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How To Reset All Windows Security Settings To Default In Windows 10

If you recently tried applying a Group Policy or Local Policy in Windows and are having odd side effects, or notice the policy doesn't seem to be working as expected, you can try to reset / restore your local security policy settings to default in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. I recently tried [...]

Fix Windows Update Errors Troubleshooting Tool

Microsoft has released an online troubleshooting tool to help you resolve your Windows Update errors if you're running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7. If you're running Windows 8, it is recommended that you upgrade to at least Windows 8.1. The online tool also doesn't support Windows Server editions yet, such as Windows Server [...]

How To Reinitialize The Offline Cache in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10

Sometimes you just have too many conflicts when synchronizing your offline files in Windows that you have to start over. In my case, I upgraded the file server to a new host and some clients were left with duplicate entries in their Sync Center. DISCLAIMER: Always create a restore point before editing the registry! If [...]

Simplifying Windows Updates For Patch Tuesday In October 2016

Last month Microsoft posted a Technet article announcing some changes coming to the way they service (push Windows Update) to Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. In the past, Patch Tuesday would include a number of individual patches that were released [...]

Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 Update Error 0xC1900101-0x40017 Solved

I've had some difficulties when it comes to upgrading my Samsung Windows Tablet. Last year when Windows 8.1 Preview was released, I kept running into 0xC1900101 errors and this post walks through those fixes. Now with Windows 10 Technical Preview, I was able to upgrade from 8.1 to the first release of Windows 10, but [...]

Microsoft Releases Final Version Of Windows 8.1 Through Windows Store

Windows 8 users have been patiently waiting for the Windows 8.1 free upgrade, which offers a number improvements and features over Windows 8. The wait is finally over, as Microsoft has released the final version of Windows 8.1 today through the Windows Store. You can read some of my previous articles on Windows 8.1 to [...]

By | 2016-10-16T15:56:29+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Categories: OS|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Windows 8.1 Coming October 18th

Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8.1, which will come as a free upgrade on October 18th via the Windows Store and retail outlets. If you plan on downloading the update via the Windows Store, you can grab the update on the 17th (at 4AM, PDT) as that time aligns to 12:00 AM in [...]

By | 2016-10-16T15:56:35+00:00 August 14th, 2013|Categories: OS|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Tech Tip: Google Talk Desktop App In Windows 8.1

If you've been using the Windows 8.1 Preview and are a Google Talk user, you might have realized that the Google Talk desktop app doesn't connect with Windows 8.1 Preview. It'll constantly try to reconnect, then you'll get a message "Connection to the Google Talk service was blocked". While there are other ways you can [...]

By | 2016-10-16T15:56:48+00:00 July 22nd, 2013|Categories: Apps, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Tech Tip: Windows 8.1 0xC1900101 Errors

Windows 8.1 Preview has been available for almost a month now. You can upgrade by downloading an update from Microsoft's website, then going through the Windows Store, or you can download an ISO file, burn it to a disc and install the old-fashioned way. I've successfully upgraded a tablet and an ultrabook, but I recently [...]