How to solve the issues of wuauclt.exe/updatenow appearing to do nothing
I have been trying to force Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 using the the following steps:
Delete all files in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.
Run the command prompt as administrator. (Right click the Command Prompt icon and select ‘Run as Administrator’)
Type in ‘wuauclt.exe/updatenow’ without the quotes.
Nothing happened. I was puzzled as I had already run these steps successfully on a PC running Windows 8.1 and it worked flawlessly. No matter what I did or how up to date my updates were wuauclt didn’t seem to do anything. However after some hunting around I found the solution:
Open the registry editor (regedit.exe) and locate the registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
It should exist, but if not, create it.
Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = “AllowOSUpgrade” (without the quotes), and set the Value = 0x00000001 – you actually just need to enter 00000001, 0x is added by the editor.
Now, run through the steps above once more and Windows 10 should begin to download. I hope that saves you from the frustration that I suffered. Full details on how to force Windows 10 upgrade and this solution can be found here.
I developed this little text manipulation utility/editor to explore ways of extracting key words from large amounts of text. You may find it useful for that or some other purpose.
Drag and drop any file to analyse
Set case of entire text
Remove multiple spaces
Remove new line characters (new paragraphs)
Remove special characters e.g. punctuation etc.
Remove single characters (i.e. a character with a space either side)
Only show words repeated X number of times
Remove all duplicates of words
Remove a custom list of words
Wrap words in custom character(s)
Delimit words with any character
To get started paste some text or drop a file into the top text box, select some options from the aptly named ‘Options’ tab, return to the tab above and hit ‘Go!’. Your results will appear in the bottom text box. You can change your options and hit ‘Go!’ again to see different results. When you close SWEAT down it remembers all of your settings including the exclusion list.
The options shown above are executed in the order shown on the form which may explain why you get results you were not anticipating. They are fairly self-explanatory but if you are not sure, don’t worry, you can do no harm, experiment. The exclusion list (Remove words listed below tick box) can, in my experience, get pretty big when working on large bodies of text. These words are saved, capitalised and alphabetically ordered when you close the program for easy reference the next time you use it.
No longer remembers text you pasted in on close. This is because it is now possible to drag and drop large files into the application and storing these as a setting had great implications on the start up time of the application
I don’t like to generalise but most developers I have met are not keen on writing documentation and having recently finished a piece of integration work using BizTalk 2010 I was delighted to find an automatic documenter on the open source CodePlex site. Unfortunately it did not work properly on the environment I was using so I downloaded the code and gave it some tweaks and enhancements. Having tested it, successfully documented projects at work, I have uploaded the now BizTalk Server 2010 Documenter to the same site and hope that some of you may find it of use.