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Best Ways to Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life

Laptop Battery life can be a real pain, Laptops tend to lose their charm quickly when you’re constantly looking for the nearest power outlet to charge up.  How do you keep your battery going for as long as possible?  Here are some ease ways to do so. Defrag regularly –  The faster your hard drive does its work – less demand you are going to put on the hard drive and your battery.  Make your hard drive as efficient as possible by defragging it regularly. (but not while it’s on battery of course!) Mac OSX is better built to handle fragmentation so it may not be very applicable for Apple systems. Dim your screen – Most lapto

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Backup your computer automatically

Setting up Windows 7 Backup Even having a basic Backup in place can help make sure that your files are safe in the event of an emergency. With automatic backups, you don’t have to remember to back up your files. You can change your automatic backup settings (such as how often you back up, the type of storage you use, or the types of files you back up) when you want. To set up automatic backups Even If you have never used Windows Backup before you can still setup a reliable backup with the Windows Backup wizard, it automatically creates a schedule for you, which you can change and it also tells you what the status of the last backup wa

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Disable Shut Down Restart and Stand by on a Windows machine

Disable Shut Down, Restart and Stand by button on a Windows machine This is useful for machines which are e.g. in a Meeting Room and always need to be on, Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe) in Run under Start Menu Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer and to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer In both these locations create or modify the Dword value ‘NoClose’ & set it to 1. This will prevent windows from shutting down If you want windows to get shut down again then set the above value to 0 Go to: Start > Control Panel > Administrative

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PGP Drive Encryption Problem Lenovo X220

PGP Drive Encryption Problem Lenovo X220 Newer Lenovo x220 laptops come with an updated BIOS version which is not compatible with PGP 9. If you encrypt the laptop using PGP9, after reboot, the PC it tries to load the PGP GUI where you enter the password and then gives following message on a black screen: Loading stage2 PGPWDE disk data are corrupted. Please use PGP recovery disk. Cannot continue. Press any key to halt the system. If you run the PGP boot disk it gives same message.   Cause: Laptop models: x220 or any older laptops where the BIOS has been upgraded to a recent version. X220s are shipped with an updated BIOS version w

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Speed up Folder loading on Windows

Speed up Folder loading on Local System If folders take a lot of time to load in Windows, especially when the folder size is quite big. There is a really simple fix to speed up folder loading that should be part of any initial troubleshooting which is done. Right-click on the folder in question and choose Properties. On the Properties window, navigate to Customize tab. Select the General Items or Documents from the drop down in “Optimise this folder for” drop down Check apply this template to all sub folders. Click Apply and Ok. Rebuild the Index The indexing of files and folders can get messy and slow over time with the add

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Unable to browse network shares via VPN

Unable to browse network shares via VPN Iv been getting a few requests with help on a problem that users are unable to browse network shares while connected to VPN. Network file sharing and printing require NetBIOS name resolution. The chances are that NetBIOS over TCP IP is disabled. To resolve this issue, change the following registry values for all TCP IP interfaces from 0 to 1. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrent¬ ControlSetServicesNetBTParamete¬ rsInterfacesTcpipXX}] “NameServerList”=hex(7):00,00 “NetbiosOptions”=dword:00000001 This should Fix the issue.

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Top 4 Microsoft Windows Media Player Plugins.

It’s hard to find good WMP plugins. If you can’t find good plugins, despair not! Now that you’ve made your way to this article, you should have no trouble picking out some of the best WMP plugins available.   1. Now Playing Plugin The Now Playing plugin is one of the best Windows Media Player plugins. It is easy to use and the best for basic and advanced WMP enhances. It has many features, but the one I like the most is the ability to automatically update Facebook and Twitter statuses with the song that you’re listening to. The plugin lets you choose what information you want to pull from WMP, from the filename to the bi

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ControlGuard Agent Removal Using the MSI

ControlGuard Agent (CGAgent.exe) Removal Using the MSI Step 1 – On your ControlGuard server Generate a universal machine password (valid for 7 days) using the RemoveAgentPasswordGen.exe. (See Zip File below) open a Command Prompt Run “C:Program FilesControlGuardEAMRemoveAgentPasswordGen.exe” ComputerName Copy and Paste the Uninstall Password into a text file in a temporary location. You should then copy this into the clipboard before running the MSI package uninstall. Step 2 – Log into the computer that you want to uninstall ControlGuard from. Ensure that all applications are closed then run. Setup.exe (See Zip File

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Run command as administrator

Run command or Install a program as administrator One of the common issues faced by IT Teams is installing or completing administrative tasks either remotely, or while logged on as a user with limited rights. The easiest way to complete this is to use the runas command to run the application / file as an administrative user. Click Start Type CMD.EXE in the search box. Type RUNAS /USER:\ You can also use “COMPUTERNAME\ADMINISTRATOR”. The command will then prompt you to enter the password, which is masked from the user (it will just appear as if there is nothing typed). This is useful if installing from the user’s profile etc, bu

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Add the My Computer Icon to the Windows 10 Desktop

If you want to add the My Computer Icon to the Windows 10 Desktop, or any of the standard User folder icon to the desktop in Windows 10 (Computer, Recycle Bin, Control Panel). Step1: Right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize. Step 2: Select Themes on the left-hand menu, and then once you are there, you can select Desktop icon settings under the “Related Settings” section. Step 3: You will now be able to click the checkboxes for the icons that you want back. once done click apply and Ok.

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Troubleshooting Random Reboots

Troubleshooting a Random reboot or shutdown can be very frustrating, Sometimes you will see your computer getting restarted or shutdown automatically without any warning. This is a frustrating scenario when you are working on some important stuff and your computer restarts without any notice. Of course this is an improper restart or shutdown and may damage your computer’s hardware like Hard Disk or may damage your Operating System like Windows. This is a common problem in old computers specially PCs i.e. computers running on Windows OS. But there may be different reasons for this common problem. Here are some of the reasons which may ca

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Windows Fax and Scan Cannot Run

Windows Fax and Scan Cannor Run as it cannot run as it cannot access your documents folder. Please ensure that windows Fax and Scan can access that folder.   Step 1: Disable Windows Fax and Scan To turn a feature off in earlier versions of Windows, you had to uninstall it completely from your computer. In this version of Windows, the features remain stored on your hard disk so you can turn them back on if you want to. Turning off a feature does not uninstall the feature, and it does not reduce the amount of hard disk space used by Windows features. To turn Windows Fax and Scan off, follow these steps: Click the Start button , click Cont

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Connect Remotely to Any Computer (Windows, Mac OSX)

Connect Remotely to Any Computer (Windows, Mac OSX) Over Internet Whether you are trying to access your home PC from your office, or your office workstation from home, you need to establish a remote desktop connection over Internet. Many times accessing a remote computer is not so easy. For instance there could be firewalls blocking access, or the two PCs could be on different OS not compatible with each other, and so on. In these kind of scenarios, TeamViewer comes to rescue. This free for non-commercial usage tool lets you quickly connect to a remote machine, control it completely including reboot/logoff, do audio and video chat, transfer f

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Modify UAC (User Account Control)

Windows 7: Modify UAC (User Account Control) The User Account Control security feature was one of the most reviled additions to Windows, with good reason – its constant warning messages asking for permission to continue many operations drove the users around the bend. UAC has been improved upon a lot in Windows 8 but you can still tweak it if you like. Here’s is how to turn UAC on or off, and make it less or more intrusive than the default: Go to the Control Panel –> User Accounts and Family Safety. Click User Accounts , then click Change User Account Control Settings. If confirmation password is asked provide it and then move to c

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Close All Running Applications Single Click

ever wanted to close All Running Applications Single Click If you are a pro computer user and lot many times you feel that so many applications are running on your computer. Lot many windows opened and these running applications and slowing down your PC. If you go ahead and close each of them one by one, it will involve around 15 – 20 clicks or more. Windows users can close all running applications on single click by using a very tiny application. Close All is a small utility developed by Ntwind Software which can close al running applications at one click. Close All doesn’t need any kind of installation on your computer. You just need

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