Windows update not working, stuck at 0%

I found a solution to my problem when Windows would search for updates, but then when it started downloading it would stay at 0% forever. I started by stopping the Windows Update service (in my case the service proved to be frozen so I restarted my computer and disabled the service before it starts) and the Application Experience service. After that I went to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and pressed ctrl+a and shift+delete to empty its contents. Mine contained more than 70,000 files so it took a while. I started Application Experience and enabled Windows Update. I let it check for updates and try to download them. It worked perfectly.

Do not worry about deleting important windows files in this case. The contents of SoftwareDistribution is used as a cache and data for Windows Update. When Windows Update starts again it rebuilds the cache repopulating it with up-to-date versions of the files and chewing up a ton of hard disk space again.

Original article can be found here

How do I enable the Windows 10 administrator account?

To enable the Windows 10 administrator account do the following:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key. This should open the start menu or bring you to the Start Screen interface depending on how Windows 10 is configured on the system.
  2. Type cmd and wait for the results to be displayed.
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt result and select “run as administrator” from the context menu.
  4. Run the command net user to display a list of all user accounts on the system.
  5. To activate the inactive administrator account, run the command net user administrator /active:yes
  6. If you want to enable the guest account as well run the command net user guest /active:yes
  7. The administrator account is active now which means that you can sign in to the system using it. It is not password protected by default which means that anyone with access to the system can use it to sign in to it.

It is highly recommended to protect it with a password. This can also be done on the command line:

  1. Type net user administrator * and hit enter.
  2. You get a password prompt. Type the desired password and again when you are asked to type it a second time for confirmation.

To disable accounts at any time, use the following command:

  1. On an elevated command prompt: net user administrator /active:no

Other commands of interested are:

  1. Net user administrator – Displays information about the user account on the command line.
  2. Net user username /delete – Deletes username on the system. This does not work with built-in accounts.

This article was originally found here

Mailchimp’s CSS Inliner Tool

Formatting HTML emails to look great in email clients can sometimes be a real pain. Some email clients strip out <head> and <style> tags from emails, so it’s best to have your CSS written inline within your markup. We all know that writing inline CSS is time consuming and repetitive, so Mailchimp built a conversion tool to automatically inline your email’s CSS.

Mailchimp’s CSS Inliner Tool

You just paste your email’s HTML, click Convert, and you’ll get a more email-friendly version that’s ready to send. If your email’s CSS includes media queries for responsive styling, don’t worry – the inliner tool will leave those rule sets alone.

Thanks Mailchimp 🙂

Failed BIOS Lock, Windows Server 2012 R2 (ROK) HP Proliant ML 10 Gen9

Having problems trying to install Windows server 2012 R2 OEM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) on your HP Proliant ML 10 Gen 9 server? Me too! Brand new server, new install using the ROK software supplied, boot from the DVD then a few screens later I would get the following “Failed BIOS Lock” error message.

Luckily I found the following article on the HP enterprise support site that confirmed it was an issue with the installation media not the server.

http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c05136138

If your installation media matches one of the many listed then the solution is to fill out some forms and they’ll send you some new DVD’s.

https://ebiz3.mentormediacorp.com/HPEDGRCR/ 

How to boot in to Safe Mode on Windows Server 2012 R2

If you have worked on Windows 8 or newer, you will know that Microsoft has removed the F8 boot functionality. They did this to decrease boot times. What is odd is that they applied this logic to servers. Regardless the F8 Safe Mode functionality is not truly removed, it is just turned off.

To turn F8 boot on in Server 2012 you need to get to an elevated CMD prompt.

If your server is functional that is easy. If your server won’t boot (hence the need for F8) then you can boot off of a Windows Server install DVD and select REPAIR YOUR COMPUTER option, the Troubleshooting, then Command Prompt.

Once you have a Command Prompt (as an administrator) open enter the following commands which are self explanatory:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} timeout 10

Reboot your machine and enjoy pressing F8 and getting back into SAFE MODE or LAST KNOWN GOOD to work out your problem.

This will also work on Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Original article can be found here

Secure your IIS web server! SSL best practices.

If you are setting up a windows server that’s going to be dishing out websites using IIS on the web then you really need to make a few changes to default settings when it comes to SSL security and settings.

IIS Crypto is a free tool that gives administrators the ability to enable or disable protocols, ciphers, hashes and key exchange algorithms on Windows Server 2008, 2012 and 2016. It also lets you reorder SSL/TLS cipher suites offered by IIS, implement best practices with a single click, create custom templates and test your website.

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For further information and to download the tool visit https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto

Once you’ve tweaked your configuration (you can’t really go wrong with the “Best Practices” button) you should go and test your sites using something like https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ to see how they fare.

How to save Windows 10 lock screen images

If you’ve ever wondered how to get hold of the beautiful background wallpapers that the lock screen of Windows 10 has then there are a couple of methods.

The newest and easiest method is to download “Spotbright” from the Windows store.

The older method involved a bit of tinkering and can be found in the following article https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/find-windows-spotlight-lock-screen-images-windows-10/

 

Site Launch: Experts in management and strategy consulting recruitment in the UK

Looking for management and strategy consulting recruitment experts in the UK? If so then it might be worth checking out the following company that I recently helped out with their new website.

New Sourcing International work in a number of areas including:-

  • Digital Consulting
  • HR
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare Consultation
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Supply Chain / Logistics
  • Government Consulting

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