Error 0x800701E3 during clean installation of Windows 10

I encountered error 0x800701E3 while trying for a clean install of Windows 10 Home on my laptop(Lenovo Flex 2 15, 6GB, WD 500GB 5400RPM).

The installation halts with the message “Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x800701E3”. When OK is clicked, the installation rolls back.

I downloaded Windows 10 and I have both DVD and USB available for clean installation. The error comes up no matter what version and media I use. I tried DVD/USB with both Windows 10 Home and Pro, the error comes up.

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Scorpio – A new battery every two years

My Mahindra Scorpio CRDe, pet named ‘Shadow’ completed 9 years last month and this month the 4th battery on duty failed. All batteries so far have been giving a life of around 2 years. The third one needed replacement before two years and I squeezed almost 2.5 years out of the 4th battery.

The battery that just died is an Amaron Black 65AH battery. Shadow gave the first indications of dying battery a few months back when it refused to start after resting for 5 days. 5 days of rest is rare for Shadow. Though I do not do high miles, I do use the vehicle almost every day. Going by the life I got from the previous batteries, I was almost certain that the battery is acting up. I’ve been lazy to get it checked/changed and in a way trying to squeeze some extra days out of the battery.

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Hachi: A Dog’s Tale – A must watch whether you love dogs or not

Hachi movie is all about a dog called Hachi and its relation with its owner(Richard Gere). It is based on a true story. To know more details about Hachi(original dog – Hachiko), do check the wikipedia article given below.

 

I watched it as a normal movie knowing nothing about it and it has left me moved by the end. Movie is so touching, some parts of the movie left me in tears. At the end of the movie I realized it is based on a true story, thanks to the captions/annotations/subtitles. Hachi waited for its owner at the train station for years, till it’s last breath. The movie is wonderfully presented, thanks to the director.

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Lenovo A536 – Heads up

With the more than satisfactory experience of owning a Lenovo A369i for the past couple of months, I just ordered a new phone from Lenovo, the Lenovo A536. Watch out for the unboxing and review videos and article. I should receive the phone in next two days.

Lenovo A369i has been performing really well inspite of just 512mb ram and a dual core processor. On many ocassions for day to day use, I felt it’s performance and usage was smoother than my Moto E. The only issue was the poor display and camera, infact these are not issues for me as this phone is not my primary phone(btw, my primary phone is still a Symbian, Nokia 808).

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Symbian – Update Google contacts without SyncML

I’ve been a hardcore fan of Nokia for long time(not any more). For many years, the only mobile phones I’ve used were Nokia. Even today, my primary phone is a Nokia PureView 808 and I have enough symbian phones to serve me for atleast a decade more(provided I’m able to source batteries). I just can not think of replacing my primary phone with a Non-Symbian.

One of the most important feature for me is the back up of contacts. I backup /sync my contacts to google contacts using syncml on all my symbian phones. Each of my phones are scheduled for an automatic sync with google everyday. But since April 2014, SyncML doesn’t seem to be working. No matter what I do and how I try, it always fails with “invalid host address” on all the phones. Google has announced retiring SyncML for all new free users long back, but it said the existing SyncML users can continue to use. Seems like now even the existing users can not use SyncML.

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HP Ink Advantage Redemption – Privacy Concerns

I recently bought a HP Ink Advantage 3545 All in One. It was purchased while HP was running an offer where in I can choose and redeem one of the available options. I have opted for a free black cartridge. While there are further formalities to be completed before hp can send me the free cartridge, I have received a mail today from hp with a link to redemptionsupport.com. I can go to this website and check the status of my claim.

I visited the website and I could view the claim status on the site after I entered the 7 digit code I received in the mail. No password is required, no captcha, no verification.

I then entered the next number(my code + 1, this does not belong to me). I could then view the claim status of some other person who registered/claimed after me. I tried the next number, next, next and next. I can see details of others easily.

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Wakie – Not the first ever human to human alarm

I came across this cool little app “Wakie” claiming to be a first ever human to human alarm clock. When you use this app, you set a time for alarm and some one will call you at that time to wake you up.

Coming straight to the point, this is not the first ever human to human alarm clock. I know atleast one other human to human alarm that existed long long ago – The alarm on the land line phones long back.

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Sony ICF-C1 Crap (read Clock) Radio – speaking my mind – short review

My day starts with the alarm going off my Timex clock radio which I bought in USA 14 years back. It starts the pre tuned radio station as the alarm and continues for one hour or till I stop it. It has served me well all these years, it is still working but a part of the tuning mechanism has developed a crack inside and tuning can only be done in one direction now, If I have to tune it in other direction(rotate the tuner back), the only option I have is to open up the radio and hold the cracked part and then rotate. So I tuned it to a station and taped the tuning knob outside, essentially its a one station radio now. I do not have an issue with that as I only need that one station.

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Jabong – Questions in a ‘No questions asked returns policy”

Jabong has a 30 day return policy, “No questions asked return policy” as mentioned on their website. Have a look at the conversation that I had today when I wanted to return an item. This is actually Instant Return, meaning you check the items at the time of delivery, take what you like and return what you dont. Jabong has this facility when the shipping is done using GoJavas, you only pay for items which you have taken delivery. This is supposed to be as simple as it sounds. While this should not even involve a call, I ended up in a long and what I call, a meaning less conversation.
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ICICI Prudential – Calls/Mails for payment that was already done – Customer support fails to update

ICICI – This is one of the few brands – business houses that I respect. I have a long relation with the brand – car loan, credit card, bank…. But when I actually approached their customer support for a simple issue(ICICI Prudential), they failed to act on it. They failed to resolve what seems to be a simple issue.

I have a insurance policy with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, policy name is LifeTime Gold. Premium is payable half yearly, due dates being 16 Mar and 16 Sep. I usually pay online on their website iciciprulife.com. When I make a payment online, the due date on the home page immediately reflects the next due date. i.e., the moment I pay my premium for 16 Mar 2014, the due date starts displaying the next one 16 Sep 2014. I’ve been paying like this for years now and did not encounter an issue so far.

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