Surface Pro (1st gen) not sleeping since Windows 10 upgrade

I started noticing my Surface Pro (1st gen) was not going to sleep since the upgrade to Windows 10 and was draining my battery. I checked many power options, but found the Surface Type Cover Filter Device Driver was missing.

Note: I am using a Surface Type Cover and not a Surface Touch Cover. If you have a Surface Touch Cover and having issues with the device not sleeping, it may be worth trying this, though do so with caution!

To check whether this could be your problem, open the Device Manager (on the Start menu search for Device Manager) and under Keyboards you are looking for: “Surface Type Cover Filter Device” or “Surface Touch Cover Filter Device”.


If you see the device, open the device and check whether if “Allow this device to wake the computer” is ticked under Power Management, if so untick and see whether this fixes your issue. If you do not have the “Surface Type Cover Filter Device”or “Surface Touch Cover Filter Device” and have a Surface with a Type cover, continue reading.

Surface Type Cover Filter Device
Under Universal Serial Bus controllers via Device Manager look for USB Root Hub, there are a few.

USB Controllers

Open the first USB Root Hub, open details and then select Device Instance path from the drop down and see if it reads “USB\ROOT_HUB20\4&2054784c&0” (Note: This is for a Type Cover, I am not sure what the device instance of a Touch Cover is) if not move to the next USB Root Hub until found. Once found right click on the USB Root Hub and click uninstall. If you are using the Surface Type Cover as your main keyboard, you will need to force a restart as this should have stopped working (due to the removal of the driver).

USB Root Hub

Once the Surface has restarted, head back to the Device Manager and under Keyboards you are looking for “Surface Type Cover Filter Device” open this, click Power Management and untick “Allow this device to wake the computer”.

Your Surface should hopefully no longer wake up unexpectedly, this does mean you need to use the power button to wake the device, for myself this a small sacrifice to make than coming back to a drained battery.

I have seen under some cases that the HID Keyboard Device under Keyboards in the Device Manager may also need to be removed following the removal of the USB Root Hub driver.

Read More

Microsoft Second Shot

Microsoft are currently offering a second shot to resit any MCP exam taken between July 12 2015 and January 12, 2016 if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You must reschedule your free retake within 30 days of failing your MCP exam.

See here for more details:

Might be encouraging for those thinking of going for the MCSA or MCSE!

Read More


Windows 10 install error 80240020

For those getting install error 80240020 when trying to install Windows 10, try the following:

  1. Browse to “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download”
    • Delete everything in this folder. – This will delete any corrupt files.
  2. Run command prompt as an administrator and type the command “wuauclt.exe /detect now” followed by enter.
  3. Go to your control panel and then Windows update – check for updates and it should start re-re downloading Windows 10.

Failing that, see this Microsoft article:

Good luck!

Read More


ESXi 5.1 patch may cause LANDesk cismbios.sys to BSOD

So we had a problem today where we patched a couple of our ESXi and it would seem one of these patches doesn’t play well with LANDesk (cismbios.sys) and blue screens causing a restart loop. I’m not exactly sure what update causes this, but we fully patched up until the 18/03/2015.


Someone else on the VM forums seems to be having the same issue:

We contacted both VMware and LANDesk, luckily LANDesk are aware of the issue and are in the process of testing a fix for this. The defect # is TFS 303111.

We have found this only occurs when powering a VM on a host that is patched, powering on a non patched host and then migrating across to a patched host doesn’t cause the restart loop. This only seems to happen on Windows 7 VMs.

A work around we found was to make a registry change via group policy that disables cismbios.sys, now in our testing this hasn’t seemed to cause any issues – please test this in your environment before pushing this key out.

We found changing the following key stops the blue screen:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


If you have patched all your hosts then this may not get a chance to apply via group policy, you may need to make changes in safe mode – can be a pain if you have a lot of VMs.

So far this has stopped the restart loop, once LANDesk issue a fix we will revert this key back via group policy.

Read More

Laser Eye Surgery – My Experience with Optimax, Maidstone (29/11/2013)

A little over a year ago, on the 29th of November 2013, I underwent Laser Eye Surgery at Optimax based in Maidstone. I’m glad to say a year later I still have my eyesight and don’t regret the decision at all.

I had an astigmatism, my readings before surgery were:

Left eye:

Sphere: -0.25 | Cylinder: -3.75

Right eye:

Sphere: 0.25 | Cylinder: -2.75

I don’t have my readings after the surgery, I do however know I now have 20/20 vision following the procedure.

The procedure I had done was: Wavefront Designed LASIK IntraLase. I opt’d for this over the cheaper ones due to wanting the quickest recovery time and the best possible outcome. If I was to take 5 days off it would’ve equated to the same difference in price for the shorter recovery and therefore saving my holiday, I guess this depends on what you value more.

The staff and surgeon (Dr Amir Mani) was brilliant and answered all my questions, ran through the tests and ensured everything was ok prior to surgery.

The surgery itself was fine, I got some diazepam from my local GP and took this beforehand and this calmed me down, do speak to the surgeon before hand to ask when’s best to take, as you don’t want to take this too soon and have it wearing off.

The process was pain free, just a little discomfort after the surgery, light being the main issue. I was told that during the procedure I have really sensitive eye, this would explain why they kept pouring loads of eye drops during the procedure!

The healing process was smooth, the next day I could see miles better than before the procedure and this continued to get better over the coming weeks. I did have a slight concern with the flap on my eyes over healing (note I do tend to over heal, for example Keloid scars) but this was closely monitored by the surgeon and luckily was very minimal. The surgeon was excellent in that, he wanted to ensure everything was ok and saw me 3 times before discharging me. I found him very approachable, had a few jokes and communication was excellent, this is key to any procedure and feels you with confident in their abilities.

I would highly recommend, Its awesome waking up in the morning and to be able to see straight away, no more having to reach for glasses, glasses steaming up, changing contact lenses, having to take contact lenses out when swimming… just awesome!

To recap the client and surgeon I used were:

Clinic: Optimax, Maidstone
Surgeon: Dr Amir Mani – Optimax profile | LinkedIn profile
Procedure: Wavefront Designed LASIK IntraLase

If anyone has any questions feel free to leave a comment.

Read More


Windows 10 Technical Preview – Upgrading and Start Menu

I decided to be brave and upgrade my Surface Pro to the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Upon successfully installing I immediately clicked on the windows button… only to notice the start screen/metro interface launched instead of the start menu, little confused.

It seems, well in my case you need to turn the start menu on.

Head to the Control Panel and open Taskbar and Navigation, click the Start Menu tab, tick Use Start menu instead of the Start screen.



Click ok, you will need to logoff and then log back in for the changes to take effect. Then BOOM clicking the windows button will now bring the start menu up. :)


Read More


Open University Student IT Tips & Deals

Last updated 24/09/2014

I have been with the Open University now for a few years studying Computing & IT and Business and thought I would give my views on some good IT tips students can take advantage of to ensure their work is secure and backed up.


Spotify is a great way to listen to music when studying and on the go, allows you to listen on your iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows smart phone and Windows. Get yourself an NUS card for around £12 a year (as of posting) and save 50% of a yearly subscription on Spotify – saving of £60 (£48 if you include the NUS). If you already have a subscription paying the full price, I believe you can still get the offer, if not just cancel and re-sub.

Microsoft Office 365

Use your email address and get Microsoft Office 365 this includes Word, Excel , Onenote, PowerPoint etc for £59.99 for 4 years! this includes 1TB of storage to easily store your important TMAs in the cloud all backed up! If you already have an Office 365 subscription, this will stack.

Amazon Prime

Get a 6 month free trial and then 50% of – cost £39. This will give you next day delivery for free for 6 months! You also get some other cool stuff such as unlimited streaming of movies and some free kindle books (after the 6 month trial). You can cancel online and at any point.


For those  a little geeky you can use LastPass which is an online password keeper to keep your passwords securely backed up. This runs on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows smart phone and Windows and is free for 6 months using your email (will give you 6 months free if you already have a subscription).


Evernote is a free note taking app for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows smart phone and Windows. It stores all your notes in the cloud, meaning you can easily access your notes from any device and everything is backed up. I use Evernote daily for pretty much everything.

Feel free to to add comments with any other deals and I’ll add them to the post. :)

Read More