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: When I RIGHT CLICK the START BUTTON Nothing Happens in Windows 8.1

If you right click on the START button but do not see a context menu you likely have corrupted or missing folder: c:\User\<user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX The solution is just to copy this folder (and its three subfolders) from a working machine.  In my case, I was able to copy these files from a different Windows profile that was not experiencing the problem. Also, in case you have not figured this out yet, you can customize your right…

SOLVED: Can Media Center be added to Windows 8 Enterprise?

No… how is that for direct!  I have confirmed with Microsoft Partner Support that Media Center will ONLY be available for Windows 8 Professional via the MEDIA CENTER ADD ON PACK to be released in October 2012. I have joined the many and asked Microsoft to change this as there are several very good uses for MEDIA CENTER in the Enterprise.  Microsoft’s response was: “…I fully understand the inconvenience this issue may have caused and I…

SOLVED: How to Shutdown or Restart a Windows 8 PC from a Remote Desktop (RDP) Session

In Windows 7 and Vista you could do this by clicking START, WINDOWS SECURITY and then RESTART.  Apparently WINDOWS SECURITY link has been removed from Win8 sooo I can think of just two ways to easily reboot a Win8 machine from an RDP session: on the tile page type RUN (select APPS on the top right) and click RUN, then enter: shutdown -r -f Reboot shutdown -f Shutdown Press ALT+F4 (i.e. close) and then select RESTART…

Microsoft Announces $40 Windows 8 Upgrade For XP, Vista & Windows 7

Microsoft just announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7 are all elligible for an upgrade to Windoes 8 Pro, for just $40.  That is between half to a quarter of the usual upgrade price.  Microsoft is also providing Media Center for free to those who take advantage of this upgrade offer. That upgrade price will apparently be avaible only on Microsoft.com in 130+ countries but a retail pack will go on sale for…

SOLVED: Windows 8 Release Preview Has No Antivirus!

Um, yes it does!  Win8 Defender now includes Security Essentials.   Here is the official word direct from Microsoft “Windows 8 Release Preview comes with Windows Defender, which has been improved in Windows 8 to provide the same level of malware protection as Microsoft Security Essentials. You do not need to install Microsoft Security Essentials and it will not work with Windows 8. Microsoft will continue to provide and improve Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7,…

Windows 8 Release Candidate Available Now, Windows 2012 Server Too!

You can download the latest build of Microsoft Windows 8 from windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download .  Keep in mind that you can download a SETUP or an .ISO.  Personally, I would only work with the .ISO on a fresh harddrive (or fresh partition 🙂 )  The CD key for this is TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF  And if you are wondering “can I upgrade Windows 8 Consumer Preview to this Windows 8 Release Preview”, the answer is yes.  See windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/faq for details The support…