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Fixing Windows 10 Store Error 0x80070216


The Windows 10 Store suddenly started showing me an Error 0x80070216 when I was trying to update one of my favorite apps. Repeated reboots and updates attempts failed to update this one app.

I found that the easy solution is just to uninstall the app and then re-install it. This then gets you the latest version of the app.

PowerShell 5.1 released


Microsoft has finally released the final version of PowerShell 5.1 aka Windows Management Framework for Operating Systems other than Windows 10.

PowerShell requires Microsoft .Net 4.5 as a minimum and ideally Microsoft .Net 4.6.1 should be installed.

Windows 7 64bit

Windows 7 32bit

Windows 8.1 64bit

Windows 8.1 32bit

Windows 2012 Server

Windows 2012R2 Server

Installation Instructions

The installers for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 are a little different from normal.

  1. Once you have downloaded the .zip file, unzip the file to a temporary folder
  2. Open the PowerShell Administrator and go to the folder you unzipped the file
  3. Run the Install-WMF5.1.ps1 - this will check to see if all the prerequisites are already installed.

For all other Operating Systems, just run the .MSU file as normal

Upgrading a Lumia 640 LTE to Windows 10 Mobile


MTN South Africa is shipping the Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 which is an okay Phone Operating System however the Lumia 640 is one of the phones that can be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile now. If you don’t havea Lumia 640, the list of Lumia Phones that are eligible for the upgrade available here at the bottom of this page.

According to Microsoft, you should be able to update the phone by going to Settings > Update & security > Phone update and tapping Check for updates. However this did not work for me.

I found that by installing the Windows 10 Upgrade Adviser from the Windows Mobile Store, I could force the upgrade. After running the Adviser App, go back to Settings > Update & security > Phone update and tapping Check for updates. The phone then showed that the upgrade is available.

The update is about 600MB and takes about an hour to install on the phone. After the upgrade completes, the phones app’s also need to download updates. This is another 35+ app updates. While the app’s are downloading, the phone is slow.

Windows 10 Mobile eligible devices:

  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 640XL
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 735
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 532
  • Lumia 535
  • Lumia 540
  • Lumia 635 1GB
  • Lumia 636 1GB
  • Lumia 638 1GB
  • Lumia 430
  • Lumia 435
  • BLU Win HD w510u
  • BLU Win HD LTE x150q
  • MCJ Madosma Q501

Installing Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 64bit


Gaming on Linux is now possible with Steam. They maintain a database of Linux compatible games at SteamOS & Linux Products on Steam

To install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 64bit

  1. Download the latest client from Steam
  2. Open the Terminal application and go to the Downloads folder
  3. Run the command sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb
  4. Run the command sudo ap-get install -f to install the dependencies for curl and python-apt which the Steam Launcher requires
  5. Steam will then be added to the Games Sub Menu. Accept the license as usual
  6. Steam will need to install more libraries and will prompt for your password.

Creating an updated OS X El Capitan USB Installer


Apple updated its Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Intermediate Certificate in February 2016 after they expired. This has the expected side affect that all USB installer created for Mac OS X (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion) will now longer work. We need to create a new installer. This also has the added benefit of having post of the security updates already installed.

First thing to do is format a USB disk which should be 8GB or larger. Using the Disk Utility, Format the drive as OS X Extended (Journaled) and label the drive: Installer.

After that, download the latest OS X El Capitan from the App store but don’t run it.

Once it has downloaded, type or paste this command into the terminal:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Installer --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app --nointeraction

The system will ask for your password, once you have entered the password, Mac OS will create the installer disk. This can take up to 30minutes.

You should see the following:

Erasing Disk: 0%… 10%… 20%… 30%…100%…
Copying installer files to disk…
Copy complete.
Making disk bootable…
Copying boot files…
Copy complete.
Done.

Once it finally done, remove and insert the USB drive and reboot the Mac. Hold down the Option Key which will then launch the installer.