It seems that a problem that plagued beta versions of Windows 10 has crept into the mainstream. I am convinced that there is an update that causes this, although, because we no longer have control over updates, it is really difficult to know which one. Essentially, the start menu works when you first install it, but somewhere along the line Windows 10’s Start Menu quits working.
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According to, there are 4 resolutions for getting a 0x800F0906 error when trying to turn on .NET 3.5 in Programs and Features. Unfortunately, the first two involve blaming someone else, and the last one is for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. Fortunately, the 3rd alternative works for fixing your Windows 8.1/10 .NET 3.5 installation error 0x800F0906: Continue reading “Windows 8.1/10 .NET 3.5 Installation Error 0x800F0906”

Perhaps on a day where Skype is out globally, it is time to rethink your telephony strategy.

Reports about Skype being unavailable started at about 09:00 BST on Monday morning in the UK.

But just after midnight on Tuesday, it said Skype services have been fully restored.

~ BBC, “Skype service ‘restored’ after network problems

Ironically, I have been planning this article for some time. In general, I wanted to give myself time to prove that I can come up with a better alternative than Skype. Skype going down this morning was just the gravy that proved I was doing the right thing by dumping Skype. Continue reading “How and Why I Am Kicking Skype to the Curb”

After all, you’ll change your mind, won’t you?

Have you ever gotten the feeling that Microsoft believes it knows what you want more than you do? I’ve read that about Windows in particular, and I’ve even said words to that effect at times, but it was usually in an exaggerated jest. However, it appears that there is more truth behind that sentiment than I had previously believed. You now even get Windows 10 downloads whether you want it or not.
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It’s surprising that Windows 7 still does not have a way to automatically mount ISOs in Windows. Fortunately, it is built into Windows 8+, but other operating systems have had this capability for some time now. For Windows 7 and below, however, you need a third party utility. Continue reading “Review: Mount ISOs In Windows Using WinCDEmu”

Deleting old Windows files is easier than removing old windows
Deleting old Windows files is easier than removing old windows

After upgrading to Windows 10, I found a Windows.old directory on my hard drive. This was surprising since I upgraded from Windows 7, which was supposedly a “clean” install. I checked my ex-Windows 8.1 computer, and it also had one, although I would have expected it there.
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