Category Archives: Microsoft

An interview with Fabian Wosar, EMSISOFT’s ransomare killer

Fabian Wosar, CTO of EMSISOFT is known as the most prolific ransomware killer in the world.   We reached out to Fabian and asked him ten questions. Look for our Live Interview and video late next week… Steve: You’re the cybercriminal…Create … Continue reading

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Slow SQL Connection or Network in Windows 10 – Update

Finally found a small problem with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.  After upgrading, we have discovered that Windows  was responding slow to our SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server / other versions.  What we discovered is below. Slow response … Continue reading

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Error 1935 while installing Office

If you receive the error 1935, take the following steps- Make sure you have C++ Redistributables  Link  Uninstall Office (Make sure you have any documents backed up) Run the Office Installation Cleaner (easy fix two found in Option Two at the … 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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Diagnosing your network and measuring speed.

Diagnosing your network? Here’s a GUI program to ping and get averages and speeds over a period of time – nine years ago we featured Performance Pinging by Carsten Schmidt and cannot find a working website from the author to … Continue reading

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Should you disable 8dot3 for performance and security?

Microsoft did recommend to disable short names  in a security guide some times back.  There is evidence that file operations in directories (folders) that contain a large number of file can be slowed by short file name creations.  So does … Continue reading

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Truly reset the TCP/IP stack – Fix network/internet problems

Having connection issues and no viruses or malware?  Hardware OK? Try typing the following at a command prompt to fully reset the TCP/IP Stack- netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset netsh interface ipv4 reset netsh interface ipv6 reset netsh interface … Continue reading

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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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I get a “stopped working” error when I start Office applications on my PC

You might get this error when you start the Office 2016 or Office 2013 versions of Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, or Visio on your PC: Microsoft Excel has stopped working. Microsoft Word has stopped working. Microsoft Outlook has stopped … Continue reading

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Multi-session remote access to Windows 10 Enterprise?

Multi-session remote access to Windows 10 Enterprise? Probably – Up to 10 simultaneous connections according to Computerworld. Read more

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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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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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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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