How-To

Use Small Icons on the Windows 7/8/10 Taskbar and Desktop

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With a default installation of Windows 7/8/10, you may have noticed a couple of things immediately, such as the large desktop icons and the large taskbar! I’m personally not a big fan of huge icons anywhere on my computer! And to me, a large taskbar is a waste of precious real estate. I like the […]

Turn Off Taskbar Thumbnail Previews in Windows 7/8/10

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In a previous post, I wrote about why Windows may not be showing taskbar thumbnail previews by default, but instead show just a text list. However, if you do have thumbnail previews enabled in Windows, you will see actual screenshots of the programs or windows that are open when you hover your mouse over the […]

Windows 7/8/10 – Delete Hibernation File (hiberfil.sys)

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I’ve previously written a post explaining what the hiberfil.sys file is and how you can reduce the size of it. In Windows, the hibernation file can still take up a large amount of space on your hard drive. In this post, we will show you how to delete the hiberfil.sys file and how to turn […]

Fix wmpnetwk.exe High CPU Usage in Windows

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If you’re running Windows and have an Xbox, you might have considered using Windows Media Player to stream your pictures, videos, and music to your TV. It’s a pretty sweet setup, especially for a home network. The only issue is that sometimes if you have a really large collection or an issue with some of […]

Prevent Windows from Turning Off USB Devices

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To save power, Windows automatically shuts down the power to USB ports.  It surely saves power, but what if it is causing you problems with your auxiliary devices or if you simply need a USB device that is always powered? Power management is also a common cause of USB-connected device issues; if Windows is able […]

Export All Email from Gmail

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  Even though I’m pretty trusting of the cloud in general, I still like to have my own local backups just in case something terrible happens to the Internet. If you’ve been using a service like Gmail for years and years, you probably have tens of thousands of emails in your account. One of the […]

Export SQL Data to Excel with Column Headers

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How many times have you had to write up a quick query in SQL Management Studio for someone and then export the data out to Excel? Exporting data from SQL Server is a fairly long process and involves several steps, but once you do it a few times, it’s not bad. One thing I learned […]

How to Generate an Alter Table Script in SQL

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In SQL 2005, you may come across a situation where you need to generate a ALTER TABLE script, such as when adding a new column to a database or changing the field type, etc. If you want to generate a script for a particular SQL function, such as CREATE, SELECT, UPDATE, etc, you would normally […]

Download Google Chrome Redistributable Package (Standalone Installer)

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By default, the Google Chrome browser can currently only be downloaded and installed while connected to the Internet. The small file you download will start the installer, which will then go to the Internet to download the rest of the Google Chrome files. However, for IT administrators who want to install Chrome on computers not […]

How to Turn Off IE Enhanced Security Configuration

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By default, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 ship with Internet Explorer in Enhanced Security configuration, which is basically a locked down version that adds a bit of extra security to your servers. However, if you know what you are doing, you might want to disable IE enhanced security configuration to get rid of the annoying […]