How to resolve the error 0x80073701(ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING) when you are installing a service pack or update

Symptom: When you are installing a service pack or update for Windows 7 or 2008 R2, the update may fail to install with an error 0x80073701. When you examine the CBS.log, you may find the followings were logged: 2011-03-01 10:31:14, Error CSI 00000010 (F) HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING) #396746# from Windows::ServicingAPI::CCSITransaction::ICSITransaction_PinDeployment(Flags = 0, a = 9e12b49121d141c9a55e48800acbaadd, Version = 8.0.7600.20820, pA =…

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The server that has multiple CPUs with different CPU revision and stepping is no boot after Hyper-V role is enabled

Symptom: You recently install a Windows Server 2008 R2 and patched SP1. The server (typically HP server) has multiple Intel CPUs, e.g. two Intel (R) Xeon(R) CPU 5160 3.00GHz. You then enable the Hyper-V role, it required a reboot. But after reboot, the system didn’t boot up, it just stayed in black screen. Root cause: Although the…

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Tip: Search with Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)

I would like to share some tips on searching with IE9. 1) Pressing Ctrl+E moved the caret to the address bar following a “? “.  Entering a search term and pressing Enter passed the search criteria to the search provider you specified (the default is Bing of course). You have to make sure the following…

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