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Secure Boot

Written on March 13, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Secure Boot is a feature designed to allow checks for malware during the system boot and while it can protect you, it also has the potential to cause problems.


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Microsoft Patches All Your Windows Problems (Mostly)

Written on February 14, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Microsoft releases fixes and patches each Tuesday and 2/11/2020 was no exception. We will discuss some of what we think are the most useful fixes of the 99 are.


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How to Enable Network Discovery and Configure Sharing Options in Windows 10

Written on February 13, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Network Discovery in the Windows operating system is a network setting. In this setting you can set whether or not other computers on the network can communicate with connected devices and systems.. If Network Discovery is enabled, sharing files and printers over a network becomes easier.


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Welcome to Windows 10

Written on January 27, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

New to Windows 10? This article will cover the details about W10 and it's functions/features available. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with your new OS.


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Windows 7 to 10 Transition FAQ

Written on January 20, 2020 by Ben Nelson Popular

As we pass January 14th 2020 Windows 7 security updates have ended. Here are the the common support request questions we've been gathering during the transition time.


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Sharing Files Between Windows 7 and Windows 10

Written on August 28, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Windows 10 HomeGroup is gone, for good. Which means we need to find an alternative. In this article we will guide you through sharing files, printers and other resources with local network users.


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How To Manually Install Windows 10 Updates

Written on June 1, 2018 by Brett Nordquist Popular

Most of the time, Windows 10 will keep itself up to date - but if you run into a situation where an update is not available, or not applying automatically, there are ways to manually download and apply patches. This article will outline those options.


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How to disable Sleep Mode or Hibernation

Written on April 26, 2016 by Brett Nordquist Popular

We have seen a few problems with Sleep Mode and Hibernation in Windows 10, so I wanted to write this article to explain how to turn either of them off in case you would rather not use them.


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Trouble Activating Microsoft Office? There is a Solution!

Written on March 11, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

When we send a system out pre-loaded with Microsoft Office, chances are it is already activated but in the rare occurrence that you are having troubles, check out this article for detailed solutions.


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Installing Linux Alongside Windows: I Too Like to Live Dangerously

Written on March 10, 2020 by Ben Bohnen

Not yet ready to make the full switch-over to Windows or Linux? We are discussing using a dual boot setup to allow access to multiple operating systems. This article will basic do’s and don’ts of dual-booting Linux alongside Windows.


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Utility to backup, restore, or clear Adobe CC preferences

Written on February 28, 2020 by Matt Bach

Clearing application preferences is often one of the first steps when troubleshooting a software issue, but if it does not resolve the issue, you typically will want to have a backup of your preferences that you can restore. This functionality is not built into Adobe apps by default, so we created a small utility that can backup, restore, or clear application preferences from many of the most popular Creative Cloud applications.


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Setting up Devices With Your New PC

Written on February 28, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Moving from Mac 2 PC can be stressful enough without worrying about peripherals. Follow some basic advice and your migration will be exciting instead!


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Monitor Cabling Options and How To Use Them Correctly

Written on February 24, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are a finite number of monitor connections but nonetheless it can seem overwhelming at times. We will break down the common ones currently available and how to identify them.


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Reduce Downtime With These Backup Components

Written on February 7, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Basic guide to what backup parts you could have on hand in case of failure.


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Basic Guide to Testing Memory in Ubuntu

Written on January 16, 2020 by Ben Bohnen

A bad stick of RAM can cause a system to become unstable and crash frequently. One of the first steps that you can take in troubleshooting frequent crashing is to run a memory diagnostics test. This article will demonstrate how to access Memtest86+ in your Ubuntu install.


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Is Linux Right for Me?

Written on January 10, 2020 by Ben Bohnen

This article will cover if transiting over to a Linux operating system would be a good option for you. We want to help arm you with some foundational information regarding Linux and provide an understand about what to expect before making a transition.


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New Features You Should Be Excited About in Windows 10 1909

Written on January 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are a number of new features coming with the 1909 update even though they are technically already built into the current version of Windows. Microsoft is 'unlocking' them with the 1909 update and you should be excited!


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Monitoring Your GPUs Temperatures at All Times

Written on December 20, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Monitoring your GPU temperatures is important. We would like to cover a few applications we think provide the best solutions and easiest usability.


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Recent update causing NAS access issues

Written on December 13, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

A recent update (likely 1903) has moderately increased security for accessing network and external drives. The Windows credentials manager controls the access and is easily edited to solve the problem.


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Mouse Lag Got You Down? We Fix it!

Written on December 12, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

We have identified a problem with a number of NVIDIA GPU drivers and Windows 10; we are providing the solution here along with some other possible solutions to general mouse performance issues.


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The iCloud App is Now Available Direct From the Microsoft Store

Written on October 30, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Instructions for downloading, installing, and using the iCloud desktop app in Windows 10


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Windows Update Causing Bluetooth Malfunction

Written on October 25, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has provided details on a Windows Update that will break bluetooth functionality in a significant number of devices such as headphones, keyboard/mice or even security devices such as key fobs.


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Hyperthreading & SMT causing low performance in Lightroom Classic

Written on October 10, 2019 by Matt Bach

On certain Intel and AMD processors, it is possible to see up to a 90% increase in performance when exporting and generating smart previews by disabling Intel Hyperthreading (HT) or AMD Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT). What CPUs are known to be affected, and what are the current workarounds for this issue?


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Premiere Pro Initial Troubleshooting Guide

Written on October 8, 2019 by Ben Nelson

Wondering where to start when you have a sudden crash, error, or issue while editing? It can be tricky to determine if your issues are hardware related, application caused, or project specific. This article covers where to start in your troubleshooting by testing controlled variables that affect your editing experience in Premiere Pro.


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Nvidia Drivers Are Now Included In The SRU, Here's How To Keep Up To Date!

Written on October 2, 2019 by Ben Bohnen

It is no secret that installing the lasted Nvidia drivers can be a bit of a pain. In this article, we will be covering how to install Nvidia drivers via the command line and the GUI.