SOLVED: Fast Fix Stuck Update – Searching For Updates On This Computer

Normally when you have a problem with Windows Update there are two processes you should go through: Download and install the Update manually (rather than relying on the Windows Update GUI) Reset your Windows Update: Launch SERVICES.MSC, and STOP both “WINDOWS UPDATE” and “BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER SERVICE” then set them to DISABLED Delete all files and folders in C:\windows\softwaredistribution Launch SERVICES.MSC, and set the following to AUTOMATIC startup “WINDOWS UPDATE” and “BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER SERVICE”…

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: RDP The System Administrator Has Limited The Computers You Can Log On With – Log On To

If you are RDP’ing to a machine and you see: The system administrator has limited the computers you can log on with. the problem is the language Microsoft has used in their LOG ON TO button in Active Directory Users and Computers.  It should be LOG ON FROM.  If you restrict users access to log onto particular computers it also applies to the machines they are RDP’ing from. For example USER-A has a Log On…

Chestermere in Winter Windows 7 & 8 Desktop Theme

Our Chestermere In Winter Theme contains more than 40 images my daughter and I took from various parks and common areas around our beautiful Town.   Most of these images were taken in December 2012 but there are a few images from other winter periods like our Olympic Rings on the Ice in 2008. This is a completely free theme which will automatically change images every 20 minutes.  Installation is fast and simple Click HERE to download the theme file…

SOLVED: How to Have TWO HomeGroups on the Same Windows 7 Network

The solution is quite simple: Go to your NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER Change the Network Type from HOME to PUBLIC Change the Network Type (yes, again) from PUBLIC to HOME This should create a second network.   Thanks to: http://www.sevenforums.com/network-sharing/21351-multiple-homegroups.html#post232625   Windows 8 does not allow you to change Network Types via the NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER; you need to right click on your network list to make changes.  I have not figured this out…

SOLVED: Windows Black Screen With Mouse Pointer Only, No Desktop

If in both normal boot and Safe Mode you see just a black screen with mouse pointer you can try several things to resolve the issue.  For me all was well until I ran through a series of reboots for Windows Updates and my Windows 7 64 bit Professional PC had a problem with one.  I have seen this problem before and this time I tried everything listed below but in the end the fix…

SOLVED: Google Earth Stuck on Initializing Screen

After playing with this bizarre Google Earth (GE) problem for some time and reading dozens of very frustrated blogers end their threads with “… and the only way I could get it to work was to wipe my PC and perform a fresh Windows install”, I got creative.  Being unable to launch Google Earth past the splash screen is quite annoying. The solution appears to be linked with the first time initialization getting stuck. Sooo,…

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: What Client Computers Does Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials Support

The short answer is, almost all Windows (INCLUDING Windows 7 HOME – see the last paragraph in this message for details) and Mac operating systems; the long answer is: Operating system Supported Domain Join Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, Enterprise (x86 and x64) Yes Yes Windows 7 Home Premium, Basic, Starter (x86 and x64) Yes No Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, Enterprise SP2 (x86 and x64) Yes Yes Windows Vista Home Premium, Basic, Starter SP2 (x86 and…

Bootable Suite of Disaster Recovery Tool For Corporate Administrators

This disaster recovery tool is often shown for only for Windows 7, Vista and XP (both 32bit and 64bit) but their site says it also works with Windows Server 2008 R2, 2008, 2003… This program can easily be used to recover lost data, backup or clone disks, edit the registry, undo Windows Updates and much much more. “…O&O BlueCon 9 Admin Edition is a bootable suite of disaster recovery tools aimed squarely at corporate system administrators,…

Windows In Place Upgrade Problem: Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing

When attempting an in-place upgrade or an upgrade from a previous version of Windows, you may see the COMPATABILITY REPORT error stating: Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing. After restarting this alert flag may not be cleared.  Fortunately there are two simple solutions: Uninstall Nero DVD / CD burning software as this is a known issue Delete any pending operations in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager like:

Mac OS X Lion drove me to Windows 7

“…On October 6, I made a dramatic, personal computing switch. After more than two months using the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook running Google’s Chrome OS, I didn’t go back to the Mac but to Windows 7. Mac OS X 10.7 — aka “Lion” — is major, but not only, reason. Lion is the first Mac operating system that I don’t like. Also, I find the hardware options, particularly the all-important display and resolution, to be…

SOLVED: UltraVNC Can’t Send CONTROL ALT DEL on Windows 7 64bit or Server 2008 R2 and Screen Refresh Issues

UPDATE: Note that I have given up on UltraVNC and gone to RealVNC because it supports 4 monitors (and I find TightVNC just too slow when the screens are busy).  Pay the $30 for the Personal version and save the time. BACKGROUND: Sooo, I needed a fast VNC that would support multiple monitors so I can run some digital signage and digital artwork remotely on Win 7 64 Bit.  Previously I had used the standard…

Windows 7 is MORE Secure Than Apple MAC OSX

“Conventional wisdom has it that Apple’s Mac OS X system is more secure than Windows. And though partisans on either side of the OS fence have differing reasons for believing that to be so—Mac users believe it’s because of the inherent superiority of OS X’s UNIX underpinnings, and Windows users claim that OS X’s tiny 5 percent usage share isn’t a sufficient target for hackers—this is perhaps the one area where they do agree. But…

SOLVED: AN AUTHENICATION ERROR HAS OCCURED. THE ENCRYPTION TYPE REQUESTED IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE KDC

Solution: If you are seeing this error, go to ALL of you Domain Controllers and restart the KERBEROS DISTRIBUTION KEY (KDC) service.  I have done this on live DC’s without any errors or disruption in service.   Details: I found the An Authentication Error Has Occured.  The Encryption Type Requested Is not Supported by the KDC, intermittantly when trying to RDP to various Server 2008 and R2 servers. Last week, I moved the Forest and…