How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10

Sorry, Cortana — not everyone likes you. =)

  1. Launch the group policy editor by pressing Windows + R, typing gpedit.msc into the box, and pressing Enter.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search
  3. Locate the Allow Cortana setting in the right pane and double-click it.
  4. Choose Disable and click OK
  5. Reboot

Optionally, without rebooting:

  1. Press Windows +R and type gpupdate /force into the box and press Enter
  2. Press Windows +R and type taskkill /f /im cortana.exe into the box and press Enter

How to fix Windows 10 Explorer “Working on it…” slowness

This is caused by Windows Search / Indexing that times out waiting for old or stale network resources.  To resolve this you can delete the cache files:


Delete all *.automaticDestinations-ms in that folder and the issue should be resolved.

NVIDIA Web Helper.exe – there is no disk in the drive

Seems there is a bug in the NVIDIA Experience application.  I have a GTX 1050 mini installed on my home PC and have been experiencing the same issue.

As of 12/17 latest update to NVIDIA Experience, the bug is still there.  Simply click Continue – but you’ll see it every reboot or launch of the NVIDIA Experience application.

There are a few workarounds, I’ll highlight below, that I found on the NVIDIA forums regarding this error.

Workaround 1 – Disk Management

  1. Press Win+R and type diskmgmt.msc – hit enter
  2. Right click on the removable disk (most likely labeled D) and change drive letter to F or whatever available letter.
  3. Reboot

Workaround 2 – Registry

Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and modify errormode and set the value to 2.

Note:  Make sure you revert this back to its default value when/if NVIDIA updates their software to resolve this issue.

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlWindowserrormode


Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Direct Download Links

Direct download links for Internet Explorer versions 7 through 11 on Microsoft’s site.

Direct download links to Internet Explorer 7 (IE7):

IE7 for Windows XP SP2

Windows Server 2003 32-bit

Windows Server 2003 64-bit

Windows Server 2003 ia64-bit

Direct download links to Internet Explorer 8 (IE8):

IE8 for Windows XP

IE8 for Windows Server 2003 32-bit

IE8 for Windows Server 2003 64-bit

IE8 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 32-bit

IE8 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 64-bit


Direct download links to Internet Explorer 9 (IE9):

IE9 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 32-bit

IE9 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 64-bit

IE9 for Windows 7 32-bit

IE9 for Windows 7 64-bit


Direct download links to Internet Explorer 10 (IE10):

IE10 for Windows 7 32-bit

IE10 for Windows 7 64-bit

IE10 for Windows Server 2008 64-bit

Direct download links to Internet Explorer 11 (IE11):

IE11 offline installers


The computer is unable to establish a trust relationship with the server. Verify that the computer’s date and time are accurate and try again.

Windows 7 SP1 x64 attempting to add to a 2012 R2 Essentials domain with Essentials Connector.

I verified date and time already.

Looking at the cert I think that is the problem.

Microsoft says to take a look at:

My problem is that I renewed the Server CA cert… and now the connector was using the incorrect.  So I need to install the latest CERT as a trusted cert on the machine giving me this problem:

  1. On the WHS, launch Certification Authority from the Administrative Tools menu
  2. Right-click on the <Server>-CA node and select Properties.
  3. In the Certificates tab of the Properties window, you should see at least two certificates, numbered sequentially.  Double-click the newest certificate.
  4. In the Certificate window, select the Details tab, and click the Copy to File button
  5. Step through the certificate export wizard, choosing any of the first three formats (I used the PKCS #7 format, and selected to include all certificates in the certification path).
  6. Save the file to a location that is accessible to the client you’re trying to connect (or a USB drive).
  7. On the client machine giving trust issues, open the certificate management console for the local computer by performing the following:
  8. From a Run line, enter mmc.exe
  9. In the empty console, go to File -> Add/Remove Snap-in
  10. Double-click Certificates
  11. Select Computer Account and click Next
  12. Choose Local Computer, and click Finish
  13. Find the Trust Root Certificates node, and expand Certificates
  14. From the Action menu, Choose All Tasks -> Import
  15. Ensure that the Store Location is Local Machine, and click Next
  16. Browse to the file you exported earlier, click Next
  17. Finish the wizard, and ensure that the new certificate appears in the certificate store
  18. Re-run the Connector software.  It should now run successfully.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Connector Hangs on Windows 7

I am adding a Windows 7 x64 computer system to a 2012 R2 Essentials domain via the connector (http://server/connect) and it just sits and spins forever. Some digging around, I found that removing items in HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSessionManagerPendingFileRenameOperations and rebooting then reattempting to add the computer works.

Windows 7 Convenience Rollup

Before installing the Convenience Rollup, install the two prerequisite updates:  KB3102810 and KB3083710

When installing the Windows 7 Convenience Rollup (, I had to disable Windows Updates because WUSA kept sitting there spinning for an hour Searching for updates.

net stop wuauserv

That did the trick, restarted the Convenience Rollup installer and it ran right on through it.

So after a reboot, it is checking for updates… going on about 30 minutes at this point (12:35am).

Windows Vista Business SP2 – Windows Updates Hangs

Installed a fresh Windows Vista Business SP2 on an HP DC7900 a couple days ago and since then I haven’t been able to install Windows updates.

I’ve installed/reinstalled the Windows Update Agent 3 (with /wuforce), re-registered Windows Updates DLL files, and have also done an sfc /scannow.  None of these actions have resolved the issue.

Google leads me to all types of solutions, hacks, workarounds, thoughts, and so on.  Nothing worked.

I downloaded WSUS Offline Update tool and worked around this issue.  After applying those updates, I could successfully Check/Install new updates.