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How to backup your computer, your Windows Key and to create a recovery drive to troubleshoot your computer – Windows 7/8.1/10

Step One Find your Windows Product Key!  This is important in the event you have to reload Windows.  Use NirSoft’s ProduKey to find your key.  Download from Here. (Thanks Rick at What’s On My PC for this Tip) Step Two Download the ISO … 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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Download the Windows 10 Anniversary tool here

Want the Anniversary update to Windows 10?  Updates not showing it ready?  Follow the link below and click the Download Button. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history Make sure you go back and clean the Windows.old folder.  Use the disk cleanup tool under This-PC.   … 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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With SSDs and Compact, Windows can speed up even more

In the past, compression of a hard drive was necessary because we didn’t have enough room for files.  HDD were expensive and compression was slow.  Here’s the result of compacting the Windows folder on an Acer dual core, 2.2 Ghz … 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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Internet or network application slow? You may need to temporarily disable Nagle’s Algorithm

With the Nagle-Algorithm, Windows takes small packets and packages them in to more manageable and efficient sizes.   If you have poor latency, you might try to disable the Nagle-Algorithm.  Nagle’s algorithm helps to control congestion when small packets are … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Shell Commands you can run from the ‘Run’ line

The following shell commands can be ran from the ‘run’ line in Windows 10 shell:AccountPictures %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures shell:AddNewProgramsFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Get Programs shell:Administrative Tools %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools shell:AppData %AppData% shell:Application Shortcuts %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts shell:AppsFolder Applications shell:AppUpdatesFolder Installed Updates shell:Cache … Continue reading

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Tech Thoughts Net News – Monday – May 30, 2016 – Bill Mullins is back!

The free Windows 10 upgrade expires July 29;  How to monitor your servers and desktops from Android with this free app;  26 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier;  How to get Windo… Source: Tech Thoughts Net News … Continue reading

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Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2837655) RT – Error 0x80240017

Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2837655) RT – Error 0x80240017 Experiencing this error during a Microsoft Windows 10 Update?  Download the update manually from here and the error should go away. Didn’t work? Open a command prompt as an administrator … Continue reading

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Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer test your system’s security

Microsoft’s Attack Surface Analyzer will take a quick snapshot of your computer’s state before and after the installation of software.   IT Professionals can asses their organization’s applications.  Other IT personnel can use this to look at the risk of … Continue reading

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ESET Sysinspector – System Information for Windows

Want to find out information that goes well above and beyond looking at your hardware?  Dozens of features are available by downloading and running ESET Sysinspector. ESET Sysinspector  

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Manually Update Windows 10

How do you get the cumulative packages for Windows?  Go to the Microsoft Catalog with Internet Explorer.  You’ll have to add an add on that will prompt you to install a small program.  (Also works on other OSs) March 2016 … Continue reading

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Hyper-V Windows 10 host Server 2012 R2

Need to run a server from Windows 10?  Getting a certification?  Learning Windows Server?  You can easily host a virtual machine using Hyper-V.  (You can use Hyper-V to experiment with Linux or other operating systems) Getting Started Navigate to the … 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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Control your mouse with your head, voice or hand

Want to control your mouse with just your hand or voice commands? NPointer by neurotechnology is freeware You can also use Camera Mouse which is freeware where you can use just your head. Camera Mouse

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WhySoSlow Beta fow Windows

Want to know what resources are being consumed by Windows and ‘see’ why your computer is so slow? WhySoSlow by Resplendence is in Beta and is an excellent program that can guide you to why your computer may be slow. … Continue reading

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Need the ISO for Windows 10?

Microsoft’s Techbench program  offers scripts and other tools including the ISOs for Windows 10. Includes: 2 Tech Bench Scripts Steps for Creating an installation USB stick Installation Guide for Existing PCs Installation Guide for New PCs User Quick Start Guide … Continue reading

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Drivers and Firmware for the Microsoft Surface

Need to get the latest firmware and drivers for the Microsoft Surface series?  Here’s the link on where to get the drivers and firmware and how to install them through PowerShell. While the Surface will get its drivers and firmware … Continue reading

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