How-To

Create Custom Environment Variables in Windows

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By default, Windows uses certain environment variables to allow users to quickly access certain paths and directories within the operating system. This helps to make Windows easier to navigate. By defining and setting up your own custom environment variables, you can create direct paths and shortcuts to apps, directories, URLs and more. Environment variables in […]

Create a Windows 10 System Image Backup

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Windows 10 is probably the most stable and usable OS Microsoft has released since Windows 7. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t run into serious issues at some point. I always make sure I create a full system image of my Windows 10 PC every several months. When you create a system image, you can […]

View the List of Services Hosted by the svchost.exe Process in Windows

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Svchost.exe is a process that hosts other Windows services that perform various system functions. There can be multiple instances of svchost.exe running on your computer, with each instance containing a different service. We published a post a while back on what you can do if svchost.exe is using up a high percentage of your CPU. […]

How to Change a Drive Letter in Windows

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A task you will most likely have to perform a few times in Windows is changing the drive letter for an external hard drive, mapped network drive, or DVD drive. Sometimes when you plug in a USB flash drive, it doesn’t automatically get a drive letter assigned to it and it may not show up […]

How to Delete the Windows.old folder in Windows 7/8/10

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If you have tried upgrading your Windows PC and it has failed a couple of times due to various annoying reasons, you’ve probably come to realize that there is a large chunk of disk space being eaten up by a folder called Windows.old. Windows.old is automatically generated whenever you perform an installation of Windows with […]

Use Reliability Monitor to Check Windows Stability

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Ever had to purchase a used computer with Windows already installed and wanted to know if the operating system was stable or not? Sometimes with just a cursory look, you won’t be able to tell if Windows is corrupt or having other issues. A quick way to see the state of a Windows machine is […]

Windows 7/8/10 – How to Join a Domain

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If you’re adding a new computer to your corporate environment, you’ll most likely need to join it to a domain. The procedure is fairly simple as most of the work is done by the server. The process is also pretty much the same for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. For Windows 10, there […]

How to Configure a HomeGroup in Windows

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A homegroup in Windows  makes it easier to share files and printers on a home network. You can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in your homegroup. As a security measure, other people can’t change the files that you share, unless you give them permission to do so. When you set […]

Search Inside Multiple Text Files at Once

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Ever had to find some text inside a bunch of different text files? If you’re in IT, this issue can come up quite often. Maybe you are looking for a particular phrase in log files or maybe you are a programmer and need to find some code that is inside many different code files. Unfortunately, […]

The Easiest Way to Use Kiosk Mode in Windows 10

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Previously, I had written about how you can use Assigned Access to put Windows 8.1 into kiosk mode, which basically only allows one app to be run on the system and that’s it. It’s great for any public computer that you want to have a high degree of control over. With Windows 10, the procedure […]