Windows 10 Quick Tips

Look for our Windows 10 Quick Tips over the next several weeks.

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Test your disk speed

Want to test your disk speed?  Use ATTO Benchmark
https://www.attotech.com/disk-benchmark/

First go to Computer, double click, right click on your C: drive.   Select Tools and Optimize your SSD or HDD.

1 Drive information

2 Optimizing

Run ATTO

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Set your resolution

Want to set your resolution?  Click on Settings, Click on Display, scroll down and click Advanced Setting.  You can now set your resolution.

1 Overview 2 Set resolution

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Analyze your disk space

Want a quick look at your files and how much space your are taking by categories?

Click on Settings, Click on Storage and click on the storage device to get a quick look including Onedrive if you are logged into it.

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Download Offline Maps

Want to download maps to your computer?  Maps to help you with everyday tasks?

Go to Settings, Click on Offsite Maps, Select your continent, Select USA, select the states that apply to you.

1 maps 2 Download maps 3 USA 4 Tennessee

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Downloading your ISO

Before upgrading, we recommend you download your Windows 10 version to match your version of Windows (Home or Pro).  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Go to the following website and download the utility that will download your ISO.  Once downloaded, burn it to a disc (create a Windows Disc).

1 Create an ISO

2 Downloading Home

Once downloaded, burn these to a disc (DVD).

3 Downloaded ISOs ready to burn

Right Click on the ISO and select Burn disc image.

4 Burning image

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Godmode

Yes, Godmode is in Windows 10.  Thanks Dawn!

Bring all your system settings and configuration options into one location using Windows 10 Godmode. Create a new folder and rename it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

GodMode

GodMode Settings

And….you can copy this to a flashdrive and carry it with you.

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Windows 10 Quick Tip – Hide the Search Box

Want to hide the search box?  Right click the taskbar, select Search and select Hidden, Show Icon or Show Box.

hide and show

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Show Icon

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Hide Box /Icon

Hide Search Box

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Windows 10 Quick Tip – Using Snap

Working with several programs at once?  Want to see what you have open so you can possibly use another program while multitasking?

Drag the program you are working on over to the right side of the screen until you see the transparent outline covering half of your screen.  Let go of the mouse.

Side by Side

Remember you can use your Windows Key and the Right, Left, Up and Down arrow keys to move windows.

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Windows 10 Quick Tip – Notification / Action Center

Need to turn Bluetooth on or connect to your wireless network? How about adjust your screen brightness, create a VPN, turn on Airplane Mode, take a note to One Note and save it to your Onedrive, set your location for news and the web, go to tablet mode because you have a touchscreen or go to all settings.   The notification action center tells you about apps and can feed you a ton of information.

Here’s how to configure what you want.   Open the Action Center, open  settings, click on the System group, and then click “Notifications and actions”.

notification center

Notify Bluetooth on

Setting up notifications

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Windows 10 Quick Tip – Screen Brightness

Need to change the brightness of your screen? Click on the Battery icon on the taskbar and you can quickly click the brightness button to cycle to 25, 50, 75 or 100% brightness.

25 50 75 100

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Enterprise computing is tough – Here’s some tips

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Here’s a few tips we use when optimizing and troubleshooting computers and mobile devices on our network.   Remember Windows 8 is a different operating system and Windows Surface tablets can be…

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WinMTR enhances Tracert

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Want a quick and fast way to check if you have lost packets to a destination address?  WinMTR (direct download) offers a visual way to see where packets are lost and offers an export to html or to text.

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How to flush the DNS cache on Mac, Linux or Windows

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If websites are not appearing correctly, connections time out or if you cannot find a computer on a network, you may need to flush the DNS cache.  Here’s how to do it-

Microsoft Windows

– Go to a command prompt as an administrator
– Type ipconfig /flushdns

Linux

– Go to the terminal
-Type /etc/rc.d/init.d/nscd

Mac OS X Mountain Lion or Lion:-

– Go to the terminal
_ Type sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

Mac OS x

– Go to the terminal
– Type sudo dscacheutil -flushcache

iPad

Reboot it to flush the cache or turn Airplane Mode on and off.

Ultimately resetting the network settings on the iPad will flush the DNS cache.
To reset the Network Settings-

  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Tap General
  • At the bottom of the column tap Reset
  • Choose Reset Network Settings

iPhones and Androids can be repbooted (powered down) to flush the DNS cashe

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Error when running NetSH command to fix Winsock

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Restart the computer.
Press F8 during the startup prior to the logo splash scrren.
Select Directory Services Restore Mode, and press ENTER.
Click Start, and click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate the following registry subkeys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetServicesWinsock
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetServicesWinsock2
Right-click each key, and then click Delete.
Click Yes to confirm the deletion of each key.
Close Regedit.
Locate the Nettcpip.inf file in %winroot%inf, and then open the file in Notepad or another text editor.
Locate the [MS_TCPIP.PrimaryInstall] section.
Edit the Characteristics = 0xa0 entry and replace with 0x80.
Save the file, and exit your program
In Control Panel, double-click Network Connections, right-click Local Area Connection, and then select Properties.
On the General tab, click Install, select Protocol, and click Add.
In the Select Network Protocols window, click Have Disk.
In the Copy manufacturer’s files from: text box, type c:windowsinf, and then click OK.
Select Internet…

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Is your hard drive dirty? Is NTFS Self-healing on? Why use chkdsk?

If you want to find out if your hard drive is dirty, simply open a command prompt and type fsutil dirty query c:

1 Dirty

You can also run ntfschk –

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You can now check to make sure NTFS self-healing is on.  It should be by default.
Open a command prompt and type fsutil repair query c:

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If your drive is old and you suspect it is going bad, you can type –

fsutil behavior set BugcheckOnCorrupt 1

You can manually turn on NTFS self-healing by typing –

fsutil repair set c: 0x01

Ultimately, you can use the chkdsk command to help repair drives.

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Shrink LDF files in MSSQL

If you have noticed a lack of disk space and used SpaceSniffer to see what was taking so much room on your Microsoft SQL server; you may be in for a surprise when your LDF file (log files) have grown to an almost unmanageable size.

before

There’s an easy fix that.

First open Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.  Next, backup the transactional log. (Right Click your table, go to Tasks, Backups and Choose the backup type as Transaction Logs)

bcktranslog

backup in progress

Next, we can flush the LDF file by doing a checkpoint Query.  Click on new query, type in Checkpoint and Execute the query.

Checkpoint

After running the Checkpoint query, backup the log again.  Now Shrink the file by Right Clicking, Tasks, Shrink, File and specify Log as the file type.

Shrink the ldf

after shrink

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FireEye Threat Map

Adding to the threat maps we blogged about come FireEye. Another excellent resource for security personnel. http://www.fireeye.com/cyber-map/threat-map.html
FireEye

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Why IT stays stressed…

Nothing to say…

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(found in a residence…)

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Microsoft Virtual Academy – Windows 10 for IT Professionals

Are you an IT Professional?  Want to know more about Windows 10?

Walk through what’s new in Windows 10 deployment and management, with a team of experts.

MVA

 Microsoft Virtual Academy has several hundred courses on Windows, Azure, SQL, Server and more.
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