Windows 10 Store app error 0x8000FFFF

Today starting the Windows 10 Store app I discovered that it was failing with a 0x8000FFFF error displayed. What I did to fix this failure was to go to the Windows 10 Settings app, select “Update & security“, then select “Troubleshoot” and on the right pane scroll down to “Windows Store Apps” and finally click…


Visual Studio 2017 offline installer

Currently there seems to be no offline installer for the newly released Visual Studio 2017 but creating one is as easy as downloading all features and then packaging them into a .iso file yourself using one of the many existing free burning tools such as InfraRecorder. To download all features and languages into a local…


Missing PowerShell about_* helpfiles

If when running Get-Help about_* you see missing helpfiles such as about_Automatic_Variables and all your attempts to update helpfiles by calling Update-Help don’t fix the issue, try calling the following: Install-AboutHelp.ps1


Log for MSOnline Azure AD powershell module

At times when working with the MSOnline Azure AD powershell module it might useful to know that it generates a log and that it is located at x:\Users\MyUsername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office365\Powershell where MyUsername is clearly the account name that you are using to call cmdlets from the MSOnline module.


Understanding Azure for Developers

You are a developer and need to understand better the Azure platform? Start from this short pdf guide (39 pages) and then go on reading the guides available on this page (Get started guide for Azure developers and Get started guide for Azure IT operators) and then go on watching the short videos available here.


Windows SDK archive

Here is a quick link to download present and past Windows SDKs:


Create a desktop shortcut to a store app on Windows 10

To place a shortcut to a store app (aka universal windows app) on the desktop of your Windows 10 pc you can drag the app from the Start Menu and drop it on the desktop or you can type “Explorer.exe Shell:AppsFolder” from a command prompt, use the search filter in the upper right corner to…


Great tutorials website:

I recently found the website, a technical site with a vast set of great trainings covering all sorts of topics. You’ll find trainings both on less recent topics such as mainframes (cobol, cics, db2, etc.) and very hot current topics such as machine learning, scripting (JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, Ruby, Python, etc.), big data and…


PowerShell script to enumerate deleted items in a TFS/Visual Studio Online project

I wanted to share the following PowerShell script (zipped script also available at the end of the post) that I often use to enumerate deleted files and folders in a TFS project hosted in my Microsoft Visual Studio Online TFS instance. Notice that the script uses the tf.exe command-line utility that gets installed with Microsoft Visual Studio….


VMs to try out Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Internet Explorer

You might not know that if you need to test a Microsoft web browser (Edge or Internet Explorer) different from the one you have available on your computer there are ready for you to use virtual machines that you can download from the Microsoft Modern.IE website. VMs are available for the following set of hyperadvisors: VirtualBox…