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Windows 11 Is Coming, We Have Outlined Some of the More Exciting Features

Written on July 9, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Microsoft announced Windows 11 at an event on June 24th, this article will cover some of the new features being introduced. A developer version of Windows 11 is currently installed on a VM and we are testing, learning, and taking pictures.


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Preparing For Windows 11

Written on July 9, 2021 by Ben Nelson Popular

The announcement of Windows 11 has resulted in many Windows 10 owners wanting to proactively ready their system to upgrade to Windows 11 when it is released. Some of the requirements are still subject to change but there has been enough information made public on how to prepare. This article will provide a short list on how you can prepare your system for the new operating system update later this year.


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Using MemTest86

Written on June 17, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Guide of how to download, create bootable USB and run Memtest - also including instructions for running Windows Memory Diagnostic


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Trouble Activating Microsoft Office? There is a Solution!

Written on March 11, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

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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How To Select The Right Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) For Your Computer

Written on May 24, 2018 by John Hunkler Popular

An uninterruptible power supply, also called a UPS system or UPS battery backup, protects connected equipment from power problems and provides battery backup power during electrical outages. This article explains the differences between UPS models and aims to help users select the right UPS for their computer system.


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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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Intel 12th Gen DRM Issues and the Corresponding 'Fix'

Written on November 19, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Some games and applications with DRM software can’t recognize 12th Gen Intel Core Processor, causing them to crash or not load.


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TRS and TRRS, oh and TRRRS

Written on November 18, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Explanation of microphone/headphone technology. The letter T stands for Tip, and the R stands for Ring (like a ring on your finger, not like ringing the telephone).


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When Linux Breaks: How to Pick Up the Pieces

Written on November 16, 2021 by Ben Bohnen

Linux Troubleshooting guide


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Using an external DAC to empower your workstation

Written on October 29, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

DAC stands for digital-to-analog converter. A DAC takes digital audio information and converts it to an analog signal.


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What is Pagefile, and how to adjust it

Written on October 22, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Pagefile or Virtual Memory is a critical part of Windows. This article will explain why along with how to adjust if you encounter errors or issues


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Puget Systems Warranty Services

Written on September 23, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article covers the full scope of services Puget offers for in and out of warranty systems.


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Stuttering/Staggering Video Playback in Premiere Pro - Audio Settings

Written on September 2, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Something in Adobe's software has changed recently and a number of our users are reporting an issue cause by the default audio device. If you are experiencing choppy or staggering playback the answer may be here.


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Thunderbolt Security, to the rescue(BIOS)

Written on August 18, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

When Gigabyte boards Thunderbolt security is set 'just right' it can prevent daisy chaining or audio transmission. This article will explain the different security protocols as well as how to fix if you've encountered issues with Daisy Chaining or audio transmission.


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Why Can’t I Write Files to My Drive

Written on August 17, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Trouble writing files to drive due to permissions, authenticated users, and often AV software. This guide will detail how to resolve the error in most cases.


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Cables: Active or Passive, Which is Best

Written on August 4, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

We hear the terms 'active' and 'passive' attributed to cables and equipment all the time. But what does it mean? Which one is better? Which one do you really need? We clarify the difference and explain how to choose between them.


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Linux Live Environment

Written on July 29, 2021 by Terrell Barnes

Puget provides a Tools USB with a plethora of tools preinstalled. One of the most useful is the Linux Live Environment so if you're wondering how to access or use it, check this out!


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An Introduction to Servers

Written on July 23, 2021 by Ken Colorossi

If you are new to servers there are a few things you are going to want to be aware of and consider. A server isn't just your stander PC. In this article, we are going to go over the difference between Desktops and Rackmounts, Why servers are so loud, and the different Server Operating systems.


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Your Guide to the Unreal Engine

Written on July 23, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Basic guide including terms and solutions for some of the most common problems


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Samsung Magician's Hot SSDs Aren't Actually All That Hot

Written on July 23, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

SSDs are reporting as overheating in Samsung Magician, is it real or is it make believe.


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Windows 11 and the Great TPM Dilemma

Written on June 25, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has announced Windows 11 and released a PC Health Check application that will confirm compatibility. With this, numerous users are reporting lack of support but thankfully most of the time it's a rather simple solution.


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Power Automate, Feature Rich and Now Completely Free!

Written on June 16, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the exceptionally useful 'Power Automate', now available for FREE from Microsoft!


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Parsec in all it's glory!

Written on June 1, 2021 by Ken Colorossi

Parsec is an amazing tool for remote access to a system. It offers a 1:1 local connection and an almost perfect 1:1 connection over the internet.


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The Slow Rollout of Windows 10 21H1

Written on May 28, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has released the next version of Windows 10 called "21H1", or the May 2021 Update, and it is available to users running Windows 10 2004 or later as an optional update in Windows Update.


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Getting Started With Your New System

Written on May 12, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

The Support department has written a litany of articles detailing various fixes, troubleshooting advice, software guidance, and technologies. We have compiled a list of what we deem the most useful for a new Puget System owner. If you've recently purchased a Puget Systems computer, you may find the following articles very useful as you familiarize yourself with your new build.