Surface Pro 4 Drivers and Firmware Update:7th March,2017

surface pro 4

  • Surface UEFI (v106.1427.768.0) improves system stability and performance.
  • Surface Display (v1.0.6.1) updates the display panel driver.
  • Surface NVM Express Controller (v11.0.0.1) improves storage performance.
  • Intel(R) Management Engine Interface (v11.6.0.1042) improves system stability on startup.

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Surface Book Firmware and Drivers updates are also available for download

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Remote Desktop greyed out in Windows 10

Problem:

After a clean install of Windows 10 Pro 1607 I am finding the Remote Desktop settings are greyed out, I can’t change the settings.

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Resolution:

In the Star Search type in gpedit.msc and hit the Enter key.

Now open:

Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services >  Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections

In the right-pane, double-click Allow users to connect remotely using Terminal Services, set it to Not configured.

 

Strange Problem with a manual solution

This is a strange problem and till now I haven’t got any ultimate solution.

In my desktop system there is a SSD [128 GB Intel ]with Windows 10 Enterprise  installed and a Toshiba HD [1 TB] where again Windows 10 Pro installed in one partition.

I use the SSD and my son who is a school boy uses the Toshiba HD. As Windows were installed separately on two drives so there is no boot loader issue here.

When I use my SSD it starts checking the drive health of my son’s HD. So I thought that there might be some bad sectors or system files disorder on that HD but after thorough checking it came up with 0 bad sector.

One day  he couldn’t sign in to Windows. I found the welcome screen is black and there was no way to get into the desktop.

I thought his user profile got corrupted or might be a graphic driver issue resulting black screen.

So I started to troubleshoot and not a single Windows solution like booting into Safe mode, Start up repair, refresh the drive, system restore, command prompt [sfc/dism]etc. helped.

This sounds strange -so before getting into next step of troubleshooting I booted with my SSD and found my son’s HD is NTFS locked and showing ‘Access denied” error.

Such scenario is associated with mostly security things but my son’s case was not that. Ultimately I formatted his drive and went for a Clean install.

It went fine for 2/3 days then started repeating the same problem. I thought that my son who is a true game and EDM music  lover must have corrupted Windows files by installing third party software.

But unfortunately the same problem was repeating again and again and I was clueless.

Finally I removed the SSD and asked him to boot with his HD-everything going on smoothly.

When I like to use my desktop I remove the SATA cable from my son’s HD and boot into my SSD.

Still I am wondering what went wrong. I asked many friends of mine but no one was able to explain the logic beyond this strange issue.

Microsoft’s strong reaction on rumors of Cmd’s death

Oops!!!

Unbelievable…never thought that such kind of rumour will be sprayed through the web. ComputerWorld titled “Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt”  on 6th December,2016 and its follow-up article “Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all“.

I found Editor’s note on  ComputerWorld titled “Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt”  After this article was published, Microsoft issued a statement clarifying that cmd.exe will not be going away after all. Read Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols’ follow-up column.

But sadly the follow-up article “Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all“ shows ‘Page not found’

Lets see what actually happened . After going through the above two stories Microsoft responded on 4th January,2017. Rich Turner in his article has confirmed:

The Windows Cmd / Command-Line shell is NOT being removed from Windows in the near or distant future!

The Cmd shell remains an essential part of Windows, and is used daily by millions of businesses, developers, and IT Pro’s around the world.

Actually  the confusion started from  this paragraph from the release notes for the Windows 10 Insiders build 14971

For those who prefer to use Command Prompt, you can opt out of the WIN + X change by opening Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, and turning “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X” to “Off“.

Nothing dead, nothing replaced. PowerShell and Cmd are very much there.

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

OneDrive Keeps Crashing

Problem:

I am using Windows 10 Enterprise ver. 1607. OneDrive keeps crashing so I am unable to sync files.

Resolution:

Run the OneDrive Troubleshooter:

Click here to start the OneDrive Troubleshooter.

Reset OneDrive via Command Prompt:

Open Command Prompt as Admin and run the following command:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

Fix Windows Update errors For Windows 7,8.1 &10

Microsoft has released a Windows Update troubleshooting tool. It is applicable for Windows 7,8.1 and 10. If you are using Windows 8, you need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 because Windows 8 is no longer supported.

This guided walk-through provides steps to fix problems when installing updates. Here are some commonly seen error codes: 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, 0x80070020. These steps should help with all errors and not just the ones listed.

Fix Windows Update errors