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Solved: Windows 8.1 Update Fails With Code 8024401F and WSUS Last Status Report Not Yet Reported

I was getting below error message while running windows update. Below workaround works for me, if you are getting same error message try below workaround,
To check WSUS error/update logs open C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log and to get more information to resolve and narrow down your issue.
 
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First step to resolve Code 8024401F error is to stop wuauserv from command prompt. To do the same open Run Command Prompt as a Administrator and run net stop wuauserv command as shown below,
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Open  Windows Explorer and Navigate to C:\Windows and renmane SoftwareDistribution directory to SoftwareDistribution-old or anything you like.
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Now start wuauserv by running net start wuauserv command as shown below,
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Now run below two commands to detect WSUS & to report to the WSUS server,
wuauclt  /detectnow
wuauclt /reportnow
After running above two commands wait for 5 to 10 minutes, then you PC will appear in WSUS server Computer list.
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Now you are ready to install updates on PC, just click on Try Again,
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Apart from above workaround try below workaround if you still face WSUS update issue,
Install and ran software Malwarebytes  Anti Malware and check for Trojan, malware, if you find anything remove it & try to update windows via WSUS.


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Vote for VMwareAndME on vSphere-land’s 2014 top blogs list

For the first time, VMwareAndME.com has been included in the Eric Siebert’s site http://vsphere-land.com/ voting process and it would be great if I could encourage all my readers to participate in the voting process. If you like the content on this blog please vote for me.

Here are couple of things to note,
  • You can pick 10 of your favourite blogs and also rank them in your order of preference. The results will be weighted with #1 ranking getting 10 points and #10 rankings getting 1 point. At the end Points total will be Calculated and from them the top 50 will be determined.

Here is the link directly to the survey,


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[Guide] How to run Program As Service in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012

Sometime Administrator needs to create Services from existing executable files, Its very easy to create Service from exe file and for that we need to use command SC.
What is SC?
SC Communicates with the Service Controller and installed services. SC.exe retrieves and sets control information about services. You can use SC.exe for testing and debugging service programs. Service properties stored in the registry can be set to control how service applications are started at boot time and run as background processes. SC.exe parameters can configure a specific service, retrieve the current status of a service, as well as stop and start a service. You can create batch files that call various SC.exe commands to automate the startup or shutdown sequence of services. SC.exe provides capabilities similar to Services in the Administrative Tools item in Control Panel.


To create Service from executable run below command,
C:\Program Files (x86)\Xerox\NetworkScan>sc create XeroxScan binpath="C:\Program
Files (x86)\Xerox\NetworkScan\NSCSysUI_XEROX.exe"


Note - must have quotation marks around the actual exe path.
 
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Now you can see the created new service from exe file,

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If you want to delete or remove created service just run below command as shown,
C:\Program Files (x86)\Xerox\NetworkScan>sc delete XeroxScan binpath="C:\Program
Files (x86)\Xerox\NetworkScan\NSCSysUI_XEROX.exe"

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[Tutorial] Configuring WSUS Server Role on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Today I am going to install WSUS (Windows Update) role on Windows Server 2012. The same guide will help you to Install WSUS on Windows Server 2012 R2.
What Is WSUS?
WSUS is a server role included with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 and WSUS downloads and distributes Windows updates,service pack, critical updates to Windows Desktops and Servers operating Systems.
Click here to Install Windows Server Update Services on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Lets start with WSUS Configuration on Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2.  Open Server Manager->Tools-> Windows Server Update Services to open Windows Server Update Services console.
First time when you open Windows Server Update Services console,Windows Server Update Services Configuration Wizard  will launch. On the Before You Begin page, click Next to proceed.
How to configure WSUS on Windows Server 2012 & Windows Server 2012 R2 01
On the Join the Microsoft Update Improvement Program, click Next.
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Click on the Synchronize from Microsoft Update option and then click Next.
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On the Specify Proxy Server settings, keep the defaults as it’s click Next
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On the Connect to Upstream Server option, click on Start Connecting. This step will take few minutes and then click Next.
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On the Choose Languages, Select your Language and click Next
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On the Choose Products , choose your exiting Windows Products in my case Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2013, etc and click Next
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On the Choose Classifications , choose Critical Updates, Service Packs, Security Updates and Definition updates (for Microsoft Forefront Antivirus)click Next.
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On the Set Sync Schedule, choose Synchronize Automatically, as it will automatically download updates daily at 1:00 AM in the morning then click Next.
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Click Next to Finnish the WSUS Configuration
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Open Server Manager->Tools-> Windows Server Update Services to open Windows Server Update Services console.
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Now click Options->Automatic Approvals. Automatic Approvals is used to automatically approve the installation of updates for selected groups and how to approve revisions to exiting updates.
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I have created one Automatic Approval Rule  to approve updates automatically.
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Now we will need to create Group policy, so that all client machine will get updates directly from WSUS server. I have created Group policy for my all computers in a network and under Specify intranet Microsoft update service location GPO I have specified my WSUS server URL e.g. http://vmwareandme.com:8530   Note – 8530 is port of WSUS server, which will be same for all.
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I have configured below WSUS GPO policies on my Server.
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[Tutorial] Installing WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) Server Role on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Today I am going to install WSUS (Windows Update) role on Windows Server 2012. The same guide will help you to Install WSUS on Windows Server 2012 R2.
What Is WSUS?
WSUS is a server role included with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 and WSUS downloads and distributes Windows updates,service pack, critical updates to Windows Desktops and Servers operating Systems.
Click here to Configure Windows Server Update Services on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Lets start with WSUS installation on Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2.
Open Server Manager and click on Add roles and features.
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Click Next to continue.
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Select Role-based or feature-based installation  and click next.
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Select a server from the server pool tab and click next, as shown below.
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In Select server roles box, select the Windows Server Update Services and then click Next.
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You will get below message to install additional features which are required for Windows server update service. Click on Add Features.
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Click Next.
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click Next
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On Role services box, verify that both WID Database and WSUS Services are selected and then click Next. If you planning to use Separate SQL Server for WSUS then only go for Database option.
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On the Content location selection box specify the path to store windows update.
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Click on Close once installation gets completed.
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Open Server Manager->Tools-> Windows Server Update Services to open Windows Server Update Services console.
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When you open Windows Server Update Services console, you will get below box. Click on Run, and wait for the task to complete then click on Close as shown below.
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Windows Server Update Services console will look like as shown below. Click here to Configure Windows Server Update Services.
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[Guide]How to create Bootable USB drive from ISO image in Windows 8.1

We need Bootable CD/DVD in many situations like PC Repair,Upgrade or during troubleshooting. But if your server or System don’t have CD/DVD drive then? In that case you can prepare USB drive from ISO & boot your PC & troubleshoot it. Below guide will help you how to create bootable USB drive from ISO image.
In my case I am preparing bootable USB drive from DOS ISO. There are so many tools available to create bootable USB drive. Here I am going to cover two Simple to use & free tools to create bootable USB drive. So lets start,

1. ISO to USB
ISO to USB is a free and small software that can burn the ISO image file directly to the USB drives, these USB drives include USB flash drives, memory sticks and other USB storage devices, it also supports to create a bootable USB disk with Windows operating systems.
Download ISO to USB & install it. ISO to USB is very simple to use. Open ISO to USB, provide ISO file location, Select USB drive & click on Burn as shown below.
Capture22.  UNetbootin
UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
Download UNetbootin, UNetbootin is portable, after downloading open it. Select Diskimage option, Select ISO & provide path of the ISO image file, Select Drive type as USB Drive & select Drive Letter and click on OK as shown below.
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[Guide] Network Printer Installation in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8 and 8.1 is a new operating system of Microsoft Corporation and it has lots of new features compared with the older versions. Below guide will show you how to Install Network Printer in Windows 8 and in Windows 8.1.
1. Open Control Panel and navigate to Device and Printers

[Guide] Network printer installation in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1  01 2. In Device and Printers click on Add a Printer,
[Guide] Network printer installation in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1  023.  Click on The printer that I want isn’t listed.
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4. Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems supports TCP/IP printing. So select Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname.
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5. Select Device Type as TCP/IP Device and in Hostname or IP address tab enter your Printer IP Address.
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6. Windows 8 will automatically detects printer drives if not select printer drivers manually and click next.
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7. Provide any name to your printer and click Next.
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8. If you required you can shared network printer which is installed on your PC.
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9. Set the installed printer as default and click on finish to complete the network printer installation.
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Newly installed printer will be visible in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printers
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[Solved] Windows 8.1 thread_stuck_in_device_driver

After upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 my PC has developed new issues.
Whenever I starts the laptop it shows "THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER" error message  and reboots, then starts normally without issues.
Even it won't sleep properly. It seems to go in to sleep mode, but can't get out of sleep mode and reboots.


This error message indicates that a device driver-almost always a video card driver-is stuck waiting for something (usually a hardware operation) to happen. Most of you have probably seen nv4_disp.sys associated with this Blue Screen.
Things to Do:
1   Ensure the video drivers are updated to the latest version.
2   The system BIOS is fully up-to-date.
3   If both the video driver and the system BIOS are fully up-to-date, check with the manufacturer for recent driver updates.
4   As a last resort, try exchanging the video card.
5  Check Device Manager for  yellow exclamation mark for all hardware devices. If there is any yellow exclamation mark then install latest drivers for the that particular hardware.

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[Solved] LogiLDA.dll error Windows 8.1

I just updated from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 and now I am getting the below error message,
"There was a problem starting C:\Windows\System32\LogiLDA.dll
The specified module could not be found"
logilda.dll error windows 8.1This happens every time when I start my PC.
I was getting above message due to of my Logitech M185 mouse. To get rid of above error message follow below methods,
Approach 1 -
1. Connect your Logitech mouse receiver to PC & let windows to recognize drivers for your mouse.
2. If Step 1 fails to recognize mouse drive, Download Mouse drivers manually and it.
3. Restart your PC & check whether above error goes away or not.
 
Approach 2 - Disable LogiLDA from Startup
This is really easy step to get rid of above error to do the same follow below steps,
1. Launch the Taskmanager.
2. Under TAB Startup search for LogiLDA
3. Right mouse button an disable and Restart PC.
 
Approach 3Delete registry entry of Logitech Download Assistant
1. Open the command prompt and type Regedit to open registry editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
3. Find the entry Logitech Download Assistant registry entry
Select it, right click and Remove.
4. Restart PC.

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[Guide] How to pin shortcut to start screen windows 8.1

You can easily access the any program such as Control Panel, PC Setting, Power options in Windows 8.1 by pressing Windows key on laptop & typing the command. But that’s a very time consuming, below guide will show you how to pin your program to your Start Screen.
To add shortcut in Start Screen, press Windows key on laptop/PC & search for the program in my case its iTunes. Once you search your desired application right click or select the item, and then use the Pin to Start option.
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As shown below, you will find the shortcut on Windows 8.1 start screen.

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Note – In Windows 8 above option is not available you have to use other workarounds to add shortcuts to start screen.
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[Solved] Why do two or multiple tabs open on startup with Google Chrome?

When I installed ASK toolbar on my machine it automatically adds two tabs on Chrome startup. By default Google Chrome gives you ability to add multiple pages at startup in Chrome. But if you want to remove unwanted start-up tabs from Google chrome follow below steps,
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Open Google Chrome & go to settings as shown below,

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Under Settings navigate On Start-up option & click on Set Pages,[Solved] Why do two or multiple tabs open on startup with Google Chrome 02.
Under Startup Pages you can delete unwanted startup pages and also add new page. So that all pages will open when Google Chrome Opens.[Solved] Why do two or multiple tabs open on startup with Google Chrome 03.
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[Guide] Windows 8.1 Sleep not working

I installed Windows 8.1 (fresh install) but it refuses to to sleep/shut down. This has been started happening since I installed 8.1 in Dell XPS 12. It was working fine on my Windows 7 and on Windows 8.0 as well.
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To resolve Windows 8.1 sleep issue try below workarounds,

1.  Check Power Management Options

First step is to check your power options & make sure Sleep option is selected.
Open power options from Control Panel. Click on Change plan Settings.
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Click on Change advanced power settings.
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Under Power buttons and lid and then click the +  and verify the action is really set to Sleep as shown below and Apply the settings.
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2. Disable IPv6 options 

By default all network adapters have both IPv4 and IPv6 versions enabled but you can disable IPv6  as shown below.
Go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center. Click on Change adapter settings as shown below.

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Right click your Ethernet adapter and click Properties  as shown below,
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Uncheck Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) option as shown below and apply the settings.
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3.  Leave HomeGroup

Open the Control Panel and click on the HomeGroup icon.
On the bottom Click on the Leave the Homegroup link and click on Finnish to leave the HomeGroup.


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