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App can’t open with built in administrator account | Windows 10 app store not working [solved]

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All of a sudden I couldn’t open images anymore (using Photo’s, which is a windows 10 app) on my Windows 10. Also Edge and the Windows 10 App store wouldn’t open with a solid This app can’t open.

Sometimes I got a more informative : Microsoft Edge can’t be opened using the Build-in Administrator account.

It then popped up a message saying: This app can’t be activated by the Build-in Administrator. Microsoft likes kicking a dead horse.

It kept telling me App can’t open with built in administrator account whenever I tried opening or using ANY of the Windows Apps.

I browsed through tons of so-called solutions, involving dos prompts, digging the registry and rearranging Windows until it looks like Archlinux during a kernel panic. Ignore all that. 😉

So I searched till I found a very simple solution: And there it was: the “troubleshooter for Windows apps” solved it for me.
You’ll find it here:
It’s one of those downloadable Microsoft repair kits. Just go there, click “Run tourbleshooter”.

It might suggest you to connect to your online Microsoft Account. But you can safely ignore that.

Microsoft Word ignores Detect language automatically setting

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I noticed that I could not disable “Detect language automatically” in Word. Even though the option was disabled, word still insisted on changing the language for the text I was writing. I would change it back to whatever language I was using, but then suddenly, Word would revert back to the other language.

It turned out that one of my header “styles” was set to that language and that every time I used that particular header style, the language changed. So it wasn’t the “Detect language automatically” that didn’t work, I was the header style that actually did work though It wasn’t intentional.

To check the language of a style , simply right click the style (on top of the page) and select “Modify”. Then click the button on the bottom left that says “Style”. Select “language” from the drop-down menu. In the pop-up window you see what language the style is set to. Change it to whatever you need it to be, and click ok.

You might have to check the other styles too, to find which one is changing. You can also see it change on the bottom of the document, when applying styles. Try them out one by one, and see which one changes the language.

How to access data from a headless m1730 DELL with broken graphics card

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dem17ll30I have one of those DELL XPS M1730 ‘s with a fried Nvidia graphics card. It still booted, but I obviously couldn’t do much, as the screen was not functioning.

These were the steps I took to access the data:

I downloaded rescuecd pld-linux , a linux live cd that has a SSH Server enabled : and burned it to a CD.

download from here :

Then I booted the XPS from that CD. It didn’t boot right away. As I couldn’t see what was on the screen, I could only guess what it said. But pressing ESC a few time worked for me. If your laptop’s BIOS is not configured to boot from CD, you can press F12 and then one down + enter (you can’t see anything, so try to guess what order the entries in the boot menu are. Normally “CD boot” is the second entry.).

Once booted, I logged in from another PC using SSH. On windows you can use PUTY for that:
Login using ‘root’ and password ‘pld’.


I wasn’t able to access the drive, cause it’s RAID0 and (in my case) wasn’t set up. To set up raid I first loaded a config into the mdadm.conf using the mdadm utility used to manage and monitor software RAID devices.

I then rebooted the PC.

After it rebooted, I looked for available drives using lsblk

I examined sdb, and it seemed to be part of a raid setup:

I scanned for the array:

Now I had a new layout for the drives, as the Array came online:

Finally mounted the drive:

To get the data of, you can either use SSH or (if on windows) use WinSCP. You can donwload it here: Start WinSCP, Create a new site, fill in IP address, login and password, and connect.


Check out the man pages of the tools used:

Mdadm :
Lsblk :
Blkid :
Mdadm cheat Sheet :

Hopefully this log will help anyone. You can leave comments if you like, but I’m not experienced with mdadm. I probably can’t answers questions, but maybe other readers can. 🙂


  1. write the config using mdadm -Es
  2. mount the array, using mount.
  3. Connect using WinSCP and recover the files

VMWare Player : NAT not working when forwarding some ports

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When using NAT with the VMWare Player, you might want to make sure that there aren’t applications on your PC that are using the ports you want to forward.

When you try to forward a port that is in use, the network will stop functioning as a whole.


Here is an example of a NAT setup. The proxy is a tunnel over ssh, that acts as a socks5 proxy and is working fine. Then I tried to forward port 80, so that I can access the websites I’m working on in the Linux guest.
As soon as I activated this configuration, I lost all network connections in the guest os.

When I looked at what ports were used by the host system, using the netstat -nba command:


I noticed Skype used port 80 and that’s why I couldn’t forward port 80. Once I disabled port 80 in Skype it worked.

To disable these ports in Skype, click Tools -> Options -> Advanced tab -> Connection. Uncheck “Use port 80 and 443 as an alternatives for incoming connections”. Save and restart Skype.


How to use NAT in VMWare

Where to find vmnetcfg?

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