Why your tech is giving you headaches

Your tech is giving you headaches - FIX IT GOOD!Who doesn’t love technology?

Unfortunately, working and playing with our toys often results in bad, chronic headaches that just won’t seem to go away.

The good news is that by correcting your posture and paying more attention to your body, you CAN end the headaches.

While the exact mechanism at work here it still a bit of a mystery to me, honestly: Who cares?!

My headaches are gone!

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Windows STILL won’t update? Try THIS!

Windows STILL won't update??These days, updating Windows is like playing Russian Roulette.

Microsoft keeps breaking things, and I have to continually figure out how to fix them.

I recently had ANOTHER problem with Windows Update.

After trying everything, this is the solution that finally worked for me!

Don’t worry: they’ll break it again soon enough!

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How to remove Intel VMD without reinstalling Windows

Turn off VMD and get faster boot times!If you have an 11th generation or newer Intel processor, your system might be using Intel VMD.

VMD, or Volume Management Device, is a server-ish bit of technology where your processor more or less “hijacks” the management of NVMe disk drives in your puter.

When VMD is enabled, you MUST use Intel’s RST drivers – even just to do a clean install of Windows 11.

Well, what happens if you got your puter and it’s using VMD, but you want to remove it?

Easy!

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Stop recent videos from showing on your lock screen

What's that video player doing on my lockscreen?So, this one is fun. All of a sudden, when you lock your puter, the “currently playing” video appears with playback controls on the lock screen.

Now, this might be a useful feature, except that in many cases it’s rather broken.

Both Chrome and Firefox on my puter will show the most recently played video on my lock screen – not one I’m currently watching.

This is pretty annoying because A) I don’t watch vids when my puter is locked and B) I don’t need the rest of the world to see what I’ve watched recently.

Fortunately, you can turn it off!

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10 tips to speed up your PC

Speed up your puter with these 10 easy tips!Who doesn’t want a faster PC?

Well, it’s easier than you think.

Most of the time, the way we use our puters is what slows them down.

By making a few minor adjustments to how you work, you can get the most bang from your existing PC – without forking over bucks for a new one!

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NVMe drive missing or not booting? There’s a simple fix!

NVMe inaccessible boot deviceOn the one hand, NVMe drives are blazingly fast. On the other hand, getting them to work with Windows – or even your BIOS – can be a bit of a nightmare.

I recently upgraded several computers that had SATA SSDs. I wanted to upgrade each one to an NVMe drive.

So, I used Paragon Hard Disk Manager and just copied the SATA C: to the new NVMe drive, upgraded the hardware in each puter, and then tried to boot: NO DICE!

Windows 10 kept giving me a blue screen at boot with the message: INACESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.

Worse yet, it seemed the BIOS/UEFI wouldn’t even detect the NVMe drive properly. WTH?!

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Fix “UPDATEBIOS.exe – The application could not be started” error on MSI PCs

UPDATEBIOS.exe ErrorIf you have an MSI puter that you upgraded to Windows 11, you probably noticed an annoying little error. Every time you boot up, you got a popup window that states:

UPDATEBIOS.exe could not be started. Do you want to view information about this issue?

So of course you click Yes, and then you get another error message.

Obviously, the problem has something to do with the built-in Dragon Center software trying to do a BIOS update check – and failing.

Not to worry – the fix is pretty simple!

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Make Thunderbird work with your Gmail account

Thunderbird Gmail with IMAP and OAuth2If you use Thunderbird to download e-mails from your Gmail account, it may stop working soon.

You may remember a similar thing happening not long ago. Google insisted that POP3 mail accounts were, “not secure enough”.

So, you had to go through a convoluted process on Google to enable “less secure” Tbird to play nicely with POP3 for Gmail.

Right. Now, Gmail will effectively shut off POP3 completely for Thunderbird users by May 30, 2022.

So, how do you fix it?

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