Don’t Give Up! Backup…

As an avid tech person and “Google-r”, I have to say that persistence really does pay off. If I can’t figure something out, I’ll usually hit Google and start reading posts related to the issue.  It is astounding how many people post or comment to questions with just the most completely wrong advice on a subject.

My latest issue was very simple – Windows 10 wouldn’t let me do a Windows 7 image backup to my external Seagate drive.

I read a ton of posts with comments ranging from FAT vs FAT32 vs NTFS – I read about Basic vs Dynamic drives – I read about registry settings – I read about GBT vs  MBR – all seemed completely plausible, but I still couldn’t get Windows 10 to write an image to this drive.  I formatted, change types, partitioned – you name it.  Then I forgot about it for a month until I was worried about losing some files so I started digging again.

The issue came down to – get this – DISABLE WINDOWS DEFENDER REAL TIME PROTECTION for the duration of the backup.  It worked perfectly.  I’m not saying people are idiots or anything, just that everyone wants to help out and a lot of the posts are ‘Well, did you try this?  Or did you try that?’, when what you really need is to find someone who overcame the problem.

I’ve seen this time and time again for many situations – posts and comments where people “try” to help, but they repeatedly miss the mark.

So, my advice for those of you looking for help – keep looking and if someone says it can’t be done or you’re wasting your time – keep looking more.  It might just be possible.


Explorer sort slow after Windows 10 Upgrade

This could be caused by Windows Search from the upgrade –

  1. Open services and turn off Windows Search
  2. Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows
  3. Delete Windows.edb
  4. Turn Windows Search back on

This will let windows rebuild the search database


Windows – USB Drive is Read Only

I attached a USB drive to my Windows 2008 server today and when I went to copy a file to it, the drive is “write protected”.

I didn’t see a way to undo this readily and I’m not sure how it happened in the first place, but the following commands worked:

  1. Start a Command prompt with elevated administrator access
  2. Type the following commands:
    3. SELECT VOLUME X <ENTER> (where X is the USB drive)
    5. EXIT
  3. Close the command prompt

This worked!

Windows 2012 – Sharing a folder

For some reason, sharing is more complicated on Windows 2012.  Well, not complicated, but it does require using a different attack method:

  3. Create your share here, much like you used to do in the past

IIS: Maximum request length exceeded

This usually happens because the you’ve reached a limit on the maximum request length while uploading a file or processing a request.

The default for this setting is around 4mb.

You can edit the web.config with the following lines:

<httpRuntime maxRequestLength=”1048576″ />

This will change the max to around 1 gb.

The Devil Made Me Do It

The Devil Made Me Do It

The Devil Made Me Do It

Remember Flip Wilson and his skit where he said “The Devil Made Me Do It?” Well, I can’t help but think of that whenever I hear someone reacting to a pop-up on their screen.

First, I thought pop-ups were all but gone.  You used to go to a particular site and suddenly like 50 windows would pop open – mostly pictures or ads.  Once browsers became more intelligent, they caught all of that in the background and we really didn’t notice them anymore.  The new pop-ups are more insidious than those.  The are in the form of message boxes or just off the screen chat looking windows or nasty skull and crossbones warning messages telling you you are infected or something awful has happened to your computer.   Personally, whenever I do see one of these messages I usually investigate it a little trying to see where the message is coming from, or instead I just open up task manager and kill all of my Chrome or Internet Explorer tasks and start over.

What I am actually surprised about, however, are the number of people who follow-up with whatever the message told them to do.   I was involved in two similar stories lately and heard about a third.  The first two were almost identical.  The user sees a popup telling them something is wrong or that their banking password is goofed up or that they have some similar issue, but instead of closing out the browser or just turning off their machines, both people actually called the number on the screen!  The first case ended with “someone moving my mouse all around and then my machine wouldn’t boot up anymore” and the second ended with “the guy was in my machine working and said I needed to pay him $300 to finish up”.  While I know you might be thinking this really can’t happen, let me assure you – both of these really happened.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

Here are a two 30,000 foot tips for most users:

#1 – NEVER call numbers that randomly pop-up on your screen.  Who does that?  Microsoft isn’t going to ask you to call them for anything.  It’s probably not them.

#2 – DON’T let people into your computer if you don’t know who they are.  I really wasn’t even up on the idea that random strangers could get into your system in the first place.  Certainly, I’ve used remote access software before, but I didn’t really expect people to randomly connect.  If you ever get a notice like this and you don’t know the person – DON’T let them connect to your computer.   You can always hit the power switch in a pinch if you can’t otherwise disconnect them.

Dark Theme for VS2010

This is a really nice and quite readable theme!