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Windows Server 2016 Default C drive Icon Location

Q: Windows Server 2016 Default C drive Icon Location

After installing Powershell DSC Resource. C drive Default Icon Get change. unable find why it is changing the icon.

Amar Vaidya

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Preferred Solution: Windows Server 2016 Default C drive Icon Location

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It's the default Libraries icon. I've already looked in SHELL32.DLL and IMAGERES.DLL and it's not there. Thanks.

A:Anyone know the location of this default Windows 7 icon?

its explorer.exe type it in start search then right click and open location

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umm this may sound strange....

but does anyone here know where to chnage the default location for a new file.

Like for exmaple, any new folder or file will be in the top left hand corner...

anyone know how to change that???

A:Default New Icon location

i'm having a guess here, but are you referring to your desktop and all shotcuts and icons that are on it? if you are then the problem could be that auto-arrange is turned on with sorting preference by date-modified selected.

to check this right click anywhere on the desktop and select the arrange icons by>. then decheck auto-arrange on that flyout. post back with more details if this is not what you are referring to.

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Does anyone know if there is a way to change the default location for new icons on the desktop. When I download something to the desktop it automatically puts the icon in the top right corner, but I would rather it be in a different location. Any ideas?


A:New Desktop Icon Default Location?

Right click an empty space on the Desktop> Arrange Icons By> uncheck Auto Arrange or any check mark under the Name, size, modified or type.

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When I change an icon, it opens %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll I'd like to change that. I hate the stock Windows icons. So, I use custom icons. When I change an icon, I want it to open up my Icon folder. My folder is located at My Computer/Local Disc (C)/My Icons

That's where I'd like the Change Icon to point.


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Where does Vista HP x64 hide the default icon images (ie. the little images for CDs and Hard Drives you see on the "My Computer" window. I got a new HD which has a custom image icon, which I'd like to change to the standard default HD icon, but don't know it's location!


A:default icon images storage location?

Originally Posted by Zoloft

Where does Vista HP x64 hide the default icon images (ie. the little images for CDs and Hard Drives you see on the "My Computer" window. I got a new HD which has a custom image icon, which I'd like to change to the standard default HD icon, but don't know it's location!


Hello Zoloft,

You can use this location C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll,26 for the default hard drive icon in Method Two (step 13) of the tutorial below.

Drive Icon Change

Hope this helps,

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Ok, i am about to confuse some people. BUT I have my main monitor set to my 1920x1080 screen but have my taskbar set to my 2nd screen (1680x1050) but my icons still keep going to my 1920x1080 screen. I have tried displayfusion and ultramon to see about a option to set icons to 2nd screen by default but with no luck.

how could I make my second screen be default for my icons but not as my main screen.

A:Help With Default Icon Desktop Save Location

guess i am asking too much lol

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Good Day, I was wondering if Windows will be installed on the SSD by default on a new online purchase of a ThinkPad E570 laptop that includes both an HDD and SSD?  If not, how can I communicate to Lenovo that I would like Windows installed on the SSD drive before shipment to save me from having to do it after receiving it?

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Just upgraded from MS Office Home and Student 2010 to Outlook 2016 on my desktop, and I have accidentally deleted some emails - which don't now appear in my deleted items folder.

MS Support advises that the next place to look is in the Recoverable Items folder (adding that this a hidden folder)

MS Support then says 'click Deleted Items - make sure Home is selected, the click Recover Deleted Items from Server,

The Recoverable Items folder doesn't appear on the Home tab in my ribbon, nor does the Recover Deleted Items from Server.

I would really appreciate some help in telling me how to recover my lost emails, and how I can access these 'missing' folders!

Thanks in advance!!

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I am having the KMS Server with Server 2012 KMS Key,which is hosted on Windows server 2012 R2.

We need to update the KMS Server 2K12 Key to 2K16 KMS Key, Is there any way to Get the detail that the key will activate these OS Versions?

MBAM Report Feature Error Alert

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According to all sources that I could find on-line, it appears that rules are part of pst file.

However, this does not happening in my case.

I use outlook 2016 (part of MS office 2016) and have several accounts linked with this ? From my ISP (POP), Hotmail, yahoo, Gmail. I have rules only for account from my ISP.

Recently I deleted my Hotmail account, removed it from my outlook, deleted associated ost file. Then I had second thought and re-activated this hotmal account the following day. Added this to my outlook. To my surprise all rules vanished. Not a single rule remained. I did NOT have any rules setup for Hotmail account. Even column details for message folders (part of setting) got changed.

I decided to check further. Copied my pst files to another computer which had same version of outlook installed and has exactly the same setup.

Now I added some rules on my 1st computer. Checked the 2nd computer. The same rule appeared there. That means pst file does not contain rules.

So, Where are they?

Hope someone can help me. I am lost!!

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I built my first computer yesterday and purchased an SSD and a 1TB hard drive. I installed windows 8 on the ssd and I want to have all future installs and whatnot go automatically to my larger drive. However, at the moment my ssd is my (C drive and everything gets installed there. yes I know I get the option of where I want to install things but that gets annoying!

So, how do I make my second (larger) hard drive the place where everything is installed there automatically?

A:How do i make my second hard drive the default storage location?

Here you go.

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I installed a program yesterday and pinned an icon onto my taskbar. I've noticed today that the icon has gone and has been replaced by the default windows icon (red, blue white). Even if I go into properties, change icon etc, nothing happens.
What can I do?
Thanks to whoever can offer suggestions.

A:Taskbar icon is replaced with default windows icon

Try rebuilding the Icon cache.
Icon Cache - Rebuild

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OK, I've googled and searched for this as much as I can. I'm a new Windows 7 user. I have a library (Documents) with three folders included. Call them folders A, B, and C. I understand how to set the default save location. Let's say I've set it to Folder A. Now, I want to save a file in *Folder B* by using the convenient Libraries button. Let's further say that Folder B is the location "C:\FolderB". It seems that IF there is a subfolder, say "C:\FolderB\test", I can save it there by clicking Libraries, expanding FolderB, and double clicking on "test". HOWEVER, if C:\FolderB has no subfolders, I can't seem to save there by using Libraries.

That is to say: IF you have a folder in your Library that is not the default save location AND that folder has no subfolders, there's no way to save there by starting from the Libraries button. Is this correct? (If so, it is rather disappointing and seems to undermine the idea of Libraries so I hope I'm missing something...)

A:Saving to a library location that is NOT the default save location

I might be missing your intended idea, but if you name the folder, such as "Test B", then you should be able to save the .ext (if named) to that particular folder by clicking on the "C" drive... wait for it (the drive) to show up, then save.

If you name a .txt file (or another extention) and save it to your desktop, you can also move it to that named folder on "C" drive.

Just curious as to why you want to have different named folders on "C" drive when you can use the Documents folder?

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Where would I find windows icons? Not the dll file but the actual .ico files? Any help would be appreciated.

A:Windows XP Icon Location

Not sure you can get to the ico files in C:\WINDOWS\system32\Shell32.dll
Without some extra software to edit them ..

I think you can create your own ico files and customize your folders to point to a new icon.
I cheat and use some software that does this for me.

This is XP .. I haven't tried it in Vista or W7 yet

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I am presently running Windows 8.1 32 bit. When I had Windows 7, I changed the default location of my Music files to another disk. They still reside on that disk. I would like to be able to select Music and have my Windows 8.1 system find everything related to Music on this alternate disk. I would guess that the method of doing this may be different for Windows 8.1 than it was for Windows 7. The article I used for Windows 7 was written by Brink. Can someone direct me to the appropriate tutorial to make this similar change for Windows 8.1. Thank you in advance.

Richie Rein

A:How to change default location of a profile in Windows 8.1

Hello Richie,

If you like, you could add the folder on the other disk to your Music library.

Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

Afterwards, you could also set this folder to be your default save location for the Music library.

Library - Set Default & Public Save Locations in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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There is a icon for Windows Explorer next to Start. When I click on it, it brings me to "Libraries", which I do not use and never wish to use.

It is therefore an annoyance that it is set as default.

What I want is to pin Computer as a Quickstart icon. However it is subsume into the Windows Explorer icon and there is no way for me to disable Windows Explorer while maintaining Computer. So essentially, pinning Computer to the Quickstart does nothing.

Do I need to disable the Library feature to make Windows Explorer do what I want? Or what?

A:How to set default location when click Windows Explorer?

Read this.

Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target

I was able to direct the shortcut on the taskbar to c:\ by:
Right click
select properties
add this to the targe field ---- /n, /e, C:\

if you prefer a directory under C:\ you can use select or completer the path

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Hey guys,

Windows 7 had a feature where windows would select your default printer based on which network you are logged onto.

I cannot seem to find this feature in windows 10 for the life of me.

Has it been removed? I'm hoping it hasn't or there is at least some kind of registry hack to bring it back. What they seemed to have replaced this feature with "last printer used turns into default printer" is absolutely useless in my opinion. I can think of very few scenarios where that is actually helpful.

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Where is windows photo viewer (the application .exe file) located by default on windows 7 64 bit?

I am trying to set it as the default program to open certain picture files because an essential program I run needs those specific file associations to be made or it will not work. But every time I try to set windows photo viewer as the default program, windows asks me to browse for the application, and it is nowhere to be found on the computer (although I know it is installed and runs perfectly fine). I have tried preforming searches within the computer and just cant find the .exe file I need, someone please point me in the right direction.

A:Where is the windows photo viewer default location?

I use windows live photo gallery so i was unable to find it for you, i found wp gallery by typing windows photo viewer exe in the start search when i got a result i right clicked it and selected open file location,
another way to get the photoviewer as default viewer is to right click a photo and select open with then select choose default program, then select photo viewer from the list ,be sure to check the always use this prog for files of this type checkbox

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I have one machine running Windows XP and I am unable to make a connection via RDP to Windows Server 2016.
I have managed to make successful connection to Windows 2012 and even Windows 10 with latest build.

I have edited these registry keys
-adding tspkg
-adding credssp.dll
Also updated RDP client on winXP to 7.0 enviroment

I have tried 2 different machines with 2016 system.
The connection is not refused by any error (EventViewer is empty on both machines). RDP ask for credentials and then show message "Cant connect to the remote computer try it later" 
Do you have any ideas how to solve it ? 

Thanks for any help

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I bought a pc without os installed, then bought an oem server license, where do I get the activation key from?

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Hi Guys I have noticed that in Windows 7 the 'MY Pictures' folder is no longer a sub-section of the 'My Documents' Folder.  I have moved my 'My documents' and 'Desktop' folders within my user profile to a NEW location (another partition) but would like to know how this is now done for the 'My Pictures' Folder also ? Normally it would move with the 'My Documents' folder but, as I have said above, the 'My Pictures' now seems to be a separate entity to 'My Documents' as a whole. Thansk

A:Changing Default Location of MY PICTURES folder in Windows 7

To move My Pictures to a different location, right-click it > Properties > Location Tab > Move, select a Destination and follow the prompts. The location can be restored by choosing Restore Default.

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How do you change the default file storage location for Windows Store apps? I have a 32GB SSD which has W8 pro installed on and would like to store ALL application data on my 1TB HDD .... I would like to use the D:\ drive vs the C:\ drive ....

Thanks in advance for your assistance ...

A:Windows Store - Change Default App Storage Location

Anyone? Even I would love to install 3rd party apps in a drive other than the system drive.

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Yesterday I updated my Win10 To Threshold 2 - November Update.
Some things I must rework, but main problem is with standard folders like:
Documents, Pictures, Downloads etc.
These folders by default are in location C:\<User>
Before update I had them at E:\<folder>, e.g E:\Desktop
They were possible to change location. Now after update I have no choice for change location.

Can anybody help me with this?

Thank you for all.


A:Windows 10 Threshold 2 & default folders location problem

You should be able to do the same thing you did before. What happens when you try that? What exactly are you doing?

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I've tried to search this but I'm finding answers to everything else instead.

I want to change the default location of Windows Explorer after left-clicking the icon on my taskbar. I want to set it to the username (C:\Users\Tim) folder where my 'Downloads' folder and all those other folders are. Is this possible?

I've been accessing this username folder with pins, but I wish opening this folder was quicker. I don't use the 'Libraries' folder at all.

A:how to change default location of Windows Explorer folder?

You can change the default locations for the Documents, Pictures, etc. folders - but not for the whole user set. Go to the folder Properties > Location tab.

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I think this is actually a Windows 2000-specific question because I don't remember running into this when using Windows Explorer under '98.

When I start Windows Explorer, my default Address is "Desktop". I prefer that it start up at the root of C:\. I have tried indicating this by modifying the "Start In" parameter of the shortcut properties for Windows Explorer, but it doesn't work. Suggestions?

W. Carl Miller
Network Administrator
South Seattle Community College
[email protected]

A:{SOLVED} Default startup location in Windows Explorer

I don't have W2000 but this would be what you would do with W98. Put a shortcut to Windows Explorer on your StartMenu and change the target for the shortcut to this



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I needed to install .NET 3.5 on Server 2016 but have hit all of the roadblocks and need help. Here is what I have tried so far...

I tried to add the feature via the server manager but it ended with code 0x80070002. I did have to provide a path to the sources\sxs folder for the cab file which I expected but that didn't help.I tried using the DISM powershell command to add the feature, both using the source location and also using /All so that it downloads the files from Windows Update. The end result was the same as #1 attempt - 0x80070002.I made sure all updates for the OS have been applied and that updates for 'other Microsoft products' was checked. this made no change in the error.I checked the installed packages via powershell and it shows 3.5 as removed, which again is expected for Server 2016 as they intentionally left it out but provided the cab file in the install media.I have executed a clean sfc /scannow with no errorsI have run a clean dism package commandI have tried installing under a fresh admin user profileI have researched for around 3 hours on the forums so I look forward to the various input
I have uploaded both the DISM and CBS logs. I started fresh with both logs so they contain only details related to a single attempt t install via the server manager.
Thanks for the help!

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I was wondering if there are any known issues or any compability problems if I want to run windows 2016 Server on a Lenovo ThinkPad T480 20L5. It's meant to act as a probe to monitor traffic in a server room but needs to be small and mobile. Hence my question. Thanx =) Magnus

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My objective is to run the tool and analyze the security and software patches on server or computer and produce a list of recommended install.
I read that MBSA (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/mbsa-removal-and-guidance) only supports up to Windows Server 2012R2.
Is there any tools that support Windows Server 2016 ?
I used WUA and it can't run on some of the computer.
Then, explore Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0 but lack of instruction. Not sure it can do the job or not.

Do you have any recommendation on how I can get started ? Thanks.

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Dear IT Pros,
I have 2 questions that need your help and professional advice.
1) Does Microsoft has a tool to check whether a patch (KB) was superseded by another KB? In my case, I'm trying to search whether this KB4022715 and KB4025339 (both of this KB was released in 2017) was superceded
by another KB. This is because a security consultant has advised us to install both of this KB to prevent vulnerabilities but since it was released back in 2017, I suspect there must be a newer KB that supercedes it
2) Can advice what KB I need to download regarding this 2 bulletin ID CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2019-11135? Can't seem to find it after much googling

Thanks in advance for the help

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Windows XP does not assign a WINS Server, DNS Server, or Default Gateway.

Here is the output from ipconfig /all:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Lon Hoss>IPCONFIG /ALL

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : omnibook-6100
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VM Network Connecti
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-C0-9F-09-00-6D
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

C:\Documents and Settings\Lon Hoss>

A:Windows XP does not assign a WINS Server, DNS Server, or Default Gateway

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In Windows 7, all the good icons are in %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll, but we're still taken to the old SHELL32.dll when it comes time to change an icon.

Is there a registry key or something that we can change to remedy this?

A:Change default location for "Change Icon..." button?


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This update adds a new icon for the "Set Program Access and Defaults" feature to the second column of the Start menu. It also adds a Help button and help content. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP 64-bit

Windows XP Professional 64-Bit Edition SP1



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Hello, I am a very nontechnical computer person who had a computer built that runs on Windows Xp 64Bit. I currently have my C drive for windows and wish to have the E drive to be the default drive to download software and other files to. My more technical friend who build my computer did the following to no avail.

1. Run the Registry Editor
Start -> Run -> regedit
2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion
3. Find ProgramFilesDir and change the C:\ to the E:\

However, my default drive still appears to be the C drive and every time I download something I have to manually place it to the E drive. Is there a solution to this?

And also as a side question, what's the difference between the "Programs Files" and "Programs folder (x86)?" I am really a novice to bit 64.

A:How to change the default location for installing applications in Windows Xp64?

the difference between Program Files and Program Files(x86) is the Program Files folder will handle 64bit programs, and the Program Files(x86) folder will take 32bit applications.

as far as your problem is concerned, i'm not too certain as to the answer.

if you go to start and click on run and type in "cmd" without the quotes and then type in

echo %programfiles%
what is the output?

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I am getting this error on one DC, not alot out there that I can find on this error.

Faulting application name: mmc.exe, version: 10.0.14393.953, time stamp: 0x58ba5cff
Faulting module name: GPOAdmin.dll, version: 10.0.14393.1066, time stamp: 0x58d9f2af
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00000000000be1c6
Faulting process id: 0x1120
Faulting application start time: 0x01d2b9ddb96a8ddb
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\system32\mmc.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\System32\GPOAdmin.dll
Report Id: 72683f7e-ea63-4447-8373-4e7c2c33e883
Faulting package full name: 
Faulting package-relative application ID: 

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Not able to Install OS on HP Proliant DL20 Gen 9 Server, HDD not detected in Logical Drive..

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I have been trying for hours and cannot figure out how to setup, and configure the FTP properly. Anyone help?

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I am currently having an issue were Windows 7 computers can not connect to Server 2016 (domain). Right away I get a "The logon attempt failed".
I know that user information is correct, because I can connect using any Windows 10 computer. I have tried this from multiple Windows 7 computers, they all give the same error. I don't have any problems at all with Windows 10.

So, this seems to be isolated to Windows 7.
Has anyone seen this or know how to get around this issue?

I appreciate your help!

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Buen dia, estamso configurando nuestro sistemas en web nos están pidiendo reinstalar IE11 en WS2016, el problema es que no encontramos donde puede estar esta opción y en internet no hay información al respecto........

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Source One: System Center 2016 to launch in September

"We are pleased to announce that Microsoft System Center 2016 will be launched at the Microsoft Ignite conference in late September."​
Source Two: Windows Server 2016 new Current Branch for Business servicing option

"Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that delivers new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for the applications and infrastructure that power your business.

New capabilities will help you:

Increase security and reduce business risk with multiple layers of protection built into the operating system.
Evolve your datacenter to save money and gain flexibility with software-defined datacenter technologies inspired by Microsoft Azure.
Innovate faster with an application platform optimised for the applications you run today, as well as the cloud-native apps of tomorrow.
Windows Server 2016 includes 3 main editions:

Datacenter: This edition continues to deliver significant value for organisations that need unlimited virtualisation along with powerful new features including Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined storage and software-defined networking.
Standard: This edition is ideal for organisations that need limited virtualisation but require a robust, general purpose server operating system.
Essentials: This edition is designed for smaller organisations with less than 50 users.
These editions will be available for purchase on the October 2016 price list... Read more

A:Windows Server 2016 to launch in September

Nice share @Huracan wonder if it is going to be more secure than Windows 10.

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Hi there,
I am currently testing the working of Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics. I have two virtual machines running windows server 2016 TP4. One VM for ATA Center, Second for Gateway. All the prerequisite steps are configured and port mirroring is working fine.
When i try to install Center setup the message come that " The specified Program requires newer version of windows"

I want to know that does Microsoft ATA supports windows server 2016?

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Download: Windows Server Technical Preview | TechNet Evaluation Center

Release Notes: Release Notes: Important Issues in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Changelog: What's New in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4

I may gonna test it out inside VMware

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We have a 2016 server and BITS service getting stopped automatically after 2 minutes, We have done the troubleshooting like restore system health, sfc
/scan now and rename the software distribution and cat root but issue still same?

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Hi, we are becoming more and more frustrated with the forced windows updates. These may help home users but professional products like servers are not for everyday users and sometimes require alot of configuration to get legacy applications to work.
Windows will at times force updates no matter what we choose in respect to disable them. It is NOT up to Microsoft to determine if or when the servers I am responsible for need to be patched. Any reading and research we have done here has only yielded the
ability to prolong the updates. Once installed over 50% of the servers give an endless spinning circle and require restore or rebuild, this has become unacceptable and has forced us to start testing our applications with different Linux flavors.

Is there a way to STOP the updates indefinitely?

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I am thinking about changing the default Windows folder (c:\Windows) to another location, in particular to another drive.

I first thought that it should be possible just by changing the values in the registry for windir and systemroot and making a robocopy of the windows folder to the new location. However, as in order to access these variables in the registry, the hives of the registry, which themselves are located in the system32\config folder within the Windows folder, need to be accessed at startup, I guess that at least the contents of the config folder should not be moved at all. Do you know whether it would work to move the whole "windows" folder except the config folder to the new location (making if necessary a junction config folder at the destination windows\system32 folder pointing to the original config folder) and making the changes in the registry to point to the new location? If not, do you maybe know how can this be done?

Thank you very much in advance!

A:changing windows folder from default c:\Windows to another location

Why do you want to do that? The Windows folder (and its contents) is essential for the OS to function correctly, and the OS expects to find it in the root of the system drive (C:\). In theory, it could be moved, but that would involve making numerous changes to the Registry to ensure that the data stored there points to the correct location. As the number of changes required even on a clean install is of the order of 5,000+ entries, some of which will require changes in permissions and other security issues, it really is a non-starter especially when you realise that a simple mistake in changing (or, indeed, failing to change) any one of those keys could potentially leave your system as effective as a big door stop with the only option being a reinstallation.

In short, for practical purposes, the answer has got to be that it cannot be done.

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I run a desktop system with multiple physical hard drives. I maintain a strict practice of locating ALL data files on a drive other than drive C. This includes my Internet Explorer Favorites, my e-mail and my e-mail address book. Using Outlook Express under Windows XP, I have been able to do this with no difficulty, though sometimes editing the Registry was necessary.

Now, switching over to Windows 7, I can no longer use Outlook Express. So I am trying to set up Windows Live Mail so that BOTH the e-mail files and the Contacts file (address book) are located on a different drive. There is a built-in provision in Windows Live Mail to change the default location of the e-mail files themselves but there does not appear to be any provision for changing the location of the Contacts file, even by editing the Registry (so far as I can see).

Does anyone know if it is POSSIBLE to do this, and if so, HOW?

Regards to all,

A:How can I change default location of Windows Live Mail Contacts file?

There's no easy way to change the location of WEMail contacts. Any registry hacks for any Windows application only makes your system less stable. I don't know of any registry tricks for this.

A better way is to move your entire user profile to a sperate partition on the root drive.

User Profile - Change Default Location - Method One

This is preferred over changing individual standard folders location in the folder properties (Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos) and changing default locations inside an application (Msg Store location).

I set up my system that way, it's much cleaner and a reinstall doesn't affect that User profile partition (unless you do a factory reset or tell the install to use the entire drive).

You should use the root drive so that it is always available when you boot the system.

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