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Fix The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk

Both the DISKPART utility and the Disk Management are useful tools in Windows 10 that manage the disk space allocation, and so on. But these tools are not without errors as you could also encounter some when you run them. Recently, some users reported getting an error that says, “The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk when trying to use the DISKPART utility”. Here’s the exact message of the error:

“The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk. The ACTIVE command can only be used on fixed MBR disks.”

This kind of error only occurs when you try to activate a disk partition on a UEFI system partition. However, the command works only if your computer is based on BIOS/MBR. The UEFI method has no concept of the active partition and since you have a UEFI system, the disk type is GPT instead of MBR. To simply put it, your BIOS needs the MBR disk type while the UEFI needs the GPT disk type.

To fix the “The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk when trying to use the DISKPART utility” error, there are various potential fixes you can try. You might have to disable Secure Boot, convert the disk to MBR or fix the Boot Manager. For more instructions, follow the options provided below.

Option 1 – Disable the Secure Boot in the BIOS

Disabling the Secure Boot in the BIOS settings is definitely recommended to resolve the issue. To disable Secure Boot, here’s what you have to do:

  • First, boot your computer into Windows 10.
  • Next, go to Settings > Windows Update. From there, check if there is anything that you have to download and install if you see any available updates. Usually, OEMs send and update the list of trusted hardware, drivers, and operating systems for your computer.
  • After that, go to the BIOS of your computer.
  • Then go to Settings > Update & Security > Advanced Startup options. If you click on Restart Now, it will restart your computer and give you all the advanced options.
  • Next, select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options. As you can see, this screen offers you further options including System restore, Startup repair, Go back to the previous version, Command Prompt, System Image Recovery, and UEFI Firmware Settings.
  • Select the UEFI Firmware Settings which will take you to the BIOS.
  • From there, go to the Security > Boot > Authentication tab where you should see Secure Boot. Note that every OEM has its own way of implementing the options so it varies.
  • Next, set Secure Boot to Disabled and set Legacy Support to On or Enabled.
  • Save the changes made and exit. Afterward, your computer will reboot.

Option 2 – Try converting the disk to MBR

You can try to change the File System of the drive from GPT to MBR but before you do so, make sure that you create a backup copy of your data to an external drive. Once you have that covered, follow the steps below.

  • Create a bootable Windows 10 media and boot your computer from it.
  • Next, click on the “Repair your computer” option on the first Windows 10 installation setup window.
  • Afterward, select the operating system partition from the given options and click on Next.
  • Now select Command Prompt within the System Recovery options box and execute this command to initiate the Diskpart utility: diskpart
  • Then type either one of these commands to view the list of all the Disk connects or the partitions on those disks formed: list disk or list volume
  • After that, execute another one of these commands depending on the command you previously entered to select the disk or partition you want to select: select disk # or select volume #
  • Now execute this command to clean your drive: clean
  • Finally, execute this last command to convert the selected disk or partition as MBR: Convert MBR
  • Restart your computer and check if the error is fixed.

Option 3 – Try to fix the Boot Manager

  • You can start by booting into the installation environment for Windows 10 from an installation media.
  • After that, click on Repair your computer and on the blue screen, select Troubleshoot and then select the Advanced options menu.
  • From there, select Command Prompt and once you open it, enter each one of the commands given below by sequence.
    • bootrec /FixMbr
    • bootrec /FixBoot
    • bootrec /RebuildBcd
  • Once you’re done executing the commands given above, type “exit” to close the Command Prompt window and then restart your computer and see if it fixed error code 0xc000014c.

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Method 1:

Resetting Windows Store app:
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Method 2:

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Method 3:

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Method 4:

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Option 3 – Check the Wi-Fi Properties

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Option 4 – Try updating the Network driver

  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and then type in devmgmt.msc and tap Enter or click OK to open the Device Manager.
  • Expand the section for the outdated device drivers.
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  • From the drop-down menu, select the Update Driver option and follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest version of the driver.
  • Then also click on the option, “Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Restart your PC after the installation.
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For everyday home use, Windows 11 S mode is the most secure feature to have on your PC. This is a safety protocol where only apps from Microsoft Store are allowed to be installed. This eliminates the risk of installing third-party apps that may contain viruses or malware. Furthermore, S-mode protects your web browsing activity through the Microsoft Edge browser. S-mode does not allow you to use other browsers for security reasons. If you are using Windows 11 in S-mode, your PC and data will be secure in most parts. You need not buy antivirus when using Windows 11 in S-mode.

Windows Defender

The inbuilt security suite, Windows Defender was launched for the first time in 2006. Earlier to that it had existed and was known as Microsoft AntiSpyWare. Windows Defender has undergone significant improvements over the years. In its latest version available with Windows 11, Windows Defender offers a comprehensive range of security features. It is available under the Windows Security system. Some key security features include real-time virus and threat protection, account protection, firewall & network protection, app and browser control, parental controls, and device (hardware) security. This is comparable to security features offered by third-party antivirus programs.

Microsoft Account

In Windows 11, it is necessary to use a Microsoft account that will be linked to your device. This ensures the security of your data in case your device is lost or stolen. You just need to make sure that you have set a strong password for your device. Windows 11 also has Bitlocker that keeps your data in encrypted form.

Ransomware protection

In view of rising cases of ransomware, Microsoft has introduced dedicated ransomware protection in Windows 11. It works by stopping apps from carrying out unauthorized changes to files and folders. Users can choose their important files and folders that they want to be protected from ransomware.

Conclusion

As we went through Windows 11 security features, we can clearly see that it is packed heavily with many security features that aim to protect your data and your identity. Looking at them, one can clearly come to the conclusion that you do not really need any third-party software and that Windows itself can catch and protect most of the issues, and they would be right. If you use Windows 11 carefully, meaning that you go only to trusted websites, do not open suspicious emails, and click on suspicious links, if you do not use extensively external USB devices or mass media you really do not need any kind of third party protection, Windows built-in tools will do well and keep you protected. However, if you do come in contact with other people's USB devices if you surf over the net, and overall if you really want to be at peace of mind that you are protected you will still need a well-established third-party software protection solution. Windows 11 has great security features, best so far in any Windows but it is still far from being a solution that does not require dedicated protection solution. So do yourself a favor and grab one. We recently had a top antivirus software review, find the article here and pick one that is best for you. https://errortools.com/viruses/the-best-antivirus-software-of-2021/
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Power Calibration Error or Medium Speed Error when burning CD/DVD
If you are one of the few users who is still burning CDs and DVDs, you might have come across an error that says, “Medium Speed Error” or “Power Calibration Error”. There are several factors that could cause this error but it’s most likely that the CD/DVD burner wasn’t able to determine the Optimum Power Calibration rate properly. So what is Optimum Power Calibration rate? It is a test that runs before the burning process to regulate the optimal laser power needed to complete the job. And if this process malfunctions, obviously, you won’t be able to burn the content on your CD or DVD. There are also cases when the Power Calibration error pops up for some small issues that have nothing to do with the regulation of laser power. Here are some quick fixes you can try to resolve the Power Calibration error when burning a CD or DVD.

Option 1 – Make sure you’re using good quality CD or DVD

A lot of burning issues stem down to the purchase of low CDs or DVDs to make sure that what you are using has good quality for it is not always a good idea to purchase cheap products as cheap products could also mean cheap quality.

Option 2 – Try burning at lower speeds

If you’re certain the problem is not with the CD or DVD you are using then you can try burning again, this time at lower speeds. There are instances when doing things quickly can end in a disaster such as the “Medium Speed Error” or “Power Calibration Error” you’re getting.  To fix the problem, you have to burn at a slower speed and just take the time to wait until the burning process is done.

Option 3 – Try updating your burning software

It’s always a good idea to check if the burning software you’re using requires an update especially if it’s throwing up “Medium Speed Error” or “Power Calibration Error”. Thus, you need to update your burning software right away and then try to burn your CD or DVD once the update has been completed.

Option 4 – Try cleaning the disk drive

You might want to consider cleaning the disk drive using several tools in the market that is designed to clean the disk drive. These tools work on removing dust particles from the lens which helps a lot in the burning quality. Aside from that, it also helps in reducing errors like “Medium Speed Error” or “Power Calibration Error”. So give this option a try as it might time for a disk drive cleanup.

Option 5 – Try to disable the IMAPI

If none of the options given above worked, you might want to disable the IMAPI or Image Mastering Applications Programming Interface. How? Refer to the steps below.
  • Open Control Panel by simply clicking the Start button and then typing “control panel” in the field.
  • Control Panel should pop up in the search results. Once you found it, click it to open it.
  • Next, select System Security > Administrative Tools and then click Services.
  • After that, you’ll have to search for the “IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service” option.
  • Then right-click on it and select Properties.
  • From there, switch the Startup Type from “Enabled” to “Disabled”.
  • Now click on Apply and then restart your PC.
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How to Fix Windows Activation Error Code 0xc004f050

Error Code 0xc004f050 – What is it?

Error code 0xc004f050 refers to a problem with activating the Windows key. The problem appears when you try to activate a copy of Windows by using Windows Activation wizard. This happens when the system becomes unstable and critical system files start missing. Though Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 users, the activation error is still an issue. If you already had Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 activated and did an upgrade successfully, then there should be no problem. This Problem Occurs only when you do a clean install.

Symptoms

When you try to activate a copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7 by using the Windows Activation wizard, you receive an error similar to the one below:
An error has occurred Code: 0xC004F050 Description: The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid

Solution

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  • This causes due to an invalid product key.
  • This problem may occur if the license validity interval has expired, or if the license is not signed correctly.
  • Error Code 0xc004f050 occurs when the system becomes unstable and critical system files start missing.
  • Improper way of installing, deletion of some very important system files, misconfigured system files, etc. may also cause this error.
  • When you do a clean install, it wipes everything from the Primary Drive and after the install, windows can't find the Hardware ID which is used to verify your license.
  • For Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista-based computers, this error may occur if you have entered the key for a beta version of the operating system while using the released version of the operating system.

Further Information and Manual Repair

This error is not something that can be fixed in seconds but will require some time and technical knowledge.

Method 1:

Re-insert the product key by using the Change Product Key tool:
  1. Click Start, click Computer, and then click System properties on the toolbar.
  2. In the Windows activation section, click Change product key.
  3. If you are prompted for an administrator password, type the password or click Continue.
  4. In the Product key box, type the product key, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the steps in the Windows Activation Wizard to complete the activation process.

Method 2:

Activate Windows by using the automated telephone system:
  1. Click Start, and then click Computer.
  2. Click System properties on the toolbar, and then click Click here to activate Windows now in the Windows activation
  3. If you are prompted for an administrative password, type it and click Continue.
  4. Click Show me other ways to Activate.
  5. Click Use the automated phone system and follow the instructions.

Method 3:

  1. Clean install Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 using the installation disk and activate your copy.
  2. Now, download all the updates to see the Windows 10 Upgrade notification or download Windows Media Creation Tool and use the option Upgrade this PC to get Windows 10 right away.
  3. Once the upgrade is done, check the Activation Status. It will be fully activated as it should be. The Error code 0xc004f050 should not appear anymore.
If you want to get rid of the old Windows installation folder, then use the Windows Media Creation Tool to create a Flash Drive. Clean Install Windows 10. Now, every time when it asks for a product key, skip it. After installation is complete, Windows will automatically identify and activate your Copy. NOTE: Clean Install will make Sure you cannot roll back to your previous Windows 7 or Windows 8. So do it only if you are confident of using Windows 10 from here on. To verify the Windows activation status, follow these steps:
  • Click the Start button, and then click Computer.
  • Click System properties on the toolbar, and then view the activation status in the Windows activation section.
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How to remove SearchAnonymo from your computer

SearchAnonymo is a Google Chrome browser extension. This extension allegedly allows you to browse the internet anonymously without your data being tracked. From the Author: Search Anonymo – Search the Web Privately

Switch your default search to Search Anonymo and become safer on the web. Search through our Search Anonymo extension instead of search engines that track your personal profile and your search history. Search Anonymo provides you with an easy and safe search tool. -Advanced Security -No User Profiling -No Tracking -No Search Leakage This extension replaces your Default Search to Search Anonymo. This extension reroutes your search algorithms through a few websites before finally forwarding it to Yahoo Search. It changes your default search engine to Yahoo, which keeps track of any search information you make. It will change your homepage, search provider, and in our testing added considerable delay to the speed of search. This browser hijacker is considered a low-risk threat but is detected for optional removal for previous reasons.

About Browser Hijackers

Browser hijacking means that a malicious program code has power over and altered the settings of your internet browser, without your permission. Nearly all browser hijackers are created for marketing or advertising purposes. In most cases, it will force users to predetermined websites that are trying to increase their advertising campaign revenue. Nonetheless, it isn’t that harmless. Your web safety is compromised and it is also really irritating. Browser hijackers can also let other malicious programs without your knowledge further damage your PC.

How one can know whether the web browser is hijacked?

There are many symptoms that could indicate a browser hijacking: the browser’s home-page is changed; you see new unwanted favorites or bookmarks added, typically directed to ad-filled or porn sites; the default browser configurations have been changed and/or your default search engine is altered; you’re getting browser toolbars you have never found before; never-ending pop-up ads appear and/or your web browser popup blocker is disabled; web pages load very slowly and at times incomplete; you can’t visit specific sites like homepages of security software.

How they get into your computer or laptop

There are a number of ways your PC can get infected by a browser hijacker. They usually arrive by way of spam e-mail, via file-sharing networks, or by a drive-by download. They can be included with toolbars, BHO, add-ons, plugins, or browser extensions. Also, certain freeware and shareware can put the hijacker in your PC through “bundling”. Examples of well-known browser hijackers are Fireball, GoSave, Ask Toolbar, CoolWebSearch, Babylon Toolbar, and RocketTab. The presence of any browser hijacker on your computer can considerably diminish the browsing experience, record your internet activities that lead to major privacy issues, develop system stability problems, and eventually cause your computer to slow down or to a practically unusable condition.

Getting rid of browser hijackers

Certain hijackers could be removed by just uninstalling the related freeware or add-ons through the Add or Remove Programs in the Windows control panel. Having said that, the majority of hijackers are very tenacious and need specialized tools to get rid of them. And there’s no denying the very fact that the manual fixes and removal methods can be a complicated job for a novice computer user. Additionally, there are plenty of risks connected with tinkering around with the system registry files. You can opt for automatic browser hijacker removal methods by simply installing and running an efficient anti-malware application. To eradicate any browser hijacker from your PC, you can download this particular certified malware removal application – SafeBytes Anti-Malware. In addition to anti-malware, a system optimizer software can help you correct registry errors, get rid of unwanted toolbars, secure internet privacy, and stabilize software programs installed on your computer.

What you can do if Virus Stops You From Downloading Or Installing Anti-malware?

All malware is inherently harmful, but certain kinds of malicious software do a lot more damage to your PC than others. Some malware is designed to hinder or prevent things that you want to do on your computer system. It may not allow you to download anything from the web or stop you from accessing some or all websites, especially the anti-virus sites. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re stuck with a malware infection that is preventing you to download or install Safebytes Anti-Malware software on your system. Do as instructed below to get rid of the malware by alternate methods.

Use Safe Mode to fix the problem

In Safe Mode, you could change Windows settings, un-install or install some software, and get rid of hard-to-delete viruses. In the event the malware is blocking internet connection and affecting your computer, starting it in Safe Mode enables you to download antivirus and run a scan while limiting possible damage. In order to get into Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking, press the F8 key while the PC is starting up or run MSConfig and locate the “Safe Boot” options in the “Boot” tab. As soon as you restart the PC into Safe Mode with Networking, you could download, install, as well as update anti-malware software from there. After installation, run the malware scanner to remove standard infections.

Switch to an alternate web browser

Some malware mainly targets particular internet browsers. If this sounds like your case, make use of another web browser as it might circumvent the virus. When you suspect that your Internet Explorer happens to be hijacked by a trojan or otherwise compromised by online hackers, the best thing to do is to switch over to an alternate browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari to download your chosen security software – Safebytes Anti-Malware.

Run anti-malware from your USB drive

Another technique is to download and transfer anti-malware software from a clean PC to run a scan on the infected system. Do these simple actions to clean up your infected computer by using a portable antivirus. 1) On a virus-free computer, download and install Safebytes Anti-Malware. 2) Plug in the pen drive into the clean computer. 3) Double-click the executable file to run the installation wizard. 4) Select the USB flash drive as the location for saving the software file. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the installation process. 5) Now, transfer the USB drive to the infected PC. 6) Run the Safebytes Anti-malware directly from the USB drive by double-clicking the icon. 7) Run Full System Scan to identify and get rid of all kinds of malware.

Overview of SafeBytes Anti-Malware

Do you want to install the very best anti-malware software program for your PC? There are numerous applications in the market that comes in paid and free versions for Windows systems. A few of them are great and some are scamware applications that pretend as legitimate anti-malware programs waiting to wreak havoc on your personal computer. When searching for anti-malware software, choose one that gives dependable, efficient, and comprehensive protection against all known viruses and malware. Amongst few good applications, SafeBytes Anti-Malware is the strongly recommended tool for the security-conscious individual. SafeBytes can be described as a powerful, real-time anti-malware application that is created to assist the everyday computer end user in protecting their PC from malicious threats. With its cutting-edge technology, this application will help you get rid of multiples types of malware such as computer viruses, worms, PUPs, trojans, adware, ransomware, and browser hijackers. SafeBytes anti-malware offers an array of enhanced features that sets it apart from all others. Listed below are some of the features you may like in SafeBytes. Most effective AntiMalware Protection: Built on a highly acclaimed anti-virus engine, this malware removal tool can find and remove numerous obstinate malware threats like browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, and ransomware that other common anti-virus applications will miss. Real-time Threat Response: SafeBytes offers a completely hands-free real-time protection that is set to monitor, block and destroy all threats at its first encounter. It will regularly monitor your pc for hacker activity and also gives end-users superior firewall protection. Web protection: SafeBytes checks the hyperlinks present on a webpage for possible threats and tells you whether the site is safe to visit or not, through its unique safety rating system. Lightweight: SafeBytes is renowned for its low effect on computer resources and great detection rate of countless threats. It runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you’re free to utilize your computer or laptop at full power all the time. 24/7 Guidance: You will get 24/7 technical assistance to immediately resolve any issue with your security application. To sum it up, SafeBytes Anti-Malware is pretty great for securing your computer against all sorts of malware threats. Malware problems can become a thing of the past once you put this tool to use. If you want advanced forms of protection features & threat detections, purchasing SafeBytes Anti-Malware will be well worth the dollars!

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you wish to manually remove SearchAnonymo without using an automated tool, it may be possible to do so by removing the program from the Windows Add/Remove Programs menu, or in cases of web browser plug-ins, going to the browser’s AddOn/Extension manager and removing it. Additionally, it is suggested to reset your browser to its default state to fix corrupt settings. In order to ensure the complete removal, manually check your hard drive and computer registry for all the following and eliminate or reset the values as needed. But bear in mind, this is often a complicated task and only computer professionals could accomplish it safely. Furthermore, certain malware is capable of replicating itself or preventing deletion. Carrying out this in Safe Mode is recommended.
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