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SOLVED: Customize Windows 10 Start Menu & Taskbar Using a GPO in 6 Easy Steps

If you run Windows 10 in a corporate settings you will likely want to set a few default entries in the START menu and TASKBAR.  If nothing else you will likely want to remove the default junk that Microsoft clutters the START menu with.  Fortunately after a few hours of playing with this we have […]


SOLVED: How To Disable Sophos Safeguard Popup Messages

If you have Sophos Safeguard you likely have annoying popup messages saying things like: Sophos Safeguard: Communicating With Server Sophos Safeguard: No New Settings Available Sophos Safeguard: Synchronization with Sophos Safeguard server succeeded These will occur several times a day and drive your staff insane. Fortunately there is an easy way to disable Sophos Safeguard popup […]


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. […]


SOVLED: How to Fix Mouse Lag on 4K Screens

This page provides the master list of the things you need to do to correct mouse lag on 4k screens. If you have connected your PC to a 4K screen you will often see a subtle but visual notable lag between the time you move your mouse and when the pointer moves on the screen.  […]


SOLVED: Program Appears On The Task Bar But Not On The Screen

If you have a program that appears in the Task Bar but not on any of your screens you likely have one of two problems.  Fortunately both are easy to fix. PROGRAM IS RESTORED TO A POSITION ON A SCREEN YOU CANNOT SEE I have seen this occur in two instances: When the program is […]


SOLVED: File Explorer Mapped Drives Close Spontaneously

If you see your mapped drives disappear you may have a Group Policy that maps your network shares using the REPLACE feature.   Another symptom I noticed occurs if you remote (RDP) to a different PC and leave it for a few days, multiple mappings for the same letter will appear. The simple fix is to set the Drive […]


SOLVED: The Complete List Of How To Fix Windows Update Errors, Like 0x800F0922

If you have errors in Windows Update you know how frustrating it can be trying to find solution.  The ‘We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes’ message is not particularly helpful. Below is a list of fixes for Windows Update problems in order from easiest to most difficult: Reboot your PC Don’t just log off Use the Windows […]


SOLVED: How Long Does It Take For Group Policies To Take Effect?

The short answer is that is takes up to 2 hours for Group Policy changes to take effect for both Computer and for User policies.  However, as usual there is more to the story. What is a ‘Background Refresh’ of a Group Policies? Unless you have changed the defaults, Group Policy is automatically updated every 90 minutes for both […]


SOLVED: What Is the Difference Between Microsoft ‘Mainstream Support’ and ‘Extended Support’

If you have been getting worried about your Windows OS running out of support, you might be confused by the terms. Windows Vista SP2 ran out of ‘Mainstream Support’ on April 10th 2012 but has ‘Extended Support’ until April 11, 2017. Windows 7 SP1 ran out of Mainstream Support on January 13 2015 but has […]


SOLVED: GPO to Disable the RESTORE Button In Shadow Copies

If you want to disable the RESTORE button in PREVIOUS VERSIONS/SHADOW COPIES using a Group Policy Object (GPO), you are smart.  Humans make mistakes so IT Administrators need to set policies to protect people from themselves. I argued with Microsoft about this fact when Shadow Copies came out and the response was that staff should be able to restore […]


Why Is The Next Windows 10 Build Named ‘Creators Update’ and What is ‘Project NEON’?

The next major release version of Windows 10 is code named “Redstone 2” for Microsoft’s developers but for the public Microsoft is now promoting it as the “Creators Update”.  As the name suggests many of the new features in Windows 10 Creators Update are targeted at creative types that develop new content. In case you were not aware, […]