“Windows could not complete the installation” Error – HOME Edition

This article is specifically aimed at users of Windows Home Edition. This is intended to help you fix the error that reads, “Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation.” At the error message, do the following: Press SHIFT+F10 to open the command prompt Type net user administrator <password> […]

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Remotely Modifying the Registry Using Regedit

This is one of my favorite tricks. I use this trick when someone’s Adobe suddenly decides to update so aggressively that the computer slows to a crawl. Or when Java keeps prompting to update even though auto updates are disabled. You can easily connect to the machine, make the change and the user never needs […]

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Enable Remote Registry Access

By default, Windows does not allow remote access to the registry. To access the registry remotely you’ll first need start the Remote Registry service. There are multiple ways to achieve this; we’ll cover three ways here: Manually start the service (good option when building an image, not so good if the device is already remote) […]

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Disable Lenovo System Update Automatic Updating

If you need to disable System Update scheduled updates on a single machine, you can easily do this manually. Open System Update and then click Schedule updates under the “Advanced” section. Uncheck the box “Enable monthly check for updates”. Congratulations! Your box-unchecking skills are impeccable. If you need to modify a machine remotely or disable updates […]

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Status Errors in Nagios

I seem to have a habit of using overly complicated tools to do simple things. I’m using HylaFAX to deliver the fax for a single number to a single email address (a topic for another time) and now I’m using Nagios to basically ping a single Windows server. Well, it’s not about the destination but […]

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