Error: “We are not sure what happened, but couldn't finish installing windows 8 Consumer Preview. We've set your PC back to the way it was right before you started.” when you try to install Windows 8 (CP)

Symptom: Customers installed Win8 and got the following error: “We are not sure what happened, but couldn’t finish installing windows 8 Consumer Preview. We’ve set your PC back to the way it was right before you started.”   Resolution: Running setup from the root of the media within an existing Windows installation assumes that you…

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Error: "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files." when you try to install Windows 8 (CP)

Symptom: You try to install Windows 8 (CP), and encountered the following error: “We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one.  For more information, see the Setup log files.”   Resolution: Try to following methods: 1)Check if you have an SD Card in the system. If you do, you remove it and…

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'Turn off the display' keeps resetting itself to 20 minutes in Windows 7

This is an interesting issue of Windows 7. Some customers reported that in the Power Options they have chosen ‘Never’ for ‘Turn off the display’. However it keeps resetting itself to 20 minutes. After further investigation, it was proved to be a compatibilty issue of HD Tunes Pro. That software is for hard drives testing and…

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Error Code 0x80070424 with Windows Firewall and "Base Filtering Engine Service" Not available in services database list.

Recently, many customers reported the Windows Firewall issue. This seemed to be caused by a wide spread malicious application. Symptom: The error message “Windows Firewall can’t change some of your settings. Error code 0x80070424” will pop up when you try to change the Windows Firewall settings. In the meantime, when you restart the system, it…

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An internal error occurred when you are migrating mail boxes from on-primise Exchange server to Plan E3.

Symptom: When you are migrating mail boxes from your Exchange server to Plan E3. You’ve implemented federation (AD FS) in your on-premises organization. Your are doing a staged Exchange Migration (using a CSV file). In the CSV file, you’re using TRUE for the value of the ForceChangePassword attribute. You might get the following error: A Windows Live error…

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Error "The certificate enrollment page you are attempting to access cannot be used with this version of Windows" after MS11-051 patch installation

Symptom: You have Windows Server 2003 with installed Certification Authority and Web Enrollment components. When you try to access web enrollment pages from a Windows Vista-based (or newer) computer you receive error: The certificate enrollment page you are attempting to access cannot be used with this version of Windows. To enable Web certificate enrollment for clients…

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C# - How to load DLL in separate domain and use its methods?

Sometimes you may have a need to load a DLL in a separate domain to call its method at run-time. You can create a proxy class by referencing the following code snippet: public class Loader : MarshalByRefObject { object CallInternal(string dll, string typename, string method, object[] parameters) { Assembly a = Assembly.LoadFile(dll); object o = a.CreateInstance(typename);…

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Script error when attempting to load album/track information in Windows Media Player 12

Sometimes you may encounter the script error when you attempte to load album/track information in WMP12. For example: An error has occurred in the script on this page Line: 240 Character: 25 Error: Object expected Code: 0 URL: http://fai.music.metaservices.microsoft.com/FAI/AlbumMatch.aspx?locale=409&geoid=f4&version=12.0.7601.17514&userlocale=409&requestid=830A4FFD-F3A3-4AD9-A1FA-390A48236E10 Do you want to continue running scripts on this page? Yes or No.   Causes: In…

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MSQUERY randomly crashed

There are many possible causes that can crash MSQuery in office 2010. A typical crash is as below: AppName: msqry32.exe AppVer: 14.0.4750.1000 ModName: msvcr90.dll There are several possible resolution you can try to resolve the above crash: 1. When you launch MS Query, just disable the option “Validate queries before saving or returning data”, this…

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Windows 2008 R2 cluster validation shows installed updates as missing

Symptom: Customer has installed a Hyper-V Cluster. The host os is Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1. When he runs cluster validation wizard, the wizard shows lots of missing updates, however those updates are already in SP1 package. When he checks for updates from Windows Update, no new updates are detected. He is unable to…

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