Free Microsoft E-books for your digital library – Link
Anyone who has hit Ctrl-Alt-Del understands they may have several svchost.exe ‘s running. What are they? They relate to networking and some programs use svchost in groups. This tiny download (14 kb) shows exactly what this file is doing.
In the event this happens, you can often boot into safe mode and enter the account. Once you enter the account, open the registry. (regedit)
Navigate to the following-
Expand the left Window and you may see a profile with a .bak extension.
Remove the .bak from the SID name. (Take away the .bak only)
Reboot. You should be able to login to Windows in normal mode.
Other troubleshooting methods -
Note: You may have to boot to the cmd prompt after hitting F8 in the event you cannot get into safe mode under the corrupt profile.
(It is also good to go ahead and do this regardless)
At the cmd prompt, type -
net user administrator /active:yes
net user administrator new_password
Upon rebooting or logging off, you will now see the Administrator account. Use the password you set to login.
It’s hard to find great quality information that can be used by IT professionals. One of the best sites on the web is GEGeek. This site offers information that is updated often and covers a wide range of IT resources and troubleshooting. This versatile site offers answers to IT questions covering a plethora of topics from legacy to modern day resources.
No where on the net can you find this amount of information.
Rick over at What’s On My PC has another site that is one of the most resourceful sites on the web.
Bookmarks 4 Techs links to over 700+ sites and blogs on the web. The site offers links, RSS Feeds, news and hundreds of other links.
Want to learn a new skill? Collect a library of technical books? Microsoft offers free ebooks and updates their give away often. I forgot to post this fall but Rick over at What’s On My PC reminded me when I reviewed his blog and saw Microsoft’s latest - “Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals”.
Here’s a few links to things you may not know about Microsoft Corporation -
Free software (Windows, Server and more) for students) – Dreamspark (TCAT Students login here)
Usually when I resolve a problem, there seems to be an outbreak of the same problem. Lately I resolved issues with wireless networking on several laptops and a desktop by disabling the power settings. Apparently when the laptop woke, it would not connect or was extremely slow on connecting. Disabling the power settings in both areas resolved the issue on all of the laptops and the desktop.
Power under the Device Manager
- Right Click Computer, Manage, Select Device Manager, Double Click on Wireless card, Click the Power Management tab. Uncheck the All the computer to turn off this device to save power
Use the Advanced Power settings to turn off power settings on wireless adapters
Click on Change plan settings (above)
Click on Change advanced power settings (above)
Scroll down to Wireless Adapter Setting, click the + sign, click the + sign beside Power Saving Mode. Change the On battery setting to Maximum Performance and Plugged in to Maximum Performance. Apply the settings.
The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit which is also known as EMET is designed to assist IT Pros with securing their systems. EMET helps to block hackers from accessing systems. EMET helps to block common attacks and enables IT personnel to manage security.
An excellent review of EMET.
Microsoft Download and Blog on EMET
How do viruses get their names? The MMPC standard came from the Computer Antivirus Research Organization (CARO) Malware Naming Scheme. Here’s a good article from Microsoft.
One of the hardest computer related tasks for new IT people to learn is looking for drivers.
- If the computer is a brand name, try the manufacturers website first. Remember, many vendors use a service tag or serial number to identify the computer. If you can enter this tag, you will find the exact drivers intended for your computer. Download your operating systems drivers. Often Windows Vista drivers can be used for Windows 7. Try to research before building a computer and see which vendor offers updates over a period of time (one or more years of support). These vendors are vendors who care and want you to have a good experience with their hardware. Recently we flashed a BIOS for our computers and the vendor had offered hexacore processor support for a two year old motherboard. Truly a vendor who cares.
- Know the components in your computer – use software to identify them – use the internet to download drivers based on the components in your computer
- Drivers can be downloaded in two packages
- Zipped – the driver is downloaded and the files needed to make the hardware work are compressed. Unzip (extract) these files. Use either the setup.exe program to install or go to the device manager and select update driver and ‘point’ to the downloaded driver if a setup option is not available
- Self Extracting – the driver is downloaded in a setup file that extracts and runs through a setup process
This excellent post comes from MakeUseOf.
“Did You Know Windows 8 Has a Built-In Time Machine Backup?”
“We sometimes forget with all the focus on Windows 8′s new “Modern” interface, but Windows 8 has a variety of great desktop improvements. One of them is File History, a built-in backup feature that functions similarly to Apple’s much-loved Time Machine. Enable the Windows 8 “time machine” File History, and Windows will automatically back up your files to an external or network drive.” Read More
Back in 2007 we published an article on ‘The Challenge of Teaching Information Technology‘. Recently we were also asked to write and article for TricomTS’s blog The Right fIT (Their Corporate Website is here) on Educating Tomorrow’s IT Professional Today.
So why do I write these articles? Because Information Technology is growing. Boot camps are only or should be only for seasoned IT Professionals. It takes time. With technology growing, to educate a student and to transfer the amount of information from every resource available – it is not only challenging for the instructor, it is a challenge even to the best students. IT Professionals cannot take four years to start a career, technology will change so much within a year and the curriculum (accredited) has to be dynamic and change as technology changes. IT personnel wanting to move up the corporate ladder should go to college later in order to advance. Many IT pros are specialized career field but a majority of them have to be versatile and their skills have to be diversified.
And with a global economy, IT Professionals have to be lean and they have to learn quicker than ever.
We recently were interviewed by ComputerWorld and provided our look at how the economy and how a global economy changes the way IT thinks, works and reacts to this. So truly we offer all of this advice to those who want to become an IT professional. Be ready for change…everyday. In today’s world, employers do expect a lot out of young IT personnel. Remember it is the best career in the world to those who have a heart and passion for the industry.