Category Archive: DIY Computer Repair

May 13

Restore Windows 8.1 Default Start Screen

Ran into this issue where a user wanted the default start screen back…..  Hope it helps. Open a command prompt as Administrator copy and paste del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak taskkill /f /im explorer.exe explorer.exe exit Now hit your windows key or swipe to the windows key and you will have a nice clean start screen. …

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Jan 11

AMD Systemboard Repair

Well my 45.00 thrift store computer worked for a little while then I started having boot issues with it.  I figured I’d crack the case open and just check some things out and glad I did…. I found the dreaded puffy caps. (Board is a KA3MVP)   Now upon seeing this I was thinking of …

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Dec 07

Windows 8/8.1 Networked Printers show as red x’s


Just thought i would write a quick blog post that if you have recently deployed a Windows 8 / 8.1 device and discover that the networked connected printers are showing as red’s then you may need to check with your vendor to see if they have a updated chipset drivers.  I know it sounds crazy …

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Jan 28

Recover Lost & Deleted files (The Free Way)


Have you ever accidently deleted a file off your computer and emptied the recycle bin just to go dohhh.  I am going to show you some great free tools that you can use to recover you files, I would call this your first line of recovery.  Don't carry it to some computer service for this, …

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Jan 28

Active Desktop Recovery Fix

  If your recieve the following error: You can fix it by doing the following: Login to the computer as yourself Double Click on My Computer then Open C:\ Go to the Windows Folder, then Go to the Web Folder – The path should read C:\Windows\Web (or see picture below) Delete Safemode.htt (See Picture Below) …

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Aug 01

Windows Vista/7 Boot Winload.exe Error

Most likey if you move drives around or reimage computers from time to time the image hick ups and you have to fix the boot of the computer.  Here is the fix. To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps: Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 …

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Jul 01

Internet Explorer 8 not getting group policy

Ran into this issue due to using the windows ieak toolkit for Internet Explorer 7/8 to compile a custom exe.  Well everything initially tested okay and after deployment we noticed that IE7 and IE8 was not operational anymore.  They would get a internal webpage but nothing else like the settings are being blocked from group …

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Jan 26

Removing Internet Security 2010

Internet Security 2010 is a rogue anti-spyware program that is installed through the use of malware. Once installed, Internet Security will be configured to start automatically when you login to Windows. It will then scan your pc and display numerous infections, but will not remove anything until you purchase the program. These infections, though, are …

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Jan 25

Get the IE emergency patch now!

This security update resolves seven privately reported vulnerabilities and one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The more severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than …

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