Windows Vista Updates – Fix Windows Update Never Finds Any Updates

Another computer operating system problem with a Microsoft corporation operating system. This time Microsoft Windows Vista updates endusers would encounter Microsoft Windows update never finding any updates.

As an enduser you would search for Microsoft Windows updates and it would be a never ending search. Microsoft Windows Vista operating system would actually never find any new updates. I was also having this proverbial Microsoft operating system quagmire.

Initially, I was using a Dell desktop computer with Microsoft Windows Vista service pack two installed. I thought I was a genius by reinstalling Microsoft Vista, including service pack two. What a colossal failure that lack of brilliant idea was.

I finally found the solution to fix this problem where Microsoft Windows Vista updates never finds any updates. What initially fixed this problem was to install these five Microsoft updates in order by number. You want to install the oldest Microsoft Windows updates first in numerical order.

What you want to do is install all of the a fore mentioned five Microsoft updates for your exact Microsoft Vista operating system. If you have Microsoft Vista x86 32 bit operating system, then install the x86 32 bit updates. If you have Microsoft Vista x64 64 bit operating system, then install the x64 64 bit updates.

Installing the a fore mentioned five Microsoft updates no longer fixed the problem with Microsoft Vista operating system never finding any updates to install. Now you would want to install these five Microsoft operating system updates in numerical order. Install the oldest first numerically.

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms15-080

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms15-097

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms15-128

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-039

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-073

Microsoft Corporation no longer supports Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. What this means is that no operating system and security updates will be available in the future for Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. In all intents and purposes they have retired Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.

April of two thousand seventeen was the last month that any Microsoft Windows Vista updates were available for this operating system to download. The following is a list of the last available Microsoft Windows Vista updates.

The end of another Microsoft Windows operating system era, has commenced.

Windows Vista Updates – Fix Windows Update Never Finds Any Updates Video Transcript

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Ultra video party Roy want to make this

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video concerning a problemo that I’ve

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been having for quite some time on

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Windows Vista with Service Pack 2

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whereby I have not been able to install

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any Windows updates when either

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restoring to factory or performing a

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fresh install Windows Vista I stumble

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upon this article this website a URL and

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I will include it in this youtube video

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description whereby I solved my problem

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by installing these five Microsoft

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updates in order oldest to newest so 307

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and 308 310 314 316 I’m running Vista

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64-bit then I downloaded these five for

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Vista 64-bit on screen this is the 307

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308 3 to 14 and then 316 since it’s July

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of 2016 this will probably change in the

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future you can check out this website

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URL and see if it’s updated in the

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future you’ll probably have to download

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additional ones possibly possibly

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now before you download and install

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these you want to go through the steps

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disable automatic updates so go to your

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Vista machine and then go to start and

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then control panel or start all programs

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and then Windows updates but actually it

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was kind of cut off because I’m using

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the screen capture program go to Windows

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Update and then you want to change the

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settings you want to hit this down drop

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box and then select never check for

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updates and then click OK

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we can move that on screen click OK I’m

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not going to because I don’t want to

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change the settings and then you would

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then reboot your computer now if you had

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your Windows updates set to never check

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then you shouldn’t have to change that

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if you have any of these other settings

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set like I have now any of these other

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three then select never check for

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updates click OK reboot your computer

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because most likely your computer is

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already checking for updates in the

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background and then when you go to

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manually install these updates they

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won’t install because Windows is

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checking for updates and it won’t let

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you install manually at the same time

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now as you can see once I installed

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these five updates from – from last well

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excuse me four from last year and then –

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from this year excuse me up here it

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rectified my problem I did not go and do

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this step I did not download them this

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way and then I just basically disable

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automatic updates rebooted the system

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and then manually download these from

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these URLs and I will include a link to

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the URL where you choose 32-bit x86 or

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64 bit which is x64 and then as you can

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see on screen it says 206 important

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updates are available and then it only

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took about five minutes I rebooted the

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computer and then I enabled Windows

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updates and then it automatically

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started checking for them and then I’d

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say about five minutes it found two

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hundred and six important updates and

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now I can install them so and then also

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I made a previous video

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a similar fix for Windows 7 now this

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article also is for Windows 7 with a

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different step so if you’re having a

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problem in Windows 7 Service Pack 1

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installing updates where they just they

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searched and searched and searched and

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it never finds any well here’s a fix for

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that and then I also made a

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video a few months ago and then I will

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include a card to that one so hopefully

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either the steps for Windows 7 or that

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video will help you get updates working

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on Windows 7 as well adios

Windows 10 – Network Path Was Not Found 08×80070035 Possible Fix

Another Microsoft corporation problem. This time you may receive this Windows 10 – Network Path Was Not Found 08×80070035 error message when attempting to connect to a local area network connection share. This is more verbatim the actual network error.

Windows cannot access “the target machine name” Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click diagnose.

When you click “Diagnose” you will see the following:

Error code: 0x80070035

The network path was not found.

If you attempt to connect to your target computer’s share via the Internet Protocol address instead, then you will be able to browse it successfully. For example you would try to access your network share by entering in the Internet Protocol address and share name like this example:

\\10.0.0.1\share

First you want to obviously make sure that you are trying to connect to the correct target machine and share name, like this example:

\\D620\USER

Also, you can try to ping your target computer via this command:

ping D620

If you did indeed enter in the correct machine name and share, then you will want to verify that two services are running on your Microsoft Windows computer. You will want to verify that the Computer Browser Service is enabled and running. You will want to enter the “Services” tool on your Microsoft Windows computer.

Also, you will want to verify and or turn on NETBIOS Network Basic Input Output System over TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol Internet Protocol. You will want to perform this step on both of your computers. Your source and your target computer.

If the following troubleshooting tips did not fix your problem, you can reset the Microsoft Windows winsock. First, you want to document your computer’s Internet Protocol address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS Domain Name System settings. Type this command into a Microsoft Windows command prompt:

C:\>ipconfig /all

Now you can type in the resulting information or screen capture it. You will want to save this ipconfig /all command information in case you have to reconfigure your network settings because of a static ip address, etc. Now you will enter in the following two commands into a Microsoft Windows command prompt.

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset c:tempresetlog.txt

You can go ahead and restart your computer. Hopefully, now you are able to browse local network computers and their shares. If your computer had a static Internet Protocol address configured, you will want to configure your static Internet Protocol address again.

The netsh winsock reset command actually resets your network settings to default, which is configured for DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. These instructions were written for a source computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system installed, trying to connect to a target computer with Microsoft Windows XP professional operating system. However, you can certainly use these instructions and tips for other Microsoft Windows operating systems ie. Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, and Microsoft Windows 8.

Windows 10 – Network Path Was Not Found 08×80070035 Possible Fix Video Transcript

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okay temperature I want to make this

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video

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pertaining to networking with Windows 10

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I was trying to access a Windows XP

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machine so I could share files back and

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forth using file and printer sharing I

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could not now I can but earlier I cannot

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browse this d620 computer which is

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running Windows XP and I was getting

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this error windows cannot access blah

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blah blah and here’s the error code it’s

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eight zero zero seven zero zero three

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five here’s how I rectified this I use

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this article and I will include a link

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to this article in this YouTube video

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description in case you’re getting the

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same error and then you can follow these

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quick steps first you want to make sure

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that the computer browser or service is

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running Windows 10 right click control

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panel system and security Administrative

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Tools services computer browser right

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here

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mine was set to manual but it was

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running I set it to automatic just so

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that I’m certain that whenever you boot

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this computer it would automatically

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start cancel out of there close that

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close that then you want to make sure

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that tcp/ip over NetBIOS is enabled

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NetBIOS over tcp/ip on both machines

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actually on both machines they were set

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to this other default setting which I

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will show you now this is Windows 10 we

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can go back to control panel home go to

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network and internet go to network and

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sharing center then I am on your network

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the one that you’re connected to

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selected it could be Y file it could be

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land just select it then go into the

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properties then for

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tcp/ip version for not six but four go

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into the properties then go to advanced

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then click on the lens tab this is the

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setting that allowed me to then browse

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my Windows XP machine from my Windows 10

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machine I had sharing all set up I had

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file and printer sharing in the expert

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machine I had a folder shared before

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every reason I could ping it by its

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computer name and by IP address I

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couldn’t map a network drive or I

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couldn’t access it in the network tab of

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Windows 10 you want to set this to the

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second option enable NetBIOS over tcp/ip

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it was set to the default setting which

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will use NetBIOS firm your DHCP server

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that could be your router or whatever

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device that you use to give IP addresses

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or you might not be using DHCP so I

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changed it to the second one enabling

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applies over tcp/ip click OK click OK

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again click close click close now I can

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click close here to now I want to show

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you on my Windows XP machine it was set

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to the same setting so you go into

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control panel on Windows XP

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go into network connections same thing

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local connection or if it’s a Wi-Fi

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connection right click it go to

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properties go to the properties for

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tcp/ip click advanced then go to the

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same tab wins tab again even under

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Windows XP machine they will set to

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default which would use NetBIOS setting

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from the DHCP server I changed it to the

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second one just like on Windows 10 and

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they will NetBIOS over tcp/ip I clicked

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ok

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I clicked ok again I click close that’s

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going to hourglass close this window

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I’ll just minimize my remote desktop

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connection then almost immediately as I

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did this is off screen but at the right

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side of the micro show there’s a little

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refresh network or you can use your f5

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key I click that and then all of a

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sudden the d620 which is my laptop

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running Windows XP is showed up and now

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it shows up in the network and I can

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browse it like normal I don’t have to

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necessarily map a network drive unless I

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want to but I can browse it and look at

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the files on there and also before it

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wouldn’t show up I could still remote

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desktop connection to it but it didn’t

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show up so I could not map a network

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drive and then obviously I couldn’t

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browse it and then go to the shares that

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I have set up and then access the file

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so it was a big bummer

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so hopefully this also resolves your

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issue where you’re receiving the

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specific error which is 0 X 8 0 0 7 0

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through 5 the network path was not found

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when you try to map a network drive I’m

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going to 10ma might also be a problem

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with Windows Vista

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7:8 possibly possibly but this was

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Windows 10 and Windows XP adios

Windows 10 – Not Detecting Your CD DVD Drive Potential Solution

Is your Microsoft Windows 10 computer operating system not detecting your compact disk and or digital video disk drive? Amazingly enough Microsoft Corporation after decades still cannot design a computer operating system that can actually detect a compact disk and or digital video disk. Anyways, this potential solution might allow your Microsoft Windows 10 computer to finally detect your optical drive(s).

You will need to have access to your Microsoft Windows 10 administrator account and password. To open a command prompt with administrator rights in Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, you can right click the Microsoft Windows 10 start menu button in lower left hand corner.

Then choose command prompt with administrator rights if listed. If it is not listed, you can type in “command prompt” without quotes into a Microsoft Windows 10 cortana search box. Now you want to right click command prompt icon and choose “Run as administrator” or choose this from a list of other options.

In a command line you will want to type this command verbatim:

reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0” /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001

Also, you can copy and paste that command above that is bolded into your command prompt with administrator rights. Then hit your enter key. You should receive a “The operation completed successfully” message in your command prompt.

If you did, then you can exit out of the command prompt by typing in “exit” and then hit enter or close the command prompt window via the x in the upper right hand corner. Now you will want to restart Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. Hopefully now your compact disc or digitial video disc drive is detected.

If you receive any error messages then make sure that you are running that a fore mentioned command with administrator rights. Also, you could search the error message you are receiving into a search engine similar to Bing or Google to find some assistance.

Windows 10 – Not Detecting Your CD DVD Drive Potential Solution Video Transcript

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alternator parity or a video pertaining

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to the fact that some Windows 10

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installations will not detect your

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cd/dvd drive what a joke Microsoft

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they’re not moving forward they’re

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moving backwards

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how many operating systems have been

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released in the previous decades that

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can easily detect a cd/dvd drive that

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Windows 10 has a problema with it I

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ironically I found this article from

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Microsoft that actually fixed my issue

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and this was with a full version an

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upgrade I was running Windows 7 detected

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my a cd/dvd drive work just fine then I

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ran the Windows 10 upgrade then when

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that completed it would not detect my

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cd/dvd drive correctly DVD CD drive in

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Windows 10 does not recognize the cd/dvd

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drive installed Windows 10 preview in

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107 cd/dvd drive is working fine but in

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Windows 10 can’t recognize it tried disk

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management ran scan for new devices and

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device manager that did not work here’s

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the resolution solution you might give

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this a try

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run the command prompt as an

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administrator so you would right click

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the windows icon in the lower left

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corner and then you will see a list and

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you will see command prompt and then

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admin select the admin and then say yes

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then you copy and paste this command

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which I will copy and paste for you

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select and then copy and then I have an

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administrator command prompt open just

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select paste hit enter and then you want

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to make sure that you see the operation

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complete a successfully message and then

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it will go back to a command prompt so

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that worked then you want to reboot your

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Windows 10 machine and it should detect

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your DVD CD drive successfully now

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iMac Getting Slower and Slower – Solution

Another computer problem on a third party website where I earn supplemental income answering computer and technology related questions. This one deals with a Macintosh computer. Here is the question quoted verbatim.

My iMac has been getting slower and slower. How can I clean it up so it runs faster again?

This individual was using Macintosh operating system macOS Mojave 10.14.3. The solution was actually quite simple. You can download and install the free version of Ccleaner.

Perform a “Cleaner” session with that software. You can download and install the free version of Ccleaner. Perform a “Cleaner” session with that software.

Ccleaner supports the following Macintosh operating systems:

  • Macintosh operating system 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Macintosh operating system 10.7 Lion
  • Macintosh operating system 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Macintosh operating system 10.9 Mavericks
  • Macintosh operating system 10.10 Yosemite
  • Macintosh operating system 10.11 El Capitan
  • Macintosh operating system 10.12 Sierra
  • Macintosh operating system 10.13 High Sierra
  • Macintosh operating system 10.14 Mojave
  • Macintosh operating system 10.15 Catalina

You will most likely be asked for your Macintosh administrator password when installing Ccleaner. To run a cleaner session, you click on the “Cleaner” tab on the left. Then choose “Run Cleaner”.

The first time you run a Cleaner session, it may take quite awhile. You can be patient and allow the cleaner scan to finish. Also, as an added tip, you can run multiple cleaner sessions until Ccleaner no longer finds any objects or keeps finding the same objects that cannot be removed.

For my computer repair customers I used to run 3 cleaner sessions in a row. If your Macintosh is extremely slow and or you are having difficulties installing Ccleaner, you can boot your Macintosh computer into safe mode. In order to boot into safe mode, you either turn on or restart your Macintosh computer.

Then immediately press and keep holding the Shift key on your Macintosh computer until you see the login window. The term “Safe Boot” should appear in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Now log into your Macintosh computer per usual.

You can then try to install Ccleaner and or run a cleaner session. Macintosh computers are not perfect contrary to what the Macintosh fan boys and girls tell you. Just like many operating systems, Macintosh computers accumulate junk files.

Also known as cache, internet cache, temporary internet files, cookies, etc. You may want to periodically run a Ccleaner cleaner scan as part of your routine Macintosh computer maintenance. This solution has helped quite a few individuals solve their iMac getting slower and slower problem.

These instructions were written for an Apple Macintosh iMac with Macintosh operating system macOS Mojave 10.14.3 installed. However, you could certainly use this solution for other Macintosh computer hardware with other Macintosh operating systems newer then 10.6 Snow Leopard.

iMac Getting Slower and Slower Solution – Video Transcript

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another computer problemo this one deals
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with
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a mac and crap i mean a macintosh
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computer
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very slow slow
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well i thought macintosh computers were
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just lightning fast oh that’s right
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they’re computers
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and they’re not perfect and they get
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slow over time
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so this video is going to deal with how
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to solve that problem
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which as a real world computer
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technician that works every day going
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many
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mentally ill answering computer problems
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and
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you know blah blah all day long and
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getting yelled at and getting through
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anyways i digress
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very common problem on macintosh mac and
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crap even
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brand new ones you know i’m saying
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doesn’t really matter what operating
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system
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you know catalina el capitan doesn’t
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matter
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here is the solution i have the solution
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i will cut to the chase but i want to
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read verbatim their
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question so
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verbatim my mac
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my imac has been getting
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getting slower and slower
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how can i clean it up so it runs faster
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again
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well you could use linux and you could
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you know
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try windows oh that’s right wind blows
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get slow too
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here’s the solution
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c cleaner c cleaner
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i know the youtube technology shill some
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of the youtube technology shills frown
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upon sea cleaner
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i’ve never ever had a problem with it
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ever and i’ve used it
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well over a decade as a matter of fact
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i’m a ccleaner affiliate
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piriform develop ccleaner
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you can purchase it from me but you do
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not have to but i am telling you up
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front that i’m a ccleaner affiliate
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never had a problem with it even on
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macintosh what you want to do is you
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want to download ccleaner
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and you want to run a cleaning scan
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on macintosh that you don’t need to fuck
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around with any of the settings i don’t
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really
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you know i’m not even going to talk
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about that because you know when it
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comes to certain tools
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you know just accept the defaults you
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can click on the link in the description
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box below of this youtube video that
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will take you to my blog post at my
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website anycomputers.com well
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i will have abstract written
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instructions on how you can
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you know solve this problem but
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fundamentally a ccleaner
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i will include the free link
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and also if you want to purchase it i
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receive a small commission from you
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and i’ve used ccleaner for over a decade
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never had a problem i don’t know these
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youtube technology
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shells they’re like outright liars
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and or somebody’s paying them to
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tell you not to use ccleaner or
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you don’t have to use ccleaner you if
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there’s another tool that you’re more
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comfortable with or you’ve used before
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or maybe you have had a bad experience
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with ccleaner
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then by all means don’t fucking use it
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i’m a real world computer technician and
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this is a very common
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problem and i’ve been you know earning
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supplemental income on this third-party
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website
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whereby i answer computer technology
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related questions for over
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10 years now actually they’ve never
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they haven’t fired me yet and i’ve been
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in
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you know one suggestion is to use
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ccleaner and i’ve never
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had any complaints for management or
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anybody
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so what you’re going to do is all you do
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is install ccleaner on your macintosh
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it’s going to be a dmg
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file it’s you know it’s a small download
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and i will provide the links for you and
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then you install it on your macintosh
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you’re going to
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most likely need to know your
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administrator password
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macintosh computers are they actually
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have i think bsd
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which is a fork of unix they
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there’s a command line
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there’s a account that
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that is basically an administrator
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account that allows you to install
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software on macintosh and so and perform
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some other tasks
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most likely when you go to install
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ccleaner most likely you’ll get prompted
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maybe there’s i’m not aware of but then
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i don’t actually use macintosh
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i have used macintosh computers i just
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don’t have one right now i’m working on
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that i have
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excess capital now because
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i mean the term zoom i just made a zoom
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video yesterday that’s an apropos term
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because
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zoom i mean just the traffic on this
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website is through the roof
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zooming it and anyways i don’t
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digress too much
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anything further now the windows version
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oh
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and what operating system i think
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i will try to include that in my blog
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post i have not written it yet
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i do not record my videos for my
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subscribers
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because really if you’ve studied youtube
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youtube metrics and you
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if you’ve studied youtube heavily you’re
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really not
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going to it’s very
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if you’re going to think that you’re
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going to make a full-time living on
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youtube based upon your subscribers you
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might want to rethink that
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the recidivism rate meaning the
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percentage on average 14 percent
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the the youtube i’m pretty much done i
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just gave you the answer
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so i and you know if you’re offended by
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me
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you know digressing i don’t fucking care
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you can leave now or
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you probably already left 14
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is about i think average recidivism rate
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meaning your subscribers will
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view your videos 14 of your subscribers
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will view a youtube video
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that’s the average but that probably
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could have changed or it has changed my
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i don’t even know what my i don’t
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fucking care but you you got youtube
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content creators that have like a
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million subscribers and all you have to
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do is go and look at the viewer account
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on their videos and go back about a
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month and it’s probably less than one
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percent
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so i don’t make videos for my
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subscribers
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i make videos to help people i i’m a
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real world computer technician
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and i work every day and i help solve
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computer problems
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and then i share that information with
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you
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that’s it you don’t have to buy anything
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from me you don’t
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you you know if you may want to get the
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pro
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version because it has an automatic
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updater and blah blah but you certainly
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don’t have to
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and you don’t have to jank around with
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any of the settings
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just go in and i’ll try to provide deep
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more detailed instructions in my blog
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post
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i don’t i’m using linux to record this
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video
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this computer dual boots it has windows
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7.
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now i’m not going to boot into windows 7
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so i can fire up ccleaner
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and then even a lot of times with
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software the graphical user
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user interface might be different on
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operating systems so
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if on on windows if you’re using
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ccleaner somebody will tell you we’ll
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just click here click there and then run
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a cleaning session
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well but they’re using a macintosh
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computer they
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they on their mac they follow the
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instructions and they’re just like
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where well or that well i don’t see that
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button or well you’re
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allowed well goddammit and you’re a liar
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you’re you’re lying to your audience
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you know one of those people so but i
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will try to provide detailed
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instructions i might even be nice
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and philanthropic to a point and provide
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if i don’t write full instructions i
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will provide a link
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with yeah i’m pretty sure there’s a page
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where
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it’ll show you how to use ccleaner on a
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macintosh because the instructions might
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be different because i just told you
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but on windows you can run a registry
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scan
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but on mac you don’t need to worry about
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that this is
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most times a high percentage
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when i get a a client that has has a
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slow macintosh computer this
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is exactly what i tell them and a lot of
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times they never respond back
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once in a while they’ll say well that
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didn’t really work or well it’s still
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slow oh here’s a bonus added tip
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it depends on now macintosh
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they don’t have a registry like windows
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so you don’t need to worry about that i
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don’t want to digress i don’t want to
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make this video too long i’ll try to
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keep it what to 15 minutes
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and i gotta i have about five or six
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minutes maybe a little bit over time but
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i don’t want to make this video too long
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i try to keep my videos i
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honestly to 15 minutes and then but i
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have a big fucking mouth and so
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on macintosh the there is no registry
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however
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just like any computer even linux
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operating systems will accumulate files
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that’s just web especially web browsers
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web browser especially web browsers
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and it really doesn’t matter what
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operating system they have temp files
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they have cache files
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linux my my computer with the that has
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mx linux that i’m looking at right now
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well you know it’s kind of like right
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there but
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it has cache it it caches files
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on windows and mac that can cause a
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problem
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temp files cache files also known as
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cookies and temporary internet
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files and like you’ll download a plugin
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or you’ll you’ll download
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you know software whatever it
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accumulates
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and over time if your computer
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and the operating system
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does not clean those files up they’re
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gonna still be on the hard drive
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and believe it or not that can cause
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problems
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it can especially cause web browsing
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problems your web browser will start to
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fuck up or slow down
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or just get flaky or you can’t log into
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your email anymore or just all
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i could just make a separate video you
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know like a five hour
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video just on that it can also affect
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your overall operating system
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believe it or not and so tools like
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ccleaner
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are very effective they really are even
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on a macintosh
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now here let me give you some other
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additional tips
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the safe mode if your mac
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is really slow like they’re slow
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and then there’s
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really slow and then there’s very slow
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and then there’s extremely slow
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so there could be different you could
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even time it how long does it take your
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macintosh to boot up
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you know five minutes let’s say you can
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get a cup of coffee
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30 minutes you could cheat on your
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spouse with your
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mistress well isn’t that what americans
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do well it wasn’t that that
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what that ashleymadison.com
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you know was about and anyways
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if it’s really slow and it takes too
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a long time to even boot up and get into
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the login window and finally log in
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by by you may want to try this first
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it’s up to you i’m trying to think of
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ways to save you time
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the scan will take a long time even on
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a slow macintosh but a macintosh that
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boots up you know a couple minutes
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logs in and things seem to be okay but
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then all of a sudden
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you’re surfing the internet or you’re
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you know
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opening up a program zoom or adobe or
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whatever you’re doing
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and then oh and then here comes the
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molasses
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the tortoise
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the tortoise versus the hare all of a
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sudden your macintosh
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is becoming a comedian and
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it it’s involved in a race but it’s the
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tortoise it’s not the hair
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no it’s just you know okay let’s see
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one step at a time and well i kind of
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speak
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soft i kind of speak slowly anyways and
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well you know what i kind of got an itch
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here and
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well you know i’m going to take a break
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now and get some sun
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and well you know maybe next week i’ll
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cross the finish line
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and you know well yeah you know i’m a
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tortoise
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i’m a macintosh i mean
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even on macs like that that
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you know relatively seem to respond okay
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it still can take a long time so this is
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my warning
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be patient download ccleaner
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and just let it run you might want to
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just go you know
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jump in your vehicle and get some sun or
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go for a walk or whatever oh fuck the
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government
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fuck what the government says actually
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and i don’t want to digress about that
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oh i might get my youtube channel
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terminated
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for dare talk about that and criticizing
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that
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you know this alleged pandemic i mean
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come on
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just be patient allow it to finish it
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could take a while it also depends on
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how much accumulation on your macintosh
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it it might be months it might be years
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since the last time you cleaned up your
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cash your internet cash your internet
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cookies your cash
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your temp files that could be billions
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i’m not making this shit up well we’re
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really like gigabytes oh yes i’m not
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making that up
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see cleaner i don’t know what my record
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is
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i’m trying to remember i think i lost
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count now
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five gigs i don’t know that i think that
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was on a windows computer whatever
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whatever
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that’s just bragging rights
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it can take a while and then the first
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scan that i’ve noticed that was ccleaner
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the first time i’m at almost a 15 minute
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mark so i gotta
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you know run here the first time it will
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take a while because
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even on windows well windows it has goes
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through the entire registry
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if you run the register scan but even on
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windows and mac it’s got to go through
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the file system for the first
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time so that could be why it takes a
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while
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and then i’ve noticed with ccleaner if
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you run it regularly
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it’s not as slow so just be patient on
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the first scan
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on on mac i usually only
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i’ll give you an added bonus tip i run c
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cleaner even on a mac until it no longer
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finds
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any objects or it may find a few objects
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but they’re the the same ones
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they’re the exact same ones and for a
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reason it can’t remove them
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but then if you update ccleaner it might
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find them and then remove them but
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something like okay so
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this is an added bonus tip will see
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cleaner
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run it until it no longer finds any
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objects
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two or three times i notice it seems to
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work better that way
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and then also if you have a really slow
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macintosh
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boot it into safe mode first and i will
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try to include the instructions i think
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it’s
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what is it you hold down you either
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power off your macintosh and then hold
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down the control key
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while while you hit the power button or
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you do a restart and hold down the
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control key
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or something like that i will haven’t
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i’ll try to remember to put those
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instructions
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there too that’s another tip when in
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doubt our mat
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mcintosh does have a safe mode
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it it will i don’t want to get too into
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too many details basically
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certain features certain drivers will
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not you know
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boot up or be functional it hence the
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term
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safe mode then you know install ccleaner
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and then run a clean scan
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you might have to do that on a really
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slow and i just had a customer
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i i would say one at least once a week
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this is this is my
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solution to a slow macintosh it was
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probably
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what what was their trying to think if
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they’re not always the same
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i think it was the safe mode they ran it
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and it really didn’t help too much or
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you know what another thing
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sometimes happens is that they’ll have
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problems installing it
17:22
but if they boot it into safe mode
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that’s an i don’t want to digress too
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much
17:25
safe mode safe mode safe mode it can be
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very productive on a macintosh it can
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clear up a lot of
17:30
issues actually a lot of weird shit
17:33
anything further about see cleaner now
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that i’m into overtime any other tips
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that i want to give you that
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that i think are important
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i think i gave them all to on a
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macintosh
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safe mode that’s a big prevalent one
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safe mode yep learn how to boot into
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safe mode
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you can either boot into safe mode when
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you immediately power on the mac
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or like a restart and
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patience patience is a virtue
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ah
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good luck good luck you’re gonna need it
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i mean
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let’s see is there anybody in there
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still
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likes oh let’s stop

How to Upgrade Yosemite – to El Capitan

Another computer question surfaces in the world order. This time an individual wanted to upgrade the operating system on their Macintosh computer. The initial original question quoted verbatim is below.

How do I upgrade my Mac to OS 10.12?

This individual owned a Apple Macintosh computer with Macintosh operating system 10.11.6 El Capitan installed. They needed to upgrade their Macintosh computer operating system to comply with the download and attempted install of Turbo Tax software. This is a common occurrence with tax software.

Depending on the brand, many new tax software releases require you to upgrade your operating system. At this time Turbo Tax required Apple Macintosh operating system 10.12 Sierra in order to work.

You can upgrade via the Apple Macintosh Application Store. Also, you can use the iTunes link below. You will need your Macintosh administrator account password and Apple identification to upgrade.

https://support.apple.com/macos/mojave

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/macos-mojave/id1398502828?mt=12

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This individual then claimed that their Apple Macintosh computer was not compatible with Apple Macintosh 10.14 Mojave operating system. You can try this link below.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/macos-sierra/id1127487414?ls=1&mt=12

Also, you can check out the full Apple Macintosh Sierra 10.12 installation instructions. This individual then had forgotten their Apple Macintosh administrator password. If you forget your Apple Macintosh administrator password, there are numerous ways to reset it.

However, you will need some technical skills, which according to my experiences, many Apple endusers lack basic computing skills. This is an excellent time to lecture. You should always know your Apple Macintosh administrator password.

In this day and age what with the Internet, there are no excuses to remain so ignorant of such basic computer skills. Also, you should always know your Apple Identification password. Without either of these passwords, you are fucked, when it comes to being able to upgrade your Apple Macintosh operating system.

Luckily, the Apple Macintosh operating system has some different ways to potentially reset it. However, I would never use this type of feature like a crutch.

Bluetooth Not Working in Windows 10 – Fix

Another computer problem with Microsoft Windows 10. Can you imagine that? Anyways, this individual was missing a Microsoft Windows 10 hardware device driver.

Here is the original initial question quoted verbatim.

Bluetooth not working in windows 10. Missing from device manager.

The Altec Lansing Bluetooth speaker driver was missing from their installation of Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. This individual owned a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system installed.

You can download and install Snappy driver installer. That software should detect any missing drivers. Snappy driver installer, is free software that will detect missing driver(s) as well as any driver updates. I would proceed with caution when working with Microsoft Windows drivers. One mistake can cause your Microsoft Windows computer to not boot properly.

Snappy driver install does NOT have the most user friendly interface in my opinion. Also, Snappy driver installer is a stand alone application. Meaning that there is no setup.exe or install.exe to run.

There is no software installer that you need to open. Snappy driver installer comes in a .zip file format. You will need to unzip this software.

Microsoft Windows operating systems have a built in file decompress tool. You just right click the Snappy driver installer download and select “Extract Here”. This will extract the folder contents to the same folder that the compressed file is located in.

Double click SDI_64_R1811 to open it. You will see a list of missing drivers or available driver updates. Select the ATK driver by placing a check into the empty box with your mouse and then click on the green “Install” button.

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Depending on the size of the download, it will take some time to download and install. You may be required to restart your computer. Snappy driver installer has an expert mode, which I do NOT think is necessary for most end users that need to just install one driver.

I personally never fuck with Microsoft Windows hardware operating system drivers. All it takes is one faulty driver and your computer may not boot correctly. Also, Snappy driver installer has a “Create Restore Point” feature.

What this does is create a Microsoft Windows restore point at the exact time that you select that option. This allows you to use Microsoft Windows system restore, in case that driver has problems. This is a safety feature that could save your ass and keep you from having to get out of a major quagmire.

Snappy driver installer is only one of two driver installer tools that I have used over the past 10 years. The other one is called Driver Pack solution. That program is similar in nature.

As a computer technician these tools can really save time without having to download each individual hardware driver from the Internet. Also, sometimes you may run across a computer that is old, and you may not find the missing driver(s) on the original equipment manufacturer’s website. This is where a tool like Snappy driver installer or Driver pack solution can come in handy.

However, any time you install or update drivers, you might want to proceed with caution. I never wasted time updating drivers in the decades that I have used computers. This to me is a huge waste of time and could possibly result in a non booting operating system.

The only time I messed with drivers is when they were missing or they might be possibly buggy, causing blue screens, causing another problem, etc. If you have experience dealing with hardware drivers, then Snappy driver installer and Driver Pack solution can speed up the hardware driver installation process when reinstalling the computer operating system. These instructions were written for a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system installed.

However, you can use these instructions and tips for other computer brands, models, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

No Sound After Windows 10 Update – Fix

Another computer problem from a third party website where by I earn supplemental income answering computer and technology related questions. This computer problem deals with no sound after Windows 10 update.

This is actually quite a common problem. Here is the initial original request quoted verbatim.

I downloaded a windows update and lost my sound and need it back.

This individual was using a computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system installed. You can perform a system restore. Restore your computer back to before you had this problem.

This individual did NOT know how to perform a Microsoft Windows 10 system restore. Here are the instructions for you to perform a Microsoft Windows 10 system restore. Click the Windows 10 start menu icon in lower left corner.

Select “Search” and type in “System Restore”. Click on “Create a restore point”. A “System properties” window will open up.

You should be in the “System protection” tab of that window. Click on “System Restore”. Another “System Restore” window will open up.

Click on “Next”. In the next window you will be able to select your restore point. Also, you can place a check box in the “Show more restore points”.

What you want to choose here is a date and time before you were having your current problem. Choose a restore point back to before you were having your current computer problem(s). Now you click “Next”.

In order to begin system restore, you select “Finish”. Your computer will have to reboot in order to restore it back to the restore point that you picked. Your computer losing sound after a Microsoft Windows 10 operating system update is nothing new.

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I am sure in the future this Microsoft Windows 10 operating system with be plagued with Windows update problems. When in doubt, you can always try to fix your no sound issue, by performing a Microsoft Windows 10 system restore. Once you click on “Finish”, you never want to try to cancel the system restore.

Also, system restore will require Microsoft Windows 10 to reboot. You should never never never attempt to interrupt a Microsoft Windows 10 system restore. If you do by powering off your computer, rebooting your computer, etc. you could potentially cause Microsoft Windows 10 to no longer boot properly.

This would then require you to fix another quagmire or spend money paying a computer technician to fix your problem. Microsoft Windows system restores can take quite a bit of length of time to perform. I would allow at the very least 30 minutes and close to an hour for a Microsoft Windows 10 system restore to complete.

If you for some reason you do not have a restore point available or Microsoft Windows 10 system restore fails or will not run, then you could try a “Reset This PC” instead. You need to be patient when performing Microsoft Windows system restore and or reset this PC. If the system restore seems to have frozen up, try to disconnect any and all peripheral’s that might be causing the problem.

For example, universal serial bus flash drivers, external hard drivers, and even universal serial bus keyboards. The hard drive light on your computer should be flashing at times during the Microsoft Windows 10 system restore. Hopefully, you now have sound working again after performing the system restore.

These instructions were written for a computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system installed. However, you can use these instructions and tips as a basis point for any computer device with other Microsoft Windows operating systems. System restore has been available since Microsoft Windows Millennium edition and available on every Microsoft operating since.

Unmountable Boot Volume Windows 10 – Troubleshooting

Another proverbial Microsoft operating system problem. This time it dealt with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. Here is the original question quoted verbatim.

How do I fix stop code unmountable boot volume?

This individual owned a Hewlett Packard Touchsmart personal computer. This individual had Microsoft Windows 10 operating system installed. This computer was receiving the proverbial Microsoft blue screen with the following error message.

“Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. You can restart.” However, this resulted in a boot loop. Do you have a second computer with Windows 10 installed on it?

If you do you could create recovery media. You would need a DVD or USB flash drive. Another option is to possibly restore the computer back to factory.

Do you have any important data on it? The first thing you want to get concerned with is if you have important data on your computer or not. If you do, then you want to recover that data.

You can take out the hard drive and install it on a second computer to recover data. That is if you are technology inclined enough. You can always take it to a data recovery specialist or computer repair technician.

If you have a second computer with Microsoft Windows 10 installed, you can create a recovery drive. You will need either a writeable DVD or USB flash drive. You need to obtain at least a 16 gigabyte flash drive.

In Windows 10 search box, type in “Create recovery drive”. Select create recovery drive. You may or may NOT be asked for your administrator password.

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You want to select “Back up system files to the recovery drive”. This will allow you to reinstall Windows 10 if necessary. Insert a DVD or connect a Universal Serial Bus flash drive. Click “Next” and then select “Create”.

This can take quite awhile since you are copying system files. This recovery drive that you just created, does NOT include your personal files, programs, etc. You will need to backup and restore your data.

Also, you will need to reinstall all of your programs again. Once your recovery drive is created, you will be able to boot off of it on the computer with the problem. You can perform a system restore.

Choose a recovery date back before you had this problem. Another option available is a Reset This PC. There are two options with reset this PC.

One option will remove ALL your personal files and programs. The second option, will NOT remove your personal files, but will remove ALL programs. A reset this PC, resets Windows 10 back to the installed version of Windows 10.

Also, you may be able to use advanced options such as safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, safe mode with networking, last known good configuration, revert back to previous version of windows, remove windows update, etc. If you have access to a command prompt you can run both system file check and check disk scans with the following commands.

sfc /scannow

chkdsk c: /f /r

If you select safe mode with networking, you could install antivirus, malware, spyware, etc. software. Perform malware, spyware, virus scans. Windows 10 also has a free built in tool that will scan for malware, spyware, and viruses called Windows Defender.

If you are not able to fix your problem, you can reinstall Microsoft Windows 10 with your recovery drive that you just created. You do NOT need to worry about a Microsoft Windows 10 product key. As long as Microsoft Windows 10 was previously activated, then it will automatically get activated again, as long as you have an Internet connection.

These instructions were written for a Hewlett Packard TouchSmart computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. However, they can certainly be used as a basis point for other computer hardware manufacturers and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Windows 7 Media Test Failure – Troubleshooting

Another computer problem relating to Microsoft Windows operating system. This time an individual was having problems with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Here is the original initial question quoted verbatim.

Hi I am having trouble starting it. It will load with the Thinkpad logo and then I will be taken to the boot menu I am given a “media test failure” or something phrased that way…it quickly goes away and the boot menu will appear it is a Thinkpad W520.

This individual was using an International Business Machines ThinkPad W520 laptop. Microsoft Windows 7 was the operating system installed. There hard drive was an available option in this laptop’s boot menu.

Power off your computer. Power it back on and immediately start tapping your F8 key until an advanced boot options menu opens. Make certain to start pressing your F8 key before windows tries to boot.

Choose “Last known good configuration”. If that does not work then try “Safe mode”, “Safe mode with networking” or “Safe mode with command prompt” from that same advanced boot options menu. This individual was not able to successfully enter the advanced boot options menu.

I was able to find the recovery keystroke in the IBM ThinkPad W520 user guide. Many modern computers have a way to enter a special recovery environment, where you can reinstall the operating system via a recovery partition. This is known as factory recovery, factory restore, rescue, etc.

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Turn the computer on and immediately start tapping the F11 key. Make certain to press the F11 key before Windows tries to boot. Hopefully, Rescue and Recovery tool opens.

This individual was not able to successfully enter the rescue and recovery environment. Yes, it might say recovery, restore, etc. on the CD-ROM. You can try to boot off of it and see.

Insert CD-ROM. Power on computer. You can boot off of a Windows 7 installation CD-ROM. You don’t need to load drivers.

Reinstall the operating system if that is a choice. Try “Repair this computer” or boot into safe mode and run system file check and check disk scans. Chances are that this Microsoft Windows 7 was corrupt to the point that you could no longer boot into any Microsoft Windows 7 modes.

However, the hard drive was detected by the computer Basic Input Output System. Also, they were not able to access the rescue and recovery environment. This could be user failure or I have seen recovery partitions become corrupted.

You could potentially run a check disk scan on the recovery partition to repair it. This individual had a Microsoft Windows 7 installation CD-ROM, so this gave them the ability to fix the problem or just reinstall the operating system. With Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, you can legally reinstall the operating system as long as you enter a legit product key.

Look for a Microsoft Windows 7 certificate of authenticity sticker. On this sticker you should be able to view a 25 character product key. It is always a good idea to have your important data backed up and to save any recovery, restore, reinstall CD-ROM, DVD, USB flash drive, that comes with your computer.

These instructions were written for an IBM ThinkPad W520 with Microsoft Windows 7 installation. However, they can be used as a basis point for other computers with Windows 7 installed and potentially other Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Windows failed to start a recent hardware or software change might be the cause

Another computer problem with Microsoft Windows operating system. This time most likely with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Below is the original question quoted verbatim.

“Asus My laptop will not restart. Message is “Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause…””

This individual did NOT know what operating system this computer had. This to me is an amazing lack of computer literacy. Anyways, they claimed they owned this Asus laptop for five years.

Most likely this individual owned an Asus computer with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system installed. Also, this laptop did NOT come with a DVD drive nor did it include a slot for it. Turn off that laptop.

Remove the battery and all external devices like USB printer, external hard drive, flash drive, etc. Disconnect the power cable from both wall outlet and laptop. Press and hold the power button for 60 seconds.

Plug the power cable back into wall outlet and laptop. See if Windows will boot. If your laptop battery is underneath a cover, you can skip that portion of the instructions and follow the rest.

If clearing potential electric static discharge or some funky Window hardware problem, was not fixed, then power off your computer. Power it back on and immediately start tapping your F8 key until an advanced boot options menu opens. Make certain to start pressing your F8 key before windows tries to boot.

Choose “Last known good configuration”. If that does not work then try “Safe mode”, “Safe mode with networking” or “Safe mode with command prompt” from that same advanced boot options menu. If your computer is able to boot into any of the safe mode options, your problem is NOT necessarily fixed.

You could then try to boot into normal mode. If you still receive that albatross of an error, then try booting into safe mode again. This time you want to perform some scans.

Perform a malware, spyware, virus, system file check, and check disk scan. You can perform a spyware scan on Windows 7 with the free already installed Windows Defender. To perform a malware scan, you may want to download and install Emsisoft Emergency Kit and or Superantispyware.

There are a plethora of antivirus software available such as Avast, AVG, Microsoft Security Essentials, etc. You certainly do NOT need to use those tools that I mentioned. Now you want to run a system file check with the following command.

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sfc /scannow

You need to type in this command into a command prompt with administrator rights. Finally, perform a check disk scan with the following command.

chkdsk c: /f /r

This is a comprehensive scan that can take hours and potentially days to complete on a corrupt or failing hard drive. There are five stages with the command I gave you. You need to type this command into a command prompt with administrator rights.

I normally run a system file check scan three times. I only run a check disk scan once, unless I receive an error or after running this scan Windows boots differently or I feel running the scan a second time may potentially fix. If none of these scans do NOT fix your issue, you can open Device Manager and see if there are any hardware devices with problems.

Look for a red x or yellow exclamation point. Also, you can remove that problematic device in Device Manager and then clicking on a “Scan for hardware changes” tool. This should reload the driver for that device. If this does not fix your problem, you may need to download and reinstall the driver from the original equipment manufacture website.

Another potential way to fix this problem, is to perform a Microsoft Windows system restore. You would restore your computer back to before you were having this problem. Choose a recovery date back to before this error appeared.

You should not lose any of your important personal data. However, your programs that you installed after that recovery date will be removed. Finally, never interrupt a Microsoft Windows system restore while it is running.

If you are technology capable you could boot off of a Windows 7 compact disc or DVD and potentially fix your problem. If you search the Internet for “Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause“, you may find some additional ways to fix this problem, which are beyond the scope of this blog post. They would require command line expertise.

If you are NOT technology capable or just not in the mood to fuck around in the command line, at the very least you could take your hard drive out of your laptop and recover your data by installing it into a second computer. However, this might not be your cup of tea, so when all else fails, take it to a computer technician widely known as a computer repair individual. At the very least, they will be able to recover your data.

Also, they might be able to fix this problem. If not, they could reinstall the Windows 7 operating system for you. They would just need the Windows 7 certificate of authenticity product key that is legible on a sticker on your Asus laptop.

These instructions were written for an Asus laptop with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, but certainly could be used as a basis point to troubleshoot other versions of Microsoft Windows operating system with a similar error and basically any computer hardware compatible with Microsoft Windows operating system.