Category Archives: Microsoft Windows

GeGeek Toolkit – An interview with Jason

Years ago we found GeGeek.com (Credit goes to Rick over at What’s on My PC) and realized that the website and Toolkit was an unreal resource and treasure for young IT Professionals. Recently we struck a conversation with Jason of GeGeek … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Cleanup

Looking for cleanup in Windows 10.  Look under Settings, System, Storage and click on Free up space now.

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Manage bandwidth under Group Policy

Do you have several dozen or more computers in your organization?   Perhaps your organization is too small for an update server.   Here’s something that you can do to Windows 10 pro to control bandwidth during updates. Open the Group Policy … Continue reading

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Fix Windows Update errors by using the DISM or System Update Readiness tool

At an elevated command prompt (command prompt as administrator) – type  DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth What should you try first? – Try the PowerShell post we made on an earlier date to check for updates. Open PowerShell as an Administrator … Continue reading

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Can’t update Windows? Try PowerShell

Open PowerShell as an Administrator Type the following- Install-Module PSWinodwsUpdate Get-WindowsUpdate Install-WindowsUpdate

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Understanding DNS

Here’s a couple of articles over the basics of DNS services Quick review of flushdns, registerdns, and DNS queries Active Directory Internal Naming and DNS Strategy Understanding DNS How to flush the DNS cache on Mac, Linux or Windows Lost … Continue reading

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Good tweak or bad tweak? TweakHound helps you decide.

An excellent site to look at tweaks and optimization of your operating system is TweakHound.   TweakHound gives step by step guides and hundreds of tweaks – they also help you look at these individually and explain why they are good … Continue reading

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Windows won’t update? Download the Servicing Stack Update (SSU)

There are several things you can do when Windows won’t update. With Windows 10, you can open an elevated command prompt and type – DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth You can also Download the Windows Update Troubleshooter Ultimately, you can use the … Continue reading

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vEthernet adapters left after uninstalling Hyper-V

If you have ever installed Hyper-V, you may have noticed left over vEthernet adapters.   You may also noticed that you have issues with TCP/IP.  Here’s what to do. Open a command prompt or PowerShell as an Administrator Type netcfg -d … Continue reading

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Privacy – Use WebRTC Network Limiter for Chrome

Other than using a VPN, you can use WebRTC Network Limiter for Chrome to help protect information that may leak on the internet. Go to IPLeak.net – Analyze your computer and follow the tips listed at the end of the … Continue reading

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Updating Drivers? Don’t forget the chipset!

While I’d like to guess that over 98% of the computers that I have worked on that are privately owned; the drivers were out of date or missing critical drivers that other drivers rely on. Here’s what I mean.  If … Continue reading

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Reset Windows Services to default

Have you ever wanted to reset Windows’ Services?  If you want to reset Windows services, you can consult the website BlackViper.   Having researched Microsoft’s Operating Systems, the author of BlackViper.com gives different configurations including the default services in Microsoft’s operating … Continue reading

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Need to check your PC for Meltdown or Spectre?

Need to check your PC for Meltdown or Spectre?  Use  Steve Gibson’s free tool to check if you are vulnerable. https://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm

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Extended attributes are inconsistent error on Windows

1. Right click the volume icon in the task bar and select sounds 2. Scroll down on the Program Events: Look for and select the option that says Windows User Account Control 3. Change the Sounds, select option to (None) and then click on okay Thanks Josh!

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Optimize MySql with MySQL Workbench

Everyone needs to keep the integrity of their database and tables optimized. How? Start MySQL Workbench and connect the software to your MySQL server. Right click on your database and select Schema Inspector Select all of the tables. Check each … Continue reading

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Need to optimize your network? Look at adjusting LocalPriority, HostPriority, DNSPriority or NetBTPriority. 

Need to optimize your network? Look at adjusting LocalPriority, HostPriority, DNSPriority or NetBTPriority.  (Host/DNS resolution) The tweak works by increasing the priority of four processes. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\ServiceProvider\ LocalPriority = 4 (DWORD, the default is 499, change to 4) HostPriority = 5 (DWORD, … Continue reading

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View your GPU performance in the Task Manager

With Windows, you can now view the GPU and how it performs on your computer.  With computers that have integrated cards (video), you may not see graphs in the performance monitor or on the Process Tab even after following these … Continue reading

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Distracted by the web? Snooze your Wi-Fi

Is the internet and all of the alerts you are getting from social media and email distracting you?  Hit the snooze on your Wi-Fi – How? Click your wi-fi/internet icon   by the sound and time Next Click the Wi-Fi button … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Version 1709 – Settings Pictorial

Most people don’t know the number of settings you have over Windows 10.  With Version 1709, you have complete control and a ton of settings that makes Windows 10 a premiere operating system.  The settings area alone when used with … Continue reading

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Create a system image in Windows 10 on your network

Now that you have Windows 10 exactly how you want it, you need to preserve an image of your computer.  You can do this across your network which will take some time.  You can also save the image locally on … Continue reading

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