Monday, 1 June 2020

How to uninstall Cortana from Windows 10 May 2020 Update (v2004)

How to uninstall Cortana from Windows 10 May 2020 Update (v2004)
Cortana is Microsoft's virtual digital assistant and most of the Windows 10 users don't like it. The popularity of Cortana is very low if we compare it with Siri, Alexa or Google. Microsoft has not given the users to uninstall Cortana and the non-techy users have no option other than to live with Cortana installed on their computer.
With the rollout of Windows 10 May 2020 update, Microsoft has separated Cortana as a completely separate app but again, there is no option to uninstall it. But no need to worry, if you want to uninstall it from your computer, I am sharing the easiest and quickest way to uninstall Cortana from Windows 10 May 2020 update. Follow the steps given below:
1. Click on the start button and search for Windows PowerShell and open it as administrator.
2. Now copy and paste the following command in PowerShell and press enter key.
Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage
3. That's it, you would see that Cortana would be uninstalled from your device in a few seconds.
4. You can now use your Windows without Cortana.

I have created a short video to demonstrate this method, you may check it below:
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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Word and Excel crash after opening through Outlook attachment : Fix It

Word and Excel crash after opening through Outlook attachment : Fix It
There is a sudden increase in the number of incidents where users are reporting that their Word and Excel crashes and then stops working after they try to open Outlook attachments. After the first crash, if they are trying to launch Word and Excel, the splash screen flashes, and then Word and Excel close immediately. This issue has been reported on Reddit and Microsoft forums as well and users are confused that why is it happening.
SAntivirus Scam
Let me tell you the reason behind it. The issue is being caused by a potentially unwanted program, or in simple words, you can say, by a Virus and the name of the virus is "SAntivirus", how funny, a virus with the word antivirus in it's name. S stands for Segurazo in "SAntivirus" and this virus is so clever that it is not being detected by most of the antiviruses and if you uninstall it through the control panel, it comes back automatically.
So I tested this virus in my own PC and found that it was the actual cause of the Word and Excel crash and to remove this virus, I would tell you the easiest way.
  1. Install MalwareBytes free version from and run it.
  2. After running the malwarebytes, perform a full system scan.
  3. It would show several threats hidden in the machine and most of them would be created by SAntivirus malware.
  4. Once the scan is completed, click on Quarantine or Remove and wait for malwarebytes to delete the virus completely.
  5. Once done, it would ask you to restart the computer. Allow malwarebytes to restart the computer and after the restart, open C:\Program Files OR C:\Program Files(x86) and delete the folder "Digital Communications"
  6. That's it, launch Outlook and check if the Word and Excel crash while opening any attachment. The issue would be resolved for sure.
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Monday, 11 May 2020

Fix Microsoft Office installation and other common errors easily by manual removal

Fix Microsoft Office installation and other common errors easily by manual removal
Microsoft Office is the most popular productivity suite used to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. You can find it installed on the computer of almost every user who uses PCs for Office work. Working on Office applications efficiently is not an easy task and when it comes to troubleshooting the issues with Office applications (launching issues, error codes and error messages, activation issues, etc), it really becomes a nightmare. Most of the people dial the Microsoft support's number and wait in a long call queue and then spend several hours to get their issues resolved with the help of Microsoft technicians. So, to make it easy for you, I am sharing the best troubleshooting method to fix most of the common issues with Microsoft Office. This method is called "Manual Removal" of Office which includes some advance steps which normal uninstallation doesn't include.
Disclaimer: If you are an Outlook user, make sure to keep a backup of your data because this method would reset your Outlook and you would have to reconfigure your emails in Outlook.
So let's start:
  1. Download and run the Office uninstall fixit from
  2. When you are done with the fixit, it is time to remove the Office leftover files to completely remove Office from the machine. To do so, press Windows and R keys together and then type %appdata% in the Run box and click OK.
  3. Now the "Roaming" folder would open. From this folder, open "Microsoft" and then delete Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Office folders and then close this folder.
  4. Now open the run box again and type %programdata% and then again open "Microsoft" folder from it and delete "Office" folder.
  5. Now open run box and type regedit and click OK. It would open the registry editor. Now expand "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" folder and then expand "SOFTWARE", then expand "MICROSOFT" and then delete "Office" registry key from there (Right click on it and delete). If there is any other registry key which starts with the word "Office", delete that as well.
  6. Now expand the other hive, "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" and follow the same path to find the Office registry entries and delete them. If you get any error while deleting the keys, right click on the Office entry and then click on "Permissions". Now click on "Advanced" button and then tick the checkbox for the option "Replace all child object.....from this object" and click OK. Now you would be back to the permission window, tick the allow checkbox for "Full Control" and click OK. Then delete the Office registry keys, you won't get any error.
  7. Now expand the HKEY_USERS registry hive and follow the same path to get to the Office registry entry and delete that as well. To make sure you won't get any activation issues, right click on the "S-1-5-20" registry entry under the HKEY_USERS hive and right click on it and click on "Permissions". Now allow the full control to this entry and click OK.
  8. Restart the machine now.
  9. After the machine is restarted, open "C:\Program Files" and "C:\Program Files (x86)" folders and delete the Microsoft Office folders from there.
  10. Now run the Office setup as administrator by right-clicking on the installer and clicking on "Run as Administrator".
  11. Once the installation is completed, check your office applications, they should be working fine.

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Monday, 23 March 2020

Download Offline Installer for Microsoft Edge Chromium

Download Offline Installer for Microsoft Edge Chromium
Microsoft has recently introduced the faster and better Edge browser which is based on Google's chromium source code. The new Edge browser supports all the extensions downloaded through Google store and it is very smooth and fast, even better than Google's own Chrome browser because the new Edge consumes fewer resources than the Google Chrome browser.
To install Edge, you can download the click to run the installer for the edge but if you don't want to perform an online installation and want to use the complete standalone installer instead, I'll guide you the steps to download the complete installation package of Edge Chromium browser.

1. Open this link:
2. Now select the Channel/Build (select the most recent stable build), select the system architecture and then click on the "Download" option.
Download Offline Installer for Microsoft Edge Chromium
3. Now accept the license agreement and your download would begin.
4. Once the download gets completed, run the setup to install the Edge Chromium browser and enjoy the best web browser by Microsoft.

Activate Windows 10 For Free Using KMS Client Keys

Activate Windows 10 For Free Using KMS Client Keys
Windows 10 is the latest and final Windows OS by Microsoft. Microsoft offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 for one year after its launch but luckily if you are using the genuine license of Windows 7 or 8.1, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free without paying a single penny (Using Windows media creation tool). But if you don't have a genuine Windows 7/8.1 license and you still want to use Windows 10 or if your device came with Linux and if you want to use Windows 10 then you can activate your copy of Windows 10 just by using a few commands. Microsoft offers KMS Client keys to install Windows OS as a volume license to try it and using the same keys, you can keep your copy of Windows activated forever. Following is the list of Windows 10 KMS Client keys which you can use with your machine:
  • Windows 10 Home: TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99
  • Windows 10 Home N: 3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM
  • Windows 10 Home Single Language: 7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH
  • Windows 10 Home Country Specific: PVMJN-6DFY6-9CCP6-7BKTT-D3WVR
  • Windows 10 Professional: W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
  • Windows 10 Professional N: MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
  • Windows 10 Education: NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
  • Windows 10 Education N: 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
  • Windows 10 Enterprise: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
  • Windows 10 Enterprise N: DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Note: These keys are not pirated or stolen keys. They are officially shared by Microsoft in the KMS Client Setup documentation which can be accessed from this link.

Now let's see how can you activate your Windows 10 copy using these keys for free. First of all, you need to check which Windows version have you installed. In this article, I'll take an example of Windows 10 Home. So now as we know we have installed Windows 10 Home, we would need to install the KMS Client key for Windows 10 Home in our machine. To do so, follow the steps below:

1. Open command prompt in elevated mode (Search for cmd in Start and right-click over it and click on Run As Administrator)
run cmd as admin
2. Now run the following command as per your Windows edition to install the KMS Client Key:
slmgr /ipk TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99

install Windows 10 product key
Note: I have assumed we are using Windows 10 Home so I used the key for Windows 10 Home. You may use the key as per your Windows edition. Running this command will install Windows key in your machine.
3. Now we need to connect to KMS server. If you already have set-up your own KMS Server, you may use your own url for KMS Server. If you don't have it, then use the following command to connect to KMS Server provided by msguides:
slmgr /skms

connect to KMS server
4. After running this command, we need to activate Windows. To do so, run the following command:
slmgr /ato

activate Windows 10 for free
5. That's it. Your Windows 10 copy is now activated and you can use it without any issues.

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Monday, 16 December 2019

Fix the error: "Computer policy could not be updated successfully, The processing of Group Policy failed"

Fix the error: "Computer policy could not be updated successfully, The processing of Group Policy failed"
In Windows, we can use gpupdate.exe command to forcefully update the group policy changes. While using this command, if you are getting the error message "Computer policy could not be updated successfully, The processing of Group Policy failed", then to fix this issue, you would need to follow some simple steps as mentioned below:
  1. Exit out of command prompt and close any opened files and folders.
  2. Now navigate to the following path: C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine
  3. In the Machine folder, you would find a file named "Registry.pol", just rename this file to "Registry.bak".
  4. Now restart your computer and then try to run the gpudate.exe command in the elevated window of the command prompt, the issue won't appear now.
That's it. This was how to fix the error: "Computer policy could not be updated successfully, The processing of Group Policy failed". Keep visiting for more tips and tricks.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Why do we need an Antivirus software for our PCs?

Why do we need an Antivirus software for our PCs?
Computers are very common these days and you would hardly be able to do your work without computers. Whether you are a student or a working professional, you would definitely require a computer to complete your assignments or manage your day to day tasks. But today, there are a lot of threats everywhere which would infect your computer and it could cause a serious problem, like data loss and OS corruptions, etc. Imagine you are a very busy businessman and you have several important meetings and appointments scheduled in Outlook and suddenly one day, all your appointments are deleted from Outlook and all your emails are gone. That would definitely be a nightmare! Just a single virus program can do this to you and you would be helpless once the damage is done. This is why we should always keep our PCs protected with any good antivirus software. Following are a few more points to explain why antivirus programs are required for our computers:

1. Keep your computer free from adware
You might have seen in some computers that after launching the web browser, some strange pop-ups start opening automatically which show ads related to random downloads, dating, and some adult stuff, etc. These are actually generated by adware which infects the web browser and installs unwanted extensions in your browser and changes the default search engine to any malicious webpage. The default Windows Defender antivirus can’t stop these adware and that’s why we need any other good antivirus program installed in our machine to protect it from adware.

2. Keep your data safe
Hackers can easily install ransomware in your machine and encrypt all your data. The recent wannacry attack was the best example of it. The ransomware changes the extension of all your files and locks the computer with a message on the screen which asks you to pay money to the attacker through cryptocurrency. There is no assurance that your files will be back again even after paying the amount. Suppose you become a victim of this type of attack and lose all your data, doesn’t it sound horrible? This is another reason why do we need to install a good antivirus software with ransomware protection enabled. Not only this kind of attack takes place on the internet. For ransomware to take over your PC, you have to download it first and open the file that contains it. As many may not know, there's a huge importance of security of the browser itself and the protections that each website that we visit has. There are many different online businesses that fall under heavy attacks of hackers. There are clear statistics that show a steady increase in the number of attacks. Among the targets you will find: E-commerce sites, Banks, Pharmacies, private companies, online casinos and many more. The user MUST first check the website. Some of the checks are user reviews, SSL, payment methods and more. Casinos are often a target if they are not secured correctly. The casino might do everything right, but if it has a lack of security, the transactions that are made may be exposed to third parties. A very popular game is online pokies, which gained popularity thanks to its low stacks and fast gameplay. That's why users are often doing many transactions that include deposits and withdraws. Some of these might be "sniped" by a third party and both the user and the casino will lose the money. That is why it's very important to check the website background, the same as you would do in a regular restaurant or business.

3. Avoid system slowdowns
Several malware run in the computer as background processes which impacts the performance of your machine. The RAM and Processor are utilized a lot by these malware which causes system slowdowns and system crashes. These malware gets linked with the important system processes and it becomes almost impossible to remove them from PC once they infect the machine. So to avoid these malware from getting installed in the machine, a good antivirus software is required to be installed on the computer.

4. Prevent automatic restarts and blue screen of death errors
Some viruses create several unwanted shortcuts in the machine and they come back automatically even if you delete those shortcuts. If you click on these shortcuts, either they create more copies of them or they restart the machine and sometimes it results in a blue screen of death error. It becomes really frustrating to distinguish between the original shortcut icon and the malware. So, these viruses fill your hard drive with multiple junk files and slow down the machine which impacts your productivity. This is also a good reason we need a good antivirus to prevent these viruses from getting installed in the machine.

5. Prevent keyloggers and screen capturing malware
This is a very serious issue which you could face if you don’t have any good antivirus installed on your machine. If any keylogger gets installed in your machine through any malicious email or through any infected USB drive, whatever you do in your computer would get recorded and would be sent automatically to the attacker. If any keylogger is installed in the machine, it would secretly capture the keystrokes and screenshots and would send them to the attacker remotely. All your user IDs, passwords, screenshots of your online activities and everything you do would be sent to the attacker which would compromise your privacy and would put you in a serious risk. The attacker would be able to login to your bank websites, he would have your card details etc which can be misused. This kind of data is already being sold by hackers on the dark web. So, it is always smart to keep a good antivirus installed on your machine to avoid these kinds of problems.
So, the overall idea of this article is, that if you want to be safe online and offline, you MUST use a good antivirus in your PC. Without any antivirus, you are prone to cyber-attacks and once you become a victim of it, there would be very fewer chances to recover from it. So, I would recommend using any of these antiviruses as your primary antivirus: AVG Internet Security, Quick Heal Antivirus, Norton Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, and McAfee Total Protection.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Outlook keeps asking for Gmail password: Easy Fix

Outlook keeps asking for Gmail password : Easy Fix
Recently several users who are using Gmail email addresses in Outlook reported that they are facing issues with Outlook. After launching Outlook, the login prompt for Gmail pops up and even after entering the correct password, the prompt keeps popping up and doesn't disappear. Because of this error, Outlook users are not able to send and receive emails.
This issue is actually not an Outlook issue and it is being caused by Gmail itself. I will guide you on how to fix this issue by making a few changes in Gmail settings. Follow the steps mentioned below if you are also facing a similar issue.

Outlook keeps asking for Gmail password: Easy Fix
1. Close Outlook and login to using your Gmail email address.
2. After logging into Gmail, click on your photo on the top right corner and then click "Google Account" option. It would open the Google account settings page.
google account
3. Now click on the "Security" option from the Google account settings page and scroll down. You would find "Less secure app access" which would be turned off by default. Just turn it on and then refresh the webpage and make sure the option remains turned on.
turn on less secure app access
turn on less secure app access
4. Now try launching Outlook and check if the error is still there. If the error is still there, then go to Gmail inbox and check if you received an email with the subject "Critical Security Alert". If you would open this email, you would find that Google blocked the sign in attempt made by Outlook. So in this email, you have to click on "Check Activity" button.
sign in attempt blocked
5. After clicking on the Check Activity button, another page would open which would inform you that Google blocked a sign-in attempt from a suspicious app. That suspicious app was actually Outlook and it is a Microsoft product so Google blocked it's sign in attempt as it won't allow any non google app to sign into Gmail account directly. On that page, click on "Yes, it was me" so that Google would recognize that the sign in attempt was made by you.
yes, it was me
6. Now come back to Gmail and click on the gear icon from the top right side of the page as shown in the image below and click on "Settings".
Gmail settings
7. Now from the settings page, click on "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" and enable POP and enable IMAP and then save the settings as shown in the image below.
enable POP and IMAP
8. Now open control panel in the PC and search for the mail app from the control panel and launch it.
mail app
9. In the mail app, double click on the default profile and it would open the dialog box to see the emails and data files. Click on the Email Accounts button to list the configured emails in Outlook.
Outlook profile
10. Now the list of the configured emails would open. Double click on the Gmail email which is creating problems with Outlook.
open email settings
11. Now the email settings would open. Change the IMAP settings to and and then test the account settings.
gmail settings
12. Now if you click Next, the email would be configured properly and the tests would give positive results.
tests finished
13. That's it, you may launch Outlook now and it would be back to normal.

NOTE: If you have enabled two-step verification in your Gmail account, you need to generate an app password and update the generated password in the Outlook settings in step 11. To generate app password for Gmail, click This Link.

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Monday, 19 August 2019

Direct download links for Office 2007 and Office 2010 All Editions

Direct download links for Office 2007 and Office 2010 All Editions
Office 2007 and Office 2010 are the legacy products now and there is no direct download link available to download the installers for these Office versions. So if you have purchased Office 2007 or Office 2010 but you don't have the installation disk or if your computer doesn't have an optical drive then you might be in problem because you won't be able to install Office, even if you have the genuine product key. Office 2010 (Home and Student, Home and Business and Pro) can still be downloaded from but other editions of Office 2010 are not available on the Microsoft's website. Office 2007 is completely removed and you would not be able to download its installer from anywhere. Microsoft has offered Office 365 and Office 2019 products now but still, there are so many people who are comfortable with the older versions of Office and due to unavailability of the installer, they are not able to use it. So, to make it more convenient for the users who want to download the legacy Office products, I am sharing the download links for every edition of Office 2007 and Office 2010 in this post. So if you are looking for the installer of Office 2007 or 2010, your search ends here. Following is the list of download links for Office legacy products (copy and paste the link in browser to start the download):

Office 2007 Download Links:
  1. Office 2007 Home and Student:
  2. Office 2007 Standard:
  3. Office 2007 Small Business:
  4. Office 2007 Professional:
  5. Office 2007 Basic:
  6. Office 2007 Professional Plus:
  7. Office 2007 Ultimate:
  8. Office 2007 Enterprise:
  9. Word 2007:
  10. Word 2007 Home and Student:
  11. Excel 2007:
  12. Excel 2007 Home and Student:
  13. PowerPoint 2007:
  14. PowerPoint Home and Student 2007:
  15. OneNote 2007:
  16. Outlook 2007:
  17. Publisher 2007:
  18. Access 2007:
  19. Groove 2007:
  20. SharePoint Designer 2007:
  21. Project 2007 Standard:
  22. Project 2007 Professional:
  23. Visio 2007 Standard:
  24. Visio 2007 Professional:
  25. Accounting 2007 Express:
  26. Business Contact Manager 2007:
  27. Accounting 2007 Professional:
Office 2010 Download Links:
  1. Office 2010 Single Image x86 (H&S, H&B, Pro):
  2. Office 2010 Single Image x64 (H&S, H&B, Pro):
  3. Office 2010 Standard x86:
  4. Office 2010 Standard x64:
  5. Office 2010 Pro Plus x86:
  6. Office 2010 Pro Plus x64:
  7. Word 2010 x86:
  8. Word 2010 x64:
  9. Excel 2010 x86:
  10. Excel 2010 x64:
  11. PowerPoint 2010 x86:
  12. PowerPoint 2010 x64:
  13. OneNote 2010 x86:
  14. OneNote 2010 x64:
  15. Outlook 2010 x86:
  16. Outlook 2010 x64:
  17. Publisher 2010 x86:
  18. Publisher 2010 x64:
  19. Access 2010 x86:
  20. Access 2010 x64:
  21. Sharepoint Workspace 2010 x86:
  22. Sharepoint Workspace 2010 x64:
  23. InfoPath 2010 x86:
  24. InfoPath 2010 x64:
  25. Project 2010 Standard x86:
  26. Project 2010 Standard x64:
  27. Project 2010 Professional x86:
  28. Project 2010 Professional x64:
  29. Visio 2010 x86:
  30. Visio 2010 x64:
  31. Business Contact Manager 2010 x86:
  32. Business Contact Manager 2010 x64:
  33. Lync 2010 x86:
  34. Office 2010 Home and Student x86 C2R:
  35. Office 2010 Home and Business x86 C2R:
  • Streets & Trips 2011 North America:
  • Microsoft Mathematics 4.0:
Note: All the setup files are official files from Microsoft itself and there is no crack or serial number included with the setup. To be able to use them, make sure you have a genuine product key for the product you are downloading.

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Monday, 1 July 2019

Fix wrong clock time in Windows 10

Fix wrong clock time in Windows 10
If your Windows clock is showing the wrong time in the taskbar, you may fix the wrong clock time by using the following methods.

1. Change date and time settings
Click on the start button and click on the gear icon to open settings. After "Settings" is opened, click "Time and Language" and then "Date and Time". Now turn on the "Set time automatically" and "Set time zone automatically" options and check if this fixes your issue. If it doesn't, turn off both the options and set the time and time zone manually.
windows date and time setting

2. Start the Windows time service
Press Windows and R keys together to open RUN. Now in the RUN box, type services.msc and it would open the list of Windows services. Now look for "Windows time" and double click on it. After double-clicking on it, Windows time properties would open. Set the startup type to Automatic and then click on Start to start the service, then click Apply and then click OK.
windows services
windows time properties

3. Change internet time server
To change the internet time server, open control panel. Now click on "Clock and Region > Set the time and date > Internet Time > Change Settings". Now change the time server to and click "Update Now" and then click OK and OK.
change internet time server

4. Re-register Windows time dll file
To re-register windows time dll file, open command prompt as admin and run the following command:
regsvr32 w32time.dll

5. Re-register Windows time process
To re-register windows time process, open command prompt as admin and run the following commands one by one:
net stop w32time
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register

6. Force windows to sync time through the command prompt
To force windows to sync time through cmd, open command prompt as admin and run the following commands one by one:
net stop w32time
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register
net start w32time
w32tm /resync
After running these commands, restart your computer and check if it helps.

7. Change the CMOS Battery
If none of the above methods work, consider replacing your motherboard's CMOS battery. After replacing the CMOS battery, the date and time should function normally. To get the battery replaced, you may visit any local repair shop or if you have the knowledge of CMOS battery replacement, you may buy a CMOS battery and replace it with your motherboard's battery.

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