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Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
"Device is unreachable" Error message when trying to import media from iPhone to Windows 10 PC
November 30, 2023
"Device is unreachable" Error message when trying to import media from iPhone to Windows 10 PC
On iPhone, goto:
Settings --> Photos
Change the setting "Transfer to Mac or PC" from Automatic to "Keep Originals". Disconnect iphone (if it was still connected) and try again.

Keywords: iPhone, iPad, Apple, Import, DCIM, Pictures, Videos

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
CPU speed is throttled to low speed on battery power
April 28, 2024

Try installing any BIOS/firmware updates.

Try unplugging charger, plugging back in, or a different charger. While you have the charger unplugged, see if it speeds up.
If those don't work, then...

You can check the BIOS and disable any of these power saving features. This will make your CPU use more power, but will likely get full performance back:
"Power Management", "Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology,", "Enhanced C1," "Enhanced Halt State" or "Cool'n'Quiet."

Another option using freeware on W...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Default printer keeps resetting after reboot
December 1, 2023

Disable "Let Windows manage your default printer" if it is enabled.

Workaround: You can set a batch file to run on login to change the default printer:
RUNDLL32.exe PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /y /n "HP Officejet Pro 8500"

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Enhanced Copy and Paste
November 30, 2023

Copying a link from Edge will use the enhanced clipboard. To paste just the link, use CTRL-SHIFT-V.
When pasting, CTRL-V will paste using

Keywords: Chrome, Edge, Copy, Paste, Clipboard, Title, Subject, URL, Wrong

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Find Windows 10 version from command line, or offline
December 1, 2023

Check this file, or from a command line, type:
type C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\osver.txt

10.0.10240 Windows 10, Version 1507 7/29/2015
10.0.10586 Windows 10, Version 1511 11/10/2015
10.0.14393 Windows 10, Version 1607 8/2/2016
10.0.14393 Windows Server 2016, Version 1607 10/15/2016
10.0.15063 Windows 10, Version 1703 4/5/2017
10.0.16299 Windows 10, Version 1709 10/17/2017
10.0.17134 Windows 10, Version 1803 4/30/2018
10.0.17763 Windows Server 2019, Version 1809 11/13/2018
10.0.17763 Wind...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Full screen window shows black bar (or glitched window) at the top of the screen
December 1, 2023

Kill dwm.exe in task manager.

Keywords: Full Screen, Restore, Maximize, Maximized, Corrupt, Top

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Graphics glitch when window is maximized
November 29, 2023

Press CTRL + Shift + Windows Key + B keys together from your keyboard to reload your Graphics driver.

Keywords: Full Screen, Maximized, Empty Space, Glitch, weird, Picture, Screen, Display Driver, Crash, reload, restart, reinitialize, black, flash, video, reset

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
March 2021 - Printers not working properly
December 1, 2023

You may need to uninstall one or both of these:
Method 1:
Install KB5001649

Method 2:
Check if a printer has direct printing enabled, look in the Attributes field to see if it has 'Direct':
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Xg /n "printername"
If it doesn't have it, listed, run this.
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /Xs /n "printername" attributes +direct
You MIGHT have to reboot for this to take effect.

Method 3:
wusa /uninst...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Microphone or Webcam not working
May 6, 2024

Windows 10 and later have a Webcam and Microphone privacy setting in the Settings app, which can block access.

Kaspersky also has a setting under Privacy which can block webcam and microphone access. After turning it off, you need to reboot before it starts working.

Keywords: Microphone, Sound, Webcam, Camera, Blocked, Audacity

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Restore Windows 10/11 Health
June 7, 2024
Run chkdsk first

Run System File Checker:
sfc /scannow

Check for issues:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Check more thoroughly for issues:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Repair Windows image:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

If you are performing this recovery while not booted into the running Windows, use this syntax. This assumes C: is the Windows dri...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Show Wifi Settings/Issues
November 30, 2023

Run from admin command prompt:
netsh wlan show wlanreport
After it is done, view the report: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WlanReport\wlan-report-latest.html

keywords: Wireless, wi-fi, 802.11b, profiles

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Shows Windows Wifi Information
April 19, 2024

Run from an Admin command prompt:

Show all available wifi networks
netsh wlan sh net mode=bssid

Show old saved SSID info:
netsh wlan show profile

Show a saved Wifi password:
netsh wlan show profile MyNetwork key=clear
Keywords: Wifi, Wireless, Windows, SSID, 802.11b, PSK, Key, BSSID, Password, WPA2, WPA3, WEP

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
This site can't provide a secure connection ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR - Chrome and Edge
June 17, 2024

Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge can't load any HTTPS websites.
"This site can't provide a secure connection" sent an invalid response

DNS was working fine.
HTTP websites loaded fine.
Firefox worked fine with HTTPS websites.
SFC + DISM commands ran
New windows profile had the same symptoms.
Winsock reset had no change.
Powershell TLS Certificate checks worked just fine
Windows Update failed to connect, as did many other windows apps.
Internet Options --> ...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Windows 10 forgets passwords - October 2010
November 29, 2023

The symptoms of this are that Windows forgets and re-asks for passwords frequently. This seems to happen in multiple applications, including Outlook, Chrome,

1: Start an elevated Windows PowerShell prompt.

2: Run the command:
Get-ScheduledTask | foreach { If (([xml](Export-ScheduledTask -TaskName $_.TaskName -TaskPath $_.TaskPath)).GetElementsByTagName("LogonType").'#text' -eq "S4U") { $_.TaskName } }

3: Note tasks listed by the command.

4: Open the Windows Task Scheduler.

5: L...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Windows 10 Update Failure Analysis
April 5, 2024

Known fixes:

"The system registry contains invalid file paths. Installation cannot proceed. This system image was applied without guaranteeing that drive-letter assignment would match across computers."
Set Environment Variable Path to: %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\
Remove 'Windows_Tracing_Flags' and 'Windows_Tracing_Logfile'

These tools let you do some diagnosis:

Setupdiag allows you to try to determine why a Windows...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Windows 10 Updates not working properly - WuReset.bat
November 28, 2023

This batch file will fix many Windows Update issues.

Download the script located here:

Keywords: Windows 10, Win10 Update, Failed

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Windows 7 Media Creation Tool - 0X80072F8F - 0X20000
November 28, 2023

MediaCreationTool22H2.exe. It says to reference the error code 0X80072F8F - 0X20000.

My fix was to install using Win10 USB instead of Media Creation Tool. The below fix did not work in this case, but I'm keeping in here for future reference.

Some server that the MediaCreationTool21H2.exe tries to talk to apparently no longer speaks the old TLS 1.0 security protocol, but Windows 7 SP1 still has the newer TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 disabled by default, resulting in this error code right at the start. So I ha...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Windows VPN times out saying "Connecting..."
December 1, 2023

Sometimes you can't connect to a VPN using the network icon in the Taskbar, it gets stuck while trying to connect.
The workaround is to open Settings, Network & Internet, then VPN, and connect from here.

keywords: VPN, PPTP, L2TP, Freeze, Stuck, Slow

Category: Windows 🠪 Issues
Wireless Diagnostic View
November 30, 2023

Keywords: Wifi, Wireless, Troubleshoot, SSID, WPA

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