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Connecting W10 to Windows Server Essentials 2016, no desktop icons

Question: Connecting W10 to Windows Server Essentials 2016, no desktop icons

I have just succeeded in hooking my Windows 10 client to Windows Server Essentials 2016. To do this I had to switch the W10 from a Workgroup to Domain setup.
All works fine except most of the desktop items originally on the client icons disappeared. Worse when I launce things like Outlook, Word etc. I have to initialize it from scratch.
How does one get all the settings, desktop icons etc. to re-appear on this new account that is now chanced from a Workgroup to a Domain setting.
I am an administrator (and only user) on both the W10 and WSE-2016. I see under users my original name on the W10/Workgroup and a new name. The new name does not have many files in it. I assume that?s the problem. But when I copy stuff from the old name folder across the programs are still not initialized correctly.

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Preferred Solution: Connecting W10 to Windows Server Essentials 2016, no desktop icons

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I am trying to add Windows 10 clients to Windows Server essentials 2016. It seem that in order for the server to see the clients I must the clients join the server server Domain. (Currently they are in a workgroup).

It looks like one has to change the Windows10 clients to access the WSE-2016 DNS. So in windows 10 I go to networks, bring up the adaptor setting. Bring up "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IvP4) and instead of "Obtain the DNS address automatically" change it to always get the DNS address on the WSE-2016 (found with ipconfig).
Then within Windows I use ?System?, ?about?, and Join the server DOMAIN. It now works. The client can now see the Server domain.
I can then see the Server files and the server can see the Windows 10 shared files.
There are still problems however.
When I reboot the Windows 10 client. I have a brand new user screen with only some of my original desktop icons showing. Do I have to essentially rebuild up everything on my desktop again!
Question: Is there not a way to have my original desktop appear when I am joined to the Domain.
Second, since there will be times when the server is off I used the router static DNS IP address as the alternative address in the above dialog box of the Windows10 clients. Seems to work since the client can access the internet even with the WSE 2016 off.
Here is my second question. I have a few home laptops as well. If I force the DNS to the server what happens when I travel. ... Read more

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I am trying to add Windows 10 clients to Windows Server essentials 2016. It seem that in order for the server to see the clients I must the clients join the server server Domain. (Currently they are in a workgroup).

It looks like one has to change the Windows10 clients to access the WSE-2016 DNS. So in windows 10 I go to networks, bring up the adaptor setting. Bring up "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IvP4) and instead of "Obtain the DNS address automatically" change it to always get the DNS address on the WSE-2016 (found with ipconfig).
Then within Windows I use ?System?, ?about?, and Join the server DOMAIN. It now works. The client can now see the Server domain.
I can then see the Server files and the server can see the Windows 10 shared files.
There are still problems however.
When I reboot the Windows 10 client. I have a brand new user screen with only some of my original desktop icons showing. Do I have to essentially rebuild up everything on my desktop again!
Question: Is there not a way to have my original desktop appear when I am joined to the Domain.
Second, since there will be times when the server is off I used the router static DNS IP address as the alternative address in the above dialog box of the Windows10 clients. Seems to work since the client can access the internet even with the WSE 2016 off.
Here is my second question. I have a few home laptops as well. If I force the DNS to the server what happens when I travel. ... Read more

Answer:Adding Windows 10 Clients to Windows Server Essentials 2016

When Windows client computers are not joined to a domain they use the local SAM database to authenticate to the client computer. When the computer is domain joined you are using an AD user account to log into the computer. These accounts are going to have different SIDs as well as local profiles on the system. If you log into the computer with an account that has local admin access, you can simply move or copy the data from the local user account folder into the domain account user folder. The user folders inherit permissions from the root C:\Users\<username> so they should automatically gain access to the newly copied data.

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A recent cumulative update for Exchange 2016 was intended to add support for Windows Server 2016. But, after numerous reported issues, Microsoft has acknowledged a problem exists.

According to the release notes?

If you attempt to run Microsoft Exchange 2016 CU3 on Windows Server 2016, you will experience errors in the IIS host process W3WP.exe. There is no workaround at this time. You should postpone deployment of Exchange 2016 CU3 on Windows Server 2016 until a supported fix is available.

Once again, Microsoft?s testing of its own patches seems to have taken a backseat to accelerated release deadlines.

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Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016: December 9, 2016

This update includes quality improvements for Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:
Improved the reliability of mobile device management (MDM) disenrollment, Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Peripheral Component Interface and PowerShell.
Addressed issue that causes excessive battery drain if you have a Chinese Input Method Editor installed and use Windows Hello to log in.
Addressed issue with OLE drag and drop that prevents users from downloading a SharePoint document library as a file.
Addressed issue with Super Floppy-formatted fixed media devices that are not recognized by Windows 10 Anniversary Update or accessible in Windows Explorer.
Addressed issue that causes the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) client to fail installation when a device is re-imaged using the SCCM task sequence.
Addressed issue that causes the loss of optional component (OC) state information, including all Hyper-V virtual machines, after upgrade.
Addressed issue that causes Windows Explorer to display information that?s inconsistent with what?s stored on the Floppy disk.
Addressed issue that, after connecting a shared CD/DVD-hosted drive with no media inserted, causes some of the commands, like DIR and NET USE, to hang.
Addressed issue where customers cannot use directory cache siz... Read more

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I am having the KMS Server with Server 2012 KMS Key,which is hosted on Windows server 2012 R2.

We need to update the KMS Server 2K12 Key to 2K16 KMS Key, Is there any way to Get the detail that the key will activate these OS Versions?

MBAM Report Feature Error Alert

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Basically the subject. I get your general connection failed message, like the server just isn't there.

Connecting from XP Pro SP3 to SBS 2003 SP1.

It worked just fine today- and then one of the SE's accidentally rebooted it today... Now it doesn't. My first thought is Windows Update as the culprit.

Have any of you seen this problem?

It's not a DNS issue- I can go straight to the IP address and it still fails.
Not a firewall issue- this is entirely inside the LAN.

Answer:Remote Desktop to Server not Connecting

Try typing this in the Run box and see if it works.

mstsc /console

Hit enter

Then connect.

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Have any of you test drove it yet? I spun it up in my virtual lab but I haven't dug deep yet.

Answer:Windows Server 2016

No more Action packs in budget

I'm curious how much 'Linux' is in it. I'm also curious about its remote control skills and remote management. Maybe some new Hyper-V goodies?!

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I bought a pc without os installed, then bought an oem server license, where do I get the activation key from?

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So I need to migrate my old windows home server to an OS that can use advanced format hard drives.

I installed WSE just now and was looking for some information on how to configure it.

I I though there was supposed to be a way to connect to the server without joining a domain though?

I notice the server does not how up on the network from my windows 7 PC How do I get to the connector software? Do I have to join the Domain?

Answer:Windows Server Essentials Domain

Define "connect" to it.

I've just purchased a new Dell server with Server2012 Essentials for a work project, and while it is configured for a domain I can US RDP and shared folders from computers that are not attached to the domain. Granted because it's all in development at the moment I am using a admin account on the server for access rights.

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So, I am trying to setup Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I have it installed, and it boots to the dashboard, and starts the"Set Up Windows Server 2012 Essentials" dialog, it leads to "Error occurred during Installation" and says to reboot, or save logs, I have a copy of the logs files, if anyone would like them.

Answer:Windows Server 2012 Essentials

re-download and re-install.

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I keep getting a 153 error on disk 3. How do I determine which disk is 3? I have 3 new 4TB drives, does this mean one of them is bad? I have like 70,000 of these errors now and smart tools etc all say all of my disks are healthy. I'm non longer able to stream most stuff from the server, and writing to this disk seems to be causing this error.

All I could find is this when searching for the error (Same error I am getting only I have it like 70k times over a few days).

Answer:More Windows Server Essentials Problems

Looks like it's time to replace the drive. As for which one it is; this is why when I build a server I label the drives prior to putting it into production ( by the low-tech method of booting up without a drive plugged in, determine which one it is, rinse/repeat for all drives in system ).

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Hi all,

I have an windows 7 on my network connected to a domain, and i have on the desktop links to a shared folders to one samba server (AIX).
Time to time all links to that server are missing.
Everything works fine, all the connections to that server are ok, but no links on desktop, i re-create the links and all works fine for a couple of time.

Any suggestions?

PS. forgive me for my bad English.


Answer:Missing desktop icons (links to one samba server)

I've had this in the past. See: Desktop shortcuts disappear in Windows 7

Method 2 fixed my problem

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Next year we'll be moving all of our servers to VMWare hosts, and since we're still running Server 2008 I'm interested in upgrading the OS as well. At the moment I have some other enterprise software to test, and assuming it's supported I'd like to try it on Server 2016.

Is anyone using Server 16 in a production environment? Any issues or concerns?

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I am in college course once again, This time for a BS in Computer Science Majoring in Cybersecurity, and minoring in Ethical hacking.

I have got axcess to Windows server 2016, now when i go to download I find these three options

Data Center


and standard.

Know last time I ran windows server, was on the 2008 and I played around from blade servers to the dell big boxes, even slapped it on to some desktops.
I have a system which I was planning on making in to a server, it is a MOBO taken out of a HP 110-023W which Specifications can be found here

I am Wanting to know, if the system would work, because I have a single CPU and dual cores upon that and windows 2016 says minimum 8 core.
If it wont work I have other plans for the beast.... A PF sence BOX.

Answer:Windows server 2016 questions?

8 cores is not a requirement - not sure where you saw that at.

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I'm running Windows Server 2012R2 Essentials and I started the http://server/connect on a Windows 7 Pro SP1 machine. The problem is that the connection process stopped...
If I manually start "C:\Windows\system32\Essentials\ClientDeploy.exe" -LaunchedFrom:resume -Server: the systems says "Your account is not a member of Administrators". The account I'm logged on with is __clientsetup__$.
Below is the log file, in the end it says "Add user to local admin group.". That clearly didn't happen (I checked). 
Any suggestions?

Cheers, Hans
[2184] 160314.125903.8868: ClientSetup: Exting ConnectorWizardForm.RunTasks
[4016] 160314.125903.8868: ClientSetup: JoinNetwork Tasks returned TaskStatus=Success
[4016] 160314.125903.8868: ClientSetup: Reboot Required
[4016] 160314.132027.0046: ClientSetup: Back from the Client Deployment Wizard
[4016] 160314.132027.0046: ServerDiscovery:HostsFileUpdater: Removing hosts file entry: SRV01
[4016] 160314.132027.0202: ClientSetup: Saving Wizard Data
[4016] 160314.132027.0358: ClientSetup: Set autologon temporary local admin.
[4016] 160314.132027.0358: ClientSetup: Creating user __clientsetup__$.
[4016] 160314.132027.0670: ClientSetup: Add user to local admin group.
[4016] 160314.132027.0826: ClientSetup: LookupAccountSid (computerName = [], sid = [S-1-5-32-544])
[4016] 160314.132027.0826: ClientSetup: NetLocalGroupAddMember (server = [], groupName = [Administrators], domainAcco... Read more

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I have a new client with one server running Windows SBS 2011and 5 computers
that log into it.  The server is in a very unstable state throwing tons of errors at every angle, so the office has chosen to buy a new server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. 

My question is ? can I
setup the new server offsite and domain then when I get to the office completely
back up the old server, create new local accounts on the client computers and copy the data (My Documents, Favorites, Desktop Files and etc.) over to the new local account,
shutdown the old server, bring up and copy all the data to the new server, and then have the new client local accounts join the new domain?  Since this is such a small new domain,
does Windows Server 2012 R2 Essential require a DHCP and DNS server or can the SonicWall handle that?

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I'm trying to help a friend to get their Windows Server 2012 Essentials setup up in their small business.

Server is operational, but I'm having issues connecting PCs to it...

I'm able to get to the server page by going to http://(servername)\connect
I can download the connector software, when I run it it finds the server it ask for user name and password.

After entering info it tries to connect for 20-60 seconds and fails with:

Cannot coonect this computer to the network
The Server is not available. Try connecting this computer again, or for more information, see troubleshooting connecting computers to the server.

any idea what could be causing?

could this be caused by network issues? They are using ATT DSL for internet access, with a ATT model, that is referred to as ""

They also have a zyxel smart switch, it seems that both ATT DSL and Zyxel switch are acting as DHCP, and both might be issuing IP addresses.

Another thing I noticed that they are using IP phones for all office phones.
All PCs are connected to the network with an IP phone as a device in the middle, that seems be slowing down the phones from normal gigabit to 10/100 only.

Any help would be grateful.

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I want to choose an OS for a media server, has to be Windows. I have valid keys. The server hw is pretty old, its an old SuperMicro with AMD Opteron, 6GB DDR2 etc.

Which of these is going to have the lowest resource usage? I don't need to use any pc backup features, just run it as a server with the usual tasks like Plex/Emby, downloading etc.

Answer:Server Essentials 2012 R2 vs Windows 10 vs WHS 2011?

2012 Essentials gets my vote but I bet it's less featureful than WHS2011. Based on how many strange happenings I have on my workstation at work with a clean non-OEM install of Win10 TH2, I would not use it for a server at all. Here's to hoping 2016 is better in reliability than the counterpart 10...

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I have a WSE I use for backing up and stoaring data. I have like 10 hard drives connected to it 8 of which are running drive pool.

The Motherboard is toast, and well although it wasn't having any issues keeping up with some cameras and file storage and backups, I guess it might be time to replace it with my 4770k office PC (ex gaming rig) and upgrade that machine.

If I simply swap out the MB's are boot off the Hard drive with WSE be able to adapt to the new hardware? Can I at least recover the CD Key because I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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Download: Windows Server Technical Preview | TechNet Evaluation Center

Release Notes: Release Notes: Important Issues in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Changelog: What's New in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4

I may gonna test it out inside VMware

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I am currently having an issue were Windows 7 computers can not connect to Server 2016 (domain). Right away I get a "The logon attempt failed".
I know that user information is correct, because I can connect using any Windows 10 computer. I have tried this from multiple Windows 7 computers, they all give the same error. I don't have any problems at all with Windows 10.

So, this seems to be isolated to Windows 7.
Has anyone seen this or know how to get around this issue?

I appreciate your help!

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Hi there,
I am currently testing the working of Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics. I have two virtual machines running windows server 2016 TP4. One VM for ATA Center, Second for Gateway. All the prerequisite steps are configured and port mirroring is working fine.
When i try to install Center setup the message come that " The specified Program requires newer version of windows"

I want to know that does Microsoft ATA supports windows server 2016?

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I am getting this error on one DC, not alot out there that I can find on this error.

Faulting application name: mmc.exe, version: 10.0.14393.953, time stamp: 0x58ba5cff
Faulting module name: GPOAdmin.dll, version: 10.0.14393.1066, time stamp: 0x58d9f2af
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00000000000be1c6
Faulting process id: 0x1120
Faulting application start time: 0x01d2b9ddb96a8ddb
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\system32\mmc.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\System32\GPOAdmin.dll
Report Id: 72683f7e-ea63-4447-8373-4e7c2c33e883
Faulting package full name: 
Faulting package-relative application ID: 

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Source One: System Center 2016 to launch in September

"We are pleased to announce that Microsoft System Center 2016 will be launched at the Microsoft Ignite conference in late September."​
Source Two: Windows Server 2016 new Current Branch for Business servicing option

"Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that delivers new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for the applications and infrastructure that power your business.

New capabilities will help you:

Increase security and reduce business risk with multiple layers of protection built into the operating system.
Evolve your datacenter to save money and gain flexibility with software-defined datacenter technologies inspired by Microsoft Azure.
Innovate faster with an application platform optimised for the applications you run today, as well as the cloud-native apps of tomorrow.
Windows Server 2016 includes 3 main editions:

Datacenter: This edition continues to deliver significant value for organisations that need unlimited virtualisation along with powerful new features including Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined storage and software-defined networking.
Standard: This edition is ideal for organisations that need limited virtualisation but require a robust, general purpose server operating system.
Essentials: This edition is designed for smaller organisations with less than 50 users.
These editions will be available for purchase on the October 2016 price list... Read more

Answer:Windows Server 2016 to launch in September

Nice share @Huracan wonder if it is going to be more secure than Windows 10.

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Not able to Install OS on HP Proliant DL20 Gen 9 Server, HDD not detected in Logical Drive..

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I am a first time windows server essentials user and i recently added my computer into the server but there is a conflict due to some kind of registry error and i can't delete the registry file from my computer since there is no user found on the permission for drop box. How do i gain permission to delete the registry

Answer:Registry Problem in Windows Server 2012 essentials

what do you mean by "added my computer into the server" as it's not clear what you did.
and clarify "there is no user found on the permission for drop box"
it should list local accounts and possibly the SID of a deleted domain user (if you mean you added your computer to the domain that Server 2012 Essentials creates)

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Also, I earlier posted a link to a reported work-around for the connector software forcing workstations on the Domain.

Look that over as well if you intend on proceeding with this.

I have not tested this work-around yet, but probably will tonight.

Answer:Windows Server 2012 Essentials has gone RTM and is live on TechNet

Refresh me again on why you're so adamant about not allowing workstations to join the directory?

When I come across biz networks that have servers and workstations all in workgroup mode...I LOL at the "pizza tech" that set those up.

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Historically I've used the following syntax with NetMon to determine which switch/switchport each of my server interfaces are connected to: 

nmcap.exe /network "<interfacename>" /DisableLocalOnly /capture SNAP.EtherType == 0x2000 /StopWhen /TimeAfter 2 min /file "<filename>.cap"

With MMA, I can just do a filter for LLDP, and get the same information, at least on my Windows 10 laptop that is.  When I run a capture either locally on a Windows 2016 server, or remotely against
a Windows 2016 server there are no LLDP packets captured.

Am I doing something wrong?

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How do you install .net framework 3.5 in windows server 2016 with Powershell?

I'm using this guide:

and I tried this command:

Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core -source C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\

and this command:

Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core -source C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\dotNetFx35

However, I get the following error and I have no idea how to use Powershell because I was never taught in college, but I did buy a book on it and haven't found time to read it:
PS C:\Users\Administrator> Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core -source C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\dotNetFx35
Install-WindowsFeature : The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed.
Installation of one or more roles, role services, or features failed.
One or several parent features are disabled so current feature can not be enabled. Error: 0xc004000d
At line:1 char:1
+ Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core -source C:\Users\Administra ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (@{Vhd=; Credent...Name=localhost}SObject) [Install-WindowsFeature],
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : DISMAPI_Error__Failed_To_Enable_Updates,Microsoft.Windows.ServerManager.Commands.AddWind

Success Restart Needed Exit Code Feature Result
------- -------------- --------- --------------
False... Read more

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Hi;My Vodafone USB modem isn?t getting picked up. I?m running Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition on an Acer Aspire E1-532 and I have the latest Vodafone app installed for the Windows 10 drivers, but it gives the following error:Service cannot be started. System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80040154): Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {BDFEE05B-4418-11DD-90ED-001C257CCFF1} failed due to the following error: 80040154 Class not registered (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040154 (REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG)). at System.RuntimeTypeHandle.CreateInstance(RuntimeType type, Boolean publicOnly, Boolean noCheck, Boolean& canBeCached, RuntimeMethodHandleInternal& ctor, Boolean& bNeedSecurityCheck) at System.RuntimeType.CreateInstanceSlow(Boolean publicOnly, Boolean skipCheckThis, Boolean fillCache, StackCrawlMark& stackMark) at System.RuntimeType.CreateInstanceDefaultCtor(Boolean publicOnly, Boolean skipCheckThis, Boolean fillCache, StackCrawlMark& stackMark) at System.Activator.CreateInstance(Type type, Boolean nonPublic) at System.Activator.CreateInstance(Type type) at Vodafone.NtService.Core.MbnApiListener.Start() at Vodafone.NtService.Core.DeviceManager.Initialize() at Vodafone.NtService.Core.NtServiceCore.In...The device is a K4203-Z and is not supported by Microsoft nor Vodafone on Windows Server.Can anyone help?

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Just bought new Spectre x360 convertible computer with Windows 2016. Left computer idle for a few minutes (15) and returned to screen saver.  Clicked on the enter button to get to password screen and entered password.  After entering it, the wheel of death started and kept spinning.  When I tried to turn the computer off, I may have accidentally hit stand by mode.  Then the screen started flashing.  I quickly unplugged everything.  It did come back on and I didn't lose anything.   What should I do so that this doesn't happen again?

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Windows server 2016 activation error 0xc004c020
 in Virtual server environment how can I fix this

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Download Windows 10 Client Connector Update for Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 as it now available at Microsoft.

Windows Server Essentials Connector is software that helps you connect your PC or Mac client to Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role enabled. It also enables and manages key client-side functionality of Windows Server Essentials Experience. On a PC, it provides client backup, a tray icon and the Launchpad, the Dashboard for management of remote servers, and a VPN profile with the capability of auto-dialing and monitoring client health from the server side. On a Mac, it provides health monitoring and the Launchpad.

Get it from Microsoft here.

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I recently replaced our Windows Small Business Server 2003 with a Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials server using the same domain name and same computer name. When I tried to join an existing Windows 7 Professional computer to the new domain,
i kept getting trust relationship errors. I logged on to the workstation using a local login and rejoined the domain but now all the items on the desktop have disappeared including the connection to Windows Live Mail. Can I restore this?

Allen K Dunn

Answer:Windows 7 Professional and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

According the issue, I suspect that your machine created a new user profile in this case. The user profile path is stored in registry, here
is the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList(check the picture).  Please check the value of ProfileImagePath.

Also, please take a screenshot of C:\Users and post is here.William Tan
TechNet Community Support

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The Client Connect to Windows server 2012 Essentials not working for 1 PC on a network. It didn't work a year ago when I set up the domain and the other 8 PC's connected, but the HDD died so I did a fresh install in Window 7 Pro SP1 and put in all the updates
and tried to connect agian.
The error is that it can't find the server.
I've tried everything else I've seen on the forums, IP v4 only, DNS is only set to the Windows Domain server.

below is the log for the connect attempt, does anyone have any ideas?

10/24/2016 15:11:38  edc] wmain: Start of Computerconnector
[10/24/2016 15:11:38  edc] wmain: Calling Computerconnector::ShowWizard()
[10/24/2016 15:11:38  edc] CComputerconnector::ShowWizard: Initializing common controls
[10/24/2016 15:11:38  edc] CComputerconnector::ShowWizard: Done initializing common controls
[10/24/2016 15:11:38  edc] Displaying the wizard
[10/24/2016 15:11:38  edc] CComputerconnector::AnotherInstallationErrorDlgProc: IDD_ANOTHER_INSTALLATION_ERR Page Initialization
[10/24/2016 15:11:38 1054] CComputerconnector::Run: Installation is ready to run
[10/24/2016 15:11:38 1054] GlobalData::Initialize (, , C:\Users\BPOWELL.JMS\Downloads\ComputerConnector(, 1033)
[10/24/2016 15:11:38 1054] ExpandEnvironmentStrings return (C:\Windows\Temp\Client Deployment Files\)
[10/24/2016 15:11:38 1054] CComputerconnector::Run: Running Task: Id=1 Description=Downloads the file
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The second technical preview of Windows Server 2016 will be launching in May as the first one nears its expiration date.

Windows Server is being developed and targeted for an early 2016 release, however, the latest and greatest preview builds haven't been released to the public by Microsoft since October 2014. At the same time, Windows 10 builds have been released regularly to Windows Insiders.

Answer:Second tech preview of Windows Server 2016 coming next month

If it's anything like the past two server editions, wait until R2...

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Hello everybody
So  have this problem/question, so  have
a windows server 2016 standard evaluation  14393.rs1_release170731-1934,
and  have  two
updates KB3211320 and KB3192137, and the windows  me uninstall the updates, doesn't not even appear the button "Uninstall",
anyone knows how to remove this?

thank you for your help :)

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kms activate of Windows7 Professional on Windows Server 2016 Standard.
We hava a problem.

We built kms host on Windows Server 2016 Standard.
We attempt to authenticate Windows 7 Professional.
But We can't authenticate  Windows 7 Professional
and ouccur below error messages.

 cscript slmgr.vbs /ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx???use Windows 7 professional kms key.
 error: 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid
and We confirmed below error messages.

 cscript slmgr.vbs /ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx???use Windows 10
 error: 0xC004F015 On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run 'slui.exe 0x2a 0xC004F015' to display

We want to solve this problem.
Please tell us this problem's soloution.

 1) We built kms host on Windows Server 2016 Standard(kms key)
 2) We built and enable to authenticate office 2010.

  Name : Microsoft Office 2010, KMSHost edition
  Description : Microsoft Office 2010 KMS, VOLUME_KMS channel
  Partial Product Key: Txxxx
  License Status: Licensed

Best regards.

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I am using Windows 10 so perhaps this is misdirected.  I will describe my problem because it seems to be the same with Windows 7 comments.
I have a Dell laptop Inspiron 15, 7000 series.  I have 2 additional monitors and I have docking stations at my primary office and my satellite office.  When I shut down to travel and then hook back up at either location, the desktop icons get re-arranged
in random order.  I do not change resolution manually but what I think happens is that any updates MS sends out and I have the computer process those updates, this changes the desktop icons.  That happens on occasion and I wonder if that is changing
my monitor size/display changes (from factory defaults).  Also, the re-arrangement of icons happens when I go from one office to another; no other changes done.  I would really like to make sure the icons stay in the location/placement that I locked
in on the laptop.

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Does it have a key logger, etc. ?

Answer:Is Windows Server 2016 loaded with spyware like Windows 10?

lol. Surely you're kidding? Of course it does.

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This come up in a lunchtime conversation and I think the answer is "no" but before I do any google searches I thought I'd ask the collective wisdom of [H].

Answer:Windows Server 2016 -- Free Upgrade a la Windows 10?


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I am aware that the latest MBSA version available is 2.3 which is not supported for Windows 10 and Windows server 2016. What is the best alternative for MBSA which can be used on Windows 10 and Windows server 2016 to identify the missing security patches.

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Installing a new Dell T130, 2016 Essentials in a small office to join a current domain and replace a 2008 server.
I have 21 days grace time from joining the domain I believe to make it the Primary Domain Controller.

Didn't even get to that point yet though. Just out of the box I booted it up, and hit Cancel when it got to
the auto config wizard as you are supposed to do when joining it to a current domain.

So that's all I did, didn't even rename the server or set a static IP yet, none of that.
Just hit cancel on that first config wizard.

The server went into some background configuration thing and disk usage is pegged.
The HD activity LED is solid green and the HDs (RAID-1) are just full on chattering away.

I just remoted in.... 12 hours after powering up and it still says it's running configuration when I try to open the
Dashboard to start configuring things. It won't let me.

Have setup a ton of servers going back to 2000 server. My first 2016 server, but I've never seen this kind of thing
before, anybody else seen this?


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We have an important LOB application (QuickBooks 2018) that requires that requires Internet Explorer 11 for QB to operate correctly.  Unfortunately our server runs Windows Server 2012 Essentials as an operating system (not R2).  From reviewing
various Microsoft documents, I realize that IE 11 is not supported on Server 2012.  However, we need to be able to run QuickBooks, which requires that version of IE.  Upgrading the server OS to 2012 R2 would take hours, because there is no in-place
upgrade option.  We would have to reinstall and configure the OS again from scratch.
Is there anything we can do to resolve this problem?
Thanks for any assistance you can offer.


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This isn't a serious problem, but it is annoying since it has never happened before and I'm used to having a Win XP custom desktop.

Anyway, I can't think of anything new that I've done to my computer as of late except install Spybot and other spyware detecting programs (Hijack This!, etc.) but now, whenever I restart or turn off my computer, my custom icons revert to default windows icons.

By this I mean:

My Computer
My Documents
My Network Places
Recycle Bin (full)
Recycle Bin (empty)

I can normally customize these by clicking right clicking on the desktop > Properties > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Change Icon

But, just as of this week, they have begun to revert back to the boring default windows icons.

I'm sure this is a simple problem but I can't for the love of God figure out how to fix it.

Any suggestions would be incredibly appreciated.

Answer:My Custom Desktop Icons Keep Reverting to Windows Default Icons

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I have a server with Windows Server 2016 Standard forTerminal Services access, and the user can't run the MBSA, appears always pop up for introduce Admin Credentials.... exist anyway to change this and user run the MBSA?

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Hello everyone, this is my first post and I count on your support.
I am currently trying to install Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition using Windows Deployment Services on two discs 136.12gb raid 1, but this will not let me because it says I need at least 150GB HDD to proceed with the installation, the same method is applied in virtualized machines in hyperv and Proxmox and does not throw me any error. (see attached image)
The server details are as follows:
DELL poweredge r610 128gb ramintel xeon 2.67ghz 6 core
4 hdd en raid 0 each independent:hdd 931gbhdd 931gbssd 446.42 gbhdd 1862.50 gb
2 hdd both raid 1:hdd 136.12 gbhdd 136.12 gb
I count on your support.
Thankful in advance.
Best regards.

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H5321GW didnt have proper signed driver for Windows Server 2016. Why? On windows 10 the driver is working (Version from 6/11/2015), i saved and pushed into the Windows Deployment System, but after under Windows Server 2016 didnt work, because of signature missing. When will be available updated driver for the mobile broadband?? .... And Bluetooth connect to PAN also dont have. (BTH\MS_BTHPAN)

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.. hoping I can get some help on this. Driving me nuts!

Since upgrading to Windows Server 2016, WOL doesn't work for me. I've ruled out network or router issues, since it works perfectly fine on my Windows 7 machine.

I have 3 NICs in a team, but that's irrelevant, since the WOL doesn't work even if I disabled the teaming. One thing I did notice is that when I shutdown my Windows 7 machine, the NICs remain lit. However, the NICs on my Windows Server 2016 completely turn off. I don't recall if that was the case when I was using 2012 on the same hardware, but it seems strange to me. If the NICs are completely off, I can't imagine there is a way for them to receive magic packets.

I checked the UEFI and all the necessary options are enabled for WOL. I also tried upgrading the NIC drivers on the server but that didn't help. I read that Windows 10 has a "fast startup" option that messes with WOL, so I disabled it in the Group Policy settings on the server, but that didn't work either.

If anyone has any ideas, I'd be grateful for the help.

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I went to install Windows Server 2016 on my Gigabyte 7PESH3 system, which is housed in a Supermicro 4U or pedestal SC747-1400B-TX chassis and I still cannot get an Operating System installed with this system. When I attempt to do so during create partition with the Windows installer after loading the driver by clicking load driver, browse, USB Drive(C, Windows 10 and Server 2016 Raid Driver Folder, starport64, and either Areca Starport-64 SATA RAID Host Adapter or Areca Virtual S/8I RAID Driver it still can't find the drives.

I have a similar problem with Linux except with Linux it's supposed to automatically find the driver on the USB flash drive for the most part and it can't because I don't know where to put it and no Linux distro tells you how or where to put it in the documentation, but instead just tells you how to do software RAID and that doesn't help. Also, everyone on here just tell me RAID just complicates things and that's not helping either. Therefore, basically I have about a 3000+ dollar 4U server that I can't use or get any use out of because I can't get a server operating system installed on it. Can anyone help or do I need to try Microsoft's forum about Windows Server 2016 and the appropriate Linux distro forum for help with the appropriate Linux distro.

Answer:Why can't Windows Server 2016 find the hard drives after loading RAID card driver?

Is it a nice new shiny driver from the manufacturers' website or off a disk that came in the box?

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I have a very frustrating problem. I want to use Windows 2008 R2 Terminalserver with Outlook 2016. 
Unfortunately every time a user starts Outlook, he installs the 64 bit Components. It seems there is one solution: Installing Windows Search Role and starting Outlook in Installation Mode. 
Seems to work. With that solution, there is another problem: It is not possible to search in pst-files. Windows error log says event ID 3036. Looks like, Windows Search cannot index pst-files (in network). The possible solution to disable indexing for Outlook
does not work because the configuration change got reseted after relogin. This might happen because of our Roaming users. 
As you can see, I have one problem. When Windows Search is installed, pst-files are not searchable. When Windows Search is not installed, Outlook 64 bit Components get installed every start of Outlook. 

Is there anybody who has other ideas for a solution? 

Thank you for your help. 


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Having an odd problem which I do not know how to fix..

I don't really have any icons at all, except for Windows Store & Microsoft Edge. That's it.
I've tried running sfc /scannow and rebuilding the icon cache but that's not helped.
Tried running a virus scan/anti-malware too.
I have tried googling around but can't seem to find much as it I can only find stuff that relates to desktop icons.
I'm using Windows 10 Pro (14393)
Any ideas? If you need any extra information, let me know!

EDIT: I have read that it may be caused by a faulty update, however, I cannot roll back as I have not backed up. And to top it all off there are no updates available.
Also. The start screen is completely fine. No errors there.

If i try and browse for a file using another program, all the icons are fine. What is happening?

Answer:No Icons at all on Windows 10 Pro (14393) (NOT DESKTOP ICONS)

Comes and goes on my PC. Sometimes logout-login works, sometimes not. Ditto restart. From memory seems to happen when I'm using Firefox 50 after an hour or so, or downloading many wallpapers. Haven't tried to fix it yet.

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I'm going to buy a new license of one of these product, so any suggest please?
I have used Bitdefender, Avast, Kaspersky ( about 3 years ago), I haven't used Norton and Trend Micro.

Answer:KIS 2016 vs NIS 2016 vs BIS 2016 vs Avast IS 2016 vs Trend Micro IS 2016

Out of all these,and your prerequisites,I would go with Kaspersky!
PS:This is from personal experience,and other members may have varying opinions!!

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Hi, I bought a new lenovo G500s essentials note book. It's a freedos system.  I am trying to install windows server 2003 in it. But I am getting blue screen error . error message like ths, Technical Information: STOP: 0*0000007B (0*FFFFFADF2CE323C0, 0*FFFFFFFFC0000034, 0*0000000000000000, 0*0000000000000000) Can someone please help. Regards,Priya.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Blue screen error while trying to install windows server 2003 in Lenovo G500s essentials Notebook

Hello and welcome,
The Google says that error means "INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE"
You could try going to BIOS and setting the HDD mode to "compatibility".

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Hello all, I'm not sure if this is an operating system question or more of a software development question.

Anyway, I have a legacy COM service, a COM server that runs as a windows service, that was written for Windows NT 4.0. I have managed to use the service on both Windows 2000 and Windows XP unchanged. However, I now wish to run the service on a Windows Server 2003 machine and I can't seem to get it to work.

This is what happens:-
1. Install the service and set it to log on using a domain account.
2. Start the service from the services.msc applet.
3. Start the client application and connect to the service.
4. At this stagte the client applicaiton freezes for approximately 60 seconds and then returns with the error message "Server execution failed".

I've also tried using the client whilst the service is stopped. In this case when I connect the service is started but I get the same error.

The development team also provided a standalone application that hosts the exact same COM objects, mainly for debugging purposes. If I use the standalone application everything works fine.

Its all very strange.

Does anyone have any idea what the cause might be? And preferably a solution.


Answer:DCOM service on Windows Server 2003 - "Server execution failed" when connecting

I found the answer.

The above discussion says that a service must enter a running state before a COM server calls CoRergisterClassObject. So I guess its a development problem.

Not sure why it only manifests on Windows Server 2003 though.


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Dear All,
As I have found many helpful tips and solutions on this website before, I do hope that somebody can come up with a solution to include Office Outlook desktop version to the Windows 10 share menu (eg. in the Photo App - so you could send pictures through Outlook Office rather than the windows Mail app)?
Would be great to hear back from you with a useful solution
kind regards

Answer:Include Office Outlook 2016 Desktop in Windows 10 Share menu

Unfortunately, there seems to be no solution. Share options are limited to Store apps only.

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I own a one year old Toshiba Tecra i5 laptop.
Recently when I save anything to the desktop, I can save the file but not a new shortcut.

I can no longer create a new desktop icon manually, and new icons are no longer created
automatically as they always had been in the past.

I work off my desktop a lot, so this has become a real pain. Any ideas?
A solution would be greatly appreciated.

GR, alias ezBoomer

Answer:Can't create new desktop icons when saving to desktop in Windows 7

Here are some things you can try.

Click on the desktop and press F5.
Righ-click on the desktop > view > and uncheck "show desktop icons" then check it again.
Reload the icon cache.
In windows explorer make sure hidden files are shown. To do this go to:
Tools > folder options > view > select show hidden files, folder, and drives.
then go to C:\Users\username\AppData\Local (replace "username" to your username)
and delete IconCache.db
Then reboot.

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Hey guys,

I'm trying to connect to a server from my Windows XP Pro laptop. I think it's run on a mac, but anyway..

To connect to it from a mac, all you have to go is goto the "connect to server" page, put in the IP, and then it will prompt you for your username and password... but when I try and add a network place in windows, it needs for information (like ftp://). It's not FTP, or HTTP, and "//" doesn't work... I think it's a standard share... but smb:// doesn't work either...

Any ideas?

Answer:Connecting to a Mac Server with Windows?

...what are you trying to do with this server? Mount a network shared drive? Open a terminal? Bake cookies? We have to know what this server's function is.

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I currently have both Mac's and PC's connected to an NT server. The PC's seem to problem free. But, the Mac's can't access anything on the server (though they can talk to each other). Everything was working fine, but when the server was rebooted we got two error messages. The first was Event ID 29 which said that the server was releasing a node acquired on an adapter (presumably something to do with the mac's?) because the connected network is not seeded by any router on the net. The second message was that the server was unable to acquire a node on the same adapter.

If anyone could help, it would be greatly appreciated. I'm just a beginner, so I'm in a little over my head here.


Ps. The mac's are using AppleTalk to talk (or not talk as the case may be) to the server.

Answer:connecting mac's to windows nt server (4.0)


I know very little about macs but I recently read that for macs to talk to nt you have to set up there own area? suggest you look up area in mac help?

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desktop shortcut has disappeared. opened settings > system > apps & features. found the application listed. tried to drag to desktop or click to open or move but the only thing that happened was an uninstall option was shown. went to start bar, opened "all apps" and scrolled though listings but the application was not listed.
took the laptop to the local Geek Squad. they could not access the app either. they downloaded the app again. it showed under "apps & features" but not in "all apps". they were stumped and said they would do some research, the tech said he was familiar with windows 10
the two most important applications that can't be accessed are Garmin Express and Netgear's push2tv . other than this issue windows 10 appears to be operating fine

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I have a small network of computers that connect to a domain. All of the computers on the domain are currently running XP Pro. The server is running Windows Server 2003 SP2. I have attempted to add a windows 7 machine to the network, but when I type the name of the domain into the dialog box, it always times out. Is there anything that I need to do to either the server or the client in order to get it to connect?


Answer:Connecting to Windows Server 2003

Have you read the Win 7 procedures for accessing a network, joining a network?They are a bit different than those for XP.Networking in Win 7Louis

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can someone help me on how would i connected 20 PC RUNNING XP PRO TO IN WINDOWS 2003 SERVER?




Answer:Connecting XP PRO to Windows 2003 Server

I would put router to the switch and connect everything to the switch.
Domain vs Workgroups
1. One location for all user accounts, groups and computers, passwords are same for all computers.
2. Easier and quicker to maintain
3. Scales easier if you add more users and computers

1. Requires a windows server
2. Complex to set up

1. Useful for small networks (10 or less computers)
2. Very easy to setup
3. No additional knowledge required
4. No server required.

1. Need to setup account and password on each and every machine.
2. Passwords can become out of sync, if changed on one computer and not others
3. No easily scalable. If using more than 10 computers, the number of accounts to set up increases a lot more
4. More time required to setup for new users!
5. If using file sharing, you may reach the 10 max simultaneous connections limit

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Windows 7, connecting to server issue[RESOLVED]

Ok so, I don't know a whole lot about networking and servers, not my expertise.. But if someone knows a fix/could explain it to me I'm sure I could understand..

So the problem is, here at work we fix peoples computers, I'm a technician, and we got a new laptop in, just set it up, it installs Windows 7 64Bit Home Premium.

It is under the workgroup: WORKGROUP (default) I've tried switching it to MSHOME (XP's default) Didn't make a difference to my problem. This is the first W7 computer I have had a problem with regarding servers.

And I cannot seem to connect to the server with the username/password I always use. I try it on other machines (other W7, XP, Vista) I connect fine, can see the Data. With this laptop however, I type the Username and the Password and it comes back: "Login Failure: unknown user name and or bad password."

I have made sure to type it slow, properly, and without caps lock or anything. Made sure all the keys were typing the correct letters/numbers.

When it fails to connect to the server it gives me 2 options. either type the password again, logging in under OWNER-PC\***** (OWNER-PC being the computer name, logging in under the username of ***** which isn't the actual name just, example) and I can try another password.

Second option is to type another user name and password, tried both ways, neither lets me in.

I get the internet fine on i... Read more

Answer:Windows 7, connecting to server issue

EDIT: Fixed itself after a reload. I guess for some reason the networking drivers/files weren't working properly on the first installation..? But I reloaded off the Hard Drive partition and it seems to be working fine now.Click to expand...

Well, thanks for the feedback!

just an fyi comment:
Win/7 has a much better firewall and implements three profiles
Home private Lan
but your issue for user/pwd is(was) independent of FW.

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Hi, I have been trying to install a 3rd party download program. I download the install files, program runs, asks me for login info, I enter the login info and I get, can not connect to our login server error.

I run the same program at work on windows xp and I have no problem. I ran another program on windows 7 and I get the same error, can not connect.

I shut down all firewalls. I disabled vpn, not running - using main proxy.

Used different modes in windows 7 - windows xp, windows vista. Nothing seems to work.

Do I need to shut somthing off or turn somthing on? it seems that I cant connect to outside program servers (their login).

Sorry so long, dont know what to do. Thanks for any info.

Answer:Windows 7 not connecting to login server?

I would ask a moderator to put this onto the Networking subforum. Either that or ask the people with the log in server what the issue is. Chances are you're not the only one who can't install.

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Now! ESET has just released their newest security suite: ESET Smart Security 9 (2016 Edition). These products are on the top of security suites which are produced by giants on security companies. Most of them released 2016 editions of their products. I want to compare on their newest products with new features (such as on ESET: Banking Protection, Bitdefender: Ransomware Protection and new Firewall, etc...) and some enhanced features.

And now, which is your choose for your security? Please let me know your opinion!

Answer:Battle: Kaspersky IS 2016 vs ESET Smart Security 2016 vs Bitdefender IS 2016 vs Emsisoft IS 10

its hard choice choose between Eset,Kaspersky and Emsisoft.
in fact i never test Eset 2016, but i tested kaspersky and Emsisoft, Kaspersky 2016 really go lighter than Emsisoft(now i am Emsisoft useres)
by your budget and your interest u can choose Emsisoft or kaspersky.

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I'm trying to set up Outlook 2016 with a account thats been fine working with Hotmail connector for previous versions of Outlook (2003, 2010)

Now I believe the Hotmail connector does not support Outlook 2016.

So that's fine I entered my details into Outlook for it to automatically setup for me. It uses Exchange ActiceSync?

My problem is while using the account like this it will ONLY sync my inbox, no other folders.

Ive tried entering IMAP settings for hotmail but once i click next to test account Outlook just crashes everytime, and won't open until the mail account i created is deleted via Control Panel>Mail.

I have tried POP3 and this works but i really don't want to use it.

Any suggestions?


Answer:Outlook 2016 connecting hotmail problems

While setup under Exchange ActiveSync, this is what I am looking at under File>Options>Advanced>Send/Receive>Edit Send/Receive.

Like it says, only Inbox is to be synced.

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Hello friends,   my client system was recently upgraded to Windows Vista and this wasn't connecting with Windows2003 server R2 SP2 server through RDC... am not getting why it was...  it was showing this behaviour only with vista.      please help me on this...

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i have setup a linux server using is on a windows 98 second edition network.the linux pc can see the windows pcs but the windows pc cant see the linux pc on the network.can someone please help me.

Answer:connecting windows 98 second edition to a linux server

i'm nut running ubuntu, so i can't tell you weather they have any gui config tools, but i can start you off.

you need to have smbd running (samba)
you can start it with:

"sudo /etc/init.d/samba start"

the default workgroup in ubuntu is MSHOME, but you'll need to change that if you use something else.
samba will require a username and password to access the share.
samba configuration is in /etc/samba/smb.conf

ubuntu may have a configuration utility for "point and click", but hopefully this is some help

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Okay so far I've setup windows built-in VPN server (using this GUIDE), forwarded ports on my router to port 1723 to my computers local IP and enabled PPTP passthrough. Created 2 rules in windows firewall to allow both TCP 1723 and GRE 47. I've even turned windows firewall off to see if I could connect that way. Still nothing. My phone will say connecting for about a 50 seconds then disconnect. Contacted Motorola and they said that the router will forward GRE with PPTP passthrough enabled, thta its most likely a Windows issue. I'm using a Galaxy S4 and the router is a Motorola SBG6580. I'm totally lost. No errors or anything from android or Windows.

Answer:Windows 7 server to Android VPN client not connecting

Maybe the following link will help. Any questions let me know.

How to: Windows 7 incoming VPN from Android ? Damian's Blog

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Please Help!
I'm trying to add a new computer into our small office LAN using Windows 2000 server. From the new computer, I can ping the server, but the server can't ping the new computer. I have other computers/server able to view each other & share files by using the NetBEUI Protocol. I guess my question is, "How do I get the server to recognize the ip address for the new computer and let me log on as an existing user?" I'd appreciate any advice.

Another thing, I tried logging in on the new machine as an existing user on our LAN, and it was almost like I was a temp user or guest. I had to re-map network drives every time, but I could see the server files. I just want to be able to log in and have the drives mapped automatically.

Answer:issues connecting to Windows 2000 server

NetBEUI is not a routable protocol. You need TCP/IP as your network protocol and all computers have to be part of the same IP network and subnet..

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I have a new pc. Dell Inspiron 3650
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz 3.41 GHz
16.0 GB (RAM)
64-Bit Op. Sys. x64 based processor
I installed the office pro plus 2016 with a key from seller.
It installed fine on 12 7 16 then today 12 8 16 none of the office programs will open.
The home and Student 2016 also does the same thing. I installed the pro and the home and student does the same thing.
The pc came with Win10 home I purchased from Dell Win10 pro. I called Dell support and they helped me to install pro from the usb.
One thing I never activated the home and student before downloading the purchased office pro. the office pro key worked so I didn't think I needed it.
After all the trouble with the pro I uninstalled pro and tried to use the home and student. the product key worked on it also. but the same thing happens
I get the error box
Microsoft Word has stopped working
windows is checking for a solution to the problem
then it changes to
Microsoft Word has stopped working
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly.
Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.
needless to say I have heard nothing.
Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
Thank you.
Dell user since my first 266.

Answer:Home and Student 2016, and Office Pro Plus 2016 won't work in windows 10 pro

Also I tried to add screen shots of the error message but there is no button to add pics

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Hello, I have connected an external HD to learn Windows Server 2016. But the display is too bright. The control keys are not helping. Any solution or driver or changes need to be done in the Server 2016 environment? Thank you

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So I finally have all my drivers installed after doing a clean install of Windows 7. Now I need to know the Essentials that I basically have to need to run some programs. Because I can't install Skype or Snag It or anything really like that, I keep getting erros. This is all I have installed so far (Picture):

Thanks in advance! :P

Answer:Windows 7 Essentials (Not Microsoft Essentials) After clean install

What error's are you getting?

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I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain in the dmz. I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain in the network. I can access the one in the network to the dmz without a problem, but I cannot access the one in the dmz to the network. The ip addresses in the network are different than the ip address in the dmz. I fowarded the ports but the dmz box still gets blocked. I tried to do it by VPN after setting the router to accept VPN. The connection still gets blocked. I set all the firewall settings.

I'm not sure where to go from here, any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

Answer:Windows Server 2012 R2 connecting 1 domain to another through 2 routers

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So I have a Dell PowerEdge server running ClearOS. I have multiple Flexshares set up on said server. This server also acts as my home's DCHP server. Internet from the
street comes in to the server and then goes to a switch which then goes to a few computers and a router. The computers, since they are connected directly to the switch, can access the files on the server with ease. No problem there. I have the router set up
so that I can access the internet from my phone. That works as well. But just recently, I got a hold of a wifi adapter for a Windows XP Pro SP3 computer. This computer connects to the router. Now, I want to be able to look at and edit files in these shares
on the server from the Windows XP computer but every time I try to do just that, it says it can't find the server. Is there a reason behind this? The router has an IP address of and the server has an IP of I can ping the server's IP
address just fine. Why can't I connect to it though? The workgroup is identical for all of the computers. 

In Calculus, 1+1=0.

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I have vmware installed on my computer and set up multiple test environments to help my studying along. I have a SQL lab set up. It consists of a 2 Server 2003 machines. The one is running AD and RRAS. It has two network cards, one bridged to a physical NIC on my computer with the subnet and the other a VMWare virtual switch on a different subnet, The second lab machine is just running SQL Server and has one virtual nic connected to the subnet. I am trying to connect to this SQL machine with ip (static).
My host computer is running windows 7 pro 64 bit. From this instance I can open a command prompt and successfully ping the SQL Server by IP. I added the name to my Hosts and LMHosts file and can now ping using the actual computer name, SQLSVR, as well.
One more piece to this. I have a Linksys router which is running Tomato v1.27. On it I have added a static route saying the subnet traffic should be directed to That is the IP for my AD/RRAS server in the SQL VMWare lab.
I hope all of these details make sense. I am not completely green but not a veteran yet so I hope my information makes sense.
I can successfully open, what do you call it, when you open your start menu and choose Computer - explorer right? Anyway, within that I can put in the ip address, put in credentials, SQLDMN\administrator and password temp, and see the mssqlserver share. I can then add the admin... Read more

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Hi there,

I am testing some of our computers on our school system and got to the stage of joining it to our domain. They joined fine but the domain had never been connected to vista or windows 7 so it tried to upgrade itself. This crashed the server because it only had permission to change the sub domain. Is there any way to join without this effect happening or could someone at least tell me in more detail what happened?

Answer:Connecting Windows 7 to Windows Server 2003 Domain.

Which server version(s) are you running over there? Server 2003 or Server 2003 R2?

I work in IT at my uni, and we have an eclectic mix - but I have joined countless machines here that are running Vista to the AD (previously it was Server 2003, but we recently (2 months ago?) upgraded our DCs to 2003 R2 - and have never had this happen before....

however, I could talk to our network admin tomorrow to see if he had already previously performed some sort of patch to allow for Vista based machines to join the domain....

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windows insider was downloaded from store
while clicking in get preview builds- one server error is coming
server error
A connection error prevented us from downloading programs for you. please check the date/time on your device and its network connection and try again

Answer:why server error coming in lumia 540 while connecting windows insider?

Are you connecting via data or using wifi?

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I have set up a new Dell Laptop which is only 2 weeks old, got it with Windows 7 Pro installed but upgraded it to Windows 10 straight away (Dell got the order wrong and shipped it with a Win 7 Downgrade), installed Office 2016 Home and Business the every few days the icons and menus disappear in Excel 2016 (screenshot below), the only way to get them back is to, shutdown excel and then restart Windows 10, it then works for a couple of days then the corruption comes back, and the user has to restart the laptop again.
Very frustrating as we replaced the users previous Windows 7 laptop running Office 2010 with this new one to speed things up, infact its actually slowed the user down with all these restarts.
Does anyone have any ideas how to fix this?
Thanks in advance!

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I have set up a new Dell Laptop which is only 2 weeks old, got it with Windows 7 Pro installed but upgraded it to Windows 10 straight away (Dell got the order wrong and shipped it with a Win 7 Downgrade), installed Office 2016 Home and Business the every few days the icons and menus disappear in Excel 2016 (screenshot below), the only way to get them back is to, shutdown excel and then restart Windows 10, it then works for a couple of days then the corruption comes back, and the user has to restart the laptop again.
Very frustrating as we replaced the users previous Windows 7 laptop running Office 2010 with this new one to speed things up, infact its actually slowed the user down with all these restarts.
Does anyone have any ideas how to fix this?
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Excel 2016 Ribbon Icons Corrupting

We're on Office 365 and Windows 2010 and we have just started seeing this same symptom. Closing and re-opening is the only unsatisfactory solution we've found.

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When I pin Office 2016 to my taskbar, then click on it opens a new icon on the taskbar instead of using the one already there.

Also, not sure if this is related. But when I right click on this new icon and go to the "tasks" menu with the "New email message, new appointment, etc" links none of them work. Nothing happens when I click them.

Tried repairing and reinstalling 2016 with no luck.

Answer:Duplicate office 2016 icons in taskbar

Try unpinning the first icon. Then open outlook and re-pin the icon that shows.

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Question: win 2016 server

anyone know if windows 2016 server supports dx12. i need a os for my gaming rig and would like to have dx12. my curent os is 2012 r2

Answer:win 2016 server

Why would you use Windows Server for a gaming pc?

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I have installed the Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 and converted my account to a MS account. Id like to set a pin to logon but don't have the option. The option to add a PIN should be here AFAIK.

Is it possible? I've tried setting "Turn on a convenience PIN sign-in" which it says is deprecated and "Use Microsoft passport for work" (which supersedes it) in gpedit.msc but still don't get the option.

It seems from this blog you should be able to it but I can't figure out how Manage identity verification using Windows Hello for Business (Windows 10)

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I have installed the Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 and converted my account to a MS account. Id like to set a pin to logon but don't have the option. The option to add a PIN should be here AFAIK.

Is it possible? I've tried setting "Turn on a convenience PIN sign-in" which it says is deprecated and "Use Microsoft passport for work" (which supersedes it) in gpedit.msc but still don't get the option.

It seems from this blog you should be able to it but I can't figure out how Manage identity verification using Windows Hello for Business (Windows 10)

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Whenever I reboot this laptop the Desktop Icons are not visible.
If I right mousebutton click then View -> Show Desktop Icons, then the tick box is already checked.
If I unckeck it and then recheck it, then all the icons reappear; tedious!
Please can you help.

Thank you - Mike

Answer:Desktop Icons Missing on restart but "show desktop icons" is checked

Try the following:

Go to the Control Panel.

Click System and Security > Find and Fix Problems.

On the left, click "Change setting"s and turn "Computer Maintenance" to "OFF".

Hope it help.

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Hi everyone,
I'm having problems connecting my XPS13 2016 model to a second monitor since this morning.
The thing is it was working fine till yesterday, but from this morning my computer no longer recognizes the second monitor at all. It is connected via DA200 adapter to an I-O DATA LCD-AD172SEB
Had anyone else had the same problem?
Any help? Please!

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Hello, I'm going to finally be in-charge of a win 2k3 server that was recently absolutely destroyed by a hacking attempt and trojan download. I'm getting a fresh install and I'm curious on recommendations on basic security I should impliment.

I'm looking at a good software firewall, a good anti-virus program, but I'm curious on what else one should be looking for. I'm very new to this, and I'm learning a lot each and every day, but I hope that I can get a little guidance on this from fellow forumers, thanks

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We have an exchange server at my place of employment. When setting up an email in outlook, it will list the account as [email protected] This means is it going out to the inernet server and coming back into our network. When it is working right is just shows the users first and last name, underlined. The only way I have found to fix this is to remove and add the user repeatedly until it works correctly. Anyone have any suggestions!?

Answer:Outlook not connecting to intranet exchange server, only internet server!

I don't have any credentials with Microsoft Exchange, but just because it says [email protected] does not mean it's going out and back in. That can be local as well.

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Okay I have been tinkering around with setting up a craftbukkit minecraft server on Windows Server 2008 R2. Since I know there is a community here, and that some of you have actually ran there own server I was wondering if anyone would mind lending me a hand.

Okay I already have a server configured and have ran it from my desktop. Now I want to run it from 2k8 R2. Problem is I cannot connect to the minecraft server once I moved it to the server. I have opened up the firewall for minecraft and still no dice. Is there anything else I need to do to allow connections.

I have tried to connect locally, and through my external IP, even specifying the specific port. I have also configured port forwarding which did not give me a problem when running the server from the desktop. I have also installed Java 64bit on this server as well.

Thank you for you help.

Sorry for posting this in the wrong sub forum. Moderators please move this to the correct forum. Thanks.

Answer:Problem connecting to my minecraft server after migrating it to a Win2k8 R2 Server

Moved per request.

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I just recently got a Dell Dimension C521 (Athlon 64 X2 3800, 2GB memory, Vista Business) at my job. We have a Windows 2003 server upstairs that all our computers connect to. The server has some group policies, some software installation stuff, and some other things that it does on the client computers. So I added a computer reference for this computer on the server and then connected this one to the domain. I logged on, and it started doing some of the auto install stuff (setting up Internet Options, etc.). It took a really long time. I thought it was just because this was the first time this computer had connected to the server is why it took so long. But for the past week that I've been logging onto the server, it's been taking this Vista computer around eight minutes to finally get done loading! It gets through the logon screen and gets to the desktop, and then it just sits there, the hard drive running. I'll sit and wait, and about a minute later, the internet icon comes up. I try to click on IE, and it just sits there for about three minutes, and then finally, IE will come up...but I still can't do anything with it for another two-three minutes. See what I mean?

And if I try hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del, it sits there for about a minute and then comes up with a "Logon process has failed to create the security options dialog. Failure - security options." (seems like the security policy hasn't been put into place yet or something, who knows)

So my ques... Read more

Answer:Vista Takes Around 8 Minutes To Start Up When Connecting To Windows 2003 Server

Try checking the Event Viewer for errors around the login time (Go to Start and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter). Check all the logs for anything that might look significant.

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