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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,
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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'm running a Win 10 PC that plays different music sources (using wmplayer) during the day - controlled by Windows Scheduler. In order to prevent wmplayer to play two or more different music sources at the same time, I have set up two tasks.
1. taskkill /IM wmplayer.exe /f /t
2. wmplayer.exe (link to net-radio)

This works mostly well, but from time to time the process just stops. I suspect that the taskkill hasn't completed when scheduler tries to start the application again. I would like to add a short "wait" - just a few seconds between the scheduled actions. Is this possible without going to a .bat file?  How?
I have a workgroup that consists of windows 7 and 10 desktops and 2 windows 2012 servers. I recently setup a new desktop with Windows 10  and one user (using Microsoft Email account) and joined the workgroup. I shared the drive and was able to map a local drive letter to other desktops.  But now when I try to map a drive to this machine from another windows 10 desktop. I keep getting an "incorrect password" error message. Can someone tell me definitively when I should use which credentials to gain access to the share?  Is it the email address and its password, or the user name and its PIN? And what exactly is supposed to be the syntax for each entry? Is it "MicrosoftAccount\user@email.com" and password or is it "remotehostname\Profilename" and PIN? Or maybe just user@email.com or Profilename? And does it matter if username has a space in it ( e.g. firstname lastname)? A concise explanation of all this would be most helpful. Thanks
If I want to find out if a ip address is set to DHCP or staticl on a workstation Win7 - remotely.
I can ping and use tracert successfully.

What type of Windows tool can I use at a DOS prompt or CLI from my computer.
Dear expert,

I have taken over a server from someone who is no longer with the company.  The server is not yet in production and I an entrusted to get it up and running and into production.  In going through the motions and checking out various things to see where the server stands, I came across this ... whenever I click on something in IE, I get the message "Please click here if you are not redirected within a few seconds"?

The server is running Windows 2016 Essentials as the OS.  The IE version is 11.

I have researched this issue before sending in a question.  I have tried the following:

1. I have reset IE (restarted computer as instructed).
2. I have reset IE -and- clicked on delete personal settings (restarted computer as instructed).

So far nothing I do seems to work.

I was attempting to download Chrome when I this message came up.  Also, if you don't mind, in trying to download Chrome, a second issue occurs.  When I get to the download chrome website, I click on 'Download Chrome' and nothing happens.  I can scroll up and down the page, but when I click on the 'Download Chrome' link, nothing happens.  My guess is that these 2 issues are related somehow with IE's security settings.

Any assistance you can give on these 2 issues is appreciated.


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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Hello all,

Range = 1|0

- 1 = Enabled. All Windows Update features are removed. This includes blocking access to the Windows Update website at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com, from the Windows Update hyperlink on the Start menu, and also on the Tools menu in Internet Explorer. Windows automatic updating is also disabled; you will neither be notified about nor will you receive critical updates from Windows Update. This setting also prevents Device Manager from automatically installing driver updates from the Windows Update website.
- 0 = Disabled or not configured. Users will be able to access the Windows Update website and enable automatic updating to receive notifications and critical updates from Windows Update.

what is the ideal value to set this setting. Everytime when we do update on windows machine it throw error "problem installing updates 0x8024002e"
when we change that to 0 it takes updates.
we get the updates from wsus. wsus shows PC is  up to date. but there are no cumulative updates installed

Any suggestions

Hello Support

The attached download enables the ability to convert JSON file format to HCL format (which is developed by a company called Hashicorp.

There is a readme included in the download to describe how to carry out the conversion. However, the demonstration shows how to carry out the conversion in Linux. Unfortunately, I don't know Linux. Therefore, I was wondering if someone could show me how to carryout the conversion in Windows? If not, if someone to talk me through in simple terms how to carry out the conversion in Linux that would also be great - but as I mentioned I'm not a Linux person.

Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.


Dear Sir,

I am already the Local Administrator of my workstation, when I tried to uninstall the mentioned software. It said

Please advise.

Thank you very much.

With regards,
I have a virtual machine with Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter with Windows key activated ( created by someone else atleast one year before). It looks like windows update was never done and  when I try to update it does not happen even after kept for  10 hours.  
Internet looks fine ( But I get the popup for adding site to exception when I visit a site)

How can I run the windows update? Any help is appreciated

I've got 2 Windows Server 2016 systems.  One is 12 core, the other 8.  The minimum number of cores to run SQL Server 2016 is 4...which means I have to get 2 licenses of "SQL Server Standard Edition (Core-Based Licensing)" at the very least.

The purpose of having SQL server is to have it integrated with Internet Information Server for dynamic database generated web pages.  The Server/CAL will not apply here and I just need SQL Server on 1 (one) machine.

My question is, do I need 4 (or 6) licenses for either the 8 (or 12) core servers to run or can I get away with purchasing just 2 licenses?

Thank you in advance.
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.
I recently got a new computer and tried to add some files to a USB drive to find it came up as "Write protected." I had never put a protection on it but I tried another one. Same thing. And another - every flash drive I try automatically comes up as write protected. I can't add or delete files or folders, and if I try to format it says: Formatting Drive D: (Or E:, it doesn't matter): The Disk is write protected.

I've gone through the process of trying to remove the protection through command line and DISKPART attributes clear readonly with no luck. Additionally, if I use any of these flash drives any another computer they come up without issue and are not write protected. That tells me it's something on the computer, but where? In Disk Management, perhaps?

More information:

New computer: Dell Precision 3620
Windows 10 - 1703 (Creator's Edition)
Flash Drive - Multiple types including Staples brand 16 GB and a Sandisk 64 GB

If you need any more info, please let me know.

Is this possible? I have a Windows 10 Machine at my business with wireless functionality. I also have a television in the same room that has WiFi Direct capabilities. Is it possible, with no external hardware, to connect these two devices to share display to the television. Let me preface this by saying that I also have an HDMI extender kit that I could use, but I would like to avoid running cabling if that isn't necessary.
I have a Visioneer Strobe XP100 scanner that is normally used with Windows XP or earlier.   Is it possible to use it with Windows 7?
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I have 1 machine that was affected by this issue.  I followed the steps in:


and am uninstalling the packages (step 10).  Once I connect to the internet, what's to stop the machine from getting those same patches again?

It's on a workgroup and we're using solarwinds RMM tool to push patches.  I don't see the delta patches in the RMM tool. So it got the patches some other way?  this machine is in a workgroup of 4 machines so there's no WSUS server on the network.

When I try to install Windows Update, I get the error message 80072EFE.
DB2 10.5 on Windows

I have a prod and HADR server.  Last week my HADR server was rebooted due to some windows updates and a mistake (they are not supposed to auto restart my DB2 servers).  Ever since then the HADRservice between prod and HADRis not working.

I restarted the HADR service on the HADR server with this command.

- start HADR
db2 start hadr on db DBName as standby

and checked it with this command.

- check if HADRis running
db2pd -db DBName -hadr

And it looks good.  I go the production server and run this.

- start HADR
db2 start hadr on db DBName as primary

and it comes back in about a minute or two with

SQL1768N Unable to start HADR Reason Code = "7"

I look that up and it states that it is a connection timeout between primary and standby.  I can ping and telnet to the HADR server from PROD but I am not sure what other communication protocols it might use.

Anyone else ever had this issue?

Windows Updates are set to run automatically and to prompt for restart.  It reports being up to date and the last check for updates to have been 12/12/2016.  Update history shows the most recent to have been in Feb 2017.   Running Update manually takes a long time and nothing changes in the results: same 12/12/2016 date for last check for updates and a Feb 2017 update as the latest.

Any suggestions about how to make it really check for and apply updates?
Hi guys

I've got a laptop with a Windows 8 Pro license at the time of purchase, but it was downgraded to Windows 7 Pro for us when delivered.

I now need to put in a new hard disk and rebuild the O.S. However, this laptop came with no DVD's so I have to find the appropriate content and do it myself.

My question is this: will I just be able to create a bootable Windows 7 ISO and install it? Will I be compliant in terms of licensing if I download the Volume LIcense version of Windows 7 and install it? As we have access to the Microsoft VLSC portal and can download it and create the bootable .ISO.

Thanks for helping guys
I am not sure what I am doing that when i fill out PDF and try to email it or save it to desk top things get erased.

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.