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5 Quick Tips for Creating Strong Passwords the Easy Way

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These days, it seems like everything “online” requires a password. For websites like PayPal, it’s crucial to have as strong of a password as possible, for obvious reasons. One popular trend that many people have taken to is the use of password generators. Password generators work by randomly generating passwords, consisting of scrambled letters and […]

Two Easy Fixes for Windows Update Error Code 0x80072efe

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Windows Update Error Code occurs when your computer is having trouble connecting to Microsoft’s Windows Update server. The error usually occurs before you are actually able to download and install any new updates. Learn two ways to fix Windows Update error code 0x80072efe. What is Windows Update Error 0x80072efe? To download and install Windows updates, […]

Understanding the Differences between MP3 and MP4 Files

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MP3 files are well known to users of Windows 7 and devices such as iPods, smart phones, and other digital music players. The most popular digital audio file, MP3s offer excellent quality in a small package. However, the MP4 format will likely replace MP3s as the most popular digital file format. Learn about the differences […]

iPad Not Showing Up in iTunes

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Mostly, I troubleshoot problems the the Windows operating system, but now that I own a lot of Apple products, I’ve gotten good at troubleshooting iPods, iPads, and Macs in general. One problem that a client of mine had was that his iPad would not show up in iTunes. iTunes simply would not recognize his iPad […]

Windows is Currently Working with a File Message

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I’ve written about many strange errors in Windows before and I recently ran across a new one. When trying to shutdown or restart, I would get the following error message: Windows is currently working with a file. Either wait for Windows to finish, or close it before you quit Windows The heading for the dialog […]

Windows Hangs during Shutdown?

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Does Windows hang when you try to shut it down? On one of my laptops, I ran into the problem where Windows would just hang while saying Windows is Shutting Down Sometimes it would eventually shut down, but it could take anywhere from 4 minutes to 10! The laptop is brand new and was running […]

Troubleshoot Windows Defender Error Code 0x800106ba

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Formerly known as Microsoft Antispyware, the software giant released Windows Defender in 2006 to protect its number one operating system at the time, Windows XP, from spyware. Simple to use and supported in Windows Vista and 7, Windows Defender is well-known for its reliability and stability. Unfortunately, Windows Defender does occasionally become corrupted and must […]

Fix “Error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server”

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Recently, I setup a Windows 2003 Server with SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, along with ISA Server. When I tried to connect to the SQL Server from a remote machine, I was presented with the following error: A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found […]

Fix “Windows cannot access the specified device path or file” Error

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Cryptic Windows errors are about as common as fish in the sea. I’ve previously written about many strange Windows errors, such as: Unsupported wireless network device detected. System Halted Instruction at referenced memory could not be read “No more system PTEs” error (stop code 0X0000003F) Etc, etc! In this post, I will talk about the […]

Fix “Unsupported wireless network device detected. System Halted” Error

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If you have an older HP computer, you may sometimes get the following error when booting up your computer: Error Message: 104-Unsupported wireless network device detected. System Halted. Remove device and restart. This is one of those really technical errors and it’s unfortunately not easy to fix. However, it’s worth a shot before sending your […]