Category Archives: Tech

Pi-Hole installation, step-by-step.

By | February 20, 2019

This will become your DNS and will sinkhole any nefarious/ad requests on your network, so cell phones, tablets & computers will all be far less inconvenienced by ads and crap. You’ll need a 2 GB SD card and your trusty leftover Raspberry Pi. Download the Raspbian Lite image.  This goes on the 2GB SD card.… Read More »

A PowerShell script to update the Windows 7 and Windows 10 lock screen image.

By | October 12, 2018

This was the mission at work, and the hardest part is that I don’t know PowerShell, but I had two things going for me. 1, Windows 7 keeps the lock screen image in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds (C:\Windows\sysnative\oobe\info\backgrounds for x32). As long as it’s called “backgroundDefault.jpg” and is 256kb or smaller, Win7 is happy. 2, The policy for… Read More »

HP Printer driver fails install due to USB Software Support

By | February 10, 2017

Symptom:   While installing a USB connected printer, the driver stops with the following error; This computer does not have the necessary USB software support to allow completion of a USB installation.   Cause: For whatever reason, the USBReady.exe file can’t properly perform a USB detection.   Solution: Go into the temp directory where the… Read More »

Excel 2013 (Office Products) can’t open files on network share

By | December 16, 2016

Symptom: Opening Word or Excel documents on a network share opens a New Document window and not the selected file.   Cause: Corrupt Office profile folder.   Resolution: Log in as Administrator, rename (or delete) the profile folder. C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office I renamed mine to OLD-Office so I could rename it back if I caused serious issues.… Read More »

Domain computer fails GPUpdate /force

By | November 16, 2016

  Symptom: GPUpdate /force doesn’t update the computer policy   Cause: There are many, but in THIS case it was due to the registry.pol file needing to be renamed/removed.   Resolution: Rename (or delete) C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine\Registry.pol Run Gpedit.msc as Adminstrator. Under Administrative Templates change any setting and then change it back. This will recreate the Registry.pol… Read More »

Silverlight requests installation despite already being installed

By | November 5, 2016

A recent issue I ran into was a website that prompted the user to install Silverlight. He already had it installed, and I ensured it was the latest version. The website worked fine when other users logged in. It did not work even after making the user a local administrator. It had to be a… Read More »

Windows Update slow – takes hours to find updates (Windows 7)

By | August 17, 2016

This has happened to me several times and had me scratching my head until I found out that it’s a common issue and is due to a bug in the Windows Update processing (checking for new updates) stage.  This is the resolution. You need these three updates downloaded – I tend to save them with… Read More »