Here is a quick and easy Windows tip that can come in pretty handy if you find yourself always wanting to access a specific location on your hard drive using a command prompt. In the following example, I will create a shortcut to a command prompt window that opens using my desktop as the root. […]
The Apple Software Update kept appearing on my computer to remind me to update iTunes, QuickTime, and iCloud. I wanted to disable it, but I couldn’t figure out where or how it was running. I didn’t find it in my Startup folder or in the registry anywhere. Here is how you can prevent the Apple […]
If you can’t connect to certain web sites using your favorite web browser even though you have an Internet connection, there could be several reasons why. Here are a few things you can try to clear up the problem. Symptom: In Google Chrome you may get an “Unable to connect to the Internet” message. In […]
There are many problems I’ve come across while working the computer help-desk. One of the common issues I’ve encountered is one that involves folders not deleting properly. When this issue occurs, an error message appears that says “Cannot Delete foldername: The directory is not empty“. This problem can happen in Windows 10, 8, and 7. The problem can […]
How to enable or disable Windows File Protection.
Ever since I began working with computers, the number one question I’m always asked is “How do I make my computer run faster?” It’s the main thing your local computer repair technician deals with on a daily basis. They often make a pretty penny doing it too.
When mapping a drive in Microsoft Windows, you may receive an error that says: The mapped network drive could not be created because the following error has occurred: Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user, using more than one user name are not allowed. Disconnect all previous connections to the […]
I was helping somebody with the installation of their new Windows Mobile device and we couldn’t get the phone to install to their Microsoft Windows 10 computer. An error appeared every time we tried that said: Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it. The component store has […]
How to turn off the annoying printer notification messages that appears when an event occurs on your printer in Microsoft Windows.
You can shut down a Microsoft Windows computer remotely over a network using commands. This comes in handy for me when I don’t have the energy to go all the way downstairs to shut my desktop computer off.
Using a simple command, you can add or remove a Windows computer to a Microsoft Windows domain remotely from another computer.
Disable the warning message that says “The Publisher Could Not Be Verified” when you run certain files in Microsoft Windows.
Enable or disable the Windows 10, 8, or 7 Superfetch (otherwise known as Prefetch) feature. Superfetch caches data so that it can be immediately available to your application. Sometimes this can affect the performance of certain applications. It tends to not work well with gaming, but can improve performance with business apps. To modify whether […]
How to disable the Encrypting File System (EFS) feature in Windows.
This tutorial shows you how to disable the File Compression feature in Microsoft Windows.
Today I was helping a Microsoft Windows 10 user that couldn’t read or write to files in a folder on the network. I figured something was set on the files that had them set to Read Only. So I ran the following DOS command on the folder containing the files: attrib *.* -r +a -s […]
If you have a long list of hung or corrupt print jobs in Microsoft Windows 10, 8, or 7, you can clear the print queue easily by using either of these methods.
The location of the setting where you enable the single-click of icons to open them always escapes me. I can never find it when I want to change it on my Mom’s computer. Single-click irritates me, but here’s how to enable or disable it in Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.
While using Microsoft Windows, I had a window that had somehow fallen completely off of my screen. Right-clicking the window in the Taskbar and selecting Maximize brought it back, but there was no way I could get the window restored to where I could move it around my screen with my mouse. Luckily, there are a […]
Solve a problem where Numlock is enabled in Microsoft Windows at startup with these steps.