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I had the same problem on a client PC, I had to bypass the domain and logged in as the local user. This let me in to fix the date which was wrong after a motherboard replacement. The CMOS screen only has 2 spaces to type in the year, the technician type in "19", but Windows interpreted that as "2119".

To start I want to make it clear I have no experiance with office 365 or the associated exhange stuff, and I would never personally recomend such a package to my clients, hence why I am totally in the dark about this.

I have taken on the management of IT for a small buiness and have been tasked with migrating away from office 365 software to get costs down.

There were 15 computers and each had an email address and access to the microsoft 365 software suite. So far I have changed all the accounts onto an "exchange only" plan, removed office 365 from all machines, and migrated to stand alone versions of MS office. Which is great, saving them lots of money on subscriptions already.

The exchange only licences have come via a reseller purchased by the previous IT technician. It appears the company has been paying the technician and he has been purchacing them from the reseller.

There has been some disputes between the company and the technician and he has threatened to hit the kill switch on the 365 licenses and seriously throw a spanner into the works. So we want to migrate away from the reseller and regain full control of the licenses (on the down-low if at all possible.)

So basically my question is; can we descreetly remove our relationship with the reseller on the office 365 admin account from our end, while either maintaining the existing licenses, or purchase new licenses from MS directly ...

In an admin shell type

cacls %temp% /G everyone:f

/G replaces existing ACLs whereas /E edits (modifies) existing ACLs

Yesterday I followed a thread trying to learn to lock file folders using the cacls in the command window. I thought I'd use the temp file folder as my target, thinking that it was the most innocent folder I had. I was able to lock it, but now I can't unlock it.

Here is the code that I used to lock it:
cacls %temp% /G %username%:R

it asked me: Are you sure <Y/N> I replied Y, and it returned "processed dir: C:\DPCUME~1\HASLAM~4.AFT\LOCALS~1\Temp

I could confirm that I was unable to save anything to the temp folder. So I then wanted to unlock the folder. I used the following code:

cacls %temp% /E /T /C /G %username%:F .nul

It returns : Access is denied.

OP may be gone, but this is still relavent.... Any new leads?

If you have the system backup(s) and the data in a partition of the system HDD, effectively you are only securing yourself from user error. If the drive goes bad or if you get ransomware/virus you still have no solution.
Unless the drive with the backup is offline or in the cloud / network don't consider that you have a backup.
I too have an SSD to boot and an HDD to store data in. For emergencies I've got a bootable USB with windows setup always available.
I should backup to one of my old drives, but I can't seem to find the time/energy.
For my work computer everything is in the cloud, so I don't really care.

I have had three problems with Windows Update over the years. The troubleshooter has been unable to resolve any of them.

My machines all have an SSD for the system and applications, and a large HD for data. The large HD is partitioned so it has a bootable clone of the SSD and a second partition for data. I re-do the clone every month or so. So given a serious problem with the SSD I can boot from the HD and keep working / fix things.
That's in addition to normal backups (TrueImage for Windows, TimeMachine for Mac), and also keeping really important data in a DropBox folder on the HD to secure a remote live shared backup.
Is that overkill? I think not.
Is the average user capable of setting that up and maintaining it? I think not.

Try running the Windows update Troubleshooter, this is designed to detect and fix update related issues. So else update the device drivers as if the drivers are not compatible this may cause errors, check the Display Driver, Network Adapter, and Audio Sound driver and update them.

Computers usually come configured with several partition, to wit:

  1. Recovery (not accessible through Windows)
  2. Diagnostics (ditto)
  3. C: (Windows/apps/user files)

I've told family and friends that I will halp them maintain their computers as long as I can get at them before they are first used. Here is what I do

  1. Boot Macrium Reflect from a USB stick and take a complete disk image
  2. Boot the new computer & do mandatory setup (user name, etc)
  3. Install Macrium Reflect and EaseUS
  4. Shrink C: & create D: (using EaseUS)
  5. Relocate user files (documents/pictures/vides/etc) to D:
  6. Install a few utilities (Speccy,CCleaner,PSTools,etc)
  7. Make sure Windows is up to date & anti-virus is installed
  8. Create a full image of C: and save to D:\Images

If they want I can help them install some apps, then do a CCLean and take another C: image

Generally I ask them to provide a USB stick of sufficient size to hold the C: image file. Now if they brick their system I can always quickly get them back to a functioning system with an image restore. I stress the importance of backing up their personal files but if they don't take my advice that's just too bad. I typically have to restore a system image on my father-in-law's computer 2-3 times per year. Note that with user files on D, restoring a C image doesn't result in loss of data.

Too many folk today just want to use the ...

rproffitt commented: I'm sure you've heard it all. Such as "At work I never had to backup or do any of this." or "Apple ... (something.)" +15

I'm going to disagree. Everday new Windows users are not getting machines ready and setup to install their apps and files on that other partition and drive. Asking most to learn this is a pain. Too many folk today just want to use the machines. They do not want to deal with this.

This is not a failure of the makers or those that deploy Windows. Backups of what you can't lose is part of "Windows" life.

If you want to change how this works, take another look at ChromeOS and Chromebooks. You can send a Chromebook into a grinder and user files are not destroyed even if the user never did a backup.

-> Windows is based on ideas from decades ago. Maybe 3 decades ago? Maybe older.

Intro: I am Almario and I would like to discuss windows installation especially and more specifically out of the box installations. Why it should be partitioned to at least two drives.

Body: A drive is volatile to a user and easily damagable. A drive when given super user access to system 32 folder. I won't explain how to do this as it will cause more bootsector virus code to appear. Anyways lol, once this folder and a specific subfolder is granted super access the virus can damage the boot sequence. Now when windows is started you can not access windows. You can try quick flash maybe the force is on your side.

When a drive is partioned into two drives where one is for the installation of windows yada yada. The other is used as a back-up drive for in-case partition A is infected or corrupted. Partition B can be empty and used for storage while partition A does most of the work. If partition A is corrupt in the case of UEFI partion b can have a fresh installation and partition A can be formated while the user saves their hard drive data. Less work for technicians too when the user needs the data. Yeah I know the cloud also helps but not all the time.

In conclusion : We are in the 21st century and this may help eradicate those unnecessary "All my data is gone" bloopers.

Tell me your thoughts as I would really like to purchase ...

Adam_53 commented: Buy an external drive +0

I wish everything was easier ^_^

eris23 commented: It runs on VirtualBox within Windows (or Linux, etc). You can set it up to mimic various Android devices. Plus...install Gapps. +0

You have the bona fide official emulator now. I wish it was easier.

Got it working. Thanks for the help.

I uninstalled then reinstalled AS and started a new project with the bare minimum interface. At least I now have a tools -> virtual device manager option so I'll work with that for a while.

Sorry that I don't have a tutorial on this one. While I do work on Android apps in AS and use the emulator I did have to be patient as the system finished setting up.

All of us at the office use this one. Good, bad or indifferent we use it. I went so far as to install Intel's accelerators to the emulator and it's very usable. The only thing that I wish it could do is better Bluetooth emualation. That is, if your PC has a Bluetooth system the emulator doesn't use it so you have an emulator with something missing. Our apps use SPP (serial port profile) on Android so 99% of the time we have a real Android target over USB.

I followed the install procedure and it failed to set the JAVA_HOME environment variable so the advmanager.bat file wouldn't work. using some menu in Android Studio is too vague to help (I apologize if I sound ungrateful) and when I fired up AS to start hunting through menu items it just sat ther spinning with "Waiting for build to finish" even though I haven't tried to build anything.

I use the Android Developer system and only had to setup the emulator one time using some menu in Android Studio. Once you get it setup in AS you should be good to go. I have no tutorial on this handy.

Looks like that option is far more complex than I need. The first step was to run

emulator -list-avds

to list the available AVDS. My list came up empty. However, emulator -help game me a list of 200 or so options and switches. While I would like to run an emulator, am not willing to invest several weeks in figuring this out. Thanks anyway. I'll spend my time figuring out the VerifyFitPro for which there is almost zero documentation (thatincludes the Android App as well).

I would have likely been fired if I gave my users a custom app with the instructions "You f##king figure it out.

But I'm not bitter.

It does here. I seem to install this about 4 times a year and each time I get an emulator. Maybe you need a clue on how to start it. is just one of many pages about this one.

Well, I installed Android Studio and it does not include an emulator.

I don't know if this will work for you. It's rather large and has more than just the emulator. I use the emulator in Android Studio. Maybe someone has it "all on its own" but I haven't searched for that. If I was to search I think it would be this one:

I do want to comment that miscreants have hijacked common searches so you look for a thing and end up at other sites, malware sites or worse.

I have favorite apps like VLC Player but when folk tell me they looked for such they got malware. PITR.

My wife got a VeryfitPro fitness monitor for Christmas. I have the app loaded on my Android (6) phone and was hoping to install a companion app on my Windows 10 laptop but the only thing available is to install an Android emulator on Windows 10 then load the phone app into that. I did a google search and found a list of the 7 best emulators. The list was

  1. BlueStacks
  2. Remix OS Player
  3. Droid4x
  4. MEmu
  5. Nox Player
  6. AMIDuOS
  7. Windroy

I tried Bluestacks and ended up at an online poker site.

Remix resulted in This site can’t be reached

Droid4x gave me Failed to load page content

At this point I was sensing a pattern so perhaps soneone out there can recommend a decent and free emulator.

I can give that a try, but, being a Microsoft offering, I suspect that I'd still have to download the update 4-5 times before I figured out how to set up as they suggest. Also, I already have trouble moving files from machine to machine because of access rights. When I was in IT i was a domain admin so access was never a problem. Now I'm just "dad" with no inherent rights.

@Reverend Jim,

Windows 10 deliverery optimization has changed again. May want to check it out. Here's the screen where it shares among the local area network PCs.
Not that I am saying it works, but they did change it again.

And, unfortunately, I have to download it three times to update three machines. I can't just get it once then update from a local copy.

1,5 GB the last

This looks like a hardware issue to me. I would replace the hard drive if this was my computer.