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When trying to open a OneDrive folder on the computer you get a catastrophic failure message. This is related to the “Offline” attribute for that folder being reset, possibly due to some other program or action that had been performed in the past.

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The same folder can be opened from Windows Explorer when selecting the folder from the left pane view, but the message appears when opening the folder from the right pane view.

You can check the folder location by right-clicking and selecting “Properties”onedrivepicturesproperties

Open a CMD prompt, CD to the OneDrive folder location found in the properties and use the ATTRIB command to reset the Offline attribute for the folder

ATTRIB -O "Pictures" /s /d

 

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If there are a lot of folders showing this issue, the same command can be run against the whole OneDrive folder instead

ATTRIB -O /s /d

A quick reference for the error codes when you get Activation error in Windows

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/activation-errors-windows-10

 

 

As part of the Insider program I get rather frequent upgrades to Windows 10. Each time the upgrade installs it resets my speech language to “English (United States)” which means Cortana stops working as my Region is set to “Australia”

I also use ConfigMgr to handle updates on my network (this would also apply for people using WSUS) so when I go into the Region & language settings I don’t get the Speech feature appearing under the “English (Australia)” options.

Luckily, it is relatively easy to sort out.

SOLUTION:

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I am starting work on now upgrading have upgraded our ConfigMgr2012 R2 hierarchies to the new “Configuration Manager with no more version numbers” build 1511. There are roughly 120+ site servers in the central hierarchy (across 2 CAS hierarchies), so hopefully things go well. For the most part things went quite well, no major issues at all.

I’ll keep this page to note any special gotchas that are outside the various step-by-step guides already out there, and also some easy quick link references.

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During the process of numerous upgrades of the OS during the Windows 10 technical preview, I’ve found quite often that my Windows Apps often stop working properly, or display as non functioning icons showing the meaningless name of the app instead of the proper app tile.

Two quick things to try to resolve:

  1. From an elevated command prompt run “wsreset”
    1. This will trigger a “Windows Store Reset” and may or may not resolve any initial problem you have opening the Store App
  2. From an elevated Powershell prompt, run the following
Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

This should re-register all the apps that appear in your app cache.

There are still many other potential issues you might encounter such as proxy servers blocking access or corrupt apps, but it’s a relatively easy starting point.

This has happened to me a couple of times in the various Technical Preview updates where the start menu stop working.

It turns out a simple powershell command will rebuild the appcache to resolve

Run this in Powershell as admin

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

When trying to connect to a remote Windows 10 machine using TeamViewer, you get a blank screen with the message “The screen cannot be captured at the moment. This is probably due to fast user switching or a disconnected/minimized Remote Desktop session.”

On the computer you are trying to connect to, you may see the screen appear to flicker constantly

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I’ve done upgrades on several computers and for the most part never had an issue, but everyone now and then I have found that while the Windows install goes all the way through the installation and device setup, it then seems to get stuck during the very last “Setting up a few more things” stage, sometimes stopping at a frustrating 79%!

I’ve tried leaving them for several hours but it never gets past that point. A hard reset is the only option, after which Windows restores the previous version. So at least nothing is lost other than time.

In all cases though, I’ve found the problem is having the Hyper-V role installed. There must be something about the Hypervisor that causes a problem.

After the OS rolls back, go into roles and features and remove the Hyper-V role, then try the upgrade again. After it completes just add the Hyper-V role back in again and it should pick up all the previous settings.

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The first big update has come… and wow. Build 9860 has been made available.

I have already mentioned how much faster and more responsive Windows 10 seems to be, and this new updates seems to kick it up another notch! I’m sure the SSD makes a huge difference, but whatever Microsoft have done with the caching technology is amazing.

  • The issue with dragging windows to the top of the screen seems to be fixed in this release
  • I’m starting to like the new start menu. I can see now how you can mix and match between menu list items and tile items
  • The multi-desktops thing just didn’t work for me in the first build, but they’ve done some nice tweaks and I really quite like it now. There are still a few useability issues, like how to move apps between desktops, but I think this is going to be a lot more useful than I expected

Microsoft is now also giving you a choice to how quickly you get new versions of the preview updates. If you are adventurous you cna take the “Fast” path, or if you want others to find the bugs first you can take the “Slow” path. It’s a little thing, but a nice thouch.

Did I mention it was fast?

  The Windows 10 technical preview is now open for all to try out. I’ve just taken the plunge and done an in-place upgrade of my main PC (was Windows 8.1) and it’s all come back up fine with no need to re-install anything (so far). It’s available for anyone who want’s to try it out from here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview

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Welcome to the WinX club!

Is Windows 10 really a whole new OS version? No, I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure it was what they were going to release as Windows 8.2 (Windows 8, Update 2) but decided to go with the approach that worked well for the change from Vista to Windows 7. Try to cut the connection between the bad press of Windows 8 and learn from previous mistakes. Again. I’m sure Apple is in a panic now that Microsoft has finally caught up in OS version numbers. (more…)