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Windows Server  // windows 2003, 2008, R2 how tos

SOLVED: How To Delete A SharePoint Online Site Using PowerShell

If you have ever deleted a SharePoint site from Office 365 or other SharePoint Online provider, you know that sometimes the sit around for a while.  If you are trying to reuse the name of a site you recently deleted, this can be a problem.  Fortunately the solution is to force the deletion of the […]


SOLVED: SharePoint Online Solutions Error You Don’t Have Access To This Page

Microsoft has been tightening up security since… forever and the latest round affecting SharePoint Online can be befuddling.  If you are trying to upload a .WSP solution to the Solutions Gallery you might see “Sorry, you don’t have access to this page” even if you are the administrator.  If you click REQUEST ACCESS and then grant […]


SOLVED: How To Change PRODUCTS AND CLASSIFICATIONS for Windows Updates in SCCM 2016

If you have Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) you can easily change the PRODUCTS AND CLASSIFICATIONS by clicking OPTIONS > PRODUCTS AND CLASSIFICATIONS.  If you are using System Center to rollout Windows Updates, it is much more complex to change what products and categories SCCM is downloading from Microsoft and pushing to your PC’s. To […]


SOLVED: What is Windows 10 Pro For Workstations

Windows 10 has many lesser known variants including Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch, Windows 10 Embedded and Windows 10 Team.  In the fall of 2017, a new variant named Windows 10 Pro For Workstations will be added to the list. Windows 10 for Workstations is a high end version of the standard Windows 10 Pro targeted […]


SOLVED: SIMPLE PowerShell Script To Download & Install Windows Updates Then Reboot If Necessary

I have been trying to get a simple CMD script or PowerShell or even a utility to get Windows 10 to download and install Windows Updates for about a year.  It has not gone well. Note that Angus Briggs at PDQ support told me about a very simple PowerShell command that will kick off Windows Update and […]


SOLVED: How to Hide Folders Users Do Not Have Access To

Most tech’s know that you can add a dollar sign ($) to the end of the name of a share and make it hidden but you can also have Windows show users ONLY the folders they have access to.  I have this feature enabled with all my clients because it is hard to hack what […]



If you have ever tried to ping a computer that is offline, you will see one of two responses: REQUEST TIMED OUT, or REPLY FROM XX.XX.XX.XX: DESTINATION HOST UNREACHABLE The difference is what is responding: If you see REQUEST TIMED OUT, the destination host had no reply within 1 second. If you see REPLY FROM […]


SOLVED: How To Disable SMB1 and Keep Safe From WannaCry Variants

Even the latest Windows 10 1703 still has SMB1 enabled by default.  If you want to keep yourself safe from WannaCry / WannaCrypt0r 2 variants you need to disable SMB 1.0. You can disable SMB 1.0 in 5 ways: A – How to Disable SMB 1 using the GUI Click the START button and type FEATURES Click […]


SOLVED: Windows 10 Lock Screen Graphic GPO Not Working On 1703

If you have Windows 10 Enterprise or Education you should be able to use a GPO to set a custom lock and home screen.  Unfortunately, Windows 10 1703 broke that and it has been driving many IT staff crazy trying to fix it. After a few weeks of banging around with Microsoft Partner Support they have just confirmed […]


SOLVED: How to Remove a Damaged User Profile In Windows 10

If you have a corrupt profile in Windows 10 there are two easy ways to remove it and rebuild it: 1: REMOVE CORRUPT WINDOWS PROFILE USING GUI: CONTROL PANEL > SYSTEM AND SECURITY > SYSTEM > ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS (from the menu on the LEFT) . Click SETTINGS button in the USER PROFILES section . Click on […]


SOLVED: What Are The Common Variables In Windows

Below is a complete list of Windows variables.  If you are writing any sort of script, PowerShell, or command line you will need to know: The variable for username is %username% The variable for the Windows Directory is %windir% or %systemroot% The variable for Program Files is %ProgramFiles% or %ProgramFiles(x86)% The variable for the current […]


SOLVED: What is the Path to a Users STARTUP Folder in Windows 10

The path to users Startup folder in Windows 10 is: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup ie. C:\Users\JimmyJo\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup You can open a users Startup folder by going through Windows Explorer, command line or by right clicking on the START button and typing the command shell:startup  . The path to the ALL USERS Startup folder in Windows 10 is: %allusersprofile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp ie. […]