Help Desk

Fix “Setup is Preparing Your Computer for First Use” on Every Reboot

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Have you ever run into the problem where every time you start up Windows, you get the following message: Setup is preparing your computer for first use This happened to me on a Windows 7 machine. Actually, I had created an image of Windows 7 and then restored that image to a different machine. When […]

Can’t Copy Text from a PDF File?

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So I ran into a problem the other day when I had to copy some text from a PDF file and paste it into a presentation that I was doing. The problem was I could not copy the text! Hmm, I thought, there must be something stupid I am doing since I am pretty sure […]

Will Deleting an Email on the iPhone/iPad Delete it on the Server?

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I’ve been using Gmail on my iPhone and iPad for a long time now and I have it setup exactly the way I want. A couple of my friends have Gmail setup too, but they didn’t quite understand how Gmail, IMAP and iOS work together when managing email. One question I always get is what […]

MP3 Album Art Not Showing in Windows Explorer?

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I have a lot of music on my computer and even though I don’t use it as my primary media player or organizer, it’s nice to have it work properly since I do end up using Windows Explorer or Windows Media Player every so often to browse files, etc. One annoying thing that I noticed […]

Fix COM Surrogate has stopped working in Windows 7

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A client of mine started having a strange problem when browsing pictures and videos on his Windows 7 PC: it would popup with the following error message: COM Surrogate has stopped working The odd thing was that the error only came up when browsing video or picture files, not any other type of file. After […]

Tab Key Not Working in Windows 7

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Having problems with your tab key in Windows 7? I know I am! My desktop machine runs Windows 7 64-bit and has been working fine for a months until a few days ago. Suddenly, the tab key would not move me to the next form field in an online form. I though it was odd, […]

Audio Not Working on Your Laptop?

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Over the years, I’ve had lots of issues with my laptop and one of the biggest problems has been the audio. Not sure why, but sometimes it would randomly just stop working. Sometimes a driver issue, sometimes Windows, sometimes hardware, etc., etc. On top of that, if you are trying to connect your laptop to […]

Fix “Can’t Read From the Source File or Disk” Error

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Recently, I was working with a client who had a strange problem. He was trying to copy some files on his computer and ended up getting this odd error message: Can’t read from the source file or disk. What’s odd is that he could easily play the file in Windows without a problem. It was […]

Windows 7 Devices and Printers Hangs or Won’t Open?

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I ran into an annoying problem on my Windows 7 virtual machine the other day when I tried to open Devices and Printers from the Start Menu. Instead of normally loading up with a list of Devices and Printers and Faxes, it kept hanging and nothing would load. It was just a blank screen like […]

Troubleshoot Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working

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There are some Windows errors that are masterpieces, meaning they have been around since the beginning of time and never fail to go away. One that pops into my mind is “Windows has recovered from a serious error”. If you search Google for that, you’ll find thousands of entries! Another one like that is “Windows […]