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About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.

Use stordiag.exe to test your storage

Want to check your hard disk / solid state disk for errors?  Use stordiag to test your storage. First run stordiag.exe -out c:\users\yourusername\desktop\stordiag Next run – stordiag.exe -collectEtw -checkFSConsistency -out c:\users\yourusername\desktop\stordiag This will return logs, registry entries and other information … Continue reading

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Windows 10 – Highlighting and copy issues with mouse

Have problems highlighting and copying information after upgrading to Windows 10? Try these steps- Click on the Windows logo Go to Settings Open the mouse & touchpad setting Turn off Scroll inactive windows Click on Advanced Mouse Options Adjust double click … Continue reading

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An interview with Shannon Morse, Internet Media Host & Producer

Image Source Over the next several months we plan on interviewing technical experts and leaders across the globe to find out how they got started in the technology industry, what their favorite operating systems are, information security trends and more. This … Continue reading

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Fixwin 10 – An excellent tool from the Windows Club

Have a few errors with Windows 10? Here’s an excellent tool to get you back on track.  The Windows Club comes through again. Information and download is found here. Features – Here is the list of fixes offered by FixWin … Continue reading

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FREE Printable USGS PDF Quads

Use topographical maps?  Go hiking or are you with an organization that uses maps?  National Geographic has free printable Quads.  Link

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Buzzing – Static noise after upgrading to Windows 10

Have a buzzing or random static noise after upgrading to Windows 10? Here’s a link to help resolve this issue.

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How to backup your computer, your Windows Key and to create a recovery drive to troubleshoot your computer – Windows 7/8.1/10

Step One Find your Windows Product Key!  This is important in the event you have to reload Windows.  Use NirSoft’s ProduKey to find your key.  Download from Here. (Thanks Rick at What’s On My PC for this Tip) Step Two Download the ISO … Continue reading

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Open a lot of tabs in Chrome? Is your computer sluggish? Here’s what you can do

If you are an internet surfer and open a ton of tabs, you may notice that your computer has become sluggish.   Many times this can be from using a lot of memory usage (caused by a website) in Chrome. … Continue reading

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Cannot reset winsock, isatap yellow exclamation, no wireless or internet

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog:
Have a wireless card that doesn’t see the wireless?  Does checking the Device Manager show a yellow exclamation mark on the isatap or Teredo Tunneling Pseudo Interface? Mickey and I tried everything…

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Download the Windows 10 Anniversary tool here

Want the Anniversary update to Windows 10?  Updates not showing it ready?  Follow the link below and click the Download Button. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history Make sure you go back and clean the Windows.old folder.  Use the disk cleanup tool under This-PC.   … Continue reading

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When engineers don’t think about the technicians

Recently my niece dropped her laptop and the hard drive stopped working.   Normally an easy fix, I looked for the access panel for the hard drive so that I could replace it.   What? No access panel?  Oh, easy fix, lets … Continue reading

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With SSDs and Compact, Windows can speed up even more

In the past, compression of a hard drive was necessary because we didn’t have enough room for files.  HDD were expensive and compression was slow.  Here’s the result of compacting the Windows folder on an Acer dual core, 2.2 Ghz … Continue reading

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Keep your computer running smooth with these programs

Want to keep your computer running great?  Here are programs to uninstall your programs fully, clean temp files, remove malware/adware, play DVDs if you don’t have Windows media player and update 3rd party programs. CCleaner or Bleachbit Don’t wipe free … Continue reading

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Cannot access computer after sharing a folder

If you have ever replaced a network card on a server or computer and you can no longer access the computer or you shared a folder and cannot access it, you should flush any cache on the workstation that is … Continue reading

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Microsoft Windows Server R2 or Windows 7/8.1 rebooting while configuring updates

If Microsoft Server R2 or Windows 7 is stuck rebooting while configuring updates (pic below), follow these steps – Boot from the Server 2008 DVD (or Windows 7) Select the command prompt Type   del c:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml     (This can be … Continue reading

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Drive Controller Info for Windows 7/8.1/10 and how to enable AHCI

Want the best performance from your HDD or SSD? Note:  There is always a risk when you change settings – backup your data before doing this Enter your BIOS Is AHCI enabled on the HDD or SSD? Yes?  Then you … Continue reading

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Geek Uninstaller

Want to uninstall programs or Windows Apps and make sure the ‘remains’ of the program/app is removed also? Geek Uninstaller is a portable program that can be download from http://www.geekuninstaller.com/ . Once you download Geek Uninstaller, unzip the file and double … Continue reading

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Google gives you a portal to check your activity

Want to know what you’ve searched for?  Videos you’ve viewed?  Go over and sign in to My Activity at Google. https://myactivity.google.com/ If your privacy settings are turned on to monitor your privacy, you’ll see this – While you’re messing with … Continue reading

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A Smorgasborg Of Security and Forensic Tools For The IT Professional

Originally posted on What's On My PC:
If you are an IT Professional I think you will appreciate the site called SecurityXploded. They feature a smorgasbord of password dump tools, system security tools, network security tools, anti-spyware tools, and…

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Tomato Cache Optimization with DNSMasq and DNS Benchmark

Want to speed up your internet’s resolution of websites?  One way is to flash your router with Tomato (Tomato is Linux core firmware for many routers that provides advanced features.) or other open source firmware.  Below is an example of … Continue reading

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