UltraVNC Crashing My Computer

This was a first for me. I installed the latest UltraVNC 1.3.2 to do some testing on my desktop. I go to play a Steam game today and all it did was freeze and crash my computer. Thankfully it rebooted itself each time because the power button is basically shot but nevertheless it was disappointing to continually restart my game. Took me 3 crashes before I decided to remove what I had installed the week prior. That was the only new application.

I normally use Splashtop for my remote needs with UltraVNC only being used internally. However, I needed it to do some testing with my raspberry pi plus my internet was so awful I couldn’t even use Splashtop!

This is the first time in all the years that I have used UltraVNC that I ever had any issues. Event Viewer does list just one critical event with absolutely no useful information. I do have a few other errors but they are related to VirtualBox. Not sure why because I didn’t have VB running at the time.

In any event, apparently this version of UltraVNC server needs some more love.

Microsoft Store Missing in Windows 10

I’ve come across several new computers with a missing Microsoft Store in Windows 10. These are brand new machines and yet they don’t have the Microsoft store installed? How is that possible? We get Xbox stuff that can’t be removed but you can’t have apps like Photos or even Windows Calculator without the store.

The fix for it is simple if you just copy and paste one command into a powershell window. I say simple in the sense that IT people know how to do it and most people will get scared.

Get-AppXPackage *WindowsStore* -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Here are the instructions for running the above command:

  • Click on the windows key in the lower left
  • Type in the word “powershell”
  • Choose “run as administrator” on the right
  • copy the above code that starts Get-AppxPackage
  • Right click in powershell window
  • Hit the Enter key on the keyboard

When it is done running you should see the Microsoft Store in your list of apps.

File Explorer Closes Almost Immediately after Opening it in Windows 10

If your file explorer closes almost immediately after you tried to open it in Windows 10 then I would suggest the resolution below.  I found 3 other solutions but only this one worked for my situation.  I found it first at 4IT Support.

  • Right Click on the file explorer icon.
  • Select any pinned folder.
  • In the “View” tab go to the far right and click the word “options”
  • Select “change folder and search options”
  • In the “open File Explorer to” box select “this pc”
  • Click the “Clear” button next
  • done

Enjoy your fixed file explorer!


No Network Connections After Upgrading to Windows 10

If you are missing all of your network connections after upgrading to Windows 10 then chances are you have something in the computer that Windows 10 does not like. One of these programs includes Cisco VPN.

The last time this happened to one of my clients I had to copy and paste the commands into a file and copy them onto a flash drive. Then have the client copy those commands into a command prompt.

Here are the steps that I have ran sucessfully before.

  • Open an elevated command prompt by clicking on the start button and typing “cmd”. Command Prompt should be the first hit. Right click on it and select “Run as Administrator.”
  • copy and paste into the black box this: reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /va /f
  • If that doesn’t work you will have to edit the registry manually by typing in “regedit” hitting enter and then navigating to the above key and then deleting that key. Here is the key you should be looking for: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3}
  • The next command to enter into the command prompt is netcfg -v -u dni_dne
  • If that last command is successful then you should have your network connections back.

I’d also remove Cisco VPN from the computer.

Defragsvc Slowing down Computer

I’ve been having troubles with defragsvc slowing down a copy of Windows 10 hosted on VMware Esxi.  It was putting the hard disk at 100% usage which caused major lag for all the other computers trying to access the VM.  I changed the settings so that the defrag only happens once a month but it wouldn’t stop this existing defrag.

Then again, was it really defragging?  The numbers showed 0% fragmented yet the defrag kept running?  I tried to stop the service but it wouldn’t let me.  I tried it via the commandline and it said it wasn’t running.  Thought that was weird.  Eventually I found some information on how to permanently stop it at windowssvc.com.

Open a command prompt. (Run a command prompt as Administrator in Windows vista/7/8)
Copy red command line and Paste.
sc stop “defragsvc”
sc config “defragsvc” start= disabled

I look forward to seeing if this stays disabled or if it improves my server.  Solutionreach was also maxing my drive and I just can’t figure out why.  It only happens on Wednesdays and I don’t see anything in the settings that sets Wednesday apart from any other day.  I disabled it and later is when defragsvc started to cause issues.  This is all happening on just one computer.  I haven’t run into this issue anywhere else.

The Display Manufacturer hasn’t made your display compatible with Windows 10

The Display Manufacturer hasn’t made your display compatible with Windows 10.  That’s the message I received this afternoon after waiting for Windows 10.  This was on a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 running Windows 8.1.  The culprit here is the “Intel Graphics Media Accelerator and running an Atom processor.

I did some searching on Lenovo’s forums and the internet and wasn’t sold on any of the choices.  First, one of the choices said to download drivers  from a non official intel site.  This makes me nervous.  Another person did an install from an ISO of Windows 10 but ran into issues of slow video speed.  That isn’t really a solution either.

After 40 minutes of searching I am going to call off the search and go back to doing more important things.  I was eager to see if Windows 10 would help the performance of this tablet but I will just have to wait for new drivers.