Issue – Microsoft driver updates. After Windows Update your computer can’t connect to WiFI. No matter what you try – the existing working connection that worked 10 minutes ago, a new network like a mobile phone hot spot. You can try to forget the […]
My Lenovo Yoga 920’s crisp and bright 4k display was often way to dim in low light situations. No problem right, just bump the brightness up from the default power settings while on battery right? F12, F12…. F12! Maybe this thing goes to 110% […]
Issue: return a Resultant Set of Policy, RSOP, as a user without full local admin rights. Why is this an issue? User Context. To return full results for both Computer and User policies you have to run the command prompt with elevated Admin rights. And […]
Everyone needs a fresh start now and again right? Clear out the carbon, shake up the cobwebs. yeah well it works for ones and zeros to. A fresh install of Windows!? If your computer seems to be running unusually slow, has crashing or startup/shutdown […]
Hello Firefox 57! Yep I’ve made the switch from Google Chrome back to Firefox. I’ve wanted to make the switch for a while and Mozilla’s latest release, Firefox Quantum, provided the motivation. Fast (really fast, like 2x as fast as their last version), light, […]
You know how no one knows how to take a screenshot? Windows Key + Shift + S = screenshot heaven! You’re welcome!
Did you know that you want to magically open the Notification Center? yeah, me too. Windows Key + A = you’ve been notified! You’re welcome!
To run windows you have to explore! Windows Key + E = badda boom there is yo direc-tory-tree! You’re welcome!
As the number of devices and bandwidth needs in my household increased so to did the frequency of reboots and number of issues for my Netgear N600 router. The router had served us well but wasn’t keeping up with my Comcast and WiFi device capabilities […]
Issue – After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Groove Music fails to list any music despite being correctly pointed at the default Music location where my 10,529 songs and 1,401 artists reside. I removed and re-added the default locations with no change: C:\Users\*username*\Music, […]
Adaptive keyboard sounds cool right? It does make for a very clean, uncluttered and easy to use keyboard. But it also makes accessing some functions harder, more time consuming and without knowing the special commands you’d be forgiven for thinking several common keyboard functions were completely dropped. Welcome to […]
Ghost drop down menu’s that stay on your screen until you reset your resolution, logout or reboot. At first you think – no problem, I’ll just ignore that. Then like a dripping tap on a quiet evening you find you’ve suddenly lost all focus […]
The mighty keyboard and mouse have roared and Microsoft has listened. Windows 8.1 Update 1 is out and has some (some!) nice changes for content creators and other non touch screen users. Most notable is that instead of forking the OS into mobile/touch & […]
Here’s a quick and easy way to sync your My Documents folder and make it available to other computers and mobile devices via Microsoft OneDrive. This is the same process you can use to move your My Documents to any location of your choosing – a […]
Issue: Asus Zenbook crashes, blue screens or unexpectedly shuts down shortly after waking up from sleep mode. This has been reported since the release of the Asus Zenbook and apparently Asus has yet to acknowledge the issue. My query to Asus Support after experiencing […]
Do you create content as much or more than you consume it? i.e. do you use a computer for your job and your job isn’t posting pics of what you had for lunch? If so and your computer is running Windows 8 or Windows […]
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Paint.Net is an excellent free image editing program for Windows. Released in 2004 as a school project the program has grown steadily over the years into an excellent mid-range image editing program supporting layers, effects, transparency and more. It’s what I use for creating […]
How to add Trusted Sites and Intranet sites to Internet Explorer Security Zones in a managed environment with field and office computers. For individual computer users this can be achieved through the browsers options or Internet Options control panel. For multiple computers in a […]
Install Windows 7 from a USB stick – easy right? Just download the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and follow the incredibly easy steps. Well that didn’t work for me and apparently quite a few others. Interesting as Microsoft was “forced” to make the tool publicly available after it was revealed […]
Who put the Child Proof cap on Windows 7? I Fired up the Windows 8 Consumer Preview via VirtualBox on a Mac Laptop. What can I say – this is first time I’ve not been impressed, excited, had fun, or stayed up late playing with […]
Setting up a private, internal or test network and have Mac clients? Do not use .LOCAL! I setup my Windows 2008 domain as .LOC – worked like a charm and my Mac clients were happy. Starting with Mac OS10.2 Macs use .local for Bonjour hostnames. […]
Environment: Testing server for SCCM 2007 in Native mode on Server 2008. IIS, SQL Express 2005 SP2 and WSUS 3.0 already installed. Steps to setup PKI for Native mode Get some coffee, maybe a sandwich and set your phone to ignore all calls, follow […]
Stumped by limitations of Windows Movie Maker Live I went in search of an alternate free video editing program. Lo and behold I found an old friend. Microsoft had stopped development of Windows Movie Maker after Windows Vista so I hadn’t used it in a few years. Microsoft had moved Movie […]
Dear people hear me and hear me now. Next person sends me a 9meg “screenshot” is getting signed up to the Ron Paul contributors list. PrtScn takes a screenshot of your entire display. Unless you hate someone do not send them the results of […]
Patch process using ITMU v3 and SMS 2003 I’m patching end user clients only (no servers) only and this process accommodates a business requirement to patch machines but not force a reboot for 4 days. Install patches use SMS Notification of the need to reboot. […]
Error message when Windows loads – “Logon Process Initialization Failure”
– Interactive logon process initialization has failed
– Please consult the event log for more details (I would love to but uh I can’t)
Want to download some or all of this software all at once? Try Ninite.com Audio/Video VLC Media Player – Cross platform do everything player Songbird – Open Source music player Audacity – Free Audio editor and recorder Editors Notepad ++ editor – Fast light […]
Your computer is what’s often (derogatorily) referred to as a “WinTel” machine on which the software is dominated by Microsoft Windows and the hardware is dominated by Intel. Intel was founded by three unhappy Fairchild Semiconductor employee’s. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by some […]
Issue: Have you ever received a “Winmail.dat” attachment? I have clients who send files like Word or Visio via email but all I get is a “Winmail.dat” file. Argh! This issue is only like ten years old… Thanks Microsoft!@ When you receive a Winmail.dat […]
I made this when learning all about the Registry and Windows NT – DWORD value = 1$