Archive for the 'Windows 8' Category

Fix Elevated applications not having access to mapped drives

Fix Elevated applications not having access to mapped drives One of the side effects of UAC is the inability to access the mapped (over net use) network drives from the applications running in privileged mode (Run As Administrator). This means that when you run the command prompt or an application (like SpecWin) with elevated privileges, […]

Creating Customized Windows 10/8.1 Media (ISO, WIM, Flash Drive)

Creating Customized Windows 10/8.1 Media (ISO, WIM, Flash Drive) In the Enterprise environment Windows Operation Systems are usually created, captured and deployed via MS SCCM, WDS or other imaging deployment technology. This allows for an Operating System to be deployed that is updated to the latest version(s) and standards of the organization along with any […]

Fix "The trust relationship between this computer and the primary domain failed" error

This is something that happens very often in large organizations with remotely connected sites (whether via MPLS nodes, connected VPNs or remote VPN users). If you’ve spent any time in the desktop support arena you’ve likely had this error/issue dozens of times. Here are some surefire ways to fix this fairly quickly. MANY, many sites […]

Completely Uninstall Default Windows Store Apps in Windows 10 (8/8.1 too)

I am NOT a fan of the Windows Store or ‘Charm’ apps. If I want an application – I’ll seek out and get it myself. I don’t like being force fed a bunch of useless stuff I don’t want or need. With the advent of Windows 8 through Windows 10 MS has pushed their default/charm […]

How to remove a printer and its drivers from Windows 8/10

How to remove a printer and its drivers from Windows 8 Press the keyboard shortcut Win+q. Find Printer Management in the section Administrative Tools and launch it. Removing a printer Open Custom Filters, All Printers, select the printer you want to remove and click on Delete. Confirm it by clicking Yes. Removing drivers Go to […]

Using PowerShell to Manage Windows Updates

Using PowerShell to Manage Windows Updates:  PSWindowsUpdate Often we have to update computers that have not – for whatever reason been updated in a long time. AND we often have to create new deploy images using sysprep. What usually happens is that Windows update will hang at ‘checking for updates’ for a very long time […]

Windows 8.1 is here

Windows 8.1 is here just a year after Windows 8. This update—free to existing Windows 8 users. The update is simple and hassle free through MS update. I’d recommend it to anyone who has Windows 8 to make it more easily navigable and user friendly. Especially those of us in the business desktop world. Some […]

My drumbeat. Backup with Images folks!

Once again I’ve had the frustration of dealing with failed hardware. The system was highly customized with special settings and configurations to enable unique line of business applications and data, plus the ‘regular’ business applications such as MS Office (with custom CRM databases) multiple email accounts and other applications installed after the system was first […]

Windows 8.1 news

If you are buying a new PC or laptop and you’ve been holding off because of the new Metro interface you might be in luck. It looks like Microsoft is pulling a ‘New Coke’ here and admitting that the ‘Metro’ desktop and lack of ‘Start’ button was a VERY BAD MOVE. Especially for those in […]

Install/Downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8 – HP laptop adventures

I’ve been without a good working portable/laptop computer for some time (had a couple liberated and another fail) and decided the time was nigh to purchase a very good one for my needs. I did loads of research on specs and ratings etc. of course, that’s part of what I’ve been doing for a few […]