Windows 10 – Dell Apoint.exe – Alps_SetMouseMonitorError!!

Brand new install of Windows 10 on a dell laptop I get the error


Dell Apoint.exe


ALPS / Apoint popup – bad dell touch pad driver


Unistall it.  You don’t need it. A new one will install later automatically via Windows Update

"C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Uninstap.exe" SILENT

Media Creation Tool Error – 0x80070456 – 0xA0019 when using USB formatted NTFS

media-creation-tool-errorI ran into this error tonight and was looking all over for solutions before I bothered to check the logs.  The online “Solutions” were anything but.  Troubleshooting step #1 read log files.  Solution was to reformat USB to Fat32.


After you wait all the time required to download the ISO and it starts to create the USB drive you get an error 0x8007456 – 0xA0019

If you browse to C:\$WINDOWS.~WS\Sources\Panther you will see two log files.

setuperr.log has error info

2016-12-01 18:11:01, Error MOUPG CInstallUI::GetDefaultLanguage(1715): Result = 0x80070002[gle=0x00000002]
2016-12-01 18:11:22, Error MOUPG CDlpActionGetWebSetupUserInput::GetDefaultOfferIndex(281): Result = 0x80070490[gle=0x00000715]
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CDlpActionLayoutUsb::CheckBitLocker(987): Result = 0x80070456[gle=0x00000456]
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CDlpActionLayoutUsb::PrepareUsbMedia(2222): Result = 0x80070456[gle=0x00000456]
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CDlpActionLayoutUsb::ExecuteRoutine(939): Result = 0x80070456[gle=0x00000456]
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CDlpActionImpl > > >::Execute(441): Result = 0x80070456[gle=0x00000456]
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CDlpTask::ExecuteAction(3243): Result = 0x80070456[gle=0x00000456]
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CDlpTask::ExecuteActions(3397): Result = 0x80070456
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CDlpTask::Execute(1631): Result = 0x80070456
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CSetupManager::ExecuteTask(2067): Result = 0x80070456
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CSetupManager::ExecuteTask(2030): Result = 0x80070456
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CSetupManager::ExecuteDownloadMode(7194): Result = 0x80070456
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CSetupManager::ExecuteDownlevelMode(387): Result = 0x80070456
2016-12-01 18:19:35, Error MOUPG CSetupManager::GetDUSetupResults(5249): Result = 0x80070490
2016-12-01 18:19:38, Error MOUPG CSetupManager::Execute(236): Result = 0x80070456
2016-12-01 18:19:38, Error MOUPG CSetupHost::Execute(372): Result = 0x80070456

This error means the source location was not writeable.  Low and behold my USB drive was formatted NTFS.


Reformat the USB drive to Fat32.

That’s it.   Nothing more complicated.



I did a bunch of internet searching and found this thread.

I am sad to say the fixes proposed might work for corrupt files.. but the issue is clear as mud in the log above.  Just need to make the USB readable by formatting to Fat32.

Also found a x64 of Media Creation ToolDownloading the x64 media creation tool –


ConfigMgr SCCM 2007 – How to stop advertisements with immediate effect or How to stop an errant advertisement in SMS 2003 SCCM 2007

My Cached Google fu is decently strong!  Cached source:

The original from 2008 is Below.  I will be writing a new version shortly with SCCM CB solution.  Really nice stuff that the MS team introduced.

In real time scenario, I have faced several instances of those we need to stop the advertisement with immediate effect to decrease impact to the client machines. Today, I have gone through a good wright up on this topic from Shaun Cassells.

Read the orginal post here

Scenario: An advertisement went out for a package that is causing havoc.  Let’s say, it is rebooting servers and workstations.   How do you stop it NOW!?!?!  With a Big Red Stop Button (BRSB).

Below are 5 scenarios with varying speeds and success rates.

Method 1: Stop the IIS service or the SMS_OFFER_MANAGER service on all servers.

Upside: Everything stops

Downside: Everything stops including normal client communications or any other distribution

Method 2: Delete the source package files off the DP(s) update: change the ntfs folder premissions to deny any client from reading the source files.  Thanks jnelson

Upside: All clients trying to run errant advertisement will say “Waiting For Content”

Downside: Copying the package source back to the DP after everything calms down.

Method 3: Delete the Advertisement (Do not do this)

Upside: Makes you feel better

Downside: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered.  You also lose all tracking of the damage you have wrought.

Method 4: Disable the Program

Upside: Prevents further execution

Downside: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered.

Method 5: Expire the advertisement

Upside: Prevents further execution

Downside: Does not stop any clients until a policy refresh is triggered.

Summary: Best solution for Big Red Stop Button (BRSB) appears to be Method 2.  Delete the files off the DP.  You will need to know the PackageID. (see reports below) and the location of the DPs (see reports below).

Best order of execution to achieve BRSB

  1. Identify PackageID
    1. See report below
    2. See console command line below
  2. Identify DPs that you will need to target
    1. See report below
  3. Run a script to delete the files off the DPs
  4. Disable the program
  5. Disable the advertisement (change the execution expiration time)
  6. View reports on advertisement success rate so you know who to go fix

If there is desire for me to post the scripts or more screen shots on how to do this, please respond to this post, and I’ll whip more docs up.

Now that the package has stopped, the clients have received new policies to prevent the errant program from executing again.  How do I get the files back on the DP?  Easy, refresh the Distribution Points from the package.  Refresh will keep the DP version the same.  Reminder: if you update the DPs.  You will be creating a new version, which may cause clients to execute this new package.  (Been there)

Helpful Reports (SMS 2003)

List of All packages:


List of All Active Package Distributions:


List of All DPs:


Location of DP (SMS 2003)


How to add NodeInfo to the SMS 2003 console?

Add the following switch to the console command line

/SMS:NodeInfo=1 or /SMS:NodeInfo=2

Adds a property sheet that contains node information such as the GUID, WMI instance data, and the named values associated with the node to a node’s property page. You access the node information sheet by selecting the Node Information tab. Typically, you use this option when you develop or debug extension snap-ins that extend the SMS Administrator console.

This option can be set to 1 or 2. Setting NodeInfo to 1 places the Node Information sheet last on the property page. Setting NodeInfo to 2 places the Node Information sheet first on the property page.

SMS 2003 command line:

C:\smsadmin\bin\i386\sms.msc /SMS:NodeInfo=1

SCCM 2007 commandline

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager Console\AdminUI\bin\adminconsole.msc” sms:debugview=1

How to stop advertisements with immediate effect

MyITForum Missing Blogs – Big Red Stop Button (BRSB)

Hi all,

I am currently trying to dig up my article from 2008 about the different methods to stop an errant software deployment via SCCM.  If anyone has it please let me know.  Here is the original blog location –

The best I can find is the 2010 MMS Birds of a feather by Kim Oppalfelds –


OneDrive for Business: Changing from legacy client to modern OneDrive client


I have had two annoying issues with OneDrive for Business O365 for a while now.  First it constantly says processing changes.  Other posts claim this is due to sharing documents with others.  I wonder if those changes can’t occur if the shared to AD account is disabled.  The second issue is the lack of little green check box sync status in Windows Explorer.  While playing around I found a solution.

Heads Up: Keep in mind if you have the modern OneDrive for Business or are happy you don’t need to do this.  There are also some technet articles about a reg hack to do the following.  Looks like this is the fix for the fix 🙂

  1. Go to Task Tray and right click OneDrive (NOT For Business) and open settings
  2. onedrive-for-business-settings
  3. Account Tab >> Add an Account
  4. onedrive-for-business-add-an-account
  5. Add your work account and sign in.
  6. onedrive-for-business-sign-in
  7. At this point you should be redirected to your corporate portal to sign in
  8. That’s it

This changed my OneDrive for Business client to the modern version.  Really much better for knowing your sync status.  However, I lost most of my right click options to share from Windows Explorer.

I also got a lot of errors about Explorer.exe file association missing  After like 20 popups it sorted itself out.

onedrive-for-business-explorer-exe-errorI find it interesting that the Sync Status of Processing is completed.  I do wonder if this change above fixed it or if one of the other things I tried with sharing permissions fixed the issue.

Windows 10 Current Branch Upgrades – Taking up all my free space – Identify and Resolve


I found a potential bug where constant Windows Insider builds were bloating the Previous Windows Installations to over 10 gb.  This was causing other issues on my tiny storage tablet.  The newer interface of Windows 10 provides some guidance on finding the bloat.  But it was the classic tools of WinDirStat and Disk Cleanup that resolved the bloat… but not the cause.


As a windows insider I am constantly getting the Fast builds (Several a week).   My primary test device is a Dell Venue 8 Pro (DV8P) 5830 with 64gb of storage (and SD card extensiability).  I am also a Plex user and do a lot of offline sync to watch videos while I fly.

Recently, I started getting randon errors and super slow resume from sleep.  Even though my Plex app is space limited I was a bit surprised. To see I had less than 1gb free.   The following is how I figured out what was going on and fixed the issue.  As I fixed my DV8P space issue I used my laptop to do screenshots.   That’s why the space in the screen caps don’t match.

How does one find what is taking up space?

Windows 10 has a new feature called storage.  Which has some nice features like showing available space for each drive.  Great but doesn’t help me find out what is taking lots of space.  Even so lets explore.   Start >> type Storage


If we pick the primary system drive we get a screen eating display of used hard drive space categories.  45.4 GB looks excessive lets click on that


Keep on drilling down to System & Reserved (three clicks in still don’t know anything useful)


Huh, 20.3 gb of system files.  Rather extreme lets click Manage System Restore.  Ahh, back to legacy interface.  Picking the drive again notice that protection is only on for primary system drive.  Hmm 7.59 is not close to the 20+gb of system.  Lets keep looking


,Many many moons ago there was a tool called Disk Clean Up.    Start >> type Disk Cleanup


Pick your drive. Guess it won’t do the full system just specific partitions.


Oh this is new.  Clean Up system Files.  That 20+gb system files have to live somewhere. What happens when you click this?  Be aware,  I have already cleaned up my drive… but originally there was 10.9gb of Previous Windows Installations.  When I ran the cleanup I was provided a prompt that said you will not be able to roll back to a previous version of windows.  Okay but on my 64 gb tablet i needed the space.


An easier way?

To this day it surprises me that Windows Explorer does not have any easy method to show the size of directories.  This would allow me to easily identify issues.  One day when I am board i’ll setup a PowerBI 🙂   Until then you can use WinDirStat.

Use the following PowerShell from an elevated Command PowerShell prompt

install-package windirstat -ProviderName Chocolatey -Force -ForceBootstrap

This will allow you to see exactly what directories are taking up so much space (example from laptop)

WinDirStat Drive space.png

Wow, all drives at a glance.  Easy drill down and sorting.  This is fabulous.  I can instantly see that my temp directory is way beyond normal in size.  On my laptop it turned out I had several VM vhdx files backed up there.  Whoops 🙂




Fix: Renaming American Airlines Reservations

AIn the past year or so the AA website or mobile app changed but you can no longer change a Reservation Trip Name.  This has become and issue for me as I almost always fly through DFW.   That means I have 4 trips that are all called AUS/DFW like

Departure Date Depart from Status Reservation Name
11/01/16 AUS Ticketed on 10/27/16 AUS/DFW
11/04/16 AUS Ticketed on 10/10/16 AUS/DFW
11/10/16 AUS Ticketed on 10/27/16 AUS/DFW
11/16/16 AUS Ticketed on 11/01/16 AUS/DFW

While on the line with an American Airlines (AA) tech support person who did not get the difference between Reservation Name and person flying nor did they appear to speak English as a top 3 language I was able to find a solution

  1. Open (Login)
  2. Navigate to your reservations (my trips)
  3. Open up the trip you want to rename
  4. Use the following link to change the name<NEW NAME>
  1. Page will load to a blank page (this is good)
  2. Go back twice (to list of reservations) and see that you can now understand your trip!

Don’t use any special characters as it will truncate the rename.

I have found naming my trips by the ending airport code works best.  At least then I know where I am going… if not why 🙂

An offical response is here: