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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.

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Free Tool: Site Down Detector
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Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

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where can I download windows 10 64-bit iso?
I need to figure out what is causing a windows 10 computer to crash. There is a dump file I am trying to read using Windbg based on  this site https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/315263/how-to-read-the-small-memory-dump-file-that-is-created-by-windows-if-a#method6

The command line is:
windbg -y srv*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols -i c:\windows\i386 -z c:\windows\minidump\minidump.dmp

For starters I cannot find the I386  folder on the computer or Windows 10 install DVD.  Where can I get that folder?

Is there a better way to read the dump file?

I am faced with an activation problem.  Microsoft support is not available today (sunday), so I'm asking you guys for help.
A VM running Windows 10 Pro was previously operated on Hyper-V.  I used the vSphere Converter Standalone to migrate it to VMware.  Now it is asking for activation.
There is no "just activate it"-button to press - I only have the option to go to Microsoft Store or to change the product key.

This is my issue:
I cannot klick on "change product key".  Or rather:  I can click on it, but nothing happens.

How can I change the product key?

I photographed 50 pages of a document and I tried to convert the 50 jpg files into a PDF document using Nuance PDF Create 8. However the pages of the PDF file are not consistently positioned (although they are all of similar dimensions in the printed document), very many of them turning out 'upside down' or 'sideways'. I tried to use Soda PDF 7 with the same result.

 And yet  if I display the JPG files using the various programs on my Windows 10 laptop ('photos', 'photo gallery', 'paint' 'windows photo viewer') all the photos display in the correct upright position.
I just got a new Windows 10 computer.  I don't want to have to type in a login password whenever I turn on the computer.  I tried going to User Account Settings, but can't find how to eliminate the password protection.  Please help.  Thanks, Phil
I'm having problems installing Skype on a fully updated Windows 10 computer.

I think the problem is that I have included in my Skype password this character --


which Skype seems to reject

Experts, please suggest a non-alphabetical and non-numerical character, that Skype does recognize.
After windows 10 update, on power up, I now have to connect wifi manually, and toggle display settings to get 2nd monitor working.

The WIFI settings indicate to connect automatically. Now I go into Change Adapter Settings and connect manually.
The 2nd monitor used to turn on. Now I have to go into Display Settings, select "choose only 1", then "revert" back to extend display.

How can I get both items to work automatically?
hi experts,

I've setup a domain controller on Windows Server 2016.
Computer name: CMC-SERVER
Domain: cmc.local

I'm on the workstation trying to join domain and it keeps giving the error:

 Active Directory domain controller cannot be contacted...


please advise. ....
Hello Experts.

I have a PC that after a reboot the desktop changed to a basic desktop.  Most of the icons are missing and the wallpaper is back to a basic wallpaper.  I have Googled it and what seems common is that the profile somehow got corrupted and that it can be fixed in the registry but the articles do not say what to fix.  Hope someone can help on this issue.  Thanks!
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Hi, I'm using Windows 10 and am having a little bit of an issue with the Windows O/S Updates. I've found that the updates for Windows 10 are far more periodic than those for Windows 7. Windows 10 seems to update every couple of days.

The problem I'm having is that sometimes when I'm done working and go to shut down my laptop, my machine begins to update itself. This sometimes also happens when I open my laptop and am getting ready to start working...that would be OK if the update sessions were quick. However, some of these sessions take over 2 hours. So, I'll be ready to leave the office, close my laptop and I get..."Getting Windows Ready. Don't turn off your computer" message....AHHHHH!!!! Now I have to wait a significant amount of time for Windows 10 to update before I can leave.

Is there a way that I can control the update schedule. I would want it to update ONLY when I say ...OK Go! Otherwise, not update at all.

Also, it would be great if Microsoft could tell you how long the update was going to take. The other night Windows took 2.5 hours to update...that's crazy!  

Your help and suggestions would be greatly welcome.

Thank you,
Hello Experts
this customer has installed himself a win server 2016 in a HP Proliant ML10 GEN9   inten XEON 8 gb RAM  
I find it slow in general compared with other servers and when turning it of takes too long

What can I do here ?
My understanding of Domain computers is that they periodically need to be reconnected to a network with local access to the domain controller in order to sync and not run into the "no domain controllers available" issue.

In researching a related issues I discovered a few posts that throw this understanding into question.

Essentially, I have a client which is in an expansion period and has purchased Windows 10 Pro tablets to take when doing presentations etc. out of town. What I need to know is how long can these tablets continue to be used before the user will either see the above error or be unable to access network shares through their mobile VPN client?

Also, I'm assuming that in order for a new user to login they would of course need to be on the local network, but if multiple users have logged into the device previously will they all be able to log in or just the last user?
Hey guys, so a really "fun" problem.

I have a system at home that was previously on a domain at my last company.  When I left, and took the system with me, removed it from the domain and put a local account on (as admin).
Last night my wife was attempting to load something on my machine, typed my password wrong, 5 times... and locked the account out.

I have no idea how long the lockout duration is, or if I set the threshold.  My concern is from GP from the domain, the threshold is 0, and forcing admin to reset the account.
Which I no longer HAVE, and from the fact that I don't see any options to login as admin, I'm guessing my local admin account is disabled.

Is there ANY option I have to unlock my account and get back onto my system?

Safe mode, safe with command prompt, ANYTHING from usual channels doesn't work, as I have to log in first, and the sole account I have access to is locked.

I have a client that runs Win10Pro in a domain.

They have network drives for most files, and they have File History (VSS) turned on, so old versions of files can be restored if required.

However, the CEO also has a VeraCrypt archive that they access from a USB Drive by mapping on their Win10Pro laptop, but also using his home machine.  The VeraCrypt file is backed up to the office network each time he is in, so it appears to be fairly safe.

However, File Versions don't appear to be available on that mapped drive.


1) Can that be enabled on the mapped drive that is the VeraCrypt archive?  If so, how do we do that?

2) If so, would it create versions of the files on the drive elsewhere on the laptop hard disk, and if so, could they be stored on the mapped drive instead?  If not, can we control where they are stored at all?

3) Are there any specific risks of corruption or conflict in doing this?


I'm installing a new server (Win Server 2016 Std.)  and considering installing a Hyper-V machine as a Remote Desktop Server to host Quickbooks Enterprise 2018.  
I've called Intuit support to see if they have installation and configuration suggestions or documentation and found them to be be (predictably) unhelpful.  They claim that they no longer support Remote Desktop deployments for QB Enterprise and suggest signing up for their hosted service (which sounds remarkably like Remote Desktop!).
I don't want to waste company time and money on server setup and CALs only to find that it doesn't work.
Any current users/admins out there with recent experience that can comment, advise, endorse or dissuade on this topic?
Any input is appreciated.
Ken C.
Please provide me with the command line or power shell commands to enable & disable network discovery within Windows 10.

How can we run a batch file on windows 10 computers with GPO.
We don't want it to run on Windows 7

Hi everyone

I could really do with some help with a challenge I've set myself.

I am trying to create a new WIndows 10 "Gold" image with all our apps, settings etc.

I am trying to achieve this in Hyper-V on my laptop as I don't really have any other hardware availabe at the moment.

I am more or less familiar with the process of Sysprepping and capturing the image, but I have come across a problem that I can't figure out.

I want to install my apps etc from a shared folder on my laptop, however when I boot into Audit Mode to make the customizations, I cannot access the share.  I get the following error message:

<laptop> is not accessible.  You might not have permission to use this network resource.  Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

This user can't sign in because this account is currently disabled.

If I log in normally, I can access the share.

I can't use an external USB stick or drive as Hyper-V doesn't seem to recognize them.

I also suspect I'm going to have this problem when I come to using DISM to capture the image.

To avoid me tearing anymore hair out, is it possible to build a Windows 10 image in Client Hyper-V.

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Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

Task Manager for Hyper-V provides critical information that allows you to monitor Hyper-V performance by displaying real-time views of CPU and memory at the individual VM-level, so you can quickly identify which VMs are using host resources.

I have a client who I just upgraded from an older Windows 10 installation to a new one.  In his older version, Edge stored the Favorites as individual files in a folder where the new one uses the ESE database.

How can I get his Favorites copied over?  The older version of Edge doesn't have an Export function.  I've tried copying files, but that doesn't work as they are using two very different ways of storing Favorites.

I've found many suggestions on the Web for how to copy Edge Favorites, but they all assume that the two computers uses the same method of storing them.

I could go through the Windows 10 upgrade on the old computer so that it converts them, but I'm trying to leave his old drive relatively unchanged.  I could copy the drive first, but I'd rather find an easier and quicker method.
What are the best programs that will detect and clear duplicate files?

Several clients of mine have a lot of pictures on their computers.

Some of these pictures are the exact same picture even though all of these pictures have different file names.

What are the best software programs for detecting and clearing these duplicate files?
I had this question after viewing Corrupt .NET Framework on Server 2012 Standard causing software issues, CBS Log attached, Help!.

Hi, my name is Jose Machado and wotk in IT department of an enterprise.
A few weeks ago, my windows 10 installed updates (I think that was) and when restarted the pc, I tried to open the powershell utility and it fails to start giving an error, but the Powershell ISE opened well.

I lived with the problem a few days more and I make a search and found a webpage that says that the problem is related with one of the windows updates that corrupts the powershell instalation and recommended to uninstall framework and install it again.

I tried to say that but don't find any .net framework under Program and features control panel. I started to uncheck the framework 3.5 and 4.7 under available windows features.
The problem remains and I made another search that guides me to the page  https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/astebner/2008/10/13/net-framework-setup-verification-tool-users-guide/  .

I tried to uninistall framework versions but the utility was running about three hours and I cancelled it.
When I restarted the pc the error continues when opening powershell.
I tried one more time without success, but it may advanced a bit because now I open powershell but now when I start the pc, …
I set up one Windows 10 computer just the way I wanted it with antivirus, proprietary software, updates, and the like.  I then used EASEUS disk copy to do a bit-by-bit clone to the hard drives of 11 other (identical) computers. The first time I start one of the other 11 Computers, it checks the hard drive for errors, repairs them, then boots into windows 10 perfectly. So there is that.

After a while (I'm not sure how long, because it happened overnight), the cloned computers tell me to activate windows. I need to make it clear at this point that I have done nothing to activate windows yet. I'm afraid to based on horror stories I can tell you about Microsoft activations.

What do I have to do to activate windows successfully on the 11 CLONES?  And/or what should I do BEFORE activation?  I seem to recall that with Windows up to Windows 7, I could use a utility to change the product key and then it would be happy, but I have also heard that Windows 10 does not use a product key.

If activation requires a Microsoft account, it is important for you to know that these computers will be used at six different locations – two per location. They do not belong to me, so I don't really want my email address associated with them. There are corporate email addresses that can be used, but the corporate email addresses are not associated at this point in time with a Microsoft address or account.

Then there's THIS, too:  I purchased 12 "copies" of Microsoft office directly from …
So, we have an RDS environment running server 2016.  Our two gateway servers need to live in our DMZ and our Connection Broker and App servers need to live in their domain.  

My question is how do I authenticate thru that maze?  My users are on a domain controller in the domain and those users are NOT on anything in the DMZ, but clearly, when a users comes in thru the gateway server, he will need to be authenticated.

Can someone help me understand how to authenticate to the DC when the gateway servers are in the DMZ and the connection broker and app servers are in the domain?


I can create a group policy to block usb storage on all computers under my domain without any issues;
However, for some reason I can't find how to link the policy to specific directory/folder where I will have only some computers.
I don't want to block usb ports on all computers in the company.

Thanks, your help is much appreciated.

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.