Posted by: kurtsh | October 11, 2015

INFO: Fixing Windows Updates by clearing the cache folder

imageSince updating to Windows 10, I’ve encountered an issue twice where the monthly updates failed to install.  Each time, the solution involved erasing/flushing the Windows update file cache and retrying.

Here’s how to do this in case you need to accomplish the same thing:

Flush the Software Distribution Folder.

Run Command Prompt as administrator. In the CMD box that appears on the computer screen, enter the following strings of text, one at a time, and hit Enter.

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

Now browse to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and delete all the files and folders inside.

If the files are in use, restart your device. After rebooting, run the commands above again. Your Windows Store App needs to be closed by the way, so do not start it.

Now you will be able to delete the files from the mentioned Software Distribution folder. Now in the Command Prompt windows, type the following commands one at a time, and hit Enter:

net start wuauserv

net start bits

Reboot. If you are using Windows Update try using Microsoft Updates or vice versa.

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imageLOL, this is just the *BEST*.  Someone did a mashup of Interstellar & our Surface Book advertisement.  And it’s just awesome.

While you’re watching this, download the Surface Book Factsheet here with benefits, technical specifications, and our price sheet:

Matthew McConaughey’s reaction to the Surface Book announcement

Have you ever application that couldn’t find other computers on your network?

Ever needed to turn your home network from a “public” network to a “private” network on Windows 10? 

A private network is one in which devices/computers are discoverable by other devices/computers.  When you’re on a “private” network, discovering other machines for certain software is suddenly possible – otherwise your application or tool may never see other computers on your own home network – simply because it thinks it’s on a public network

Here’s the steps:

  1. Go to Start – Settings
  2. Click on Advanced Options
  3. Turn ON “Find devices & content” image

You’re done.  To verify that your machine now considers the local network “Private”, go to Control Panel – Network & Sharing Center and look for the words “Private Network”.


Posted by: kurtsh | October 1, 2015

DOWNLOAD: Office Professional Plus 2016 on VLSC

FYI: Office Professional Plus 2016 has posted to Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) for customers to download:



Please also note the availability of THIS SEPARATE DOWNLOAD – the Office ProPlus 2016 Key Management Service Host – that was released today as well.


If you are looking to leverage your Software Assurance Training Vouchers, and want to know what sort of training is available – eLearning, classroom, French, English, etc – go to the following reporting site: 

From here, you can generate a report that shows:

  • Different languages the training is offered in
  • What training is available in eLearning format
  • What training is downloadable as SCORM compliant modules
  • What training is offered in a classroom by an instructor from a Certified Training & Education Center
  • Sort by target audience: End user, IT Pro, & Developer
  • Identify which course are eligible for purchase through SA training vouchers versus not-available to SA training vouchers
  • A specific product(s) that you need training in

See the report below.  Notice the Windows 10, Skype for Business, and other courses “coming in Q4 2015”.


Posted by: kurtsh | September 30, 2015

BETA: OneDrive for Business “v.Next” sync client

imageToday we’re releasing a preview of our new OneDrive for Business sync client for organizations and we wanted to share what this means for users and IT administrators alike. Based on your feedback, we’ve focused our innovation in three key areas: improving sync reliability, enriching the user experience and delivering greater IT control.

Read more here:

In this 2-minute demo, Jason Moore from the OneDrive engineering team highlights the new OneDrive for Business file sync client Windows and Mac OSX – from controls for selective folder sync to setup and IT management options.

OneDrive for Business: Sync client updates demo (2:29)


In this short demo, Reuben Krippner from the OneDrive team demonstrates updates to OneDrive for Business – from the new sync client to new for experiences in the browser and on mobile phones.

OneDrive for Business: Demo tour of updates to sync client, mobile and web (4:43)


Join Microsoft Windows Experts for a day of discussion and demonstration for Technical Decision Makers, IT Professionals and Developers. Come learn why Windows 10 is the best operating system for business use. We’ll share, demo and dig into new features built for businesses while giving you hands on experience to take back to your teams!


  • 9:30am Registration Opens
  • 10:00am Keynote
  • 11:00am IT Pro Breakout |  Developer Breakout
  • 12:00pm Lunch, Partner & Devices Showcase
  • 1:00pm IT Pro Breakout  |  Developer Breakout
  • 3:30pm Afternoon Break, Partner & Devices Showcase
  • 4:00pm IT Pro Breakout  |  Developer Breakout
  • 5:30pm Happy Hour! Ask the Experts, Partner & Devices Showcase

Join us for an exclusive keynote address followed by 300 level technical sessions led by Microsoft experts.

Protection Against Modern Security Threats

  • Learn how to implement new security features like Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello to deploy and use biometrics and multi-factor authentication to strengthen your identities.
  • See how Windows 10 delivers new ways to protect critical business information from leaks or theft using Enterprise Data Protection in Office.
  • Other Key Technologies: Device Guard, Office Single Sign On and Azure Active Directory.

Managed for Continuous Innovation

  • Understand how Windows 10 helps you reduces the cost and complexity of managing and deploying Windows devices.
  • Learn how to implement Windows as a Service in your business.
  • Other Key Technologies: Windows Update for Business, Dynamic Provisioning, and Office Deployment.

Be More Productive

  • Learn how to ensure your critical line-of-business apps keep working whether Win 32 or web based.
  • Understand new ways to manage and control apps with the Windows Store for Business, giving you the control.
  • Other Key Technologies: Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer; Edge, Office, Bridges.

Next Gen Windows Hardware & Devices

  • See the latest Windows 10 hardware including Surface and OEM devices.

November 5th, 2015, 9:30AM-5:30PM

Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840
See map and/or driving directions



Note that this event is happening elsewhere in 12 cities  throughout the US – including New York, Seattle, .  Check this site to see if it’s coming to your neighborhood:

Posted by: kurtsh | September 28, 2015

RELEASE: Office 365 “Planner”


Interested in project planning for mere mortals?  If you have Office 365, Planner may be your answer.

We are excited to introduce a brand new experience in Office 365—Office 365 Planner, which offers people a simple and highly visual way to organize teamwork. Planner makes it easy for your team to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files, chat about what you’re working on, and get updates on progress. Planner can be used to manage a marketing event, brainstorm new product ideas, track a school project, prepare for a customer visit, or just organize your team more effectively.


Teamwork Organized
One of the most valuable aspects of Planner is that it helps teams organize their work visually. Each plan has its own Board, and within each Board, each work item or task is represented by a Card that can have due dates, attachments, categories and conversations associated with it. Team members receive an email notification whenever they are assigned a new Card or added to a conversation.

Every Card can have documents (or pictures) attached that automatically get rich image previews, so it is easy to understand what the Card is about at a glance. In addition, Cards can be organized on the Board into customizable columns called Buckets, which can be prioritized and tagged with colored labels.

Planner also gives you views to keep your work on track. The Hub view lets you track overall progress across all plans, while the “My tasks” view lets you filter down to see just what you need to do across every plan. In addition, the “Charts” view includes interactive charts for visualizing people’s progress against deadlines. Click a red segment on the histogram to quickly see which aspects of a plan are behind schedule and use the Board to rebalance work across the team. With Planner, everyone is always on the same page. A single glance of the Charts view is all it takes to know where things stand.

Read more here:


Go download our Quick Start guides for Office 2016 and get teamwork going amongst your user community!

  • Office 2016 for Windows
    Visit Office 2016 Quick Start Guides to download guides for the desktop versions of Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Outlook 2016 or OneNote 2016 on any recent version of Windows.
  • Office Mobile for Windows 10
    Visit Office Mobile Quick Start Guides to download guides for the modern versions of Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, or OneNote on Windows 10.
  • Office 2016 for Mac
    Visit Office 2016 Quick Start Guides for Mac to download guides for the Mac versions of Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Outlook 2016 or OneNote 2016 on Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

Read more here:

imageMay I solicit your help within the next 48 hours?

I would normally never do this on my blog however my dastardly & diabolical friend, Chandler, Microsoft Los Angeles’ reigning “Goliath of Poker”, has entered Adrian Paul’s 2015 Peace Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament sponsored by Microsoft (see here, here, and here) with the goal of busting Bai Ling, Bruce Buffer (UFC), Tara Reid, Lou Diamond Phillips and Carl ‘Apollo Creed’ Weathers… laying waste to the field of competitors.

He must be stopped.

So this Saturday, I’ve entered my name into the tournament with the expressed goal of defeating him.  Like the ancient & legendary evil that he is, my pal Chandler looks to destroy all that challenge him with his years of poker room-sharpened, dragon-style poker-fu & his unnatural dark magicks with playing cards.  (I wouldn’t put a bit of rule-smudging past him either.  He is after all a USC Trojan alum.  I am, for the record, a UCLA alum.  Go Bruins.)

Let me be clear:  I am not a professional poker player.  I’ve done okay at company tournaments but nothing to write home about.  Meanwhile, he has played in some of the larger poker rooms in Las Vegas.  I do not have his experience.  Sure I’ve gone through Phil Hellmuth’s book enough that I know the Top 10 hands and the Majority Hands by heart.  And I’ve read one of Doyle Brunson’s books enough know the variables of play & the general odds calculations.  It ain’t gonna be enough. 

There is however only one externality that is out of Chandler’s control.  My in-tournament bankroll.

A strong bankroll will obviously help me bully my way to his table to ultimately drop the Halo Gravity HammerTM on him.

So please  consider making a small donation RIGHT NOW to my roll (the event is this Saturday, Sept 26th) & support my effort to defeat my good friend Chandler at this year’s Peace Fund Celebrity Poker Tournament 2015, taking place this weekend. 

(All kidding aside, the proceeds go to support children’s aid efforts around the world – a cause I believe in.  Read more here.)

Side note:  If you too worship at the unholy altar of Tommy Trojan, feel free to contribute to Chandler’s bucket of dread & foreboding.

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