Windows problems and errors

Many people struggle when faced with a zip file and don’t understand what to do with it. I’ll try to explain and look at options for different devices. Why use zip and what is it? When you want to download large or small files to your Windows or Mac PC or tablet computer, the standard … READ MORE

How to unzip files contained in a zip archive

Yes, you can use a Linux boot CD to repair a Windows NTFS disk fault. Linux ships with a utility called badblocks. Badblocks is a Linux command in its own right that has several different modes to be able to detect bad sectors on our hard disk. Once found, it saves the references to these … READ MORE

Use linux boot disk to repair a Windows NTFS disk fault

Are you getting your Outlook emails stuck in your Outbox after upgrading to Windows 10? I’ve seen this happen on several machines and it really seems to be a problem where Windows corrupts the Outlook database and/or profile on many versions of Microsoft Office (2007, 2010 and 2013). The easiest fix and one that I’d … READ MORE

Outlook emails stay in Outbox after Windows 10 upgrade

To reset the Administrator password on your Windows server 2012 installation, you’ll need to do the following: Boot from the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 DVD From the Windows setup menu, click “Next” Select “Repair your computer” Click on “Troubleshoot” Under Advanced options, click “Command Prompt” Type “diskpart” and hit Enter Type “list volume” and hit … READ MORE

Reset Windows Server 2012 Administrator password

Slow update speeds in Windows 8 (and slow network speeds in general) are often because of the ‘poisoned’ DNS cache. This is because it can contain invalid or expired DNS records. Symptoms may be difficulty in opening websites or even problems with Windows updates. What we’ll do here to attempt to rectify this is to … READ MORE

Slow Windows 8 update speeds fixed

This is quite a common fault on systems I have seen on PC systems ranging from XP through to Win 8. There are various ‘fixes’ mentioned out there, some of which are potentially damaging, so I thought I’d share my method of repair here. It has worked on 99% of computers we have had through … READ MORE

Failure configuring windows updates reverting changes do not turn off your computer

The Windows 7 DVD can upgrade your PC to Win 7. Prices are a little keener than Windows 8 at the moment it seems. You can go the upgrade path, eg buy a Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade disc, but I would always recommend backing up all your files and then doing a fresh … READ MORE

Windows 7 dvd

This error occurs when the event log service is turned off (set to manual or disabled).  To correct, do the following: Start, Run and type in “services.msc” Go to the “Event log” service and double click on it. Set it to “Automatic” and click on OK. Now you should be able to set the “Task … READ MORE

Could not start the Task Scheduler service Error 1717: The interface is unknown