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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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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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Windows 10 Tip: Show/Hide all Notification Area icons on the Windows Taskbar

After upgrading a computer from Windows 8 to Windows 10, I noticed the icons from the notification center were strung out across the task bar. Windows 10 Notification Across Taskbar


By default in Windows 10 your notification center will resemble this. Windows 10 Notifications

You will have your most important icons in your task bar and the rest will display if you click the “up” arrow.Default Notification Center Windows 10 Apparently, this setting can be turned on in Windows 10.  I decided to find out where to change it.

Open the Windows 10 Settings App (Win Key + I ) .  Continue reading

Resolved: Office 2016 (0x80041015) We ran into a problem while trying to install the product key

Recently, we upgraded a customer from a local Exchange server to Office 365. For a majority of the users, we purchased Office 365 Business Premium licenses that included Office 2016 (Buy Office 2016).

Office 2016 activated just fine on all the computers besides one PC. The computer was running Windows 8.1 with Office 2013. We uninstalled Office 2013 and downloaded and installed Office 2016 from his Office 365 account. After the installation, a dialog box prompted him to sign into his Office 365 account to activate Office. He signed into his account, and Office 365 tried to verify his subscription but it would eventually error out and say:

Sorry, we ran into a problem while trying to install the product key. If this keeps happening, you should try repairing your office product. (System error: 0x80041015)Office 2016 Activation Error

I wasn’t sure what to do so I tried all the things below – but to no avail.

  1. I uninstalled Office – twice. Didn’t fix it.
  2. Tried Repairing Office 2016 – didn’t work.
  3. Logged in with the domain administrator account and tried activating Office – failed.
  4. Tried activating office with another Office 365 account – that didn’t work either.
  5. Started Office in Safe Mode – no go.
  6. Deleted credentials out of credential manager. Same results
  7. Upgraded computer from Windows 8 to Windows 10. – failed
  8. I downloaded and installed Office 2016 from his Office 365 account on another computer. This different computer activated just fine! So I knew it was a computer issue, not an Office 365 account problem .
  9. Logged into Windows 10 in Safe Mode to activate Office 2016. Failed.

I also checked Event Viewer for clues, and I found this. ” Installation of the Proof of Purchase failed. 0x80041015 Partial Pkey=M7TW3″  I looked online for help with this error but I came up empty.Security-SPP Office 2016

I was at the end of my troubleshooting rope. I decided to reach out to Microsoft about this issue. Here is what they advised me to do – and it fixed it! Below you will find the solution.


Step One:  Sign out from all your Office 365 applications.

Step Two: Remove the Office credentials from credential manager. To remove the Office credentials from credential manager please follow the below step

Go to Control Panel — > Credential Manager — > Windows Credentials — > Delete the Microsoft 15 credentials.

 Step Three: Remove the credentials from registry.  (Backup registry first)

Here is the Registry key location from where we can delete the identities and profiles  HKEY_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Office \ 15.0 \ Common \ Identity — > Delete the Identities and Profiles folders.

I opened up the Office applications and signed into the user’s Office account. Bingo! It activated right away.

Summary: Deleting those offending registry keys was the step that fixed my issueI hope this can help someone else. Please leave a comment below if this helped or if you have anything to add.

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Windows 10 VPN – “Connect” Missing from First List of Network Connections

Update: Microsoft Listened! The Windows 10 Creator’s update has fixed this issue! 


Okay, so I wasn’t sure how to title this article. However, I will endeavor to explain my frustration I am having with Windows 10’s VPN settings.

Whenever I click the network icon in Windows 10, it will bring up my local connection, WiFinetworks, and VPN connections. When I select my VPN connection instead of being able to connect directly from the first network setting list I get directed into the Settings app in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Network Connections

Connect is “Missing” underneath my VPN connection on Windows 10.

From the Settings app in Windows 10, I can then select my VPN connection and click connect. Continue reading