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Windows 10 8 7 Vista & XP  // Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Windows 8 and more How Tos

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 Calculator, Weather or Other App Not Starting

If your Windows 10 Start Menu icons and tiles turn dark and / or get a ‘download progress bar’ under them you can easily reset them.  In previous versions of Windows 10, if your start menu icons stopped working you could resolve it but was a quite a task.  In Windows 10 1607 and 1703 (Creators Update released […]


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: VIDEO: How to Easily Downgrade From Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Professional

In early versions of Windows 10 it was not readily possible to downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise to Win 10 Pro.  In fact, the supported process was to perform a clean install.  The dance around that was to make some registry changes and then perform an in place upgrade using a Windows 10 Pro key. Fortunately […]


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: How To Disable Edge Icon Tab in Internet Explorer

If you have Windows 10 1703 or newer your Internet Explorer will have a “Edge Tab” to the right of your “new tab” tab.  This means people will frequently launch the Edge Browser when they are really trying to open a new tab.  Microsoft calls this ‘assisting people to migrate to the new Edge Browser’.  […]


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 […]