How to solve Windows system crashes in minutes

June 27, 2007

This primer will show you how to solve problems quickly. Using a tool that costs nothing, you can solve approximately 50% of Windows server and workstation crashes in a few minutes. The tool is WinDbg , the free Windows debugger.

You receive a 0x80245003 error when you attempt to install updates from the Windows Update Web site

June 26, 2007

When you attempt to install updates using the Windows Update Web site, you receive an error similar to:

Error number:0x80245003. Windows Update has encountered an error and cannot display the requested page.

This behavior occurs because the redirector identification number of the downloaded file is lower than the redirector identification number of the %SystemRoot%\SoftwareDistribution\ file.

To workaround this issue:

1. Open a CMD.EXE window.

2. Type net stop wuauserv and press Enter.

3. Type rmdir /s /q %windir%\softwaredistribution\wuredir and press Enter.

4. Type net start wuauserv and press Enter.

Try using the Windows Update Web site to install updates.

No Security Tab in Windows XP By Default

June 21, 2007

When Windows XP is a member of a workgroup, the security tab in the properties window may not be displayed by default.  This Microsoft article discusses it:

Basically, change the following registry key to 0:


Control Panel Applets or MMC’s from run command

May 17, 2007

Here are some examples of  shortcuts to type from Start –> run

control userpasswords2 
user accounts 
windows hardware device manager
windows services
registry editor
add/remove programs
disk defragmenter
disk management panel
event viewer
network connections panel
printers and faxes panel
system configuration and startup options
user management panel
opens the control panel
opens Local Security Policy Settings
opens Group Policy

Fix for SVCHost at 100% CPU

May 17, 2007

 Blog info:

What you need:

1) Microsoft KB 927891 – link

2) Build 0374 AU client/ WSUS 3.0 client: – link

 Other related too: Microsoft (SysInternals) Process Explorer – link

Remote Web Workplace for SBS2003

April 25, 2007

See: Remote Web Workplace Part 1 (PDF) for more info

Basic Setup:

Configure Internet and Email access settings to allow access to the Remote Web Workplace web service from the Internet (Server Management -> Connect to the Internet -> Web Services Configuration)

Configure the IIS Web application named Remote to Allow access by Default ( ISS Manager -> Web Sites -> Default Web Site -> Remote -> Properties -> Directory Security -> IP address and Domain Name restrictions -> Edit)

Configure the Firewall to allow SSH (Port 443)  to the SBS box from the WAN.  Create a custom service for RWW (Port 4125) and allow access to that service from the WAN to the SBS box.

Connecting client machines must be Windows XP Pro or better

Access the site to test:
From the LAN  https://SBSSERVER/Remote
From the WAN:

Eliminate the Annoying Extra Prompt in Vista and RDP 6.0

April 11, 2007

With Vista and RDP 6.0, you will see an extra warning message when connecting to remote PCs saying something like:


“Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to…”

To eliminate this, set the following registry key to 0.  Create the key if it doesn’t exist.

\\HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\AuthenticationLevelOverride