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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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Create a roaming profile – Windows 7, 8, 10 with Server 2008 R2

Attached are guides on creating a roaming profile with Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2. (Thanks to Mr. Ledlow for creating these) Guides are in PDF Step One Create a User on the Domain Step Two Creating a Folder on … 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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Slow USB Transfer rate? Try this

If you are experiencing slow USB Transfer rates, try this. Insert your USB drive. Open the Device Manager Expand Disk Drives and double click on your flash drive Check the box “Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device”

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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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All cpus not showing in Task Manager or Device Manager

Thank you Andrew for finding this!  Many forums will tell you to re-install windows or to mess with the HAL in order to show multiple cores after changing processors. Kasey (one of our students) changed his quad-core processor to a … Continue reading

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Resilient File System on Windows 10 Pro

While NTFS is a reliable file system, Windows 10 can have ReFS enabled for data drives and some external drives.  What exactly is ReFS? ReFS is Resilient File System.  ReFS insures data availability,  supports large file systems without a performance … Continue reading

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Windows 10 not updating

After the Anniversary edition came out for Windows 10, many people have had the probelm of updating their OS. What are some of the fixes? Apparently KB3189866 will hang the OS. Download and apply this KB (full download of the … Continue reading

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Use stordiag.exe to test your storage

Want to check your hard disk / solid state disk for errors?  Use stordiag to test your storage. First run stordiag.exe -out c:\users\yourusername\desktop\stordiag Next run – stordiag.exe -collectEtw -checkFSConsistency -out c:\users\yourusername\desktop\stordiag This will return logs, registry entries and other information … Continue reading

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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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