29 November 2022 | Computers, How to, Video |
Most people are NOT power users.
We all still need to get stuff done…
After many years of watching eyeballs widen when I do something on a Windows PC, my wife suggested it was time to make this video!
Without further ado, these are 20 time-saving tips and tricks so that you can get the most out of your puter time – and maybe even save your sanity in the process!
15 September 2022 | Computers |
Well, this is a fun one.
One day, you go to run some application. Instead of loading like normal, you get this weird error stating that code execution cannot proceed because VCRUNTIME140_1.dll was not found.
The error message may have a slightly different name, but VCRUNTIME gives us a clue as to how to fix it – and fast!
Let’s take a peek…
23 August 2022 | Computers, How to, Video |
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!
26 April 2022 | Computers, How Does it Work?, How to |
On 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?!
7 December 2021 | Computers, How to, Video |
Everybody needs a backup, but not everybody wants all their data stored in the cloud. Until now, File History was good enough.
Starting with Win 11, it’s effectively crippled to push everyone to use OneDrive. Ug.
So, what to do?
I’ll tell you what: Back up Windows like a Pro! The robocopy command and a handy script I wrote is all you need.
And it only takes 5 minutes to set up!
30 November 2021 | Computers, How Does it Work? |
If you’ve read my earlier article, Will Windows 11 run on your PC? November 2021 Update, you probably decided you don’t want Windows 11 after all.
Well, I just upgraded my main puter to a new 12th gen Intel Core i5-12600K processor… And I REALLY needed to do a clean install. It’s been awhile.
So, I decided to take The Windows 11 Plunge!
Surprisingly enough, if it runs on your machine, Win 11 is not bad. It’s really not that great, either.
23 November 2021 | Computers, How to, Video |
So you’ve tried to fix Windows Update, but it just won’t work.
Even my earlier solution didn’t work…
Never fear! There is a way to essentially ‘reinstall’ Windows Update that will fix it good.
But first, there’s one other step you should take to make sure this never happens again…
27 April 2021 | How to, Video |
Every now and then, you need to make a snapshot of what’s on your screen – or maybe just the content of a single application window.
Most people think you need some kind of special software to take screenshots, but the truth is that it’s actually a whole lot easier – and cheaper!
Windows 10 has five simple ways to take screenshots.
That means you’re literally a keystroke away from taking as many screen captures as you want!
30 March 2021 | Computers, How to, Video |
These days, you might not want too many Windows 10 updates given all the problems they tend to cause.
But the fact remains that if you can’t update Windows at all due to some cryptic error message, you’re still in trouble.
You’re missing out on security and reliability updates that you obviously need!
What to do when Windows Update keeps giving you the dreaded ‘Retry’ button along with an obscure error message that it can’t update??
9 March 2021 | Computers, How to, Video |
In recent years, Microsoft hasn’t done a very good job with updating Windows 10.
Even those updates that are ‘fully tested’ often end up royally screwing up some computers. Everyone just assumes that a new Windows Update means crashes, blue screens, and stuff that doesn’t work anymore.
What if you could just roll back your PC to before the update, and prevent it from installing again?
Well, you can!
And it’s much easier than you think…