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January 15, 2018  12:35 PM

Operator Error Explains 4TB Drive Mystery

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Disk drives, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

In December, I found myself perplexed. I was unable to mount either of a pair of 4TB HGST hard disks on my production desktop. Over the weekend, I finally solved that problem, and learned to my chagrin that I'd shot myself in the foot. It turns out that these dual-drive docks I'd been using...

January 12, 2018  2:34 PM

Win10 PC Brick-Avoidance Techniques

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

It's a sometimes scary world for Windows PC caretakers. That goes double when patching involves BIOS or firmware updates. That's been on for a week now, following the Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities. First reported on January 2, related firmware updates have appeared since the day after that....


December 18, 2017  3:44 PM

Net User Command Controls User Access Hours

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Command line, Powershell, Windows 10

Today, the GUI stuff gets most of the glory in Windows 10. Even so, friend and occasional guest blogger Kari Finn reminded me this morning that "real nerds do it at the command line!" I've been a user of the myriad of net commands there since first getting to know Windows back in the 3.x days. But...


December 13, 2017  4:51 PM

When Updating Drivers Check Vendor Support

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Drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

I've been switching over from a test desktop to a Dell All-in-One for Insider Preview testing and experimentation. We've moved the Asrock Z97 Killer with i7 4770K CPU, 32 GB RAM, and 500 GB mSATA SSD, upstairs. In return, I've picked up and fixed his Dell XPS 2720 All-in-One touchscreen PC for use...


December 4, 2017  3:57 PM

Mosquito Rescues GPU Upgrade

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GPU, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

My 13-year-old son is getting into PC gaming. That's how I found myself rooting around in the innards of his desktop PC this weekend, swapping out an aging MSI GeForce 760Ti card for a brand-new Asus GeForce 1070 Turbo. Because of the board and case layout, I had to disconnect the power on, HDD...


December 1, 2017  9:55 AM

HomeGroup Trick Fixes Win10 Public Network Reset

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Networking, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

Alas, a recent Win10 update resets network status from Private to Public. In turn, this means RDP access to affected machines stops working. Sure, you can use Network Settings to dig down into your current connection's status and reset it to Private. But I've discovered that a HomeGroup trick...


November 29, 2017  2:47 PM

Failing WiFi Gets Driver Fix

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

We've been making some PC changes around the house lately. This weekend, I moved my former test desktop upstairs to my son's bedroom, having swapped it for an increasingly unreliable Dell XPS 2720 All-in-One. While the Dell had a built-in WiFi adapter, I had to switch the test machine over from its...


November 20, 2017  11:38 AM

Restore Win10 Private Network Status

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Network, Network security, Windows 10, windows installer

In the wake of last month's Fall Creators Upgrade, aka Windows 10 Version 1709, some glitches have popped up. Today's reported item is minor and easy to fix, but could be vexing nontheless. That's why I hope my readers can benefit from what I recently re-learned. That is, a Windows 10 upgrade will...


November 17, 2017  12:05 PM

Realtek HD Audio Driver Tips

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device Manager, Troubleshooting, Windows 10

I have to laugh at myself. I just troubleshot an issue with the latest version of the Realtek HD Audio drivers to learn I'd shot myself in the foot. Let me explain, and provide some Realtek HD Audio Driver tips along the way. I visit the Drivers...

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November 13, 2017  11:43 AM

New Win10 Means New MCT

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, windows installer

Here's a potential gotcha I've seen popping up with some frequency online lately. When Microsoft releases a new Windows version, a new version of Media Creation Tool come out, too. Alas, the MCT is always named MediaCreationTool.exe. That filename can't tell what version of Windows 10 MCT supports...


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