Friday, 1 March 2019

Fix error 0xc03f6506 while upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro

Windows 10 Home comes preinstalled with many computers and most of the home users are offered Windows 10 Home but Windows 10 Pro has more features than Windows 10 Home. So users sometimes want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 Home and while doing so, they could encounter error code 0xc03f6506.

Fix error 0xc03f6506 while upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro

1. Using registry editor
If you have upgraded to Windows 10 Pro and you are getting this error code while the activation of Windows, you may fix this issue by making a small modification in Windows registry. Follow the steps given below:
> Press windows key + R to open RUN and type regedit and hit enter.
> After opening the registry editor, navigate to
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
> Now look for a DWORD named EditionID. Double click on it and change its value to Windows 10 Professional.
> Now look for another DWORD named as ProductName. Double click on this as well and change its value to Windows 10 Professional.
> Now restart your computer and try activating the Windows, it should be activated now.

2. Using command prompt
For this method, you need to get a bootable USB flash drive. If you have a bootable flash drive for Windows 10, follow the steps below to upgrade your Windows 10 edition and activate it:
> Plug in the Windows 10 installation USB media.
> Now launch the command prompt with admin rights.
> Suppose your USB drive is assigned the letter H, then in command prompt, type H: and hit enter to select the H: drive.
> Now type this command and press enter:
setup.exe /auto upgrade /pkey <YOUR WINDOWS 10 PRO EDITION PRODUCT KEY>
> Your Windows edition would be changed now and if your key is genuine, it would be activated.

3. By disabling the Internet
If you are not able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 Home, just disconnect your computer from the internet and try upgrading the edition using your product key. It should be upgraded without any errors. Later on, you can activate it by connecting your PC to the internet.

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Sunday, 24 February 2019

How to reset each Windows Update Component to default manually

How to reset each Windows Update Component to default manually
Most of the times, we face issues with Windows updates. There are several error codes related to Windows updates and most of the times, they get fixed by running Windows Update troubleshooter. But sometimes, if the Windows update components get corrupted, we need to reset the Windows update component to default by performing some manual actions which include running commands to reset windows update components. In this article, I will mention the steps to reset the Windows Update component to default:

1. Windows Updates work properly if three windows services work properly. These three services are Background Intelligent Transfer Service, Windows Update and Cryptographic Services. There are a few more services that are responsible for proper functioning of Windows updates but we won't have to worry about them. So the first task would be, disabling these services. To disable these services, open cmd with admin rights and run the following commands:
net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc

2. Next step is, to delete the qmgr*.dat files. In order to do so, run the following command in elevated command prompt window:
Del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat"
(This step can be skipped if you are trying to resolve the windows updates issues for the first time. This step is suggested to be used only if everything has failed and you have no option left to troubleshoot windows updates issue)

3. SoftwareDisribution and Catroot2 folders store the downloaded update files and some old unwanted cache also remains in these folders. So we will rename these folders and will create new copies of these folders now. To do so, run the following commands in elevated command prompt window:
Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak

4. Now we need to reset the BITS service and the Windows Update service to the default security descriptor. To do so, run the following commands in elevated command prompt:

5. Now run the following commands one by one in the elevated cmd window to re-register the Windows Updates related dll files:
cd /d %windir%\system32
regsvr32.exe atl.dll
regsvr32.exe urlmon.dll
regsvr32.exe mshtml.dll
regsvr32.exe shdocvw.dll
regsvr32.exe browseui.dll
regsvr32.exe jscript.dll
regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll
regsvr32.exe scrrun.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml3.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml6.dll
regsvr32.exe actxprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe softpub.dll
regsvr32.exe wintrust.dll
regsvr32.exe dssenh.dll
regsvr32.exe rsaenh.dll
regsvr32.exe gpkcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe sccbase.dll
regsvr32.exe slbcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe cryptdlg.dll
regsvr32.exe oleaut32.dll
regsvr32.exe ole32.dll
regsvr32.exe shell32.dll
regsvr32.exe initpki.dll
regsvr32.exe wuapi.dll
regsvr32.exe wuaueng.dll
regsvr32.exe wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32.exe wucltui.dll
regsvr32.exe wups.dll
regsvr32.exe wups2.dll
regsvr32.exe wuweb.dll
regsvr32.exe qmgr.dll
regsvr32.exe qmgrprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe wucltux.dll
regsvr32.exe muweb.dll
regsvr32.exe wuwebv.dll

6. Now we need to delete the incorrect registry values. To do so, open registry editor by running regedit in the Run box and locate the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\COMPONENTS
Now in the right pane, delete the following keys and restart your computer:
Note: If these are not available in your Windows registry, skip this step.

7. Now reset the Winsock by running the following command:
netsh winsock reset

8. Now we need to start the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, Windows Update and Cryptographic Services. To do so, run the following commands in elevated command prompt window:
net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc

9. Now make sure you have installed the latest Windows Update Agent in your machine if you are using Windows 7/8/8.1
Read this article to manually update your Windows Update Agent:

10. Finally, reatart your computer and try installing Windows updates. There should not be any errors now.

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Fix Windows Update Error 0x8024000B for Windows 10

Fix Windows Update Error 0x8024000B for Windows 10

Windows update error 0x8024000B occurs when Windows cannot read the Update Manifest file required for installing the updates. It means that the update is either canceled by Windows services or the user. To fix this error, we have simple steps available which you can try.

Fix Windows Update Error 0x8024000B for Windows 10 

1. Run Cleanup (Decline) Superseded updates PowerShell script
The poweshell script to fix this error is shared on the Microsoft Technet website. You may download the fixit tool from here: Just download the tool and run it and then restart your computer. After restarting the computer, check if the error still appears.

2. Rename the Spupdsvc.exe file
To rename the Spupdsvc.exe file, run the following command in run box by pressing Win+R keys and restart your computer. Then check if the error still persists.
cmd /c ren %systemroot%\System32\Spupdsvc.exe Spupdsvc.old

3. Run the Windows Update troubleshooter
Go to Start > Settings > Updates and Security > Troubleshoot. Now select and run the Windows Updates Troubleshooter and restart your computer once done. Then check for updates and check if the issue still remains the same.

In most of the cases, the error code 0x8024000B gets resolved by following any of the three options mentioned above. Keep visiting PC Tricks Guru for more tips and tricks and troubleshooting guides.

How to fix windows update error code : 0x8024000E


If you are trying to update your Windows 10 device and if you get the error code 0x8024000E, then there is a possibility that Windows update agent is corrupt. When Windows update agent doesn't work properly, it is unable to read the update.xml file that contains information about system and driver updates.

Fix windows update error code : 0x8024000E

1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter:
> Click on Start button and type Troubleshoot and from the search results, open "Troubleshoot settings".
> Now under "Get up and running" section, click on "Windows update" and click "Run the troubleshooter"
windows update troubleshooter
> Check if the error is still appearing after running the troubleshooter.

2. Clean the Windows update temporary cache files
> Open C:\Windows\SoftareDistribution\Download and delete all the files from this folder. Do the same for C:\Windows\SoftareDistribution\DataStore folder as well.
> Now restart your computer and then check if the error still persists.

3. Reset Windows update agent
> Download and run the tool from
Reset Windows update agent
> Restart your computer and check if the error has been fixed.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Activate Office 2019 Pro Plus Using the Generic Key

Activate Office 2019 Pro Plus Using the Generic Key
Office 2019 is the latest version of Microsoft Office suite launched by Microsoft. It's interface is almost same as the previous version of Microsoft Office, that is Office 2016 and only a few new features and improvements have been added. You may download the Office 2019 Pro Plus ISO file from and install it in your computer. After installing the trial version, follow the steps given below to activate the software without any problems:

1. Open notepad and copy and paste the following script in it:
@echo off
title Office Activation Wizard&cls&echo ============================================================================&echo Office 2019 Standard and Office 2019 Pro Plus Activation&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo #Supported products:&echo - Microsoft Office Standard 2019&echo - Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019&echo.&echo.&(if exist "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" cd /d "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office16")&(if exist "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16\ospp.vbs" cd /d "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office16")&(for /f %%x in ('dir /b ..\root\Licenses16\ProPlus2019VL*.xrm-ms') do cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\%%x" >nul)&(for /f %%x in ('dir /b ..\root\Licenses16\ProPlus2019VL*.xrm-ms') do cscript ospp.vbs /inslic:"..\root\Licenses16\%%x" >nul)&echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo Activating your Office...&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ckms >nul&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /setprt:1688 >nul&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /unpkey:6MWKP >nul&cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /inpkey:NMMKJ-6RK4F-KMJVX-8D9MJ-6MWKP >nul&set i=1
if %i%==1 set
if %i%==2 set
if %i%==3 set
if %i%==4 goto notsupported
cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /sethst:%KMS_Sev% >nul&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo.
cscript //nologo ospp.vbs /act | find /i "successful" && (echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo&goto halt
echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo Sorry! Your version is not supported.&echo
pause >nul
2. Now save the file as activate.cmd
3. Run the activate.cmd file as admin and a command prompt window will appear and would try to activate office. After activation, the cmd window would disappear.
4. Launch your office apps and check the activation status. It should be activated now.
Activate Office 2019 Pro Plus Using the Generic Key

Video Tutorial:
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Sunday, 27 January 2019

How to turn ON or OFF security questions in Windows 10

How to turn ON or OFF security questions
Microsoft recently introduced Security questions to recover password for a local account in Windows 10. This feature is great in case you forget your login password, but for some people, it is annoying as it takes a little longer to create new user accounts. So if you want to enable or disable Security Questions from Windows 10, you can use the following options:

Using the Windows Registry Editor:
  • Press Win+R keys to open RUN and type regedit and click OK.
  • Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
  • Now right click in the blank panel at the right side and right click and create a new DWORD value by New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name the newly created value as NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions
  • Double click on the newly created DWORD and set its value as 1 to disable the Security Questions. If you set the DWORD value as 0, it would enable the security questions.
registry editor
  • Now exit the registry and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Using the Group Policy Editor:
  • Press Win+R keys to open RUN and type gpedit.msc and click OK. It would open the group policy editor.
  • Now navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface
Group Policy Editor
  • Now, at the right side panel, double click on "Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts" and check the radio button to "Enabled" option. Enabling this option would turn off the security questions.
  • If you disable the "Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts" option, password reset through security questions feature would be enabled.
Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts
  • Now exit the Group Policy Editor and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Using the above two methods, you may disable or enable Windows 10 Password Recovery security questions.
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Friday, 4 January 2019

MiniTool Partition Wizard: A Perfect Disk Management Utility

MiniTool Partition Wizard: A Perfect Disk Management Utility
MiniTool Partition Wizard is one of the best hard disk management tool that is available for free (Pro version is also available with advanced features). This tool can copy, format, extend, delete, wipe and resize partitions in Windows OS. This tool can really be the best when it comes to extending the partition of C drive. Most of the times, it happens that people run low on space in C drive because of so many software installed or the data stored in the documents folder. In this situation, the operating system starts running slow and it starts giving prompts to clean up the C drive. Even after cleaning up the C drive, the situation remains the same and that's the time we need to extend the C drive's space. Usually, IT Professionals do it by using the DISKPART.EXE command but not everyone knows about the command prompt commands, so either they format the computer and re-create partitions or they use some disk management utilities which aren't proved to be successful every time. This is where MiniTool Partition Wizard comes handy.
In MiniTool Partition wizard, you can simply right click on the C drive and extend its partition size by taking the free space from any other partition of your hard drive. It is very simple and completely safe. This tool can merge or split partitions too, without any data loss.
minitool partition wizard

Some of the features of MiniTool Partition Wizard are as follows:
  • It supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.
  • Using the Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard feature, you can copy Windows OS from its current drive to a different drive.
  • It can create primary and logical disks NTFS, Ext2/3/4, Linux Swap, FAT/FAT32 file systems.
  • A simple one button feature is available to convert an NTFS formatted partition to the FAT file system.
  • This tool can change the cluster size when formatting a partition.
  • You can use this tool to change the drive letter of any partition.
  • It is very simple to resize a partition using MiniTool Partition Wizard because you can set the size of the partition just by dragging the size slider or you can enter the value manually to make it exactly the right size.
  • This tool can run a surface test to check for bad sectors
  • Partitions and disks can be copied over to other partitions or disks
  • This tool supports rebuilding the MBR as well as copying the MBR to a GPT disk
  • This tool can convert the system disk from MBR to GPT
  • You can hide hard disk partitions if you don't want to show the partition along with the other partitions and you can quickly set a partition as active or inactive.
  • Using this tool, you can convert between primary and logical partitions.
  • A partition's serial number and Type ID can be changed using MiniTool Partition Wizard.
  • Using the partition recovery wizard, you can restore the lost partitions.
There are still a lot of features which MiniTool partition wizard offers. If you want a perfect tool for hard disk management, this tool is a must have for anyone.

100% Cashback Offers on Recharges

100% Cashback Offers on Recharges
Cashback offers are always loved by all. Paying for our bills and then receiving the complete amount back is something that no one can get enough of. Luckily there are many companies which are enlightening the customers with their 100% cashback offers. Searching for cashback offers like these on the internet is not easy, you will have to visit each and every partner site to see if there is an offer going on. This process is very time consuming and most of the time, we get redirected on the websites full of ads and fake promotions. Well, that’s what we are going to talk about here. We have curated a list of some of the best 100% cashback offers that is active right now. No need to jump from one site to another for Rechargeitnow coupons and other deals when we cover all the latest cashback offers in just one article.

Reliance Jio “Happy New Year” 100% cashback offer

Reliance Jio “Happy New Year” 100% cashback offer
Reliance Jio in partnership with Ajio made a remarkable announcement of 100% cashback offer on their Jio recharge plan of Rs.399. The operator made this announcement on their official site. This offer will remain active till 31st of January 2019. As per the report, customers will receive the cashback offer in form of Ajio coupon. You can use it to purchase Ajio products.

10 things to know about this offer:
  • The 100% cashback offer by Jio is applicable on their Rs. 399 plan and every customer can make use of this offer.
  • Customers who recharge their Jio number with the Rs. 399 plan after 29th of December and prior to 1st of March will be able to use this offer.
  • You can avail this offer through Reliance official and channel retailer outlets too.
  • This offer is valid for both new and old users
  • Once you do the recharge, you will receive the cashback in the form of a coupon. You can check for the coupon in MyCoupons section on your MyJio app and can redeem the coupon while purchasing garments or accessories using AJIO application or website.
  • You can redeem the offer before the 31st of March.
  • Offer is applicable only once per user
  • You can combine one offer with another offer by AJIO.
  • Offer is applicable on the basis of the availability of the products during the time of purchase. 
Airtel’s 100% cashback offer
Airtel’s 100% cashback offer
Airtel has also announced an attractive offer for their customers too. This offer is valid for prepaid customers only. You can open “My Airtel App” on your smartphone and avail the offer right away or you can also visit Couponscurry to activate the offer. Once, you recharge your Airtel number with Rs. 399, you will receive a cashback of Rs. 400.

How to avail 100% cashback offer?
  • Open your “My Airtel App” on the device
  • Click on the Rs. 399 recharge option
  • Recharge your number and soon 8 digital coupons worth Rs.50 will be credited to your account. 
  • You can use one digital coupon worth Rs.50 on your next recharge
Please note that you will be able to use only one digital coupon for every Rs.399 recharge after receiving the coupons. The Rs. 399 recharge pack will give you 1.4 GB of data per day and you will get unlimited calls as well. On top of that, you will also get 100 local and STD SMS/day for free.

Freecharge 100% cashback offer
Freecharge 100% cashback offer
The Freecharge 100% cashback offer is valid for the first-time users only, here’s how to redeem it:
  • Visit Freecharge and create an account
  • Select the operator and the amount of recharge or the amount of bill.
  • After entering the amount use the promo code NEW75.
  • Complete your transaction and within some time, you will receive your cashback.
Some of the guidelines to follow:
  • This offer is valid for new users only.
  • There is no minimum transaction amount
  • Maximum cashback amount is Rs. 75
  • Look for Freecharge promo code
  • NEW75 is the promo code to be applied
Paytm offer: 200 users every hour will get 100% cashback 
Paytm offer: 200 users every hour will get 100% cashback
How can Paytm miss any chance to enlighten its users? Yes, Paytm as well, has a 100% cashback offer. Here are the terms and condition that you need to know:
  • Only 200 lucky users will get the 100% cashback offer every hour.
  • You can use the promo code to pay a payment or for recharge
  • A maximum of Rs. 200 will be credited to the users.
  • No minimum value is applicable
  • Use the promo code LUCKY200 after your enter the recharge amount.
  • You will receive the cashback within 24 hours.
  • Winners will be chosen automatically.
These are the top 4 100% cashback offers. Some of them are available for a limited period. Avail them as soon as you can and make the best use of these New Year Offers. Don’t forget to visit Couponscurry to avail similar and genuine offers and coupons.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Google Pay : Get Rewards for sending money and paying your bills

Google Pay : Get Rewards for sending money and paying your bills
Google launched it's UPI app "Tez" on 17th Aug 2017 and within a few weeks it got very popular among the users. Reason was, it's rewards and referral program. It was giving Rs.51 to the referred person and the person who referred the user to install the app. Along with this, it was giving surprise money to users for transacting with other Tez users.
Later, on 28th August 2018, Tez was rebranded as "Google Pay". After rebranding the name, it started offering huge amount (Rs.201) for referring users, although the odds of winning money through scratch cards which it gives for sending money to other Google Pay users decreased. But to make Google Pay more rewarding, google added bill payment and recharge services to Google Pay. For paying bills and doing recharges, it gives assured rewards. If you still haven't installed Google Pay, I recommend you trying it once as it is one of the best UPI apps available after PhonePe which is easy to use and has great cashback options which get credited directly in your bank account. Follow the steps given below to get started with Google Pay:

1. Click this link to install Google Pay in your phone. Make sure you are installing Google Pay for the first time in your phone.
2. After installing Google Pay in your phone, launch the app and sign up using your mobile number which is linked with your bank account. The SIM card must be there in the phone in which you have installed Google Pay.
3. After signing up for Google Pay account, check on the top right corner on the screen to open the menu and check if my referral code is applied in your Google Pay account. If not, apply the referral code : 3h5AZ
4. Now on the top left of the Google Pay screen, you would see the option to link your bank account. Tap over it and link your bank account in Google Pay to receive reward money and use the account for your transactions done for bill payments and recharges. Create your UPI PIN and always remember it because this PIN would be used to do transactions on any UPI platform.
5. After you link your account and apply referral code, you should see my photo as shown in the screenshot below. Just click on the photo, tap "Pay" and do a transaction of Rs.1 only. After successful transaction of Rs.1, you would get Rs.51 instantly in your linked bank account. Alternatively, you may tap over "Pay" option and send Rs.1 to UPI address ashutoshkushwaha22@okhdfcbank to get your sign up reward.
send money

6. To check your rewards, you may click on "Rewards" option in Google Pay app and to know about the ongoing offers, click "Offers" option.
rewards earned in google pay

7. That's it. You can earn good amount of rewards everytime you send money to other Google Pay user or pay your bills or do recharges using Google Pay.

Old Post (Tez) Link with screenshots:

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

How to send WhatsApp message to a number without saving it in your phone

How to send WhatsApp message to a number without saving it in your phone
WhatsApp is a very popular application which has replaced the text messages. You can find WhatsApp in almost every phone. It is easy to use, free, and supports voice and video calls as well. To be able to send a message to someone using WhatsApp, you need to save the mobile number of the target person and then it would appear in the list of your whatsapp contacts. But sometimes, we just need to send one or a few messages to someone, for enquiry or any other purpose and we don't want to keep that person's number saved in our phone. So here is a very easy way to send WhatsApp message to anyone without saving their phone number. Just follow the steps below:

Method 1:
1. Open notepad or any other text editing application (I prefer Notepad++).
2. Copy the following code and paste it in the notepad.
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
<br />
<br />
<b>Enter Target Mobile Number With Country Code.<br />
(Don't Add "+" Symbol Before The Country Code.)<br />
Example: 918960090888
<br />
<br />
<form action="" method="get">
<input type="text" name="phone" placeholder="Enter Mobile Number" value=""><br><br>
<input type="text" name="text" placeholder="Enter Your Message" value=""><br><br>
<input type="submit" value="Submit">
<b>Made by <a href="" target="_blank">PC Tricks Guru</a></b>
3. Save the notepad file as whatsapp.html
4. Copy this file in your phone and open it. If asked, choose chrome or any other browser in your phone to open it.
5. After opening this html file, type the number of the person (use the country code before the number without the "+" symbol) you want to send a WhatsApp message and in the message box, type the message and click "Submit" button.
6. That's it, you would see that WhatsApp will be launched and your message is ready to be sent to the target number.

Method 2:
If you are feeling lazy to type the code and saving html file etc, I have created a separate page which you can directly open in your phone and use it to send WhatsApp message to anyone without saving their number. Click Here to open the dedicated page.

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