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Patch Day Is Here; Blocking Third Party Installs

Written on October 21, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Microsoft Patch day is here again. The update will install automatically and should bring with it some nice new features but will also disable third-party device driver installs.


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Task Scheduler - the Utility You Didn't Know You Needed

Written on October 13, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Task Scheduler is an application first introduced in Microsoft Windows 95 and is more useful than you think. This article will guide you through some if it's simplest uses.


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Windows 10 version 20H2 - October's Update

Written on October 5, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Some new features and a ton of bug fixes are coming this fall. Be ready and start getting excited!


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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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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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Intel i225-V and Z490 Chipset - Network Connection Issues

Written on November 20, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Intel has a problem with it's I225 ethernet controller introduced at the end of 2019. As Windows updates trickle through, a number of users are reporting connectivity problems on certain hardware.


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Optimal Settings for Your Home Network

Written on November 19, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article covers some best practices for setting up your network devices for optimal performance.


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Puget Systems Peripheral Hardware Recommendations

Written on November 11, 2020 by Terrell Barnes

Sometimes peripheral devices can impact your experience just as much as the hardware inside your system. With so many devices to choose from, we've compiled a list of devices that Puget employees enjoy using and would recommend.


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What is Virtualization All About

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Virtualization is the process of creating a software-based, or virtual, representation of something, such as virtual applications, servers, storage and networks.


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VirtualBox 1 - The Basics of VirtualBox

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application meaning it installs on existing Intel or AMD-based computers and supports a variety of host and guest operating systems.


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VirtualBox 2 - Installing VirtualBox

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Oracle VM VirtualBox comes in many different packages, and installation depends on your host OS. We will cover Windows 10 installation in this article.


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VirtualBox 3 - Creating Virtual Machines

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are a litany of options to choose from during the VM creation process but for our first VM we will keep it simple.


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VirtualBox 4 - Using Snapshots

Written on November 6, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Snapshots are a powerful and easy to use feature that allows you to save a VM in it's current state. In this article we will discuss how to create and restore a snapshot.


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Microsoft Releases an Update That Permanently Removes Adobe Flash

Written on October 28, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Adobe's Flash Player is dying and Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon to eliminate it from our systems.


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Should I Upgrade My Puget Systems Desktop?

Written on September 25, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

As a system ages your daily tasks may become increasingly difficult. Deciding whether to upgrade the components or move to an entirely new system can be daunting, hopefully this article will help.


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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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DxDiag

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.