Fix “Windows was unable to find a certificate to log you on to the network”

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I recently bought a new Linksys wireless router and after setting it up with basic WEP security, I tried to logon from my laptop and was successful! Not very exciting, eh? So then I tried to connect from my desktop computer that has a wireless USB adapter attached to it and I ended up getting […]

Recover BIOS/CMOS Password using CMOSPwd

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As an IT administrator for the last several years, there are some occasions where I go a little overboard with security and do things to lock myself out of a computer. One example is to set a BIOS or CMOS password that I will never remember. If you can’t remember a BIOS or CMOS password, […]

How to Fix Microsoft Office Error 25090

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Working in a corporate environment as an IT support technician always means you’ll end up dealing with weird problems that would never occur on a normal consumer PC. Why? Well, it’s because weird stuff can occur when you have 20 people using one computer! One such error I ran across recently was while using Microsoft […]

Uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection Without a Password

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]