Category Archives: troubleshooting

TightVNC for Android – Control your computers from a mobile device.

Need to manage your computers or servers while on the go?  Here’s one thing you can do.  Go to the Google Play Store and download TightVNC Viewer.   You will have to load TightVNC Server on the computers you want to … Continue reading

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Export your drivers using PNPUTIL

Want to export your drivers so that you have them later? Open a command prompt or PowerShell as an administrator Next create a folder to hold your drivers Type pnputil /export-driver * c:\smalldriver   (This is my folder on a small … Continue reading

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Winsat formal – measure your computer’s native performance

Want to truly measure your computer’s native performance?  Use Winsat formal to see how the video, CPU and HDD/SSD performs. Open a elevated command prompt and type Winsat formal Want to measure just the disk?  Type the following and substitute … Continue reading

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Find rogue APs with Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector using signal strength and sound

Xirrus Wi-Fi inspector is a free tool you can use to gather information about wi-fi around you.  You can also use this tool to locate APs via sound very similar to using radar and sound.   Have an AP you … Continue reading

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SSL not showing green lock? Here’s some things to try.

Recently we did a certificate request with an IIS server and loaded the received certificates under Enterprise Trust and imported the certificate into IIS. When we visited the website, we noticed that the newly loaded server did not present a … Continue reading

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Can’t delete your printer? Try some of these tips.

Printers either install and work flawlessly or they don’t install or give constant problems.  Try these tips. Start fresh by removing the printer and following the steps below – remember, these tips are NOT just for deleting the printer but … Continue reading

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Networking and Internet problems? Try this

Are you having problems with networking or using the internet?  Open a command prompt as an administrator.  Run the following commands (or copy and paste into the cmd prompt) – route -f ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew arp -d nbtstat -R … Continue reading

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Windows Repair Toolkit

One of the best tools that is currently freeware, Windows Repair Toolkit truly lives up to its name.   I discovered the Toolkit over at What’s On My PC and have been testing it over the past several weeks.   … Continue reading

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DotNet 3.5 failed or won’t install Server 2012

If DotNet 3.5 won’t install or fails to install on Server 2012 (Under Features), there is a work around. You may see this when installing – Cancel the installation Insert your Windows DVD and open PowerShell – Type the following … Continue reading

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DHCP fix with KB3206632 ?

KB3206632 was released December 13th.   Here’s a list of fixes from Microsoft’s site– This security update includes these additional improvements and fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:  Improved reliability of … Continue reading

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Seagate GoFlex Home Server firmware update issues – solved

Several years ago we did a review on Seagate GoFlex Home Server (NAS).  Recently I went to update the firmware which can be found in the web interface of the device. Once I clicked ‘update’,  the device found an update … Continue reading

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How to reset all Local Group Policy settings

You have changed the Group Policy (local, not in a domain) and are not sure exactly what changed – You can undo all of the changes by doing the following. At the command prompt (as Administrator), type the following – … Continue reading

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Cannot access computer by NetBios name after replacing NIC card

If you have ever replaced a network card on a server or computer and you can no longer access the computer, you should flush any cache on the workstation that is accessing the server. Insure no other users are logged … Continue reading

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Windows 10 not updating

After the Anniversary edition came out for Windows 10, many people have had the probelm of updating their OS. What are some of the fixes? Apparently KB3189866 will hang the OS. Download and apply this KB (full download of the … 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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Trackpad or left/right click not working on laptop – Windows 10

If your mouse suddenly is not working on your laptop after a Windows 10 update, you may want to try these tips.  First, hook up a USB mouse to your computer. Next try these steps – Update your Synaptics, ELAN … Continue reading

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900+ Technical Blogs

Need information about anything technical?  Here’s a site ran by Rick over at What’s On My PC.   The site BookMark4Techs is the largest resource for Technical Blogs.

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Chrome stuck on waiting for cache

Have you seen Chrome stall on loading cache?  Try this if emptying cache from Chrome or running cleaners doesn’t work- First open a command prompt Type ipconfig /flushdns Then manually open the following path (make sure Chrome is closed). You … Continue reading

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