Outlook: Mail stuck after editing in Outbox

Do you have a situation where you can’t send e-mail after editing a “waiting to be sent” e-mail in your outbox? I helped someone with the same situation, read how I troubleshooted and found the solution.   The scenario This problem occurred in Outlook 2013 but could very well happen in earlier versions. This user…

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Upgrading Windows Server 2008 R2 to 2012 – via RDP

In order to save some fuel/time/energy I’m upgrading one or our test servers from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 via RDP. Not recommended or supported in any scenario <insert disclaimer here>. Before you start, make sure all Virtual Machines are in a OFF state, setup wont be possible if they are set…

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Error: "We cant connect to xbox service right now”

Are you gettings this error, maybe together with a 0xc1010190 or 0xc00d1198? I didn’t spend much time troubleshooting but this is what fixed it for me: 1. Uninstall the Modern App by right clicking the tile   2. Reboot the PC 3. Re-install the application from the store. Without the reboot in between I couldn’t…

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Windows 8 – Nothing happens when you initiate a shutdown or hangs at the “shutting down” donut.

On my corporate machine I had the issue where Windows would either: Endlessly show the “Shutting Down” screen. OR    When initiating a shutdown, nothing would happen except that Winlogon.exe would take a 100% CPU utilization on a single core. I realized that when I didn’t use a hibernate file (powercfg /h off) scenario 2 would…

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Windows 8 Interactive Services Detection “Error 1: Incorrect Function”

When an application or service displays an interactive message in session 0, Windows 7 displays a message to inform you about this application. You can use this feature to switch to session 0 and have a look which message is waiting: The process responsible for this detection is UI0Detection.exe and controlled by a service called…

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How to install Windows 7 or 8 from USB using UEFI

In order to benefit from the new UEFI features (including faster system startup), you will have to prepare your USB device slightly different. Main take-away here: UEFI accepts boot loaders in files placed a the FAT formatted boot volume To prepare your USB stick (4GB minimum) manually follow these steps: Open an elevated command Start…

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How to check in Windows if you are using UEFI

You might be wondering if Windows is using UEFI or the legacy BIOS, it’s easy to check. Just fire up MSINFO32 and look for this entry:   There are two possibilities here, either UEFI or Legacy.

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How to install the Windows Performance Recorder for Windows 8

Personally I think this is on the best tools available for Windows 8, it gives you the option to “lift the hood” of Windows and see what’s going on. No more guessing! You might have used xperf, xperfview or xbootmgr.exe in the past which is part of the Windows Performance Toolkit which is part of the…

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Hello world

Imagine a world where all software runs perfectly, system administrators never make mistakes and the whole IT infrastructure is so easy that it all runs smoothly without any human intervention…..Think we all agree that we are not quite there yet? Great stuff because that’s where my job comes into play!  My job is to visit…

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