Reactivate Microsoft Office After Windows Updates

Issue: After upgrading to Windows 10 or installing Windows Updates, Microsoft Office will sometimes deactivate and force you to re-activate in order to retain functionality.

Resolution: Copy the Office activation folder from the windows.old folder to the active Windows licensing store and reboot.


Close all Microsoft Office products.

Locate and copy C:\Windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\spp\store.

Paste the above folder to C:\Windows\System32\spp\store, overwriting the existing folder.

Restart your computer, after which Office should be reactivated.

Get total emails by day from Google Apps Admin Reports

Often, Google Apps Admins will be asked to report on total email usage for their domain.  The Gmail Aggregate Report is exactly what is needed to create this report; it generates a downloadable, day-by-day summary of emails sent and received by your domain.

To generate this report:

Get total emails by day from Google Apps Admin Reports

– Click the Google Apps grid and click on the Admin link. Admin Link










– In the Google Apps Admin console, click on Reports.


– In the Reports section, locate the Aggregate reports link to the left. Aggregate report









–  You’ll be taken to a graph of the total email usage for your Google Apps Domain.Summary graph


– Click the down arrow next to the Total emails header and choose your download method.

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– Data will be exported to the format of your choice.  The CSV will download in your browser if you choose CSV; if you choose Google Sheets, click Open on the pop-up. Open Sheet





– The data will present a day-by-day breakdown of emails sent and received for your domain.  Google seems to save roughly 6 months of data for this report, so I suggest setting a reminder to download it every quarter so that you can keep a historical record of your own. Workable data




The Cleveland Browns emerged victorious from Super Bowl 50, handing the Detroit Lions a humiliating 3-2 loss in the NFL’s championship game.  All of the games scoring took place in the 2nd quarter.

Browns’ head coach Mike Pettine noted that his team’s key to victory was the fact that “the other 30 teams in the league forfeited their season because they didn’t want to miss Puppy Bowl” – Puppy Bowl having far surpassed the Super Bowl in both entertainment value and cultural significance.


MVP Johnny Manzeil “rehydreates” during the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl MVP Johnny Manzeil lead both teams with 3 yards rushing, all of which came when he recovered his own fumble on an attempted kneel-down with under one minute remaining in the 4th quarter.  In his post-game press conference, Manzeil was asked about the significance of the victory for the city of Cleveland and responded by slamming down his King Cobra 40 and screaming “WAZZZUUUUUUUPPP!!!!!” into the microphone.  When asked to expand on that response, the Browns’ QB stated “WAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  He has neither been seen nor heard from since staggering out of the press conference.

Experts predict that neither team will ever win or play in another Super Bowl ever again.


Automatically back-up your files

Automatically Back-up Your Files to Google Drive

Issue: After years of use, hard drives often begin to fail, putting your documents and files at risk of being lost.

Resolution: Use Google Drive (a free service that includes online storage space and an app) to back up your documents to “the cloud” automatically. If your hard drive fails at any point, files can simply be restored from Google Drive.


– Create a Google Account (if you have Gmail, you have already done this).

– Install the Google Drive app from
o This will create a folder named C:\Users\*your user name*\Google Drive

– Copy all of your files from your “Documents” folder to this Google Drive directory…this will begin to sync with Drive, which may take a couple minutes or hours depending on how much data you have…YOU WILL NEED INTERNET ACCESS FOR THIS STEP TO WORK.

– Wait for the sync to complete…there will be a Google Drive icon in your system tray (lower-right hand side of your screen, pictured below). If you hover over it, it will show you the status of your sync.

– Once your files have finished syncing, go to Start > Computer and on the left-hand side, under Libraries, right-click Documents and choose Properties

– In the window that pops-up, click Include a folder…

– Browse to C:\Users\*your user name*, select the Google Drive folder and click Include folder

– Next, highlight the other locations under “Library locations” and click Remove.

– Click OK

– Go back to Start > Computer

– In the left-hand location pane, under Libraries, expand Documents and right-click  Documents…choose Properties

– Select the Location tab and click Move…

– Select the Google Drive folder (C:\Users\*your user name*\Google Drive) and click Select folder, this makes the Google Drive folder your “My Documents” location.

– Anything you save in your My Documents folder will now automatically sync online to Google Drive, where they will be safe if your hard drive ever crashes.



Restoring a disk image using Clonezilla Live

Issue: Many imaging solutions require complex set up and are too expensive for most home or small business users.

Resolution: Clonezilla is an open source, free solution that can be used to create and deploy computer images.  The Clonezilla server version requires a bit of advanced set-up and working knowledge of Linux, but the Clonezilla Live option is quick and easy way to image hard drives or take a full-backup of your PC’s hard drive.  The only resources required are a USB thumb drive and USB hard drive with enough space to store your images.  See below for instructions on restoring a disk image with Clonezilla Live.  Instructions on how to create the image are found here


Required materials:  Clonezilla Live bootable USB flash drive, USB hard drive containing Clonezilla Image (both created in steps detailed here:

–  Plug the USB thumb drive in to the laptop and boot to the USB device

–  Hit Enter to choose “Clonezilla live…”

–  Choose your preferred language

–  Choose “Don’t touch keymap”


–  Choose “Start_Clonezilla…”


–  Choose “device-image…”


–  Choose “local_dev…”

–  When you see the following message at the bottom of the screen, plug in your USB hard drive


–  The USB drive will auto-connect…when you see the message “Attached SCSI disk”, hit Enter


–  Scroll down and select the device that you will be storing your images on (in other words, your USB hard drive that you just plugged in)


–  Hit Enter

–  Hit Enter