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Remotely Enable Remote Desktop

I have a client that I needed to restart the server but there was one person who left their PC on with open files. I thought I had in the group policy to enable the RDP on all the workstations but I guess I did not. So I needed to remotely enable RDP. I found this site at mediarealm to be very informative.

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Startup Password Required Before Login For Windows 7

Got this on a recent client Windows 7 PC. Have not seen this for some time. This is a syskey. You can encrypt the registry with a password so that you need to enter to continue to boot. This is mostly used by scammers that hack into your PC (by giving them permission) and they setup this password so that you require to pay them to fix it. Googled online and found this site that helps. I have tried these things in the past. Usually try and do a system restore point back before this happens so it can restore a good copy of the registry. I tried this and could not restore (MS restore point is usually 30 percent works 70 percent fails for me). So what I did to get by this is the last step. This is where you boot from a Windows 7 CD. Select Repair. Select command prompt. I then ran regedit.exe and modified the following 2 registrys:

SecureBoot 0
F 0000


After this it got past asking for a password.

Microsoft has removed this option in Windows 10 to prevent this thing to happen again.

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Create A New Self-Signed Certificate For Exchange 2010

I still have a few clients that are using self-signed certificates. Most of my clients I have purchased certificates especially if they are connecting externally with their phone. So I needed to create a new self-signed certificate for a client that recently expired. I Googled it and found many sites with different ways of doing it. I found this one that I used. Basically here are the steps:

From a Exchange Shell Command line you run this command.

$Data = New-ExchangeCertificate -GenerateRequest -SubjectName “c=US, o=Organization Name, cn=fqdn.organization.com” -DomainName organization.com, secondarydomain.com -PrivateKeyExportable $true
Set-Content -path “C:\Docs\MyCertRequest.req” -Value $Data

Now for me to use this I checked the expired certificate and found the Subject Name was CN=SERVERNAME . Also for the DomainName it was SERVERNAME and the secondary one is SERVERNAME.DOMAIN.LOCAL  I used the same parameters in order for it to work. Also the C:\Docs folder I created ahead of time.

Next thing you do is get the thumbprint


This will show all the thumbprint. I then copied the thumbprint of the first one (The new one) and then pasted it in the following

get-exchangecertificate -thumbprint asdfdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz | new-exchangecertificate

I did not do the 4th part. I changed the associated protocols using the Exchange GUI under Servers-Certificates.

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Windows 10 and Office 365 3rd party app specifies no default application

Client that recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 and Office 365 Home and they have a 3rd party application that uses the default Mail client to send out email gave an error that there was no default email client associated. It was classified that the Outlook was the default application but it still failed. Seems there are a lot of 3rd party apps that don’t recognize 64-Bit version of Outlook. Microsoft just recently switched its default installation of Office 365 (and likely Office 2019) to install the 64-bit version. I tried this website option but it did not work for me. So I had to uninstall the Office and then install the Office 365 32-Bit version. Here is a link on describing it. Basically uninstall. Then go to office.com/account. Login and select Install Office but select the option link and change it to 32-bit. Once installed the 3rd party program works! Another MS trying to push technology that has not fully caught up to 3rd party programs!


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Windows 10 Dual Monitor Second Screen Apps Move To Screen One When Monitors Go To Sleep

My PC recently started to move open apps on my second screen to my main screen after left when the PC Monitors are turned off after 30 minutes. It never did this before. Googled it and found this article.

The first suggestion was to remove hidden monitors under devices and restart. I had 1 and I did remove it and restarted it but that did not help. It was the second suggestion that seems to fix it. My main monitor was DVI connected and the second monitor was VGA. I changed it so that my main PC is connected to VGA and second monitor as DVI. So far it has solved my issue.

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Upgrading Windows 10 Home To Pro With Old Windows 7 Pro Key

You can upgrade a Windows 10 Home to Pro by following this.

Disconnect from the Internet so it won’t try and activate (yet).

Right Click on This PC and select Properties and then select change product key. (or press Windows key + R and type in slui.exe 3 )

Type in the following generic Windows 10 PRO key (you can’t activate with it but it will allow the upgrade).


After this follow the prompts to update to Pro. Once updated and rebooted then attach the PC to the Internet. Go in and change the key the same way and now type in your Windows 7,8 or 10 Pro key. Then activate.

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Google. Another Service Bites The Dust!!

Welcome to Google. They make a ton of services and they kill a ton of services. The only ones that I trust and should last is Google search (their bread and butter. This will NEVER go away). GMAIL. For either public use or corporate they should never close this. Then there is YouTube. They bought it years ago and the astonishing amount of content uploaded each day is mine boggling !! I don’t know how profitable this is for them since they have to spend tons of money installing more hard drives to cover all the content but we will see. There are a few things still around like Blogger but since its a free service I would not think its a priority. Its astonishing the number of services that Google has killed. Here is a list. Here is a good article regarding Google Shutdown Services.

I like Google for its search and Gmail. For Gmail they have killed Inbox and very other useful tools. They have billions in the bank why can’t they keep the good stuff. Google+ is the latest demise. I liked Google+. Did not use it much but liked the Twit Know How forum. I liked iGoogle. Could have a custom home page when I went to it that had most interesting links I could keep up. I liked Notebooks that I kept a personal link page.I liked Picasa photo app. Yes they have Google Photos but I liked the app better.

Google can be nice but also frustrate me!!



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Logmein Central VS Take Control Plus

I have been using Logmein Central for several years. Started with when Logmein was free. When I went to central I just needed the basic. Remote Control. Really don’t need file transfer for most connections. I basically need to remote control client servers and workstations easily. I really like Logmein’s Client which has an easily interface to connect to my clients within a few clicks. If I specify to remember credentials I don’t even have to type in passwords etc. I configured with 2 factor authentication. I use this for all my important software. The nice thing with this is when I assign it to a PC I never have to enter the 2 factor code because it knows its me from the beginning. Other things I like is speed. It is one of the fastest remote software I use especially on servers that don’t have a dedicated video card. I have tried several other remote software and they are extremely  slow on servers. Not to bad on workstations but because most of my clients are servers it would never work for me. One issue I have had with Logmein is with certain OS. If I set it up with Windows Server 2012 (not 2012R2) If I remote in it would reboot the server. An extreme bug that they might have fixed but should never have been in. I Googled this issue and contacted them about but never seem to get an answer. Video quality is usually very good. When expanding the screen to full screen its very crisp. I don’t see blurry screens. Again always snappy.

Now for the major downfall for Logmein. When they started the Central its price was not to bad. 100 clients was at a decent price. Then every year for the last 5 years it has increased a lot. My client base is getting closer to more than 100. The next jump is 250 and the price almost doubles!! This is why I have searched for an alternative. So I looked. There are many cheaper alternatives but the major issue for me was speed. Especially on Servers and on clients that don’t have really fast Internet. When I tried these on other clients it was like dial-up days with BBS’s in the day. So this is why I still kept with Logmein. It’s reliable, fast, picture quality is excellent. Its the cost that is the largest factor.

So I found Take Control Plus by Solarwinds. I was skeptical and the first thing I tested was speed on my servers on slower Internet speeds. As long as you disable the hardware acceleration on the client side its good. Maybe not as fast as Logmein but close. The quality of the screen maybe not as good as Logmein but with the right settings its not bad and livable for me. The initial start of the app I need to enter the 2 factor code each time but if I leave it loaded I don’t have to enter it again till I fully close to program. Grouping and renaming is better than Logmein. There are more details on client information than Logmein. And then there is the greatest benefit over Logmein. Thats price!! For Take Control Plus I get 500 connections!! I also get file transfer and remote printing (Logmein premium benefits that are even extremely expensive) all at a much cheaper price!!. Example my Logmein Central Basic 100 is around $1200 CDN per year. The Take Control Plus 500 is $720 CDN per year.

So if I can live with the small limits that Take Control has BUT I get 5 times the clients, file transfer and extreme price difference, oh and there is a on demand client option, its well worth it. For a Logmein Central with file transfer and other benefits for 250 clients is over $4000 per year!!!

Would like to hear from other people that have used Logmein and Take Control and other remote software and do a good comparison.

Found this article about another person that feel the cost is too much!!


Seems Logmein now  changed the 3 options in central to now a Base version for 2019. It would have cost me $1900 for 100 PCs. Sorry Logmein you are pricing yourself out.

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WordPress 5.1 Broke Visual Editor

I maintain a few WordPress sites including this one. I normally upgrade everything from WordPress core version and all the plugins. Mostly for security reason its a good thing. Much like you should always update your Windows PC. I upgraded this site to WordPress 5.1 and had no issue. I upgraded a different site and I had a major issue. I could not create new or edit Pages or Posts. It would give me a blank screen. Playing with some settings with Classic Editor etc. if I would try and edit say a Post everything was hidden in white. Googling this I see others also have had this same issue. The only way to edit Pages or Posts was to disable the visual editor and only edit in text. Visual editor has made the reason WordPress is so popular. You don’t have to be master web builder to make a nice website. I can do the edit in text. I know some html but its so much easier to do this in Visual Editor. When I search this they suggested the usual disable all plugins, change theme to standard theme etc. None of this helped. Others said maybe its a version of PHP or Server version. Weird thing is the site having the issue has a newer version of PHP compared to say this site.

My solution to fix this is to downgrade my version of WordPress and went back to version 5.0.3. To do this the easy way is install WP Downgrade plugin WP Downgrade plugin.

I also installed another plugin to Disable Automatic Update Disable Automatic Update plugin.

So for now I will have to live on WordPress 5.0.3 on my other site. Hopefully they will find a fix for this.


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Server 2019 Not Activating

Installed Server 2019 Standard. I skipped the enter key during installation and when I then tried to change the key to activate it, it failed. Seems others have had the same issue. If you enter the key during install it solves the issue. Others have said to just reinstall. From this site found an easier solution.

From an elevated command prompt run the following:

cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk [2019-specific-mak-key]

where [2019-specific-mak-key] is where you type in your mak key without the brackets.

I believe the issue is when you skip the key entry it then will only activate using a KMS server. Running the command above by passes this and injects the MAK key for you.


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