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Owner of TeckLyfe.com, Network Administrator, and Independent IT Consultant in Elgin, IL. Enjoys tech gadgets, gaming, troubleshooting, music, movies and family.

Fix Hyperlinks Not Working In Outlook

I recently ran into an issue where Outlook 2016 on Windows 10 was giving me one of these errors whenever I would try to click on a link: "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator" or "Your organization's policies are preventing us from completing [...]

By | 2017-07-18T09:44:15+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Restore Missing or Invalid Root Certificates on Windows

Microsoft Windows comes pre-installed with Trusted Root Authority certificates. These certificates are used across Windows and browsers to verify the identity of trusted computers and websites. If for some reason these certificates get deleted, corrupted, or out-dated, you'll start to get certificate warnings with no real indication of where the problem is. The way to [...]

By | 2017-06-29T15:52:28+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Windows|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update 1703 Access Denied to C$ Solution

As an IT security professional, you've hopefully applied some baseline Group Policy settings to your workstations. Recently, if you've upgraded any of those workstations to the Windows 10 Creators Update, your administrators might have noticed that they can no longer access the C$ Admin Share by going to \\ComputerName\c$, however, it might still be accessible [...]

By | 2017-06-26T14:26:44+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Windows|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Tech Tip: Can’t Pair Bluetooth Headphones With An Apple Watch

As the owner of an Apple Watch, you probably know that you can pair bluetooth headphones with it and sync a music playlist so that you can enjoy music without being near your phone. This is particularly handy if you want to go for a walk or run without your iPhone since the newer Apple [...]

By | 2017-06-14T19:57:49+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Categories: Gadgets, Mobile, Tech Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

Use GParted to increase disk size of a Linux native partition

If you have a Linux virtual machine in VMware, there might be a time when you need to increase the disk size of a Linux native partition. In this article, we'll guide you through the process using a GParted Live CD (available at gparted.org). Important Notes: During the time that the GParted ISO is mounted [...]

By | 2017-06-08T14:25:14+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: Linux, System Administration|Tags: , , |0 Comments

NMap NSE Script To Detect #WannaCry And #Petya MS17-010 SMBv1 Vulnerability

With the recent spread of the #WannaCry (Update 6/27/17: and #Petya) ransomware over the past week, the IT community has been in a frenzy to patch vulnerable systems that are missing the MS17-010 patch that Microsoft released back in March 2017. If you need to scan your network for possible vulnerable systems, you can use [...]

How To Display Current Message In Reading Pane While Scrolling With Arrows In Outlook 2016

If you use Conversation View in Microsoft Outlook 2016, there might be a time when you'll want to scroll through emails in a folder using your keyboard's arrow keys instead of pointing and clicking with a mouse. Depending on your settings, when you try to scroll using your arrow keys, the Reading Pane might just [...]

By | 2017-05-10T09:41:32+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Categories: Apps, Tech Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How To Disable Taskbar Pop-Up Ads In Windows 10

Windows 10 displays taskbar pop-up ads, which Microsoft calls "tips, tricks, and suggestions". These tips have included recommendations to use Microsoft Edge for better battery life, and an encouragement to use Microsoft Edge so you can earn Microsoft Rewards points. If you're like me, I prefer to use my own apps and browsers and I [...]

By | 2017-05-06T17:57:39+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Review Leophile EEL Wireless Sports Headphones

If you're on the market for a decent pair of bluetooth sports headphones, try out the Leophile EEL Headphones. For under $50, they offer a lot of features and decent sound for the price range. These headphones are rated IP67 water and sweat proof. It features a comfortable neckband design that stays in place, even [...]

By | 2017-05-02T11:13:29+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Windows KB4015217 Windows Server 2016 Windows 10 VMware Inaccessible Boot Disk

There have been recent reports that the Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 patch KB4015217 breaks VMware virtual machines (VM), leaving them inoperable and a boot error of "Inaccessible Boot Disk". The Windows KB4015217 patch is called "Cumulative Update for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016: April 11, 2017". While looking at the KB4015217 Release [...]