SOLVED: VIDEO: This Edition Cannot Be Upgraded – Fix For Windows Server Activation Error

We recently licensed a copy of Windows Server 2016 from a website named Digital Software Planet.  There instructions were to download and install a 180 day evaluation copy of Server 2016 from the Microsoft Evaluation center.  They also provided a standard product license key but when we entered it we were unhappy to see it respond with THIS EDITION CANNOT BE UPGRADED The solution was to remove the evaluation CAB and activate via command line and…

VIDEO: SOLVED: Dell Latitude 3300 3310 Unboxing Disassembly Upgrade Review & Benchmarks

We recently sourced a Dell Latitude 3300 3310 for a client and wanted to know how this laptop made primarily for the Education market stood up. In this video we unbox and benchmark it in its factory configuration of 4GB of slower speed Kingston RAM with a 128GB M.2 SSD. We then disassembled it and upgrade the RAM 16GB of fast Crucial RAM and benchmarked it. Then as a last test we replaced drive with…

SOLVED: Application blocked by Java Security

We recently ran into a simple Java Security error that through off our techs.  The error stated JAVA APPLICATION BLOCKED: APPLICATION BLOCKED BY JAVA SECURITY and our techs thought this had to do with the Java’s browser integration. They spent time working though Chrome, Edge and IE11 security items but in fact the error had a simple fix inside Java itself. The solution is to open the CONFIGURE JAVA applet, click the SECURITY TAB and…

SOLVED: How To Open .BKF Files in Windows 10

I was amalgamating all of my old backups oneto a single USB drive when I stumbled on a DVD from 2006 that had a large file named “Web1-Primary_BU_Mar12_06.bkf” .  After a few minutes of thinking I remembered that .BKF stands for BacKup File and remembered that “Windows Backup” had been deprecated and removed from Windows in the Vista (2007-ish) time frame.  So that lead to the question of how to restore this old .BKF file…

SOLVED: What is ‘Windows Feature Experience Pack’?

In May of 2020 Microsoft started releasing Windows 10 builds with a new specification labeled EXPERIENCE  Windows Feature Experience Pack There has been wild speculation as to what this actually means because Microsoft has not made a formal announcement explaining the change.  However, the Windows Feature Experience Pack was first noticed in the Windows Store late in 2019 . Today and through the summer of 2020 we know that the Feature Experience Pack contains… well……

SOLVED: What Browsers Do Microsoft 365 Apps (Word, Excel, Outlook…) Support?

Below is the most current list of supported browsers for opening and editing Microsoft 365 Apps (formerly Office 365 webapps) like PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams and more. We offer a free 30 day trial of Office 365 for up to 25 users directly from Microsoft HERE. Windows 10: Google Chrome Internet Explorer 11 IE11 stops being supported for O365 Apps August 17 2021 IE11 stops working with MS Teams November 30, 2020 Microsoft Edge…

SOLVED: Windows 10 Hard Drive Partitions Explained In Simple Terms

A disk “partition” is just a logical slice of a hard drive.  Logical means that you still only have a single drive but it is virtually cut into pieces so that if one partition has a problem, the whole disk will not fail. Let’s look at each of the different partitions you are likely to see on a hard drive running Windows 10 or Windows Server: 1- What is the RECOVERY Partition? The Recovery Partition…

SOLVED: 4 Easy Commands To Query Information From Remote Computers

If you are a system administrator or even a desktop support person, finding out information on a remote users computer is something you need to know how to do.  Fortunately, Microsoft has made quite a number of commands easy to use. Here are some of the remote commands we use frequently.  Just right click on the START button and select POWERSHELL as an Administrator that has permission to the remote computer and try these short…

SOLVED: What is an Active Directory Kerberos Golden Ticket & How Can It Be Easily Reset

WHAT IS KERBEROS AUTHENTICATION IN WINDOWS? Microsoft Windows Active Directory has a few fundamental core components that everything else is built upon.  One of those is the main Kerberos key.  The KRBTGT (Kerberos Ticket Generating Ticket Account) user account (take a look in ADUC > USERS… it is there), is used to encrypt and digitally sign all Kerberos tickets… which is ALL of the users and ALL of the devices. “…Kerberos is an authentication protocol…

SOLVED: The Complete Guide to Installing & Using Defender Application Guard with Chromium Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox Browsers

WHAT IS DEFENDER APPLICATION GUARD: Application Guard is a fantastic option to run programs in a very secure space that is separated from the host operating system, thereby eliminating many potential hacks.  For instance if you ran the WannaCry cryptolocker program from a website running with Application Guard, it would fail to encrypt your hard drive. HISTORY: Microsoft introduced Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) in September 2016 and renamed it Microsoft Defender Application Guard (MDAG)…

SOLVED: How Does Microsoft Windows Defender Application Guard Work?

Microsoft Windows Defender Application Guard was developed because so many tools were “sandboxing” that hackers were spending more and more time going under the security by attacking the operating system Kernel. Application Guard operates as JUST less than a full virtual machine in something called a HyperV Container.  These containers do NOT require Hyper-V to be installed but do require virtualization to be enabled in your computers BIOS. The slides below explain much of the…

SOLVED: 6 Ways Type a \ Backslash on a British PC with a US Keyboard

If you are connecting to a computer to a PC configured with the language set to ENGLISH (UNITED KINGDOM), but you have ENGLISH (UNITED STATES) keyboard you will have some problems typing typical admin commands incluing the backslash. Fortunately there are four easy ways to generate a \ with a US keyboard on a UK language PC: Hold down the ALT key to the RIGHT of the spacebar and press the backslash key (i.e right…

SOLVED: Limited Touch Support OR Touching One Screen Moves Pointer On Second Touch Screen

A few years ago we wrote The Ultimate Guide To Fix Touch Screen Problems in Windows 10 after struggling to fix several touch screen problems.  Today we are going to dive into two of the details a bit more. We see a Dell Inspiron 5477 All In One with touch screen: showing LIMITED TOUCH SUPPORT and we have an Acer T231H touch screen connected a that Dell but touches on it actually take place on…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Setup a File Share in the Microsoft Azure Cloud Map a Drive Letter, Use Azure Storage Explorer & Azure File Sync

We created this video to provide a full walk through of creating a drive letter mappable network share from Microsoft Azure to your computer. 02:35 Create a STORAGE GROUP 11:20 Create a SHARE 13:30 Access the share by Mapping a Drive Letter 16:50 Access the share using portal.azure.com 17:15 Access the share using Azure Storage Explorer 19:30 Access the share using Azure File Sync (your on-prem servers!) If you want to use NTFS permissions on…