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Move SkyDrive folder to a different location without having all files resynced

To Move SkyDrive folder to a different location without having all files resynced

  1. Right click SkyDrive icon on the task bar, click settings
  2. In the settings tab, click Unlink SkyDrive button


  3. Move your SkyDrive folder to new sync folder location.
  4. Launch SkyDrive again, on the first run, click Change button to choose the folder set in step 3.image

SkyDrive will now use the new folder you choose, all existing files will be merged without getting resynced from cloud.

Solution Log in failed with error “The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship”

If you have a machine in domain turned off for a few weeks. You might log in failed with error “The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship” when it’s turned on. The error message means the target machine losts domain relationship with domain controller, you can follow these steps to login to domain again:

  1. Log in with local administrator
  2. Open system properties windows, on the Computer Name tab, click button Change
  3. Delete the domain name, re-enter it with domain NetBIOS name (if the domain is sysdomain.local, then the NetBios name is sysdomain)
  4. Input the credential of sysdomainmachine to join this machine to domain
  5. Click OK to close the confirmation window
  6. A reboot is needed to take effective

After reboot you can login to the domain with domain account.

Windows 8 – I can’t find the Internet Explorer on the new Start Screen. How do I get it back?

Internet Explorer 10 might have accidentally become unpinned. To pin it back to your Start screen, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
  2. Enter Internet Explorer, and then tap or click Apps.
  3. In the search results, swipe down on the Internet Explorer icon, and then tap Pin to Start.
    (If you’re using a mouse, right-click Internet Explorer, and then click Pin to Start.)

Surface RT – The time is showing 1 hour ahead of the actual

You might notice in your Surface RT, the time is showing 1 hour ahead of the actual even with the correct Time Zone selected.

The root cause is the internet clock was not sync correctly.

To fix this, connect to internet and do following:

  1. Go to the right bottom of the screen and click on the time
  2. Go to Internet Time and Change Setting
  3. Then click Update now

Error The update is not applicable to your computer When Installing PowerShell V3

PowerShell V3 and PowerShell ISE V3 is not a port of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. However, you can download it from here.

You might receive following error when you install the msu file

The update is not applicable to your computer


  1. Installed Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  2. Install .NET 4.0 Full Profile. ( not client profile )

Registering ASP.NET 4.5 with IIS8

In Windows Server 2012, DotNet 4.5 are shipped as part of OS but DotNet 4.5 is not registered with IIS8 be default. If you try to run aspnet_regiis.exe as you did for Windows Server 2008 R2, you will see following error

Microsoft (R) ASP.NET RegIIS version 4.0.30319.17929
Administration utility to install and uninstall ASP.NET on the local machine.
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Start installing ASP.NET (4.0.30319.17929).
This option is not supported on this version of the operating system. Administrators should instead install/uninstall ASP.NET 4.5 with IIS8 using the “Turn Windows Features On/Off” dialog, the Server Manager management tool, or the dism.exe command line tool. For more details please see
Finished installing ASP.NET (4.0.30319.17929).


(Following step by step tutorials are copied from IIS 8.0 Using ASP.NET 3.5 and ASP.NET 4.5 )

Step by Step Instructions enabling AspNet on IIS8

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How to Search in Windows Store

You might notice that there is not search box in Windows Store and find it’s difficult to see a way to search app in store. Here are steps:

  1. WinKey + C to open the charms bar
  2. Click or tap “Search”
  3. Enter what you want to search for

Update: actually step #2 & 3 is not necessary, when you go to store, you can just start typing and search will automatically come up. You can even do same in the start screen!

Screenshot for searching OneNote in Store.


Windows 8 IE 10 Launch Options

In Windows 8 You can configure IE10 to always open in the default Metro style or in Internet Explorer for the Desktop, as you prefer.

To configure the way links display in IE10 when you open them:

  1. If you are using a Metro version of IE, when viewing a site in IE10, click Page Tools and select View on the desktop.
  2. Click Tools, and select Internet options.
  3. Click to display the Programs tab.
  4. In the Opening Internet Explorer section, select the default option you desire from the menu, and then click OK.image

There are 3 IE launch options.

Let Internet Explorer decide

This option will choose which version of IE to open depending on the context where the link was selected. Selecting a link from a Metro style-app will open the touch-optimized version of the browser. Selecting a link from an application or icon on the desktop will open the desktop version of the browser. This option is the default.

Always in Internet Explorer

Links from all apps, including desktop apps, will open in Metro version of IE.  The only exception here is IE icons and Internet shortcuts on the desktop.

Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop

Links from all apps, including Metro style-apps, will open Desktop version of IE.

Turning on and off GUI in Windows Server 2012

When you install Windows Server 2012, you can choose between Server Core Installation and Server with a GUI. The Server with a GUI option is the Windows Server 2012 equivalent of the Full installation option available in Windows Server 2008 R2. The Server Core Installation option reduces the space required on disk, the potential attack surface, and especially the servicing requirements. In Windows Server 2012, you can freely switch between these options at any time, one approach might be to initially install the Server with a GUI option, use the graphical tools to configure the server, and then later switch to the Server Core Installation option.

To use PowerShell to switch between Server Core and Full Server with GUI

Full Server with GUI to Server Core

Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra -Restart

Server Core to Full Server with GUI

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell -Restart

Deploy Windows 8 to a virtual hard disk

Windows 7 introduced Native VHD boot which allows user to install Windows 7/Windows server 2008 R2 on a physical box to a virtual hard disk (VHD). You can do same process in Windows 8

  1. Boot from the Windows 8 media (USB, CD, etc.).
  2. At the Install screen, press Shift+F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. Start diskpart and create the VHD file you want to install to:

    create vdisk file=c:win8.vhd maximum=80000 type=expandable
    select vdisk file=c:win8.vhd
    attach vdisk
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs label=”Win8″ quick

  4. Exit diskpart, and when you install Windows 8 you’ll be able to select your VHD volume (ignore the warning that you won’t be able to install).

If this is an existing machine, and you want to dual boot rather than wipe the disk, then don’t perform the first three blocks of commands.