Category Archives: Windows 10 Quick Tips

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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Default_error_stack files

You’ve discovered hundreds or even thousands of default_error_stack files.  What should you do and what are they? These files tend to be driver errors and can be safely deleted.  There were over 2.3 GB of these data files on my … 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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Need System Information? Use PowerShell

If you need system information about your BIOS, Motherboard and more, open PowerShell as an Administrator and past the following into PowerShell – Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_ComputerSystem Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_BIOS Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_Baseboard Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_Processor Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_LogicalDisk Get-WMIObject -Class … Continue reading

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GeGeek Toolkit Review 2018 ver. 11.41

We did a review of GeGeek’s Toolkit back in 2014 after hearing about the website and toolkit from Rick over at “What’s On My PC’.  Recently, Jason of GeGeek reached out to us and gave us the latest release of … 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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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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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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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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