error during windows 7 sp1 installation

From time to time some friends call with mysterious problems….  they describe it like “PC is broken”, “it does nothing”

When I got the PC he could not even boot. First I thought some internal peripherals is the problem. Like broken/loose RAM, loose PCI Cards,…. but even after disconnect all internal cards, disks, usb card reader stuff it wont work.
The problem did not solve, it changed the symptoms. (cmos battery error, do nothing,…)

Solution: the motherboard wiring to  the front panel was wrong -.-

Now the system works fine, one little stumbling block thru set bios-defaults, AHCI configuration was gone. Go to BIOS – storage configuration – change IDE to AHCI otherwise Windows won’t boot.

This was the fast part, now the time consuming one….

Installed System: Windows 7 32bit Home

Windows 7 without Service Pack 1 (release date 16. 02.2011) and I thought it is time to solve the problem its summer 2016!
First I tried to install the downloaded SP 1 which ends in the same error like from Windows Update –> ERROR_TRANSACTIONAL_CONFLICT(0x80071a90)
thru this error and a little search I found this Microsoft Article how to perform a clean boot in Windows.
This solves the conflict and reveals a new error..
So once again SP1 –> ERROR_NOT_FOUND 0x80070490
sfc /scannow  –> did not find any problem.
System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 –> did not find any problem.
before I give up the solution is found here.

Locate the File:
c:\Windows\inf\setupapi.dev.log

Search for “Failed to find driver update” copy the Full Path

!!   sto: Failed to find driver update 'C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_usbvideo.inf_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16543_none_8a1a2513d42628c3\usbvideo.inf' in Driver Store. Error = 0x00000490

Section end 2011/04/14 17:13:38.216

[Exit status: FAILURE(0x00000490)]

run the pnputil.exe command with switch -a
pnputil.exe -a [Full Path to inf]

Untrusted publisher dialog box

Click on “Install this driver software anyway”. Perform this for all drivers with this error.

C:\Windows>pnputil.exe -a C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_usbvideo.inf_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16543_none_8a1a2513d42628c3\usbvideo.inf

Microsoft PnP Utility

Processing inf :   usbvideo.inf

Driver package added successfully.

Published name :   oem32.inf

Total attempted:              1

Number successfully imported: 1

SP 1 task accomplished… now lets check Windows Update…. > 200 Updates… Yeay!

Little Engineer Programming for Kids

Little Engineer is an augmented reality learning tool that bridges the gap between the physical and the virtual, providing kids with the engagement of a video game with the mental and tactile stimulation of a physical puzzle. 

little-engineer-best-ar-programming-game-for-kids
Screen source indiegogo.com  – copyright by Shawn Sheng

I backed the project on Indiegogo.

The summary how the children like the stuff, comes as quickly as possible 🙂

 

XBox Fitness is officially discontinued by Microsoft and will be shutdown in 2017

Make sure to comment about your displeasure on the official blog post:

Here the original announcement from Microsoft.

Here at Xbox feedback.

Many people are pissed because they posted that they bought the Xbox One console only for  Xbox fitness.

Please vote for that Microsoft reconsider their decision.

New update on the “Xbox Fitness Sunset“:

Updated on 7/5/2016 by Jennifer Paige to add:

We wanted to take a moment to update you all on how affected users will be credited for the changes listed above:

  • Every user that purchased Xbox Fitness content will be eligible to receive a credit in his or her Microsoft account for the value of the content purchased. Credits can be used to make purchases in the Xbox and Windows Stores.
  •  Credits will be deposited automatically into the accounts of Xbox Fitness users. An Xbox System Message will be sent at the time of deposit, viewable on Xbox One, Xbox.com or the Xbox on Windows application.
  •  Xbox Fitness users will receive their credit within 90 days and the credit will be available for use for one year from the day of deposit.
  •  The majority of Xbox Fitness users will receive the account credit directly in their Microsoft account. A small number of users, who including those who are not able to receive a deposit, will receive an Xbox system message with a code or some other form of equivalent value.
  •  As announced, beginning June 27, 2016 users will no longer be able to purchase programs and/or workouts. Xbox Fitness users who purchased workouts in the past will be able to play them until June 10, 2017

WSUS Pool reached memory limit

Application Log:

Error list:
Self-update is not working.
The Reporting Web Service is not working.
The API Remoting Web Service is not working.
The Server Synchronization Web Service is not working.
The Client Web Service is not working.
The SimpleAuth Web Service is not working.
The DSS Authentication Web Service is not working.
The WSUS content directory is not accessible. System.Net.WebException: The remote server returned an error: (503) Server Unavailable. at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetResponse() at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.HealthMonitoring.HmtWebServices.CheckContentDirWebAccess(EventLoggingType type, HealthEventLogger logger)

System Log:


every minute one informational event: A worker process serving application pool ‘WsusPool’ has requested a recycle because it reached its private bytes memory limit.
until the service terminates: Application pool ‘WsusPool’ is being automatically disabled due to a series of failures in the process(es) serving that application pool.

When I restart the application pool, the error occurs after about 10-20 minutes.

Solution: increase the “Private Memory Limit”

Location: Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager -> Server -> Application Pools -> Select “WSUSPool” -> Actions Advanced -> Recycling -> Change value of “Private Memory Limit (KB)

after the limit has been raised, everything went without problems.

This server serves over 10.000 clients with Windows updates.

WSUS 4.0 stop working after Update

These event log errors occur after the update KB3159706 is applied.

Login failed for user 'NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE'. Reason: Failed to open the explicitly specified database 'SUSDB'. [CLIENT: <named pipe>]

and…

WebHost failed to process a request.
Sender Information: System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostingEnvironment+HostingManager/45479559
Exception: System.ServiceModel.ServiceActivationException: The service '/ClientWebService/client.asmx' cannot be activated due to an exception during compilation. The exception message is: This collection already contains an address with scheme https. There can be at most one address per scheme in this collection. If your service is being hosted in IIS you can fix the problem by setting 'system.serviceModel/serviceHostingEnvironment/multipleSiteBindingsEnabled' to true or specifying 'system.serviceModel/serviceHostingEnvironment/baseAddressPrefixFilters'.
Parameter name: item. ---> System.ArgumentException: This collection already contains an address with scheme https. There can be at most one address per scheme in this collection. If your service is being hosted in IIS you can fix the problem by setting 'system.serviceModel/serviceHostingEnvironment/multipleSiteBindingsEnabled' to true or specifying 'system.serviceModel/serviceHostingEnvironment/baseAddressPrefixFilters'.
Parameter name: item
at System.ServiceModel.UriSchemeKeyedCollection.InsertItem(Int32 index, Uri item)
at System.Collections.Generic.SynchronizedCollection`1.Add(T item)
at System.ServiceModel.UriSchemeKeyedCollection..ctor(Uri[] addresses)
at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHost..ctor(Type serviceType, Uri[] baseAddresses)
at System.ServiceModel.Activation.ServiceHostFactory.CreateServiceHost(Type serviceType, Uri[] baseAddresses)
at System.ServiceModel.Activation.ServiceHostFactory.CreateServiceHost(String constructorString, Uri[] baseAddresses)
at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostingEnvironment.HostingManager.CreateService(String normalizedVirtualPath, EventTraceActivity eventTraceActivity)
at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostingEnvironment.HostingManager.ActivateService(ServiceActivationInfo serviceActivationInfo, EventTraceActivity eventTraceActivity)
at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostingEnvironment.HostingManager.EnsureServiceAvailable(String normalizedVirtualPath, EventTraceActivity eventTraceActivity)
--- End of inner exception stack trace ---
at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostingEnvironment.HostingManager.EnsureServiceAvailable(String normalizedVirtualPath, EventTraceActivity eventTraceActivity)
at System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostingEnvironment.EnsureServiceAvailableFast(String relativeVirtualPath, EventTraceActivity eventTraceActivity)
Process Name: w3wp
Process ID: 5660

I have tested a lot, service restart, wsusutil.exe check health,
also added following “..multipleSiteBindingsEnabled=”true” /> into the web.config file. It didn’t work. Until I found the URL to KB3159706 (Update enables ESD decryption provision in WSUS in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2).

Hint:
Don’t add only the following line like displayed here (URL)
<serviceHostingEnvironment multipleSiteBindingsEnabled=”true”/> wsus service has already one option in the config file. so add it into the existing serviceHostingEnvironment tag.

</bindings>
   <serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled="true" multipleSiteBindingsEnabled="true" />
</system.serviceModel>

Detailed solution from Microsoft:
KB3159706

If you get an 500 Internal Server Error, then you have an error in your web.config. (Review the XML file)

One extra (maybe only in my environment)
I had to remove and install the WSUS feature.
Only when I did that, I could deploy updates to the clients.

 

 

good idea bad idea: broken flaxseeds

Good idea: Take with food flaxseed to you, because they have the highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acid of all known vegetable oils.
Other important ingredients are mucilage, linamarin, protein, lecithin; further sterols plastochromanol, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E and nicotinic, folic and pantothenic acid.

flaxseeds
flaxseeds in a bowl

Bad idea: I’ve done. If you take the flaxseed with medicine. The flaxseeds will degrees the effect of the medication, because of the laxative effect, based on the fact that the shell of linseed contains mucilage that swell due to water absorption.

With my experience I have waited 3 hours before i eat the seeds.

Warning notes: There is evidence that eating flaxseed could increase the risk of premature birth by pregnant women.
http://jn.nutrition.org/content/128/11/1861.short

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flax#Flax_seeds

 

Random issues with Intel Wireless N 7260 Network card

Configuration:

Active Directory
Radius Server
Wireless Access Point
DHCP / DNS
Windows 7 Enterprise Clients

WLAN authentication with Computer account in Active Directory.

everything works pretty nice 😉

Very strange problem. We have about 20 identical Notebooks (Make/Model), all use Intel Wireless N 7260 Network cards and are all in the same location.

Maybe we wouldn’t recognize the problem if they aren’t in the same room/location.

The Problem occurs after the System startup and User logon:
Logon Script / GPO not processed
connected to the Access Point / IP Address assigned but no ping on the Gateway possible
self-assigned IP Address 169.xyz.

All this errors are randomly on the Notebooks. The tricky part is, it’s only on 3 systems at the same time 😐

To reproduce or locate the error we tried different thinks. Start the systems in pairs, All Systems at the same time, …
Scan the Wi-Fi network with AirPcap/Wireshark, view logs from the Wireless Access Point. (it only shows successful connections / handshakes with the Radius Server) all works fine 😐

GPO adaptations: Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon…
Powershell Script: “Disable turn off this device to save power for NIC Power Management” (Links)
newest network driver from intel, …

problem has not changed.

finally, we found a solution. Delete the existing driver and install the last suitable driver from Microsoft update catalog. All Problems are gone. Now we use an older driver Version 16.10.0.5 (28.01.2014)

maybe it’s our setup configuration or a correlations of used systems

Link:
Disable turn off this device to save power for NIC Power Management (https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Disable-turn-off-this-f74e9e4a)
* slightly adapted. no reboot after every interface change
Microsoft Update Catalog (http://catalog.update.microsoft.com)

Windows 10 – default enabled UNC path hardening – Wifi

Issue: Logon Script is not processed within Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Machine on Wifi.

It seems to be an aftereffect the main Problem is found in the Windows Event Viewer – Windows Eventlogs – System


The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows attempted to read the file \\<corp.domain.com>\SysVol\<corp.domain.com\Policies>\{<PolicyGUID>}\gpt.ini from a domain controller and was not successful. Group Policy settings may not be applied until this event is resolved. This issue may be transient and could be caused by one or more of the following:
a) Name Resolution/Network Connectivity to the current domain controller.
b) File Replication Service Latency (a file created on another domain controller has not replicated to the current domain controller).
c) The Distributed File System (DFS) client has been disabled.

 

Error Code 65: Network access is denied.

After the Error Event 1058 appears it seems to skip the Logon Script too / it get Access Denied on the network share.

Workaround GPO:
Policy: Hardened unc paths
Category Path: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Network Provider\

Workaround Registry:

Check the minimum recommended configuration for domain-joined computers (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3000483)