Category Archives: Windows 8

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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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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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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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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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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SyMenu – Download over 1,000 utilities from NirSoft, SysInternals and more

SyMenu allows you to download utilities from NirSoft, SysInternals and more.  Download the program from here and check the programs you want. Once you download the programs, you can use SyMenu to run the many programs  (over 1200) from a … 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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Is your SSD or HDD dirty?

You can of course use the Windows GUI to check your SSD or HDD.  But did you know that you should check your drives by typing the following (you can copy and paste in a elevated command prompt and change … Continue reading

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Network Throttling Index

Did you know that Windows implements a network throttling mechanism that will restrict and slow network traffic when regular (not multimedia) traffic is transferred? This traffic can be around 10ish packets per ms which is just over 100 megabits per … Continue reading

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Keep DNS services running well on your computer

If you enter ipconfig /displaydns at a command prompt you’ll see that Windows stores successful and unsuccessful name resolutions in cache.  By default, Windows will store this cache for 24 hours.  You can adjust this by doing the following: Open … Continue reading

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Bad HDD? It could be your Windows Updates

Recently we had a server that kept trying to install Windows Updates AND it would attempt to do updates IF the you skipped the HDD scan.  The updates would fail and the computer would reboot to a login screen. Here’s … Continue reading

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Private Cloud freeware? Try Tonido

Want a private cloud to sync your files, back up data and have access from outside of your home? Tonido Software for home is free.   The software is around 20+ meg to download and easy to set up.  Here’s … Continue reading

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HDD drive slow? It could be your network card…

Another example of what we thought was a failing HDD, turned out to be a corrupt… Winsock?  A non-profit organization called us today and after running diagnostics on the HDD, turns out the computer lock ups and  experienced freezing along … Continue reading

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