Category Archives: Windows

Windows: Installing a Windows Update manually hangs on "Copying packages to the update chache"

I recently had a Windows 2016 server that could not install automatic updates. It always hang at some percentage and would never finish. The next step was to try to install an update (.msu file) manually. But this always hung forever at "Copying packages to the update cache". Here is what helped me: Start a cmd box as Administrator Run the following commands: net stop wuauserv net stop cryptSvc net stop bits net stop msiserver del /f /q "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat" Read more [...]

Windows Server 2019: Error 0x80070490 When Activating Windows

After installing Windows Server 2019 Standard, I tried to activate it with a MAK key from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Portal. I clicked on "Change product key" and entered the key from the Microsoft Portal. I got the following error message: The product key you entered didn't work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one. (0x80070490) Searching on Google, this error number mostly refers to Windows Update or Windows Store errors, but not to licensing issues. I finally Read more [...]

Exchange 2016: "There is a pending reboot from a previous installation of a Windows Server role or feature"

When I wanted to install CU11 for Exchange 2016, at the Prerequisites Check, I got the following error message: "There is a pending reboot from a previous installation of a Windows Server role or feature." I restarted the server twice, but still got the same message. After messing around with some registry keys and still no luck, I looked at the error message in more detail. The key part is "installation of a Windows Server role or feature". So this was not talking about a normal pending reboot Read more [...]

Windows: "The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel"

I recently had a problem on an Office Web App Server (Windows Server 2012 R2). To show a document in Web View, it had to fetch it from another server via HTTPS. This failed. The ULS log showed: "The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel" When I used Internet Explorer from the Office Web App Server, I could connect to the other server via HTTPS no problem. So the certificate was not the problem, it was trusted on the Office Web App Server. After hours of searching, I Read more [...]

Windows Server: Synchronize the Time via Internet (Command Line)

If you need to synchronize the time via the Internet on a Windows Server, it is best to configure this via command line. Find below the commands you need (Open CMD as Administrator):

w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:"pool.ntp.org" /reliable:YES /update

w32tm /config /update

w32tm /resync

"pool.ntp.org" is just an example, of course you can use other time servers.

Windows: Check Time Synchronization

If you are not sure if the time of your Windows Server or Client is synchronized properly or if you would like to know which is the time source, you can use the following command lines (Start cmd with Administrator privileges): net start w32time w32tm /resync w32tm /query /status You should see something like this: C:\Users\Administrator>w32tm /query /status Leap Indicator: 0(no warning) Stratum: 2 (secondary reference - syncd by (S)NTP) Precision: -6 (15.625ms per tick) Root Read more [...]

Windows Server 2016: How to force a certain Lock and Logon Screen

To avoid the picture on the Win Server 2016 Lock and Logon Screen, use the following procedure: Start the Group Policy Editor: gpedit.msc Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization Open Force a spcific default lock screen and logon image Enable it and set the path to the lock screen image to: C:\Windows\Web\Screen\img105.jpg Tick Turn off fun facts Click on OK to save the changes Read more [...]

Windows 10: How to remove items from the Start Menu

The Windows 10 Start Menu is not as customizable as it used to be in Windows 7. While the part on the right (the tiles) can be easily removed and added by right-clicking them, the traditional part on the left (folders and shortcuts) is not customizable any more. In Windows 7, you could right-click on a shortcut and then delete or rename it. Not any more in Windows 10. There are tricks to modify the Windows 10 Start Menu shortcuts anyway. Find the instructions to do so below: Traditional Applications The Read more [...]

Windows 10: How to disable System Apps

Some Windows 10 apps cannot be uninstalled, even not with Power Shell commands. One example is the Edge browser. But you can disable those apps by renaming the folder that they are stored in. The system apps can be found in C:\Windows\SystemApps Find below the list of folders that I have renamed without any problem: ContactSupport_cw5n1h2txyewy = Get Help CortanaListenUIApp_cw5n1h2txyewy DesktopLearning_cw5n1h2txyewy DesktopView_cw5n1h2txyewy EnvironmentsApp_cw5n1h2txyewy holocamera_cw5n1h2txyewy holoitemplayerapp_cw5n1h2txyewy InsiderHub_cw5n1h2txyewy Microsoft.AAD.BrokerPlugin_cw5n1h2txyewy Microsoft.AccountsControl_cw5n1h2txyewy Read more [...]