Windows 10 update/upgrade Error Code 0x8031004a

Recently, I was in my Windows 10 Update menu to update my Windows 10 installation to the latest version so that I have the most recent security fixes and the newest functionalities for my operating system. However, I was greeted with the following error messages that prevented my update to continue/complete: There were problems installing … 

 

BitLocker recovery on Windows 10 boot

I recently updated the BIOS of my Lenovo ThinkPad X1, running Windows 10 Pro x64. Once the update was done and the computer restarted, however, I was greeted with the following screen: BitLocker recovery Enter the recovery key for this drive For more information on how to retrieve this key, go to http://windows.microsoft.com/recoverykey from another … 

 

Add text after every line with Notepad++

If you have a long list of lines in your Notepad++ and you want to add content after each line; it’s often no option to do this task manually. I recently needed to add a comma after every line in Notepad++, so I was looking for an automated solution. So let’s do this! Open up … 

 

Hiding the Adobe Acrobat DC right sidebar

Adobe’s latest version of Acrobat is called Adobe Acrobat DC, with DC standing for Document Cloud. Adobe tries to push their cloud features to customers. Some of their new tools are available on the right pane within the program (called the Tools Pane). However, if you mostly use Adobe Acrobat DC to simply read document … 

 

The C:\SWTOOLS folder explained on Lenovo computers

I own a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon laptop. It’s a great laptop; sturdy too. Recently, I came across a folder called SWTOOLS, found in the root of my C drive. Its size was 4GB and has over 4000 items in it. So, what’s inside? I found these folders: antivirus APPS DRIVERS LenovoWelcome LSSB MISC OSFIXES readyapps skype … 

 

Reinstall default build-in Windows 10 apps

I wrote how you can purge the build-in Windows 10 apps. If you have been a bit too enthusiastic and removed too much apps, here is your rescue. As in my previous post, we will need some PowerShell magic once again. Open up PowerShell with Administrator rights. Then, paste this code into the PowerShell window: … 

 

Remove default Apps from Windows 10

Windows 10 comes preloaded with a lot of default apps. Depending on which version you have1, you will see various apps in your start menu that you don’t want. I previously explained how to uninstall OneNote from Windows 10, but you can actually remove any app you want. The very first thing you should try … 

 

Find your Windows 10 product key

When you upgrade from a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation to Windows 10, you don’t need to enter a key for Windows 10. Because you upgrade your OS with a valid key, Microsoft will automatically make your new Windows 10 copy genuine. In case you want to later on reinstall Windows 10, you … 

 

Remove OneNote app from Windows 10

Windows 10 comes pre-installed with quite some modern Apps. One such example is OneNote, the note-taking app from Microsoft. I like a clean Windows start menu, so I was looking for a way to uninstall OneNote from Windows 10. First open up PowerShell by going to start. Right click on the application and choose Run as … 

 

Regain disk space after installing Windows 10

When you upgrade your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer to Windows 10, you might see that you ‘lost’ some disk space. In my case, my laptop has an SSD and space is limited. What happened is: Microsoft kept my old operating system so I could revert back to it if … 

 

Remove OneDrive from Explorer in Windows 10

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud solution and it comes pre-installed on every Windows 10 computer. However, if you don’t use OneDrive (maybe because you already use Dropbox or Google Drive), the OneDrive integration in Windows 10 is something you might want to disable. The icon that shows up every time you open a File Explorer window … 

 

Fix “Unexpected end of archive” RAR/ZIP message

A .zip or .rar file is a file that stores and compresses one or more other files. Recently, I tried downloading albums from my Flickr account, but I often received the same error message when opening the .zip file: “Unexpceted end of archive“. Very frustrating; the message was still there even after redownloading that zip … 

 

Hide “Get Windows 10” icon in system notification

Since June 2015, Windows is showing a little Windows icon in system notification area on the right. It suggests to get a free upgrade to Windows 10. However, there seems to be no easy way to hide that icon. However, you can hide it, in some way at least. First, right click on the notification … 

 

Windows Update: CMCC Inc. – Other hardware – CMCC Composite ADB Interface

CMCC Inc. – Other hardware – CMCC Composite ADB Interface Download size: 4.4 MB You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect. Update type: Optional CMCC Inc. Other hardware software update released in June, 2014 More information: http://sysdev.microsoft.com/support/default.aspx Help and Support: http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=hub Windows Update: CMCC Inc. – Other hardware – … 

 

Windows Update Foutcode 0x8024401C

Bij het (manueel) updaten van Microsoft Windows (8.1) via Windows update, kreeg ik onlangs de foutcode 0x8024401C. Na een herstart van Windows, bleef de error zich voordoen en kon ik maar geen nieuwe updates krijgen. Instellingen > probleemoplossing > systeem en beveiliging > problemen met Windows update uplossen Via deze weg was de foutmelding weg en … 

 

Dolby Advanced Audio error dialog on startup

On startup, an Acer Aspire laptop displayed the following error: The current Dolby audio driver version 7.2.8000.17 and the software application expects driver version 7.2.7000.7. Please install a valid driver and software application combination. or in Dutch, the message was: De huidige versie van de Dolby-audiodriver is 7.2.8000.17 en de  softwareapplicatie verwacht driverversie 7.2.7000.7. Intalleer … 

 

Shutdown Windows without updates

Windows Updates can take a long time to complete. If you are in a hurry and do not want to wait for these updates to finish installing, you can let Windows skip these updates. Press the Windows key on your keyboard  + R. This will allow you to run commands. Now paste this shutdown -s -t …