How to Fix MBR in Windows XP and Vista

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What is the MBR? MBR stands for Master Boot Record and it’s the first sector of your hard drive that basically tells the BIOS where to look for the operating system on your computer. If, for any reason, the MBR becomes damaged or corrupt, then the operating system will be unable to load. You will […]

Fix “Windows was unable to find a certificate to log you on to the network”

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I recently bought a new Linksys wireless router and after setting it up with basic WEP security, I tried to logon from my laptop and was successful! Not very exciting, eh? So then I tried to connect from my desktop computer that has a wireless USB adapter attached to it and I ended up getting […]

Recover BIOS/CMOS Password using CMOSPwd

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As an IT administrator for the last several years, there are some occasions where I go a little overboard with security and do things to lock myself out of a computer. One example is to set a BIOS or CMOS password that I will never remember. If you can’t remember a BIOS or CMOS password, […]

Add Tags to Files in Windows XP using TaggedFrog

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If you have ever used Vista, you probably noticed that you can tag files to make it easier to find the files you are looking for. You’re probably already familiar with tags if you have ever used a photo management tool like Picasa or Flickr. For example, in Windows Vista, you can tag files using […]

99 Ways to Make Your Computer Blazingly Fast

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Over the last several years working in IT for various companies as a Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Help Desk professional, I’ve written and learned about many ways to increase the performance of not only my PC, but also of the many PCs on my networks ranging from Windows 98 to Windows Vista. In this […]

Best Backup and Recovery Software for Servers

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If you are a Systems Administrator for a small or medium-sized business, you should definitely make sure you have a good backup and recovery plan. At the company I first worked for in IT, our daily backups were not even verified only a daily basis. Once, no one noticed that the backups were failing until […]

Cannot Find the Mail Icon in Vista Control Panel?

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Can’t seem to find the Mail icon in your Control Panel? Well, here’s another quick tutorial that might help a few Administrators out there! I wasted quite a bit of time trying to figure this one out! Basically I was trying to setup Outlook 2007 on my Windows Vista Ultimate machine to connect to an […]

How to Fix Microsoft Office Error 25090

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Working in a corporate environment as an IT support technician always means you’ll end up dealing with weird problems that would never occur on a normal consumer PC. Why? Well, it’s because weird stuff can occur when you  have 20 people using one computer! One such error I ran across recently was while using Microsoft […]

Uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection Without a Password

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If you work in a corporate environment, you and your computer may be the unsuspecting victim of a terrible piece of software from Symantec called Endpoint Protection. It’s a giant behemoth of a program that includes anti-spyware, anti-virus, network threat detection, and all kinds of other super security crap. I certainly do understand the need […]

How to Reset Local Security Policy Settings to Default in Windows XP and Vista

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Have you ever gotten a computer second-hand? Maybe from a company that was shutting down or from someone who no longer needed theirs? Ideally, you would want to simply reformat the computer and start from scratch, right? However, that’s not always the case. Let’s say you get a computer that has Windows XP or Windows […]