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).

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”

Torrents For Dummys

I get asked by a lot of people how to use BitTorrent clients and sites. Many people get themselves into trouble when downloading from sites such as thepiratebay or kickass torrents because these sites are full of deceptive advertisements and dodgy torrents, if you aren’t sure exactly what you are doing it is very easy to fill your PC up with all kinds of viruses and spyware; something I see time and time again. With a bit of common sense and caution you can use these sites with confidence to obtain a lot of handy files though,  which is what this article is all about, so without further delay, I present ‘Torrents For Dummys’. A guide for people who have never heard of and/or used this powerful technology before… Continue reading “Torrents For Dummys”

Custom Post Type – WordPress

Short and simple guide to creating a custom post type for a WordPress theme or plugin. There are a few guides out there that will take you through the in’s and out’s of register_post_type() such as smashingmagazine.com so I will keep this short and sweet. Continue reading “Custom Post Type – WordPress”

Solved: Facebook Cover Photo Not Uploading

Recently I tried to update the cover photo on my Facebook page. I clicked the ‘Change Cover’ button, attempted to upload a new image and waited…..and waited…..and waited. Nothing. So I tried to do the same thing in three different browsers; Internet Explorer, Firefox & Chrome as I had read that many users solved the problem by doing this. It didn’t work for me though! So I got to messing around with some of my Internet settings for IE and managed to figure it out, Continue reading “Solved: Facebook Cover Photo Not Uploading”

Stop Windows Automatic Reboot After Updates

Occasionally, after the installation of an Automatic Update, Windows will prompt the user to reboot their computer or postpone the reboot for up to 4 hours. This is possibly one of the most annoying of all of Windows “features” as quite often I have been caught off-guard when downloading a large file or leaving the computer for a few minutes only to find that I’ve missed the prompt and the computer has restarted. Which can obviously be extremely frustrating!

Fortunately, it is relatively easy to fix permanently. Continue reading “Stop Windows Automatic Reboot After Updates”

The Promise Of Technology

A fantastic and hilariously sarcastic post from Redditer; Nuseramed answering a question posed by Reddit.

Q: “If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about today?”

A: “I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in to arguments with strangers.”