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The Basics of BitLocker Drive Encryption

Written on June 17, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature integrated into Windows and provides excellent protection for your data. This article will guide you through encrypting your devices without a TPM.

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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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Hyper-V: Creating Virtual Machines

Written on June 5, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Microsoft Windows 10 includes a wide array of useful tools and utilities but one of more powerful tools is Microsoft Hyper-V. Hyper-V allows you to virtualize an operating system and perform testing in a sand-boxed environment. This article will guide you through what it is and how to create your first Virtual Machine(VM).

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How to Make Use of Our Newest Puget Tools USB (May 2020 and later) From Inside Windows

Written on June 4, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Full breakdown of our Puget Tools USB and all it's features/functions. Full guidance on how to use the tools as well.

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How to Make Use of Our Newest Puget Tools USB (May 2020 and later) From Outside Windows

Written on June 4, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

If your system won't boot, a Puget Systems Support Technician may ask that you boot into the Puget Tools USB which provides access to a litany of powerful tools to diagnose your system.

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Here We Are Again. Windows 10 Updates Causing More Problems

Written on May 20, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

The newest Windows update is significantly impacting performance and reliability. Here’s what is happening and what we recommend.

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Safely Remove, Safely Removed! Yank Those USB's Out Without Fear

Written on September 2, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has introduced a policy that allows you to remove the device without using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' process, as long as you're not writing data to it.

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Windows 10 File Recovery Tool

Written on August 12, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft has released a data recovery tool, here it is in all it's glory. This article will explain the purpose and usage of the Microsoft Windows 10 File Recovery Tool available from the Microsoft Store.

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Device Manager Splats

Written on August 11, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

The Device Manager can be a very powerful tool. Identifying devices in error is useful when troubleshooting hardware issues and this guide will show you how to correct the errors.

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Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) Showing No Internet - Solved

Written on July 31, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 Version 2004 seems to have reintroduced a bug previously resolved by Microsoft. The bug causes the network icon in the notification area to display limited or no internet connection while still providing almost normal internet access. This causes some apps to malfunction.

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Samsung's Rapid Mode Is Underrated but You Should Use It

Written on July 30, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

RAPID mode is paired exclusively with Samsung 840 EVO (Aug '13 or newer) SSDs and available as a feature of the accompanying Samsung SSD Magician Software Toolset (version 4.2 and later). RAPID mode analyzes all system traffic, leveraging extra system resources such as DRAM/CPU to dynamically provide read acceleration via intelligent caching of "hot data" and write optimization.

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Audio Latency and General Sound Issues

Written on July 20, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through diagnosing and fixing audio latency and other sound issues.

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Written on July 17, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

DxDiag - DirectX diagnostics is tool made by Microsoft and included with the DirectX software

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Windows 10 Event Viewer Basics

Written on July 16, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

The Windows 10 Event Viewer is a powerful diagnostic tool used to identify and solve system instability and crashes.

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Arnold GPU Rendering issues with Studio Driver 442.92

Written on July 7, 2020 by Kelly Shipman

After some research, we've noticed significantly longer render times with Arnold's GPU renderer while on Nvidia's Studio Driver 442.92

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Trusted Platform Modules and How To Use Them

Written on July 3, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology is designed to provide hardware-based, security-related functions when paired with Windows Bitlocker.

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Hyper-V: Settings and How to Use Them

Written on June 26, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Another installment of our Hyper-V guides. This article will walk you through each setting available and how to make changes to better control your individual VMs.

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Hyper-V: The Basics of the Hyper-V Manager

Written on June 25, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article details each of the sections and actions available within the Hyper-V Manager.

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Managing Windows 10 Libraries

Written on June 8, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

By default, Microsoft creates your personal folders in your primary local disk (C:) which most people won't mind but if you want to move them to a secondary drive, such as an SSD where other data is stored, you can in a few simple steps.

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Focal Fossa is Here

Written on May 19, 2020 by Ben Bohnen

Focal Fossa is finally here in all of its full release glory! In this article, I will talk about the differences between 18.04 and 20.04, and what new features have added (and in some cases, removed).

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After Effects General Troubleshooting Guide

Written on May 15, 2020 by Ben Nelson

Are you having issues with your After Effects Project? This article will walk you through some standard troubleshooting to help get you back to producing your compositions.

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Basics of Network Troubleshooting

Written on May 1, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through our recommendations for troubleshooting network issues.

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The Great (Windows) Defender

Written on April 24, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft Windows Defender is an Anti-Virus software built into Windows 10. Updated frequently, found to be extremely safe and secure this AV software comes highly recommended in the industry. Puget Systems routinely advises the use of Windows Defender as the solitary means of protection.

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General Windows 10 Update Troubleshooting Guide

Written on April 14, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Basic guide to troubleshooting Windows updates with how-to's on restarting update service, running DISM and using the update assistant.

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Sound Issues - Windows 10 + MSI Z390

Written on April 7, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Recently we have run into audio issues in Windows 10. It seems to only affect systems built before January 2020 with the MSI Z390 GAMING EDGE AC.