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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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SOLVED: Step By Step USMT Script To Migrate as Single User On Windows 10

If you are replacing your Windows 10 hardware or just moving a user from one PC to another you can use User State Migration Tool (USMT). Download the latest Deployment Kit USMT directly from Microsoft Install the ADK Copy the USMT folder to a network share of your choosing.  USMT is extracted by the ADK […]

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Windows 10 1607 is now CBB and Businesses That Don’t Upgrade Now Will Be Left Behind

On November 29th, 2016 release 1607 of Windows 10 became “Current Branch For Business” (CBB) and 1607 will start being deployed to all 1507 Machines as of January 2017.  Microsoft has a ‘2 version’ rule that states Microsoft will support and make patches for only two releases of Windows 10 + 60 days.  All this means the […]

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SOLVED: What Do The Windows 10 Product Names Mean in WSUS

If you are trying to decide what Products to include in your WSUS settings, this is the article for you.  SCOM and WSUS currently have a dozen Windows 10 “products” listed but the descriptions are useless.  After several hours of reading and asking Microsoft Partner Support about the various settings, this is what I have deduced: […]

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SOLVED: How To Fix Corrupted or Renamed Zip Files

In my case I had 4 ZIP files as part of a Split (sometimes called Span) that had been moved from floppy disk to a DVD and renamed.  This made it impossible form Windows EXTRACT or WinZip or 7Zip to figure out which file was which. The file names were: LOCAL_REPORTS1.zip LOCAL_REPORTS2.zip LOCAL_REPORTS3.zip LOCAL_REPORTS4.zip Each file […]

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SOLVED: How to Remove SOME SETTINGS ARE CONTROLLED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION in Windows Update, Privacy Settings, Microsoft Accounts and More

If you had a PC that was on a corporate network and had Domain Group Policies applied to it, you may still see: SOME SETTINGS ARE CONTROLLED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION This can appear in many places but the most common are Windows Update are Security Settings.  When trying to adding a Microsoft Account, Windows 10 allows […]

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Modern Disk Storage Explained… Simply

If you are trying to understand how modern disk storage works, you can get quickly confused by all the acronyms.  NAS, SAN, RAID10, RAID 5, iSCSI… get overwhelming.  Fortunately, these terms can be easily explained. Based on a number of questions we have recently received, we decided to update two old articles that will help you figuring out […]

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