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Internet explorer: No Google search results

June 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Issue: Recently I had an annoying issue with Internet explorer when searching with the Google engine. I had no results when searching something with Google it just displayed blank results. I had no issue with Chrome or other browsers. First I used Internet explorer 9 and then upgraded to Internet explorer 11 but the issue remained.

Resolution: Disable instant search via or or use the non instant search URL:

I have no idea why exactly Google search stopped working with my Internet explorer but it fixed my issue by disabling instant search. Maybe was my pc not fast enough for Google 🙂



More info:


Categories: Windows 8, Windows XP / 7

SCCM 2012 R2: Cannot stop tmlisten service when installing KB2905002

December 23, 2013 1 comment

I had an issue with installing SCCM 2012 R2 hotfix KB2905002
Stop services: error

It seems that this hotfix tries to stop the anti-virus service which was in my case the Trend Micro Listener service: Cannot stop tmlisten service on computer

Make sure that you stop the Anti-virus services before installing KB2905002. Probably the same issue with other Anti-Virus products.



Categories: SCCM 2007 / 2012

Server 2008 R2: KMS Error 0xC004F050 Invalid product key

December 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Recently I had an issue with installing a server 2012 R2 KMS key on a Server 2008 R2 KMS host:

Error: 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid.


However I installed the kms hotfix kb2757817 for Server 2012 support but this was not sufficient. You really need to watch out for the correct hotfix which is kb2885698.

Server 2012 KMS support:
Server 2012 R2 KMS support:

Make sure that you install the correct hotfix 🙂

IE9: Open Adobe PDF file types automatically

August 12, 2013 1 comment

Add the following registry key if you want to avoid a “save as” pop-up message if you open PDF files within Internet explorer 9. With Internet explorer 8 it was opening automatically so I exported this key from a machine with IE8 and this key seems to work perfect with Internet explorer 9. I had this issue on a lot of workstations with Adobe Reader XI + Internet explorer 9. Even if the “Adobe PDF Link Helper” plug-in was installed. This plug-in is installed automatically with Adobe Reader XI but seems not to open PDF files automatically. This issue does not occur with Adobe Reader X.


Hope this can help someone.

Categories: Windows XP / 7

Powershell: OpenFileDialog x64 systems

July 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Recently I had an issue where the Openfiledialog was not working anymore in one of my Powershell scripts. Nothing happened when I executed my script. The strange thing was that the script was working on an 32-bit system and also with PowerGUI on x64 systems.

The solution is to add the ShowHelp parameter of the OpenFileDialog form and configure it as true:

OpenFileDialog.ShowHelp = $true

The ShowHelp parameter is a new feature within Windows 2008 or above which you must define in Powershell if you want to use the Openfiledialog.

Categories: Powershell

SCCM 2007: Software Updates during capture task sequence

May 31, 2013 1 comment

In this post I would like to share my best practices for software updates during an image build within SCCM 2007. This can be challenge to include a lot of updates and find out what exactly is going wrong. I experienced by myself  failed captures due to software updates installations. So I will cover some points were to pay attention to.

  • The Capture PC is not in the domain: Client system is not part of the domain during the task sequence and can’t find the Management point by default. Make sure that you configure the management point in the Setup Windows and ConfigMgr taks: SMSMP=<ConfigMgr MP FQDN> and SMSLP=<ConfigMgr SLP FQDN> SMSMP should be sufficient but also configure the SMSLP if you have configured this role.ConfigMgr_ClientProperties
  • Use IP-Range boundaries: You may encounter issues when you use Active Directory site boundaries. Use an IP-Range for the subnet were your Image Build pc is located.
  • Install SCCM hotfix kb2509007:  Task sequence that installs many updates stops responding on a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client Include this hotfix in the installation properties of your configMgr client (double check the path):  Make sure that you use the correct packageID of your SCCM client package.%_SMSTSMDataPath%\OSD\P0100009\i386\hotfix\KB2509007\sccm2007ac-sp2-kb2509007-x86-icp1.msp”


    The instructions are nicely described in the following post: Windows-Noobs

  • Microsoft recommends to use multiple Install Software Update tasks: ConfigMgr 2007: The Install Software Update task in an Configuration Manager 2007 OSD Task Sequence fails after exactly 30 minutes. Make two or three “Install Software Updates” tasks and select in the options Continue on error.InstallSoftwareUpdatesTask
    More info:
  • Advertise your Software updates to the Image Build collection: Create a software updates deployment with all Software updates you want to include in the image. Do not configure a deadline.

  • Avoid .Net Framework 3.5 updates: I have experienced issues with .Net Framework 3.5 updates. So I made a separate package to install these updates. .Net Framework 4 updates works fine.
Categories: SCCM 2007 / 2012

SCCM 2007: Use Toolkit Package error 0x800700A1

May 30, 2013 1 comment

Still this post is about SCCM 2007 with MDT 2010 integration. You may encounter the following error with the MDT 2010 Tookit package early in the deployment process: Task sequence … has failed with error code 0x800700A1


After searching a while I came across the following solution bescribed in KB2508665

This issue is caused by the default configuration of IIS in Windows Server 2008 blocking the ability to download files that end in the extension .config. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 files package created by the Create Microsoft Deployment Task Sequence wizard and used in the Use Toolkit Package contains a file that ends in .config. The file is called OSDResults.exe.config and is located in the Tools\OSDResults directory of the package source files.

The solution here is to modify the IIS applicationHost.config file on the distribution points where your MDT 2010 toolkit package is located. The location of this file is: %Windir%\System32\Inetsrv\Config\

  • Open the applicationHost.config file with notepad
  • Search for file extension “.config” and change it to allowed=”true”
  • Save & Close the file
  • Restart the IIS services

I spend some time on this because I never thought before this could be an IIS issue. Hopefully can this post safe someone else time.

Categories: SCCM 2007 / 2012