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SOLVED: Windows Feature Installation The Referenced Assembly Could Not Be Found. Error: 0x80073701

If you receive, The Referenced Assembly Could Not Be Found. Error: 0x80073701 while trying to install a Windows Feature, the problem is likely region / language related.  I have seen this error while installing serious features like Multipath IO and small features like Telnet. The solution for most is to reinstall the operating system.  You […]


SOLVED: Where Should The Windows Page File Go?

The page file (aka. swap file) is the place Windows stores active data that it cannot fit into RAM.  In days of yore, the simple rule was to put the page file on a disk separate from the operating system and to make that file 1.5 times the size of the memory you have in the […]


SOLVED: What is ACTIVE MEMORY DUMP in Server 2016 & Win10

Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 have a new debugging feature named ACTIVE MEMORY DUMP which tracks only important memory information and ignores the rest. Most notably, if your computer is a HyperV host, it’s memory will contain the memory of your Virtual Machines, which is of little to no use in diagnosing the host server’s problems.  Using […]


Solved: Windows Cursor is Wider Than It Should Be

A typical Windows cursor is a single pixel wide but it is possible to have a cursor that is much wider.  In my case, I found a cursor that looked like it was two characters wide: This wide cursor does not cause any technical issues, but does make it difficult to see the next character […]


VIDEO: Fast Fix For Windows 10 Slow Start Menu Searches with Cortana

If you find your Windows 10 Start Menu is functional but typing text in the search bar is very slow or sluggish, there is a very easy fix. NOTES: If icons are missing or clicking on START menu items does nothing, the fix for that is HERE You will still be able to search from the […]


SOLVED: How To Install SSD Caching Using Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST)

If you have a spinning disk and want to make it run much faster you can add in a small Solid State Disk and combine them using Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST).   RST will then add the SSD to the spinning disk and copy whatever you frequently use to the SSD so it can […]


SOLVED: Quick FAQ’s For Meltdown & Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities

Last week we provided a very quick explanation of the Meltdown & Spectre CPU flaws which you can read HERE.  However, much more is now known and so here are the current answers to Meltdown & Spectre Frequently Asked Questions: What are Spectre & Meltdown? Spectre and Meltdown are related security holes in nearly all […]


SOLVED: What is Windows Credential Guard?

In the simplest terms, Credential Guard is a new Windows 10 optional feature that controls access credentials stored in memory. Windows Credential Guard requires Virtual Secure Mode (VSM) which turns on core HyperV components to allow Windows to isolate each application’s memory.  The graphic to the right mentions Device Guard but operates the same for […]


SOLVED: What is Windows Device Guard?

In the simplest terms, Device Guard is a new Windows 10 optional feature that controls access to boot processes and memory while also blocking any software that is not specifically approved (like a whitelist). Windows Device Guard is actually a set of three features: Platform and Secure Boot locks down boot processes by requiring ‘UEFI […]


SOLVED: VIDEO: Lenovo Laptop Will Not Power Up, Flashing Power Light Problem

If you have a Lenovo laptop with a flashing LED on the power switch but will not power up, we have the fix.  This short video shows a quick disassembly of a Lenovo Flex 3 1430.  You can then unplug the battery and solve the issue. In theory, holding the power button down (5 seconds […]


SOLVED: All NTFS Attributes Defined

Below is a list of NTFS “Attributes”.  An NTFS attribute is an OPTIONAL setting that software MIGHT use to make smart decisions as to how to handle a particular file. For instance, if file is marked as “O” that means is its OFFLINE.  An offline file might be available on Azure File Sync meaning that […]


SOLVED: How To Delete Protected Partitions in Windows 10

If you install a hard disk from an old PC into your current PC, you might find a few partitions cannot be deleted.  Fortunately it is very easy and fast to use a simple command line to remove the unwanted partitions: HOW TO REMOVE STUCK PARTITIONS: Bring up a CMD or PowerShell window (as an […]