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Headphones

Headphones are supposed to work every time you plug them in to your computer right? unfortunately no, these little nagging things are still present even when using Windows 10. I get many support tickets related to headphone issues from users quite frequently even from those using Windows 10. In this tutorial I will  give you a run down of troubleshooting tips you can follow to fix your headphones issue. Please note If you are using headphones with the 2.5 mm input jack like this: And the sound isn’t working for you then the first thing you should do is reinstall…

I only write tutorials for this site, but I’ll make an exception today, and sneak in a review for this laptop. I’ve been wanting to write this review for awhile, but I didn’t feel it was appropriate for the site, but what the hell, I’ll just do it. As the “go to” IT guy at work I’m the one that orders and configures new equipment for new employees or existent employees needing an upgrade. The other day I got an email from a former colleague asking me for a recommendation of what laptop to buy. Here is her email (…

Active Directory has changed a lot since it’s birth in 1999. The first time I used Active Directory was around 2004 on a Windows 2003 server. We had an Exchange 2003 server, and I remember using active directory to create e-mail accounts. Back then, AD was basically just the “Active Directory Users, and Computers” snap-in, and a few other components. Up to this day, when I think about AD the thought of account authentication, users and computer management, etc. are interchangeably, but as we will see, AD is not just about authenticating users or managing resources anymore, it has become…

Microsoft Edge is somehow the default application for opening PDF files in Windows 10 regardless if you install Adobe Reader or not. If you would like to set Windows 10 to open PDF files in Adobe Reader instead then make sure you have Adobe Reader installed ( you can get it from this link if you don’t have it yet) and then Right-click a PDF file saved in your computer and go to Properties  and then on the Open with option click on Change: Then choose Adobe Reader from the list option: Then click on Apply then OK. That should…

If the menu font size appear too small in Windows 10 for you, here is a quick way to change it. Up until now I’ve been just customizing the display for people that have asked me how to resize the fonts on their computer because the text appears too small: But doing that will also decrease the solution on your screen. to increase the size of the font on menus without changing the resolution on your screen, right-click an empty space on your desktop, and go to Display Settings: Then click on Advance display settings: Then click on Advanced sizing…

If you need to set a custom interactive log on message for your users using Windows 10 computers for legal or any other purposes there are a couple of ways you can accomplish that. If you only have a few computers in your network you can set the message individually on each computer using the Local Security Policy console, but if you have a large network of computers then doing it through a Group Policy makes more sense. In this tutorial I will show you how you can do both. Using the Local Security Policy To setup the message individually…

As you probably already know, you can enable Bash on Windows 10 by installing the Windows subsystem for Linux using the remove/add features in control panel. That will install a trimmed down version of Ubuntu, but if you just want SSH on your computer without loading a bunch of unnecessary stuff, there is an easier and lighter way of doing that using the OpenSSH client for Windows. Head over to this website and download the latest version of OpenSSH. At the time of this writing the latest version is 7-3-p1-2. Once you have downloaded the package, execute it. Click Next…

Even though Microsoft released Windows 10 more than a year ago to the general public, its adoption rate has been very low especially at the workplace. Based on the latest trend reports Windows 7 is the most popular Windows operating system still. Sooner or later people will have to make the jump to windows 10 though, vendors are not selling computers with Windows 7 preinstalled anymore, so any new Windows computer in the market today has Windows 10 preinstalled and I’m sure corporations are gearing up to roll out Windows 10 to their computer networks if they haven’t already. If…

The other day someone was trying to send a PowerPoint presentation over email but our mail server has a send limit of 10mb and the file was bigger than that so obviously our mail server was kicking back her email. She asked me if I knew how to trim down the file size so she could email the thing. Here is how you shrink a PowerPoint presentation almost by half. I believe this works in all PowerPoint versions including Macs. Most likely the size of your presentation is being caused by the images you have inserted, so open the presentation…

There are many exciting new features in Windows 2016 but one particular feature I want to write about today is Production Checkpoints . I believe Checkpoints or snapshots as they were originally called were introduced in Windows Server 2008 and they are very convenient if you are working in a nonproduction environment or with none transactional servers like SQL or Exchange.  In production environments though, I always have taken Checkpoints in Hyper-V with a grain of salt because of the mess they create with the storage disks, the performance degradation they cause, and other phantom issues that mysteriously come after.…