Over at the HowToGeek site (again!) they’ve posted about some “hidden” 3D benchmarks in Vista. They don’t do anything useful when run on their own (although when run as part of the System Assesment Tool they do…) but they look pretty cool
First of all, open a elevated command window, then type one of the following commands:
- winsat aurora
- winsat d3d -texshader -totalobj 15
- winsat d3d -objs C(20) -texshader -totalobj 50
- winsat d3d -totalobj 20 -objs C(20) -totaltex 10 -texpobj C(1) -alushader -noalpha -v -time 10
- winsat d3d -totalobj 20 -objs C(20) -totaltex 10 -texpobj C(10) -alushader -v -time 10
You will get some pretty interesting animations appear on your screen. The above commands can be tweaked to get different results so why not have a play?!
Here are some screenshots (courtesy of the HowToGeek page) of what the benchmarks might look like:
Over at the how-to-geek site they’ve shown a safe way to restart explorer on Vista. This is useful because it will close explorer “nicely” rather than terminating the process through the Task Manager.
- Open the Start menu.
- Hold down the Control and Shift keys, and right-click on a blank space in the Start menu.
- Choose “Exit Explorer.”
- Open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc), navigate to File->Run, enter “explorer” and hit OK.