Adobe Reader DC version 18.011.20036 MSP Update Released

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Adobe have now made available their Adobe Reader DC version 18.011.20036.

You can download the MSP and EXE files for the update directly from Adobes FTP site by clicking the link below:

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Download Adobe Reader DC v18.011.20036

Instructions

You can find full instructions on how to use a MSI installer here.

To use the MSP update file with an MSI installer, you need to download the original MSI installer which is also available from here and then use the following command to add the upgrade MSP:

msiexec /a “pathAdbeRdr1000_lang_ID.msi” /p AdbeRdrUpd1010_en_US.msp

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4 Ways Your Users Will Destroy Your Company Without Even Trying

4 Ways Your Users Will Destroy Your Company Without Even Trying

One of the key roles that the Information Technology (IT) department provides is protecting an organization’s computers and data from internal and external threats. Despite the efforts of the technically-savvy men and women in IT, there are many things the typical end-user can and frequently does that put the organization at risk. These are four … Read more

Java JDK 9 Update 464 MSI Installers Released

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We have now uploaded to our Java archive the MSI installers for the latest Java JDK version release – Java JDK 9 Update 464 MSI.

This latest release is version 9.0.464.

You can go and download this new MSI installer from our Java archive by clicking the Download button below:

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Java JDK 9.0.464

Instructions

Full instructions on how to use the MSI installers for mass distribution are also available here.

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Foxit Reader v9.0.1 MSI Installer and Instructions

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We have recently had a few requests about creating a MSI installer for Foxit Reader, so we have done just that and it is now available to download from our website.

As this is a MSI file you can pass parameters to it so that you can use it to deploy through Group Policy or Configuration Manager.

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Download FoxIt Reader MSI Installer

INSTRUCTIONS

You can use the following MSI command line to carry out the installation:

msiexec.exe “Foxitinstaller.msi” /[propertyvalue]

where:

  • Foxitinstaller.msi = MSI file name
  • [propertyvalue] = parameters you want to pass to the MSI file.

You can pass the following to the MSI:

INSTALLLOCATION Specifies the folder where products will be installed.

MAKEDEFAULT Default value of “1”, Foxit Reader will be set as default application for opening PDF files.

VIEW_IN_BROWSER Default value of “1”, Foxit Reader will be configured to open PDF files inside browsers.

DESKTOP_SHORTCUT Default value of “1”, installer will place a shortcut for the installed application on Desktop.

STARTMENU_SHORTCUT Default value of “1”, installer will create program menu group for installed application and its components.

SETDEFAULTPRINTER Default value of “1”, installer will install Foxit Reader Printer as the system default printer.

LAUNCHCHECKDEFAULT Default value of “1”, Foxit Reader will check if the Reader is the default reader when it’s launched.

SAFEMODE Default value of “1”, Foxit Reader will run in the Safe Reading Mode.

CLEAN Executes with the command /uninstall, removing all of Reader’s registry data and related files with the value of “1”. (Note: This is a command for uninstallation.)

AUTO_UPDATE Do not download or install updates automatically with the value of “0”; Automatically download updates, but let users choose when to install them with the value of “1”; Automatically install updates with the value of “2”.

REMOVENEWVERSION Forces an installation to overwrite the higher version of Foxit Reader with the value of “1”.

REMOVEGAREADER Forces to uninstall Foxit Reader (Desktop Version).

CPDF_DISABLE Disables the ConnectedPDF features by setting the value to “1”.

NOTINSTALLUPDATE Do not install “FoxitReaderUpdate.exe” by setting the value to “1”. This will prevent Foxit Reader from being updated from
within the software.

Command-line Examples:

  • Silently install the application (no user interaction) to folder “C:Program FilesFoxit Software”:
    msiexec /i “Foxit Reader.msi” /quiet INSTALLLOCATION=”C:Program Files Foxit Software “
  • Install Foxit PDF Viewer only:
    msiexec /i “Foxit Reader.msi” /quiet ADDLOCAL=”FX_PDFVIEWER”
  • Force an installation to overwrite the same or higher version of Foxit Reader:
    msiexec /i “Foxit Reader.msi” REMOVENEWVERSION=”1″
  • Remove registry and user data when performing silent uninstallation:
    msiexec /x “Foxit Reader.msi” /quiet CLEAN=”1″
  • Install the application without ConnectedPDF related features and services:
    msiexec /i “Foxit Reader.msi” ADDLOCAL=ALL, ADVERTISE=”FX_CONNECTEDPDF”

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Adobe Reader 11.0.23 MSP Update Released

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Adobe have now released an update to their Acrobat Reader software to take it up to version 11.0.23.

You can now download the MSP file for this release from their FTP site which you can get to using the download button below:

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Download Adobe Reader XI v11.0.23

Instructions

You can find full instructions on how to use a MSI installer here.

To use the MSP update file with an MSI installer, you need to download the original MSI installer which is also available from here and then use the following command to add the upgrade MSP:

msiexec /a "AdbeRdr1000_lang_ID.msi" /p AdbeRdrUpd1010_en_US.msp

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6 Free Online Design Tools for Creative Work

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Whether you’re designing a new blog, producing an advert or creating leaflets and posters, design programs can be very expensive to buy. Often, free sights don’t have the same functions as paid for ones, and it can be frustrating to use programs which are outdated. When you want to produce high-quality work, it can be tempting to shed out vast amounts of money on well-known brands because they are easily recognizable as being trustworthy. However, once you know where to look, you will find that there are several online design tools available, which are completely free to use, and will help you to produce work you can be be proud of.

Bubbl.us

Bubbl.us is a free site which allows you to build colorful mind-maps, which are easily edited and designed. This is the perfect tool for students creating study tools, or for professionals who want to collect ideas and record data. Though you are limited to three bubble-maps per account (unless you upgrade at a price), it is still a useful and practical application to utilize.

Pexels

Stock photos are useful for a wide variety of ventures, such as creating websites, blog posts, and flyers. Often it can be challenging to find stock photos which are not subject to copyright, but Pexels.com has a gallery of images from a wide variety of categories which are free to download. The site is easy to navigate, and you have only to type in keywords to find photos suited to your needs.

Fotor

There was a time when free photo editors were easily available, but now more often than not they require a fee to access any features at all. Fotor.com is a free photo editing website which allows you to make a wide variety of changes to photographs: text, borders, and filters can all be added, and basic facial touch-up features are also included free of charge. More features can be accessed by upgrading to a paid account, but you’ll be surprised just how many tools are accessible even without paying any fees.

Adobe Spark

Creating flyers with cutting-edge systems can be costly, but on the other hand, free publishing tools are great alternatives. At https://spark.adobe.com/make/flyer-maker you can use their free website to create one of a kind, visually pleasing flyers. The site has a wide range of templates you can modify to your specification, as well as customizing tools to make your design unique. The sight is ideal for creating leaflets to share online, or to print and distribute in person.

Dafont

When you want to create something eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing, the same old standard fonts don’t always cut it. At Dafont.com, you can access a wide variety of artistic and unique fonts, completely free. This is the perfect site to use if you want to add a little drama to your creations.

Awesome screenshot

If you are looking for the ideal program to edit and annotate screenshots, then look no further. Awesomescreenshot.com is a browser extension compatible with Chrome and Firefox, and provides a straightforward way to edit screenshots within your browser.

High-cost products don’t always correlate to a higher quality finish. There is no point in wasting money on expensive design tools, when free programmes are available which allow you to access user-friendly tools, capable of creating a good quality finish.

What To Do If Windows 10 Update Failed

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Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest operating system and many people use it on their computers, whether they are laptops or desktops. Even though it has been praised by lots of users, this OS has its own problems and the biggest one seems to be related to updates. Lots of people complain on forums that the latest Windows 10 update failed, sometimes making it impossible to use the computer again. If you’ve gone through that experience, here are some ways you can fix it:

  • Try to clean restart your computer
  • If you can still use the computer, check drivers and run updates if necessary
  • Restore system files
  • If you cannot use the computer, access the BIOS

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Restarting Your Computer If Windows 10 Failed To Update

In the most cases, if the Windows 10 update failed, people can still use their computers, meaning that they have many solutions for the problem. One of the fixes is to simply restart your PC, as sometimes the OS encounters some errors and it needs a refresh. While many people look for complicated solutions, performing a clean restart is enough in certain situations.

Check Drivers And Run Updates

If the Windows 10 update failed to install, the reason might be an outdated driver, so make sure they are all up to date. To do so, go to your computer’s manufacturer website and search for the drivers or simply download a software which automatically detects your drivers and tells you if there’s any update available. If the problem still persists, try to run the Windows troubleshooter, as it can sometimes identify the errors and fix them. No failed installation should stop you from reading casino reviews, so finding a solution is crucial and you should try all the possible ways to fix the failed update.

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Check If There Are Any System Files That Need To Be Restored

This fix might seem a little bit complicated for those who don’t know too much about computers but if you follow all the steps, it is really simple. If the Windows 10 update failed, there might be a problem with the system files, so you have to restore them to their initial form, to make sure they were not affected by the update. To do so, just go to the Windows icon, type ‘command prompt’ in the search bar, click on ‘Command Prompt’ and type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth. After you hit enter, the computer will proceed to restoring system files that were harmed.

How To Fix The Windows 10 Update Failed Loop

Lots of users experienced a situation in which their operating system failed to update and the computer won’t start. This is commonly known as the Windows 10 update failed loop and it sends your OS into a loop in which the Windows logo stays on your screen for hours, attempting to finish the update. The best way to fix this is to enter your computer’s BIOS and change the date. This will fool your computer into thinking it was taken back in time before the update took place and will restore your PC to the day you chose.

Google Chrome version 64.0.3282.167 MSI Installer Released

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Google have released a minor new version of their Chrome browser, version 64.0.3282.167.

If you are looking at deploying Google Chrome using systems like Configuration Manager, WDS, SCUP or Group Policy, you will want to use their MSI installer to make it much easier.

You can now download the Google Chrome MSI installer direct from Google using the link below.

Download

Download Google Chrome MSI Installer

Instructions

If you are pushing this out, you will want to use the silent installer switches, so this is the command line that you should use for this:

msiexec.exe /i “GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi” /q /norestart

This means it will install quietly (using the /q switch) and will not reboot automatically (using the /norestart) switch.

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Start a stopped service on multiple devices using Powershell

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Following on from our recent guide about restarting a service on multiple devices, we were also asked about starting a stopped service using a similar method.

This is pretty simple and can be carried out in almost exactly the same way.

Powershell Script

So to carry this out, you should create a txt file with the list of device names in it and then run the below Powershell script as an administrator:

$Servers = Get-Content C:\TGH\serverlist.txt
Invoke-Command -ComputerName $Servers -ScriptBlock 
 {       
    if ((Get-Service -Name spooler).Status -ne "Running") 
 {
    Start-Service -Name spooler
 }
}

Variables

The variables you will be most interested in changing are:

  • C:\TGH\serverlist.txt – this is the file location and filename of the text file that you have created with all the device names in where you want to start the service. You can manually fill this in or use an Active Directory export or gather it from Configuration Manager data. The only information in there is the NETBIOS name of each device.
  • Spooler – this is the name of the service that you wish to restart. For this guides purpose we have used the Print Spooler – with the service name being Spooler:

Spooler Service

Remember not to use the Display Name of Print Spooler.

Then go ahead and run the Powershell script and it will go through your full list of devices from the txt file that you created and restart the single service on each of the devices.

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How to create correct partitions to deploy a Windows image to a UEFI based device

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We have recently come across an issue when trying to deploy a test virtual machine using Hyper-V (Generation 2 – UEFI) that once you have selected your task sequence, you get an error and the task sequence bombs out.

This is because we had not setup the correct drive partitions to be able to deploy using Generation 2 technology. To fix it, you need to manually create the correct disk partitions using diskpart, which you can access from within WinPE and with the new Configuration Manager feature of being able to click Back, you can start the process again without having to reboot using USB or PXE.

Something to note, if you are using virtualisation, you should ensure that secure boot is not enabled.

Instructions

So the first thing you will want to do when your task sequence stops is to click the back button so that the machine does not automatically reboot or you don’t accidently reboot the machine yourself.

Then go ahead and press the F8 key to bring up a command box (this is assuming that you have enabled Command Support in your boot image). You should then follow these simple steps to create the correct disk partitions.

  • Type diskpart and press the enter key
  • Type list disk and press the enter key

This will now show all of the disks that you have connected to your machine:

Disk Part - List Disk
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Note the disk number that you want to create the partitions on and continue with the following steps:

  • For this guides purposes, we will go ahead and use Disk 0
  • Type select disk 0 and press the enter key (amend the 0 if required)
  • Type clean and press the enter key (this will remove all partitions on the disk)
  • Type convert gpt and press the enter key (this will convert the disk to GPT)
  • Type create partition efi size=200 and press the enter key (this will create the EFI system partition)
  • Type assign letter=x and press the enter key (this will assign the letter x to this partition but you can use any available drive letter)
  • Type format fs=FAT32 quick and press the enter key (this will format the ESP to the FAT32 file system, quickly)
  • Type create partition msr size=128 and press the enter key (this will create the MSR partition)
  • Type create partition primary and press the enter key (this will create the Windows partition)
  • Type assign letter=c and press the enter key (this will assign the drive letter C to the Windows partition)
  • Type format fs=NTFS quick and press the enter key (this will format the primary partition to the NTFS file system, quickly)

This will have now created all of the partitions that you need to build a UEFI based machine. You can check the partitions by typing list part – you should see all the partitions you have just created, if not, start the above process again.

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5 Ways Security System Companies are Legit

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Security companies are becoming increasingly popular and commonplace as they are one of the top methods used to prevent burglaries and crimes from being committed. When you are in the market for a new security system, there are a few tell-tale signs that service is legit, reliable, and trustworthy to look for before deciding on a provider that is right for you.

Top of the Line Equipment and Software

It is imperative to research the latest equipment and software used in today’s top security systems on the market. A security company that is legit is capable of providing any equipment you are seeking, whether you prefer standard CCTV cameras, motion detection, or even carbon monoxide detectors for your home.

Fast Response Times

Compare the typical response times given from each security company you are interested in. Search for a home security company that is reliable and provides the top response times in your area.

Additional Features Available From Security Companies

Carbon monoxide sensors are an often overlooked feature of security systems among other features such as flood and fire alarms. Always be sure to research all of the features that are available from the security companies you are interested in for your own home. Other features that are incredibly desirable include home automation. You want to know when something is wrong. These sensors related to fire, flood or other issues can help. It is one benefit to not overlook in a security system.

Home Automation Capabilities

Home automation is becoming one of the most in-demand features available from security system companies. With home automation, keep an eye on your home security system even when you are out of town or on-the-go. Using home automation helps to better track detections while providing you with additional tools to store and access recordings at any time regardless of your location. Home automation is ideal for busy families and individuals who are not always home but prefer to know what is happening in their neighborhood in an instant.

Real Customer Reviews and Testimonials Available Online

Whenever you are in the market for a new home security provider and service, seeking out customer reviews and testimonials is a must to ensure you are making a choice that is valid and legitimate. Find customer reviews and testimonials on third-party websites to gain real insight into the experience other individuals have had in the past with home security companies you are interested in for your protection.

Taking the time to compare and review individual security companies you are interested in is a way to ensure you are making the right choice before signing a new contract.

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