Solved: Computer restarts itself everyday with a short notice and no postpone option

It can get pretty annoying if your computer restarts everyday without an option to postpone or cancel it. My desktop PC (Windows 7) was restarting itself between 4pm – 5pm every day. Here is how I fixed it.

The root cause -probably- is one or more updates that are stuck in the process. They force your PC to be restarted by assuming that all updates are completed but they actually never are.

Solution

If this issue occurs in your work computer, make sure to contact IT department first. If nothing works and if you have administrator rights in Windows, try the steps below.

  1. Login Windows with the administrator account
  2. Go to Add/Remove Programs
  3. Repair the applications that may be trying to update. It was SEP (Symantec Endpoint Protection) in my case

Solved: Internet Explorer prompts credentials (Single Sign-on doesn’t work)

You have probably come across this prompt windows saying “Enter your credentials” at least once while using your work computer.

Enterprise companies set up SSO (Single Sign-on) in their internal networks. Thanks to SSO, Internet Explorer is not supposed to ask you credentials. What if it does?

Solution

Follow the steps below to fix this single sign-on issue:

  1. Close all Office documents including Skype
  2. Open an Office document. Go to “File > Account” and sign out
  3. Go to “Start > Control Panel > Credential Manager
  4. Click “Remove from Vault” under each section
  5. Open “Command Prompt“. Type gpupdate /force and enter
  6. Restart the computer
  7. Log back in. Open an Office document and sign in

Why is your website rendered in IE5 (Quirky) Mode?

If you see your Internet Explorer showing that it’s using IE5 (Quirky) mode for a particular website, you might be wondering why?

F12 Developer Mode in IE

As of the date this post has been written, IE11 is the latest version in most of the PCs (Edge is getting popular in Windows 10). So there are IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10, and IE11 available. Despite several better options, why is your website is rendered in IE5?

  • Via intranet compatibility settings” means that this checkbox is selected in compatibility view settings: “Display intranet sites in Compatibility View
  • This checkbox is selected probably by your IT department
  • If this checkbox is selected and the page doesn’t have HTML5 document tag  (<!DOCTYPE html>), then the browser will render the page in IE5 (Quirks) mode

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