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Want to find your OEM Product ID for Windows but there’s no sticker?

April 26, 2018

Frustrating as it might be, having the Product ID stored in the motherboard and not on a perishable sticker I think is actually (maybe) a good idea.

Open a command prompt as administrator.

Type in the following;

  • wmic path softwarelicensingservice get oa3xoriginalproductkey

Hit enter and you’re presented with your ID that you can use to register your Windows.


Network problems!

June 30, 2017

Had a weird issue where a computer had an IP, DNS was OK, could ping a URL btu could not get a web session nor email. No matter what we tried, everytihng looked OK but still no dice.

Turns out it was a corrupted registry key for TCP/IP! WTH? Anyway here is the fix;

Start –> In run type cmd –> Then “CMD” will be displayed –>
Now enter this command
netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt
Press “Enter”.
Reboot your computer

Credit to Bill for this one…

No pings allow for Windows Server 2016

June 29, 2017

Not really sure why this is like this out of the box but Microsoft has decided that even on a domain a new server sold not respond to ping requests.

There are plethora of tools out there that rely upon echo requests to make sure that devices are up and not in the throws of some failure.

The fix is obvious but just in case you’re not sure, search for Firewall or go to Control Panel and then Firewall.

To go Inbound.

Right Click File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request… ICMPv4 or v6) and choose Enable.

That’s it.

Canon C5235 won’t print?

April 21, 2017

OK I’m not sure if this is worthy here but I had a strange issue of a Canon copier (Image Runner C5235) that wouldn’t print. I sent the test page or any other print job to it, the copier would whirr up as if going to print and then… nothing. The status read all okie dokie but nothing would actually print.

The long and short of it is that I used a PCL6 driver, supplied by Canon themselves no less, and this apparently isn’t compatible with this model. Even though the PCL6 driver is the one I downloaded from this model’s driver download page…

Aaaaaanyway, I downloaded their UFR driver and it worked like a charm.

I’ll just leave that there…

Firefox’s Tiles on startup/homepage

September 26, 2016

I had a client ask about this and it’s really not obvious how to set this up so did some research and I know I’m not going to remember this in… an hour from now… so here it is;

  • Set the startup (home) page to about:newtab
  • From there you can pin, delete, etc the tiles.

Cloning a drive can also clone it’s ID, and mess up DFS synchronization and AD functionality in general

September 21, 2016

Yesterday I worked with MS tech support to solve a problem at a client with a new server that it turns out I created months ago. The problem I was having was that the sysvol was not syncing between the old and new servers. Also, AD was looking to the old server for some AD functions when it should have been looking to the new server, which holds all the FSMO roles. The question was why? I could not decommission the old server until this was resolved.

I replaced the hard drive in the old server several months ago because the boot partition was too small and was always full. So I installed a larger HD but had left the original hard drive also connected as a secondary drive. It was not booting from this drive, so I assumed it would not cause any trouble. It turns out that DFS looks to the volume ID to identify a drive when syncing, and when you clone a drive the identical volume ID can end up being cloned too. So DFS was finding two drives where there should have been one, and was therefore confused.

Once I took the older drive offline, DFS syncing operated normally. All is now well. So lesson learned. If you clone a drive with Active Directory data on it, do NOT leave the original drive also attached to that computer. If you want to use that drive for anything it should be wiped first.

Want to turn off Hibernation quickly?

November 16, 2015

Open an administrator elevated CMD prompt and then type this;
“powercfg.exe -h off”

What up with Windows 8 safe mode startup?

February 10, 2015

This infuriated the hell out of me.

So apparently the correct way to do this is to hit F8 during startup. So I did. Nothing.

Then I do some more digging and find, oh no it’s now SHIFT+F8. So I did. Nothing.

Then I dig some more and find a new one… F11! So I did. Get this… I only works every other boot! WTF?

So I got it and then it asked me for a username to get in and low and behold the username/password combo doesn’t work! In the end I used a boot disk password wiper to clear it out and used that but man it’s a pain compared to every other version of Windows ever… Sorry. Just had to rant.

Adding a date stamp to a zip file

December 15, 2014

Specifically I’m using 7-zip because it’s awesome.

I got the info from this website ;

Basically when you write the script, you’re pulling in parts of the date query from a command prompt and adding it to the file name you want to create.

7z a -r "%DATE:~7,2%.%DATE:~4,2%.%DATE:~-4% Backup".7z

Where you have %DATE:~7,2%  this is basically saying from the DATE request, start at character 7 and use the next two characters. So where DATE might produce something like;    Thur  11/04/2010    as in their example, it would in fact copy “04” from that  because it starts at character 7 which is / and then uses the next two characters, namely 04.

So the next bit is another DATE request and


November 4, 2014

So I wanted to give a few quick links for anyone who wants a good, free (with the option to buy) and reliable anti-bad stuff scanners.

  • Malwarebytes –
  • Superantispyware –
  • Hitman Pro –
  • Junkware Removal Tool –
  • ADWCleaner –

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