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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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

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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A “Ready Made” Tech Toolbox for Computer Repair, Diagnostics and Malware Removal

If you are someone that works as a computer tech, an I.T. Manager; or, you are someone at home who helps family members and friends when computer problems arise, then you need to have the necessary tools to get the job done. Putting together these tools (and keeping them up-to-date) is time-consuming; and, if you are like me, as I continue to age, I often forget or don’t keep up on what is current.

This is where the “Windows Repair Toolbox” comes into play. This portable application is probably the best application put together that I have found that provides an interface that serves as a launcher and updater of just about every important portable diagnostic software and portable anti-malware software that you can find. Not only that, the “Windows Repair Toolbox” will help you keep these software applications up-to-date. If there is a portable software tool that you see that is not included, you can custom add it to the toolbox.

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For you folks at home, who possess that technical expertise in helping family and friends, do this: 

  • Download, unzip the program to a flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Make that flash drive your tech toolbox.
  • After downloading, open the toolbox and click on the buttons on the “Windows Repair Toolbox” of the apps you think you will most likely use (when assisting others). Be patient as each of these apps download and install to your flash drive.
  • After completing these tasks, I keep the drive plugged in. By doing this I occasionally will perform the updates so that I am ready to go; PLUS, it makes me become more knowledgeable of each of the current applications, making it sort of an educational experience, as well. Also, I periodically run some of the applications to scan my PC for malware and/or Windows problems.

Here at “What’s On My PC”, I rank the “Windows Repair Toolbox” as a top-notch application and have included it in the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection.


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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

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