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Fix – Windows 10 update KB3189866 stuck at 45%

Posted in Announcement, Bug, Windows with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello!

If you’re running Windows 10, it’s yet another sad week. Microsoft messed up again and their latest 400Mb+ update (KB3189866) doesn’t even download properly. Most people (including myself) are stuck with an update progress stuck at 45%…

Fear not! Stop waiting and simply install the update manually in just a few clicks. Here are the direct links to download it (select the appropriate system architecture):

32 bit:
Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x86-based Systems (KB3189866)
windows10.0-kb3189866-x86_48cc54806747877357a732fee03118eb38e92947.msu

64 bit:
Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB3189866)
windows10.0-kb3189866-x64_2c3e91a8162269579c8bf26a502c620d41efef0d.msu

Run the installer and after a few restarts, you’ll be good to go again.

For some reason, this identical update when downloaded via the Windows Update Catalog web downloader, uses another filename (adds the prefix: “AMD64-all-“)… It’s strange as the files are IDENTICAL! I double checked for you and and these Checksums proves it:

kb3189866_checksums

Fun fact! The update’s filename contains its own SHA-1 checksum hash! (2c3e91a8162269579c8bf26a502c620d41efef0d)

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-http://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/14/kb3189866-stuck-at-45-or-95-install-it-manually-instead/
-http://code.kliu.org/hashcheck/
-http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=KB3189866
-http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/ScopedViewRedirect.aspx?updateid=0405fe13-e4d5-4aff-8cf1-0500f5f673f7

Microsoft reduces OneDrive storage space

Posted in Announcement with tags , , on April 12, 2016 by Sirusdark

OneDrive_rgb_Wht_by_sirusdark

Last Friday Microsoft sent an e-mail announcing it was reducing OneDrive’s space from 15Gb to 5Gb. If you create a new Microsoft account now, you’ll get 5Gb of web storage and if you used to have 15Gb, make space or you might end up losing files.

Of course, you could always switch to a paid plan and get some 50Gb of storage for as little as 2$ CAD per month. This shouldn’t surprise anyone as it was announced some time ago, but if you didn’t know, now you do! :D

Have an ice day!

EDIT 2016-m05-06:

-Today, I got an e-mail from Microsoft with a specific date for OneDrive’s  storage capacity changes: 10-08-2016. Unfortunately, I have no friggin’ idea if it’s October 8th, or September 10th. No one seems to bother with this world plaguing date format issue… But I already solved this problem and I use my solution every single day. Did you spot it? :D

Cheers!

Sirus

References
-https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-ca/plans/
-https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Microsoft-OneDrive-storage-changes-bf91132d-d0cb-4cbb-96ba-86278c5c1c2f
-https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/dn673556.aspx

Update – Microsoft Software Download Page

Posted in Computer, Free, Software, Windows with tags , , , , , on February 8, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello readers!

Quick update on where/how to download again your Windows install media should you need to do a fresh install:

Microsoft now has a new Software Download page! You can download Windows install media for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and even Windows 7!

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/

Enjoy!

Sirus

Windows 8.1 Installation Media is Free!

Posted in Computer, Free, How to, Software Tools, Windows 8 with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

Did you know?

If you’ve lost, can’t find or don’t even have your Windows 8.1 installation disk (any version btw), there’s now no need to buy a new one; you can create one for FREE! I was recently asked again where to get a new installation media (aka install disk) and thought it was worth a post to reiterate this very useful info.

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

All you gotta do is download Microsoft’s application (less than 2 Mb), run the tool, select the Windows 8.1 version you need.

Probably the best part is it lets you choose between a USB installer and an ISO file. Once you’ve picked your preferred method of destruction installing, let it work. It’s that simple!

You don’t even have to install anything on your precious computer since it’s a standalone app; which makes it portable too!

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

This nifty tool can create installation media for all the following Windows 8.1 versions (32bit/64 bit):

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 N
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro N

Enjoy!

Sirus
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Early adopter? Try the latest Windows now!

Posted in Computer, Free Stuff, Software, Windows with tags , , , , on October 6, 2014 by Sirusdark

For all of you out there early adopters, being first isn’t enough. You want NOW, BEFORE now.

So here you go! You can download Windows Technical Preview here, now!

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso

But you already did, didn’t you?

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DraftSight is professional-grade, free CAD software.

Enjoy!

Sirus
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How to – Change default Contact Search scope in Outlook 2013

Posted in How to, Tweaking, Workflow with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by Sirusdark

Outlook 2013 LogoThis week’s post is about Outlook (again). This tip was one hard to find information, because that information is simply nonexistent: nowhere will you find in Outlook 2013 settings to change its default contact search scope.

Help is here

But don’t worry, I finally figured it out. Microsoft Office devs sure are a lazy bunch, I can tell you that. In my Outlook, my contacts are sorted in different groups/folders. By default, when searching contacts, Outlook searches only in the CURRENT folder, thus omitting a lot of results, since in my case I also have contacts in other folders. It was really getting on my nerve: EVERY single time I searched a contact I had to change the search scope to All Contacts. After doing some research, I finally found how to change once and for all that pesky search scope to All Contacts by default.

Mailbox settings

Believe it or not, Outlook’s search settings are found in the Search tab of Outlook’s options. Now guess what? There are no settings for contact search; only for the mailbox. And that’s what the problem is all about: the mailbox search options are ALSO those of your contacts. No wonder you can’t find anything about it! Some say it’s obvious and makes sense since your outlook file (.pst) contains your e-mails AND your contacts. I’m sorry, but managing e-mails is different than managing contacts. Microsoft should’ve seperated the settings to behave independently of each other.

Anyway, simply put, changing your mailbox search settings also changes contact search settings.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Reference
-http://www.msoutlook.info/question/735

How to prevent Outlook.com or Hotmail to redirect to MSN on sign out

Posted in Browser, Internet, Tweaking with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2014 by Sirusdark

Hello crazy world!

I finally decided I would share with you a secret tweak of mine. When I sign out of Outlook.com or Hotmail, I don’t get redirected to MSN. Yes, I don’t.

Firefox is your friend

Step 1. Use a real Internet Browser (aka Firefox).

Step 2. Use NoScript or AdBlock Plus. If you have neither of those installed, Ctrl+Shift+A and do so.

Step 3. Simply deny any scripts from the following domains:

demdex.net

omtrdc.net

Piece of cake. Block these two domains and you shouldn’t get redirected to MSN anymore.

Outlook.com - No MSN

Sign in – sign out. Nothing else. You’re welcome.

EDIT – Workaround

For some reason, this method doesn’t work anymore. Being fedup and wanting a simpler solution, I’ve found one:

Log out from a non e-mail related service, like OneDrive, OneNote, Word/Excel Online, etc. Switch service and logout as usual.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

IMPORTANT NOTE
-As much as the name implies it, I don’t use AdBlock Plus to block ads. I’ve never used the filter subscriptions either, not even once. I don’t encourage anyone to block ads without a very good reason. If you DO need to block an ad, it means the website you’re on has a problem. Ads are great. Usually.