Last month I created two Windows 10 1909 images for a Dell Precision 5540, one image for “naked” Windows 10 including all drivers, and another image complete with all our usual software. That laptop came with BIOS version 1.3.3, which was upgraded to 1.4.0 before any of the images were captured.

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I installed Citrix XenServer 7.2 on a spare server, created a small VM running FreeBSD/amd64 head r347896, and updated the host all the way to XS 7.6. Upgrading to Citrix Hypervisor 8.0.0 requires boot media, and the procedure is pretty painless. I added the XS80E001.zip update and rebooted the host. Neither a license server nor a license […]

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For some unknown reason, KB4474419 and KB4489878 failed to install automatically on Windows 7 SP1 x64 and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64, respectively. One client was unable to install KB4474419 and two servers had issues with KB4489878. After struggling for a while, I opted to download the updates and installing them manually. Go to https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/ […]

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Having access to “Azure Dev Tools for Teaching” (formerly known as MS Imagine, MS DreamSpark, and MSDN Academic Alliance) for training and experimentation has its perks, but I miss the ability to show certain desktop icons without activating Windows 10 and/or Server 2019. Here’s how.

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Today I got error 1603 while installing Autodesk Revit 2019 on a student’s laptop. The best solution is to uninstall all Microsoft Visual C++ runtimes, reboot the computer, and let the Revit installer get its way installing the supplied versions.

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Sometimes security is on the border of being ridiculous. Modern Windows 10 is very anxious when connecting to guest-access allowed, readonly Samba shares, Here’s how to allow “insecure” guest logons for stand-alone computers. The same is true when configuring a GPO. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4046019/guest-access-smb2-disabled-by-default-in-windows-10-server-2016.

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While trying to log in on our Novell servers using Client for OES 2 SP4 IR7a on Windows 10 1709, I was greeted with: A required network service has not started. Please check your error log for details. The third reply of this post gave me a clue, simply run setup.exe one more time and […]

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Error 0x800F081F while installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 10 might be due to corporate WSUS servers not allowing such updates. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU in the Windows registry and set UseWUServer to 0 (zero). Restart the Windows Update service (net stop wuauserv & net start wuauserv) and retry installing .NET Framework 3.5. Set UseWUServer back […]

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