SOLVED: How To Fix or Manually Uninstall a Corrupt Microsoft Silverlight in Windows 10

If you have problems with Silverlight on Windows 10 or Windows 8, like being prompted to install it when you already have Silverlight, there are several steps you need to take to correct it: NOTE: Silverlight does NOT work in Microsoft Edge so make sure you are using Internet Explorer 11 for all of the links below. DETECT SILVERLIGHT: Click THIS link to see if your browser thinks Silverlight is installed Click THIS link to run a basic…

SOLVED: How to Enter to BIOS on a Windows 8 Asus T100 Tablet

SHORT ANSWER: The Asus T100 is a normal PC and so you can enter the BIOS by rapidly pressing the F2 key on boot up. LONG ANSWER: To be precise the Asus T100 and most newer computers have scrapped the old, small and slow BIOS (Basic Input Output System) in favour of the new Intel and Microsoft designed UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface).  The UEFI standard is fast; so fast that you likely will have…

NEWS: Microsoft To Cut Entry Level Windows 8 From $50 to Just $15!

According to reports, Microsoft is set to slash the price it charges OEMs for Windows 8.x. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the tiled OS for any cheaper, but it does mean significant savings for (some) PC builders. At the moment, Microsoft charges all OEMs $50 per copy of Windows 8. The price cut will see this license figure reduced by 70 percent to $15 per copy. However,…

SOLVED: Installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Server 2012 Errors Out With Missing Source Files Error

The solution to “The source files could not be found” when installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Server 2012 (or Windows 8)  is to: Pop in the DVD (or the ISO for the DVD) Start the ADD ROLES AND FEATURES Wizard and click the obvious choices up until the CONFIRMATION screen on the CONFIRMATION screen of the ADD ROLES AND FEATURES WIZARD, you need to click the SPECIFY SOURCE link (tiny link at the bottom of the…

Windows 8 “Blue Update” To Work on 7″ Tablets for $40 ish Ready Summer 2013

Today BusinessInsider.com reported that they expect the next update of Windows (code named “Blue”) should sell in the $40-$50 range and function on tablets as small as 7″. “Microsoft has been glaringly absent from the tablet discussion in the white hot  7-8” form factor. My firm estimates that in 2013, sub 10-inch tablets will  dominate tablet sales and represent more than 60% of total sales. Windows 8  today can only go as small as 10.1-inches.…

SOLVED: Windows 8 Refuses to Stay in Sleep Mode

This is a problem with dozens of potential solutions, but in my experience 75% of the time it is the network card that is walking up a Windows PC and the solution is fast and simple. If you want to find out what is causing your PC to wakeup from sleep mode, that is also very simple: Bring up a CMD prompt Type POWERCFG -LASTWAKE To disable the network cards ability to wake up your PC: Bring…

SOLVED: How to Make Windows 8 Run the Windows 7 Desktop OR How to Get the Start Button Back in Windows 8

Previously I had posted several easy ways to add a Start button to  Windows 8 urtech.ca/2012/10/solved-solved-solved-oh-joy-solved-how-to-add-the-start-button-into-windows-8/  but this is an ENTIRELY different approach… run Windows 7’s EXPLORER.EXE (i.e. the entire Windows 7 DESKTOP) in Windows 8. I have not tried this yet, but several notable tech staffers have with no complaints after more than a month of use. Ex7ForW8, or “Explorer 7 for Windows 8”, is a wrapper created by a developer named Tihiy which basically allows…

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 Change the Seattle Graphic When SWITCHING USERS in Windows 8

I have confirmed with Microsoft support that there is no GUI to change the Seattle graphic that Windows 8 displays when SWITCHING USER or on boot of a new PC.  Further, I have not found any “tweakers” to adjust it yet, although you know they are coming.  Until then it is a relatively easy task for those with skills to change the Seattle graphic in Windows 8: Enable HIDDEN FILES by opening COMPUTER, clicking VIEW,…

SOLVED: How to Install Windows 8 on an Acer Iconia Tab W500P or W700P

Installing Windows 8 on an Acer Iconia Tab W500P or W700P  is straight forward but will have a few minor issues. You have an important choice to make before you start, perfection or performance.  I choose performance.  Let me explain.  If you choose Windows 8 32 Bit, you can get all of the drivers for the Iconia hardware from www.intel.com/support  and from www.acer.com however, the tablet will not run at the speed it is capable…

SOLVED: How to Access the BIOS on an Acer Iconia Tab W500P or W700P

If you just want to change the boot order (i.e. you want to boot from a USB DVD because you are wiping the device and want to install Windows 8, you do NOT need to go into the BIOS, just power up the unit and press the F12 key repeatedly until the boot menu appears. If you do need to access the BIOS: Shut Down / Power Down the Iconia Tab Hold the WINDOWS button…

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: 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 Shut Down or Restart Windows From a Shortcut and What is Hybrid Shutdown in Windows 8

UPDATE: Oct 20, 2012:  Turn the Windows 8 Start Button back on which includes the power options: urtech.ca/2012/10/solved-solved-solved-oh-joy-solved-how-to-add-the-start-button-into-windows-8  ORIGINAL POST BELOW: _________________   Like older versions of Windows, Windows 8 has a built in SHUTDOWN executable, which means you can easily create your own icons and add them to your Quick Launch bar or the pin them to your Taskbar.  All the details of which you can see at the bottom of this post. The interesting news is…