Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Explorer Network Browsing

The Computer Browser service relies on the SMBv1 protocol to populate the Windows Explorer Network node (also known as "Network Neighborhood"). This legacy protocol is long deprecated, doesn't route, and has limited security but we all tend to make use of it when looking for a share on a remote computer. The Change In Windows … Continue reading Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Explorer Network Browsing

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Notifications grayed out and settings closes immediately after opening? – Possible solution

I've come across a few people who had this problem and after doing some cleanup with the registry last night it happened to me (again). The Microsoft forum and other tech fora are full of these questions and i don't know during which night every freaking problem on your pc would be solved by running … Continue reading Notifications grayed out and settings closes immediately after opening? – Possible solution

File association configuration in Windows 10

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Before Windows 10, an application could check default apps, ask for user consent and set default app programmatically using a Windows API. The problem with the previous sentence is the word could. The application should have checked it, should have asked it and then changed it. But some programs skip the user consent and set the … Continue reading File association configuration in Windows 10

Kodi slow after Windows upgrade?

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Yesterday my laptop received the Redstone 3 update and things worked fine. Today i noticed some drivers were being 'updated' and made things really bad. My Intel Graphics driver had been downgraded to some version from 2016... I couldn't use Kodi on the machine anymore because Kodi thought I didn't have a DirectX 11 capable … Continue reading Kodi slow after Windows upgrade?

Test Windows 7, 8 or 10 using free virtual machines from Microsoft

Connectix, a company known for their x86 emulator pioneering, was acquired by Microsoft in 2003. A few years later Microsoft released Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server under their own brand and created a pathway to Hyper-V. You might remember something like Windows XP mode when Windows 7 was introduced. It was nothing more … Continue reading Test Windows 7, 8 or 10 using free virtual machines from Microsoft

Hyper-V Server 2016 for a workgroup environment – Part 1

Pop quiz: Which Operating System edition from Microsoft has been free for use throughout it's almost 10 year long lifespan? Microsoft Hyper-V Server. What is it? Hyper-V is Microsoft's hardware virtualization product. It lets you create and run a software version of a computer, called a virtual machine. Each virtual machine acts like a complete computer, … Continue reading Hyper-V Server 2016 for a workgroup environment – Part 1

Kodi and SMBv1 – how to jump into the 21st century

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What is it? The Server Message Block (SMB) protocol is a network file sharing protocol that allows applications on a computer to read and write to files and to request services from server programs in a computer network. The SMB protocol can be used on top of its TCP/IP protocol or other network protocols. Using … Continue reading Kodi and SMBv1 – how to jump into the 21st century

vSphere ESXi 6.x – Easy update for standalone servers

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To upgrade a vSphere host using this method you need access the keyboard of your server or use SSH to perform the commands. By default, remote command execution is disabled on an ESXi host, and you cannot log in to the host by using a remote shell. You can enable remote command execution from the direct … Continue reading vSphere ESXi 6.x – Easy update for standalone servers

MTP device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)

Oeps it happened again, Windows doesn't recognize my Android phone and doesn't show it in the Explorer. This has happend a few times with different Windows 10 builds, I have no idea why exactly. The fix is easy to apply. When opening the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) you see a yellow warning sign with an error. … Continue reading MTP device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)

Fast forward with Kodi 17 – Updated

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A while back in a previous blog I've pointed out some new features of Kodi 17. One thing I really love is the fast forward feature. It was a bit of a letdown Kodi did not integrate this into the new skin so more people can make use of it. Here's how to use it. According … Continue reading Fast forward with Kodi 17 – Updated