How-To

How to Create and Use a Password Reset Disk in Windows 10

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If you’re using a local account to log into Windows 10, it’s probably a good idea to create a password reset disk in case you ever forget your current password. All you need is 5 mins of your time and a spare USB stick. Pretty much everyone has a few of those small USB sticks […]

Fix File System Errors in Windows 7/8/10 with Check Disk Utility (CHKDSK)

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Check Disk (chkdsk) is a tool used to verify file system integrity and is also used to locate bad sectors on hard drives. It also helps in recovering corrupted data whenever a system failure occurs that involves data integrity (i.e. power failure). Check Disk can examine FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS drives and automatically repair errors. […]

99 Ways to Make Your Computer Blazingly Fast

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Over the last several years working in IT for various companies as a Systems Administrator,  a Network Administrator, and a Help Desk professional, I’ve written and learned about many ways to increase the performance of not only my PC, but also of the many PCs on my networks ranging from Windows 98 to Windows 10. […]

Determine the Number of Cores in Your CPU

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With the latest releases of processors from Intel, it’s a certainty that most consumer desktops will be running machines with 2 cores, 4 cores and even 6 cores very soon. With Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake on the horizon, a quad-core consumer PC is going to be very affordable. So how many cores […]

How to Remove Text from Icons in the Windows Taskbar

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One day my kids were playing on my computer and before I had a chance to kick the off, they managed to change some settings in Windows 10. I could tell immediately because my taskbar looked completely different. Instead of the normal display of just small icons, it was showing text and icons. Each program […]

Fix Error 10016 in Windows Event Viewer

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Being a big tech geek, I hate when my Windows machine isn’t working flawlessly. I figure if I can’t get my computer working perfectly, then what kind of tech person am I? Obviously, trying to get everything to work perfectly means spending a lot of time fixing issues that probably don’t cause any major issues […]

Restrict Access to Cisco Switch Based on IP Address

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For added security, I wanted to restrict access to my Cisco SG300-10 switch to only one IP address in my local subnet. After initially configuring my new switch a few weeks backs, I wasn’t happy knowing that anyone connected to my LAN or WLAN could get to the login page by just knowing the IP […]

Enable Public Key Authentication for SSH on Cisco SG300 Switches

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Previously, I wrote about how you can enable SSH access to your Cisco switch by enabling the setting in the GUI interface. This is great if you want to access your switch CLI over an encrypted connection, but it still relies on just a username and password. If you are using this switch in a […]

How to Enable SSH Access for Cisco SG300 Switches

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I recently purchased a Cisco SG300-10 switch for my home networking lab and I’ve been quite happy with it so far. It has a whole slew of features, most of which I’m probably never going to use in my home environment. However, for a small business, it gives you a lot of control over your […]

Create RAID-Like Data Backup using Storage Spaces on Windows 10

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Along with the all the new stuff in Windows 8 that you either hate or love like the Start screen and missing start button, there are a lot of background features that are really good and useful. One of those features is Storage Spaces. This feature is also in Windows 10. So what are storage […]