Uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection Without a Password

by File in: Help Desk

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 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

by File in: How-To

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 already installed, but […]

Cannot See Other Computers on Network in My Network Places?

by File in: Networking

When you go to My Network Places or Network in Windows, is it blank or empty? Even if you are connected to the network, you may still not be able to see other computers on the same network for several reasons. Firstly, you need to determine what kind of network you are on, i.e. a […]

How to Clear Recently Opened File List in Word

by File in: Office Tips

You may have noticed that in Word, Excel and all other Office programs, there is a list of recently used or opened documents in the File menu. It’s kind of like the Recent Items features on the Windows 7 Start Menu. However, if you want to remove the recently used file list so that it […]

Force Replication Between Two Domain Controllers in Active Directory

by File in: How-To

One common task I have to perform in Active Directory very often is forcing replication between two domain controllers. By default, replication occurs automatically between the designated bridgehead servers at each site. This time interval can vary depending on the number of sites, how the sites are linked, connection speed between sites, etc. and can […]

Fix “Bootmgr is missing” in Windows Vista

by File in: Windows Vista Tips

Recently, I installed a fresh copy of Windows Vista on a new PC at our office and everything went fine. I had no errors or problems during the install. So I pulled out the CD and restarted the computer, only to be shown this error message: Bootmgr is missing. Press ctrl-alt-del to restart. Fabulous! A […]

Fix Background Intelligent Transfer Service Will Not Start Error

by File in: How-To

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is a service built into Windows that transfers files in the background using idle network bandwidth. It basically acts as a download manager for Windows Update and other services by being able to resume from broken or partial downloads. If you are having problems with downloading Windows updates because BITS […]

Sound or Volume Tray Icon Missing in Windows Vista?

by File in: Windows Vista Tips

Is your sound icon suddenly missing from your Windows Vista system tray!? It was there just a little while ago, but now it’s gone! For some strange reason, many Vista users have to deal with missing volume and network icons on a regular basis! Even after I upgraded to Windows Vista SP1, my volume and […]

Can Connect to Wireless Router, but not to the Internet?

by File in: Networking

Have you ever run into the situation where you could connect your laptop to your wireless router, but could not browse the Internet? There could be several things going on in this kind of situation: either your computer has a problem or the router cannot connect to the Internet via your ISP. So if you’re […]

Open and View Access Database using MDB Viewer

by File in: Reviews, Tools Review

Have you ever needed to open, edit, or modify a Microsoft Access database file (MDB), but you didn’t have Microsoft Access on your computer? Microsoft has programs to view Word documents, Excels spreadsheets, and Powerpoint files without having the original software installed, however, they do not have this option for MS Access! Who knows why, […]