New Windows 10 services appearing in latest preview builds

Windows Spectrum – This service has the name of Spectrum, and is described with the following caption “Synthesizes perceived environment captured through reality understanding modules”. This service will most likely be used with Hololens and Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality accessories. If you are just using Windows 10 as a computer and not with any hololens-type devices, it should be safe to disable this service or just leave it set to manual.

WFDSConMgrSvc – This service is used with wireless devices, the exact description states “Manages connections to wireless services, including wireless display and docking.” It should also be safe to disable this service if you are not using any wireless screens or docking stations.

PrintWorkflowUserSvc_290d03 – This service is also new and could have a different combination of letters and numbers at the end of its name. Not much information here, its related to some type of printing workflow, perhaps 3D printing?

Payments and NFC/SE Manager – This service is named “SEMgrSvc” and should only be necessary if you are running windows on a newer mobile type pc that has Near Field Communications capabilities. On an old PC you can disable this service.

LPA Service – Also Named the wlpasvc – This service provides profile management for subscriber identity modules.

Dusmsvc – The Dusmsvc does not have an explanation, however Microsoft documentation explains that DUSM stands for Data Usage Subscription Management, so if you are just using your computer at home and don’t have to worry about data usage limits, than you can leave this service alone as well. You may want to leave it if you are ever curious how much data that Windows 10 uses, since it could be measured with the help of this service. MSDN Documentation explains that “The Data Usage Subscription Management (DUSM) schema defines elements that are used to describe cost information for a subscriber’s connection to a metered network.”

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Bittorrent Sync changes name to Resilio Sync. What’s the deal?

It looks like Bittorrent Sync has been deprecated (basically the name) and its developers have left the Bittorrent name to form a company named Resilio. Well, at least that’s what Bittorrent Sync is saying. They claim that the application Bit Torrent Sync is no longer being maintained or updated. The new application is now called Resilio Sync, and when you update it you see the following: resiliosync

I’ve been using Bittorrent Sync for a few years to basically keep a backup cloned copy of important folders on two of my laptops. It works great

EMET 5.5 Beta available now

Emet IconMicrosoft has released a Beta version of its EMET tool. You can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49166 This was released back in October but I have been running version 5.2 for a long time, so I installed the new Beta version to see whats new. If you are running an older operating system such as Windows Vista or Windows 7, you probably won’t benefit from any new features much but if you are running Windows 10 or Server 2012r2, I would suggest trying it in a lab environment first before deploying it to any production environments.

Changes to the GUI interface include most noticeably a new section that says “Block Untrusted Fonts”. This setting is included to support Windows 10 only. Other new features include better configuration of various mitigations via GPO, however I am still trying to figure out how not to crash the app when clicking on the Group Policy button. There are also EAF/EAF+ pseudo-mitigation performance improvements. More information can be found on the technet blog.

The first bug I found on my Windows 10 system was that there is a new button that says Group Policy in the toolbar on the top left. I clicked the button and a box opened up that said the name of my domain at the top but it also said LOCAL GROUP POLICY and it eventually crashed the emet gui dashboard before anything else happened. I collected a dump and I’m analyzing it as it may be related to my Domain’s group policy settings anyway, so this may not affect you as it did over here. However, this crash happens on more than one computer so I sent it in to Microsoft’s Emet feedback.

After uninstalling SCCM tp3 “successfully,” System Center Configuration Manager TP4 refuses to install

So, I uninstalled System Center Configuration Manager Technical Preview 3 last night. The uninstaller said it was successful, however when attempting to install the newest technical preview on the same machine, I was met with the following failures:

  1. Remote Differential Compression is needed, Well, this is already installed and has never been a problem before on this machine.
  2. Previous components are still installed from an earlier installation of System Center Configuration Manager.
    Really?, the uninstaller said it was able to uninstall everything, I even went into the registry and deleted anything related to SMS or SCCM tp3.

So, this was of course very annoying and I spent a couple hours trying to solve this problem, by reading the logs, and hunting through the registry, but after searching the web I found posts that suggested starting the RemoteRegistry service, and although I had it set to start automatically, it must have not started itself, so I just went and started it, now I am installing.
Update: even after starting the remoteregistry service install still is stuck with the same two prereqchk errors

this is still not solved…

Using Microsoft Play-To to send videos wirelessly to my HDTV

I always used HDMI cables to connect my laptops to my Samsung 3d HDTV. However, after my HDMI port began malfunctioning, I was desperate for any way of continuing to study for my I.T. certification exams on my big screen Televisions.
So, when I recently discovered Play-To I was extremely happy that I could once again do several things on my computer, while at the same time watching my I.T. cert training videos on the television in the background.

I noticed Play-To because when I right-clicked on a mp4 video file, there was a context menu entry that said Play-To , then cascaded to TV-55C750 which then (after changing my Samsung Television’s input source to “TV”) began playing the video in high quality on the Television screen. Now I must notice that not all HDTelevisions will be able to utilize Play-To or “DLNA” which is the protocol that is used by Microsoft.

First of all, the television must have a network card and in my case, a Wireless Network Adapter. You should go into the Network COnnection Settings of your television and configure the ip address, DNS Servers, default gateway, and subnet mask. In my case, I entered a static IP Address of 192.168.1.201, I entered subnet mask 255.255.255.0, and default gateway of 192.168.1.1 (Which is your main router’s ip address). For your DNS Servers you can enter Any of the following… “OpenDNS… 208.67.220.220 and 208.67.222.222,” or “Google which is 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4” In my case I entered my own Active Directory DNS Server ip addresses.

Another important point is that many video files will not Play-To the television. I have had success only with MP4 and WMV, however there are many free programs that will convert your FLV files to MP4. One example of a free program that includes many useful tools is Free Studio. Free Studio is software created by DVD VideoSoft, and this toolbox includes picture and video downloaders and uploaders, as well as media file converters, and Media recorders and Media editors. It really is an ALl In One Free Media Studio with all the tools you need to create and share media on your Windows PC, or on the internet.