The Quickest Way To Uninstall Particular Windows Updates

This is a super quick post about how to uninstall certain Windows Updates quickly and easily. Quite often the solution to a Windows problem will involve uninstalling certain Windows Updates which are often identified with a code starting with KB followed by a long series of numbers (eg KB2872339 or KB2882822).

If you were required to, for example, uninstall KB2872339 you could do so by opening the ‘Run’ menu (Windows Key + R) and typing “wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2872339” (without the quotation marks).

Which Edition Of Windows 10 Will Be Installed As Part Of Free Upgrade?

Windows 7

  • Those of you who currently run Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Premium will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home.
  • Those of you running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro.

Windows 8.1

  • Those of you running Windows 8.1 (the standard edition) will receive Windows 10 Home. And those of you running Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro for Students will receive Windows 10 Pro.
  • On the mobile phone side, if you’re running Windows Phone 8.1, you’ll get Windows 10 Mobile as your free upgrade.

Reset Windows Media Player 12 To Default Settings

I have been having a lot of troubles with my Windows Media Player on Windows 7 but I found this cool trick that allows you to reset WMP12 back to it’s default settings. This might be handy if you are encountering any issues of your own. Continue reading Reset Windows Media Player 12 To Default Settings

Fix Corrupted Windows Services After Virus Infection

Yesterday a client rang about a slow computer, it had recently had a virus removed from it but still wasn’t working quite right. Closer inspection revealed that a lot of the Windows Services were corrupted and would not start at all, while others were missing completely!

Some of the error messages that you might run into that are symptomatic of this problem include:

  • Windows Firewall service (MpsSvc): Error Code 5 or Error Code 0x8007042c.
  • Windows Update: Service cannot be started or service is missing from services list.
  • Base filtering engine (BFE): couldn’t be started (Error 5: Access is denied).

Continue reading Fix Corrupted Windows Services After Virus Infection

Backup & Access Your Entire Music Collection For Free!

If you have a large digital music collection then you’ve probably realised at one time or another that it would probably be difficult to recover if anything were to happen to your computer.

Sure, you can make local backups onto external hard drives and the like, which is fine. Until your house burns down. You could also use a cloud based backup service such as Carbonite or Dropbox but they cost money! (Unless your music collection is less than 2GB, you could use the free edition of Dropbox). Continue reading Backup & Access Your Entire Music Collection For Free!

Restore Individual Files From A Windows System Image

If you have ever used Windows Backup to create a System Image, you may have noticed that it creates a large ‘.vhd’ file (or Virtual Hard Disk file). Often these are used to restore your PC back into a working state, along with all of your data and programs in the case of a major failure or system corruption.

A lot of people don’t realise that you can also use these .vhd files to restore individual files and folders without having to restore the entire image. Continue reading Restore Individual Files From A Windows System Image