Category Archives: Windows

Windows 10 Quicktips – Shutdown Shortcut

Want to shutdown Windows 10 Quickly? You can create a shortcut by right clicking the desktop, selecting new, select Shortcut and type %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0 More information –  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Bb491003.aspx

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Use multiple Desktops

Working on multiple projects?  Click on the Task View Icon  . Next click on Add Desktop on the right side of your screen. (below bottom right corner – look for the + sign) To select the screen (desktop you want), simply … Continue reading

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Photo viewers and Windows 10

Rick over at “What’s on my PC” recently reviewed FastStone Image Viewer  which I agree is one of the best image viewers on the web.  I’ve used FastStone for years and I also have Irfanview and XnView.    Note:  This … Continue reading

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AlphiMAX PTP Estimator provides an excellent way to align your wireless antennas

Need an excellent program to estimate your wireless bridges from building to building?  AlphiMAX provides an excellent online program to estimate your wireless links. Sign up is easy and fast.  The PTP Estimator requires that you have the Latitude and … Continue reading

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Shrink LDF files in MSSQL

If you have noticed a lack of disk space and used SpaceSniffer to see what was taking so much room on your Microsoft SQL server; you may be in for a surprise when your LDF file (log files) have grown to … Continue reading

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Diagnose your network and view network packets with Microsoft’s Message Analyzer

Microsoft’s Message Analyzer enables you to capture, display, and analyze network traffic.   This software even allows payload rendering in order to see pictures and other data. Download Here

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Going to take a certification that involves binary?

Going to take a certification that involves binary? Here’s a quick tutorial~ Let’s say you are given an IP address of 192.168.1.135 in an answer. What is this number in binary? Here’s what you do. Take a simple key to … Continue reading

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Network named incorrectly under Network and Sharing Center

Have you connected and reconnected to a wireless or wired network and noticed the network adapter is now named wrong? There’s an easy fix. Open the Network and Sharing Center Click on the Active Network icon (see below). Type in … Continue reading

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Driver Packs for Windows – Snappy Driver

Need the latest drivers for your computer?  Use Snappy Driver to comb the internet for your drivers. http://sourceforge.net/projects/snappy-driver-installer/?source=typ_redirect

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Enable File History in Windows 8.1 and troubleshooting

Microsoft empowered the users of their OS to enable File History on Windows 7.   This allowed users to recover spreadsheets or data periodically if they made a mistake and wanted to recover the original. In Windows 8, file history … Continue reading

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4 Exabyte download coming soon?

While numbers conflict on the exact number of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users there are,  it seems that most agree that almost 1 billion Windows products are out there. Microsoft’s upgrade path to Windows 10 for its predecessors includes … Continue reading

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SSD drive with Intel chipset – Performance is in RST

Do you own a computer with an Intel chipset?  If you do,  you probably need to make sure you are running Intel’s Rapid Store Technology to make sure the appropriate drivers are installed.   By loading the drivers, I saw … Continue reading

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GoFlex Home – gaining root access and performing drive maintenance

The Seagate GoFlex Home is a NAS for consumers.  We did a review some time ago on this product and gave it a good review.   Here’s a way to gain root access and perform drive maintenance on the drive. Download Putty … Continue reading

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Did you really complete your Windows installation?

While we cannot cover every scenario there is, this is a general setup of  a Windows 7 or 8 computer. Check all drivers under the Device Manager Get the latest drivers for performance Optimize Network Card Configuration– Disable all but … Continue reading

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When engineers don’t think about the technicians

Recently my niece dropped her laptop and the hard drive stopped working.   Normally an easy fix, I looked for the access panel for the hard drive so that I could replace it.   What? No access panel?  Oh, easy fix, lets … Continue reading

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Google Earth Pro is now FREE

Google Earth Pro is now free.  Get your license here.  Download Pro here. Although the link says free trial, it is now free. You can now capture videos, measure distances including areas, print up to 4800 x 3200, import addresses and … Continue reading

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Use the Action Center to troubleshoot your computer

That little flag   on your taskbar is one of the best shortcuts to tools that can help you troubleshoot your computer.  The Action Center is a shortcut to your Security, Maintenance and other areas that keep your computer running … Continue reading

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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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Partition your HDD to increase performance

When a good friend gave me a laptop, the quad core (Intel i3), 6 Gb Ram seemed slow.   Thinking back to an old post, Resizing your HDD to increase performance, I decided to see what the difference in performance would … Continue reading

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Cannot switch users in Windows 8/8.1

If you cannot change accounts in Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Update there are several things you can try – First try editing the registry In the search box, type regedit Navigate to the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System Modify the registry value … Continue reading

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