Windows Updates Stuck on Shut Down...???

Are you having trouble with your computer being stuck on "Installing Update..." - click here for a guide on how to fix this quickly and easily!

Ultimate Settings Panel

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Looking for MSI Files?

Are you looking for MSI files to quick and easy installation and deployments? We have a number of projects where you can download MSI files for software like Java, FileZilla, Notepad++ and VLC Player amonsgt others. Click here now to view what we have available for you to download!

Freeware Downloads

Are you looking for excellent custom created utilities for a wide range of situations? Then click here to view our unique freeware, including a number of fixes as well as utilities.

Problems with your Bluetooth Devices?

Are you having problems with your bluetooth devices in Windows? Click here to view our guide on how to make the changes required to stop your bluetooth devices disconnecting on their own!

Ultimate Settings Panel v2.9 Released

Forget the release of Windows 10 - we are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.9!

This release has the following updates included in it:
  • "New Available Update" check included on toolbar and checks upon each utility start up
  • Minor code and bug fixes
It still has 10 different configuration tabs including Windows 8.1 and a total of 224 configuration items available in the Pro version.


You can get new instructions, video demos, screenshots and much more from our new website for Ultimate Settings Panel by visiting the site at

You can download the new version by clicking the download button below:




You can purchase the Pro version for just £3.99 (GBP - around $6.30 USD) buy following the instructions carefully on the purchase page below:


If you have any questions or suggestions for future releases for this product, then please feel free to use our Disqus system below.

Windows 10 Release Date for Business and Education Users (VLSC)

Just a little update on the Windows 10 release - if you are a business or education user and looking for the download in your Microsoft VLSC, then do not bother! It is not released to VLSC until 1st August, so only a few days but you cannot get it just yet!

C# How to set an expiry date on a program

This is more of a post for our reference but we thought our visitors might be able to make use of it as well so here it is.

If you want to build a program in C# that upon startup checks the date and if that date has passed throws an error and will not load the program, then you should add this code to your program.cs class.

 if (DateTime.Now >= new DateTime(2015, 12, 31))  
         MessageBox.Show("Program Expired - Contact Administrator", "Program Name", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Asterisk);  

To break down this code, you will see that it looks at the date and time as is now, then it states a date and time of when the program will expire - so this is the date you set and should change to your own requirements.

You will also see that we have put in a message box here, but you can put in whatever you want here.


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Windows 10 Released Tonight!

So its nearly time for the Windows 10 free upgrade. The update should be available in your local area at around midnight and it should come through as an update and allow you to go through the process to upgrade to Windows 10.

Remember that its not just Windows 10 upgrades for your computer, you can also get it for your mobile phone.

We will be upgrading ourselves overnight and testing all the features available and after we have stopped messing around with the Xbox One streaming we will post our thoughts here!

We would also love to hear your thoughts about Windows 10 and also your experience on the upgrade process so feel free to leave us your comments below using our Disqus system.

Housekeeping for SCCM Application Catalog Requests

If you are looking at doing some housekeeping on your Application Catalog within SCCM for user requests then you will find that there is not a Microsoft supported why of doing this.

This has been causing us problem recently having approved software for a user and then the users going onto different machines and installing the software on various machines. This becomes an issue if the software they are using is licensed per machine and very expensive. Your friendly IT Department then have to go and uninstall the software and sort everything out!

So, what can you do? 

This method is not supported by Microsoft and most Microsoft geeks will tell you not to do this, but it works and if you are willing to chance it then go for it. But, before doing anything, make a backup of your SCCM database so you can go back in case it all goes wrong!

You should open up your SQL console and we will need to edit the following table within your SCCM database:


First of all, you can run a SQL statement against your SCCM database to see what is in the table, to do this, run this SQL script:

 SELECT * FROM UserApplicationRequests  

In this table, you will see your users information and the details of their software request from the Application Catalog. In the CurrentState column, this will give you the current state of the request. Each number is represented as per below:

1 - Requested
2 - Cancelled
3 - Denied
4 - Approved

From here, you can now change the status of the requests, like changing an Approved request (4) to a Denied request (3) - this means that the person that has requested the software that had previously had it approved, will now not be able to install the software on any machine.

If you want to completely clean up your requests, you can delete all the information in this table.


If you have any questions or comments on this guide, then please feel free to leave us a message using our Disqus system below.

Ultimate Settings Panel Pro v2.9 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel Pro version 2.9.

Included in this update are the following:
  • "New Available Update" check included on toolbar and checks upon each utility start up
  • Task Scheduler for Windows 8 tab bug fixed
  • Minor code and bug fixes
You can get this latest update by selecting "Check for Updates" on the utility toolbar and this should show you whether you require an update or not. If you do, click Yes and this will automatically download the latest version for you with the MSI and EXE installers included.

If you have not yet purchased Ultimate Settings Panel Pro, you can visit the utility micro site by clicking the link below and then click on the Purchase link.

Ultimate Settings Panel Pro Micro Site



If you have any questions about this latest update or any suggestions for future releases, then please feel free to leave a comment below using our Disqus system.

Mimecast Client for Outlook Version 6 Released

Mimecast have now released version 6 of their Outlook Client. You can download the x64 and x86 versions of the client as well as the editor program from the link below:

New features
  • Support for Microsoft Click-To-Run installations
  • Support for Office 365 Outlook ProPlus
  • Support for Windows 10 Technical Preview
  • Mimecast for Outlook now uses the main Mimecast API
  • Support for 2-Step Authentication (Coming soon)
  • Support for Revoke Authentication (Coming soon)
  • Log files will now be appended should the service restart unexpectedly
  • Cursor is now automatically focused on the Text field when Search views are opened
  • Support for message sensitivity during Continuity
  • Large File Send messages can now be extended up to the full remaining retention period of the message
Fixes from previous releases

  • Embedded images in the body of a Large File Send email were shown as attachments
  • Calendar appointments were sometimes being de-duplicated incorrectly
  • Improvements to primary mailbox detection
  • Improvements to installation with various Outlook language packs
  • Support for 'Send As' with Secure Messaging
  • Resolved an issue relating to permissions when attaching large files from network locations
  • Various performance improvements.

How to Fix Bluetooth Issues in Windows 8.1

To go alongside our popular guide on how to fix bluetooth issues in Windows 8.1, we have now created a quick video guide to show you how you can make the changes required to make it work.



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Windows 10 - Release Date

Windows 10 launch date is fast approaching and will be available for free for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users from 29th July 2015.

We have been testing the technical preview and it is very pretty and slick but is basically Windows 8.2 with some extra nice touches - our favourite being the Xbox One integration for gaming.

We will be posting a lot more about Windows 10 features once it is released and will be gauging what the public reaction to it is as the initial launch of Windows 8 did not go down well with all the "where is my start button" sprouted by people!

Previous Versions of Java Clients and Silent Installation Guide

A lot of people ask us about getting older versions of Java Clients. The links that we use on pretty much all of our blog posts, all point to the latest version of Java, so even if it is a post about an old version, the download button will actually point to the latest version.

So, how do we get around that and be able to download the older versions? Well, Java actually have an archive where you can download all previous versions for all the clients that they have released.

You can download the Offline Installers from the Java website using the link below:



When you have the offline installer you can use our guide below which shows you how to setup a silent install using these installers:


If you have any questions about this or wish to leave a comment, please use our Disqus system below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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