Today I noticed a tweet linking to an article, which in turn referred to a post in the Microsoft forums.
Apparently, the error 0x80240020 is not an indication of any download corruption – just that you’re computer is in a “holding pattern” waiting for the green light from Microsoft, as they’re staging the upgrade process. I think it would have been preferable to have just had this sitting quietly on my computer, rather than littering my Update History with “Update failed” messages.
So if you don’t want to wait, there’s a registry key you can set. (Instructions for setting registry key repeated here from the forum post)
Locate the registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
It should exist, but if not, create it.
Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = "AllowOSUpgrade” (without the quotes), and set the Value = 0x00000001.
Now go back to the Windows Update in Control Panel, and tada – a new screen appears!
Click on the Get started button and things start happening..
It thinks for a short time, then the Windows Update prompt appears on your desktop:
And back in the Control Panel, you’re also prompted to restart. Clicking Start the upgrade now, or Restart now both do the same thing
Your computer reboots, and the upgrade proceeds.
After a little while, and a few reboots later, you now have Windows 10!
Way back in the day, Windows Phone 7 to be specific, podcasts were supported natively in the operating system. Except if you didn’t live in the USA. For some never explained reason, they never enabled this feature for non-US phones. Bizarre.
If I recall correctly, the original Windows Phone 8 was no different, but then eventually Microsoft released the Podcast feature as a separate app – “podcasts”.
It is a very basic app. Unfortunately I think that some of the developers of alternate podcast apps seemed to have given up when the official app came out – even if their own efforts had more features.
One of the first apps I tried on WP8 was Carboncast. The layout and design still impress me, but sadly it proved quite unreliable (and no background downloads). Unfortunately the developer apparently lost interest too – the last update was December 2013.
I came across this one earlier this year (I think someone recommended it on Twitter) and had been using it until recently. It is quite good, but alas it didn’t do background downloads. A recent release supposedly added this feature, but the implementation appears to be buggy as it never worked for me.
A few issues also with strange ordering of episodes and frustration with episodes previously ‘marked as played’ reappearing as unplayed. Feedback emails were sent, but no responses.
And so, another search of the store to see if there was anything else worth trying and I came across “Castcenter”. A free app, but you need to pay (in-app purchase) to unlock managing more than three podcasts. You can create custom playlists, and it does background downloads.
So far so good.
If you’re into podcasts and have a Windows Phone, let me know what app are you using?
I’ve been using virtual machines to test out some software, but those VHD files take up a bit of disk space – so much that my PC’s solitary SSD drive was running out of room. Thankfully the Lenovo hard disk drive bracket kit arrived today so I can install an extra drive to supplement the SSD.
Now to move the VHD files to the new drive.
The instructions described here, whilst for Windows Server are essentially the same for a Windows desktop OS. The only difference is that the Move Wizard doesn’t offer the Move the virtual machine option. eg.
Of course, you can do this with PowerShell too (and I did):