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How To Reset All Windows Security Settings To Default In Windows 10

If you recently tried applying a Group Policy or Local Policy in Windows and are having odd side effects, or notice the policy doesn't seem to be working as expected, you can try to reset / restore your local security policy settings to default in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. I recently tried [...]

Fix Windows Update Errors Troubleshooting Tool

Microsoft has released an online troubleshooting tool to help you resolve your Windows Update errors if you're running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7. If you're running Windows 8, it is recommended that you upgrade to at least Windows 8.1. The online tool also doesn't support Windows Server editions yet, such as Windows Server [...]

How To Reinitialize The Offline Cache in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10

Sometimes you just have too many conflicts when synchronizing your offline files in Windows that you have to start over. In my case, I upgraded the file server to a new host and some clients were left with duplicate entries in their Sync Center. DISCLAIMER: Always create a restore point before editing the registry! If [...]

Simplifying Windows Updates For Patch Tuesday In October 2016

Last month Microsoft posted a Technet article announcing some changes coming to the way they service (push Windows Update) to Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. In the past, Patch Tuesday would include a number of individual patches that were released [...]

Windows 7 Stuck At Checking For Updates

I was recently working on an older computer that needed a fresh installation of Windows 7. I downloaded a fresh image of Windows 7 with SP1 and ran through the installation. As any IT person would, the next step I do is to download and install Windows Updates. This has never been an issue in [...]

By | 2016-10-16T15:54:16+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|Categories: OS|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Google Releases Chrome App Launcher For Windows

Today, Google quietly released its Chrome App Launcher for Windows 7 and 8. If you're a heavy Google user, this little app might come in handy for you, as it gives you quick access to Google services such as Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, the Chrome Store and more. It even has a Google search [...]

Watch Windows Upgrades From Windows 1.0 Through Windows 8

I've been a Microsoft Windows user ever since my first computer, which ran Windows 3.1 back in the mid-1990's. I've used a Mac and various Linux distributions, but I've always come back to Windows. I have done plenty of Windows installations and Windows upgrades in my time, and have used most of these operating systems. [...]

Internet Explorer 10 Now Available For Windows 7 Users

At the end of last year, Microsoft released a preview of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, which was still buggy and wasn't complete. Today, however, Microsoft has officially released IE10 for Windows 7. You can download the 32-bit or 64-bit versions from here. Eventually it will be rolled out through Windows Automatic Updates, and [...]

By | 2016-10-16T15:58:42+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Categories: Apps|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Tech Tip: Visually Speed Up Windows 10 (8.1/8/7/Vista/XP)

For the last four versions of Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP), Microsoft has added some fancy animations to some basic Windows functions like minimizing and maximizing a window. These are nice and can be visually appealing, but it can also make your system feel slower, especially on older hardware or even the new ATOM-based processors. [...]

By | 2016-10-18T09:07:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2013|Categories: Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments