SOLVED: How To Configure Chromium Edge IE Compatibility Mode

If you are trying to get rid of Internet Explorer inside your organization, you likely will want to use the new Microsoft Edge (aka. Chromium Edge and CrEdge).  The problem is that there are some features inside IE that most companies still can’t live without due to incompatibility.  The solution is to set Edge to run Internet Explorer in the background for just those sites.  This is called compatibility mode and it is not near…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Windows Sandbox Complete Explanation, Configuration & Demonstration

We explain what the Windows Sandbox is, how to install it, how to enable CPU virtualization in the BIOS, configuration, scripting and more: The scripted Windows Sandbox configuration file sample: <Configuration> <VGpu>Disable</VGpu> <Networking>Disable</Networking> <MappedFolders> <MappedFolder> <HostFolder>C:\OddBallStuff</HostFolder> <ReadOnly>true</ReadOnly> </MappedFolder> </MappedFolders> <LogonCommand> <Command>explorer.exe</Command> </LogonCommand> </Configuration> For more details on the scripting read THIS article from Microsoft. If you need to know which key to press to access your computers BIOS on before boot up read THIS article

FREE VIDEO: Learn Microsoft Azure In 1 Hour Boot Camp

If you are new to Microsoft Azure and want a crash course, we have what you are looking for.  Azure is a giant product from Microsoft that can be used for storing files, databases, security configurations and virtual machines.  So to get you started we created a free 6 part video with a total run time of 50 minutes that demonstrates all of the steps required to set up a Windows Server 2019 Domain Controller,…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How to connect to AzureAD AzureRM & AzureCLI using PowerShell

In this short video we explain and demonstrate how to connect PowerShell to AzureAD AzureRM & AzureCLI: How to Connect to AzureAD? Launch a PowerShell as an administrator Make sure you are running PowerShell 5.0 or newer: $PSVersionTable.PSVersion Install the required module: Install-Module MSOnline Sign into Azure: Connect-MsolService Run your commands: Get-Command -Module MSOnline How to Connect to AzureRM (aka. Azure Resource Manager – ARM)? Launch a PowerShell as an administrator Make sure you are…

SOLVED: VIDEO: PowerShell Command Line to List all available Azure Products in a Specific Data Center

In this video we explain and demonstrate how to connect to Microsoft Azure and list the services that are available at a specific data center. Azure PowerShell Commands: What version of PowerShell do I have? – You need to be at v5 $PSVersionTable.PSVersion Install Azure Command Line – You only need to install this once on each machine you work on Invoke-WebRequest -Uri https://aka.ms/installazurecliwindows -OutFile .\AzureCLI.msi; Start-Process msiexec.exe -Wait -ArgumentList ‘/I AzureCLI.msi /quiet’; rm .\AzureCLI.msi…

SOLVED: 4 Ways To Change Your Password in a Remote Desktop Session

If you work remotely like most of us these days, you will likely need to change your password on your office PC.   If you press CNTL ALT DEL while connected to Remote Desktop session, your home computer’s security window will appear (SIGN OUT, LOCK, CHANGE PASSWORD) which does you no good. 4 Ways to Change Your Password In a Remote Desktop 1: CNTL ALT END CNTL ALT DELETE by passes all programs and goes directly…

SOLVED: How To Figure Out What Switches a Piece of Software Has

If you have been an administrator for any length of time you have found yourself being unable to script an installation or change software because you don’t know what the switches are for that software.  We recently had the same problem and found a very cool solution. We needed to run the new Microsoft Windows Update tool through command line but it is officially unsupported and therefore undocumented… very annoying.  The tool is called USOClient.exe…

SOLVED: What is a Windows 10 Enablement Package

Windows 10 was originally supposed to ship new versions (not just patches, but actually new features) 4 or more times per year but that was reduced several times to what we have in 2020 which is two releases: a substantial new version each Spring named after the year and half or the year and the month (ie. Windows 10 20H1 = Windows 10 2004) a major patch with few feature upgrades in the fall again…

SOLVED: Cannot Upgrade Windows 10: Updates Failed or This Tool Can’t Update Your PC

If you have a Windows 10 PC that just will not upgrade to the next build there are several things you can do. In the instance shown in the screen shots below, I was seeing: Windows Update sit on DOWNLOADING for hours and then failing with THERE WERE PROBLEMS INSTALLING UPDATES 0x80d02002 Windows 10 Media Creation Tool failing with THIS TOOL CAN’T UPDATE YOUR PC.  THE LANGUAGE OR EDITION OF WINDOWS CURRENTLY INSTALLED ON YOUR…

SOLVED: Top 10 New Features in Windows 10 20H1 That You Actually Care About

Every new release of Windows 10 brings thousands of changes and hundreds of enhancements but because it is a mature product, most of these are obscure.  Windows 10 20H1 (aka 2004, which will be released in a few weeks) is no different.  We have been using the new build for months now and following the changes as they develop and here is what is new in Win10 20H1 that at least some people are going…

SOLVED: How To See & Edit What Is Automatically Starting Up On Windows 10

Over the years more and more products have set themselves to automatically startup.  In the mid-2000’s Microsoft decided that these performance sucking startups were getting annoying enough to start exposing them to end users and there have been several built in tools to view and manage start up apps.  We are going to explain all of the ways software starts up automatically on a current version of Windows 10: How To See All Programs Starting…

Use Your Computer To Help Researchers Solve COVID19

You can easily set your home computer to run computer models in aid of finding solutions to coronavirus COVID-19.  It’s easy and being done by a respected, trusted group of scientists at [email protected] All you have to do is download the [email protected] app which you can do directly from them HERE.  It won’t even ask you to create an account. To make this fun, we created a “URTech” team (which is number 251414 ) you…

SOLVED: What Does Print and Document Services Actually Do?

If you have a Windows Server (or even the desktop client), you can add a Role named PRINT AND DOCUMENT SERVICES.  The questions are: What does Print and Document Services add? Do I need Print and Document Services to get the Print Management app? Does installing Print and Document Services make printers run better? Do I have to install Print and Document Services on a server that hosts a printer? The short answer is, for…

SOLVED: How To Create a Local Account on Windows 10 Home

In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education there is an option to create a local user account (aka. Offline Account) but Windows 10 Home 1909 and newer no longer has that option.  Fortunately, there is an easy way to force it, don’t connect to the internet. What does don’t connect to the internet mean?  It means do not plug a network cable into your PC and when the Windows 10 mini-setup-wizard will prompt you to…

SOLVED: Easy Script to Wipe A Hard Disk Fast

If you have a hard disk you need to scrap or sell and you want to remove your data from it, this is the place for you.  In our case, we had 700 3TB disks that need to be wiped and resold so we wanted to make sure it would be very difficult for even professionals to get the data off of them. If you know what you are doing but just need the script…