Windows 10 Upgrade Errors

Microsoft has finally released Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. I took part in the tech preview and was impressed by how the new operating system looked and felt. Even though I was running the beta for several months on a VM, I was excited that the final release is finally available for download for current Windows 7 and 8 users. That excitement however, quickly turned into frustration.

What I wanted to do was upgrade my machines running Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Then do a clean install. In order to do this, you would have to upgrade to Windows 10 and wait for the activated confirmation message. Once you see this, you should be able to do a clean install and it will automatically activate afterwards. The upgrade process already gave me issues.

Everything was going well during the upgrade but during the reboot I get the following error.

second boot error

Second Boot error

I’ve tried different things, even disabling the AVG 2015 antivirus (which I read some people having issues with). I also started uninstall software that I feel may have compatibility issues with Windows 10. Still no luck. Finally, I decided to uninstall AVG and it looks like that was the culprit.

I didn’t get a chance to take photos of the settings part when it asks after upgrading but it’s something I’d like to mention. There are many settings that you should pay attention to regarding privacy. Here’s some photos I took when I was upgrading my HP Stream 7 tablet.

express settings

Click on Customize Settings to view and change.

customized settings

Customize the default settings

After running Windows update and restarting Windows 10, I checked the Windows activation status and it said it was activated. I felt confident that the troubles are over and I now can do a clean install. The process went fine but now I have more issues, this time regarding activation. I now get the following error with activation.

Error code: 0xC004C003

blocked key

Blocked key

If you run the following command, it’ll bring up the screen to call Microsoft and display the installation ID, which should then give you an activation code.


Select your country and it will give you the phone number to call. You will have to provide your installation ID which should generate a confirmation ID that is similarly long.

I ended up speaking with something and they told me that the blocked key error is a bit misleading. He said that the activation server cannot handle all the requests so it’s blocking people out. It’s not necessarily mean you have a bad copy of Windows and it won’t allow you to activate. They recommend to continue to wait and it will activate. I also found this thread to be a little helpful in terms of what others are experiencing – [](

So I guess I’ll have to wait. Back to the AVG 2015 antivirus. Once I stabilized Windows 10, I installed it again and it ran fine. It should, since they said it was fully compatible. From what I heard, the reason why it could affect upgrades is AVG can sometimes lock files and prevent the upgrade process from upgrading them. So it’s best to uninstall it and reinstall once everything is finished.

Finally, I want to share an error I got with a Dell T3600 workstation I upgraded to Windows 10. This error occurs after I used the Reset This PC. I chose to delete all the files and applications. During the final reboot, I get this error. It will just keep restarting and never fix itself.

inaccessible boot device

Inaccessible boot device

Looks like I’ll have to do a clean install on this one as well.

I’ve talked to a few friends who upgraded to Windows 10 and not have any issues. For some reason, I attract these kinds of issues. I hope Microsoft can improve on the upgrade process. So far though, Windows 10 has been a treat. I guess anything is better than Windows 8 – it’s not too bad, but this has been a better user experience (except for the upgrade process).

Getting started with Laravel

I’ve been playing around with other frameworks and Laravel caught my eye. But every time I try to install it, I get an error.

Mcrypt php5 is required. Script php artisan clear-compiled handling the post-install-cmd event returned with an error

I know mcrypt for php is installed but I guess it’s not enabled. I found the solution at Now I can continue to do the tutorial on

ASO and MySQL Workbench error

I recently switched over to A Small Orange as a host provider and have been happy with their services so far. My websites are running faster than they did before. But now I run into a small issue. I use MySQL Workbenchto work on databases. It’s a great software. But I get an error when I try to connect to a database remotely.


I did a few searches and found a post regarding the skip-networking entry in the config file. Unfortunately, I’m in a shared environment and do not have access to that file. I have contacted the ASO tech support. Hope they can find a solution. I never had this issue with other host provider.

BSOD on Windows 8 – SSD Issue?

Last night I got a BSOD with an error called DPC_Watchdog_Violation. I searched for it and many claim it might have something to do with my SSD and its firmware being old. I’m running a SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX240GG25 with firmware R112. Apparently it’s an old version so I decided to update it. I installed the toolkit and it told me the latest (as of February 8, 2013) is R211. I went ahead and created a USB boot disk from the utility.

I rebooted and when I got to the install screen I couldn’t use my keyboard. I’m using a Logitech K750 wireless keyboard. Then I thought maybe the driver isn’t supported if it’s a wireless keyboard. I plugged in a wired USB keyboard on a different port, restarted, and it was the same thing.

firmware interface

I ended up calling tech support. They told me to try and burn an ISO on CD. I didn’t want to waste a CD for a 10MB file but oh well I just want to update the firmware. Same thing with booting off the CD.

Then I switched USB ports again for my wired USB keyboard, and there it was. The patch installed in about 2 seconds. I rebooted and hopefully I don’t get the BSOD anymore.

FoxIt PhantomPDF and Windows 8

I’ve trying out the demo for FoxIt’s PhantomPDF software. I was able to install the trial version 5.4x. Today, I tried to use it and an update popped up. I told it to update it and I get the following error.


I Googled the error and didn’t find anything. I tried to right-click on the installer and see if I can run it as administrator but the option isn’t there. Is it not compatible? But how was I able to run it for about a week until this update. I have emailed tech support. We’ll see what they say.

I wish PDF support was built in on Windows like it is with Apple. I really don’t want to pay for Adobe Acrobat since all I need is to scan to PDF and print to PDF. Maybe I’ll check out Nuance.

UPDATE: So after looking around my file system, the folder is indeed locked. I tried to use command prompt as administrator to try to manipulate it and it won’t work. I ended up using Unlocker. I still wasn’t able to delete it (it’s empty) but I was able to delete it after restarting. Not sure what happened but now I’m able to install the newer version.

Headaches with WinXDVD software

I recently tried out Digiarty’s Blu-ray Decrypter because my Makemkv trial has expired. I tried to install the newer version but it still tells me it’s expired. So far it was good during trial. It ripped the 3 movies I tried with it to M2TS files. I then tried to encode it using Arcsoft MediaConverter 7 and I get the stupid “cannot find splitter” error.


I figured if the decrypter is made by DIgiarty, why not get their own encoder too, so I did. I purchased both decrypter and encoder from Digiarty. Well I was wrong about my assumption. Now I get a file not supported error.


I contacted their support via email because their phone number is in China. The began to help but now I haven’t heard from them in a few days. I requested for a refunded since their site says there’s a 30 day money back guarantee. I have yet to here a response.

Their DVD software may be good (I haven’t tried but read some good reviews) but based on my experience, their HD stuff isn’t working. It’s too bad. I hope I can get my money back. I want to try other programs.

WordPress [an error occurred while processing this directive]

I’ve been getting the [an error occurred while processing this directive] error every time I go to my website. I googled it and found this People suggested it was caused by the WP Super Cache plugin. I’m currently running 0.9.7. Well, how could you get to the plugins interface if every page displayed that error?

I ended up using phpMyAdmin that my host has and went in the database to manually disable the plugin. Luckily the tables and data entry values were specific so it wasn’t hard to figure out where to start looking. The table you want to look for is “wpau_active_plugins_info”. This table should have records of plugins that are active – hence the table name. Inside this table, look in “plugin_name” column. This is where I found the WP Super Cache entry. I deleted it and reload the page. It fixed the problem.