SOLVED: How To Set Windows Updates to Manual on Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012R2

Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012R2 defaults Windows Updates to DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL and there is no obvious way to change those settings.  Here are two easy ways to set Windows Update as you see fit: 1 – SCONFIG Open a CMD PROMPT as an Administrator Type SCONFIG and press ENTER Type 5 and press ENTER Type M for Manual (or D for Download Only) and press ENTER If SCONFIG still shows WINDOWS UPDATES are set…

SOLVED: Desktop Icons Missing After Windows Update, Upgrade or Reboot

If you run through Windows Update (or in my case an Upgrade to Windows 10 1903) and find all of your desktop icons are missing this is the fix for you:. Verify your desktop icons still exist by checking in C:\USERS\<YourName>\DESKTOP.  If your files and shortcuts are safe continue to the next step If you have two screens connected (or an external screen connected to your laptop), disconnect one of the screens Click the NOTIFICATIONS…

SOLVED: Three Ways To Set Default Start Menu Tiles In Windows 10

There are 3 ways to configure the START MENU tiles and left RAIL (the thin menu on the far left that defaults with power, settings, documents) in Windows 10 with default applications: A – GPO Using a Windows 10 PC add the tiles and rail configuration you would like. Open a PowerShell (Admin) prompt Enter Export-StartLayout -Path “C:\Temp\MyStartMenu.xml” Copy that MyStartMenu.xml file to a location on your network that all PC’s get read from Create…

SOLVED: How To Customize The Default User In Windows 10 Without Using COPYUSER Switch with SYSPREP

In the Windows 7 days, you used to setup a user and then copy that users profile over top of the default  C:\USERS\DEFAULT\… so that things like the START MENU and WALLPAPER would be setup for new users.  Then under Windows 8 and 10 that became very buggy and Microsoft said to setup a user they way you want and instruct SYSPREP to use an XML file that tells Sysprep to copy this current user…

SOLVED: Cannot Install 32 Bit Windows 10 on Hyper V

If you try to install 32 bit Windows on a Hyper V server you may find that it just will not see the installation files.  I tried from: Windows 10 32Bit Enterprise ISO downloaded from Microsoft VLSC Windows 10 32Bit Pro ISO downloaded using the current Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Windows 10 32Bit from a Windows Deployment Server WDS but had no detectable error messages… it just would not load.  I spent about 40…

SOLVED: Windows Deployment Services WDS hangs on “Windows is loading files” Status 0xc00000001 “Required Device Isn’t Connected”

If you are seeing your Windows Deployment Services WDS operating system installs stall on the WINDOWS IS LOADING FILES screen and then errors out with: Windows Failed To Start … Status 0xc0000001 Required Device Isn’t Connected or Can’t Be Accessed then have we got a fix for you! To get to the point, it appears that in March 2019 Windows Update Patch KB4489882 and/or KB4489881 tighted up security on the TFTP (Trivial FTP) that WDS…

SOLVED: Veeam Error Copying Data from Deduplicated Volumes Requires That The Console Is Installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later

When performing file restores using Veeam you may see an error that says: Copying Data from Deduplicated Volumes Requires That The Console Is Installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later.  This message appears when the data you are restoring was originally stored on a server with Windows Data Deduplication enabled. Fortunately all you need to do to get around it is to install the Data Dededuplication Console on the server that hosts your Veeam.  You…

SOLVED: How to Upgrade or Install Windows Server 2016/19 Standard VM on a Windows Server Data Center Host

The short version is that if your host server is running Datacenter you can NOT upgrade an existing Windows Server 2016/2019 STANDARD Virtual Machine to anything but Datacenter.  If you try you will see that Windows Server STANDARD is missing and not an option from the list.  The way it was explained to me is: Datacenter upgrades to Datacenter ONLY.  Windows Server Standard is missing from the upgrade list, by design: There is also no…

How To Enable Predictive Text & Autoreplace In Windows 10 with GPO

Windows 10 now has a text suggestion function just like cell phones.  The feature is very easy to use and is not intrusive so many people will want to enable it. More intrusive is an autocorrect misspelled words function.  I personally dislike autocorrect because I don’t like magic, but most people seem to like it. There are three ready ways to enable predictive text: Enable Predictive Text Using the Settings App Click the START button,…

Everything You Need To Know about Windows 10 ‘S’ in 2019

What is S Mode in Windows 10? Windows 10 “S” is a locked down version of Windows that was designed for public kiosk use, like schools and library’s.  Because it is locked down, your device will be faster, have more battery life (if you have a tablet or laptop) and be much more secure. When it came out in 2017, Windows 10 S was an entirely separate version of Windows 10 that also cheaper than…

VIDEO: How To Download Install & Configure MySQL on Windows 10 or Server 2016

If you are new to databases or open source software it is easy to get lost trying to get software running on your systems.  In this short video we explain and demonstrate how to download Install & Configure MySQL 8 on Windows 10 or Server 2016.  We also briefly show how to create a database using the command line and see the databases and tables in MySQL Workspace GUI. This demonstration shows the free version…

SOLVED: How To Cleanup C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS

If you have worked on Windows for more than a few years you will know that C:\Windows\WinSXS takes up an ever increasing amount of disk space and that you should not delete anything from it.   Microsoft says: One commonly asked question is, “Can I delete the WinSxS folder to regain some disk space?” The short answer is no. You can, however, reduce the size of the WinSxS folder using tools built into Windows. For more…

SOLVED: Easily Script Windows 10 to Download, Install and Restart For Windows Updates

Microsoft certainly has been making patching Windows 10 PC’s difficult these days but after some significant effort, I have found a simple combination of commands and one free tool does the trick. The command in question is an undocumented program inside Windows 10 named C:\Windows\System32\USOClient.exe  This program manages Windows Updates much like the old wuauclt used to: Launch a CMD prompt or PowerShell AS AN ADMINISTRATOR Type USOClient.exe ScanInstallWait  You would expect that command to download and install…