Windows 10 – There are currently no power options available

If you’ve run across an issue with some of your Windows 10 PCs (possibly after downloading the Creator’s Update) telling users that there are currently no power options available, you might have been pulling your hair out trying different solutions. You’ve probably come across many threads telling you that there’s either a registry option or you need to modify some user rights in a GPO.

Some users may see “There are currently no power options available” and others may not.

As with all technical fixes, your mileage may very. The cause for us was actually an easy one. For some reason the Default Domain Controllers Policy gets applied to some of these workstations. The fix is simply disabling the link on the entire domain and leaving the link in place on the OU that holds your domain controller.

Updating Windows 10 Enterprise

File this under the “Not-so-kosher” department, but if you’re behind a few Windows editions and you’re running Windows 10 Enterprise (typical for volume license customers), you’d need to update by having your administrator upgrade your computer with updated Windows 10 media. For example, if you’re on the Anniversary Update and you want to go to the Creator’s Update and running the Enterprise SKU of Windows 10, then this workaround will get you to the latest build.

So to do this, you need to have Windows 10 Enterprise and a Microsoft Account (if you have an XBOX account, Windows Live or Outlook account, you’ve got a Microsoft Account).

Go to Settings and open Update & Security. On the left hand side, go to the Windows Insider Program and enroll your computer. This is where you’ll need your Microsoft Account. Once that’s done, you’ll be asked to reboot your computer. Once you reboot, go back to the Windows Insider Program tab. Change your release frequency to fast. Wait a few minutes and then check Windows Update. If you see a large download that is labeled “Feature Update”, then this is the next version of Windows. Once it installs and you’re rebooted, check the desktop area next to the clock – it should be empty. For example, it should look like this:

If there is white text in that region that says “Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise Build #####”, then you’re on a preview build and you’ll have to stay in the Windows Insider Program until the next final build comes around. You can click the button to stop insider builds when the next full version comes and you can set yourself to the slow ring.

A word of warning: don’t do this in a managed enterprise environment such as your work. It’ll make your IT person mad if you break something and not all software may be compatible with the latest build.

Blocking Windows 10 From PCs

windNOws-10-logoSo there are a lot of ways to block the Windows 10 utility (GWX) from installing through Windows Update. Microsoft is getting more persistent with their update and it’s starting to make a lot of people angry. They want the world on Windows 10 but sometimes you don’t want or can’t upgrade. This is a simple fix to block GWX from installing – even if Microsoft tries to slipstream it into other updates like Internet Explorer (which they’ve recently done).

Open Explorer and go to C:\Windows\System32 and find or create a folder called GWX. Right click on the folder and go to Properties. Click on the Security tab and then click on Advanced to access special permissions and advanced settings.

Remove all inherited permissions. Deny all permissions to SYSTEM and Deny all permissions to Administrators group. Click Apply and OK. Windows will pop a warning about changing permissions on system files and directories. Yes, you want to do this. And that’s it. No registry settings, no firewall rules – just good old NTFS permissions. Since no one can access this folder, it will prevent GWX from installing, even if it’s slipstreamed in a IE update.

Windows Server 2016/Windows 10 Unable to open Edge

windows-server-2016With Server 2016 on the horizon, you may have started to test some of the builds out. As of right now, Technical Preview 4 (TP4) is available which is build 10586. In previous versions of Windows Server, you may have been used to Microsoft locking down Internet Explorer with Enhanced Security Configuration. However, on Server 2016 (and sometimes Windows 10), when you try to install programs that launch the default browser or you try to launch the default browser (Edge), you’ll be greeted with:

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So annoying, right? So here’s how to fix that:

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Remote access without headache

gI_84401_googleplusRemote access tools – there are quite a number of them: TeamViewer, LogMeIn, Bomgar, ScreenConnect… and the list goes on and on but which one do you use? I was researching remote access tools the other day as I needed a new solution to use for work. At work, we use LogMeIn. The problem? LogMeIn has a terrible display driver that actually locks my remote workstation! I might be able to use it for a few seconds – just enough time to login – and then, I see a balloon saying that my display driver crashed and shortly after, that’s it. LMI complains it can’t connect and my computer shows offline. I tried fixing the issue without any success so my option was to find another product to use. But what?

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Upgrading to Windows 10

Windows-10-wallpaper-New-LogoBelieve it or not, there are some people out there that do not want to upgrade to Windows 10. I’m currently attending online classes to work on my BA degree and one of the Facebook groups seems to have a lot of hatred towards Windows 10. But before we dive into the fear, let’s look at all the different things Microsoft has improved on in this version over Windows 8 and 8.1.

This is the first version of Windows truly designed for all devices. Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, media devices, Windows 10 is designed to be the one OS. Windows 8 and 8.1 were also designed this way, but they just were not executed well. We all remember that with Windows 8, Microsoft killed the start button.

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Windows 10 is almost here!

Windows-10So first off, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posting here. Last October, I wrote about Windows 10 and how it was the best one yet. Here I am on Build 10159, in the home stretch before it goes gold. Honestly, I’ve gone all Windows 10 – I’ve changed over every machine I have and hopefully this will convince you that Windows 10 is definitely not Windows 8!

First off, I want to stress that this post is not about enterprise! I haven’t tested in a domain environment yet, and I feel that would be better to do closer (or after) gold or around the time Windows Server 2016 goes gold.

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Windows 10 – It’s actually amazing

Windows-10The Windows 10 technical preview is live and I’ve been playing with it for the last few days. It is amazing. I love testing new OSs because it gives some insight into the future and where things are going. In the past, Microsoft has been pretty “you’ll use what we give you”, but this is the first time they actually truly listened to our gripes.

When I first reviewed Windows 8 and it’s value in the enterprise, I gave it a bad review. I told you that if you were going to see any real value out of it, you needed to add Classic Shell so you and your users would get Start menu functionality back, avoid seeing TIFKAM (The Interface Formally Known As Metro), and basically just be able to use your computer like you had for the last 20-odd years. Well, Windows 10 changes all of that. In fact, that review is null and void.

I’ve been using Windows 10 in a VM as I don’t have a machine to install it on at work, but so far I love it. In fact, I even replaced Windows 8.1 at home with it I loved it so much. I also have yet to see TIFKAM thanks to the fact that TIFKAM apps actually open in normal windows which you can resize, move, and even minimize. Yep, Windows has finally taken its medication and is no longer schizophrenic. Alright, that’s not entirely true. You still have redundant control panels and other redundant features (I adjust Windows Updates from which interface again?) but I am hoping that these slowly fade out as this is the technical preview.

So far, my only complaint are the tiles in the Start menu. If you pin a non-“modern app” to the Start menu such as cmd.exe, it shows up as this giant square with a tiny 64×64 icon. Really? Well, hopefully this changes in future releases. But I will say, I’ve yet to revert to Start Is Back, Classic Shell, Start8 or any of those.

Seriously, if you hated 8.X, give 10 a try!