Fix Windows 8/10 Live Tiles Not Updating

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Recently, I had a client come in with a Windows 10 PC that had live tiles that were not updating. Upon connecting up his computer, I was surprised to see that not only were the live tiles not updating, they had these strange little down arrows on them and nothing else. Before I connected the […]

Open A Command Prompt to a Folder from Windows Explorer

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If you’re in IT, you probably have to use the command prompt quite often. You also probably have to navigate to specific folders and run certain commands or executables from that location. I don’t know about you, but having to type in CD foldername ten times is pretty annoying. Of course, there are shortcuts and […]

HDG Guide to Taking Screenshots of Boot Environments

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Ever had to boot from a CD or DVD and wanted to take some screenshots while you were in that boot environment? Maybe you are trying to fix your computer and have to boot using the operating system DVD, but can’t figure out what to do. You could take a screenshot and send it to […]

Turn Off Clicking Sound on Type Cover for Microsoft Surface Tablet

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Got yourself a new Microsoft Surface in the last couple of days? The Surface is definitely an interesting new tablet, especially when you pair it with the new Touch Cover and Type Cover that you can use with it. The touch cover is especially cool since it doesn’t even really have buttons like a normal […]

Install .NET Framework 3.5, 3.0, 2.0 on Windows 8/10

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With Windows 8/10, .NET Framework 4.5 comes installed by default. Since .NET 4.5 is an in-place upgrade of 4.0, you can automatically run any applications that are geared towards .NET Framework 4.5 or 4.0. That’s fine, but what if you need to run programs that require older versions of .NET Framework? What’s the lowest version […]

10 Things You Can Do With An Extra PC

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I recently came across a great deal on a used PC. Before, I only owned one computer, but because this PC was priced so aggressively and I’ve been wanting to have an extra PC, I didn’t pass it up. In this article, we will go through 10 possible uses for an extra computer. Here are […]

Troubleshoot a Failed Hard Drive

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If you get a BSOD or other random error with the Windows operating system, it is usually assumed to be because of a virus, malware or other software error. If you’ve gone through all of the proper troubleshooting steps regarding PC viruses and other Windows software, but still are getting an error with the operating […]

5 Ways to Make Sure No One is Monitoring Your Computer

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A friend recently was over and asked me if there was a way to tell if someone was monitoring their computer or not. She had a feeling that her computer-savvy boyfriend installed something on her computer to monitor what she was doing. Several years ago, I wrote an article about detecting computer and email monitoring […]

Add Shutdown and Restart to the Right-Click Context Menu in Windows 8

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In Windows 8, now that the Start Menu is now gone and replaced by the Start Screen and Charms bar. This means that if you want to restart your computer, you have to open the Charms bar, click on Settings, click on the Power icon and then click on Restart. You can read my previous […]

Fix Windows 8/10 “We weren’t able to connect to the Store” Error

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I have loaded Windows 8/10 on a couple of home PCs and I’ve been running into occasional issues here and there. Recently, I tried to open the Windows Store and I got the following error message: We weren’t able to connect to the Store. This might have happened because of a server problem or the […]