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- Open Registry Editor.
- New DWORD value called EnableLinkedConnections, set to 1.
This was a royal pain to solve!
- Is your BIOS up to date? Like really really up to date? I had to use the latest BETA version, not the latest STABLE version.
- Remember to DECRYPT BEFORE bios updates or have your recovery key handy.
- Does the system see the TPM? Yes/No, solve this.
- Can you encrypt with bitlocker? Yes/No, solve this next. Mine worked.
- sfc /scannow (does this finish or pass? Mine hung at 56%)
- chkdsk /r /f c: (does this finish? Mine did.)
- sfc /scannow (after chkdsk, does this now finish? Now it passed.)
- Is Windows completely up to date? Check over and over until ALL windows updates are installed. All optional updates too!
- Have you removed ALL office accounts from Windows?
- Settings > Add, edit, delete users > Email & Accounts
- Launch WORD > (Upper right corner, your username and a...
Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy
Idle lock screen timeout settings:
Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
- Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit
- Set timeout in seconds.
Force a specific Background:
User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Desktop > Desktop
- Desktop Wallpaper
- Set a UNC path to the wallpaper ( i.e. \\path\to\file.jpg )
Create a GPO and enable these settings. Related descriptions and values explained in citations.
Both Computer Configuration and User Configuration may have these policies modified:
Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy
- Configure Group Policy slow link detection
Enable the policy and set value to 0 to disable slow link detection.
Create a GPO and enable three settings. Related descriptions and values explained in citations.
Both Computer Configuration and User Configuration need these policies modified:
Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Internet Control Panel > Security Page
- Intranet Zone Template > Enabled > Low
- This template policy setting allows you to configure policy settings in this zone consistent with a selected security level, for example, Low, Medium Low, Medium, or High. If you enable this template policy setting and select a security level, all values for individual settings in the zone will be overwritten by the standard template defaults.
- Site to Zone Assignment List > Enabled > Show…
- ValueName =
A host for an intranet site, ...
- ValueName =
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista come with a special Group Policy option which unlocks network drives for programs running elevated:
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
- Create a new DWORD value called EnableLinkedConnections, and set it to 1.
This process might take several days (!!!) to complete. Wait for it.
Alternate Activation Gui Method
- click START (gets you to the tiles)
- type RUN
- type slui 3 and press ENTER
- SLUI 1 brings up the activation status window
- SLUI 2 brings up the activation window
- SLUI 3 brings up the CHANGE PRODUCT KEY window
- SLUI 4 brings up the CALL MICROSOFT & MANUALLY ACTIVATE window
- Type in your product key
- Have a nice day.
- To resolve this issue run gpedit.msc, go to:
Computer -> Administrative Templates -> Network -> Network Provider -> Hardened UNC Paths
- Enable the policy and click “Show” button.
- Enter your server name (\myservername) into “Value name” field.
- Enter the folowing text “RequireMutualAuthentication=0,RequireIntegrity=0,RequirePrivacy=0” wihtout quotes into the “Value” field.