How to Fix Stop:0x000000F4 Blue Screen Error in Windows

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Working in IT, I’ve come across a number of strange STOP errors in Windows that are only fixed by doing something ridiculously obscure! Recently, I came across another STOP error that is very obscure, but pretty easy to fix! Well, at least it was easy to fix for me. Here’s the error on the associated […]

Device Manager Empty or Blank in Windows?

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I recently had a problem where I opened my Device Manager and found that is was blank! Nothing there! Just plain empty! It was very strange and it took me a while to figure out what the problem was! If your Device Manager is completely blank or empty, then there are two possibilities of why […]

Cannot Delete Outlook 2007 thru 2016 Reminder

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Can’t delete a reminder in Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016? I recently had this very strange problem where I created a calendar event in Outlook with a reminder attached to it, the event passed, I dismissed the reminder, but it wouldn’t go away! The reminder popped up each time I opened Outlook. Not only […]

How to Determine Open and Blocked TCP/UDP Ports

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Looking for a way to determine which ports are open and which ports are blocked on a computer? Ports are basically logical connections between two computers or network devices for sharing data. Port numbers range from 1 to 65536 and some port numbers are assigned to specific tasks, such as port 80 for transferring HTTP […]

How to Block Remote Connections to a Windows XP Computer

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If you’re not careful, it may be possible for hackers to remotely connect to your computer without your knowledge and copy, change, or delete files. If you travel a lot and have to connect to unsecured wireless networks at hotels, airports, etc, you should make sure to beef up the security on your system so […]

What is Simple File Sharing and How to Turn It Off

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Simple File Sharing is a feature built into Windows that makes it very easy to share files and folders with other computers on your local network. It’s so simple that it’s pretty unsafe too. If you share a folder, everyone can access it, and there are no permissions and no passwords to restrict access to […]

A Problem Has Been Detected and Windows Has Been Shutdown to Prevent Damages to Your Computer

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After installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 and rebooting the computer some people get this error: A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. Some of the technical codes accompanying the error are: OX0000007E (0XC00007D, 0XF7C6B8EA, 0XF7C6B7F4 – 0XF7CBBYF0). By booting into Safe Mode, I noticed […]

Remove Passwords on Excel Password Protected Sheets and Workbooks

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How many times has this happened to you: you set a password on an Excel spreadsheet or workbook and then you forget about it? Or worse, the person that setup the password on the spreadsheet no longer works with you and you have a spreadsheet that you can no longer modify. What do you do? […]

Accessing Local Files and Folders on Remote Desktop Session

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If you use remote desktop often to work on your network, you probably have noticed that when working remotely, local files and directories on your computer are not accessible on the terminal server session. You end up e-mailing files you are working on the remote server to your local computer. That is a painstaking task, […]

Change IP Address and DNS Servers using the Command Prompt

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Changing the TCP/IP settings via the GUI interface is very easy and simple. But what about if you want to have more fun doing it and change the IP and DNS properties using the Windows command prompt instead? If you are a Linux guru or a batch scripting wizard, this should not be complicated. If […]