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Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system featuring the "universal application architecture" (UAP); apps can be designed to run across multiple devices with nearly identical code, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens. Windows 10 also includes a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, voice-based search (Cortana), new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.

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We have a 2016 Standard PDC that is running AD and file services for a small network.   We have another server running 2016 that we want to use a Backup domain controller along with file replication for the data.    If anything happens to the Primary we can promote backup to primary and all data will be up to date.    What is the best way to configure the backup domain?   Thank in advance
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Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking
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Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking

While there were several headline-grabbing ransomware attacks during in 2017, another big threat started appearing at the same time that didn’t get the same coverage – illicit cryptomining.

I have tried all the tips I can find on this failed update. I have disabled network drivers as well as been hard-wired to the network but this one computer refuses to upgrade due to this message.

2017-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems (KB4041689)

This computer is a brand new Dell Laptop. Any suggestions as to how t get this upgrade to be applied?
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Very recently, a Windows 10 system appears to have gone through a RESET.
I'm not the User, so I can't say for sure what happened - it surely appears that there was a Windows Update on 3/19/2019 - yesterday!
The system is now at 1809 Build 17763.379.

The system was RESET - which means that a large number of app's were removed.  That is very upsetting and costly in that this is a  production system for a small business.
At least there is a list of the removed app's which I've attached for your:
a) amusement
b) horror
c) concern

Now, please don't tell me that "well, that's what you get if you do a RESET"!  OK?  Please?  That would be a worthless and trivial response.

The real issue here is what caused the reset?  
Could it have been the Update all by itself?  In truth, I very much doubt that the owner would have triggered a reset.
So, could this be a precursor to the same thing happening again and again?
THAT is the question and the issue.
Removed-Apps.html
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I have a Hyper-V virtual machine that is currently offline, but i don't know the name of its host. Is there any way to look up this info?

I know there are commands to log into a running VM and get the host info, but that doesn't help me here.
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I have adobe reader installed on a windows 10 machine and it wont let me change the default app for *.pdf documents to Adobe Reader.  The window just closes when I try to change the default app for these file types and no change happens.  Any idea?
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Need a clarification on domain name change.

Consider I have an existing domain of ABC.com and i am building another server as primary domain DEF.com.
I have a file server joined to ABC.com with file permissions set. I am now joining this file server to DEF.com.

PS - DEF.com domain has the same set of users in Active Directory.

Now, My question is will the file permission be the same for DEF.com after joining the file server from ABC.com to DEF.com.

Kindly advise...
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The ability is needed to scan relatively small 5" wide x 6" high paper tags, at a quick speed.
or
The ability is needed to scan these documents using a conventional type desktop scanner perhaps with a document feeder.

The issue is that the thickness of these tags is less weight than conventional copy paper, so not only is the issue that they might get jammed
in a conventional copier/scanner but they might even get torn.

What is suggested for situations like this?
Would a very fast hand scanner be an option?
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Have a 4yr old box running server 2012 with HyperV and running 5 VMs - am replacing with a New server 2016 and moving the VMs across.
Can i just enable replication of the VMs to the new box and then turn the old off ? Am I better to export and import in ?
Will I get issues with hardware being different / Host server name being different ?

Any pointers appreciated - its a live system so dont want to mess it up and have downtime.
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I've recently built a new pc

B450-F STRIX MOBO
1TB WD BLACK M2 NVME SSD
4TB TOSHIBA HDD

I've installed windows 10 from a USB stick onto the SSD and that seems to go fine but when it restarts it can't find the boot device.

If I go into the bios and exit - the system boots into windows fine.

Latest BIOS - Any ideas?
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I am running Windows 10 and Outlook 16, and use iTunes to synchronize my iPhone with my Outlook.  All of a sudden, after finally getting the Windows driver installed for the iPhone, I went into iTunes but my computer won't recognize the phone.  I changed cords, changed USB ports, rebooted the computer, but no luck.  I went into Device Manager, and it doesn't appear there either.  This is the first time that this has happened on this (or any) computer.  I'm a Windows guy, and only deal with Apple for my iPhone - so if there's something I need to do on the phone itself I'll need help.  Please help.

Thanks,

Phil
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I clicked on something and now when I connect my android phone to my Windows 10 computer, OneDrive tries to import the pictures.

How do I turn this off?
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We are a primarily Dell laptop environment. I have deployed SCCM 2016 successfully and am working out minor kinks here and there with deployment of software and OS things

I have configured all my PXE settings and I can get the laptop to boot to PXE but it does not identify anything to connect to IE: my sccm server to pick up the image I built.

After it attempts to find a connection it fails then reboots.

Any idea on areas to check? I modified my DHCP options set for PXE 60, 66 and 67.

The DC that host DHCP and DNS is Windows Server 2012r2 and the SCCM server is 2019
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I'm running Windows 10 on my laptop.   This morning I awoke with my Outlook unable to read the Contacts or Calendar (the email works fine), and I get the following error:

Outlook Data Error Message
I checked the Data Files location in my Outlook Account Settings (see below) and it's correct - the Outlook.PST file is where it should be (and shows that it was updated since I opened Outlook this morning).   I don't know what to do.  Please help.

Outlook Data Files Window
Thanks,

Phil
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Hi

We have problems with Microsoft Definition Updates on Windows 7 Clients. According to Woody there is a problem:
https://www.askwoody.com/2019/windows-defender-security-definition-problems/ 

Error 1
Error 2
All physical devices are affected. Are you also affected? Are there any workarounds?

Thanks
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adding windows 2016 or windows 2019 to windows 2012 r2 Domain

We have a new application which requires windows 2016 or 2019 DC.  We currently have Windows 2012 DC's with Forest and Domain Functional levels set at windows 2012 r2.

While either 2016 or 2019 would work for us, I'm leaning towards windows 2019 OS for future proofing.

My main question is this really, Is a schema update a definite requirement when adding a windows 2016 (or windows 2019) DC? and presumably the schema will be updated across the Forest?
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I accidentally crippled the Win10 apps on my PC, and am not sure how to fix the issue.  Here are some of the symptoms:

*) Edge opens and then immediately closes (in less than 1 sec)
*) Neither the calculator or the photos apps will open
*) Uninstalling / re-installing apps fails, although I am able to open the Windows Store
*) When in Settings -> Apps, the Background Apps shows a blank list (no apps are listed)

I used the Remove-AppxPackage command in powershell to remove some of the bloatware, and I got a little de-crapifying-ly happy.  So while regular programs work fine (Firefox, Chrome, Word, Excel, etc.), I think I accidentally uninstalled something that the core app system needs to function.

Any help is appreciated
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I am using a laptop running Windows 10.  It's been a long time since I've used this computer, and needed to reinstall iTunes to synchronize my phone.  After installing the iTunes it asked me for my username and password to access the program.  The password I thought was correct didn't work, so I selected "forgot my password".  They then had me enter my email and phone number, but I never got the message that they said they sent to my phone (I've tried doing this several times).  So I hit "cancel" - since all I really need iTunes for is synchronizing my Outlook.  But when I hit the iPhone icon in iTunes I got the following message:

iTunes message
Can you help me get it up and running?

Thanks,

Phil
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I have an excel Macro that I have been running on Windows 7 for years without a problem. I recently updated to Windows 10.
Every time I run the macro now I get the Error 1004.

Below I put the VbScript that it does not like.
Any ideas how to fix this problem?

Thanks...
RIck

Error 1004
Method SaveAs of Object   Workbook failed

ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:= _
        "M:\IT\Macros\ESCOffTheShelf\Web-ESCUploadInventory1.xlsx", FileFormat:= _
        xlOpenXMLWorkbook, CreateBackup:=False
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windows 10 pro workstation connect to domain, cannot remote desktop to computer.
1. Remote desktop access to computer is turned on.
2. Removed Webroot antivirus (not antivirus installed)
3. Go to control panel windows defender firewall, there is a yellow bar with, "for your security, some settings are managed by your system administrator."
3. Domain networks is green and connected
4. Private networks is red and not connected
5. Guest or public networks is not connected.

6. I have tried to turn off this through gpedit on my one domain controller and on the local workstation. (Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Network / Network connections / Windows Defender Firewall / domain Profile) set Windows Defender Firewall: Protect all network connections to disable.
7. I did gpupdate /force on the DC and then gpupdate on the local computer, (rebooted pc also).
8. I have tried the following command on the local computer, Turning Off Firewall Using Windows Command Prompt admin, "netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off" restarted computer and in control panel it domain firewall is still grayed out and on.

9. I am at a loss to turn this off and allow remote desktop to access this computer
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I am running Windows 10 on a Lenovo laptop.  My new laptop is in for repair, so this is my backup unit - which is only four years old, but hasn't been used for about a year.  I plugged it in, and I'm running all available updates, but the computer doesn't read my main desktop USB 3.0 hard drive (which is where most of my data lives).  I have a backup drive that it reads fine, and the desktop drive shows up in "Disk Management" (which shows it's "healthy").  But Windows Explorer doesn't see it, Devices and Printers doesn't see it, and my MS Office apps don't see it.  I've tried plugging it into both HUBS and directly to the computer to no avail.  Can you help?

Thanks,

Phil
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This is similar to a question I posted the other day, only this time, I want to be able to do the same thing with Browsers. Google hasn't been of much help.

I'm testing a variety of (5) browsers I plan to eventually do a review on, but in order to test them properly and to my own satisfaction, I need to keep switching the default Browser in Windows 10 using the GUI method in Default Apps. Too many clicks needed for my liking.

Is there a simpler way you know of that I could do the same thing with just a couple of mouse clicks, like the solution John found for me in my other question?

Ie: For my microphones, all I need to do to change the default Microphone to use is with one click of my mouse as shown below and it's done:

Example of the type of solution I'm looking for.
Similar to the above, I'd like to have a menu where I could just click and select any browser I want to make it the default browser in Windows 10 with one or two clicks.

Please note that I am heavily challenged when it comes to any type of coding, scripting or automating. A programmer I am not.

Using a GUI I can figure out how to do just about anything on Windows, but if I need to make changes via Powershell or similar, please include detailed instructions on how, where and why I need to enter any script(s) to achieve my end goal.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Andrew
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I have  fairly new (less than a year) Lenovo P71 laptop running Windows 10.  When I awoke this morning the screen had frozen, and no keys would do anything.  I turned it off manually using the start button, but when I attempted to restart the computer it froze on "Lenovo" screen.  There's a message on that screen to bypass normal startup, but the "Enter" key doesn't do anything.  I've tried several times, including with and without each of the power/USB cords that were plugged in, but to no avail.  At one point (and it only happened once ... and briefly) I got a Blue Screen with a message about some problem, but didn't have time to read it ... it did suggest hitting F1, but I've tried the F1 key at all stages of the initiation process and nothing works.   So, unless you have an idea, my new computer is unusable.  Please help.

Thanks,

Phil
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I have two Microphones connected to my Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) box.

One is built into my Web Cam ( Microsoft LifeCam Cinema ) and what I've been using up until now.

Recently I purchased a much higher quality USB Microphone that does a significantly better job at filtering out background noise.

Sometimes though, I still want to use the built-in Microphone in my LifeCam Cinema WebCam.

I know how to make the change via UI methods, but it takes too many clicks for my liking, so wondered if there is a simpler way to achieve the desired result?

Change Default Mic in Windows 10 using a script of some type.
So... what I need is a batch file, script or Powershell command way of telling Windows 10 which Microphone to use by default. Something I can double-click on my desktop which will result in all of the needed changes to be made to make one or the other Mic the default in Windows 10.

Please note that I am heavily challenged when it comes to any type of coding, scripting or automating. A programmer I am not.

Using a GUI I can figure out how to do just about anything on Windows, but if I need to make changes via Powershell or similar, please include detailed instructions on how, where and why I need to run the script(s), and if doing so will have any negative effect on Windows 10 security.  It's why I stay away from using PowerShell unless an expert in it tells me exactly what to do and why! <g>

With all that said, can anyone offer a solution?

Regards, Andrew
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I asked this before and like to expand a bit deeper.  
 For some reason we have two DNS partitions.  company.com and company.local
No immediate problems to resolve, but there is potential for corruption.  My thoughts to remove it completely but like to research first.
The zone shows up on all Domain Controllers, but for some reason the replication is only pushed out via one particular.  All DCs replicate 5 partitions, but that one replicates 7.  The additional 2 are the partitions related to company.local
Its behaving like old 2003 AD partition where we only had single source replication from the PDC.  Could that be because I have all the FSMO roles on that DC?
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I need to disable Microsoft Edge from preloading on approximately 200 computers, at a school, for a testing application to work. I tried a registry edit on each machine,(tested a small group) but that apparently only works on certain versions of Win. All of ours are Win10 Pro, but at different stages in the upgrade world. We have a server 2012R2 domain controller, and I imported Win 10 templates so I can edit Edge there with group policy, but autorun is not in the available items to edit. I am looking for a solution, that works with all variants of Win10 to this point, that I can run as a 1 click editor, on each computer while installing testing client, or implement in group policy. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Windows 10

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Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system featuring the "universal application architecture" (UAP); apps can be designed to run across multiple devices with nearly identical code, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens. Windows 10 also includes a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, voice-based search (Cortana), new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.