Have a client that has an HP OfficeJet that he use to print to from an e-mail using the HP Web Services. It stopped working the other day. The IP/DNS etc were fine it just said it failed to connect. Turned out the time on the printer was off by a year. Change the date and time to the correct time and it worked.
Found this info on the HP forum at the end.
Installing a fresh install of Windows 7 is great except when its time to update. The process can take hours and hours. Found this on the Internet that will speed up the update procedure.
Here is the Article.
- Download the appropriate (x64 or x86) versions of these three updates: KB3020369, KB3172605, and KB3125574.
- Open an elevated PowerShell prompt and run the following commands, which will allow the next updates to install quickly:
- stop-service wuauserv
- remove-item c:\windows\softwaredistribution\WuRedir
- Double-click and run the KB3020369 update (previously downloaded). Should take less than 2 minutes to run, and will not require a reboot.
- Now double-click the KB3172605 update you previously downloaded. Follow the prompts. Reboot when it says to. (This step should take about 1 minute).
- Double-click and run the KB3125574 update (previously downloaded). Should take about 12 minutes to run. It will require a reboot that takes 5 minutes to complete.
- Begin WU (Windows Update) after completing the above steps. A list of 60+ available updates should be returned within 5 minutes.
- Finish updating normally … rebooting when it says to. You will probably need to reboot and re-check for updates at least two more times.
In my own tests, using this method, I was able to take a Win7 SP1 Ultimate (64bit) system from fresh installed to fully updated in about 1.5 hours. The WuRedir directory (which I remove in step 2) will be rebuilt by Windows along the way, and the WU service will be restarted on its own.
Call me old fashion. Tell me I am stuck in the past but I just hate Windows 10 Start menu. Its better than Windows 8 and 8.1 but still for a desktop environment it sucks! It might be fine for a touch environment like a MS Surface Tablet but for desktop its not. Now I am not the only one out there. There is a great article from HowToGeek that they feel the same way. My solution is to always install ClassicShell
I deal with a lot of PCs. And a lot of them I have to do standard tasks like add a printer etc. In Windows 10 it might have a lot of the tools I need just by right-clicking on the menu but the one I use all the time in adding or modifying a printer is not in there. You have to go to Control Panel etc. Frustrates me. They should bring back the standard start menu as an option for people that work in the desktop environment that want to be productive and that NEVER use any of the useless Windows 10 apps! Don’t get me started on how crappy the mail program is that is built into Windows 8-10.
This is my point of view. Whats yours!