Gizmo’s Recommending “Fix Windows Update Issues Using This Free Utility”

Over the course of years working in IT (many moons ago), I would run into issues, not caused by the end-user; but, caused by an external “trusted” source that pushed as an update to the network. I can remember a time my MS-Excel shares on the network stopped working and it drove me nuts trying to find the cause. In that case an antivirus update was the culprit. There also has been occasions where “Windows Updates would cause issues (and is one of the reasons IT Professionals will often delay updates). Anyhow, Gizmo’s has a post up highlighting a utility that may help you with fixing a Windows update issue at home…


FixWU

 

If you’re having trouble with Windows Update, give this small, free tool (called Fix WU Utility) a try.

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Download Victoria for Windows >> MajorGeeks

Victoria is an HDD information and diagnostic utility at its core, it has the same functionality as its counterpart for DOS. But it also has some benefits, like low CPU load, more convenient user interface, multitasking, and multithreading. A powerful HDD surface scanner is built into the program, which allows you to diagnose the drive for the presence of bad sections, floating defects, and interface errors. Victoria for Windows can test most drives at top speed, regardless of their type. A unique feature of the scanner is the use of special algorithms for automatically setting timeouts and block size, which makes it possible to check both slow and fast disks effectively.

Source: Download Victoria for Windows – MajorGeeks

A Tech Tool To Try When Your Internet Is Broken…

The first thing I guess to state is, “do not try to repair something that is not broken, you might break it”. Today I want to share with you a tech tool, called “Complete Internet Repair (by Rizonesoft)“, that is a last resort option in helping you restore an internet or network problem that may have been broken as a result of a malware attack (i.e. adware, spyware, virus, worm, Trojan horse, etc.). I have also added “Complete Internet Repair” to the “Bookmarks4Techs” page on the blog. For future reference, you can easily find the “Bookmarks4Techs” tools and sites by clicking on the tab at the top of my blog.

The description of “Complete Internet Repair” on the Rizone website is as follows:

Complete Internet Repair is a free Open Source Power Tool to repair internet connections and get you up and running in no time. Please note that it is unable to repair hardware faults or get your ISP up and running or not yet. 🙂 In short; Complete Internet Repair will attempt to repair your internet connection. setup utility for installing Complete Internet Repair to your computer and a portable version for running it straight from a memory stick or portable hard drive; this means you can carry it around with you and have it ready when something goes wrong.

Complete Internet Repair Build 3911 Screen

Source: Rizonesoft – Complete Internet Repair

Windows Repair – A Tool Designed To Help Fix A Vast Majority Of Known Window Problems

Prior to doing complete reinstall of Windows when things go bad, give the Windows Repair tool a try… This tool has been around for years and is a tool that is designed to help fix a vast majority of known Window Problems. I have featured this tool many times here on the blog and noticed there was a recent update to the software. There is a FREE and PRO version; and, is available as a portable app.

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is a tool designed help fix a vast majority of known Windows problems including; registry errors, file permissions, issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Updates, Windows Firewall and more. Malware and poorly installed programs can modify your default settings resulting in your machine working poorly – or worse. With Tweaking.com Windows Repair you can restore Windows original settings fixing many of these problems outright.

Source: Tweaking.com – Windows Repair Free/Pro

Windows System Control Center (WSCC) – Added to Bookmarks4Techs

Here at “What’s On My PC” I have added the “Windows System Control Center (WSCC)” to the “Bookmarks4Techs” page.

The “Windows System Control Center (WSCC)” is a tech application built for “Techs” (or people at home that desire to explore various Windows based system utilities). WSCC is a container for various system utilities such as the Sysinternals Suite and NirSoft Utilities. What is cool about WSCC is that it can install and update the supported utilities automatically. Alternatively, WSCC can use the http protocol to download and run the programs. The portable edition doesn’t require installation and can be run directly from a USB drive.

Source: KLS – Soft Windows System Control Center (WSCC)


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[UPDATED] Windows Repair Toolbox – A “Ready Made” Tech Toolbox

I have featured “Windows Repair Toolbox” here at “What’s On My PC” in the past and have it embedded as a permanent link at “Bookmarks4Techs“. This portable Windows-based program can be used by others who assist others with their PC’s OR can actually be used as a security application on your computer at home. For example, I keep a copy of this program on a flash drive that is connected to my PC; ready for use in the event I need to travel with it OR I use it to perform security scans of my PC on a regular basis. What I love about this program is that it will auto-update the applications. Very well done software that really took some thought to put this together.

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Windows Repair Toolbox (freeware) is a software created to help you repair a Windows system, by making the process faster, easier and uniform.

Source: Windows Repair Toolbox – (Almost) everything you need to repair Windows problems in one small handy tool.


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Recover Product Keys, Serial Numbers, and Licenses With LicenseCrawler

LicenseCrawler is a portable app that will scan your computer for software product keys, serial numbers, and licenses. This comes in real handy when you have misplaced the original licensing information or when you are setting up a new computer. It is also a nice addition to the tech toolbox if you are in the profession of computer repair and troubleshooting.

LicenseCrawler is FREE for non-commercial use.

Source: LicenseCrawler

ADDED To Bookmarks4Techs: Windows Sysinternals

The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich to host his advanced system utilities and technical information. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.

This website was added to the “Bookmarks4Techs Collection” (on 12/20/19) based on the quality of content and frequency of posting. Bookmarks4Techs is a speed dial collection of quality tech sites and blogs If you see that this site is no longer active, please contact me so that I can rectify the matter.

Sysinternals Suite – A “FREE” Ready-To-Go Tech Toolbox

The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains individual troubleshooting tools and help files. How good are these tools? Well, let’s just say, Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich to host his advanced system utilities and technical information and these utilities are now part of Microsoft.

The Suite is a bundling of the following selected Sysinternals Utilities: AccessChk, AccessEnum, AdExplorer, AdInsight, AdRestore, Autologon, Autoruns, BgInfo, BlueScreen, CacheSet, ClockRes, Contig, Coreinfo, Ctrl2Cap, DebugView, Desktops, Disk2vhd, DiskExt, DiskMon, DiskView, Disk Usage (DU), EFSDump, FindLinks, Handle, Hex2dec, Junction, LDMDump, ListDLLs, LiveKd, LoadOrder, LogonSessions, MoveFile, NotMyFault, NTFSInfo, PageDefrag, PendMoves, PipeList, PortMon, ProcDump, Process Explorer, Process Monitor, PsExec, PsFile, PsGetSid, PsInfo, PsKill, PsList, PsLoggedOn, PsLogList, PsPasswd, PsPing, PsService, PsShutdown, PsSuspend, PsTools, RAMMap, RegDelNull, RegHide, RegJump, Registry Usage (RU), SDelete, ShareEnum, ShellRunas, Sigcheck, Streams, Strings, Sync, Sysmon, TCPView, VMMap, VolumeID, WhoIs, WinObj, ZoomIt

Source: Sysinternals Suite – Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs

FREE PC Audit – A Portable App System Hardware and Software Information Tool

I came across FREE PC Audit during my daily search for free software and will say, this is one portable app that you need to keep in your tech toolbox of tricks. This tool reveals the technical information of your PC to include “System Information”, “Software Information” (including product keys) and the “Processes” that are currently running. Simply download and run (portable app) to reveal what’s hiding in your PC.

Screenshot for: Free PC Audit 4.9

Free PC Audit is a freeware system, hardware and software information tool. It extracts details of all components of the PC, shows installed software with version and product key. Free PC Audit does not require installation and can be used as a portable application. It can be run from a removable storage device such as a CD-ROM drive, USB flash drive, flash card, or floppy disk.

This professional tool is designed to collect and present the maximum amount of information possible about computer’s hardware and software which makes them suitable for users searching for driver updates, computer manufacturers, system integrators and technical experts as well.

Compatible with: from Windows NT up to Windows 10

Source: MIS Utilities – Free PC Audit

SIV – A Comprehensive System Information Tool

If you are a computer tech, SIV may of interest to you. This utility is able to generate comprehensive system information for just about any Windows-based computer to assist with identifying and troubleshooting computer components.

SIV – ‘System Information Viewer’ is a general Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info – CPU info, PCI info, PCMCIA info, USB info SMBus info, SPD info, ACPI methods, Machine info, Hardware Sensors, Networked computers, Operating System Information and more. SIV is designed for Windows 10, 8.1, 8.0, 7, Vista, XP, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000, NT 4.00 and NT 3.51. Windows 95, 98 and Me are also supported.

Source: rh-software – SIV (System Information Viewer)


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Windows 10 Fresh Start | Reset | Refresh | Clean install | In-place Upgrade – Posted by “The Windows Club”

For you folks at home, I suggest bookmarking this article by “The Windows Club”.  You will eventually need it… I added this article to the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection (a speed dial collection of quality tech sites and blogs).


Windows 10 Fresh Start | Reset | Refresh | Clean install | In-place Upgrade

Windows 10 Advanced Recovery option offers recovery solutions which can help you bring back Windows 10 to a working condition. These are extreme solutions when nothing else can be done. That said, before one uses one of these solutions, its a good idea to understand the differences between them. Windows 10 offers Fresh Start, Refresh, and Reset options. Towards the end we also mention the difference between a Clean install and In-place upgrade.

Refresh Windows Tool

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