Network Icon Missing From System Tray Notification Area & Greyed Out in System Icons

If your Windows 10 computer does not have the NETWORK icon in the system tray and you see nothing but a line in TURN SYSTEM ICONS ON OR OFF (see screen shots below) there are several fixes we will detail.  However, to get to the point, we have found that usually the problem is the NETWORK LIST service, see details below.   4 FIXES FOR MISSING NETWORK ICON: Right click on the START button, select…

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 figured out 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…

SOLVED: Quick FAQ’s For Meltdown & Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities

Last week we provided a very quick explanation of the Meltdown & Spectre CPU flaws which you can read HERE.  However, much more is now known and so here are the current answers to Meltdown & Spectre Frequently Asked Questions: What are Spectre & Meltdown? Spectre and Meltdown are related security holes in nearly all CPU’s (including Intel, AMD and ARM).  They are HARDWARE problems and therefore apply to all operating systems (OSX, Linux, iOS,…

SOLVED: How To Delete Protected Partitions in Windows 10

UPDATE OCT 1 2019 – Everything is still completely accurate but if you want to know how to remove all stuck partitions and recreate a volume through command line CLICK HERE. __________________ If you install a hard disk from an old PC into your current PC, you might find a few partitions cannot be deleted.  Fortunately it is very easy and fast to use a simple command line to remove the unwanted partitions: HOW TO…

SOLVED: How to Move PUBLIC Folder In Windows 10

If you need to add more space to your computer, one way to do this is to add a second disk.  The problem then becomes what should you move to that disk.  In home theaters and other PC’s with lots of shared storage it is common practice to move the PUBLIC folders.  However, this is not as easy as moving other profile folders, but it is not that difficult. HOW TO MOVE PUBLIC FOLDERS: COPY…

SOLVED: How To Disable Edge Icon Tab in Internet Explorer

If you have Windows 10 1703 or newer your Internet Explorer will have a “Edge Tab” to the right of your “new tab” tab.  This means people will frequently launch the Edge Browser when they are really trying to open a new tab.  Microsoft calls this ‘assisting people to migrate to the new Edge Browser’.  I call it obnoxious and want to remove it so I can keep our corporate standard of a single browser, IE11,…

SOLVED: Mitel UCA v6 MiCollab Client Connection Lost on Windows 10

Version 6 of Mitel’s Unified Communications agent now called MiCollab has had troubles connecting to the MAS / MGB server on Windows 10 since the early summer of 2016.  As you can see in the screenshot to the right it displays CONNECTION LOST even though it is correctly configured and is visibly showing information from the server. The early solutions were to uninstall some Windows Patches (KB3163018 and/or KB3172985) from June and July 2016 but…

SOLVED: No Audio On Dell Venue Pro 5830 in Windows 10

If you have upgraded your Dell Venue Pro to Windows 10 and found that you have no audio there is a simple fix; use the Windows 8.1 audio drivers. Download the Dell Windows 8 Driver CAB file directly from Dell HERE or a reduced set of Windows 8.1 Dell 5830 tablet drivers from us HERE Extract that CAB file.  I used 7-Zip to extract the files but you can use whatever unzipper you would like Open…

SOLVED: Audio Crackling After Upgrading To Windows 10

If your audio is crackling and you have ruled out the usual audio solutions like: Unplugging and replugging in your cables, to clear any static that may have built up and to ensure a good connection Updating your drivers Making sure your speakers are not defective Running the CONTROL PANEL > TROUBLESHOOTING > TROUBLESHOOT AUDIO PLAYBACK wizard then you very well may have an easily corrected problem with the power management on your Intel CPU.  Yes,…

SOLVED: How To Set The Default Browser and Other File Associations In Window 10 Image or GPO

If you are responsible for your corporate image and you are deploying Windows 10 you are likely going to want to set the default browser to Internet Explorer rather than Edge.  The problem is there is no GPO or Answer File setting to make this change. After working with Microsoft Partner support for quite some time, they pointed me to a simply little blog that explains the way to set default file associations (like the…

SOLVED: Fix Windows 10 Start Button Does Nothing in 10 Minutes

UPDATE: June 21, 2016 – Microsoft has released a free repair tool for the Windows 10 START menu.  You can read very brief explanation and download it here. UPDATE: Jan 19 2018 – If your issue is that typing searches into the START menu is very slow or sluggish, the easy solution is HERE. If you have been through the typical fixes for the annoying problem of having your Windows 10 Start Button not working,…

SOLVED: What is Missing from the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Version of Windows 10

Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) differs from the primary fork of Windows 10 (so called Current Branch CB) in more than just future enhancements.  Win 10 LTSB has three very notable programs removed from it: CORTANA: Microsoft’s personal assistant, voice command feature that works… pretty well, is just not present in LTSB.  If you click in the “Cortana” search field you and then into settings you will see STORE App and all other…

SOLVED: What is RETAIL DEMO OFFLINE CONTENT and How Do I Turn It On or Delete It

If you have a Windows 10 PC, you have about 80MB worth of useless content called RETAILDEMO OFFLINE CONTENT.  As you might expect this content is the demo that is used in retail stores to show off Windows 10 to potential consumers. HOW TO TURN ON RETAILDEMO OFFLINE CONTENT: WARNING: If you enable RETAILDEMO OFFLINE CONTENT the personal files will be wiped from the machine FOR THE CURRENT USER.  If you want to run the demo…

SOLVED: How to Reclaim Disk Space by Removing WINDOWS.OLD in Windows 10

Windows 10, like previous versions of Windows, creates a folder named C:\WINDOWS.OLD when you upgrade from a previous version of Windows.  Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 is supposed to automatically delete this folder after 30 days AND unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 performs upgrades all the time (every few months for most users).  The problem is, if you try to just delete the WINDOWS.OLD folder (even using a Command Line like:…

SOLVED: What Happened To Windows Media Center In Windows 10

The short answer is that there will not be a “Media Center” available for Windows 10.   To make this omission more slightly palatable to loyal Media Center users, Microsoft is making WINDOWS DVD PLAYER available for free to any Windows 7 or 8 PC running Media Center, that is upgraded to Windows 10.  To get the Player, you will need to upgrade, then run Windows Update, then visit the Store. The “small print” on the offer…