Category Archives: Windows 8.1

Extract wallpapers from themepack or deskthemepack file

Extract wallpapers from themepack or deskthemepack file

Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft invented a new theme format - themepack. It was created so all the theme resources would be packed inside a single file and sharing of such themes would be easy. In Windows 8, the file format was revised to deskthemepack, and supported specifying if the window color would be automatically set based on the dominant color of the desktop background. Windows 10 supports both themepack and deskthemepack formats. In this article, we will see how to extract images from a themepack or a deskthemepack file.

Fix system repair pending in Windows 10

Fix system repair pending in Windows 10

If you face this problematic issue in Windows 10 where the operating system does not start in normal mode but starts in Safe mode instead and complains about pending repair operations, this article might help you. When you try to run SFC /scannow, it reports that a system repair is pending and does not proceed. Here is how to revert the pending system repair and continue normal startup mode.

Windows 10 build 14393.351 is out for Release Preview ring

Windows 10 build 14393.351 is out for Release Preview ring

Along with all the announcements Microsoft made during the October 2016 Microsoft Event, the Redmond giant today released Windows 10 PC build 14393.351 for Insiders on the Slow and Release Preview rings. If you have joined one of these rings, the update will arrive on your PC very soon.

Enable Submit Button in Search Box (Cortana) in Windows 10

Enable Submit Button in Search Box (Cortana) in Windows 10

Windows 10 "Redstone 2", which will eventually become Windows 10 version 1703 when released, has a number of tweaks for Cortana to customize its look and appearance. It is possible to move the search box to the top of the search pane, customize its border color and enable search and submit glyph icons. Let's see how to enable a submit button in Cortana's search box.

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.

August 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1

August 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1

The August 2016 update rollup package for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is out. It comes with a huge number of fixes including some notable performance and reliability patches.