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Windows 10 Sleep Issues

Written on January 29, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven Popular

Windows 10 update will occasionally prevent proper sleep even when set correctly. Sometimes simply turning sleep off and back on seems to solve the problem but occasionally more work is needed, this article will cover the solutions we have found to be successful.


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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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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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Stability and Security Improving With Windows 21H2, Coming Soon

Written on April 9, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A major Windows 10 update coming later in 2021 could finally fix a big problem with the operating system, as it will move third-party drivers to an isolated folder on your hard drive.


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Some Great Password Manager Options and Reasons to Use Them

Written on April 6, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

While we don't explicitly recommend using a Password manager, a lot of our customers use them so we thought it was important to provide our thoughts on the best options out there, the top features along with some common concerns.


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A Useful Guide to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)

Written on April 6, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A VPN (virtual private network) is becoming the go-to solution for people all around the world. While the subject may seem confusing, we break it down in simpler terms and help provide some solutions that might work well for you!


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Top 7 Data Transfer Speed Slowdowns - Internal SSD

Written on March 5, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

There are literally 100s of influencing factors that could cause slow data transfer speeds, this article will cover some more popular culprits and how to solve them.


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AMD Machine Check Exception - X570/B550 Chipsets

Written on March 3, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

With certain hardware, a system may become unstable and begin rebooting/crashing and only occasionally throwing errors that help identify the culprit. If your system uses an AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and a motherboard based on the X570 series chipset, you may run into this issue as well. This article will cover the solution we have found to be successful.


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Taste the Ubuntu Rainbow: How to Choose and Install Your Favorite Desktop Flavor

Written on February 22, 2021 by Ben Bohnen

Guidance on installing a Graphical User interface over top a Linux Server


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Top Data Transfer Speed Slowdowns - USB

Written on February 5, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Transferring files from USB to an internal drive is something we all do but occasionally transfer speeds will slowdown to the point they're barely usable. There are a litany of causes so we will focus on the most common and their respective solutions.


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Game Mode - How to Kill It and Why

Written on January 27, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 PCs have 'Game Mode' enabled by default but it's not always the best choice. This article will guide you through the process of disabling Game Mode as well as explaining why you should.


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How to Record Your Screen in Windows 10

Written on January 27, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Maybe you’re training your team, creating a tutorial, or just grabbing a quick snippet to share with colleagues. With Windows 10 and the Xbox Game Bar, you can quickly, simply, and intuitively capture a recording without installing any 3rd party software or configuring any special settings.


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To Backup or Not to Backup (Backup of course!!)

Written on January 19, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

A summarized view of what backups are and why they are important along with our recommendation on what to backup and how.


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Premiere Pro & DaVinci Resolve issues with NVIDIA Game Ready driver 461.09

Written on January 18, 2021 by Matt Bach

With the latest NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready driver (version 461.09), there have been numerous reports of application and system freezing/crashes, or simply poor performance in applications like Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and other creative applications. To resolve this issue, we recommend downloading and installing the latest NVIDIA GeForce Studio driver.


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How To Convert an MBR disk to GPT in Windows 10 - Operating System Disk

Written on January 8, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

Master Boot Record (MBR) disks utilize the Legacy/BIOS partition table while GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This guide will help you convert from MBR to GPT.


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Adjusting Boot Settings From Legacy to UEFI

Written on January 8, 2021 by Chad Warmenhoven

If you intend to switch your drives from MBR to GPT you will likely also need to adjust your BIOS from Legacy to UEFI. This article will walk you through the basic steps including checking to determine if your system is currently in UEFI mode or not.


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How To Convert an MBR disk to GPT in Windows 10 - Storage Disk

Written on December 28, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Master Boot Record (MBR) disks utilize the Legacy/BIOS partition table while GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This guide will help you convert from MBR to GPT.


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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.