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…

USOCLIENT Documentation & Switches

If you are trying to manage Windows Updates on a Windows 10 or Server 2016 / 2019 computer you have no doubt already figuredout that WUAUCLT no longer functions.  We are not sure why Microsoft has done this because the only replacement we can find is a new undocumented tool named USOCLIENT that is built into Windows 10 and Server 2016/19 at C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\USOClient.exe. We say undocumented and mean it.  Microsoft has made no information available…

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…

VIDEO: What Is The Cloud & How Can You Keep Your Data Safe In The Real World?

At URTech.ca we are pretty serious about tech and tech these days includes “the cloud”.  The problem is that most people really don’t understand what “the cloud” is and so this video will quickly clear up any questions you have: Ok… that was pretty damn funny and is most places “safe for the office” but the question remains of what is the cloud… seriously.   The simplest and very correct way to explain “the cloud” is…

SOLVED: Simple Explanation of What is ADS.TXT How to Create ADS.TXT and Do You Need ADS.TXT?

WHAT IS ADS.TXT? ADS.TXT is a very simple text file placed at the root of your website that tells advertisers which companies can sell advertising space on your website. ADS is an acronym that stands for Authorized Digital Sellers. It can be used by any advertiser but in practice today it is used by advertising networks like Google Adwords and Taboola to help their customers verify that the ads the are bidding to place on…

SOLVED: How To Perform A Message Trace In Office365 Exchange Online

There are two easy ways to trace an email in the Office 365 GUI.  One is in the Exchange Admin Center and the other is in Security and Compliance: Trace A Message Using The Exchange Admin Center: Log into https://portal.office.com Scroll to the bottom and expand ADMIN CENTERS Click on EXCHANGE Click on MAIL FLOW from the menu on the left Click MESSAGE TRACE from the top menu bar Enter in a users email address…

SOLVED: Outlook – Something Went Wrong And Your Search Couldn’t Be Completed

If your Outlook returns a yellow box saying “Something went wrong and your search couldn’t be completed” the most likely issue is your Windows Search Service is damaged. You can verify this in two ways: Click the START button and type something.  If it shows SEARCH INDEXING WAS TURNED OFF.  TURN INDEXING BACK ON, this is likely your issue Click the START button and type SERVICES.MSC to start the Services management console and see if…

SOLVED: Cannot Ping Device From Some Computers On Network

If you have a device (webcam, printer, PC, server…) that you can connect from from most computers on your network but not others, there are two common reasons for you to investigate: The device has a firewall or antivirus product that is actively blocking the traffic The device has a misconfigured network, specifically the Subnet Mask In my case, I was working on a security appliance that was using a statically assigned 255.255.255.0 for the…

VIDEO: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Shows Off LA Clippers Court Vision Amazing Augmented Reality

Today former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed and explained the LA Clippers Court Vision Augmented Reality.  Courtvision allows the viewer to see estimated probabilities, predict player moves, change cameras, add computer generated highlights, overlay play by play audio and explain plays all in real time as the game is being played. If you want more detail on how Second Spectrum applies machine learning to create context (difficulty, probabilities, …) in live sports, watch this 9 minute…

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

We recently told you that there was no way to block the public Microsoft Store but allowing your private corporate Store and while true at the time, is now false.  At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference, I tracked down a Store program manager and dug into the problem.  He told me this has now been changed so I tested and confirmed the GPO setting works as promised. You can set the Microsoft Windows 10 Store…

SOLVED: How To Force A Program To Run As Administrator via Elevation

There are many programs that will run as both an administrator and as a restricted user.  However, when some security programs like Active Directory Sites and Services and Group Policy Management Tool, are run as a standard restricted user they have very little functionality.  As a result admins must right click on the relevant shortcut and select RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR to force an elevation.  This is a pain. To have programs automatically prompt for elevation:…