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 https://www.malwarebytes.com/ 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 http://tinyurl.com/oldofficefixitdirect
  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: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download
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.
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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 kms8.msguides.com

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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