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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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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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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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Using an Old Boot Drive as a Storage Drive in Your New PC

Written on May 4, 2021 by Michael Miller

This is a guide for safely formatting an old Windows boot drive and using it in a new Windows system as a secondary/tirtiary drive.

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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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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 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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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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The Basics of BitLocker Drive Encryption

Written on June 17, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

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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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

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

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

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Secure Boot

Written on March 13, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Secure Boot is a feature designed to allow checks for malware during the system boot and while it can protect you, it also has the potential to cause problems.

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Microsoft Patches All Your Windows Problems (Mostly)

Written on February 14, 2020 by Chad Warmenhoven

Microsoft releases fixes and patches each Tuesday and 2/11/2020 was no exception. We will discuss some of what we think are the most useful fixes of the 99 are.

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How to Resolve KMODE Exception BSOD

Written on June 12, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

KMODE Exception. A very damaging BSOD that can come up at any time but is simple enough to install. Here we will guide you through the various ways to tackle this BSOD.

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How to Access Safe Mode in Windows 10

Written on March 27, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows 10 has changed the game, most specifically the way we access Safe mode and since F8 no longer does the trick here are a few ways to access safe mode.

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Diagnostic Startup (Windows 10)

Written on March 27, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

If you are experiencing issues with your system and are unsure of the cause, an easy way to eliminate software culprits is to perform a Diagnostic startup. Many issues can be traced using the Diagnostic startup, this may be one of the most useful steps when troubleshooting a system.

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Windows 10 Updates Failing - Error code: 0x80246008

Written on March 27, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Have you tried updating Windows 10 and received an error after a restart? This article will guide you through the process of resolving the Windows update error: 0x80246008

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Update Failure and the Automated Uninstall

Written on March 17, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Windows is automatically removing some previously installed updates in the event of an update failure.

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Windows 10 Not Booting (BCD edition)

Written on March 7, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

Is your Windows OS failing to boot due to a corrupted MBR or BCD? This article will detail the steps for resolving and getting you back up and running.

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Windows 10 Clean Boot

Written on March 7, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

This article will guide you through the process of performing a clean boot in Windows 10.

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Installing Windows 10 with a Microsoft Windows 10 USB Key

Written on August 18, 2016 by Chad Warmenhoven

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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Windows 10 Sleep Cycle Freezing With Intel 7260 Installed

Written on June 3, 2016 by Richard Harmon

We are aware that many of you have been having issues with your Windows 10 system failing to transition into sleep mode. After a lengthy investigation we have found a solution for those users with a Intel 7260 Wifi card installed.