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Windows Update fix for corruption errors like 0x80070002

Posted by essjae on February 21, 2014

Microsoft KB 947821 (

If you’ve gotten one of those cryptic 0x800xxxxxx Windows Update errors, Microsoft finally has a fix for Vista and higher, no XP solution.

Fix Windows Update corruption errors such as 0x80070002 and 0x80070057

Windows Update corruption errors prevent Windows updates and service packs from installing. For example, an update might not install if a system file is damaged. If the error you see is in the following list, try the solution in this article.

0x80070002 | 0x8007000D | 0x800F081F | 0x80073712 | 0x800736CC | 0x800705B9 | 0x80070246 | 0x8007370D | 0x8007370B | 0x8007370A | 0x80070057 | 0x800B0100 | 0x80092003 | 0x800B0101 | 0x8007371B | 0x80070490


Windows 8.x and Server 2012 Rx

To resolve this problem, use the inbox Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool. Then, install the Windows update or service pack again.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search. Type Command Prompt in the Search box, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  2. Type the following commands. Press Enter after each command.
    Note It may take several minutes for each command operation to be completed.

    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  3. Close the command prompt, and then run Windows Update again.

DISM creates a log file (%windir%/Logs/CBS/CBS.log) that captures any issues that the tool found or fixed. %windir% is the folder in which Windows is installed. For example, the %windir% folder is C:\Windows.


Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008

See the KB link for the download you need.

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Removing the status bar and standard buttons tool bar from the Remote Desktops MMC

Posted by essjae on May 14, 2012

Two things that have always bugged me with the Remote Desktops Administrative Snap-in was that there were no options on the menu to customize the view, specifically, the status bar and standard buttons toolbar. 

I’ve googled around trying to find a fix, then it dim 20W bulb went off in my head.  Look at a standard MMC console and make one how I want it and copy the config to the TSMMC file.

It was pretty simple.  The key line from the tsmmc.msc is:

<ViewOptions ViewMode="Report" ScopePaneVisible="true" NoStatusBar="true" NoStdButtons="true" DescriptionBarVisible="false" DefaultColumn0Width="200" DefaultColumn1Width="0"/>

By adding NoStatusBar=”true” and NoStdButtons=”true” I was able to get more remote desktop “desktop”.

On my secondary monitor, my TS screen is now 1768×1000 vs. 1768×953.  Not a big deal on a 1920×1080 monitor, but 47 pixels on smaller screens makes a big difference.

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Looking for gadgets? Sorry, wait until Windows 8

Posted by essjae on October 31, 2011

I was trying to set up my new laptop today for work and it really seems like Microsoft does want to find new ways to frustrate you.

Gadgets: Sorry, unless you want one of the 30 we kept, the rest are gone, quote” In order to focus support on the much richer set of opportunities available for the newest version of Windows, Microsoft is no longer supporting development or uploading of new Gadgets”


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New Website Content: Installling Windows NT 4 in WinVPC

Posted by essjae on December 1, 2009

I just added a new PDF, Installing Windows NT 4 Workstation in Windows VPC, to my website. Also added is an ISO of NT4SP6 and IE6 for NT4, which should ease the efforts of getting NT4 to a working SP level.

This is my second PDF on installing an unsupported OS in WinVPC, the first was for Win98

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UltraMon Multi-Monitor Utility

Posted by essjae on October 18, 2009

This is another nice little tool I like. Allows for a taskbar across multiple monitors, spanning wallpapers, etc.

A really nice thing is the licensing.  If it’s for personal use, you only need 1 license for the household.

p.s. The reason I’m posting all this utilities is that I was having a lot of problems with my main Vista x64 box, VPC just stopped working after I’d swapped out the video card and some other apps started to fail, so I decided to format and to a fresh install.  Now, I’ve got to dig up all the apps and utils that I’d installed over the past 2+ years.

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BrandonTools Start++ Utility for Vista/Win7

Posted by essjae on October 18, 2009

I stumbled across this not too long ago.

It adds some nice little CLI type features of *nix into Vista or Win7.  For example, from the search or run box, you can type “sudo cmd” and you get a administrator command prompt.

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Slysoft Virtual CloneDrive

Posted by essjae on October 18, 2009

This is another great little tool I like for mounting ISOs on my PCs, works on Vista x64 and W7 x64, and it’s free.

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Desktop Icon Position Saver (DIPS) x64

Posted by essjae on October 18, 2009

I love this little tool, works for Vista x64 and W7 x64.  It allows you to save and restore your desktop icons.  Very helpful when upgrading certain vendors video drivers.  This is a rewrite by Serge Baranov of the one written by Jeffrey Richter.

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Exposé Clone for Vista/Win7

Posted by essjae on October 12, 2009

The other day I saw someone at work using a Mac and they pulled up Exposé and I thought, why doesn’t Win7 have this along with Flip3D.  Turns out, there’s a free tool, Switcher 2.0.0 that does what Expose does. Press Windows+` to bring up the Exposé-like menu.

Apologies for the screen-capture, my Dell e6500 has a 1920×1200 screen resolution.

Switcher for Win7

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Vista – searchfilterhost.exe using large percentage of CPU

Posted by essjae on October 3, 2008

After upgrading my work laptop to Vista Business to begin testing Vista I noticed that my CPU usage was really high and it was becuase of searchfilterhost.exe using about 50% of my CPU resources.

I found an easy solution, removing .xml files from the  .XML file extension from being indexed in the Indexing Options control panel.

Open control panel, click Indexing options–>Advanced–>File Types, scroll to near the end of the list and uncheck XML

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