• Windows Tips

    YourPhone or YourPhone.exe what is it?

    I was randomly looking through the Windows Task Manager and found “Your Phone”. What is it? Is it spyware or a virus? It’s a Microsoft UWP App that is built into Windows 10. It allows you to transfer texts, calls, emails and pictures from your phone into Windows. Type in “your phone” into the start button to find it. How can I disable the “Your Phone” app? Type “background apps” into the windows start button Scroll down to Your Phone and turn if off How can I remove it? Right click on the start button and open Windows PowerShell (Admin) Type in the following: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.YourPhone -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage Final…

  • Windows Tips

    Notebook battery troubleshooting

    A great little program for troubleshooting notebook batteries is already included in Windows. I will describe the steps to save a battery report and help you troubleshoot your notebook battery. Open command prompt cmd. Windows R and type cmd and enter OR right click on the start button and go to run and type cmd. Type powercfg /batteryreport The file will be saved, take note where the file has been saved. Open the html file by navigating to it The battery report will give you this info: Recent usage information e.g notebook charge times over the last 3 days. Notebook start, suspended times and capacity over time. Battery details such…

  • Windows Tips

    Set printing preferences via command line in Windows

    When installing a new printer driver sometimes it does not appear in the control panel -> Devices and Printers. If you need to set printing preferences for the freshly installed printer driver this is how youc an do it via command line in Windows. How to set printing preferences via command line: 1. Open command prompt “cmd” 2. Type RUNDLL32 PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /e /n “\\server\printername” The /e opens the printer preferences /n is the name of the printer More info here.

  • Windows Tips

    Oldie but a goodie. 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 registry setting it will prevent doing an icon lookup and the printer will appear instantly. Solution: Use regedit.exe to edit the registry Find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Device Metadata Edit the key named PreventDeviceMetadataFromNetwork Change the value from 0 to 1 A restart may…

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Tips

    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 Tips

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

  • Windows Tips

    IE6 to IE11 VMs

    Did you know it’s possible to download VMs to use IE6 to IE11 from OS’s such as Win XP, Win7 and Win8. There is a 90 day usage limit from when you start using the VM. It’s 30 days with two 30 day rearms. If for some reason you need to use these VMs for testing, it will work great and it’s free. http://dev.modern.ie/tools/vms/windows/

  • Windows Tips

    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.  

  • TSF Knowledge Base,  Windows Tips

    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…