Take The Power Back – Using TAKEOWN Command To Reclaim Ownership of Files & Folders In Windows

Some times when you copy files and folders from one computer to another you may run into permission errors (access denied etc) when accessing or editing them, the TAKEOWN command in the command prompt can solve this quickly and easily, as stated in the documentation, TAKEOWN enables an administrator to recover access to a file that was previously denied, by making you the owner of the file. Continue reading “Take The Power Back – Using TAKEOWN Command To Reclaim Ownership of Files & Folders In Windows”

RichCopy – The Answer To All Your File Copying Needs

RichCopy is a free file copying utility released on Microsoft’s TechNet as an improvement over their RoboCopy utility. Aimed at techs and Windows Power Users, this utility offers powerful options for moving or copying large amounts of data where the default Windows Explorer copy process falls in a heap. No tech should be without this handy tool in their belt. Continue reading “RichCopy – The Answer To All Your File Copying Needs”

Solved: Web Cam Error Code 0xA00F4246 (Windows 10)

This quick fix is for those of you trying to run the Windows 10 Camera App to view your web camera. I encountered a situation whereby after plugging in a USB Web Camera, opening the Camera App and waiting a few seconds I was presented with an error message stating: “Something went wrong. If you need it, here’s the error code: 0xA00F4246(0xE8010001)”.

A quick bit of research and I found a really simple registry modification using RegEdit sorted the problem out. Continue reading “Solved: Web Cam Error Code 0xA00F4246 (Windows 10)”

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).

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