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How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18875

How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18875

Hi everyone,

Today, I finally managed to install Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 18875. Previosuly, I was getting an error with code 0xca00a000.

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 1

After reading around the Feedback hub, it seems that disabling the Windows Search service and deleting the content of the Windows SoftwareDistribution folder fixes this, and the update is able to be installed succesful. Here, I’ll show you step by step how to do it.

Disabling the Windows Search service

First, press the keys Win + R and type services.msc, then press OK:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 2

The Windows Services management console will open. Go down and right click on the Windows Search service. You’ll click on Properties:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 3

Once you are in Properties, go to the Startup type drop down and select Disabled. Then, press OK:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 4

Right click on Windows Search again, and click on Stop:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 5

You may be prompted to disable other services. Press Yes:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 6

The Windows Search service should now be stopped.

Cleaning the SoftwareDistribution folder

The next step involves navigating to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and deleting everything inside:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 7
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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 8

You may be prompted to give administrator permissions in order to delete the contents. Press Continue:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 9

The contents will be deleted:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 10

And the folder will be empty:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 11

Now, on Windows Update, press Retry:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 12

It will begin getting ready, downloading, and installing the update:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 13
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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 14

Finally, you’ll be prompted to restart your machine. Click on Restart Now:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 15

Everything should run smoothly now and the update should install fine:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 16
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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 17

Once the installation finishes, you’ll be on the 18875 build of Windows 10:

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Installing Windows 10 Insider Preview 18875 18

That’s it! Hope these steps were useful in getting you to install Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875!

Can’t get Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875 to install…

Can’t get Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875 to install…

UPDATE 4/13/2019: Yesterday, I published how to install build 18875. Click here to read the post.

Hi everyone,

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875, but I’m unable to install it on my machines. For some reason, it fails at 7% when it’s configuring the update when attempting to restart, and then, if I try to download the update again, it returns a 0xca00a00 error.

I removed the contents in C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and it seems to be able to download the update again, but it still fails at 7% when restarting.

Hopefully, Microsoft will release an updated build sometime this week. Downloading the ISO also didn’t worked, as it fails at 100% giving an installation error…

Using the Hidizs AP80 as a Micro SD reader

Using the Hidizs AP80 as a Micro SD reader

Hi everyone,

It comes a time when I have to update my Windows devices manually because sometimes, on my Intel Atom machines, Windows Update fails to install a Windows Insider build. I know I’m not the only one who have had this happened. One thing one can do to solve this is to go ahead and download a Windows Insider ISO and then create a bootable micro SD card, with tools like Rufus. Now, the bootable part is not important, as I’m upgrading my Windows install rather than doing a clean install.

I used an 8gb MicroSD card that I have and used Rufus on my AMD Ryzen desktop machine. I then used my Hidizs AP80 in USB Storage mode to make the microSD card appear in the PC and format and prepare the card with the ISO. Once that was ready, I used the Hidizs USB-C to Micro USB cable that came with my Hidizs DH1000 (the Hidizs AP80 also comes with this cable) to connect the USB-C port of the AP80 to the Micro USB port of the tablet. From there, I was able to go to “This PC” -> The Micro SD card and launch the Windows 10 setup to begin upgrading my tablet. It is really nice that the Hiby OS that this DAP use has different modes when it comes to USB, because you can either use it as a Storage device or as a DAC.

Here’s the image where I have my AP80 connected to my tablet:

Windows and Linux can work together. How to execute a Linux command from Visual Basic?

Windows and Linux can work together. How to execute a Linux command from Visual Basic?

Hi everyone,

In this post, I’d like to show you how easy it is to connect your Windows software to linux commands and software.

As you may know, Windows now includes the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which allows you to run a bash terminal and execute linux utilites as well as install software from the repository. Now, this is not virtualized. Rather, it uses a compatibility layer which allows it to execute linux tools on Windows.

This is not installed by default but can be installed by going into Control Panel, click on Turn Windows features on or off:

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You then select and install WLS:

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It may ask for a restart, and once it’s done, you simply launch bash.exe:

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Which will present you with the terminal:

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Perfect

But now, let’s say you want to automate something, and you are an expert using Visual Basic.NET or C#, and there’s this tool or script that runs on Linux that you want to execute. Can it be done? Sure it can!

From the CMD (Command Prompt), you can also launch a linux tool by simply invoking bash -c the tool to use. For example, if I’d like to launch python3, I would just use bash -c python3:

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When I hit Enter, I’ll go into Python running on a bash terminal but it’s redirected into CMD. This basically allows us to interact with Linux from the Windows Command Prompt:

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Interesting, right?

Then, how do you launch a linux script, tool, software, etc, from a VB.NET app?
EASY! Basically, we will use ProcessStartInfo, launch bash.exe and pass the -c parameter followed by what we want to run.

Here, let’s make a mini tutorial based on my script to get my Steem Followers:

This is the Python script I made that interacts with the Piston lib to get my follower count:

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To use it, I have to launch the script along with the username of the account I’d like to know the followers. That’s what I’ll show in this mini tutorial.

We will be using Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2017.

First: Let’s create a new project in Visual Studio. This project will be a Windows Forms App in the Visual Basic language. I’ve named it SteemGetFollowers (This project will be uploaded into GitHub. See the end of this post for links):

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Once we create the project, we will see an empty form:

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From the Toolbox, we will add a TextBox and a Button. The TextBox is for us to enter our Steem username, and the button will be to call the script and show our follower number in a MessageBox or MsgBox (Both do the same):

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Let’s make it look like this:

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We’ll change the Button1 name to Get Follower Count!. For this, click the button, and change the Text property:

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We can also change the Form1 name to something better. We’ll do the steps like the button, but instead clicking on the Form:

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Now, we have our form complete.

Next step?

We have to make sure our software compiles as x64. For this, we’ll select where it says Any CPU at the right of Debug and we’ll click on Configuration Manager:

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Here, we’ll select <New…>:

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Make sure it says x64 and press OK:

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Now, the Active Platform will change to x64. We can now Close the window:

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If you haven’t done so, save the project by clicking on the Floppy icon:

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Once done, we’ll go to the project folder, which, if saved on the default path, should be in Documents\Visual Studio 2017\Projects\SteemGetFollowers\SteemGetFollowers\bin\x64\Debug. There, we will copy the script file, because when we build the software, it will find the script to launch in this folder:

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We have configure our project now! Let’s write code!

Now, let’s write the code. Double click on the Button and we should be directed to a pre-made code:

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Inside the Private Sub that it made, we will write a code to launch bash along with python and the script. For this, we will use ProcessStartInfo:

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Now, we simply show a simple message with the follower number using MsgBox:

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So, our code should look like this:

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We’re done!

Now, we will press the Start button to test our software:

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It should compile pretty fast, and once the software lauches, we will write our Steem Username in the TextBox and press the Get Follower Count! button:

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The result will be:

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And that’s it!

We have successfully written a software that interacts with the Linux bash terminal! This way, we can build awesome Windows software that interacts with our Python scripts inside Linux.

Note that when we compile the software, we will see the executables in the folder where we copied the Python script:

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The Python script file should be in the same folder as the executable for it to work. Also, the software must be compiled as 64bit or it will not find the bash executable.

GitHub Links:

You can get this project and check it out for yourself by going to the following repo:
https://github.com/moisespr123/SteemGetFollowers

Here, you can find the Python script:
https://github.com/moisespr123/SteemGetFollowers/blob/master/SteemGetFollowers/getFollowersCount.py

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!

Shall you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment!

Emojis are coming to Windows 10!

Emojis are coming to Windows 10!

In Windows 10 build 16215, available for those who participate in the Windows Insider Program and are in the Fast Ring, Microsoft introduced the ability to use emojis, so you can now easily use them in your posts and comments.

It’s very easy to use them! You just have to press the WIN + . keys, and the emojis will pop up! Then, you select the emoji you would like to use 😜

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1. Go to Start and press the gear icon (Settings)

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2. Go to “Update & Security”

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3. Go to “Windows Insider Program”

Here, you should be able to join the Windows Insider Program. I don’t see the option to join because I’m already part of it, but basically, you accept and then your PC will restart. Then, follow steps 1 and 2 and change the ring to “Fast” so you can receive the latest preview version of Windows 10. Please note that by joining this program, your PC could experience crashes or have issues you didn’t have before. Personally, I’ve never had any major problems testing these preview versions 🙂.

4. Finally, we check for updates by going to “Windows Update”

The latest Windows 10 preview version should show and start downloading. If it doesn’t show, don’t worry, as it can take some time for it to appear.

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5. Wait for the download to finish and install, then restart the PC

It can take a while depending on your internet and computer speed.

6. Wait for the installation to finish

This can take half and hour or more, especially if your PC has a Hard Disk Drive instead of a Solid State Disk.

7. Once the update finishes and you see the desktop, you can start using the emojis 😃

Personally, I use Microsoft Edge. There, you can test the emojis. I haven’t tested any other browsers.

I hope you all liked this post!

Installing Windows 10 Creators Update to the UDOO x86

Installing Windows 10 Creators Update to the UDOO x86

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you a video where I’m installing Windows 10 Creators Update (build 15063) to the UDOO x86. Installing Windows 10 is very easy and while the setup took some time to finish, Windows 10 runs very nice on this board. In fact, I used the UDOO x86 to do the ArduBOINC project you can see by clicking here.

One recommendation is that if you plan on installing big software later, like Visual Studio 2017, I recommend you get an M.2 SSD drive or a 2.5 Hard Disk Drive or SSD, as the 32GB eMMC Storage is not so much and will fill up very fast with the Windows Updates and builds, especially if you participate in the Windows Insider Program as I do. In the video, I’m installing Windows 10 to a 250GB Hard Disk Drive.