17 Sep

OUTLOOK VERY SLOW PRINTING A PARTICULAR EMAIL

Very bizarre……a customer had one or two particular emails that were very, very slow to print.

It turned out to be a Reference Number in the body of the message was being interpreted by Outlook as a website (something like Q123235.4345.kh) and when you hovered over the reference number it was trying to go to http://Q123235.4345.kh (which, BTW is Cambodia).

Hilarious Microsoft Bug! Workaround:-

10 Sep

CURRY’S / PCWORLD PRICE MATCH!

Stroll in, stroll around, pick up your computer bits, TVs, audio, appliances and cameras and then shout “price match” at the staff,

  • matched with Tesco, Argos and any recognised web-based business
  • excluding third party Amazon business or eBay
  • even for products on Amazon!

and walk out with a massive discount.

5 Sep

SQL EXPRESS + MGMT STUDIO

https://download.microsoft.com/download/8/D/D/8DD7BDBA-CEF7-4D8E-8C16-D9F69527F909/ENU/x64/SQLEXPR_x64_ENU.exe

https://download.microsoft.com/download/8/D/D/8DD7BDBA-CEF7-4D8E-8C16-D9F69527F909/ENU/x64/SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe

 

31 Aug

IS RECYCLING A SCAM?

What if very little of the rubbish we send for recycling,

  • which has to go through trade-union backed government employee sorting process (expensive),
  • which is sold to non-governmental recycling companies (who have to make a profit)
  • who largely exist in other countries (e.g. Asia),
  • who find high levels (up to 40%) of CONTAMINATION (e.g. dirty jars),
  • which aren’t recyclable (e.g. pizza boxes),
  • which are now being rejected by those countries,
  • which is forcing the price of rubbish to drop rapidly,

actually gets made into NEW products (approx. 9% since recycling started)? Would you then consider that recycling is a way to make consumers feel less guilty.

REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE

29 Aug

DWM.EXE HIGH CPU AFTER RDP DISCONNECT

DWM.EXE High CPU (One Core) On Target System after Remote Desktop Disconnect on Windows 10 x64 1903 (Fully Patched)

As a workaround on all of my affected machines I have used Group Policy Editor to set:-

Local Computer Policy
Computer Configuration
Administrative Templates
Windows Components
Remote Desktop Service
Remote Desktop Session Host
Remote Session Environment
Use WDDM graphics display driver for Remote Desktop Connections to DISABLED

This forces RDP to use the old (and now deprecated XDDM drivers). After rebooting, behaviour returns to normal and after disconnecting from an RDP session the RDP host (target machine) no longer shows DWM.EXE consuming CPU.

27 Aug

DWM.EXE GONE FLIPPING CRAZY (WINDOWS 10)

CPU utilisation 100% continuously…dwm.exe is the culprit. This seems to be a common issue so you have to end the task(s) and turn off all the visual effects. No wallpaper, no transparency, no transitioning effects, disable the Themes server. Start, “Ease of Access Center”, Make easier to See, turn off any visual effects – Now all is well again.

20 Aug

DISABLE WINDOWS 10 UPDATES

Here are the options in gpedit.msc — Compu…, Adminis…, Windo…, Windows Update

(p.s. gpedit.msc not available on Home Edition)

Disabled:-

Notify for Install:-

 

8 Aug

GSUITE – CHOOSE “OTHER” FOR HEARTINTERNET

If you are transferring a domain to Google Gsuite from Heartinternet, then you may receive an error when Google tries to complete the process. Just choose OTHER from the dropdown and fill in the details at Heart manually.

5 Aug

WINDOWS PREVIOUS VERSION (OF FILES)

When the Previous Versions is not working properly, the Previous Versions tab is showing “There are no previous versions available”, despite System Restore feature has been enabled in “System Protection”, and at least one or more System Restore points / Shadow Copy snapshots have been created and existed in the “System Restore” or “Shadow Copies” listing, and System Restore took up increasing disk space. When there are no previous versions available, you can’t view, recover or restore old files and/or folders through the Previous Versions feature.

Run this in an admin cmd:

wmic shadowcopy call Create Volume=C:\

25 Jun

WINDOWS 10 CHROME POP-UPS

Getting POP-UPs in the right-hand corner of your screen? You might have a Chrome pop-up enabled, which you said “Allow” to by accident whilst visiting a website, or not reading the prompt correctly!

25 May

RADMIN VPN COMING UP AS PUBLIC NETWORK

For some reason Radmin VPN becomes a Public network in Network and Sharing Centre and as such does not allow Remote Desktops to access inbound (or it seems hit and miss). Change the network to Private using the Registry:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

Find the profile and change Category from 0 to 1

22 May

DNS FAMILY FILTER

1.1.1.1 / 1.0.0.1 Cloudfare’s DNS
8.8.8.8 Google’s DNS
185.228.168.168 Cleanbrowsing – Family
185.228.168.10 Cleanbrowsing – Adult
185.228.168.9 Cleanbrowsing – Security

1 May

TREAT YOURSELF TO A FAB NEARLY-NEW LAPTOP

Looking to upgrade that old, knackered laptop you’ve been slaving over? Check out this Elitebook 840 G4 from HP, an absolute bargain Quad Core i7 4th Gen for around £500, depending on age and condition. It has a proper ENTER key (full height, unlike many HPs this season) and mouse BUTTONS, not that silly trackpad you get with Dell. Also, it’s lightning fast and will process anything you can throw at it is nanoseconds, booting up in under 10 seconds from OFF.

If that’s too much, why not try one of these LNYX tablet/laptops? Looks and runs very much like a Microsoft Surface but at a quarter of the price, around £280:-

29 Apr

ALLOW BLANK-PASSWORDED PCS ON NETWORK TO ACCESS OTHER PCS

If you have a PC on a network that doesn’t have a password, of which there are millions no doubt, and that PC tries to connect to another PC or Server on the network then you run into a little problem. No matter what you try it just won’t connect. What you end up doing is setting a password on the PC and then suddenly it will connect. Well, you can actually modify an registry entry (via a group policy) to enable this instead.

23 Mar

TRINITY NT PASSWORD CRACK

Lost your Windows 10 password?

http://trinityhome.org

Uses WINPASS and a small, bootable version of Linux to get you out of trouble when you forget the password on Windows 10. Can be used with a USB flash drive as well.

Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues. Since version 3.4 it has an easy to use scrollable text menu that allows anyone who masters a keyboard and some English to perform maintenance and repair on a computer, ranging from password resetting over disk cleanup to virus scanning

-as a bootable CD which you can burn yourself from a downloadable isofile or a self burning Windows executable
-from a USB stick/disk (optionally also a fixed disk), installable from Windows or from the bootable TRK cd (which is easier and safer)

-easily reset windows passwords with the improved winpass tool
-simple and easy menu interface
-5 different virusscan products integrated in a single uniform commandline with online update capability
-full ntfs write support thanks to ntfs-3g
-winclean, a utility that cleans up all sorts of unnecessary temporary files on your computer.
-clone computers over the network via multicast.
-wide range of hardware support (kernel 2.6.35 )
-contributed backup utility called “pi”, to automate local machine backups
-easy script to find and mount all local filesystems
-self update capability to include and update all virusscanners + local changes you made to TRK.
-full proxyserver support.
-run a samba fileserver (windows like filesharing)
-run a ssh server
-recovery and undeletion of files with utilities and procedures
-recovery of lost partitions
-evacuation of dying disks
-full read/write and rpm support
-UTF-8 international character support (select keyboard language from the scrollable textmenu at startup)
-2 rootkit detection uitilities
-most software updated to recent versions
-literally thousands of changes and bugfixes since version 3.3
-elaborated documentation, including manpages for all commands (also TRK ‘s own)

26 Feb

EXTRACT FILES FROM WINMAIL.DAT

Sometimes you get a winmail.dat file from somebody via email and you can’t seem to open it. What do you do? Easy, go to winmaildat.com and they will extract for you. Don’t forget to DONATE!

26 Feb

HOW TO FIX SYSTEM RESTORE FAILED TO EXTRACT FILES IN WINDOWS?

There are several simple and easy-to-perform solutions for you to work out “System Restore failed to extract the original copy of the directory from the restore point” issue.

1. If there is file conflict, create another system restore point and try again.

2. Disable security programs in your operating system. If you have antivirus software installed, you can perform System Restore in Safe Mode. Antivirus software will protect your system files by preventing System Restore from replacing them. Start your Windows in Safe Mode where Windows won’t load startup applications and third-party software to try again.

3. If you are running Windows 7 and its previous version, you can simply delete this certain file: %windir%\system32\tasks\microsoft\windows\SystemRestore\SR. Reboot your system and it will automatically perform System Restore.

https://www.backup-utility.com/articles/system-restore-failed-to-extract-the-file-3889.html