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Background story:
Sat up a new Hyper-v server (2016)
Installed 2 vm's (win 2016). One DC and on RDS server.
Now servers are automaticlly booting every night at 21.00

Assumed it was Windows update, and since it can't be set to not boot during active hours (they work 22 hours a day), I used sconfig.cmd and sat windows update to manual - temporally .

But servers keep booting.

Found this in event viewer:
The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x00000018 (0x0000000000000000, 0xffffc98bfc89bc80, 0x0000000000000006, 0xffffffffffffffff). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 72adc51c-32be-48f6-9060-c2e9541f4dd1.

attached is newest file from c:/windows/minidump
memory.dmp was 800mb...

one more thing..
To save time I created one virtual harddrive and made 3 copies.
Want them as fixed size, and creating them during creation of vm makes them dynamic.

So, created 2 vm's using 2 of the copies.
3rd copy, was added to one of the vm's as a extra drive.

Now on both server I get errors "The disk signature of disk 3 is equal to the disk signature of disk 1."
Even on the vm with only one disk..
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I'm stuck with an issue on one of our end-user computers.
There is an xlsm document containing important info which one particular user cannot save on her brand new computer.
Other documents (including xlsm) can be saved without issues.

Windows 10 1703
Office 365 ProPlus 2016

Errors were detect while saving ...xlsm. Microsoft Excel may be able to sae the file by removing or repairing some features. To make the repairs in a new file, click Continue. To cancel saving the file, click Cancel.

Error message when saving
Clicking Continue will corrupt the file and render it useless.
Clicking Cancel will produce the warning "Document not saved".

The exact same document can be saved on other computers.
Enabled all Macros, turned off protection mode.
Document is located on a network share: Copied file locally, same issue.
Added location to trusted locations.
Turned off Antivirus and Firewall.
Opened document with "Open & Repair" -> Same issue
Updated Office to the First Release Channel. (was Deferred Channel)
Uninstalled Office and Installed from scratch.

Any suggestions?
Hi Team,
   I am not able to install SQL server 2008 R2 in windows 8 machines.If I install the setup file after few seconds automatically closed.Not running What should i do?I was tried 32 bit & 64 bit setup file for installation.Both are not able to install
Hello, i have some issues with WSUS , Up to windows 2012 R2 and windows 10 the client can receive the update but on windows 2016 didn't work is there any special configuration require ? some time i'm getting error message 0x8024401c but i have fixed the issues from here and now it is showing (your device is up to date. last check: today, 1:27) , from WSUS i can see 99% and Updates needed: 30 and still not receiving the updated

Note: the WSUS is windows 2016

Please i need your support,
Hi all,

I would like to know if it's possible to customize Active Directory New user wizard in order to redirect each created user to their associated Organizational unit.

So for instance if user A has principal name, when created the user A will automatically be created under OU
And so on for the rest of users, and if it's not possible to customize User creation, Is it possible for this to be done through GPO?

Hello forum

My developing environment is  Visual Studio  2015 enterprise , with Windows Driver installed.

I just started  going  going browsing through the  documentation at

My  project description is this  :  My Project description : DNS RESOLVER IMPLEMENTED AS A WINDOWS SERVICE
 work is this : My research laboratory has one hundred work stations, with users on each system. My research work is
 centered on making users Web browsers (opera and Firefox and e.t.c) queries i.e web surfing , to be intercepted and
 redirected to a local hosted DNS SERVER which will communicate with top level domain name servers around the world
 and return the request back to the users. The solution is to be design as a WINDOWS SERVICE (not a GUI).

My questions :

Is there any documentation for writting the WinDivert.dll in windows service to serve as matching packet (Conditiosn for INTERCEPTION AND REDIRECTION)

(2) The WinDivert.sys do i need to manipulate it for packet intercettion and redirection

(3) The rerouted packet is going to a DNS server on  in my network, how do i achieve the packet  modification for rerouting to the  …
Got an windows Server 2012 R2 and backing up the whole server using windows server backup.
Getting error :  
"Windows Backup failed to get an exclusive lock on the EFI system partition (ESP). This may happen if another application is using files on the ESP. Please retry the operation."
Error code 0x8078011E

Went through few forums with same error, but could not find a proper solution. could anyone pls help me with this.

thank you
Whenever I try  to create a system image of my computer using microsoft's create a system image page window , i get the following error:

I hit okay then, I cant use the backup menu anymore:


A little history first:

This all started when Windows Update wanted to install the latest version of Windows 10 on my computer ( This took a long time).
To make a long story short , an error occurred because the update found that the version of Deep Freeze  (ver. 7.xxxx), wasnt compatible with the new update. I just decided to do a clean install of Windows 10 and this time the update worked and the OS was successfully updated. I let the other windows updates complete , so when Windows Update got to this point:

I immediately performed a successful image backup, because I wanted to be able to restore from an image that had all the necessary windows 10 updates. Essentially , I didn't want to get another error that required the long process of a clean install again. After the successful image backup , rebooted machine to continue loading my other applications, such as office 2013 and other apps.
I got to the point where I had the applications installed and I wanted to perform another image backup. This is where I am at with the error above. I hope I was thorough enough in my explanation of the issue. I look forward to your anticipated responses and or solutions.

Small Business Server 2011
IE 11
Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 7

Two things happened today - installed IE11 (over IE10) and the self-signed certificate for Exchange expired, so I renewed it.

Then installed Windows Updates (last update in May 2017, three months ago).

On reboot I get   Event ID 36887 - Fatal Alert 46 - Schannel - GUID 1F678132-5938-4686-9FDC-C8FF68F15C85  appearing in the Event System Log about 20 times a minute !!

Have tried endless suggestions from the web and still have not cracked it.

Any ideas ?

It is play Sunday. I have a Dell Optiplex 3050 with Windows 10 Professional 1703. I added a StarTech USB Bluetooth adapter to it for something totally unrelated but now when I scan for Bluetooth devices from the computer I see (and can connect to) a BRAVIA KDL-50W800B. In Googleing it I get the impression that it should show up as a "Projector" but it doesn't. It shows up as "other devices".

   Then... when I try and pair that TV to my phone it asks for a paring code that I just don't have.

Seems like this screen mirroring is kind of cure but I can't do it to either my computer or phone. It says Wi-Fi Direct which probably isn't the same as Bluetooth but the TV is obviously advertising bluetooth.

Anyone know how to screen mirror this TV with either my computer or phone?
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How to write If - else if  in dos command to call .exe file?

DOS Command - Windows Batch file

We need to call the Test.exe file based on file naming convention. We pass the input parameter based on the file name convention.

Source folder has around 10 different naming convention zip files.  


if %str1:~0,7%==ABC_399 (call test.exe 399)
if %str2%==ABC_400 (call test.exe 400)
if %str3%==ABC_401(call test.exe 401)
Keep getting this message like:

"You need to fix your Microsoft Account for apps on your other devices to be able to launch apps and continue experiences on this device."

Why the continuous message?
Should we worry about this?
Is it necessary for Windows 10?
How  can we disable the message?
I purchased a new Windows 10 computer and installed VMWARE Workstation 12 PRO. I downloaded the vmware standalone converter and installed on my old Windows 7 computer. I've created the image a copied the files to the new computer but am unable to boot into the guest OS. On startup I get "Launch startup repair" (which prompts me for a windows start up disk that I don't have) and then throws a status 0xc0000225 " the boot selection failed because a required device is missing".

I've tried creating an empty Windows 10 VM and then copying and renaming the old vmdk into the windows 10 vm folder to no avail. I must be missing something. Any help is appreciated I certainly don't want to have to build this machine from scratch. It's my primary development machine and is loaded with software that I need including legacy installs of VB6
In our environment, secure zone refers to internal zone which hosts the critical backend systems
while DMZ hosts the more 'exposed' systems.

We got an audit finding that supporting infra systems (like SCCM, WSUS, NTP, our internal Vulnerability
Assessment scanner) should not store authenticators (I assume this refers to credentials) of the
critical systems (critical financial systems that transacts huge amount of $) that are hosted in the
non-DMZ (ie secure) zone.

Well, SCCM (which we use to deploy PCs patches & collect info from them & these PCs include PCs
used to make/process large payments) & WSUS (which deploys patches to all servers include the
critical/sensitive servers)  will need to have access to those critical systems to be able to deploy
patches.  Any idea if SCCM/WSUS store authenticators ?    We place these systems in our DMZ;
should we place them in an isolated/more secure zone?

I presume when SCCM/WSUS is compromised, hackers could access the critical PCs & serrvers
via these tools?  If so, what are the mitigations?

We also have Cyberark tt we lodge admin IDs of critical servers in them?  if this Cyberark server
is hosted in DMZ, what's the risk?  What are the mitigations?  The vendor who help us set it up
suggested to place it in DMZ (so that we could access via Internet to approve access requests):
is this risky & what are the best practices to mitigate?  I'm inclined to think these vendors are
seasoned in selling …
I'm looking for an internet messaging utility for use on a LAN in a clinic, for uses such as telling someone on the phone that an appointment has arrived without having to go to their desk.  I thought that the Windows msg command would work, but it seems to not, because  a msg can't be sent to a machine name and all the users user the same logon name (yeah, I know, I'd never seen that before either.)  Environment is Windows Server 2012 domain with 18 Win7 and Win10 PCs.

Does any one know of such?
Note: I'm a relative newbie to Wordpress :)  That said:

I'd like to have a forum on my Wordpress Website, preferably as a plugin.

Do you have experience with something like this?

Features I'm looking for in the forum software...

  • Integrates seamlessly with Wordpress and the Fortuna theme
  • User to be able to register, receive an email to confirm their email address before being accepted as a forum member
  • Looks and works something similar like the Bleeping Computer, Malwarebytes or the Windows Secrets Forums
  • Ability to Pin posts
  • An ability to assign different user levels so as to be able to assign moderators etc.
  • Captcha Support to stop Robot Scripts making user fake accounts
  • Easy Administration
  • Easy Wizard Driven Setup

Is something like that available as a Plugin or would I be better off with a different solution?

Your opinions and suggestions gratefully accepted.

Finally, though I'd prefer free, I'm not averse to paying a reasonable amount for a shareware / commercial solution if needed to satisfy all my requirements.

Looking forward to your suggestions.

Under windows 10 diskcopy is bin removed
any ideas how solf it
I have an SBS2008 server with all the latest updates. (I plan on retiring at in October)
I have a Windows 7 workstation that has a drive mapped to a shared folder where the user created an AutoCAD file.  8 hours later while working on it, the user accidentally deleted through Windows Explorer

The problem is, I  don't have "Volume Shadow Copies" set up on the server.
I have last night's backup but that doesn't help today.

I know there are programs such as "Recuva" to help restore files.

Looking for recommendations and options.
Going forward obviously I'll make sure that I handle this proactively.
I just got a windows 10 computer and I'm trying to setup file sharing on it. It's currently on my private network. I been thru the network sharing center and have it set for current profile Network Discovery, turn on automated setup of network connected devices & turn on file and printer sharing. I've tried both all windows to manage homegroup connections as well as use user accounts. (I use the same admin account on all my pc's). I've enabled a share on my d drive and given everyone access to it.  However whenever I try to connect from a remote pc I get asked for credentials and although I'm typing in the correct username and password I get access denied. I can see the computer from the other ones on the network but can not access the file share. I can however connect from the windows 10 machine to my windows 7 machine. Firewall is off.

What the heck is going ON?
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I have been running Quick Books -2016 Desktop for over a year. About a month ago I received this Error Message: Could not initialize properties.  Error 3371, Status Code -11118. Quick Books could not load the license data. This maybe caused by missing or damaged files.

1. I installed Quick Books on another machine with no problems.
2. Reinstalled on the "Problem" machine and received the same error.
3. Installed "New" version of Windows 10, on reformatted drive on "Problem machine" - received Error message 3371.
Not sure what to do next. Quick Books tech support guides don't offer assistance, without a hefty service charge
Good day  expert exchange.

Am writing a Driver service which is a type of kernel-level filter driver implemented as a Windows service that enables applications to work with devices .

My development environment is  Visual Studio  2015, Windows 10, template Windows Driver (KMDF)

What i want to achieve is  DNS queries Redirection

Am working with the FWPS_LAYER_ALE_CONNECT_REDIRECT_V6 and FWPS_LAYER_ALE_CONNECT_REDIRECT_V4  being that tey are both kernel based


What is confusing me is this : How do i write a kernel-level filter driver implemented as a Windows service in Visual studio. I mean the
step i should take.

I dont know how to start the project templates adding in visual studio, whether the windows service (C#) template then
click on the File menu on the Visual studio 2015 to add the windows driver to the Windows Service or  vice versa.

Would  really appreciates someone help in sorting this issue out.

Thank you expert exchange
I need a gawk code to remove this type of duplicates:


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Hi All Expert,

I would like to know how can I add a user account network drive in a domain for Windows Server 2008, such as when to user login to other pc still have all the network drive as to avoid keep manually add. I have tried to google it but abit confused as I can't find group policy management editior only group policy management, appreciate if any expert can assist me on.

Please provide me with the correct Power Shell script that will change each user's AD password based upon a .CSV spreadsheet.

This .CSV script will have two columns with column A containing the user's AD SAM name (logon username) and column B containing the password that each user's AD logon username should be changed to (see this .CSV file below).

All of these AD accounts listed within column A already exist within Active Directory. I just need to create a Power Shell script that will run, read each AD username, and then change this username's AD password to the password shown in column B.

Column A for the AD username is named SAM. Column B for the AD password is named Password.

If you have any questions please let me know.

CSV scriptCSV-script.csv.xlsx
I had the mainboard board go out on my Windows Home Server.  I moved the 4 x drives that where in stripped array into my Windows 10 box.  I went into computer management and set each of them as online.  They showed up as different drive letters versus them being a single drive letter.  I see the documents but if I try to copy them I get a Error 0x80070780: The file cannot be accessed by the system.

Windows OS





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.