Windows Server2012- Windows update fails with code- 8024402C

Follow me One of our client reported an issue performing windows update on a Windows 2012  Server, it failed with the following error Windows could not search for new updates with Error Code- 8024402C I begin with the standard windows update troubleshooting as listed below 1) Restarted Windows update service. 2) Validated the Server is not pointing to a WSUS server (follow the steps below)       open registry editor and navigate to following location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU Make sure USEWUSERVER is set to 0, if not make it 0 and reboot the server As the server is backup, ensure that the value is still 0, if it turns back to 1 then most likely its being pushed by a group policy. You would want to lookup the policy and disable the setting. Now you can try to Update your Windows. If this helps then great, otherwise go for Next step. 3) Open your Cmd prompt as Administrator and perform the following command wuauclt /detectnow wuauclt /resetauthorization /detectnow wuauclt /reportnow Note- When you run the comands, You’ll not receive any output, but the comands will work. now again try to Update your Windows. Still error is generated, no problem, just move to next step. 4) Rebuild windows update catelog with below steps Stop the Windows Update service. Open My Computer. Go to C:\Windows here you can see a folder named SoftwareDistribution. Rename this folder as SoftwareDistribution.old . Now get back to services snap-in and Start the Windows Update services. In most of the case, rebuilding windows update catelog takes care of the issue, However if you are the special one like me...

Unable to Change IE Zone Security Settings

Follow me Recently experienced an issue where the IE Zone Security settings for Internet zone were set to High, and are unable to modify it. The Default Level button is grayed out, and when we click on Custom Level, it only showing High (default) as an option. You may have noticed that the High is set to default, and we have no other options to choose from. In order to fix the issue, you can simply reset the IE settings to default. Follow the steps to do so. 1. Open Internet Options. (Window key + R – Type: inetcpl.cpl and press OK) 2. Click on Advanced then click on Reset Button. 3. Press OK on the next screen, and than close the Internet Options window. Now, launch the Internet Options again, and go to Sites, you have all the default options available. Please feel free to reply with your comment if any questions. You can also visit Pledge Technologies for paid technical support. Follow...

IE Proxy Setting Keeps Changing

Follow me I worked on an issue recently where the IE Proxy Setting would keep on enabling by itself no matter how many times you disable them. I googled on the issue and found numerous articles and posts suggesting different solution, and none of them worked. I ended up running multiple scans to check for any Malware, Adware, Virus, and Spyware etc., and all would may show that there is problem, and is fixed. However, every time I disable the IE Proxy Setting, it would enable again all by itself. Solution: After spending hours, here is how I resolved it, and I’m sure that you’ll be able to do it by yourself. Please note that this article applies to all version of Microsoft OS like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012, etc. Download Process Monitor from Microsoft. (If your PC is not connecting to internet, do it from another PC, and transfer file) Extract the files and launch the application. First step is to Stop the Capture, by either CTRL + E  or clicking on the icon . Disable all the filters except Registry Activity. This is all we need in this particular scenario. Also clear the logs by pressing CTRL + X or the icon . Go to Start — Run (or press Window Key + R) — Type inetcpl.cpl — Go to Connections Tab– than to LAN Settings. Bring the Process Monitor and LAN Settings window side by side. Start the Capture on Process Monitor by clicking on the icon  or press CTRL + E. On the LAN Settings window, uncheck the box for “Use...

Enable or Disable the Reveal Password Button on Windows 8

Follow me This article explains how to enable or disable the Reveal Password Button on Windows 8. As you may have noticed that Windows 8 comes with a Reveal Password button (looks like an Eye at the end of password field) which can be used to view the password before you hit enter. This is helpful when you would like to double check the password for typo’s or keyboard errors before you hit enter. However, your Company Policy may not allow to reveal the password at all, and hence this article will help you. A Policy setting is provided by Microsoft to enable or disable the Reveal Password button. This will help you follow your Company Guidelines for Password Policy. Disabling Reveal Password Button using Group Policy Editor: Open the Group Policy Management Console (Click on Start -> Type gpedit.msc -> and hit Enter) Navigate to Computer Configuration / Policies / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Credential User Interface Under the Right side pane, double-click on Do not display the password reveal button Click on Enable, then Apply, and Ok. Note: This Policy will apply to all the Windows Components, and application that uses the Windows System Controls, including but not limited to Internet Explorer Another Option: You can use is to disable the Interactive Logon screen. In other words, you’ll have to press the CTRL + ALT + DEL to sign in to the PC. This will eventually disable the password reveal button. Open the Group Policy Management Console (Click on Start -> Type gpedit.msc -> and hit Enter) Navigate to Computer Configuration / Windows Settings /...

Windows 8.1 Logon Script Delay

Follow me Logon scripts do not run for five minutes after a user logs on to a Windows 8.1-based computer If you are planning to roll out  or you already have Windows 8.1 in your environment and like many others your client end also depend on the various logon scripts applied on the users or computers and please be aware of an interesting fact that with Windows 8.1 MS has implemented a new group policy which delays the execution of the logon script for five minutes after the user logon is completed.  So  after a user logs on to a Windows 8.1-based computer, the logon scripts do not run for five minutes. The known issues because of this change is that, The resources required by user immediately after logon like map drives or Printer, may not be available up until 5 mins when the script execution is completed. But why did MS do this ? That’s a fair question, the reason is that MS correctly ( 🙂 ) believes that in due course of time there is a lot of mal programmed logon script get accumulated or applied on a user account. The resources which the logon script were designed to call , do not even exist in the environment any more. But admins do forget to remove such logon scripts and they result in user logon delay. So to resolve the user logon delay MS pushed this policy which delays the script execution and the users login just fine. The Group Policy  The Group Policy setting is called as “Configure Logon Script Delay” and its found at the following location...

Windows 8.1 Upgrade installation has failed

Follow me Windows 8.1 Upgrade installation has failed with the error Windows 8.1 Upgrade installation has failed Following error content is found in   C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setupact.log 2014-07-05 20:32:12, Error                 SP     Operation failed: Gather Drivers. Error: 0x80070714[gle=0x000000b7]
2014-07-05 20:32:12, Info                  SP     CSqmSession::SetSQMDatapoint: Set SQM datapoint: Id = 12372, Value = 1, Operation = 2
2014-07-05 20:32:12, Info                  SP     CSqmSession::SetSQMDatapoint: Set SQM datapoint: Id = 12373, Value = 7, Operation = 2
2014-07-05 20:32:12, Info                  SP     CSqmSession::SetSQMDatapoint: Set SQM datapoint: Id = 12657, Value = -2147023084, Operation = 2
2014-07-05 20:32:12, Error                 CONX   Failed to apply the new system. Error code is [0x80004005][gle=0x000000b7]2014-07-05 20:32:12, Info                  SP     Set Watson bucketing parameter #3 to 1
2014-07-05 20:32:12, Info                  SP     CSqmSession::SetSQMDatapoint: Set SQM datapoint: Id = 306, Value = 1, Operation = 2
2014-07-05 20:32:12, Info                  SP     CSqmSession::SetSQMDatapoint: Set SQM datapoint: Id = 306, Value = 1, Operation = 2
2014-07-05 20:32:12, Info                  SP     CNewSystem::CleanupSafeOSMountDir: Unmounting directory C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\SafeOS\Mount
2014-07-05 20:42:32, Info                  SP     Persist diagnostics data for new system for future uploading
2014-07-05 20:42:32, Info                  SP     Persisting diagnostics data to C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Diagnostics\diagnostics.dat
2014-07-05 20:42:32, Info                  SP     Diagnostics data saved successfully
2014-07-05 20:42:32, Error                 CONX   Setup has encountered an error. Error code is [0x80004005]2014-07-05 20:42:32, Error                 CONX   ConX::Setup::Media::CDialogModelDownlevelInstall::NotifyMessage: Error message is displayed at time of downlevel execution: Windows 8.1 installation has failed
2014-07-05 20:42:32, Info                  CONX   Compatibility Finalize called Solution We went ahead and stopped/disabled all the SQL related services on the PC and rebooted it, post that it updated to 8.1 just fine. Feel free to start a fresh thread on our forum to report a new issue Follow...