Tag Archives: Windows 8

Cut down God Mode to individual areas

Remember God Mode?  You can cut this overwhelming shortcut down by using some of your most useful tools.  Here’s an example on how to put Troubleshooting on your desktop. First, make a new folder  on your desktop and rename it … Continue reading

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Uninstall Old Drivers and Speed Up Your Computer

One of the best ways to speed up your computer of course is to uninstall old programs.   A recent article showed that the installation of multiple programs on any computer could slow the computer’s boot time, response time and even … Continue reading

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Cipher /w:C securely erasing unused space

The Cipher program can be used to remove any erased data from unused disk space.  The command, Ciper /w:C is used to perform this action and can securely erase data that you once had on your computer.  While this command … Continue reading

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Windows Search Issues

When you add drives and other devices to your computer, it is good to have areas indexed so that finding files is easier. Here’s how to re-index a drive – Make sure your drive has indexing checked.  You can go to … Continue reading

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Keep your computer running smooth with these programs

Want to keep your computer running great?  Here are programs to uninstall your programs fully, clean temp files, remove malware/adware, play DVDs if you don’t have Windows media player and update 3rd party programs. CCleaner or Bleachbit Don’t wipe free … Continue reading

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Show all processors in your Task Manager

Only see a single processor in Windows 8 or Windows 10?  You can see all of the processors by switching to logical processors by changing the view. Right click on the graph and select change graph to and select logical … Continue reading

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Update Windows Defender using PowerShell

Here’s a quick way to update Defender using PowerShell.  Open PowerShell.  Type Update-MPSignature and hit enter. After a few minutes Defender will begin to update.  Once it is up to date, you will be returned to the PowerShell prompt.

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Advanced Windows Cleanup using cleanmgr /sageset:50 and cleanmgr /sagerun:50

Want to clean Windows?  We always recommend CCleaner or Bleachbit.  But did you know you can further cleanup Windows by using cleanmgr /sageset:50  and selecting all of the boxes of different logs, previous Windows and More. As we discovered during recent … 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.  What we discovered is below. Slow response times in Windows to a SQL … Continue reading

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Solid State Drive Speed Test – AnvilPro

If you want to test your SSD’s speed, a great program to try is AnvilPro. AnvilPro is just one of many ways you can test your SSD or HDD speed. AnvilPro Other SSD or HDD utilities

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Hidden Applications Folder in Windows 8.1 – Make a desktop shortcut

Want to see all of your programs in one window?  Go to the run line and type – explorer shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1} Much like Godmode, you can create a new folder on your desktop and name the folder – Applications.{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1} This will … Continue reading

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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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Windows 10 – GodMode is back and you can put it on a flash drive

Windows Vista, 7 and 8 had GodMode and it’s back in Windows 10.   By creating a folder on your Windows desktop (or make a folder on a flashdrive – you can do this in any of the named operating … 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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Cannot update to Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Update

Can’t get the Windows 8.1 Update from the Microsoft Store?  Have an administrator issue?  Here’s one solution. Hit the Windows key + R Enter control userpasswords2 Highlight the account and click properties (Note: If you are logged in with your … 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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Only one user showing during logon of Windows 8/8.1 Pro

After some some updates, you may notice that you cannot see all of the users when logging in. Open GPEdit.msc (Group Policy Editor) Navigate to Windows Settings, Security Settings, Local Policies, Interactive logon: Do not display last username and double … Continue reading

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Windows Store not working – Windows Store has X on applications

Here’s a quick fix for the Windows 8/Windows 8.1 store.  After experiencing an X on some of the applications and having errors running applications, Mickey found this fix that will fix the windows store.  He originally noticed this after upgrading Windows. … Continue reading

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Add GeGeek Toolkit to Hiren’s CD/DVD for the ultimate troubleshooting tool

One of the best sites on the web is GeGeek.  GeGeek has over 300 tools (freeware) that you can download for troubleshooting any computer.   How can it possibly get more powerful? Use Rufus USB to create a bootable ISO … Continue reading

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Test your SSD speed and performance

Want to test your SSD’s speed? SSD Benchmark is an excellent choice for a quick test of your SSD’s speed. Here’s our other article on testing your HDD or SSD drive Don’t forget, the fastest hard drive without IPv6 ….check … Continue reading

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