How to check the activation type and status of Office

  1. Open an administrative level command prompt.
    1. Navigate to the Office14 folder:
    2. 32bit Office on 64bit OS – “cd \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14”
  • 32bit Office on 32bit OS and 64bit Office on 64bit OS – “cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14”
  1. Execute “cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus”
  2. Look at “LICENSE NAME” for license type and “LICENSE STATUS” for activation status



Laptop dead after 1709 upgrade

I have had to avoid deploying 1709 mainly due to the fact that it was bricking all physical devices HP 725/745/612/X360 and rendering them dead halfway through the upgrade with no ability to rollback. This was back in October when we started to test this and the only virtual machines could be upgraded.

It was only recently that I found an article pointing a finger at a new setting in the latest baselines

After changing this to “disabled” upgrades to 1709 now work.

More info here

Baselines modified for RS2/RS3 as below.

MSFT Windows 10 RS2 – Computer

Computer Configuration | Policies | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | BitLocker Drive Encryption = Disabled

MSFT Windows 10 RS3 – BitLocker

Computer Configuration | Policies | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | BitLocker Drive Encryption = Disabled

Adding Windows OEM information

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box or Start Menu searchbox and press Enter. It’ll open Registry Editor, now go to:


Under this key, look for a key OEMInformation. If it doesn’t exist, create it.

2. Now select OEMInformation key and in right-side pane, create following String values and set their values as shown below:




Windows 10 Custom Start Menu and TaskBar sequences

Various issues and errors getting this imported and .lnk/ .url shortcuts have to be in a specific place.


Cannot connect to servers through VPN The username could not be found

Using the Azure Point-to-Site VPN client we could establish a connection to servers using the FQDN only anything else would fail with a Username could not be found error which the main issue was the fact it broke GPO processing as the GPO looks at the \\domain.local DFS location rather than DC by FQDN.

\\server.domain.local fine
\\server fails
\\ipaddress fails

Following website has pointed me in the right direction

When I run the command cmdkey.exe /delete /ras everything works correctly again

I did try to edit the pbk and change the UseRaSCredentials=0 but it didn’t seem to work for me.  Still have to manually run the command above once established but I can easily fire this from a custom scheduled task