Posts Tagged ‘Windows 8’

It seems in Windows Server latest versions the good old disk clean up tool is not enabled by default. If you just want it back you can run the below commands in a command prompt to copy the required files.

Copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe C:\Windows\System32\

Copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui C:\Windows\System32\en-US\

Then create a shortcut pointing to the Disk Clean up tool found in the following path.


I did try this on Windows Server 2008 R2 and hope it works as it is or with slight changes on other versions of Windows as well.


As you may be knowing, now you do not need to separately download and install .Net framework as we used to do with the older .Net frameworks. Since it is coming with Windows, you can just go to “Turn Windows Features On or Off” screen and enable framework you are after. It is simple right?

But in one of the machines it was not that simple for me. The installation tried to download files from Windows Update and was failing mentioning that it cannot get connected to Windows Update when the machine is connected to the internet without any issues.

The solution is to use DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool to get it installed.

First you need to find a Windows setup media, a setup DVD or an ISO downloaded will work.

Then use the below command to enable the feature using a local source. Remember to open the Command Window as an Administrator of the machine.

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:E:\Sources\sxs

/Online – Targets the currently active and running OS.

/LimitAccess – If some installation files are missing, this will check Windows Update for the missing files. For not to check use /LimitAccess:True.

/Source – Is the location to find the source files, E: is my virtual drive which I mounted the previously downloaded Windows ISO.

If typed correctly, there will be a progress bar showing the installation progress.


With the unavailability of Windows Live Writer for newer versions of Windows, a good replacement for it is Open Live Writer. It is a open source application which enables you to create, edit and publish blog posts. Since the code is based on the Windows Live Writer, it looks and behaves the same so whoever used Windows Live Writer will find it easy to use.

It can be downloaded using the Open Live Writer web site.

You will be able to find plugins to use with the writer. If you are needing to post source code you can try the Code Plugin by Rich Hewlett.


If you have start using Microsoft’s latest Personal Computer (PC) Operating System (OS) Windows 8, by now you may have found it is different in some ways to it’s predecessors. One feature I am heavily using in Windows was again missing after installing this version of Windows, which is the hibernation feature.


So if you like hibernation shown on your power menu try doing the following.

1. Move your mouse cursor to the right side of your screen to activate the quick access menu and click on Settings and then on Control Panel.



2. Then select “System and Security”.


3. Now select Power Options.


4. From the left hand navigation menu select “Choose what the power button does” or “Choose what closing the lid does”.


5. Now on system settings screen you need to click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable” to modify the disabled options.


6. Scroll down to Shutdown settings and check the box named Hibernate and click Save Changes button.


Now if you look at the options available in your power menu Hibernate will also be part of it.


If this does not bring hibernation back, please try the following as well.

1. From the power options screen select “Change plan settings” of the active plan.


2. Then select “Change advanced power settings”.


3. Now click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. This will list down all the features available in the system. Scroll down and expand Sleep –> Allow hybrid sleep and turn on hibernation as you want.




With these changes the “Hibernate” option should start appearing in your Power options menu.