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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How to Scan and Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10 | TechJunkie

The CHKDSK (Check Disk) command has been around since the beginning of computers. Below is some quoted text from a website called TechJunkie where I found an excellent writeup on CHKDSK and how to use it. To read the full article, click on the source link at the end of this post.

chkdsk windows 10

Because CHKDSK has been updated and upgraded repeatedly with each new generation of storage hardware, the program continues to work correctly to analyze and repair hard drives of any sort, even on the most modern OSes and using the most advanced drive technologies.

The same process that used to be executed to analyze a floppy disk holding 160K, can today be executed to analyze a solid-state, all-electronic SSD holding 15 terabytes.

Millions of Windows 10 users still have mechanical hard drives in their PCs. To keep them healthy and to help investigate any unusual behavior, try the venerable CHKDSK command. Here’s how to…

Source: How to Scan & Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10

11 Tips to Help You Fix the Windows Blue Screen Error | MakeUseOf

What is a blue screen in Windows? How do you fix blue screen errors? Here are several fixes for this common Windows problem.

What’s commonly called a blue screen of death is technically known as a stop error or fatal system error. This occurs when the operating system crashes, meaning it ran into some issue that prevented it from running safely. When this happens, Windows displays a blue screen with some information about the problem and then restarts.

Old Windows Blue Screen

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Five Comprehensive Lists of Uninstallers (removal tools) For Common Windows Antivirus and Malware Software Products

After a conversation with a seasoned tech on the What’s On My PC Facebook page about our thoughts on Antivirus Software, for which we decided is the biggest scam in the industry, I went on the hunt to find antivirus and malware uninstallers. Why? Most people at home do not know that these antivirus and malware software installations are very comprehensive in their very nature and are not the same as installing or uninstalling normal software. Also, a common practice I have seen, as well as the tech on Facebook I was conversing with, the home-based computer user will often let a subscription run out and then install another antivirus product right on top of the other. This is a big “NO NO”; unless the antivirus or malware product you intend to install specifically states that their product can co-exist with another. Installing another antivirus or malware product on top of another will cause problems to surface and will slow down your computer.

It is important that any previously installed antivirus or Malware software is uninstalled from your system before installing another product. Typical uninstallation using the Windows removal tools (Add/Remove Programs) is often not enough to completely clean your computer.

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This is where this list of uninstallers comes into play. Typically if you have a specific product installed that you want to uninstall, you would go to the products web site and locate their uninstaller. The problem I have experienced with this is that they bury the uninstaller in the site, making it difficult to locate because they don’t want to lose you as a paying customer.

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Quick Tip: One of the first things to try when you experience a computer problem…

Windows PC’s are great when everything is working as it should; but, when trouble comes along (and it will), there are some basic steps you can follow that most likely will help you resolve the issue. The web site, Addictive Tips, has put together 5 basic troubleshooting steps to fix Windows 10 problems that you should try. My favorite on the list is, “Restart System”. As a matter of fact, not only does this apply to just computers, this often applies to any type of electronic device. A complete shutdown and restart of the computer or device often will resolve the issue.


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One of the best guides I found to remove Trojans, Viruses, Worms and Malware from a Windows PC…

I have been messing with Windows-based computers since the mid to late 1980s. I am no expert and never attest to being one; but, I am adept to finding answers and solutions to computer problems through the power of the internet. As I continue to get up in age, my ability to retain what to do in various troubleshooting scenarios is not as sharp as it once was and much of that has to do with the fact that I am no longer working in IT (now retired). I still on occasions will try to help a neighbor or family member and most of those occasions it is to help bail them out from a browser hijack situation or situation where malware or a virus has infected their PC’s; but, in all reality I try to avoid this stuff like the plague (due that it can be quite a time-consuming process).

Today after assisting a neighbor, I started thinking, what is a good “current process” to follow and what software should one use to clean a Windows PC that has been infected? I went to the internet and came across a step-by-step guide that explains how to remove Trojans, Viruses, Worms and Malware from a Windows PC at a website called MalwareTips (see source link below)… Rick @ What’s On My PC 

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Build A Complete Tech Toolbox With WSCC (aka Windows System Control Center)

by KLS SOFT

If you are a computer tech, WSCC is something that you may want to include in your arsenal of tech tools. WSCC supports the commandline utility tools from the Sysinternals Suite and NirSoft. I also noticed that other utilities can also be installed into the WSCC platform that are included in Windows and from a developer called MiTec. Digging deeper into the settings options it appears you can also install and add your own utilities.

From the WSCC platform, you can install, update, execute and organize these utilities effortlessly. In other words, WSCC is a launcher that will assist you in managing these utilities from one location, making it easy to find and launch the tool that you specifically need. The portable edition (which I recommend) does not require installation and can be run directly from a USB drive… — Rick @ What’s On My PC

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Software Selection for 08/15/2019 – IsMyHdOK 1.84

IsMyHdOK 1.84

Source: SoftwareOK.com

(Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Server 2000-2016, XP, Vista, x64/x32/x86)

IsMyHdOK is a small program but effective solution to easily check the Performance of a Windows Volume eg. Partition!

Key Features in HD Test Tool

◆ Benchmark Suitable for SSD and HD and other drives
◆ Arbitrary Test Time:
◆ Quick Test (~ 15 sec)
◆ Short Test (~ 30 sec)
◆ Long test (~ 60 sec)
◆ Very long test (~ 4 min)
◆ Screenshot after the Benchmark

Calculate The HDD / SSD / SHDD / SC / USB Speed!


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Software Selection for 08/03/2019 – Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Downloader Tool 8.16

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Downloader Tool 8.16

Source: FreewareFiles

Screenshot for: Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Downloader Tool 8.16

Microsoft removed the disk images of its Windows operating system from Digital River, making it difficult to get untouched ISO files. Now, you can now use Microsoft Windows ISO Downloader Tool to easily download genuine disk images for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. Additionally, you can download Office images for Windows and Mac. The handy software connects directly to Microsoft’s server.


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Software Selection for 07/29/2019 – NirLauncher 1.22.19

NirLauncher 1.22.19

Source: Major Geeks

NirLauncher is a suite of all the tools from NirSoft. Currently, it has over 200 tools wrapped into this one package. NirLauncher is a suite of tools that are intended to make your daily computer use easier. Tools include; password recovery, network monitors, the ability to view Web Browser info (like cookies and cache), to file search and more. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 28.8 MB ]

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Software Selection for 07/28/2019 – Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

Source:  Freewarefiles.com

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is a tool designed help fix a large 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 badly – or worse.

With Tweaking.com Windows Repair you can restore Windows original settings fixing many of these problems.

Screenshot for: Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

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What’s On My PC – Software Selection for 07/28/2019

[UPDATE] Desktop Info v1.18.0

(Windows, Portable App)

Desktop Info displays system information on your desktop in a similar way to some other desktop information tools. Unlike others, this application looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and continues to update the display in real-time. Uses very little memory and nearly zero CPU. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms. Everything is customizable including language.

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Quick Tip: Did you know that the Google Chrome browser has a built-in task manager?

Google Chrome has a built-in task manager that will help you troubleshoot what tabs and extensions are causing issues. From the task manager, you can kill or end those processes that may assist you in troubleshooting what may be the culprit. Very, very seldom have I had to use the task manager, but is good to know it is there when things start slowing down.

You can quickly get to the task manager in Google Chrome by hitting the “Shift+Esc” keys together on your keyboard. You can also get to the task manager by accessing Chrome’s menu by clicking on the three dots at the top right corner of the browser, then “more tools”, then “task manager”.

How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode | Android Authority

If you’re trying to troubleshoot problems with your Windows 10 PC, one option is to enter Safe Mode. In Windows 10 Safe Mode you can safely uninstall troublesome programs, resolve driver issues, diagnose hardware conflicts, and more. But how to boot in Safe Mode is less obvious in Windows 10 than we’ve seen in older Windows releases. In this guide we’ll show you how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode using version 1809 (October 2018 Update).

Windows 10 Safe Mode options

Source: How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Latest Windows 10 Update Causing Freezes, Sluggish Performance | ExtremeTech

To summarize the article from “ExtremeTech” on this issue:

Microsoft has mucked something up again. The latest patch update (KB 4493470) released on Patch Tuesday, April 9, appears to have caused significant performance problems for multiple groups of users.

Some users are reporting freezes upon login, while others claim lengthy times to boot to desktop. It sounds as if either the same issue is causing both, or that some individuals may be rebooting before the desktop has loaded, thinking the machine is permanently frozen.

The issues seem linked to the use of antivirus products from specific manufacturers, including Avast, AVG, and Sophos, with Sophos coming in for particular problems.

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Source: Latest Windows 10 Update Causing Freezes, Sluggish Performance – ExtremeTech

Chromebook Support Sites and Phone Number

Here is a handy list of Chromebook support sites and phone numbers…

Google Chromebook (Googles Main Help Site)

Acer help site | (866) 695-2237

ASUS help site | Chat with us | (888) 678-3688

Chromebook Pixel (2013 & 2015) | Request a call

Dell help site | (800) 624-9897

Google Pixelbook Help Center | Contact support

Google Pixel Slate Help Center | Contact support

Haier help site | (877) 337-3639

Hisense help site | (888) 935-8880

HP help site | (800) 474-6836

Lenovo help site | (800) 426-7378

LG help site | (800) 243-0000

Samsung help site | Chat with us | (800) 726-7864

Toshiba help site | (800) 457-7777

How to view installed updates in Windows 10?

An update history is available on your computer so you can see which updates were installed, and when. To see the update history on your Windows 10 computer, do the following:

Right Mouse Click on the Windows 10 Start  button (at the bottom right corner), then select Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Update  View update history.

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When you are at the “View update history” window you will see a listing of the updates installed on your computer. If you click on any of the updates your browser will launch and you will be taken to the Microsoft website where a summary of what the update is about will be presented.

Viewing the update history list is a good troubleshooting tool when an update fails to install and/or you are experiencing a problem with an installed update. Although this is not recommended, you can also use this list to remove (uninstall) specific updates; but, sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

If your computer won’t start, don’t panic (yet)…

What to Do When Your Computer Won’t Start | PCMag.com

What to Do When Your Computer Won't Start

Been there and done it; from both ends of the spectrum.  Have assisted people where panic set in because their computer would not start; and to be honest, I have felt that despair when my own computer did not start.  Sort of does something to you, but always remember, the sun will still come up tomorrow.

Click on the source link below at PCMag to get a good rundown of what to do (try) when your computer fails to start.

Source: What to Do When Your Computer Won’t Start | PCMag.com

Windows 10: “We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.”

Why were recently installed updates removed?

Windows 10 has the ability to detect when a Windows 10 update is not playing well and will automatically remove the update. When these updates are removed and fail to install, this is an indication of an incompatibility issue and may end up requiring troubleshooting on your part (or could actually be a bad update from Microsoft).

From what I understand, the update that was removed will not try to reinstall for 30 days. This window of time gives Microsoft and their partners the opportunity to fix the update if it is, in fact, a problem created on their end.

You can read more about this at the source link below.

Source: Why were recently installed updates removed?

Windows 10 Recovery Troubleshooting Guide

I pulled this Windows 10 recovery troubleshooting guide, links and all, directly from Microsoft’s website that is very helpful in determining what recovery option to pursue when Windows 10 starts to go belly up or has went belly up (and won’t start) .

If you’re having problems with your PC, the following table can help you decide which recovery option to use. For help with black screen or blue screen errors, see Troubleshoot black screen problems or Troubleshoot blue screen errors.

 Problem  See this section
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an app. Restore from a system restore point
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an update. Remove an installed Windows update
Your PC isn’t working well and it’s been a while since you installed an app, driver, or update. Reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you’ve created a recovery drive. Use a recovery drive to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you haven’t created a recovery drive. Use installation media to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start, you haven’t created a recovery drive, and resetting your PC didn’t work. Use installation media to reinstall Windows 10
You want to reinstall your previous operating system. Go back to your previous version of Windows

Source: Recovery options in Windows 10

ZDNet Recommendation: Bookmark The Windows 10 Version 1809 Update History Page

I do have to agree with ZDNet’s recommendation on bookmarking this page which is the support resource Microsoft created to improve transparency after the problems experienced in the rollout of version 1809. Version 1809 is the Windows 10 October 2018 release.

The Windows 10 version 1809 update history page alone has over one million page views and counting and if you are like me, somewhere along the line you have experienced an issue with a rogue update. Highly recommended for troubleshooters to bookmark this page, “Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 update history

Source: Microsoft: You really should bookmark this Windows 10 update history page | ZDNet

Addictive Tips Roundup of the “6 Best Computer Remote Control Tools and Software for 2019”

Years gone by, when I was an IT Manager I often used remote access software to assist users on the network. Some of the names mentioned in this roundup, I am familiar with; others, are new to me…

The reasons why anyone would need computer remote control are almost as diverse as there are users. Some telecommuting users need to access their work computer from home. Others do the opposite and want to access their home computer from work. Or perhaps your organization’s IT department needs the ability to remotely control its user’s computers to fix problems. No matter what the reason, controlling remote computers is a key component of many organizations.

Source: 6 Best Computer Remote Control Tools and Software for 2019

PingInfoView – Ping to multiple host names/IP addresses

One way to test the reachability of a host on the internet is to “ping” the IP address of the host or the hostname (i.e. http://www.google.com). When you perform a ping, it measures the round-trip time for the message to be echoed back to your computer.

A nice little utility, with a GUI, is PingInfoView by NirSoft. PingInfoView is a small utility that allows you to easily ping multiple host names and IP addresses, and watch the result in one table. It automatically pings to all hosts every number of seconds that you specify, and displays the number of successful and failed pings, as well as the average ping time. You can also save the ping result into text/html/xml file, or copy it to the clipboard.

Source: PingInfoView – Ping to multiple host names/IP addresses

TraceRouteOK | FREE GUI Interface For the Trace Route Command

This blog post is for the people out there that carry a tech toolbox. If you are one of those people, then I am sure you are familiar with the Windows trace route command (tracert). The traceroute command is a computer network diagnostic tool for displaying the route (path) and measuring transit delays of packets across an Internet Protocol (IP) network.

To further enhance the use of this command I came across a FREE utility called TraceRouteOK that provides an easy to use GUI. To make TraceRouteOK portable, you will need to create in the TraceRouteOK working directory a file named TraceRouteOK.ini … Notepad can be used to create this file.

Features:
– Very small program
– Variable host name query time
– Selectable timeout for pings
– Very fast data route query
– Portable
– Multilingual

SOURCE: SoftwareOK.com -TraceRouteOK

NirLauncher – Collection of more than 200 portable utilities from NirSoft

NirLauncher is a collection of more than 200 portable utilities from NirSoft. If you are into working on and troubleshooting computers, this will be right down your alley.

Click on the screenshot to get a full-size view. See features below.

NirLauncher Features

  • NirLauncher can be used from USB flash drive without need of any installation.
  • NirLauncher and all the utilities in the package are completely freeware, without any Spyware/Adware/Malware. This package doesn’t contain any 3-party software, toolbars, Web browser plugins, or other unwanted surprises. It will not install any software on your system and it will not change your Web browser homepage or other settings on your system.
  • NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more…
  • For every utility in the package, you can easily run it, view the help file, or jump to the Web page of the utility.
  • When using it from USB flash drive, the configuration of every utility is saved into .cfg file on the flash drive.
  • On x64 systems, NirLauncher automatically run the x64 version of the utility, when there is a separated x64 version.
  • NirLauncher also allows to add more software packages in additional to the main NirSoft package.
  • NirLauncher allows you generate plugin files for BartPE (Launcher -> Generate BartPE Plugin Files), so you can easily use the utilities of NirSoft from a bootable live windows CD.

Source: NirLauncher – Collection of more than 200 portable utilities from NirSoft

Computech Windows Tweaker 1.0.0.0

If you are a computer tech, this utility (called Computech Windows Tweaker) may be of interest to you. Based on what I am seeing at the Major Geeks software download site, Computech Windows Tweaker is described as a “niche utility for anyone looking to hide or show drives, disable the Firewall, USB storage, UAC, Remote RPC, Security Center, Offline Files, and Action Center temporarily. It might also be able to re-enable these, especially after a virus or malware infection”. It appears (based on the version number) it is a relatively new app; which means, this will only get better as the development progresses. Also, I downloaded and found that this is a portable app.


SOURCE: Major Geeks – Computech Windows Tweaker 1.0.0.0

If you are experiencing network or internet connectivity issues, try this program…

Here is a portable program for the tech toolbox (or can be installed), called “Complete Internet Repair” that may be able to help you if you are experiencing any of the problems reflected below that is related to network and/or internet connectivity issues:

  • Internet or network problem after removing adware, spyware, virus, worm, Trojan horse, etc.
  • Loss network connection after installing/uninstalling VPN, firewall or other networking programs.
  • Unable to access any website or can only access some websites.
  • Pop-up error window with network related problem description.
  • No network connectivity due to registry errors.
  • DNS lookup problem.
  • Fail to renew the network adapter’s IP address or other DHCP errors.
  • Network connectivity issue with limited or no connections message.
  • Windows update does not work.
  • You are having problems connecting to secured websites (ex. Banking).
  • Internet Explorer stopped working or crashes all the time.
  • Sticky proxy server settings.
  • A few other internet errors, but we will not discuss all here.


SOURCE: Rizonesoft – Complete Internet Repair

Windows Repair Toolbox (freeware) – Helps you repair a Windows system, by making the process faster, easier and uniform…

When you diagnose or repair a computer problem there are specific software tools that are readily available to help resolve those specific issues. Most techs will carry with them software tools on a stick (flash drive) to test, diagnose, fix, resolve malware issues, recover data, etc… You have to be knowledgeable of what software tools to download and where to download them from. This can be a problem when you are not familiar with these tools.

A solution that has really helped me is the Windows Repair Toolbox. The Windows Repair Toolbox is free software that has been set up to help you gather up (download) the software that you need and then serves as a dashboard to launch the software. For example, I am not in the business anymore of helping people with their PC’s at home; however, when Mom called with a malware infection, I used the Windows Repair Toolbox to download the software that I needed in order to resolve the problem.  I cannot say enough about how valuable this software is. As a matter of fact, I keep a copy of this software on each of my computers to perform regular maintenance…

The tools are categorized by their function, and the program will automatically download the correct version for the Windows edition in which you’re working. When you finish, simply uninstall the tool, and all downloaded software is also removed. Or you can choose the portable version of Windows Repair Toolbox, and just run it from a pen drive.

– Ability to select several tools to run successively in unattended mode, in order to perform malware removal, system cleaning and repair, and disk defragmentation. A email letting you know that the automatic repair is complete, and containing the logs, can be sent to you.

– Displays relevant information about the computer to be repaired: CPU temperature, name and % time; amount of RAM installed on the system and % of use; Disk model, capacity, rotation, SATA version, basic health check; amount of free space left in the system partition; Windows edition and install date; System boot time; and more.


SOURCE: Windows Repair Toolbox

Are you stuck trying to install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Yesterday (October 17th) was the rollout date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Instead of waiting for the update to rollout to my computer, I ended up forcing the install by using the Update Assistant on my laptop to test out the installation experience. In a nutshell, the installation stalled on me on two occasions and spit out an error code (for which I was unable to see what the error code was). In other words, I was stuck.  I ended up going to Google to research further and found this article, “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes” at WindowsCentral.com that helped me punch through the install process. After running the Windows disk cleaning utility (right click start > run > type in: clnmgr > click on “OK”) to delete the temporary install files, I was then successful in completing the installation. In the end, the installation process (which was mostly unattended from my end) took hours.  I then moved to my 2nd computer (desktop) and decided to let the install run during the night. This morning when I checked the desktop, the install process had also failed. I will be working on this computer to narrow down the cause.

From my experience, with these major Windows 10 OS updates, expect problems…


SOURCE: WindowsCentral.com – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes

 

Using A Smartphone To Check If An Infrared Remote Control Is Working

I just had this happen to me. Purchased a new TV (that is in my RV) and the remote control was not working. I didn’t have batteries readily available to swap out. The remote control was an infrared remote control and with an infrared remote control, you can not see the light through the infrared blaster lens with the naked eye (when the power button is pushed).

The main technology used in home remote controls is infrared (IR) light. The signal between a remote control handset and the device it controls consists of pulses of infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye, but can be seen through a digital camera, video camera or a phone camera.  [source: Wikipedia]

I remembered a trick I read where you can take your smartphone camera, turn it to the rear-facing “selfie” view, point the remote to the “selfie” screen (about arms length away) and push a button on the remote (like the “power” button) and you should see a light flicker (on the smartphone screen). I did this and did not see any light flicker, confirming there was an issue with the remote. When I got home, where I had batteries, I tried the same trick with the smartphone; and, guess what I could see the light shine and flicker in my smartphone’s camera “selfie” screen (confirming the remote was now operational). I further confirmed the operation of the remote with the TV when I returned to my RV.

So, if you ever need to troubleshoot your infrared remote control, give this trick a try.  It does work…

 

Windows Repair Toolbox – Best FREE Portable Software To Help Diagnose And Solve Windows Computer Problems

There are many good (FREE) software utilities out there to help fix specific problems with your Windows computer; however, you need to know where to find them.

The Windows Repair Toolbox solves that problem by giving you a dashboard menu of choices to perform malware removal, system cleaning and repair, and disk defragmentation. These tools can be run successively in an unattended mode; and, when done, will send you an email (with log results) to let you know that the automatic repair is complete. You can even add your own software utilities to the Windows Repair Toolbox; however, from what I see that is included, they are some of the best out there.

I do have to advise you, that when you use tools to diagnose Windows problems, you are doing so at your own risk; however, when your back is against the wall and you have run out of solutions, Windows Repair Toolbox may be that shot in the dark you were looking for. Windows Repair Toolbox is available as a portable app, which makes it nice for those who run around helping others with their computer problems.

Features:

  • Download and run “on-the-fly” the best free portable software when it comes to diagnose and solve several kinds of Windows problems. The tools are categorized by their function, and the program will automatically download the correct version for the Windows edition in which you’re working. When you finish, simply uninstall the tool, and all downloaded software is also removed. Or you can choose the portable version of Windows Repair Toolbox, and just run it from a pen drive.
  • Ability to select several tools to run successively in unattended mode, in order to perform malware removal, system cleaning and repair, and disk defragmentation. A email letting you know that the automatic repair is complete, and containing the logs, can be sent to you.
  • Displays relevant information about the computer to be repaired: CPU temperature, name and % time; amount of RAM installed on the system and % of use; Disk model, capacity, rotation, SATA version, basic health check; amount of free space left in the system partition; Windows edition and install date; System boot time; boot environment.
  • Allows you to add your own favorite tools to the program;
  • Allows you change the program icon and title bar text;
  • Allows you to perform quality assurance tests after the repair is complete;
  • Allows you to save notes about the repair process;
  • Provides 1-click access to some useful Windows tools;

SOURCE: Windows Repair Toolbox 

Recent Windows Update Causing HP Computer Black Screen At Login (here’s a fix)

I had this happen on my Daughter’s NEW Hewlett Packard Notebook PC… If you have a HP computer, you may experience this issue. In our case we ended up doing a full reset of the computer… Below you will find a link for instructions to keep the “black screen” from occurring and preventing you from taking alternative action (such as a full reset). In our case, we learned of the fix after the fact. and my Daughter needed her notebook PC to be functional for her classes ASAP (therefore, we performed the full reset). After learning of the fix, I had her perform the steps necessary, as outlined in the source link below, to prevent the issue from occurring again. Reportedly this issue stems from a recent Windows update…

Windows 10 update causes HP login lag, here’s the fix


SOURCE: MSPOWERUSER.COM

 

SysGauge – A FREE System And Performance Monitoring Utility

SysGauge, a system and performance monitoring utility, available as a portable app, is a nice utility that you may want to consider for the tech toolbox. Appears to support all versions of Windows, XP to Present… Windows Server versions also supported.

One notable feature of SysGauge that I was impressed with is the system analysis feature. Just press the ‘Analyze’ button located on the main toolbar and SysGauge will perform a quick system status analysis of your PC that will check the CPU usage, memory usage, the operating system status, the disk space usage for all disks and produce the results in a nice dialog summary.

In summary:

SysGauge is a system and performance monitoring utility allowing one to monitor the CPU usage, memory usage, network transfer rate, operating system performance, the status and resource usage of running processes, file system performance, USB performance, disk space usage, disk read activity, disk write activity, disk read transfer rate, disk write transfer rate, disk read IOPS and disk write IOPS for individual logical disks or all physical disks installed in the computer.


SOURCE: SysGauge System Monitor

Kaspersky System Checker – A Portable Free Tool To Scan Your PC For A Range Of Problems

If you are experiencing issues with your PC, Kapersky System Checker may help you resolve the issue.  It is not designed to fix anything; but, is designed to give you a lead on what the problem could be… I look at this as another tool in the tech toolbox that may help you troubleshoot a range of problems such as:  malware, missing updates, poorly configured Windows or application settings, a shortage of hard drive space, and more.  Simply download and run. No install is necessary.


SOURCE: DownloadCrew – Kapersky System Checker 1.2.0.290

Geek Squeak #17-017: Here is a program for Microsoft Windows devices that displays the resource use of the computer on the Windows taskbar….

Just found a pretty neat Windows resource meter, called XMeters, over at ghacks.net. What makes this resource meter so different is that the hardware readings are displayed on the Windows taskbar, which keeps it in sight at all times and is not out of view when opening programs.

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XMeters is a handy system monitor for the Windows taskbar that provides you with important real-time hardware readings. It offers customization options to a degree, but could use a couple more (opening another program instead of Task Manager for instance, or colors to distinguish heavy resource use better)….

SOURCE: ghacks.net


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An Option To Fix Google Assistant On Your Android Phone

Google Assistant is Google’s new artificial intelligence personal assistant that allows you to ask Google questions (or give commands) and engage in a two-way conversation with Google. I have been playing around with it and it is very cool. I especially like that I can do hand’s free texting using Google Assistant when driving or I can ask Google about my day or any question for that matter. To determine if it is on your phone, simply hold down the “Home” button on your phone and you should be greeted with the “Hi, How can I help?”. In my case, I was waiting patiently for the Google Assistant to download to my Android phone and when it finally did, I ran into an unusual problem. I decided to do a blog post on this describing the problem I ran into and how the problem was resolved.

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The problem I ran into (in short summary) is that after I had determined Google Assistant was on my phone, by checking the version numbers of the Google App, it simply was not working correctly. When I held down the home button nothing would happen. If I tapped the home button it took me to the old Google Now screen.  At the Google Now Screen when I went into the settings, I noticed that it was the settings for Google Assistant (and not for Google Now). At first I thought that my phone being a mid-ranged phone wouldn’t support all of the Google Assistant settings; therefore, I only was entitled to maybe a lite version of Google Assistance.

Finally, after suspecting there was a software (or app) conflict and after searching the internet for a solution (with no luck), I found the Google Search and Assistant Help ForumForum’s are great for troubleshooting problems. After searching and browsing the forum I was unable to find a solution that matched the problem I was experiencing; therefore, I had to join the forum and describe the problem with hope that someone may be able to help. Part of the problem, when describing an issue, is finding the right words. When it comes to computers, electronics, smartphones, etc…; they all have a language of their own.

In this instance, I described the problem as follows:

Why is it when I launch Google Assistant it appears to launch Google Now?

When I launch Google Assistant via the home button it appears to launch Google Now.  I am not seeing the Google Assistant launch screen “how can I help”…  I also noticed that some of the Google Assistant features work and some do not.  For example, if I say “OK Google” , “read me the news” (from my customized list), it takes me to Google Play and plays a song from “the news”...

Within 24 hours a “Community Specialist” in the forum (named Lucas) came back at me with some things to try:

Lucas – Community Specialist said:

Hi Ramblinrick,

Welcome to the Google Search and Assistant Help Forum!

Just to confirm, is your Google app updated to the latest version? To check, visit Play Store and go to the Google App page. If you see update button, try updating the app that may help resolve this issue.

If that doesn’t help, try to reset the app and then try to update again. To reset go to device Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data. This step will reset the app to factory condition and all the personalization and preferences will be reset to original.

Please let me know how that works.

Best,

Lucas

The solution:

I followed the instructions and found that by doing a reset of the app was the solution (Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data).  Google Assistant is now performing flawlessly and we are now having conversations with each other on a daily basis. A big thanks to Lucas, whoever and wherever you are, for your assistance.

World Route by Softperfect

NICE FIND by TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog… With the World Route tool you can easily find out what gateways your data goes through and how fast it travels. You will receive comprehensive route details, with each city and country conveniently marked on the map. Simply enter any IP-address or website and see the path network packets take to that destination. AVAILABLE as a full install or as a portable app…

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Here’s a visual aid to tracert currently free at Softperfect.  You can use this to see where internet delays are happening with a website.  This tool comes in portable and with an installer.

https://www.softperfect.com/products/worldroute/

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(Almost) Everything You Need To Repair Windows Problems In One Small Handy Tool

I am really impressed with this portable tech toolbox called Windows Repair Toolbox (see source link below); and, can see it as a real asset to anyone who assists others that are experiencing computer problems.

The developer has created a dashboard of sorts that will assist you with downloading the necessary tools to fix or troubleshoot a PC. Most of the downloaded tools will land in a downloads folder that is a subfolder of the Windows Repair Toolbox folder (which keeps everything together in one place). There are some downloads that are full downloads (for example, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware).  Another nice feature is that you can add your own custom tools.

(Almost) everything you need to repair Windows problems in one small handy tool.

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

Odd Solution To The Internet Not Working

Assisted two neighbors today that (during the past several days) lost their internet connectivity. One box was hard wired and the other was wireless. Both situations, which I eventually resolved, has me wondering what broke the connection. I am thinking a Windows update, but not even sure on that. I ruled out malware in both cases; but who knows, may have been something in the wild. It may be a coincidence, but both computers experienced the same exact issue. One box was Windows 8 and the other Windows 10. After checking the modems, routers and cabling; determined the issue was occurring at the computer level. Reboots often will resolve problems (such as power management issues); however, in these two cases, the magic of a reboot did not work to resolve the problem. It was after running the ping commands and the ipconfig commands from the Admin Command Prompt that I determined the issue (in both cases) was at the network adapter level. In both instances the properties of the network adapters (in the device manager) displayed that the adapters were working properly. I was also thinking possible Winsock issues where the TCP/IP needed reset. Anyhow, while I was in the network card adapter properties, I clicked on the “driver’s tab” and clicked on “update driver” knowing it would be impossible to update the driver from the internet (due to no internet connection). The driver update failed, but guess what, the internet connection in both cases immediately came back to life.

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I am not an everyday tech, as I once was years ago, and I am puzzled over this. If you have any insight to this, please leave a comment that may be helpful to myself and especially to others.  Thank you…

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