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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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One thing I've never been able to fully grasp and get my head around in Window 10 is how to add custom Icons to Windows 10 and where the best places are to find Icons.

For example, if I find some icons that I like, how do I add them to be available in the "%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll" file?

I've read many articles found using Google on this topic, but none of them explained the process very well in my opinion and just left me confused. So my questions are;

  1. How to add icons to Windows 10 "imageres.dll" file so that they are available to me when I want to select a different desktop Icon for a folder or whatever?
  2. Is it possible to have a folder with Icons in it that can then be browsed and selected when using the Properties > Change Icon option on folders or Program Icons? If so, what size do these icons have to be in order to be used?
  3. What are some of the best sites to find Windows 10 compatible Icons? Free preferred, but good Paid sites are not out of the question for me.

I ask you please provide detailed explanations to questions 1 and 2, rather than just links to external sites if possible. Answers from those who have personal experience in these matters would be great, as well as screenshots of steps included in your answers if possible.

I am skilled with Windows 10, but having trouble figuring out the best way to solve this particular requirement.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Many thanks.

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My GPOs are not working the way they're supposed to. I'm trying to map drives via GPO and I've done a combination of targeting a specific OU and Item-level Targeting (one, the other, both, none) to only apply to either a specific Security Group or OU. I've linked it to the OU, used Security Filtering, none working. The only thing that seems to work is if I place the GPO at the parent level right under the domain and set filtering to Authenticated Users. No OU has inheritance blocked. No GP or GPO is set to Enforced. I'm lost here.

I have a mixed environment with two 2008 servers and two 2016 servers. Forest and Domain functional level is 2008 R2.

I've never had GPO issues like this in other environments before, so I'm inclined to think it's either something incredibly simple I'm looking over or something is broken.
We are facing one issue with a new Lenovo T470s laptop. it is preloaded with windows 10 Pro version:1709 OS Build 16299.309
This PC has default MS office which we need to uninstall we intend installing Office 2016.everytime we uninstall the default MS office it rolls back and asks for an office 365 activation key ,even after having Office 2016 activated
How can I locate where all my downloaded programs are located in Windows 10?
When I try and use the workstation connect (\\http://server/connect) it displays the attached....... it happens on all workstations
I have a Kingston 16GB usb flash drive that does not show up anymore when I plug it into any computer.  
I have tried the flash drive in 4 different computers, bot PCs/Macs, and it's not recognized.  Is there any software out there that anyone knows of that will help me recover my data?

Here's what I tried:

Both of the above programs does not recognize the flash drive.

Here's what I've tried so far (no particular order)
1. under disk management (when I plug in the drive, a "removable" K drive does appear, and when I unplug it, it disappears
dskmngt2. under device manager, I updated the drivers for the root bridge
3. under disk management, I did a right click on hte K drive and did update drivers there as well
4. did a diskpart, list disk, and disk 8 shows no media, 0B, 0B for both size and free (I'm assuming same disk as in disk management), I tried to select the partition, but nothing worked
5. I went to kingstons website and googled for data repair software, couldn't find anything

Not sure what else I can do?  Any ideas?  I really need to get the data from the usb drive.
Ok, I have a bunch of HP Elite x2 tablets with fingerprint readers.  Once I join them to the domain the fingerprinter reader "windows hello" goes gray and they can't use them.  I can't find a GPO on my 2016 server to enable biometrics to allow these to work.  Anyone run into this and find a solution??  HP was of no help.
HELP!!!  I am trying to setup ADFS 4.0 in my environment and have run into a roadblock/hurdle that I am unsure how to proceed...well, sort of have an idea, but need confirmation.

Steps already taken
1)  Extended my AD Schema to Server 2016 via media disc and ADPREP commands on my current Server 2008 R2 PDC.
(NOTE:  Currently my FFL = Server 2003 & DFL = 2008)

2) Built the new Server 2016 - Standard Edition VM's on my redundant Hyper-V managers (Server 2012 R2).
(NOTE:  4 total for this setup (2 for ADFS primary & secondary servers (joined to domain) / 2 for ADFS Web App Proxy Primary and Secondary servers (joined to a workgroup))

3) Purchased a third-party CA SSL cert.

However, this is where I am stuck/stumped...with older ADFS version deployments (i.e. ADFS 2.0), required IIS installation which I could use to run a CSR on the primary ADFS server to create the SSL certificate then install it and export it and import it on the other servers in the ADFS setup, but I believe ADFS 4.0 did away with the IIS installation requirements which would make things more secure...

So, how do you create the CSR to complete the third-party CA SSL certificate for the ADFS 4.0 setup?

I thought about building a separate Windows Server 2016 - Standard Edition VM and install IIS on it for this sole purpose, but seems like a lot of time/effort to do this.  I mean if it is my only option then it is what it is and I will go that route, but wanted to confirm with others if there …
Please provide me with the Command line and Power Shell commands to clear the clipboard within Windows 10.
So I had just moved to a previous build of windows 10.Its build 10240.I just found out that my task scheduler files are corrupt and I want to install an cumulative update but not update the build because I was experiencing issues with the latest build.Also is build 1507 same as 10240?Can I get a link to  the latest cumulative update?
Thank you
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We are having a problem trying to login to particular Amazon EC2 Server through RDP

For no apparent reason we will get this message
Even though no other users are logged in

And the only resolution is to reboot the server.

Any ideas?  Where could I see what is causing this?

Hi . How can i disable automatic updates completely in win 10  pro  operating system .. i dont want to update windows 10 .. i just want to stop asking updates and automatically installing updates .. i have changed in group policy , registry editor and stopped services like win win update and cryptographic service ..still its searching for updates and automatically restarting .. if i contact to Microsoft team they are saying to format me in this
Lenovo Yoga 370 laptop slow to boot up after upgrade to Windows 10 Creators fall Update (version 1709).It's confrmed in Lenovo's compatibility  test list as well.
Need guidance To sort the slow boot up
i want to set an HP laptop to receive as little upgrades as possible - windows 10 OS
right now it receives HP updates, program updates, and windows updates - resulting in warnings and popups that make the (older) user nervous
i know i could do a frehs install - without the HP updates - but that's the last option
let's say for now i still accept windows updates - but how to go about the rest?
hp  Probook 450 G3 i-7, 16 Gb Ram, M.2 disk - -  windows 10 OS
i would do the updates when needed -
Hello Everyone,

Been having problems bringing up Windows Firewall Service back into a Windows 10 Pro 64bit computer.

I have attached the list of services on this computer in question but Windows Firewall is not listed there.

Things done so far:

Disabled the GPO that might be causing this problem.

Run the following command lines:
          1. netsh advfirewall reset
          2. net start mpsdrv
          3. net start bfe
          4. net start mpssvc
          5. regsvr32 firewallapi.dll

Rebooted computer and still nothing.

I also tried copying MspSvc.reg file from an identical - known working computer and it didn't worked either.

Made sure all Windows Update are installed and have rebooted the computer several times to no avail.

I figured this issue with a missing Windows Firewall service might be causing us an issue wherein we are unable to RDP towards the device for whatever reason even after disabling the GPO object/rule we use for the devices.

Any expert advise is appreciated.
I am deploying windows 10 v1709 desktops in a school, for staff and students.  (We use Horizon view, but the platform is not important, they are just virtual desktops)

I am attempting to setup default file associations.  For instance, open pdf with acrobat; open html with chrome.

I tried the old method of dism, group policy, and AppAssoc.xml file, but it doesn't seem to work with 1709.  Has anyone found a solution?

(Also, we use roaming profiles for staff, and mandatory profile for students).

[Edit] Just to clarify, the question is how to do this for all users or workstations, via group policy or similar?
I keep getting a message a backup set can't be found.  I can see the Windows 10 backups but using a Windows 7 Pro backup/restore program it seems to not recognize the Windows 10 backups.  Is there anyway to get around that aside from upgrading to Windows 10?

Currently, I need to get some information off of my windows 10 backups while keeping my processor a Windows 7 Pro.

Following latest windows 2106 updates on a ML10 Gen9 server, we have lost the ability to display anything through the Displayports or via RDP. The rdp just connects, flashes and disappears.  Teamviewer connection, connects but just gives a black screen. It does the same in safe mode.

Any advise? Im guessing a graphics update has done this. The server is clearly booting as i can access the data via a pc.

Thanks Ash
Because of critical operational damage done by KB4056892, we Disabled the wuauserve aka Windows Update service.  This KB corresponds to Windows 10 1709 Build 16299.192.

In the last few days, KB4088776 corresponding to Build 16299.309 was installed anyway.
The systems are left with wuauserve aka Windows Update service in the default Manual setting.
Fortunately, the only damage this time was that the Cortana icon no longer launches anything and the Cortana search box can't be typed into.  Perhaps there are other things but they haven't been found yet.

How is one to maintain system configuration management under these circumstances?  
I've not found anything but "delay" methods re: Windows updates.  That seems risky in the extreme.
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Hi, i have the same problem.
We have a laptop that stucks in the boot screen of windows and we get a blue screen (probably after an update) and we need to decrypt the drive from veracrypt or at least get the data.

Steps we have done:

1) We imaged the drive in order to not touch the original installation. We did a sector by sector image.

2) Then we have mounted the image in Windows 10 as an external drive.

3) We installed Veracrypt 1.22 Beta (i tried also the stable version but it doesn't work either)

4) The drive is recognized and identified as RAW in the system

5) We open Veracrypt and try to decrypt it. We put the correct password and we also select the Identify partion without pre-boot Authentification:

6) The password is recognized and we get in this screen:

7) Unfortunately we cannot see the dat a inside the drive

8) Using a data recovery tool we can understand that the partition is still encrypted.

I have uploaded a video in youtube that explains the problem and you can see step by step the process we use to recover the data. Youtube Video here:

as i told you we have no Veracrypt Recovery Disk but we have the password which is working correctly.
a) How we can recover the data from this partition / disk ?
b) What is the best way to image the whole disk to another disk unencrypted so we can fix also the Windows 10 boot problems ?
Insecure connection warning in Internet Explorer and Chrome. Both are the latest version and we have all of Windows updates installed. IE sometimes allows to proceed through the warning as insecure connection while Chrome does not. IE also displays sometimes information about not being able to find revocation certificate information for that website while Chrome does not do that. Even though both browsers display those insecure connection warnings, the website addresses are https;//. Weirdly, we had this problem in Chrome on Friday, then opened IE to check if that will work and it opened fine without warning. We have BitDefender antivirus installed. The issue occurs on few computers, Windows 7 Pro x64 and Windows 10 Pro x64. All computers are Dell OptiPlex.
Windows 10 Pro index options window is frozen. I got hit with some bug but I'm unsure what it was, it mostly affected my windows explorer functionality. I've ran the latest malwarebytes (3x after reboots) and selectively removed everything that I know wasn't mine. Explore.exe works for the most part but sometimes it is just blank and in task manager ONLY allows the restart option, indicating its busted. It only seems half busted, because if I navigate to a dir via shortcut it works fine. Another symptom is that not all filetype icons work in folders. Initially, none worked. Slowly some have restored themselves. I'll get to rebuilding that later since right now other things have priority.

I'm having trouble finding reports of similar issues to help me troubleshoot this. When I open Indexing Options, the container opens up but stays frozen saying "waiting to receive indexing status" and will not show any locations to index. I have 3 drives, one SSD for boot and two for storage. It won't allow clicking Advanced Options or closure of the container, short of ending the task via task manager.

I successfully ran chkdsk and sfc but no errors were found or corrected.

Other than that... I've never fixed this kind of issue before having never experienced it.
I have a Windows desktop (HP ProOne 400 AIO) that has trouble updating to the latest Windows build. These updates (Please see attachment) are stuck in the computer and it kept telling me to restart. After I restart the computer, which took less than a minutes and showed no sign of installing anything, the update notification remained. I even tried to install these updates by downloading the individual update pack from Microsoft. The installer ran to the end but reboot showed no result. Any idea how to fix this?

I will try out the solutions on Monday as the computer is at my workplace.
How do I create a New Contact in Skype (Windows 10 version)  
Have been searching 'Help' for an hour  without success) . I get the following response from the Microsoft site:
"Go to Contacts.
Select the add contact icon or click directly in the search text box and type the name, Skype name or email of the person you want to add. Click  Search Skype.
Select your friend from the search results and click Add to Contacts."
The Windows File Explorer has stopped working! Yesterday it was working, today it is not. The symptom is that when I click on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar, nothing happens. The result is the same when I click on the File Explorer icon in the start menu. The day before it stopped working, Windows halted with the following message:


I don't know whether the two are related. So far, I haven't detected problems with any other application.

Windows 10





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.