What are the Most Important Features that Determine if a PC Will be Good for Gaming?

If you find the idea of building your own custom gaming rig too much of a daunting task, there are plenty of ready-made PCs on the market that are more than capable of providing an amazing gaming experience. Gamers with little knowledge of computers can get hold of the hardware that they need as long as they know what features to look out for when shopping around. Here, we detail what the most important characteristics…

SOLVED: Command Line Script To Add or Delete a Registry Entry

If you need to add a registry entry to a Windows PC most often techs will simply export the key and entries they want and then use the REGEDIT /S command to push that entry onto another PC. For example if you want to disable the Cortana bar (but not Windows Search), you save the following into a file named DISABLE-CORTANA.REG Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search] “AllowCortana”=dword:00000000 Then you simply put that file…

VIDEO: HP All In One 27″ Unboxing, Disassembly, Change to SSD & Benchmarking

In recent years it has become common for home PC users to use large laptops, considering them more like “small PC’s”.  This trend led computer manufacturers to build the laptop computer into the back of a screen and then provide and external keyboard and mouse.  This innovation is the “All In One” Computer.  All in Ones eliminate many of the cables and mess you get with traditional desktop PC’s. Acer was the first company we…

How Smartphones Are Changing The Way We Live in 2018

Smartphones have been changing the way we live for years. And as technology continues to develop at pace, the way smartphones are incorporated into our daily lives is becoming more pronounced, immersive and direct. Here we look at how the device most of us have on our person every day is enhancing the way we go about our daily lives as well as introducing us to new experiences. Intuitive Living via Augmented Reality Made possible…

SOLVED: How To Evaluate AntiVirus and Next Gen Malware Defense EndPoint Protection Products

If you work in IT, it is only a matter of time before you will be involved in a group trying to figure out which EPP (Endpoint Protection Product) security software to buy. The trend today is to get away from signature based AntiVirus which is great at stopping last weeks viruses.  Most companies want/need a Next Gen Anti Virus product like Carbon Black Defense, Invincia/Intercept X, or Cylance) because they are evaluating the BEHAVIOUR…

SOLVED: Why Google Chrome Has So Many Processes

If you are a Google Chrome user, and 75% of the internet usage is, you have likely found that Google Chrome is shown potentially dozens of times in Windows Task Managers PROCESSES tab.  This is quite unexpected for many. Often people think they have a virus or some other malware at work in the background.  While this is possible, it is unlikely because Google Chrome naturally opens many Windows background processes for each tab you…

SOLVED: VIDEO: What is Dell Cinema, Cinema Sound, Cinema Color and Cinema Stream?

Early in 2018 Dell introduced a new brand named Dell Cinema which has confused some people, so here is the short explanation you are likely looking for.  Dell Cinema is three enhancements to existing technology.  The confusion is that a Dell computer may not have all of these three enhancements.  For example, THIS Dell Inspiron 5000 17″  comes with Dell Cinema Sound and Dell Cinema Stream, but not Dell Cinema Color, so you have to…

SOLVED: Command Line Script To Delete a Registry Entry

We often talk about editing or creating new registry entries in Windows but we seldom talk about removal.  If you want to delete an existing registry entry you simply set the entry value to a hyphen ( – ). For example, we recently needed to delete: HKLM > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run > InstallWindowsUpdates = DWORD AA To do this we simply set “InstallWindowsUpdates”=- Specifically, the DELUPDATES.REG file looked like: Windows…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Setup CloudFlare on Your WordPress Site in 5 Minutes

We have just started evaluating CloudFlare but were unable to locate a simple setup instructions.  Below is our 12 minute video explaining: What CloudFlare does How to get it setup in just 5 minutes on WordPress What extra things (performance tweaking, SSL…) you will likely want to change TOP 5 NEWBIE CLOUDFLARE SETUP Q&A: These were my 5 questions to the CloudFlare Support Forum and my new best friend’s ‘SDAYMANs’ responses: Are there any known…

VIDEO: Prank The Phone Scammers

Listen to me pretend to be everyone from Ronald Reagan to L Ron Hubbard to Jesus Christ with these stupid phone scammers. The first half of this recording is me jerking these guys around with fake names and stupid accents but the second half is a recording I did trying to get them to lay out the whole scam. It was shocking how complex the attack was. They used a front end staffer to call…

SOLVED: GUI To Add Files or Drivers To A .WIM Image File

Over the years we have produced many instructions on how to add files or add drivers to a .WIM image file, but they are all outdated because they are command line.  There is now a free GUI front end for DISM made by Mike Celone. To get DISM GUI to work you need two things: .NET 4.0 which can get from Microsoft HERE in unlikely event you don’t have it already Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) that…

SOLVED: How To Create a CAPTURE Boot Image in WSUS

If you have already got a deployment image in your Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) then you likely will want a CAPTURE IMAGE so you can collect the Operating System from a SysPreped PC.  This is easy to do:Launch WSUS Expand your server > BOOT IMAGES Right click on the appropriate boot image (i.e. Windows Setup (x64) – 1803) and select CREATE CAPTURE IMAGE On the METADATA AND LOCATION screen click the BROWSE button, select…

SOLVED: SysPrep – [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2

If you are trying to SysPrep a Windows 10 PC and see: Sysprep Failure Unable to Validate Windows Installation and then see in the log: [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2 You likely have some Win10 apps that are installed per person.  Things like the calculator and paint may be installed by default but they are installed per person and not allowed to be sysprepped. …