Author Archives: Gaurav Kale

About Gaurav Kale

Gaurav is a software enthusiast from India. He started with Windows 95 and is good at software usability testing. He firmly believes that user experience is just as important as software code quality and architecture for software to be successful. His profile on Google+.

Fix for Event ID error 10016: DCOM server not having Local Activation permissions for PCNAME\Username SID

Fix for Event ID error 10016: DCOM server not having Local Activation permissions for PCNAME\Username SID

Recently, on my Windows 8.1 PC, out of nowhere, I started getting errors in the Event Log after installing updates on a Patch Tuesday. The error was related to Distributed COM (DCOM):

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {9E175B6D-F52A-11D8-B9A5-505054503030} and APPID {9E175B9C-F52A-11D8-B9A5-505054503030} to the user PCNAME\Username SID S-1-5-21-81864976-3388411891-1937036257-1001 from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (S-1-15-2-1430448594-2639229838-973813799-439329657-1197984847-4069167804-1277922394). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

Such a complicated error might make inexperienced users throw up in frustration. They are unfamiliar with this terminology. Plus, troubleshooting DCOM errors is a pain so I ignored it at first but the event log was full of them as it occurred every hour or so. Determined to fix it, I decided to investigate.

Check if your USB 3.0 device supports USB Attached SCSI (UAS) Protocol

Check if your USB 3.0 device supports USB Attached SCSI (UAS) Protocol

As you may or may not be knowing, older USB standards used a Bulk-Only Transport (BOT) protocol to transfer data between devices. When USB 3.0 was introduced, the BOT protocol was retained but a newer USB Attached SCSI protocol (UASP) was defined in the spec which uses the SCSI command set and allows for faster, multi-threaded parallel transfers with command queuing. However, due to low awareness, only a few USB 3.0 mass storage devices adopted UAS. Here is how you can find out if your USB 3.0 device supports UASP.

Fix Windows Update stuck on Checking for Updates

Fix Windows Update stuck on Checking for Updates

As Windows 7 has gotten older, it has become harder and harder to keep it up-to-date because of too many updates released for it. To ease users' pain, Microsoft released the Convenience Rollup which was like SP2. However despite integrating Convenience Rollup using dism into Windows 7 SP1 Setup, Windows Update does not work after doing a clean install. Here is how to quickly get Windows Update working again.

Use both Task Managers at once in Windows 10 and Windows 8

Use both Task Managers at once in Windows 10 and Windows 8

Windows 8 introduced a completely different task manager which is very different from the Windows 7/Vista/XP task manager. While it has a few advantages and improvements, it is also has bugs, regressions and missing functionality. That is why some users prefer the classic Task Manager app. It is faster and more usable. But there are times when you might occasionally need functionality from the new Task Manager such as analyzing a wait chain or monitoring disk usage without firing up Resource Monitor. So here's a AutoHotkey script to open both Task Managers.

App review: Windows 10 Firewall Control to fully control network access of programs

App review: Windows 10 Firewall Control to fully control network access of programs

With Windows 10, there have been increased concerns about privacy because of the entire OS collecting telemetry and sending that data to Microsoft where they inspect it to take future design decisions. Also, new types of malware are always being found to which blocking network access is essential. Allowing network access to only trusted programs is a fundamental step in increasing your security and privacy. Windows 10 Firewall Control is a simple free third party program to control and monitor the network activity of applications. It prevents undesired information leaks for incoming and outgoing connections for applications running locally or remotely on Windows.

How to stop the Windows 10 upgrade app (GWX)

How to stop the Windows 10 upgrade app (GWX)

There is only a month left now and Microsoft will try their best to force people to move to Windows 10. If you are happy with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, here is how you can prevent the Windows 10 upgrade from starting.

Make active window more visible on Windows taskbar with pressed button look

Make active window more visible on Windows taskbar with pressed button look

In older versions of Windows like Windows XP and Vista, going all the way back to Windows 95, the button of the active window was always shown in a pushed-in state on the Taskbar. This was essential to make it easy for the user to figure out which was the foreground window. In Windows 7 and later versions, the active window is shown with a very subtle white glow which is not so effective in visually differentiating the active window from the inactive ones. Let's see how to fix this issue for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

How to make an updated ISO with Windows 7 SP2 Convenience Rollup so Windows Update works

How to make an updated ISO with Windows 7 SP2 Convenience Rollup so Windows Update works

Although Microsoft released a convenience rollup for Windows 7 which is like Service Pack 2, that includes most of the post-SP1 security updates, non-security updates and hotfixes by request, they gave no instructions on how to make Windows Update work properly after the rollup has been integrated using DISM. Let's see what you need to do to create up-to-date ISO of Windows 7 with updates up to April 2016 so Windows Update works after you install it.

15 reasons to use Classic Shell’s Start Menu in Windows 10

15 reasons to use Classic Shell’s Start Menu in Windows 10

Classic Shell as almost everyone using Windows knows is the gold standard of Start menus. It firmly entrenched itself at the top place by bundling an amazing level of customization and features. Although Microsoft returned the Start Menu in Windows 10, they have been generally taking out functionality, simplifying things instead of keeping them powerful. Let's see today why a free app like Classic Shell is still worth using in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7.