Unable to Boot Windows with External Hard Drive Attached?

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I recently purchased a 2TB Western Digital My Book and connected it up to my Windows 7 PC at home. Everything was working great until I decided to restart the computer. Instead of Windows booting up, I simply got a black screen and nothing else. I could not boot into Windows! At first, I thought […]

Can’t Change Date and Time in Windows 7?

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I recently ran into a problem on one of my Windows 7 machines where I could not change the date and time. Every time I clicked on the Change Date and Time dialog box shown below, I kept getting an error message. The message that kept popping up was: Unable to continue. You do not […]

Fix check6only.facebook.com Login Error in Firefox

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If you’re using Firefox, you might have recently stumbled upon a strange problem where you can’t log into Facebook. Instead of being able to login, you end up with some strange error messages: /check6only.facebook.comajax/v6.php?v=check6only&pingonly=false This happens when you try to login to your Facebook account and it instead redirects to some odd page. I ran […]

Blue Screen of Death BSOD Restarts Too Fast in Windows 7

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I recently got a blue screen of death (BSOD) error on a Windows 7 computer. However, upon restarting the computer and adjusting BIOS settings, the BSOD error would still display, but the computer was restarting so quickly that I didn’t have time to analyze the specific BSOD error codes. In other words, the BSOD screen […]

4 Websites for Learning Javascript, JQuery, Python, HTML, and CSS

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If you’re in IT, you probably need to know how to code in at least one language. It’s always a good thing to be able to whip up some code in Excel or Windows or Javascript or whatever your environment is. At my old company, I used to program in C# mostly until on day […]

Add Shutdown and Restart to the Right-Click Context Menu in Windows 8

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In Windows 8, now that the Start Menu is now gone and replaced by the Start Screen and Charms bar. This means that if you want to restart your computer, you have to open the Charms bar, click on Settings, click on the Power icon and then click on Restart. You can read my previous […]

Prevent Charms Bar Keeps Opening by Accident in Windows 8

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The charms bar is a nice little feature in Windows 8 that lets you quickly access settings and perform searches while in a Windows Store Metro app, but it has also proven to be a little annoying. For example, whenever my mouse happens to touch the top right corner o bottom left corner of the […]

Help Desk Geek Ultimate Guide to Taking Screenshots in Windows 8

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Taking screenshots has always been fun in Windows, especially with Windows Vista and 7, which included the new Snipping Tool. Basically, since Vista, there have been two ways to take screenshots in Windows without third-party software: using keyboard shortcuts or using the Snipping Tool. Before Windows 8, it was very complicated to take screenshots of […]

Do You Need an Antivirus Program for Windows 8

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One feature of Windows 8 that many PC consumers may appreciate is the additional efforts that Microsoft has made to incorporate built-in antivirus and anti malware protection. This isn’t a new feature that wasn’t around in Windows XP, Vista or 7, but Windows 8’s updated Defender software has taken some hints from Microsoft’s successful Security […]

Fix Windows 8 “We weren’t able to connect to the Store” Error

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I have loaded Windows 8 on a couple of home PCs and I’ve been running into occasional issues here and there. Recently, I tried to open the Windows Store and I got the following error message: We weren’t able to connect to the Store. This might have happened because of a server problem or the […]