Oldy but a goody. Speed up a printer install “device setup in progress” in Windows 10

When installing a new printer I have had issues with the new printer not appearing in Control Panel – “Devices and Printers”.

If the PC is behind a proxy server and does not have direct web access then it can take a few minutes or a reboot for the printer to appear.

I discovered Windows is trying to download the correct icon for the particular printer.

If you change a reg setting it will prevent doing an icon lookup and the printer will appear instantly.

If you know what I mean, give it a try and see.

You can edit the registry here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata

Key: PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork

Value: 1

 

Battery report

Today I learnt you can use the following command to create a battery report.

powercfg /batteryreport

What’s included in the battery report?

  • It provides recent usage information e.g when the notebook was charged and the power states over the last 3 days. When your notebook started, when it was suspended and the battery capacity over time.
  • Battery details such as brand, design capacity, full charge capacity and cycle count.
  • Battery usage graph showing how the battery drained over time.
  • Battery life estimate stats.

RSAT Win 10 1511 Issue

If you are like me and are using Win 10 1511 and have installed RSAT you will notice the tab’s inside ADUC are missing.

This is due to a bug with RSAT version v1.2 published 12/10/2016.

Solution: Upgrade to a higher build of Win 10 e.g 1607 Anniversary edition. You may be able to try and find an earlier version of RSAT, this may work also. If you find a link to the older version please let me know and I’ll post it here.

Windows 10 default printer trouble

I had a client ask me why their default printer keeps changing. I discovered a new feature of Windows 10 automatically sets the default printer to the last user printer.

To fix this:

  1. Click on the start button and type in “Printers & Scanners”
  2. Click on Printers and Scanners
  3. Turn off the setting “Let Windows manage my default printer”

Uninstall QuickTime for Windows Now

Trend Micro are recommending everyone to uninstall Quicktime for Windows – See here

Apple are deprecating Quicktime for MS Windows. They are no longer issuing security updates for the product.

There has also been two critical vulnerabilities released affecting Quicktime for Windows.

Win 10 Upgrade & Wifi issue

Upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 and the Wifi does not work.

This could be due to having VPN software loaded in Windows 8 which causes issues with Windows 10.

Have a read here.

How to delete folders recurisvely with long names

Do you have an issue where there are hundred/thousands of folders inside more folders which you are unable to delete due to the filenames being too long.

Solution:

robocopy c:\purge d:\deleteme /purge

Where “d:\deleteme” is the infinite loop path you wish to delete
Make sure to create a blank folder named “purge” in c:\ as mentioned above.

 

Missing CD/DVD Drive in Windows 8

I recently discovered a problem since installing Windows 8, my CD/DVD drive was missing.

Solution:

Method 1:
a) Right click on the Left Bottom Corner (Start Menu).
b) Run Command Prompt as an Administrator.
c) Type cmd in Windows 8 Metro UI and press cltr+shift+enter.
d) Type following and press enter
reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0” /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001
e) Reboot the system.
f) Verify if the problem has been resolved.

Method 2:
a) Press “Windows Key + R”, type Control Panel.
b) Then type “Troubleshooter” in the Search box and hit enter.
c) Select “Hardware and Sound” from the Troubleshooter Window.
d) Select “Hardware and Devices”.

Method 3:

Note: Download the drivers from the Manufacturer’s website and install it.
a) Press Windows Key + R, type devmgmt.msc.
b) Expand the CD/DVD ROM drivers, click on the drivers.
c) Click on properties, click on uninstall tab.
d) Click OK.
e) Right-click on the driver executable/installer file.
f) Click on Properties and select the Compatibility tab.
g) Click the checkbox before Run this program in Compatibility mode for option and select Windows 7.
h) In the list-down box; then try installing the device driver via Run as administrator.

Can’t find Manage Wireless Networks in Win 8?

In Win 7 you could click on “Manage Wireless Networks” to add/edit/delete wireless network profiles, however in Win 8 it has disappeared.

Let’s hope MS fix this in Win 8.1 SP1 ?

Solution:

Open a run box window (or press win+R) then type cmd to open Windows 8 CLI.

To see stored wireless profiles, type:
netsh wlan show profiles
This will show a list of saved profiles of your connected WLAN devices. Then you’ll need to write/save/memorize the profile name that you want to change.

To see the stored key (WPA/WEP/etc) of a specific profile:
netsh wlan show profiles name=[profile name] key=clear
You’ll find the key content under security settings.

To delete a stored profile:
netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name]
This will delete the stored profile of every WLAN interface.

If you want to delete the profile of a specific WLAN interface, you need to use the following:
netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name] interface=[interface name]

This is a good alternative to perform the common actions for “Manage Wireless Network” avoiding to use third party software under Windows 8.

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