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Error 1327 Invalid Drive when trying to install an Application

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When I trying to install an application in Windows 7, I get the message Error 1327 Invalid Drive H:\ and the installation aborts.

There appears to be a policy running that is re-assigning the default “User Shell Folder” path to the H:\ Drive.

The workaround is to temporary change your shell folders back to the default location. An easy way to do it, it is by changing the User Shell Folders registry key. Be careful when editing your Windows registry, so use the following steps at your own risk.

1. Run regedit.exe

2. Locate the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

3. Click on File, Export and save this key to your desktop.

4. Change all entries that uses your mapped drive (H: in my case) to the default one (C:\).

5. Now, Install your application without closing Regedit.

6. After installation completes, restore your User Shell Folders registry info by double clicking on the file saved on step #3.

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Unlock Locked Files With Unlocker

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Unlocker helps delete locked files with error messages including “Cannot delete file: Access is denied,” “There has been a sharing violation,” “The source or destination file may be in use,” and more.

This video was a bit more difficult than most. It isn’t super intuitive but it does the job. It does not have an interface that gives you information and reacts differently depending on how you’re using it.

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Ref: https://forums.majorgeeks.com/threads/unlock-locked-files-with-unlocker.315036/

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Windows Update MiniTool

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I ran into an issue where a machine wouldn’t download updates from Microsoft, the machine had internet connection and was newly built so i know there were updates pending but Windows update wouldn’t pick anything up! I found this handy little tool that resolved my issue and i thought id share!

Windows Update MiniTool is a free alternative to the standard Windows Update, it puts you in control of updates by allowing you to search, install and block Windows updates as you please.

Windows Update MiniTool Will provide the follow options:

  • Check for updates
  • Download updates
  • Installing Updates
  • Deleting installed updates
  • Hiding unwanted updates
  • Get direct links to the *.cab / *.Exe / *.Psf update files
  • View update history
  • Configure Automatic Updates
  • This tool is like the external powershell module PSWindowsUpdate, but much more advanced and user-friendly features
  • The tool relies and use same WU infrastructure, all downloading are through WU — it’s not a downloader

 

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Ref: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_update_minitool.html

 

Active DirectoryTips

Create Local Administrator Security Group with GPO

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If you want certain members to be local administrators of computers, you can do it through Group Policy. The idea here is to create a Local Admin security group and then a GPO that adds that security group to the local Administrators group of the computer.

CREATE THE SECURITY GROUP

  1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers
  2. Select your Security Group OU
  3. Right Click and select New > Group
  4. Give the Group a name, I used “Helpdesk_Engineers”

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Give users or groups delegate access to BitLocker Recovery information in Active Directory

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Symptoms

When you use Active Directory to store BitLocker Recovery passwords, this information by default is only available for members of the Domain Administrators group. Adding Read permissions to the Recovery Information objects does not enable other groups to read the BitLocker recovery passwords from Active Directory.

Resolution

In order to delegate access to BitLocker Recovery Information objects in Active Directory to users that are not a member of the Domain Administrators group, Full Control access must be provided to these users. This can be done by a member of the Domain Administrators group using the Delegation of Control Wizard in the Active Directory Users & Computer console (DSA.MSC).

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Deploy Firefox with SCCM

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In this guide, You will learn how to script a Firefox Install for use with SCCM and other deployment utilities. I will show you to install Firefox on the computers in your network with pre-configured settings and extensions, suppressing all unnecessary prompts and first-run pages.

Step 1 – Download your preferred version of Firefox – for my company i used 54.0.1.

I recommend you use the Extended Support Release (ESR) package, as it is intended for large groups and organizations that need to mass deploy Firefox in a desktop environment. This version is also more stable and secure than the regular version of Firefox, which is intended for personal use.

Step 2 – Create a new folder to place the installer, scripts, and extensions. For this guide, I will be saving all the necessary files to the following location:

\\YourSERVER\YourFolder\Mozilla\

ScriptsTips

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 11

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The guide below will explain how to Uninstall Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 using add/remove programs and using the Command Line Options (CMD).

Uninstall Internet Explorer 11 under add/remove programs

1.Click the Start button, type Programs and Features in the search box, and then select View installed updates.

2.Under Unistall an update, scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section.

3.Right-click Internet Explorer 11, click Uninstall, and then, when prompted, click Yes.

4.Click one of the following:

Restart now (to finish the process of uninstalling Internet Explorer 11 and restore the previous version of Internet Explorer)

Restart later

Using the Command Line Options (CMD)

FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*11.*.mum /c “cmd /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart /quiet”

Using the Windows Update Standalone Installer (Wusa.exe)

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2841134 /quiet

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How to Fix DHCP server Authorization failed with Error Code: 20070

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We’re gonna solve the DHCP server authorization issue in this post. Error code looks like below:

“The authorization of DHCP Server failed with Error Code: 20070. The DHCP service couldn’t contact Active Directory.”

 

This is possibly due to user permissions on AD. Ensure you input Domain Administrator (DA) Credentials in the DHCP Commit dialog box, instead of proceeding with logged in account. There are chances that though you logged into DC using some user credentials, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are DA/EA. It could just be an account Admin locally, but not on Domain/forest. Check the DA user in ADUC and ensure you input those credentials to solve this.

Other things you should try if the credentials are DA is, ensure AD services are up and running. Check launching ADUC, Try Restarting DHCP Server services, Try re-installing DHCP from server manager. If you still encounter any issues, please message here, so we can further look into it to get it resolved.

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BGInfo – Hostname not changing

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What is BGinfo

The genuine Bginfo.exe file is a software component of Sysinternals BGInfo by Microsoft.
Bginfo.exe is an executable file that runs Sysinternals BGInfo, a tool that let users display system information on the desktop background. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. BGInfo is a simple utility program for Windows that automatically displays currently system status and important information about the computer directly on the desktop background.

 

If you are having a problem with BGinfo displaying the incorrect information it is because the Registry Keys have not been updated.

For this specific issue you will need to update the key in the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ActiveComputerName\ComputerName

ScriptsTips

Remove Office 2010 with Batch File Script

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Below is a script I have written that will allow the Uninstall of Office 2010 to be done Silently. I used this script in conjunction with SCCM 2012 as there was a requirement to remove Office 2010 from a few hundred machines.

The script will Map a network location to the machine and allow the setup.exe file to use the Office Config.XML file.