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I'm trying to virtualize a Windows 7 HP that's a GPT partition table.  When I load the virtual disk I get a blinking cursor.  Booting with Windows 7 disc and running the command prompt allows to me see what's going on with diskpart: volume 4 has no drive letter and has converted to a RAW filesystem.  When I try assigning it a drive letter, it does so successfully but then gives me the error that it's corrupted and unreadable when I try changing directories.

I used Disk2VHD and have it set as a first-gen HyperV.  Are there any recommendations you can make?

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I'm helping a friend with a Windows 7 laptop in which she uses Mozilla Thunderbird for her e-mail application. Roughly two weeks ago, Thunderbird started producing odd characters within her outgoing e-mail, though these messages appear find to her. Here is a sample:

<<I'm still getting responses from folks with a few of those weird signs.�See below.� When I check the default text they are both Western ISO.� Any other ideas as to what to do?>>

I Googled this dilemma, and the general answer was to adjust the font settings as follow:

Open Thunderbird
Under Fonts & Colours, click on Advanced.
At the bottom of the next window, under "Text Encoding" you can select the default encoding. Here you can choose "Unicode (UTF-8)".

This encoding was already the default... we tried switching to "Western", and this worked for a few days, but the problem re-appeared.

I am grateful for any help with this annoying issue.

Many thanks in advance,

I'm using the WMI Diag Tool 2.2 on a Windows Server 2008 R2. Been trying to figure out what the problem is. Seems I am missing classes that help monitor diagnostics on the server.
Here is the output from the file. This is the report. I also have the log file.

31989 13:27:14 (0) ** WMIDiag v2.2 started on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 13:18.
31990 13:27:14 (0) ** 
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31992 13:27:14 (0) ** 
31993 13:27:14 (0) ** This script is not supported under any Microsoft standard support program or service.
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31997 13:27:14 (0) ** of the scripts and documentation remains with you. In no event shall Microsoft, its authors,
31998 13:27:14 (0) ** or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or delivery of the script be liable for
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Dell Optiplex 3020 i5 (4th Gen) running Windows 7 Pro is having issues connecting to automatic wireless network at startup.  This user is a residential on AT&T U-Verse, in which AT&T provided the first D-Link DWA-140 which dropped connections regularly.  AT&T has replaced the wireless router with unknown model.  This user is in another state, so on site visit is not an option.  The user then bought a D-Link DWA-192 per AT&T tech recommendation.  This unit stays connected 99% of the time, but never at startup.  If he unplugs the USB cable and reconnects, it works just fine.  If he powers off the unit and turns it back on, it doesn't connect.  I have changed the USB to not allow power saving.  I have reset Network interface.  I have recommended uninstall of drivers, restart and reinstall latest drivers.  Waiting on that attempt results yet.  User has contacted D-Link tech support on multiple occasions with no results.  The computer is running Norton Security.  User did originally install CD provided drivers and then updated to latest version from website, but not the new Krack BETA version.  I do no deal with D-Link devices very often and see a few struggles for people with this problem and D-Link.  I have run CHKDSK /r on the computer.  It is a Samsung EVO 850 SSD for the OS.  Looking for suggestions, as I would suspect driver related problems... But if 2 separate techs have given up on this problem and that was their feelings as well.
We have about 30 new computers running Windows 10 Pro in a domain environment.
All PCs are identical hardware-wise and have been installed from WDS using the same base image.
Shared drives are mapped by GPP.

Two of the computers periodically lose the mapped drives - only C is available.
Running "gpupdate /force" or rebooting the computer usually gets the drives back, but they disappear again in a day.
We have not been able to locate anything in event logs that might be related to the problem.
All the network settings are identical to all other PCs that don't have the same issue as far as we can see.

What else can we check/change to get around the problem?
Fresh install of Windows 2016 Core
Roles:  File Server, IIS w/remote management & ASP.NET 4.6, .NET 3.5
All updates
Create one file share to move config files to.
Create firewall rules to allow remote management to Windows Core.
This system is a standalone system not connected to a domain.

I am attempting to install MS SQL 2012 64 bit remotely with PowerShell.  I have tried with both a config file and command line options.

I can get it to install as long as I don't use the SECURITYMODE=SQL and SAPWD="SomePassword"

As soon as I use those two options it errors out and throws an error about not being able to create and XML document.

I also have set:  SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS="Administrator"

Since you can't install SSMS on Windows Core, I have to have an SA password set for remote connectivity.

Any ideas on what am I missing about using those two options?  I have searched and not been able to come up with anything and have tried multiple times on clean installs.
Below is my config file:

We have a brand new Windows 2016 Hyper-V host hosting just a few VM's. Two of those machines are older - one is Windows 2008 R2 the other is SBS 2008. These machines were recently virtualized (P2V) using Microsoft's Virtual Machine Converter 3.1. Both went perfectly and are both in operation.

At this point, my concern is the backups. We presently use Veeam and they depend on Hyper-V to be able to do "production" snapshots of the VM's as opposed to "standard" snapshots. Both VM's are able to be backed up, but without VSS or any application awareness. To be honest, I'm more familiar with VMware-world when it comes to this, but the only information I've found says to reinstall the Hyper-V integration services but that option was removed for Windows 2016.

I'm looking for guidance on getting my Hyper-V host to take production snapshots of my VM's or any troubleshooting steps to take to resolve.

These are the steps I've done to date:
  • Verified host and guests are both up to date via Windows Update
  • Verified that all services are being offered to the guests from the host via Hyper-V manager
  • Verified all Hyper-V services are started and running without issue on the guests
  • VSS writers are all in good order on both VM's
  • This is in the event viewer (Applications |Hyper-V-Worker | Admin, though I cannot find how to remedy it (Event ID 4000):

An error on the host's event log
  • Lastly, a screenshot of the running Hyper-V services on one of VM's:

An example of the Hyper-V running services on the VM
We are helping out a non-profit organization that does have an account with

On their own, someone their bought a computer that came with Windows 10 Home. It was cheaper than the machine we spec'd for them.

If I am not mistaken, that won't play well in their SBS Essentials domain, right?

So I'd like to=need get it to Windows 10 Pro?

Shouldn't be that hard? I go to tech soup. The Microsoft Windows OS upgrade is $16. this is Win 10 Enterprise. But wait,
You cannot upgrade from any Home edition of Windows.
Some more looking and I see Windows Pro Full Operating System – Get Genuine for $9. A lower price! I put that in the cart, go to check out and see this:

I understand that my organization may never place another request for Get Genuine full Windows operating systems after we have received the licenses we are requesting now.

I don't want to get 1 license and lock them out of using this solution if this happens again.   Would people here

1) suggest buying a bunch of these get genuine license and stockpile them on the chance they will needed down the road?
2) Do we buy a retail copy of win 10 pro outside of tech soup for something like $150?
3) Am I mistaken and Win 10 home computers can work with the SBS Essentials domain fine?
4) Something else I am missing?

It would seem that buying a home os when pro was needed can't be all that uncommon amongst small businesses and organizations trying to take care of their own IT needs.  There …
We are trying to enable SHA384 for TLS1.2 on our Windows Server 2008R2. Our credit card merchant account provider is forcing us to it.
Any detailed steps about enabling the higher version would be appreciated!
We are running a Windows 2012 R2 Server with Exchange 2013 installed.   I have one user who has two exchange accounts.  I have set them up separately in Outlook 2016 and Outlook 2010 running on Windows 10 and it will only retain one of the email accounts credentials.   Once you put the other credentials in and and click remember, it overwrites the other account and will not retain both.  Does anyone know of a solution for this?
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I want to implement Sphinix Search in my Drupal Website. Currently I am running my drupal website on a windows Operating system and I have installed Xampp for PHP and MySQL. Currently I did not find any good step-by-step tutorial to integrate this search in PHP website on windows machine. I need autocomplete functionality and the search must work for 1 languages i.e. english and arabic.

At initial stage I will integrate this search in a simple PHP based website which has form and a textbox with search button. Ater everything works fine, I will deploy it in my Drupal website.

Looking forward for urgent help

Outlook was able to logon to my email earlier in the day.  Then after a logoff and back on later in the day I was unable to connect ever since.  It's been asking for the password repeatedly although it is correct.

Windows 10  office 2016 (365)

does anyone have any suggestions?
If I grab the User State Migration Tools(USMT) executables from the Windows 10 "Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit" can I use them also on Windows 7 boxes? We are working on a non-SCCM OS migration.
I'm looking for way to configure IE, Chrome and Firefox to save bookmarks (if not cookies, history, etc as well) to an alternate location.    In this case, a useras Onedrive folder, which is a local folder.    I'm not looking to export or backup.
I have a commercial .exe file which can communicate and analyze data with my instrument. However, upon running, it says it wants some functions for communicating with the instrument (functions of a driver). I have got .dll folder and library folder which contains these functions. Now how do I add these function capability into the .exe.

I need to run this in windows 2000. I have installed visual basic 6.0 also. But dont know what to do next. Any help is greatly appreciated. I need to go a long way in this project and this is the first step. please.....

The picture shows the Mil dll it is asking for
there monitors setup in Windows 10 Prof

I have  new dell Precision 3420 SFF
I installed a Nvidia Quadro P600 card so I can use 3 new Dell monitors DisplayPort connection
it detects only two monitors
I went to Nvidia drives and installed the latest driver all of Windows 10 is up to date and still cannot detect third monitor

any suggestions?

Hello, I have a windows 10 system that Disk 0(C:) normally stays at 100% I have done some scans to the HD on the hard drive and it takes forever but then boots into windows. The drive is a Seagate 1TB drive I have gone into windows services and turn off windows search and Super Fetch and this did help but ever so often I still get 100% on the Hard Drive and suggestions or thoughts that the drive may be going bad? Below is the smart report of the drive

     [Drive 0 SMART REPORT]
     Model: ST31000524AS
     FirmWare: JC47
     Serial Number: 9VPDBG4F

     Value  Threshold  WorstValue  Status      Attribute
      81        6            68       0xF      Read Error Rate              
     100        0           100       0x3      Spin-up Time                  
     100       20           100      0x32      Start/Stop Count              
      76       36            76      0x33      Reallocated Sector Count      
      88       30            60       0xF      Seek Error Rate              
      37        0            37      0x32      Power-On Hours                
     100       97           100      0x13      Spin Retry Count              
     100       20           100      0x32      Power Cycle Count            
     100        0           100      0x32      SATA Downshift Error Count    
     100       99           100      0x32      End-to-End Error              
       1        0             1      0x32      Reported Uncorrectable Errors
     100        0            89      0x32      Command Timeout              
      78        0            78      0x3A      High Fly Writes              
      64       45            53      0x22      Airflow …
One of our workstations keeps freezing. it starts with sudden lag and eventually just stops responding for infinite time. Its not upon doing certain actions its just very random. processor, RAM are 90 % FREE.
I have run virus, malware scan with no threats identified. Ran sfc check as well nothing.
HD SMART status not reporting any HW related errors either and neither event logs showing any thing.
I want to avoid formatting this pc at all costs. any ideas what else i can do

OS is windows 10.
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Question: Is about Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials, to save money can I run this with my main Firewall (software)?  I know there is a limit of 25 users and 50 devices, but I would only have 2 actual logins to maintain the box, the rest of the users would just be passing through the firewall.  Would this work? Is it licence complaint?
We would like to lock down our work group PC's via the local security policy so they will not accept usb keys but will still charge usb devices, is that possible? We have a mixture of Windows 7/10 pro installed.

User has a dell inspiron 1534.  it's about 1/2 year old. running win 10 home.

Said that yesterday he saw a message about applying updates, then after some time, it reboots and gates a 'no bootable media' found message.

With shadowprotect, I can see the C drive, along wiht 4 other partitions on the laptop.  C drive structure looks as expected, except that there's a windows.old folder that has user folder in it and that one has the username / their files.  the c:\users folder only has public and default folders.

I booted up from win 10 media, and triied the different rollback, troubleshoot, etc options and all faill  / say they are unable to fix things.

when doing the system restore and other choices, it shows 3 OS - rollback, win 10 and win 10. I try the restore and others for each OS, with no results.

a) is this (win 10 updates corrupting the computer) all that common?  Seems like there's loads of posts about this
b) anything I can do with this short of doing a clean install of win 10?
c) any way to avoid this situation again?
d) wiht the 4 other partitions, 1 seems to be the dell image as shipped.  But can't tell how to get to that.  I try f12 and that doesn't have factory restore in the list.
e) what do you think of reinstall windows, then just drop the shadow protect image of the C drive onto that clean install except for some key files for booting up?  (which files, I don't know).  That would save having to reinstall apps, etc. but with that windows …
Windows Server 2016 RDS environment with two Gateways.

The Remote Desktop Gateway service terminates from time to time. All users on the specific Gateway are disconnected as a result.
06.03.2018 - One time
07.03.2018 - One time
08.03.2018 - Three times
14.03.2018 - Two Times

Log Name: System
Event ID: 7031
The Remote Desktop Gateway service terminated unexpectedly.  It has done this 1 time(s).  The following corrective action will be taken in 300000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-Gateway/Admin
Event ID: 700
The following exception code "3221225477" occured in the RD Gateway server. The RD Gateway will be restarted. No user action is required.

Log Name: Application
Event ID: 1000
Faulting application name: svchost.exe_TSGateway, version: 10.0.14393.0, time stamp: 0x57899b1c
Faulting module name: aaedge.dll, version: 10.0.14393.1532, time stamp: 0x5965ac53
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000006e960
Faulting process id: 0x30cc
Faulting application start time: 0x01d3bba22ce0512a
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
Faulting module path: c:\windows\system32\aaedge.dll
Report Id: 9d62d65b-8584-42ff-bdb5-adca0fe9768b
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:

Any idea how to fix this?
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.

Whether  Downloading different OS updates sequentially using WSUS is possible?

Query: Set WSUS for “Win 7” updates, Approve and download. Move the download updates to another folder. Change the setting to “Win 10” updates, approve and download  

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This topic area includes legacy versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000: Windows 3/3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98, plus any other Windows-related versions including Windows Mobile.