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Windows 8 is a personal computer operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, with an emphasis on improving its user experience on tablets. In particular, these changes included a touch-optimized Windows shell based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start screen, a new platform for developing apps with an emphasis on touchscreen input, integration with online services, support for USB 3.0, Advanced Format hard drives, near field communications, and cloud computing. Additional security features were introduced, such as built-in antivirus software, integration with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing filtering service and support for UEFI Secure Boot on supported devices with UEFI firmware.

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When you start your Windows 10 PC and got an "Operating system not found" error or just saw "Auto repair for startup" or a blinking cursor with black screen. A loop for Auto repair will start but fix nothing. You will be panic as there are no backup of your document. How can you fix the problem?
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In addition, the first thing that you should do is chkdsk c: /r
and let that scan. Usually the damage is from windows shutting down incorrectly and corrupting the hard drive or files on the drive. The rest if that may not be necessary. If that fails, then proceed to the mbr repair.
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@Littleman

Your suggestion is good.

Thanks!
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Free Tool: Port Scanner
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Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

OfficeMate Freezing Error
OfficeMate Freezes on login or does not load after login credentials are input.
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The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
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Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you should read this article.
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Sometimes drives fill up and we don't know why.  If you don't understand the best way to use the tools available, you may end up being stumped as to why your drive says it's not full when you have no space left!  Here's how you can find out...
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Good and useful article, but a warning to users who may read this: It is not recommended to just try and delete system files. Without going into a long explanation, if you use Lee's method above and find a lot of space being taken up by a specific directory, search on how to clean up that directory. Here is an example for one common place that files build up:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/searchResults.jsp?searchTerms=WINSXS+folder+clean+up&asSubmit=true&asSelected=true
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Brian B - EXCELLENT point - added a warning in case people read the article and not the comments.
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Detailed instructions on how to install an Access add-in in recent versions of Office and Windows (with screen shots)
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If you use NetMotion Mobility on your PC and plan to upgrade to Windows 10, it may not work unless you take these steps.
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Thanks! My first attempt was using Windows Update. I should make a quick edit to specify that. I went through all the usual measures and they all failed until I removed NetMotion. I wasted a whole afternoon on that machine!
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I'm a big fan of Windows' offline folder caching and have used it on my laptops for over a decade.  One thing I don't like about it, however, is how difficult Microsoft has made it for the cache to be moved out of the Windows folder.  Here's how to do it.
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Very well written, for the complexity of the subject matter it was pretty easy to follow along.  Voting Yes.
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No matter the version of Windows you are using, you may have some problems with Windows Search running too slow or possibly not running at all. Before jumping into how you can solve this issue, just know there are many other viable alternative desktop search options out there.
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Nicely illustrated and reads very well.  Voted Yes.
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Great article - thanks!

I wish Microsoft would recognize the real problem they keep causing, however-

Despite ANYTHING I say, my girlfriend would rather dismiss the "Upgrade to Windows 10 for free!" notification in her task tray than actually upgrade, for fear that it'll break more than it improves...
...exactly things like this.

So also at a domestic level, thanks - this will help me avoid the "I told you so!" when I finally raise the nerve to convince her to pull the trigger on that upgrade.
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With Windows evolving further, the built-in protective mechanisms get better and better. Still, Microsoft is not very good at introducing those to the technical community. This article is about a new bitlocker functionality that could revolutionize your concept for protecting USB: SID-protectors.
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Just tried this on Windows 10 v1609 and it does not work for SSO - it always asks for the recovery key. is there something else I need to do on Windows 10?
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What is v1609? A win10 insider build? The current stable one is v1607.
Are you following these steps "to the T"? Are you trying the correct user, the one that you added?
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Simplifying Server Workload Migrations

This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

Ever wondered why Windows 8 and 10 don't seem to accept your GPO-based software deployment while Windows 7 does? Read on.
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LD, I don't write for the sake of writing, it is not long.
Short: Win8 and 10 have a new feature: fast boot - it makes windows boot faster. The downsides are: some GPOs no longer work as expected.
The article is about a workaround.
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Thanks McKnife. I caught the part about the fast boot. It was interesting and clear. What wasn't clear was the fix.
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Security measures require Windows be logged in using Standard User login (not Administrator).  Yet, sometimes an application has to be run “As Administrator” from a Standard User login.  This paper describes how to create a shortcut icon to launch applications with the "Run as Administrator" option.
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by:Yashwant Vishwakarma
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Good One Fred.
Voted Yes :)
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This is cool and useful for PCI-DSS compliant environment.
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Sometimes a user will call me frantically, explaining that something has gone wrong and they have tried everything (read - they have messed it up more and now need someone to clean up) and it still does no good, can I help them?!  Usually the standard restart will fix most ills.  In this case a restart was unproductive.  It took me a moment to figure out this was probably something fairly simple and, most likely had happened to someone else already (which meant there was likely to be a solution online).
 

The problem:


You are working on a Windows 8.x laptop and you have an experience where your screen is suddenly all sideways,

(I  will confess, up front, that the solution to this dilemma did not come to me unbidden, or even with great effort.  I googled it and found something that looked like my problem and found a way to fix it. )

001-flipped.PNGYes sideways.  Or if you have a web browser open it may look like this one:
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Note that if your machine is anything like my laptop or the one I fixed, it has a touchpad to control the mouse.  Everything is flipped.  So right is down and left is up, while up goes to the right and down goes to the left.  
 

The Solution:


There is an easy fix (which I found here and another Microsoft link here).  The basics in this article were good enough to get me started.  My desktop did not have the checkbox (allow the screen to auto-rotate) like the one pictured here.  This seems to only exist if you have a screen that flips as in a 2-in-1.
004-screen-res-cp.PNG
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What was not in the article is why this is happening, this functionality is not part of Windows 7, 8, 10 etc by default.
Those hot keys are part of Intel Graphic and Media Control Panel and can be disabled (it is enabled by default), or if you want you can change key sequence (not recommended).
:)Intel Hot key
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Didn't know that.  I will investors and amend article of necessary.
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AutoHotkey is an excellent, free, open source programming/scripting language for Windows. It started out as a keyboard/mouse macros product, but has expanded into a robust language. This article provides an introduction to it, with links to additional resources for EE members who want to learn more.
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Great article Joe. Very helpful.
Sidebar: If you're wondering how I captured the UAC dialog box, see my EE article, How to disable the secure desktop when User Account Control (UAC) prompts for elevation.
I cheat and do it by capturing the entire action in an Oracle Virtual Machine installation from the Host side. The other benefit to that method is that I need not concern myself about ever accidentally showing sensitive files and/or folders when zooming around in Internet explorer while creating video tutorials :-)

Cheers..
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Hi Andrew,
Thanks for the compliment — I appreciate it! Your idea sounds like a good one for folks who run virtual machines — thanks for the feedback. Regards, Joe
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The default behavior of the User Account Control (UAC) dialog is to disable (gray-out) the rest of the desktop when prompting for elevation. This is known as secure desktop. There are reasons that you may want to disable this secure desktop behavior, such as capturing a screenshot of the UAC dialog or moving one of the other open windows. There are, of course, security reasons for not changing that behavior, which is why Microsoft made Enabled the default. But if you want to disable the secure desktop behavior of the UAC dialog, here are the steps (this technique works in both Windows 7 and Windows 8):

Control Panel
Administrative Tools
Local Security Policy
Local Policies
Security Options


Scroll down to the item User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation:


Security-options.jpg
Double-click it and you will get this dialog:


Disable-secure-desktop-when-UAC-prompts-
Tick the Disabled radio button and then OK. That's it!

To show the effect of disabling the switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation, I used it to be able to capture a screenshot of the UAC dialog for an article that I wrote about the Samsung SSD 840 EVO Performance Restoration Software. With the secure desktop disabled, I was able to hit the Alt-PrintScreen key to capture just the UAC dialog box:


Alt-PrintScreen-while-UAC-dialog-active.
I was also able to position on the screen both the UAC dialog and the window containing the imaging software (IrfanView) that I used to handle the screenshot. So when I hit the PrintScreen key
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Firefox seemed to slow down recently and it occurred to me that I had many open tabs — ultimately, I would find out that three-quarters of them were Experts Exchange tabs! :)

So I decided to go on a hunt for a tool that would capture the names and URLs of all open tabs and put them in a plain text file. That way I could close the tabs, thereby improving Firefox's performance, but still have a record of them in case I want to find one and resurrect it.

Enter the Send Tab URLs add-on:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/send-tab-urls/

This Firefox add-on creates a list with the names and URLs of all open tabs in the current Firefox window. It has the ability to email the list or copy the list to the clipboard. I've never tried the email feature, as it (1) doesn't interest me and (2) is limited to 30 tabs. The copy-to-clipboard feature can handle an unlimited number of tabs — you'll see below why this is important to me. If anyone tries the email feature, please post a comment with your results.

I started using Send Tab URLs with Firefox 32.0.1 and am using it on the latest version as of this article's publication — 34.0.5. The website says that it supports English, Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, German, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), and Swedish, but I have used it only with the one language I know. If anyone tries it with a language besides English, please post a comment with your results.

After installing the add-on, …
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Might I suggest using the FF Bookmarks feature instead ?
I suffered with 100's of Tabs open for a few years, until I 'took myself aside' and started to explore using the FF Bookmarks.
You can right click any Tab, and choose 'Bookmark All Tabs'
Makes sure you are saving into the 'Bookmarks Menu' folder (as the Save dialog wanders elsewhere occasionally)
All your open Tabs will be saved into a folder that you can name.
I use this naming convention -
20160208
And sometimes append a description on the right of that date
You can then, or later, go to the Bookmarks menu, and choose 'Show All Bookmarks'
You can then edit entries, copy, etc
You can Export all of your bookmarks to a html file.
If you like, you can open that file, and place it into your leftmost Tab, and can browse that list anytime, and open any of them when you please.

I was an Analyst in IT for 20 years (with some programming in the latter years), and I would be hard pressed to create a better bookmark manager.

Rob
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Hi Rob,

Funny you should mention that. I make heavy use of the Bookmarks Toolbar (including the Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar Plus add-on). I've had an EE folder on it for a long time, with subfolders for my Articles and Videos. I recently added subfolders for open/active and open/abandoned EE questions, for which the bulk of my tabs had been created. Pleased to report that I'm now down to 42 tabs in Firefox! That said, I still use the Send Tab URLs add-on periodically (with a YYYYMMDD naming convention for the text files it creates).

Thanks for your tips on the features of the Bookmarks Toolbar and how you use it — very helpful!

Cheers, Joe
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The Samsung SSD 840 EVO and 840 EVO mSATA have a well-known problem with a drop in read performance. I first learned about this in an interesting thread here at Experts Exchange:


http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Storage/Hard_Drives/Q_28528522.html


Samsung recently released a fix for this problem in the form of "a new firmware and performance restoration software package for the 840 EVO and 840 EVO mSATA."


Article Update: Thanks to the heads-up from ScottCha in his comment on 15-Jul-2016, I have concluded that the "Performance Restoration Software" is no longer available at the Samsung website. While the first link below is still valid and takes you to the Tools download page, the "Performance Restoration Software" is not there. The Samsung Magician Software and the firmware updates are there, so I'm guessing that Samsung views those as the solution to the problem. If anyone reading this article has more information to offer, please post a comment.


The download for it may be found in the "Samsung SSD 840 EVO Performance Restoration Software" section at this link:


http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/global/html/support/downloads.html


I was experiencing performance problems on a laptop with a 250 GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO running W7 Pro 64-bit. I downloaded the Samsung software from here (it's in a ZIP file):


Article Update: The two links below no longer work and I cannot find the "Performance Restoration Software" anywhere at the Samsung website. My suggestions at this point are to update your SSD's firmware and use the Samsung Magician Software, both of which are available at the link above.


http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/downloads/software/Samsung_Performance_Restoration_V11.zip


I installed it a few days ago following the instructions in the Samsung Performance Restoration v.1.1 Introduction and Installation Guide:


http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/downloads/software/Samsung_Performance_Restoration_v11.pdf


I encourage you to read that manual thoroughly before installation, as there are many caveats in it — see the "Precautions" and "General Limitations" sections.


A caveat of my own: When the firmware update reached the 80% completion point, I received a Windows message saying that new hardware was detected and that I should reboot. I suspect this occurred because the firmware update reached a point where Windows Plug and Play kicked in and detected the "new" drive. Unfortunately, this is not documented in the Samsung manual. I did not know if I should do the reboot at that time or wait until the firmware update completed at 100%. I opted for the latter, as I was quite sure that stopping the firmware update at 80% wasn't a good idea — and it worked out well.


I also felt protected on the decision, as I had done a clone of the SSD to an external (USB) HDD using Casper. So even if I bricked the SSD, I could get a new one and clone to it from the HDD. And that's another caveat — I strongly recommend doing a clone before undertaking any firmware update of your primary drive.


The installation on the W7 Pro 64-bit laptop with the 250 GB SSD 840 EVO worked perfectly. After a few days of use, I can say that performance is significantly improved — back to where it was when I first installed the SSD around 2.5 months ago. However, I can't be certain about cause and effect. This experience is anecdotal, not statistical. I pass it along for other EE members to consider if you are having performance problems with your Samsung SSD 840 EVO or 840 EVO mSATA.


Article Update on 17-December-2014: I ran the software again last night on a Windows 8 system, this time capturing the screens along the way for this article.


After unzipping and running the program, User Account Control (UAC) prompts for elevation:


UAC-elevation.jpg

Make sure it shows Samsung as the verified publisher. It then takes you through the setup wizard with an option to launch when completed:


Setup-welcome.jpg


EULA.jpg


Destination.jpg

Desktop-icon.jpg

Ready-to-install.jpg


Completed-and-launch.jpg

After launching, the program goes through four steps, the first being the firmware update:



Opening-screen.jpg


It provides a warning about the risk of firmware updates:



Warning.jpg

As I already mentioned earlier in the article, I recommend heeding this warning and creating a clone (or image) of the drive before running the program.


After the first step (Firmware Update), it does a timer-based automatic shutdown:


Shutdown.jpg

After the reboot, it performs Step 1:



Step1.jpg

Then Step 2:


Step2.jpg


Then Step 3:



Step3.jpg

It will say "Performance Restoration is complete." when it reaches the 100% mark:


Complete.jpg


The last dialog box simply asks if you want to close the program, which I did:


Close.jpg

One difference between this run and the previous one is that this one did not prompt for a reboot at the 80 per cent completion mark. I can't explain that. It is possibly due to a difference between W7 and W8, but I don't know.


The installation on the W8 Pro 64-bit laptop with the 250 GB SSD 840 EVO worked perfectly. After some use last night and this morning, I can say that performance has improved. However, as I stated with respect to the W7 system, I can't be certain about cause and effect. Like the previous one, this experience is anecdotal, not statistical.


If you find this article to be helpful, please click the thumbs-up icon below. This lets me know what is valuable for EE members and provides direction for future articles. Thanks very much! Regards, Joe

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Getting ready to do this on my SSD this weekend and noticed that the last 2 links are no longer valid. You might want to look into them.

Great article.  Hopefully I'll get my speed back.

Thanks.
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Hi Scott,
Thanks for the alert — I didn't know that the links went bad. It's just about impossible to keep links up-to-date in a large number of published articles and videos, so I really appreciate your heads-up on this one. I'll do some research and update the article accordingly. And thanks for the compliment and the upvote — both very much appreciated! Regards, Joe

Update: After researching the Samsung website, I've come to the conclusion that Samsung no longer offers the "Performance Restoration" software. My guess is that the latest firmware update and the Samsung Magician Software are now the solution, as those links still exist. I will update the article accordingly.
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I recently had a lot of trouble with File Explorer hanging on my personal computer running Windows 8.1. It's important to note that this isn't Internet Explorer. This was happening when I attempted to access a local network location where I store videos. To clarify this solution doesn't apply to external location such as OneDrive or Google Drive, but could apply to external hard drives and Network Attached Storage.

There was an event with the following details (Event Viewer -> Windows Logs -> Application):
Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 6.3.9600.17249, time stamp: 0x53e160b9
Faulting module name: mfmp4srcsnk.dll, version: 12.0.9600.17238, time stamp: 0x53d0c43e
Exception code: 0xc0000094
Fault offset: 0x000000000008ed0f
Faulting process ID: 0x1f90
Faulting application start time: 0x01cfc7935d0fd638
Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\mfmp4srcsnk.dll
Report ID: 725f13bb-3411-11e4-bebb-ac220b4da592
Faulting package full name: 
Faulting package-relative application ID: 
Searching this issue didn't throw up any useful information, just a lot of links to potentially dangerous "repair" programs. After some testing I finally discovered a fix which I hope will save people time and effort.

Solution
There are two potential fixes for this problem. The first is to reinstall the operating system, which is a pain in the posterior.

The second is to …
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Did an elevated prompt sfc /scannow not work?
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SFC was one of the step I took while troubleshooting, however it didn't resolve the issue.
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With the recent demise of Windows XP support, you may be a new convert to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Or perhaps you've been on W7 or W8 for a while, but just recently acquired your first scanner for the new OS. In either case, you are likely to be very surprised by an omission in the W7 and W8 Control Panel — Scanners and Cameras.

Note: I initially wrote this article for just Windows 7 and Windows 8, but it also applies to the recently released Windows 10. Please see the two Update sections at the end of the article regarding W10.

In XP, Control Panel has the Scanners and Cameras applet:


XP Control Panel Scanners and Cameras present
It is an extremely useful utility for setting the Properties of a scanner, including Events (such as the Scan/Image button and which program to start), Network Setting (such as a fixed IP address), and Scan To Button (with or without Pin).

In W7 and W8, the Scanners and Cameras applet is missing in Control Panel:


W7-W8 Control Panel Scanners and Cameras missing
This article explains how to run Scanners and Cameras in W7 and W8. Turns out that the app is here:

C:\Program Files\Windows Photo Viewer\ImagingDevices.exe

Strange as it seems, this is Scanners and Cameras in W7 and W8! That is its location even on 64-bit W7 and W8, i.e., it is not in \Program Files (x86). I use it often enough in my document imaging work that I decided to make a shortcut for it:


Shortcut Scanners and Cameras W7-W8
You may add it to the Start menu, place it on the desktop, pin it to the taskbar, or whatever you prefer. When clicking the shortcut, you'll get the
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Joe,

Congratulations; your article has been published!

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Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

Using the Hyper-V Manager requires administrator rights. This guide shows how to add shortcuts and Start Screen tiles for normal users to quickly connect to local virtual machines rather than using the recommended Remote Desktop connection.
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The Best I've heard it put yet

Thanks a bunch
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OEM Activation (OA v3.0) is the latest method by which Microsoft allow their OEM distributors to supply Windows 8.x and reduce the risk of piracy of their Windows product.

Unlike previous systems such as System Locked Pre-installation (SLP) which detected the manufacturer's hardware identity string in the systemboard BIOS the actual Product Key used to activate Windows is now injected into the BIOS by the manufacturer. A UEFI based BIOS has a reserved location - the ACPI Microsoft Data Management (MSDM) table - where the key is inserted by the manufacturer from a database of unique keys supplied from Microsoft.

The idea apparently is to make reinstallation easier for the end-user who now doesn't need to worry about losing that all important 25 character Product Key - if you have hardware which contains a valid Product Key then your copy of Windows will automatically activate. Try to install on the wrong hardware and you'll be out of luck.

It also means that Microsoft can stop worrying about printing any more of these:

I'm an animated GIF - open me to see a variety of Windows CoA Stickers[Windows CoA Stickers]

So don't panic when you can't find the Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) sticker on the case of your new Windows 8.x PC - It was never there and you don't need to know what the Product Key for activation is.

Or do you ....?

The lack of any tangible proof of authenticity other than a system that runs when you switch it on may not be an issue for your average home user but perhaps …
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For example look at the output in the example table above.
Find where the output is "2D"
Find the same entry in your own output
Now find a Hex to ASCII conversion table
Here's an example http://www.asciitable.com/
Find "2D" under the Hex column and in the CHR column you'll find that's the equivalent of the hyphen "-" so those are the separators for the key.  
You convert the other Hex Codes the same way so:
"2D 41 42 43 44 45 2D" becomes  "-ABCDE-"

Does that help?

You could code this but for the few characters involved it doesn't take long to do it manually.
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Hello MASQ,
thanks makes sense :)
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I have been very hesitant about purchasing any windows 8 computers.  There are several reasons, which I am sure many of you have gone over ad infinitum.  Let me delineate my own reasons first for not adopting windows 8, and then for purchasing a Windows 8 laptop.

Why I didn't, and mostly still don't, want windows 8 computers in the workplace:

(You can also see this article I wrote about Windows 8 and the corporate Environment)

Primarily, it is the expense.  When you purchase a new windows 8 system you are only asking for trouble if you don't purchase a touchscreen along with it.  This is not like previous upgrades where you could keep your monitors, keyboard, mouse, etc, and save a ton of money by just purchasing the towers.  Yes it is possible to do, but the end users will complain and complain loudly.  I've worked with several windows 8 machines that did not have touchscreens and was extremely frustrated.

Next there is the learning curve on the part of the user and the support personnel.  You can customize windows 8 and especially windows 8.1 to look almost exactly like windows 7.  And this is what I do for most people.  Then if they express the desire to use the Metro interface more, a quick toggle can change it back.  The point is that learning to use windows 8 is NOT inconsequential for users used …
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From time to time users may run across the need to run a program or script as an administrator.  In Windows 8 and 8.1, there are a few different ways of running these types of actions.

From the Start Screen or Apps Screen
From the start screen you are able to run a program as an administrator through two methods.  First, navigate to your program and either right-click the icon or long-press the icon (for touch users).  This will enable the app bar where you have the Run as administrator option.

app bar
For users who are fans of shortcut keys, you can use the 'Ctrl+Shift+Click" method.  While holding down both the Ctrl and Shift keys, click on the program that you wish to run as administrator.

From the Desktop
From the desktop Screen you are able to invoke the run as administrator option through context menu.  First, you will right-click or long-press (for touch users) to bring up the context menu.  From the context menu, select the run as administrator option, notated by the blue and yellow shield icon, the User Account Control (UAC) icon.

desktop
From the Taskbar
From the taskbar you are able to use the run as administrator option through two methods.  First, right-click on a program to enable the jump list.  Once the jump list is in view, right-click on the program in the jump list menu to bring up the context menu. From the context menu, select the run as administrator option, notated …
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Allow the comments: you show no elevation on the command line. runas has nothing to do with elevation - it would only elevate if the built-in administrator account would be used. For command line elevation, elevate the command prompt itself OR rightclick the script ->"run as administrator", or use elevate: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.06.utilityspotlight.aspx (still the same for win 8.1).
Also you should include the task scheduler as another way of elevating code interactively.
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There have been a lot of blogs and articles written about windows 8 and its' pros and cons (although it didn't make it to procon.org).  The biggest problems and longest discussions we have about Windows 8/8.1, when it comes to computers in the workplace, concerns the use of touchscreens.

The first problem is that now one needs to buy a new monitor to fully exploit Windows 8.x.  Touchscreens are not inexpensive and there is not a good way to financially explain their necessity.  Windows 8.x seems to be Windows 7 on steroids.  8 has a new interface (metro) that works best with a touchscreen and enhanced security.  8 also makes it significantly more difficult to get to the various nuts and bolts of the windows operating system that we, as the "technical goto" people are used to using.

Not only do touchscreens cost more (you can't just buy a new tower - you need the new screen now), but the paradigm of how we use computers has shifted from being more of an input by keyboard experience to a tactile experience.  

Our office has considered many things when contemplating upgrading to windows 8.x.  For instance, users need to know that there is no viable upgrade path from Windows XP (yes XP since most of my users refuse to move to 7) to Windows 8.x.  It really requires not only new hardware, but in many cases new software.  The cost can be prohibitive.  This is especially true when you are looking at 100s of relatively old XP machines.  Almost all of them are not even …
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‘What’s this?’ you may ask, ‘Microsoft made a mistake with Windows 8.1?’. Yes, unfortunately, they did. And while not apparent to most users, it is something that will affect many network administrators, desktop support technicians and technology consultants alike.

Those that know me may also wonder why I have posted such a powerful heading like the one above. My coworkers often accuse me of drinking the Microsoft Kool-Aid. With my PC running Windows 8.1, with Internet Explorer 11 as the default browser, my Bing.com homepage, Bing Bar and Bing Desktop installed applications, my Windows Phone and my Xbox (oh and the fact I want to buy a car with Sync), I honestly don’t know where they get it from.

But back to the topic on hand. What is this mistake Microsoft made with Windows 8.1 and how that will affect IT professionals? Well it is the removal of Windows Easy Transfer. Windows Easy Transfer still exists in Windows 8.1, but ONLY in an import mode. While this means you can import an Easy Transfer file created with Windows 7 or Windows 8 into Windows 8.1, you CAN NOT create an Easy Transfer file in Windows 8.1.

This became apparent recently when I wanted to move my data between two Windows 8.1 laptops. The screenshot below is all you get. If you click Yes you are asked for the location of the Easy Transfer file to import. If you say No the wizard closes.

Enter a brief description of your file (required)
For anyone that has done desktop support for a number of years you will remember life …
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That's the problem with Laplink,you can't get a hold of anybody to answer that question.
It's we'll call you back or leave a message on the site.

They are too frigging big to care anymore.

I called the folks at NTI, got an answer in about 2 minutes from a real on shore person.

About $10 bucks as a download.
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Gareth - do you have an article (or can you point me to one) that details what Windows Easy Transfer actually transfers?
Obviously it does some registry keys and hidden files and directories, but exactly what is the part I'd like to know.
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Windows 8 is a personal computer operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, with an emphasis on improving its user experience on tablets. In particular, these changes included a touch-optimized Windows shell based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start screen, a new platform for developing apps with an emphasis on touchscreen input, integration with online services, support for USB 3.0, Advanced Format hard drives, near field communications, and cloud computing. Additional security features were introduced, such as built-in antivirus software, integration with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing filtering service and support for UEFI Secure Boot on supported devices with UEFI firmware.