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    If you don’t want to reboot the computer, you can use the “vssadmin list writers” command in the command prompt to get information about the failed VSS writer, so you can restart the associated service.

    in reply to: Fix: Google Chromecast Audio and Video is Choppy #2043
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    Today I had some issues with Chromecast going slow, and it was because the Chromecast was too hot.

    I put it in the freezer for 30 seconds which fixed it. If I get around to it, I might buy a heatsink for it. Maybe an old CPU one might be small enough, or the heatsinks you can get for “performance” RAM might be suitable.

    This issue is perhaps only one that you get in hot countries.

    in reply to: Fix: Google Chromecast Audio and Video is Choppy #2031
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    Today I discovered that sometimes Chromecast’s audio can be kind of jittery if the Chromecast connection to the TV isn’t great (wiggle the USB and HDMI cables going into the TV). Sometimes jitter in audio can be fixed by stopping the cast and casting the Chrome browser again. Also, rebooting the TV, computer and router can fix this 🙁

    in reply to: PCI To PCI Bridge PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_A119&SUBSYS_50011458&REV_F1 #2011
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    Update: The PCI to PCI Bridge turned out to be an Intel(R) 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port #100 – A119. The driver was available on Windows Updates, eventually!

    in reply to: SM Bus Controller Drivers #2004
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    The above link is correct for the SM Bus controller with hardware ID “”, but the link below makes it easier to find:

    http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/closure/HP-TouchSmart-300-Desktop-PC-series/5146287/model/5157097

    It’s actually an Original AMD Chipset Driver.

    in reply to: Ethernet Controller Drivers #2003
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    That’s the correct website for the Ethernet Controller with hardware ID “”, it’s listed under the “Original Drivers” section and is a Original Realtek Network Controller Driver. The URL to that specific download is here:

    http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/swdetails/HP-TouchSmart-300-Desktop-PC-series/5146287/model/5157097/swItemId/cp-97500-1

    in reply to: Windows Modules Installer Worker – High Disk Usage #1990
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    Now that I’ve mentioned how to fix the high CPU usage of the Windows Modules Installer Worker, since it’s such a common problem I thought I’d explain why the after mentioned things cause high CPU form the Windows Modules Installer Worker.

    To do this, firstly I’ll explain what the Windows Modules Installer Worker is. The Windows Modules Installer Worker is a process of the Windows Modules Installer service. According to Microsoft, the Windows Modules Installer service is basically in charge of installing, updating or removing Windows Updates and Optional Updates.

    So given this, the following causes were identified as culprits for causing high CPU due to the Windows Modules Installer Worker:

    • You are running a disk repair
    • Your PC is performing disk maintenance of some kind
    • You are installing Windows Updates
    • You have a hardware issue with your hard disk or hard disk controller
    • You have a virus

    As you can see, all are things that would suffer from high disk usage, which rather annoyingly causes the Windows Modules Installer Worker to use high CPU usage. Ultimately, the Windows Modules Installer service could have been coded to better deal with disk latency, but it hasn’t. So, the best way to fix the issue of high CPU usage, is strangely to upgrade to a faster disk – like an SSD disk.

    in reply to: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Cannot Resolve With DNS #1979
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    Hi, I don’t even remember having that problem. For the sake of anyone else finding this article, it’s be great if you share whatever fixes it.

    Have you tried disabling any firewalls and making sure that the two machines are on the same subnet? Also do the machines have the same gateway? Also, try restarting the DNS Client service on both machines.

    in reply to: Perpetual Backup Batch File Script #1972
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    Perpetual Backup PowerShell Script

    Ok, so the batch file doesn’t work as well as a PowerShell script because the command forfiles doesn’t work well. A better script is the following PowerShell script, which you can save as a ps1 file and run it the same as a batch file (perpetually).

    Here’s the PowerShell version of my perpetual backup batch file script:

    while ($true){
    Get-ChildItem –Path “G:\” –Recurse | Where-Object CreationTime –lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-1) | Remove-Item
    $folder=((Get-Date).Year).ToString()+”_”+((Get-Date).Month).ToString()+”_”+((Get-Date).Day).ToString()+”_”+((Get-Date).Hour).ToString()+”_”+((Get-Date).Minute).ToString()+”_”+((Get-Date).Millisecond).ToString()
    mkdir G:\$folder
    Copy-Item C:\ G:\$folder
    Timeout 60
    }

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    You can also do this command to list the stale computer accounts:

    dsquery computer -inactive 4

    That tells you all the computers that are inactive in the last 4 weeks. I think this is a better way to list the stale computer accounts as it can pick out computers that are inactive on the domain, which means you don’t have to wait for the computers domain password to expire before the computer can be identified as inactive / stale.

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    Thanks for sharing, ajdsi. I think your method would be much better for someone working in an ITIL environment who needs to replicate the failure to propagate security policy on a test environment before being allowed to make production changes.

    As people usually have more than one DC, I suppose another method could be to isolate a DC and test that.

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    I thought that the WinZip Command Line Add-On setup was complaining about not having WinZip 12 installed because I was using the wrong version (32 bit instead of 64 bit), but it turned out that I was getting the above error because my download was somehow corrupt. I redownloaded WinZip Command Line Add-On and it worked!

    in reply to: Windows 10 Keyboard Layout Keeps Changing #1850
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    If the keyboard layout is still wrong after changing the keyboard setting there, you need to reboot to fix it.

    in reply to: IE Enterprise Mode XML Check Frequency #1843
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    Hmmm well sounds like you got there in the end. Thanks for posting the registry key.

    I managed to find a Microsoft article saying that checks for an update 65 seconds after IE starts.

    Not the best, really. I suspect they’re doing it so IE doesn’t take longer to start. The whole architecture of IE Enterprise Mode is sloppy if you ask me.

    Well, glad you’re up and running. Feel free to post more stuff on the forum if you need any help with anything else.

    in reply to: IE Enterprise Mode XML Check Frequency #1841
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    You’re a good fella 🙂

    Have a search of the forum, I other have already put it here.

    If you are doing fancy things with profiles, it’s possible that you can have a user log onto a PC, download a cached sure list and their registry will store the XML version number… Then when the user logs onto another PC, their registry roams, but not the cache. In that scenario IE won’t download the XML list because it thinks it already had the latest copy.

    What’s the issue that you’re trying to fix, anyhow?

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