“Application” has detected that there are pending system changes that require a reboot. Please reboot the system and rerun the installation

Happens to the best of us:  Something breaks.  You apply a quick fix and the issue is resolved. Oh, wait, it was not resolved there is reboot needed.  But this is on a server and rebooting it means client downtime and lost productivity. What is an IT Pro to do?

Well… modify the registry of course!  If there is a pending reboot need all you have to do is :

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\PendingFileRenameOperations

  • Back up the registry key
  • Delete the registry key
  • Install the software without restarting the computer first
  • Restore the registry key from the backup location (if you want to – not really needed: just reboot the machine during your next patching cycle)

Windows has blocked this software because it can’t verify the publisher

I was trying to install some software on a client PC and kept getting this message: “Windows has blocked this software because it can’t verify the publisher”

As it turns out this is an ActiveX restriction.  Here is how I fixed it.

Open IE
Navigate to Tools-> Internet options -> Security (tab) -> Custom level

Under the Active X section:
Enable: Run ActiveX and plug-ins
Enable: Download Signed ActiveX Controls
Enable: Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting
Prompt: Download unsigned ActiveX Control
Prompt: Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe

Do be cautious: make sure that what you want to download is not malware. The steps above do significantly lower your security settings but it just means you have to be a bit more cautious when downloading 🙂

Study buddies: Microsoft’s Born to Learn website

My last post was on Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Here is a really nice supplement to it: peer support and study groups

Microsoft learning has setup a really nice website: http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/certification/default.aspx

There are online discussion forums, event blogs and even exam vouchers (discounted)

If you are feeling alone as you “hit the books”, take a moment to connect with others going through the same materials.  Best way to learn is from others experiences 🙂

Spotlight: Microsoft Virtual Academy

I cant afford to pay for that!  Why is IT training so expensive!?

We’ve all heard it many times – I have even said it myself.  Too bad there is not a free option.  Some place to go and watch videos and read about a topic…

Oh, wait, there is!!  The Microsoft Virtual Academy (http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com) has a ton of videos, documents, guides and everything you could need to learn a topic

For those of us who are “just” IT Pros 🙂 there is a wealth of knowledge here

Check out this link as a starting point: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/product-training/windows#?fbid=qJDKYY72TNp

Wanna get more in depth?  Check out: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/utilizing-sysinternals-tools-for-it-pros#?fbid=qJDKYY72TNp

There are a ton of videos and training materials and they are all free for the taking 🙂

Have fun!