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Windows KB4015217 Windows Server 2016 Windows 10 VMware Inaccessible Boot Disk

There have been recent reports that the Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 patch KB4015217 breaks VMware virtual machines (VM), leaving them inoperable and a boot error of "Inaccessible Boot Disk". The Windows KB4015217 patch is called "Cumulative Update for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016: April 11, 2017". While looking at the KB4015217 Release [...]

How To Block (Defer) Windows 10 Creators Update

Today's (April 11th) the day that Microsoft will begin rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update through Windows Update. I've been using the Windows 10 Creators Update for a few months now through the Insider Preview program, and I haven't had any major issues. You can read some of my articles by looking at the [...]

By | 2017-04-11T11:18:38+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Categories: Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How To Uninstall OneDrive Windows 10 Creators Update & Disable Via Group Policy

We previously wrote an article explaining How To Uninstall OneDrive In Windows 10, which included running special commands and deleting registry keys. If you aren't comfortable editing the registry, then uninstalling OneDrive in previous versions of Windows 10 probably wasn't something you would have wanted to tackle. Fortunately, with the upcoming launch of the Windows [...]

Windows 10 Creators Update – How to Hide the All Apps Column in the Start Menu

The Windows 10 Start Menu has brought some mixed feelings among users. In my opinion, I'm glad they got rid of the full screen menu like they had in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The good news is that in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, you'll have a little more control over your Start [...]

By | 2017-02-14T15:13:14+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update – Automatically Free Up Disk Space with Storage Sense

Windows 10 Creators Update is introducing a new feature that could replace disk cleanup utilities like my favorite CCleaner. In all modern versions of Windows, Microsoft has included a Disk Cleanup Utility, and the only way to automate cleanup was to use Task Scheduler to create scheduled tasks. While it worked well once you configured [...]

By | 2017-02-14T15:01:00+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update – Re-Enable Command Prompt Instead Of Powershell

If you’re recently upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update and you’ve used the Command Prompt shortcuts when you right-click on the Start Menu, you might be surprised to see that Command Prompt has been replaced by Windows PowerShell (resembling the left screenshot above). While Powershell has its place, I tend to use Command Prompt more [...]

By | 2017-02-14T14:48:13+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Update Site Certificate For ADFS Windows Server 2012

If you run a Microsoft ADFS Server on Windows Server 2012, there will probably be a time when you'll need to update your site certificate on the server. In my case, I use a wildcard certificate for my domain, for example *.tecklyfe.com so that all subdomains can use the same certificate. When you update the [...]

By | 2017-02-09T07:35:12+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Categories: System Administration, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fix Outlook 2016 Crashes At Startup Windows.UI.Xaml.dll or Mail (32-bit) Control Panel Doesn’t Work

I recently ran into an issue where Outlook 2016 would randomly crash either at startup or during normal operations. In my case, during the crash I could hover my mouse over the taskbar icon and see there was a hidden popup box asking for Windows Credentials, but I couldn't get the box to appear. While [...]

Add User or Group as Local Administrator on Domain Controller

As a Systems Administrator or Engineer, you might run into a situation where you need to add a user or service account as a Local Administrator on a Domain Controller. Unfortunately, Domain Controllers don't have the Local Users and Groups databases once they're promoted to a Domain Controller. Depending on what your needs are, you [...]

By | 2017-01-10T13:41:36+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Categories: Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fix: Rotation Lock Grayed out on Windows 10

If you own 2-in-1 Windows 10 device, like a Lenovo Yoga, rotation is one of the basic features that you’re going to use (or maybe you'll want to disable it). Unfortunately, users have reported the Rotation Lock option is grayed out and that rotation isn’t working on their devices. In my case, my Lenovo Yoga [...]

By | 2017-01-09T16:05:34+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments