<password> is the password entered for the SYSTEM user when Oracle was installed

<instance> is the database instance.



If the database can be accessed using the credentials you have entered, sqlplus
lists information about the Oracle version and about the database, and displays
the prompt SQL>.



C:\app\myuser\product\11.2.0\dbhome_1>cd bin

C:\app\myuser\product\11.2.0\dbhome_1\BIN>sqlplus system/mypassword@mydb


Successful output:

SQL*Plus: Release Production on Tue Dec 18 15:11:32 2012

Copyright (c) 1982, 2011, Oracle. All rights reserved.

Connected to:

Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production

With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options


CCleaner version 4.17 of has now been released. In version 4.17 they have concentrated on improving browser support with the addition of Google Chrome and Opera GPU Cache cleaning. This version has improved Firefox and Google Chrome Startup item detection as well as Firefox Aurora cleaning.

Changes in v4.17 include:
Added Google Chrome and Opera GPU cache cleaning
Improved Google Chrome and Opera Download History cleaning
Improved Firefox Aurora Session cleaning
Improved Firefox and Google Chrome Startup items detection
Added PhotoScape, BlueStacks and ManyCam cleaning
Improved AntiVir Desktop and Wondershare cleaning
Minor GUI Improvements
Minor bug fixes

Download location:

In Oracle nomanclature, patch 10404530 refers to the base install. Using the term 'patch' may cause confusion but that is how Oracle refers to their software.

Oracle base version automatically contains the patch 10404530 data. The ‘patch’ is a full install, despite the reference.

The main application tree is now version specific, ‘VNPI_94’, and the executable directory is now generically named, ‘edir’. For example: C:\MentorGraphics\Valor\VNPI_94\edir

The 'edir' directory is also the new location of the 'env' file.

With this version a new installation structure was implemented. Instead of installing in the traditional ‘eXX’ directory, a new directory structure starting with by default “VNPI_94” will be created (following version will adhere to this naming convention). Within this directory a generically named directory ‘edir’ will now contain the version specific executable. The VALOR_EDIR variable will then refer to this new ‘edir’ directory location.

Open Lmtools and click Help > About


Open a command prompt window and navigate to the folder where the license manager resides. Run the command:

lmutil lmver lmgrd

Sometimes programs you install are set to automatically run each time Windows starts up. You may not even realize the software is running in the background, since you may not see any visual sign of the program. However, this contributes to the processing load on your computer and can slow it down, especially when you multiply the effect across many running programs.

Use the System Configuration tool to choose which programs launch with Windows. This gives you control over the way Windows 7 starts up and helps speed up your computer overall.
Run msconfig.exe to open the System Configuration tool.

Click the "Startup" tab to view a list of programs that start up with Windows 7. Some programs may be obviously named, while others you may not recognize. As a rule of thumb, you should only disable programs you are certain about to prevent unexpected software failure. Placing a check in the box next to the program name causes the program to launch with Windows 7. Removing the check in the box prevents the program from launching.

Click the "Services" tab, then select the "Hide all Microsoft services" option in the bottom left corner. This ensures you don’t disable a service required by Windows. You will now see only the third-party services that launch when Windows 7 starts. Remove the check in the box next to any services you know that you don’t need. Click "OK" to make the changes, then reboot your Windows 7 computer when prompted.
You should see an immediate improvement in startup speed.

If your PC seems sluggish, use RESMON to uncover the bottleneck.

Click Start, type RESMON and press Enter to launch the Resource Monitor. Click the CPU, Memory, Disk or Network tabs. Windows 7 will immediately show which processes are consuming the most system resources.

The CPU view is particularly useful, and provides something like a more powerful version of Task Manager. For example, if a program has locked up, right-click its name in the list and select Analyze Process. Windows will then try to tell you why it's hanging (the program might be waiting for another process) which could give you the information you need to fix the problem.

Resource monitor keeps a careful eye on exactly how your PC is being used.

It is sometimes helpful to do a status of the license server by feature name. This is done by using the lmstat command with the '-f' option. Here's the syntax:

lmutil lmstat -f [feature] -c [path to license file]


*Specifying the path to license file is not necessary if the path is set in LM_LICENSE_FILE


For example, this command will show if the feature 'pwrshell' is in use, and by whom:

C:\MentorGraphics\Licensing>lmutil lmstat -f pwrshell -c c:\flexlm\test.txt

lmutil - Copyright (c) 1989-2013 Flexera Software LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Flexible License Manager status on Fri 2/14/2014 12:24


[Detecting lmgrd processes...]

License server status: 1717@ORW-6YNPBZ2

License file(s) on ORW-6YNPBZ2: C:\flexlm\test.txt:


ORW-6YNPBZ2: license server UP (MASTER) v11.11


Vendor daemon status (on ORW-6YNPBZ2):


mgcld: UP v11.11

Feature usage info:


Users of pwrshell: (Total of 1 license issued; Total of 1 license in use)

"pwrshell" v2014.020, vendor: mgcld

floating license


jasper ORW-6YNPBZ2 (v2012.06) (ORW-6YNPBZ2/1717 101), start

Fri 2/14 12:23

Typically, the default port (1700 or 1717) set in your license file will be fine. However, you may find that there is another license manager running on one of those ports. If you select a port that is in use, you will see something like the following in you license server debug log file:

18:23:28 (lmgrd) The TCP port number in the license, 1717, is already in use.

Edit your license file and try another port such as 1700 or 1718.

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