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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.287 Released - MSI Download

Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 16.0.0.287.

As always, you can download the executable file or get the MSI file so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog.

The update is also now available to import through System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) so you can inject it into your WSUS or Configuration Manager systems.

You can the download in all formats for all browsers for Windows and Mac directly from Adobe by clicking the download button below.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.257 Released - MSI Download

Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 16.0.0.257.

As always, you can download the executable file or get the MSI file so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog.

The update is also now available to import through System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) so you can inject it into your WSUS or Configuration Manager systems.

You can the download in all formats for all browsers for Windows and Mac directly from Adobe by clicking the download button below.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Windows 10 Microsoft Live Demo

So the big news of the day is that some more details of Windows 10 features have been released during a live demo by Microsoft.

We have been using the Technical Preview of Windows 10 for some time now so its not all that exciting news for us really and Windows 10 is not all that much different from Windows 8.1. However, there are a few new interesting developments that we are very interested in.

One is that Windows 10 will be FREE (not something Microsoft do lightly!) to upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices and the other is that you can stream your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 device - something we have been waiting for, for a very long time.

It all sounds pretty good and we are looking forward to the release of Windows 10 but with the technical release licence valid until April 2015, we can probably expect a more final beta release after that taking us into the summer when an RTM release will come and finally a public release - probably around September 2015 - although this is complete guess work on our part and is founded by no concrete evidence whatsoever!

So, we wait and no doubt it will be released via either an ISO download or maybe even simply a Windows Update (can't see Microsoft shipping out every Windows 7 and 8 customer a DVD!) which means that when it is finally released, it will take days, if not weeks to actually get hold of and we can see the Microsoft apologies now "Due to unprecedented high demand on our servers..."

If you want to see a lot more information on the Windows 10 demo and watch the actual video, you should check out the link below:

Windows 10 Demo
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Importing NK2 file auto-suggest contacts into Outlook 2013

With older versions of Outlook (up to 2007) a NK2 file was used to store recently used email addresses so that you could then use them when you started to type an email like an auto-suggest system. This was great for users but a nightmare for IT techs as most users assume that these are "contacts" - when we know they are not and are basically stored in a temp file! so in the past IT techs have had to copy over these NK2 files and then tell users to make sure they add these to their actual Outlook contacts (which of course they never do!).

Outlook 2013 does not use this method of storing auto-suggestions in a NK2 file but stores them in the "Suggested Contacts" instead - so simply copying over the NK2 file will no longer work - you have to import it.

So, I have the NK2 file - how do I import it into Outlook 2013?

If you upgrade to Outlook 2013 from an older version, then the NK2 file is automatically imported upon starting Outlook 2013 for the first time so you do not have to worry.

However, if you create a new Outlook mail profile or when using Outlook on a new computer, you should import an existing NK2 file using the following method:

Copy the NK2 file to the following location;

 %appdata%\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook  

Rename the NK2 file to the same name of your mail profile.

You then need to start Outlook using a command line to import on load. To do this, run the following command:

 outlook.exe /importnk2  

Outlook will then import the NK2 file into the Suggested Contacts folder and you should find that all the old "contacts" are now available when your end user tries to compose an email.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Microsoft Excel - Columns Displaying Numbers instead of Letters

We have recently dealt with a problem that a customer had reported to us about their Excel spreadsheet columns suddenly appearing as numbers instead of the expected letters.

We doubted this very much as none of us had heard of it before, but no, there is was, columns as numbers just like this:


This was a bit baffling to us, but is very easy to fix. This type of formatting for the columns is called R1C1 reference style. It is not a problem as such, just a different way of doing things, but as most people will want their Excel columns as letters, there is an easy way to revert this.

To show this easier, we have created a quick video guide on how to put this back to letter formatting:

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Windows Server - Server Manager Refresh Fix

If you have an issue with your server where you cannot see the roles in Server Manager, cannot install service packs or you see this error on your refresh status in Server Manager:


Then this usually means that you have a corrupt Windows Update that has loaded on to your server at some point and it stops you carrying out fairly basic tasks and is extremely annoying.

But, there is a simple way to fix this. The problem is with some of the files located in this directory:

 c:\windows\servicing\packages  

This is of course assuming that your Windows is installed on the C: drive.

So how do you fix the problem?

Well, first thing we should state is that the method below is not supported by Microsoft and probably not recommended - but it has fixed about 25 servers that we have worked on so try it at your own risk.

You will still need to take ownership of the folder and assign full control before you can copy over the files. To do this, run the following commands at an elevated command prompt:

takeown /F c:\Windows\Servicing\Packages /D y /R

cacls c:\Windows\Servicing\Packages /E /T /C /G "DOMAIN\USERNAME":F

You should find a different working server in your environment with the same operating system and copy the files from the location as above and then paste them into the above location on your broken server.

Once you have done this, there should not be any need to reboot the server, it should then start working perfectly well and fix this issue.

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Dell Wireless 360 Bluetooth Module Drivers

We have been refurbishing an old Dell Precision M4300 this week and we have had nothing but problems with one driver missing. We downloaded all the drivers from the Dell support website but still it was showing as an Unknown Device:


This had been driving use crazy and even though we had searched for the Hardware ID for the driver and had identified it as being the Dell bluetooth module, still we could not find the correct download.


Eventually we found the driver and the correct version and it is now working, so we thought that we would share this driver download with our visitors.


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Sunday, 11 January 2015

TechyGeeksHome on Social Media

Remember that we are on various social media sites where we send out our latest post updates.

You can now follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook or join our circle on Google+.

The links to our social media sites are below so feel free to join us:

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

7-Zip Version 9.38 Beta Released

7-Zip have released a new beta version of their compression utility taking it up to 9.38 beta.

7-Zip is one of the best compression utilities available and even more it is free to use including in corporate environments.

You can download the installer files (including MSI files) from the download link below:

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Monday, 5 January 2015

XYZ Domain Names

With the launch of the .xyz domains, we thought we would get in on the act and purchase some of these ourselves for techygeekshome.co.uk.

We have purchased the following domains all of which point to this sites home page for now although we might do something more interesting with them in time.
  • sccm.xyz
  • technicalhelp.xyz
  • technologygeeks.xyz
  • techy.xyz
  • techygeeks.xyz
  • techygeekshome.xyz
  • tecky.xyz
So you can now use any of these web domains to come straight back to our homepage.

We are looking at launching an email service in 2015 where you can have an email address of your choosing @ any of our web domains of which we now have 10. If you feel this is something you may be interested in, we would like to hear your feedback.
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Friday, 2 January 2015

VNC Silent Installation Command Line

If you want to install VNC silently so that you can distribute it using systems like Configuration Manager then you will need the installation silent command line.

To run the silent install you can use the below command line that will install the full VNC package silently and without restarting the end users computer.

COMMAND LINE

 "VNC-5.2.1-Windows.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART  

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

We would like to wish all of our visitors a very Happy New Year.

2014 was a great year for us and we hope that 2015 will be happy and prosperous for you all.

Happy New Year!
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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish all our of visitors a very Merry Christmas today and we hope you got everything that you wished for!

Merry Christmas from all at TechyGeeksHome.co.uk


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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

How to remove connections on LinkedIn

Most professional people these days seem to have a LinkedIn account and it is very quickly turning into a marketing persons dream. I get a huge amount of sales and marketing people emailing and phoning me constantly trying to sell me stuff I nor my business want. Whenever I query where they got my details from, the answer is usually "LinkedIn".

This, of course, is completely my own fault for putting my contact details on LinkedIn and also by blindly accepting anyone that adds me (I used to be a Facebook friend whore, now I'm a LinkedIn connections whore!).

So, I have loads of people I don't know (and don't want to know!) as connections on my LinkedIn and I want to remove them - but how do you remove a LinkedIn connection?

Note: It's not possible to remove a connection from a mobile device - this is important that you know this as I spend quite some time on my iPad and iPhone trying to figure out how to remove a connection!

To remove a connection from the desktop website:
  • Go to the connection's profile
  • Move your cursor over the arrow icon next to the button in the top section of the profile
  • Select Remove connection
  • Review the list of effects of removing the connection and click Remove
You can remove several connections at once on the Contacts page:
  • Move your cursor over Connections at the top of your homepage and select Keep in Touch
  • Click Filter by and select Connections Only
  • Check the box next to the connections you'd like to remove
  • Click More above the first connection and select Remove from Contacts
  • Review the list of effects of removing the connections and click Remove
You can also remove individual connections from the Contacts page by clicking More under their name and selecting Remove Connection. Connections you remove will no longer be a 1st-degree connection and will no longer appear in your Contacts section.

Before you remove any connections though, you should note the following:
  • When you remove a connection, they won't be notified.
  • After removing a connection, any recommendations or endorsements between you and that person will be withdrawn. They will not be restored if the connection is re-established.
  • Only the member who breaks the connection can re-initiate that connection.
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Track Santa with the help of NORAD!

Its that time of year again where Santa will be loading up his sleigh and delivering presents to kids all over the world. But with all the modern technology these days, even Santa cannot get away from being tracked wherever he goes!

So, get yourself (or your kids!) onto the Track Santa NORAD website and you can see videos of what Santa is up to and also track exactly where he is in the world. Just click the big Santa below to be transferred to the Track Santa NORAD site:


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Monday, 22 December 2014

Filezilla Client 3.9.0.6 Released

Filezilla Client 3.9.0.6 has been released and you can now download the latest version from the download button below. We will soon we created a MSI file for this version but maybe not until the new year due to other commitments over the festive period.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

TechyGeeksHome.co.uk Year End Stats

As we approach the end of another year, we thought that we would post some figures about our site from the last 12 months.

It has been a pretty good year for us and our visitor count seems to have been rising throughout the year recently peaking at around 5000 visitors a day.

We also started to provide Pro versions of our utilities and we do aim to release a bunch more of these in early 2015, we just have not had the time recently to extend on what we have released already!

We have also created a range of new products, one being Ultimate Settings Panel which has so far proved to be our most successful utility to date with (from what we know of on the few software sites we do monitor our utilities on) around 75,000 downloads in total of the free version.

We do plan on creating many more utilities in 2015 but if you have any ideas - please do feel free to contact us and we will put your ideas into action!

Finally, in December, we posted our 400th post so please feel free to take a good long look around our site and use our Archive system to get around. You might just find something interesting!

So what about our vital stats?

Below is a list of our website statistics to date (1st Jan 15 - 19th Dec 2014):

Total Website Hits: 539,975
Direct Downloads from the Website: 53,127
ShareThis Shares: 16,771
Most Visited Page:Bluetooth Windows 8 Fix
Most Downloaded Utility: Ultimate Settings Panel
Country with Highest Number of Visitors to the site: United States (24.15% of all visitors)
Favoured Browser: Google Chrome
Twitter Followers: 61
Facebook Likes: 1201
Google+ Views: 4 Million

We would like to say thank you to all our visitors and we hope that we have helped you out somewhere along the line and made your life a little easier!



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Thursday, 18 December 2014

How to Transfer Infrastructure Master FSMO Role to a Different Server

If you want to transfer your Infrastructure Master FSMO Role to a different server then you can follow the steps below to carry this out.

You should first logon to your Domain Controller using an Enterprise Administrator account and then launch an elevated command prompt. You should then enter the following commands within the command prompt:
  1. ntdsutil
  2. rules
  3. connections
  4. connect to server DC2 (DC2 being the server name you want to transfer to)
  5. q (takes you back to FSMO maintenance)
  6. ? - will show the available fsmo roles the domain knows about
  7. transfer infrastructure master
When you have done this, the role will be transfered to the server that you stated in step 4.

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