MAC OSX Create Bootable USB Installation Media

Here is the command to create a bootable installation USB for the latest OSX 10.12 Sierra, it’s the same as previous releases, at least as far back as Mavericks 10.9 with the only change being the name of the installation.app (“Install macOS Sierra.app” in this case) and the name of the USB volume I’m writing to (“SierraInstaller” in this case).

 

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/SierraInstaller --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app --nointeraction &&say Done

Credits: http://osxdaily.com/2016/06/15/make-macos-sierra-beta-usb-boot-drive/

Windows Printer Communication / Printing Issues

This post is intended to cover a number of printing issues in Windows, I’ll add cases and solutions over time.

Printer was installed and connected via USB but jobs showing in the queue and not printing / cancelling, preventing anything else from printing

  1. Click the [Start Orb]
  2. Type: “services.msc” (without the quotation marks) into the search bar at the bottom of the [Start Menu]
  3. A single result named “services” should appear, [Left Mouse Click] that link to open the Services Admin Console.
  4. Locate the “Print Spooler” service in the list, a healthy print spooler service should look like the image below:
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  5. If yours is in a “Stopped” state then continue to step 6, otherwise [Right Mouse Click] on the list entry for the service and [Left Mouse Click] “Stop”.
  6. Now open Windows Explorer (My Computer for example), navigate to the following directly and delete all of the files you see in there: C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS
  7. Back to the “services admin console”,  [Right Mouse Click] on the list entry for the service and [Left Mouse Click] “Start”.
  8. If the service fails to start then note down the error message and let me know.

Pending File Rename Preventing Install

I had to install some Dell software but kept receiving the message “Unable to complete the installation due to pending file rename operation” on Windows 10 Enterprise.
Renaming the registry key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\PendingFileRenameOperations to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\PendingFileRenameOperationsOLD allowed me to complete the installation.