Microsoft Says Replace User State Migration Tool with OneDrive For Business

At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference in Florida, Microsoft pitched using OneDrive For Business instead of the User State Migration Tool (USMT).  This suggestion was largely based on the new ONEDRIVE > MANAGE PROTECTION OF IMPORTANT FOLDERS wizard. Previously you had to manually move your DESKTOP, DOCUMENTS and PICTURES folders to folders under your C:\USERS\<YourName>\ONEDRIVE – <BUSINESS NAME> or come up with an even more creative solution like building Junction Points.  This was just not…

SOLVED: How To Disable the Public Microsoft Store but Allow Your Corporate Store

UPDATE OCT 18 2018 – You CAN now use a GPO to block the public Microsoft Store but keep your private corporate Store.  See our short explanation HERE. After working on setting up a private Microsoft Business Store (businessstore.microsoft.com) I was shocked to find that I could not disable the Public Microsoft Store through any of the settings.  I put a few hours into searching and reading but could not even find someone saying it…

SOLVED: Dell No Boot Device Press F1 F2 F5 Black Screen With M.2 Disk

We recently sourced many Dell 5490 laptops, tossed the SATA connected spinning disk and replaced them with M.2 PCIe connected Toshiba RC100 SSD’s and all was well for testing.  In production however we found that the laptops would periodically blue screen and upon reboot or power up, they would go to a black screen displaying NO BOOT DEVICE FOUND, PRESS F1 F2 OR F5. This is annoying and so after a few weeks of working…

SOLVED: The Ultimate Guide To Fix Touch Screen Problems in Windows 10

I recently acquired a Dell Inspiron 24″ All In One with a touch screen and added my old Acer T231H 24″ as a second screen.  When I touched the Acer, the mouse would move on the Dell… this is not good.  Because I was using a beta of Windows 10 (slow ring), I thought that the build of Windows I was using had a problem (just like in the video below, although that is not…

SOLVED: Command Line Script To Add or Delete a Registry Entry

If you need to add a registry entry to a Windows PC most often techs will simply export the key and entries they want and then use the REGEDIT /S command to push that entry onto another PC. For example if you want to disable the Cortana bar (but not Windows Search), you save the following into a file named DISABLE-CORTANA.REG Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search] “AllowCortana”=dword:00000000 Then you simply put that file…

VIDEO: HP All In One 27″ Unboxing, Disassembly, Change to SSD & Benchmarking

In recent years it has become common for home PC users to use large laptops, considering them more like “small PC’s”.  This trend led computer manufacturers to build the laptop computer into the back of a screen and then provide and external keyboard and mouse.  This innovation is the “All In One” Computer.  All in Ones eliminate many of the cables and mess you get with traditional desktop PC’s. Acer was the first company we…

SOLVED: Why Google Chrome Has So Many Processes

If you are a Google Chrome user, and 75% of the internet usage is, you have likely found that Google Chrome is shown potentially dozens of times in Windows Task Managers PROCESSES tab.  This is quite unexpected for many. Often people think they have a virus or some other malware at work in the background.  While this is possible, it is unlikely because Google Chrome naturally opens many Windows background processes for each tab you…

SOLVED: Command Line Script To Delete a Registry Entry

We often talk about editing or creating new registry entries in Windows but we seldom talk about removal.  If you want to delete an existing registry entry you simply set the entry value to a hyphen ( – ). For example, we recently needed to delete: HKLM > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run > InstallWindowsUpdates = DWORD AA To do this we simply set “InstallWindowsUpdates”=- Specifically, the DELUPDATES.REG file looked like: Windows…

SOLVED: GUI To Add Files or Drivers To A .WIM Image File

Over the years we have produced many instructions on how to add files or add drivers to a .WIM image file, but they are all outdated because they are command line.  There is now a free GUI front end for DISM made by Mike Celone. To get DISM GUI to work you need two things: .NET 4.0 which can get from Microsoft HERE in unlikely event you don’t have it already Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) that…

SOLVED: SysPrep – [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2

If you are trying to SysPrep a Windows 10 PC and see: Sysprep Failure Unable to Validate Windows Installation and then see in the log: [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2 You likely have some Win10 apps that are installed per person.  Things like the calculator and paint may be installed by default but they are installed per person and not allowed to be sysprepped. …

SOLVED: GPO To Set Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 To Not Update Automatically

If you want to set your modern Windows (Win 10, Server 2016, Server 2019…) to not download and install updates automatically, there is a simple Group Policy Object you can create: GPO To Stop Windows From Automatically Updating: Expand COMPUTER > POLICIES > ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > WINDOWS UPDATE Set CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATES to ENABLED and select a CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATING option from the drop down We like #3 AUTO DOWNLOAD AND NOTIFY FOR…

SOLVED: GPO To Block Store On Windows 10 Pro

As you likely already know, because you have found this page, the GPO to disable the MICROSOFT STORE app was set to be ineffective on Windows 10 Pro after build 1511.  This annoying change meant that you could only block the store using a GPO if you were running Windows 10 ENTERPRISE or EDUCATION and that made admins cranky.  The solution was to block the store app through a SOFTWARE RESTRICTION GPO as we explained…

SOLVED: The Ultimate Guide To Fixing Internet Explorer On Windows 10

If you have problems with Internet Explorer like: IE will not launch IE crashes frequently IE will not refresh IE will not connect IE will only run when using RIGHT CLICK, RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR … We will go through the fixes from easiest and fastest to more technical solutions: Clear Temp Files: CONTROL PANEL > INTERNET OPTIONS > BROWSING HISTORY button > check all of the options that you would like, but ensure you have…

SOLVED: What Does Error 0x80244022 Mean in Windows Update

When you see error 0x80244022 in Windows update or in the Windows Update log, it relates to a networking error. If you are using WSUS, it could be an indication that the IIS AppPool running your WSUS has stopped and needs to be started: Start IIS Manager Expand APPLICATION POOLS If WSUSPOOL is stopped, right click on it and select START