Remove “Learn about this picture” Desktop Icon in Windows 11

remove learn about this picture icon

When you select the “Windows Spotlight” option as the desktop background in the Personalize settings page, Windows 11 adds a desktop icon named “Learn about this picture.” The “Learn about this picture” is a shell folder (special icon), when double-clicked, opens the Bing Images search results page for the current desktop spotlight wallpaper.

remove learn about this picture icon

The special icon has three more options in the context menu, namely: “Switch to next picture,” “I like this picture,” and “Not a fan of this picture.”

To get rid of the “Learn about this picture” Desktop Icon in Windows 11, follow the instructions in this article.

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Error 0x80070643 Installing KB5007651 (Update for Windows Security platform)

kb5007651 error 80070643

Windows 11 users are seeing the error 0x80070643 (“Fatal error during installation”) when installing KB5007651 (Update for Windows Security platform) via Windows Update. Here’s the error message verbatim: Updates failed Update for Windows Security platform – KB5007651 (Version 1.0.2109.27002) Install error – 0x80070643 [Fix] Error 0x80070643 Installing KB5007651 Many users have indicated that the following … Read more

Windows Update Error 0x80092004 in Windows 7

KB4516065 failed - Error 0x80092004

When you attempt to install the KB4516065 Monthly Rollup Update (September 10, 2019) on your Windows 7 computer, the error 80092004 appears.

KB4516065 failed - Error 0x80092004

The error 0x80092004 (“CRYPT_E_NOT_FOUND“) denotes that Windows Update has rejected the update(s) because cryptographic values that the update packages contain are not found. It’s because Microsoft started signing packages only with SHA-2 since August 2019. Microsoft used to sign them with SHA-1 and SHA-2 and later decided to drop SHA-1.Read more

[Fix] Media Creation Tool Error 0x80072F8F – 0x20000 in Windows 7/8

media creation tool error 0x80072F8F

When you attempt to upgrade to Windows 10 from a Windows 7/8 computer using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool, the error 0x80072F8F – 0x20000 may appear. The full error message verbatim is below: There was a problem running this tool We’re not sure what happened, but we’re unable to run this tool on your PC. If … Read more

How to Get Back Enhancements Tab (Loudness Equalization) in Speaker Properties

get enhancement tab in speaker properties

After installing the audio driver update or upgrading the Operating System, you may notice that the “Enhancements” tab is missing in the Speaker/Microphone properties window.

get enhancement tab in speaker properties

The Enhancements tab provides options to configure Bass Boost, Virtual Surround, Room Correction, Loudness Equalization, and other features.

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[Fix] StartupCheckLibrary.dll and Winscomrssrv.dll Error at Startup

startupchecklibrary.dll malware startup error

When you log in to your Windows computer, the following error message windows may pop up:

RunDLL

There was a problem starting StartupCheckLibrary.dll

The specified module could not be found.
RunDLL

There was a problem starting winscomrssrv.dll

The specified module could not be found.

startupchecklibrary.dll malware startup error
Additionally, you may see the following error:

There was a problem starting StartupCheckLibrary.dll

Operation did not complete successfully because the file contains a virus or potentially unwanted software.

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Windows cannot find GPEDIT.MSC in Windows 10/11 Home Edition

gpedit.msc missing windows 10/11 home edition

The Local Group Policy Editor (GPEDIT.MSC) is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in used to configure and modify Group Policy settings within Group Policy Objects. This tool is available only on Windows 10/11 Professional Edition and higher.

On Windows Home Editions, you’ll see the following error when you attempt to launch the Group Policy Editor (which is non-existent on Home Editions)

gpedit.msc missing windows 10/11 home edition

gpedit.msc

Windows cannot find 'gpedit.msc'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
secpol.msc

Windows cannot find 'secpol.msc'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

On Windows Home Editions, you needed to use the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) to enable the policies manually. For each group policy, the equivalent registry setting is listed in the official Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet by Microsoft.

Now, you have a third-party freeware that can be an alternative for the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in any edition of Windows, including Home Edition.Read more

Get Back Windows 10 Ribbon UI in Windows 11 File Explorer

get back old classic ribbon windows 11

The File Explorer in Windows 11 comes with a new/modern ribbon interface with small icons (having no caption text underneath). The new ribbon interface may look bland and uncomfortable for new users who have upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or earlier.

get back old classic ribbon windows 11

Luckily, there are a couple of ways to get back the classic ribbon (Windows 10-style) interface in Windows 11 File Explorer.Read more

How to Custom Install/Uninstall Individual Office 2016/2019/365 Apps

office setup all apps

The traditional MSI (Microsoft Installer) based installation allowed you to install or uninstall individual office products (e.g., Word, Excel, or PowerPoint). But the Office click-to-run (CTR) installations don’t allow installation choices. Click-to-Run is the technology used to install Microsoft 365, and most versions of Office 2013 and newer.

You won’t see the custom install screen in the Office CTR setup. All the bundled apps in the Office Setup package/SKU are installed automatically. Each app shown in the setup screen will be installed.

office setup all apps

The CTR setup.exe is a small installer stub that downloads the entire setup files from the Microsoft Office Content Delivery Network (CDN). MSI-based setup packages are usually provided in a DVD or USB flash drive.

Many users wonder how to install or uninstall selected app(s) (e.g., Word and Outlook) while excluding all other products in the suite during CTR installation. So, let’s see how to do custom installation/uninstallation of Office applications in this article.Read more