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Running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, my desktop has exhibited a variety of bad behaviors for the past several weeks.  These include applications freezing, black screen, unintended rebooting, and BSOD.  Once, when I tried to run Windows startup repair, the utility could not identify any installed Windows operating system.  I'm suspecting an impending hardware failure, but don't know how to isolate the problem.  I ran the WDC Diagnostic utility on the system HDD, and it passed the Quick Test.

Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:      BlueScreen
  OS Version:      6.1.7601.
  Locale ID:      1033

Additional information about the problem:
  BCCode:      1000008e
  BCP1:      C0000005
  BCP2:      845A8885
  BCP3:      CAC53920
  BCP4:      00000000
  OS Version:      6_1_7601
  Service Pack:      1_0
  Product:      256_1

Files that help describe the problem:
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I have HyperV installed and I have a working windows vm.  I need to install SQL 2014 Developers edition but it is not an iso, it is a exe.  How to I install SQL inside the VM?

Any one knows if there is an Windows emulator for Ipad.
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Experts, I have a printer mapping script that installs printers based on the user's group membership (due to the 50+ printers we have in this office, I can't use group policies).

@echo off

setlocal enabledelayedexpansion

echo Connecting Printers...
set PriorityDefaultPrinterSet=0
for /f "tokens=1-3 delims=-." %%a in ('n:\ifmember.exe /list ^| find /i "group %UserDomain%\Prt-" ^| sort') do (
  echo Connecting %%b %%c
  rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /q /n\\w2k8ps01\%%b
  if not "!PriorityDefaultPrinterSet!" == "0" goto not_def
	echo ...Setting as default printer
	rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n\\w2k8ps01\%%b
  if /i "%%c"=="D" set PriorityDefaultPrinterSet=1


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As we migrate the users from Windows 7 to Windows 10, I need to change this script to include the new print server (w2k16ps01).  I tried just changing the server name in the script but the printers aren't installing in our testing.

Can someone look at this script and verify if it will run on Windows 10 or if there is different verbiage that I need to include?

Thanks Experts.
Hi, I am in the process of adding new Windows Server 2016 domain controllers into my existing AD environment, which currently hosts Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers exclusively.

FFL = Windows Server 2008 R2
DFL = Windows Server 2008 R2

Features Enabled = AD Recycle Bin

AD Schema = 87 (Windows Server 2016)

Already migrated from FRS to DFSR.

Which brings me to my question.

When I migrated my current Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller environment from FRS to DFSR, I noticed that the SYSVOL folder was replaced by a new folder called SYSVOL_DFSR.

So, when I introduce these new Windows Server 2016 domain controllers into my existing domain environment will I need to make sure they create a SYSVOL_DFSR folder under the "Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard / Paths" during the installation of the AD DS server roles or will the default SYSVOL work just fine on them even though the existing Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers won't have that folder for replication?

Just wondering.

Thanks in advance.
Hi Experts,

I am new to Microsoft Teams.

I am trying to add a Guest, just based on an email address (I do not know if the guest has a Microsoft Account or not).
The Team I am trying to add the guest to has Privacy = Public.

Here's the error screen I get when trying to add the guest via the Desktop version of Microsoft Teams:

error screen when trying to add guest via Desktop version of Microsoft Teams
Does the guest have to register for Teams before the Search Members dialog returns a hit?

Hi, I'm looking for an OpenVPN client for Mac books in order to connect to a Cisco RV320.  The OpenVPN website states to download the client from the OpenVPN server, but I don't have a server as my client is using the Cisco RV320 with the OpenVPN setup.  Windows clients function well with the OpenVPN client.
Does anyone have a suggestion?
Hi, I am in the process of adding new domain controllers (Windows Server 2016) into my AD environment, which currently hosts Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers.

FFL = Windows Server 2008 R2
DFL = Windows Server 2008 R2

Features Enabled = AD Recycle Bin

AD Schema = 87 (Windows Server 2016)

Already migrated from FRS to DFRS.

My question is probably a simple one, but I still need to ask it anyways.

When installing the AD DS server role on the new Windows Server 2016, should I use the same DSRM (Directory Service Restore Mode) password as I have for my current Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers?

Or can I use a different DSRM password for these new Windows Server 2016 domain controllers, which will eventually replace my current Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers?

Just want to leave no stones unturned as I proceed.  The last time I had to introduce new DC's in my environment was back in 2011.  So, I am a little rusty and have been refreshing up on the process, as well as, checking for any changes since then.

Just wondering.

Thanks in advance.
I know that the regular uninstall available through Windows  10 for installing and uninstalling programs leaves bread crumbs in both the C:\Users subdirectory and the registry. I had to do this for Visual Studio 2019 when I uninstalled it but do not know the equivalent instructions for VS2012.

Does anyone know any specifics with regards to this?


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I want to limit certain users from being able to "copy" files/folders from the Server to there local C Drive / USB drive / CD drive / DVD drive, etc.

Note:  The same domains users should be able to create/modify/delete those same files/folders on the Server.

I am running Windows 2016 Server Standard along with Active Directory, etc.
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I have a client with a SonicWall TZ105, he currently has a tunnel from his home office to his work location.  He just purchased a Windows 10 laptop and wants to VPN  in when he is travelling.  Does the unit come with a license so he can do this or is an additional license required to be purchased and installed?  What is the best client to use on the laptop?
I've added this line to my hosts file to allow me to simulate being on a client's network:  abc-server

But when I try to open \\abc-server, Windows asks me for credentials and rejects my account credentials.

After some research, I added HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\DisableLoopbackCheck to the registry with value 1. This resolved my problem but created another one.

My print spooler keeps locking up. And then any program that is attempting to access a printer also freezes up. If I stop the print spooler service, the programs come back to life but, of course, I can't print.

The print spooler problem goes away when I remove the above registry entry but then the credentials problem returns.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm using Windows 10.
It seems that all over Google I see where Windows Servers manage backup disks by deleting old backups.
I am getting an error that I cannot perform another backup (2012) due to lack of room.
Anyone know I would fix this?
I have recently installed Office 2016 Plus on Windows 10 Pro where there was a previous version of Office 2010 Pro.

Everything works perfectly with one exception.  Word 2016 opens and immediatly closes.  It doesn't matter whether I open it via a shortcut or by double clicking on a .docx file.  If i is the double click method it displays the document contents for maybe 2 seconds befor closing.  There is no Error Message that I can see.

I have uninstalled my previous Office 2010 Pro.

After searching the web I have tried the following, restarting when required but I still have the problem.
- Completed a Quick Repair of Office.
- Completed a Complete Internet Repair.
- Uninstalled the Office 2016 Plus, restarted and installed Office 2016 Plus again.

Please help ASAP!

Bob C.
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The problem slow SMB over WAN. Latency avg 27ms  Wiresharks shows the Windows Size is small 8012 for SMB traffic.  Bandwidth 100 MBPS both up and down.  Speed out to the Internet is great both up and down.

Site to Site VPN setup between two Fortigates.  

Copying and opening files between the two sites is slow.  Branch Office has a mix of Win7 and Win10 on the Desktops.  Fileserver is running Win2016.  I have three remote sites with the same problem.  Wireshark tells us we're running SMB 2.0.  

I'm asking for suggestions to increase the file transfer speed over the WAN.  

Fortinet's TAC Level 3 has checked and double checked the Fortigates for misconfiguration errors.  
We have  done things like reduce the MTU size on the Fortigates.  Ran continuous pings on both the private and public interfaces looking for dropped packets.
Checked for mismatched duplexing.  Updated the Fortigates Firmware, Attached laptops directly to the Fortigates and copied files between them, ran Iperf both TCP and UDP between them, etc, etc.

We've read document after document on slow SMB over WAN.  Performance tuning for SMB. -
We've added the registry key for SizReqBuf, and set it to ffff.
Windows Size Scaling is mentioned.  This link mentions Windows Scaling is enabled by …
We manage a law firm's computer network.  The server operating system is Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2.  We installed the new network in 2015, and overall it has worked very well.

One of the senior partners at the firm lives a long distance from the office.  As a result, he relies on the Remote Web Access (Anywhere Access) to work remotely.  His desktop computer has Windows 10 and he uses Google Chrome as his primary web browser.

Until recently, the RWA system has worked very well for him.  Recently, though, he has been unable to connect to Remote Web Access.  Instead his attempt to do through with Chrome results in a timeout error and failure.  Please note that he has used Chrome for this function since 2015 and it has worked consistently and reliably.  Also, he is able to connect to many other web address without problem.

We tested connecting to their Remote Web Access system from our office, using various browsers, computer and operating systems (Windows 10 and 7) and in every case we have connected easily to RWA.  The only time we experienced the timeout error with Chrome was when we incorrectly typed the RWA address.  Once that was fixed, everything worked perfectly.

Given this background and recent problem, does anyone have any ideas how we can fix this?  Thanks very much for your help.
What is the solution to resolving the 0xC004F050 Windows activation code? Last week I was trying to upgrade a windows 10 home computer to Pro and it would not take either of the Pro codes that I tried. Even after a google search I was unable to find a solution to resolve it.
Hi guys

I'm currently managing an entire infrastructure team at the moment and we've hired a third party to monitor all of our servers and infrastructure for us in the case of an emergency, so that they can handle it whilst we are all in lala land;). However, one issue I do have is that we do not have something like a 'runbook' which they can refer to. Now, I know that creating a run book can vary from company to company. Our systems consist of an infrastructure with many virtual machines, each of these virtual machines has a variety of applications running on them, some of them have POS systems, databases with SQL, order fullfilment systems etc.

If you were to have a runbook, how would you have yours and what would it consist of?

Any help would be great.
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We have a Windows 2012 Essentials Network, and for some reason we can not run an Time Clock Plus 7.0 install on any Server or Computer, it is being blocked at the point of clicking on the .exe
Does anyone know what process is needed to eliminate this and allow the .exe to run on the network, via Servers or Windows 10 PC?
Every Time we double click on the .exe file we get this alert:

" Error opening installation log files. Verify that the log file location exists and that you can write to it."
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Hi All,

As per the vulnerability test I have to make the below  changes in exchange server 2010

 I have gone  through Google and other articles but didn't get any clear picture .Now my  concerns  is will it  make any serious impact after I make  the changes.
Is it required upgrade exchange server (Enable TLS 1.2)and there is any issue on client connectivity

Exchange Server : 14.3 build 123.4)
Server : server 2008 R2
Client : windows 7 SP 1 and Outlook 2007

1. "Disable insecure TLS/SSL protocol support
Configure the server to require clients to use TLS version 1.2 using Authenticated Encryption with Associated Data (AEAD) capable ciphers."
"Disable TLS/SSL support for RC4 ciphers
2.Disable TLS/SSL support for 3DES cipher suite
3.Disable TLS/SSL support for static key cipher suites
4.Configure the server to require clients to use TLS version 1.2 using Authenticated Encryption with Associated Data (AEAD) capable ciphers.
5.  Disable SSLv2 protocol support in Microsoft Windows
6.Disable SSLv2, SSLv3, and TLS 1.0.
7.Stronger Diffie-Hellman Group
Hi, I have two batch files, one  that disables the USB ports and one that enables the USB ports on Windows 10. I would like to run the batch file that disables the USB ports when the PC is Restarted or Shutdown. I have tried this using a scheduled task and via Local Group Policy with no success. Any help much appreciated.
Hi Experts,

I'm trying to get Microsoft Teams for free up and running.

I have downloaded the Windows version installer, installed it and started it.

But when I enter my credentials I get this dialog:

Someone has already set up Teams for your organization

Ask your admin to get you started with Teams, or set up another org in Teams using a different email address.

Use a different email

Already signed up?

We are a  2 man company - I am the admin and I do not remember ever using Teams before.
We have Office 365 subscriptions, if that make any difference?

I have a Windows 2019 file server (not AD joined) in a DMZ with SMB (IP port 445) opened for file share access from an internal Active Directory based network. I'm looking for a method to authenticate to the file share and to manage access to the share for users.
I am having trouble getting the print functions on a machine to work. The print spooler keeps crashing. I have stopped the print spooler removed all of the network printers. Deleted everything in the system32 PRINTER and DRIVER folders, and restarted the machine. After the restart I am able to add a network printer before it crashes again and i cant add any more and I cant make any changes to the one I added. It will not print anything after adding it again. I'm still hoping that a windows version update will help with the problem.
My CEO got malware on her computer and it is sending out Spam through her email.  The name on the email is hers but the email address is something weird.  I realized she had a bot on her computer when one of the emails she sent from her legitimate email got blocked because it was picked up as spam.  An IP address was indicated as the client host that was not our IP address or in any range.  One of the other employees could send the email just fine.  We use Office 365.  I ran a virus scan on her computer and it came up clean using Windows defender.  I thought everything was good until someone else just received another strange email from her - her name but not her email address.  How do I clean this off or is wiping her computer the only remedy.