Fix Windows Activation failed due to Software Protection Service error code 0xc0000022

Win10 activation SPS access deniedWith Windows Activation, the fun never ends!

Recently I reset a laptop with OEM Windows 10 Home for a friend. All I did was use the built-in Win 10 “factory reset” that should have wiped everything, reinstalled Win 10, and then reactivated just fine.

Alas, that’s not what happened…

Instead, I got error code 0xc0000022, and the perfectly valid built-in OEM key would not re-activate the same Windows on the same hardware – no matter what I did.

It turns out the culprit was an ‘access denied‘ error in the Software Protection service…

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Remote Desktop with multiple monitors: How to save window and icon positions

Remote Desktop save Window and Icon PositionsMany people these days have multiple monitors, especially on their primary desktop computer.

The trouble comes when you want to use Remote Desktop and “telecommute”. Let’s say you’re using your laptop puter, and you Remote Desktop into your main machine.

All of your icons and windows spread across 2 screens on your big puter get crammed onto one screen while using Remote Desktop on your lappy.

No big deal, right? But then you get back to your Big Puter, and all your windows and icons are STILL crammed onto 1 of your 2+ screens. OOPS!

Fortunately, there’s an easy fix…

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How to fix a Read-Only drive in Windows

Read Only Drive FixThere you are, minding your own business…

Maybe you just installed a Windows 10 update. Maybe you just had to run a disk check that asked you to reboot. Maybe you didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary at all.

Whatever the case, things go kaflooey. All of a sudden, you can’t save or create new files on a certain drive – be it a hard drive, partition on a drive, external disk, USB stick, etc.

Instead of working, you get an error message that your, “drive is read-only“.

At this point, you begin to panic. But fear not: It’s super-easy to unlock your drive and remove its “Read-Only” mode!

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Resize images in Windows 10 the super-easy way

ImageResizerYou may have read my 2013 post entitled How to Easily Resize Images in Windows.

Thanks to a comment from a reader the other day (you rock, Nick!), you don’t need Windows Live Photo Gallery anymore.

There’s a free tool available from a Microsoft engineer that you can grab and make your life WAAAY easier.

You can even resize multiple images at once anywhere on your puter – in just a few clicks and without firing up any application!

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