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)”


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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Solved: NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” Error

Here is a way to¬†possibly¬†solve the annoying NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” issue which is frequently associated with a flickering screen, flicking to black, having a completely black/blank screen or even rebooting your computer unexpectedly.

This is the method I used to fix a client’s PC which every now and then his monitor would randomly turn black and recover a couple of seconds later with the following error. He was running Windows 7 64-bit but this fix will apply to most other editions of Windows as well.

Upon inspecting the system log in the ‘Event Viewer’ I found that it was the file ‘nvlddmkm.sys’ which was causing the crash. The’ nvlddmkm.sys’ file is located in ‘C:\Windows\System32\drivers’. Continue reading “Solved: NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” Error”

1 Step Fix for “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Unable to open the Outlook window.” error

Here is a quick fix to what can be a really frustrating problem.

If when trying to open Microsoft Outlook at you are faced with the “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Unable to open the Outlook window” error you simply need to go to Start > Run (or hold down the Windows Key and press R on the keyboard) and type in ‘Outlook.exe /resetnavpane’.

Outlook should now open!

I hope this saves someone some grey hairs.

Solved: Can’t Access My Recovery Partition & I Don’t Have Any Recovery CD’s!

Today I was fixing up a laptop for a friend. It was an Acer Aspire 6930 running Windows Vista Home Premium (x86), it appeared that the MBR (Master Boot Record) needed repairing. So using the Vista Recovery CD I was able to use the BOOTREC /FIXMBR and BOOTREC /FIXBOOT commands. Unfortunately that didn’t solve my problem and I needed to access the laptop’s recovery partition, which you would normally get to by holding Alt and pressing F11 during boot up (other laptops have similar key combinations) but I think because I had mucked around with the boot record that the Alt + F11 shortcut was no longer functioning. Continue reading “Solved: Can’t Access My Recovery Partition & I Don’t Have Any Recovery CD’s!”

Recovery Console For XP Without CD: The Easiest Method

Today I was in a bit of a pickle. I needed to use the Windows XP Recovery Console to use the ‘fixboot’ and ‘fixmbr’ commands on a PC that I was repairing but I didn’t have an XP CD handy that included the recovery console. Microsoft provide a utility to make a set of 6 floppy disks to do the job but who uses those anymore? Luckily Dean Adams over at ‘Proposed Solutions’ has come up with a very tidy way of getting to the Recovery Console using two simple bootable ISO images (One is XP SP1 and the other is XP SP2, I am not sure what the difference is but I used the SP2 image). Continue reading “Recovery Console For XP Without CD: The Easiest Method”