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Windows 10 Bug: Windows 10 Offline Files not Indexed or Searchable

Most times when I post articles, it is because I have found a fix for an issue. Well, this time that isn’t the case. I love Windows 10, however there seems to be so many bugs that keep showing up.

This is the latest bug I found with Windows 10 Version 1511. In Windows 10 offline files are not indexed or searchable in the Windows 10 start menu. Let me explain how a lot of small companies are setup and how this impacts us.

Most small networks have some version of SBS or Server 2012. A lot of IT admins, including us, using the folder redirection group policy to redirect the users’ documents to the server. This essentially gives the workstation a “backup” for its documents and also allows a user to access their documents on multiple devices.

On each device we set the redirection folders to also be offline files. This allows the user to go outside the network and still have their redirected documents with them. This works absolutely beautiful with Windows 7 – you would think it would work great Windows 10 as well, but NO it doesn’t.

I verified this has happened on multiple computers and different customers. When you set the documents to be offline files and redirected, Windows will “index” the offline files – but it really doesn’t. A quick search in the start menu will come back absolutely empty. You can search all you want with the new “Better” start menu and it will not return even one redirected , offline file. Good Job, Microsoft!

I knew we couldn’t be the only company that uses redirected folders and offline files, so I did some checking on Google. Sure enough I found this forum thread with other users that have the exact same problem.

I would like to hear from you if you are experiencing the same problem. If you are experiencing the same problem, please post of this forum thread and comment below if you have found any fixes or work around.

In the meantime, I will keep a close eye out for any fixes that come along. As far as for the users that already upgraded to Windows 10, sorry no searching Windows 10 offline files for you – yet!

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How to find Computer Name from CTRL + ALT + DEL Login Screen on Domain PC

Have you ever wondered, what the computer name of a domain-joined PC was from the CTRL + ALT + DEL screen? I just discovered there is a way to find the computer name on a domain – joined computer from the login window. I found this tip the other day on this gentlemen’s blog. I would definitely recommend following this blog, it is packed with useful information.

After you hit CTRL + ALT + DEL to login into your domain computer, you can find your computer name by simply doing the following. Where you normally enter your username simply type .\ This will list the computer name below the password field. Windows 7 Computer NamePretty cool aye? This simple trick works on Windows 7 and Windows 10. To see the domain again, you simply erase .\ and you will see your domain name. 

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Unable to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro “We Couldn’t Upgrade Your Edition”

Recently, a customer brought a laptop to us. The laptop was running Windows 10 Home and the laptop needed Windows 10 Pro so it could be joined to a domain network. Normally, this upgrade process doesn’t take long. After paying for the Pro upgrade in the Windows 10 store and downloading the upgrade – we would reboot the computer. After every reboot of the computer, we got the following message:

“We couldn’t upgrade your edition. Try upgrading your edition of Windows again or contact your system administrator or Microsoft. Error code: 0x0 “We Couldn't Upgrade Your Edition Windows 10

As you can see, that error code doesn’t give you much information. After multiple attempts, I decided this wasn’t a fluke issue and decided that there much be some software issue.

Here is how I resolved this issue. I’m not sure which troubleshooting step actually solved the issue but the upgrade went smoothly after I did the following.

Step One: I uninstalled McAfee Antivirus software. I have never liked McAfee so I decided I would start there.

Step Two: I disabled all applications from starting up. Here is the list of applications I disabled Continue reading

The Fastest Way to Download Windows 10 Spotlight (LockScreen) Images

If you are like me, I love the new Windows 10 Spotlight images on my Lock Screen. I like these photos so much that it would be nice to be able to download and save these files.

I found that the quickest and simplest way to get these lockscreen images is to download the SpotBright App from the Windows 10 store.Windows 10 SpotBright

This app does exactly as it advertises. It downloads the daily lockscreen images that Microsoft uses on Windows 10 desktop and mobile.

Once the app is downloaded just do a Fast Search and it will find all the current Spotlight images that Microsoft currently offers. SpotBright AppJust download the images files and you are set! The cool part is that each photo has a mobile and desktop version. You get to choose what photo to use according to what device you want the photo on! SpotBright Images

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Kudos to the developer who made this app. Thanks

Find Which Build Version of Windows 10 Your Computer has Installed

With all the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has transitioned to a new update strategy. They plan to release a Windows 10 build twice a year, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn. With all the new build updates being released, especially if you are in the Windows Insider program, it can be hard to remember what build and version number of Windows 10 your computer is running.

I want to share a small tip with you so you can tell which build version of Windows 10 you are running. This only takes a couple seconds to find out. You can watch the video I made below or follow the written instructions.

Step One: Go to your Windows 10 start menu and type winver. Hit Enter on your keyboard and a small dialog box will pop-up telling you which build version of the OS your computer currently has installed.Windows 10 "winver" Command

You are finished! From this dialog box you can find which build number and version you are on.

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