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How To Manually Install Windows 10 Updates

Written on June 1, 2018 by Samyntha Hubbard 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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When to use Windows 10 Recovery Options

Written on May 25, 2018 by Ben Nelson Popular

Experiencing the well known blue screen of death, dramatic slowdowns, software instability, or simply want to know your options for restoring your Windows 10 system? This article will go over the recovery options available within Windows 10 to return your system to a stable point. Knowing WHICH restore option to use to when, will help get your system back up and running quickly and efficiently.


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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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Watchdog DPC Violation Error on Asus X99E-10G WS Motherboard + Multiple NVIDIA GPUs

Written on May 11, 2018 by Ken Colorossi Popular

In this article, we discuss an issue we have been seeing with the Asus X99E-10G WS motherboard and triple or quad NVIDIA GPU configurations. When running a GPU and CPU heavy workload, it will cause the system to crash and give the DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION error or "blue screen of death". We have included an instructional video outlining a work around we have found to resolve this issue. We are also currently coordinating with NVIDIA on a permanent fix. Updates will be published to the article as they become available.


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Intel Microcode Breach- Meltdown and Spectre Solutions Identified

Written on April 18, 2018 by Ben Popular

In this article we will revisit the at-first frightening exposure of the security breach caused from the Intel Microcode breach possibility. We will review what the breach is, what solutions we use at Puget to protect our systems, and offer assistance finding your microcode patch.


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Restoring Windows on a Puget System (2018 Or Later)

Written on January 11, 2018 by Nick Krader Popular

This guide covers how to restore Windows - and the drive it is installed on - to factory conditions, for Puget Systems computers built in 2018 or later. Methods are included for both systems that can boot into Windows and those which cannot. Please note that following these instructions will wipe all data on the primary drive, so back up any data you care about before proceeding!


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So You Want To Update Your BIOS?

Written on November 3, 2017 by Samyntha Hubbard Popular

We often get inquiries here in our Support department on whether or not to update motherboard BIOS. This article has been created to offer a short history lesson on what the BIOS actually are, to help users understand our viewpoint on whether or not updating the BIOS is a good idea and to provided step-by-step instruction on how to perform BIOS updates (when necessary) on some of our most commonly used boards.


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Installing Windows 10 with a Microsoft Windows 10 USB Key

Written on August 18, 2016 by Popular

This article describes the process of installing and setting up a new clean installation of windows, or an upgrade install from a Pre-made Windows 10 USB key that has been supplied by Microsoft. It also includes information on using the media creation tool for upgrading.


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How to Use Restore from the USB Tools & Recovery Drive

Written on November 11, 2015 by Popular

Your Windows 8 or 10 system came with a restore utility built into the Tools thumb drive. It's a great utility, but not entirely straightforward to use. This guide walks you through how to use it.


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Overclocking Failed Errors

Written on August 6, 2012 by Popular

Overclocking Failed is a common error message given by Asus motherboards. This error message is misleading and scary. Luckily, the fix is actually pretty quick and easy!


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Computer does not turn on

Written on May 26, 2011 by Popular

This troubleshooting guide will help you to fix the most common problems that keep your computer from turning on. Answer each question carefully, even though the questions are very simple in the beginning!


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How To Remove The Puget Tools Application

Written on June 20, 2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

The Puget Tools application is installed on all Puget computers built after 01/01/2018. If you do prefer to remove this application, this guide will help you do so.


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Audio Issues Associated with Windows 10 (Builds 1709 & 1803)

Written on June 15, 2018 by Geno Rosario

This article goes over some issues we've discovered recently related to Windows Builds 1709, 1803, & audio-related issues.


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Failure transferring large blocks of data between Glyph drive and internal HDD

Written on June 12, 2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

Recently we have noticed an issue when transferring data between mechanical drives and the Glyph Studio Raid external device. Specifically the issue pertains to large folders with numerous subfolders. In our initial testing it would appear that the data size is irrelevant beyond a few GB and mostly revolves around the number of subfolders.


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How to switch from a Microsoft account to a local user in Windows 10

Written on June 12, 2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

If you accidentally set up a Microsoft account instead of a local user and would like to reverse this, this article is perfect.


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Setting up multiple monitors in Windows 10

Written on May 22, 2018 by Jon Allman

Have you plugged in a second or third display and need to set it up? Check out this guide where we cover how to configure multiple displays in Windows 10.


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HomeGroup Is No Longer Part of Windows 10

Written on May 2, 2018 by Geno Rosario

Windows Update 1803 launched this week, and one specific change may catch some users off-guard.


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Poor Performance in Premiere Pro CC 2018 (Ver. 12.1.X) with ProRes footage

Written on May 1, 2018 by Matt Bach

We have recently found an issue with Premiere Pro 2018 version 12.1.X with ProRes footage causing up to 35% longer export times and a 50% drop in live playback performance with both ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 4444 footage. Unfortunately, currently the only fix appears to be rolling back to version 12.0.1 of Premiere Pro 2018.


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Linux in Windows, how exciting

Written on April 30, 2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft generously wrote in the ability to install a FEW Linux distros but unfortunately, it doesn't work right out of the box. In the guide I will discuss how to install the WSL and get the distros installed.


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Is Your Computer Not Waking from Sleep?

Written on February 7, 2018 by Geno Rosario

We're seeing many reports of sleep issues that can often be resolved quickly if you know where to look.


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Linux hardware identification tools - now with more GUI

Written on February 1, 2018 by Chad Warmenhoven

We all utilize hash commands (terminal) for a number of functions in Linux but you know, sometimes it's nice to have a GUI. This is the first in a series of posts that will provide some useful GUI based tools for your Linux environment. I felt the best place to start was with hardware information collection.


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Puget Out of Box Experience - Windows 10

Written on January 25, 2018 by Samyntha Hubbard

Up until late December 2017, the way we installed operating systems here at Puget required us to to fully configure Windows and set up a user account for our customers, preventing end users from selecting the options and user name they might really want. It did have some added benefits, like allowing us to install requested software, but the process was inefficient and time consuming. Sparing you the grueling details, we have now moved to a much more refined and efficient process that allows you, the end user, to configure and set up Windows just the way you would like! This is excellent news! However, we also understand that opening up the box and booting the system up to a Windows setup screen can be somewhat daunting. I have created this guide to walk you through the process and offer advice along the way. I hope you enjoy!


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Did Windows 10 suddenly turn black & white?

Written on December 28, 2017 by Geno Rosario

Microsoft decided to add a shortcut for Color Filters, and they may be a little too close to a command you use frequently....


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Creating and Restoring Full Disk Images

Written on December 1, 2017 by Nick Krader

How to backup a whole drive to an image file and then restore that image at a later time.


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HTC Vive Compositor Error

Written on November 24, 2017 by Ben Nelson

In this article I will share my experience of getting a disruptive VR error when setting up an HTC Vive for a family VR event. The VR issue I experienced was "Compositor is not fullscreen". This article will cover why the issue occurs and the troubleshooting to do to find a solution.