Category Archive: Microsoft Windows

Feb 17 2014

Enable or Disable Taskbar on Extended Second Monitor

Sometimes you would want to enable or disable taskbar on extended second monitor. In my case I connected a second monitor to my laptop to be used as an extended monitor. After extending my desktop to the second monitor the Taskbar was shown on both monitors, so the monitor is extended but the Taskbar is duplicated.

 

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar on Extended Second Monitor:

Right Click on the Taskbar and select PROPERTIES.

Enable or Disable Taskbar on Extended Second Monitor

Under the TASKBAR tab, uncheck the SHOW TASKBAR ON ALL DISPLAYS to disable the taskbar to be duplicated on your extended second monitor or check the option to enable the Taskbar on all monitors.

Enable or Disable Taskbar on Extended Second Monitor

And that is it! Easy enough to enable or disable taskbar on extended second monitor.

You can also choose how you want the TASKBAR BUTTONS to be shown by changing the options under SHOW TASKBAR BUTTONS ON.

Feb 15 2014

Product Key entered does not match any of the Windows Images

Ever wanted to reload a new laptop with Windows 8? Chances are very good that you will receive the error “The Product Key entered does not match any of the Windows Images available for installation”.

Let me explain why you are getting this error message and how to get passed this problem and completing your Windows 8 installation.

Why would you want to reload a new out-of-the-box laptop?

There are many reasons for this, but in my case, I had Microsoft Volume Licenses available to install. So I basically bought a new laptop with pre-installed Windows 8.1 Single Language. The reason for this is simple – to save money! I will then take Windows 8.1 Professional that I have under my Microsoft Volume License Agreement and reload the Operating System. Other reasons could be to install a pre-configured company Image, or maybe just reloading your new laptop to get rid of all the junk that the laptop manufacturers install together with the Operating System.

What has changed in Windows 8 that makes this difficult?

With the previous versions of Windows when you buy a new laptop, there would be a Microsoft Product Key Sticker underneath the laptop. That is your license for your Operating System. With Windows 8, Microsoft has change this so that the Product Key is stored in the UEFI or previously known as the BIOS. This is basically to prevent piracy so when you reload your laptop with the Operating System that it shipped with, it never asks you to enter a Product Key, but automatically fetches the Product Key from the UEFI and activate your copy of Windows. This means that if you want to change your Operating System from Windows 8.1 Single Language to Windows 8.1 Professional you will receive the error “The Product Key entered does not match any of the Windows Images available for installation”, because the license for Windows 8.1 Single Language does not work for Windows 8.1 Professional.

In my case I’ve booted from the Windows 8.1 Professional disk on the new laptop. The installation will ask you for location and language.

Windows 8 Installation to bypass UEFI Product Key

 

When you click next you will receive the error “The Product Key entered does not match any of the Windows Images available for installation”.

Product key entered does not match any windows images

How to bypass the UEFI Product Key.

To bypass the UEFI Product Key, you will have to create a Windows Installation Disk and manually place a Product ID file (PID.txt) on the disk to override the UEFI Product Key.

I used PowerISO to create the ISO file for my Windows Installation Disk. (Make sure you have a registered copy. The free copy has limitations)

1. Insert your Original Windows 8.1 Professional disk in your DVD driver and use PowerISO to create an ISO file of the disk on your hard drive. Is you have a Microsoft Volume License Agreement, download the Windows 8.1 Professional ISO file from your Download Centre.

2. Open notepad and create a PID.txt file as shown below. Replace the “X”s with your Product Key from your Windows 8.1 package or your Volume License Agreement.

Create PID.txt File

3. Edit the ISO file that you created with PowerISO and insert the PID.txt file into the /sources folder and save the ISO file.

4. Burn the ISO file that contains the PID.txt file to DVD.

5. Use the DVD to boot on your new laptop. Windows 8 will then bypass the UEFI Product key and use the Product Key that you have placed in the PID.txt file.

Hope this will help you preventing the error “The Product Key entered does not match any of the Windows Images available for installation” as it took me almost a full day to get passed this issue.

Nov 18 2013

Error code 0x800F0906 when installing .NET Framework 3.5

One of my clients bought a Microsoft Surface Pro. One of the applications that he needed installed wants to install .NET Framework 3.5. When you click on Search and Install Automatically, Windows 8 gives an Error code 0x800F0906 when installing .NET Framework 3.5. For some reason Windows 8 couldn’t connect to the internet to download the necessary files to install .NET Framework 3.5 even though the Surface Pro is connected to the internet an working correctly.

 

Error code 0x800F0906 when installing .NET Framework 3.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have tried a couple of ways to solve this issue. Here is the one that worked for me.

Fixing Error code 0x800F0906 when installing .NET Framework 3.5:

Because the Microsoft Surface Pro does not have an on-board DVD Drive, I had to use a USB External DVD Drive to complete this method.

1.    Insert a Windows 8 DVD into the DVD Drive.
2.    The source of the .NET Framework 3.5 feature can be found in the following folder:

D:\sources\sxs (D: will be the drive letter of your DVD Drive)

3.    Open a command prompt by pressing WINDOWS KEY + R and type CMD in the box and press ENTER.
4.    At the command prompt, type the following command and press ENTER.

Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

5.    The installation might take a while but when it’s completed, .NET Framework 3.5 should be installed and enabled.

With this method I was able to fix the Error code 0x800F0906 when installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8.

Nov 09 2013

Clean Reboot for Windows

This is a method that I use very often to help me eliminate software conflicts. Troubleshooting Windows can sometimes be very difficult and therefor I use the Clean Reboot for Windows to stop all other applications like Antivirus software, system utilities and other software and services that start automatically when you startup Windows.

Doing a Clean Reboot for Windows means that you start Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista by using the minimal set of drivers and applications.

Here is the method to Clean Reboot Windows:

Windows 8: Swipe the right side of the screen and tap on SEARCH. In the Search Box type in MSCONFIG and tap on the MSCONFIG results on the left.
Windows 7: Click on START and in the Search Box, type MSCONFIG and press enter.

Search for msconfig in Windows 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to the SERVICES tab and select the HIDE ALL MICROSOFT SERVICES check box and click DISABLE ALL.

System Configuration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to the STARTUP tab in SYSTEM CONFIGURATION dialog box and click OPEN TASK MANAGER.

Open Task Manager in msconfig

 

 

 

 

 

 

In TASK MANAGER, go to STARTUP and disable all startup items by selecting the item and then click on DISABLE.

Disable startup tasks in Task Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Close TASK MANAGER and click on OK in the SYSTEM CONFIGURATION dialog box.
Then reboot your computer.

Your will have a Clean Reboot for Windows without all the additional services and applications running in the background. To troubleshoot your Windows, start to enable the services and processes one by one to determine which one is the culprit that causes the conflict or slowness of your computer.

Oct 04 2013

Shortcut to Launch in a Non-Default Browser

Have you ever had a reason to create a Shortcut on your desktop, but you want the Shortcut to launch in a Non-Default Browser? I had this scenario twice in one week. In one instance it was a case where the client had Firefox as his default Browser, but the website that he wants to open just work better in Internet Explorer. So how do you create the Shortcut to launch in a Non-Default Browser like in this case Internet Explorer?

The other scenario was with Windows 8. When you go to the desktop in Windows 8 and click on the Internet Explorer icon in the taskbar, Windows 8 opens the normal Internet Explorer that me and you are used to, but if you create a Shortcut on your desktop, it will open the Internet Explorer App that looks different and does not have all the options like the normal Internet Explorer. So how do I get that Shortcut to launch in a Non-Default Browser in this case the normal Internet Explorer and not the Internet Explorer App?

Here is how you do it:

Open Windows Explorer and browse to where iexplore.exe is located. Typically this will be in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer. Now use your right mouse button and drag this file to your desktop. You might get a popup menu – choose Create Shortcut(s) here.

Right-click on the Shortcut you just created and select properties. Edit the Target Field and change it to include the URL that you want Internet Explorer to open.
(Make sure to leave the double quotes in the path and that the URL does have the http:// included)

“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” http://www.theURLthatyouWanttoOpen.com

Shortcut to Launch in a Non-Default BrowserAfter you saved the properties you can rename the Shortcut to the website that it will open.

That’s it, your new Shortcut will open the URL in a Non-Default Browser.

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