How to Install Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 and 11

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This article explains how to uninstall and reinstall Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 and 11.

Windows Sandbox provides a lightweight desktop environment to safely run applications in isolation. Software installed inside the Windows Sandbox environment remains “sandboxed” and runs separately from the host machine.Read more

Error: WFS.exe is missing in Windows 10/11

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When you try to launch Windows Fax and Scan by running its executable WFS.exe, you may encounter the following error:

Windows cannot find 'c:\windows\system32\wfs.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

The file wfs.exe may be missing in the Windows\System32 folder. You may be wondering how to start the Windows Fax and Scan program.Read more

Fix: Internet Explorer is Missing from Windows Features

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Internet Explorer is a legacy component in Windows that can be installed or uninstalled via Windows Features (Optional Features) dialog box. On some systems, Internet Explorer may be completely missing in the Windows Features classic dialog as well as the “Manage Optional Features” modern Settings page on your Windows 10 or 11 device.

internet explorer missing in optional windows features

internet explorer missing in optional windows features

As a result, you’re unable to install Internet Explorer on your Windows 10/11 computer. Although officially retired by Microsoft, Internet Explorer is still needed by users who have installed legacy software (e.g., security camera app) that needs IE to work.

Also, when this happens, none of the following DISM commands may help restore IE:

dism /online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Browser.InternetExplorer~~~~
dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64

The DISM commands may throw the following error(s):

Error: 0x800f080c

Feature name Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64 is unknown.
A Windows feature name was not recognized.
Use the /Get-Features option to find the name of the feature in the image and try the command again.
Error 1168

Element not found

As Internet Explorer is missing, attempting to load a web page in IE Mode in Microsoft Edge causes the following error:

Internet Explorer can't be found. You need to re-install or re-enable Internet Explorer

Microsoft Edge’s IE mode requires Internet Explorer to be installed.

Let’s see how to add Internet Explorer to the Windows Features dialog and install it.

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How to Restore Missing “Print Management” Console

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After installing a Windows 10 Feature update (v2004 or higher) or Windows 11, you may observe that the Print Management MMC console is missing from the system. Print Management is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that lets you install, view, and manage all printers on your local computer or the network. You can add or delete printer driver packages, manage the print queue, and do much more.

This issue can occur in Windows 10/11 Professional or Enterprise edition. Note that the Print Management console is not available on Home editions of Windows. If you’re using Windows Home Edition, this article doesn’t apply to you.

The Print Management shortcut may be missing in the Administrative Tools folder. And, when you attempt to run printmanagement.msc directly, you’ll see the following error:

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

Also, copying the file printmanagement.msc file from another Windows 10 computer and running it would cause the error “couldn’t load the snap-in” since the supporting files are missing from the computer.

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[Fix] Turn Windows Features On Or Off is Blank in Windows 10/11

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The Windows Features dialog box (optionalfeatures.exe) lets you add or remove additional or optional Windows features. For instance, you can remove Media Features → Windows Media Player using the Windows Features (“Turn Windows Features On Or Off”) dialog box if you no longer plan to use WMP. Sometimes, the “Turn Windows Features On Or Off” … Read more

How to Reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF After Deleting it Accidentally

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Windows 10 and 11, as you know, includes the Microsoft Print to PDF virtual printer built-in that can print (convert) documents to PDF format from any application.

reinstall microsoft print to pdf printer in windows 10

Microsoft Print to PDF is a handy tool in Windows 10/11. In the previous Windows Operating Systems, users needed to use a third-party tool or virtual printer driver to convert documents or web pages to PDF. Most users, including me, have been relying upon the Cute PDF Writer driver or similar drivers supplied with PDF reader applications — e.g., Adobe Acrobat or Fox It Reader. And don’t forget Microsoft’s own Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS.

Interestingly, many Windows 10/11 users accidentally delete Microsoft Print to PDF and wonder how to restore it. This post explains how to restore/reinstall the Microsoft Print to PDF printer if you’ve accidentally deleted it.Read more