Category Archives: Tech

Update WordPress manually on a Synology NAS

By | February 22, 2020

Synology is often a little slow in updating their plugins, and WordPress is one of them.Fortunately it’s very simple to manually update to the latest version WordPress on your Synology NAS. Download the latest version of WordPress & unzip to a folder Delete the wp-content folder from the new installation folder Move all files and… Read More »

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 »