Stop Windows Automatic Reboot After Updates


Occasionally, after the installation of an Automatic Update, Windows will prompt the user to reboot their computer or postpone the reboot for up to 4 hours. This is possibly one of the most annoying of all of Windows “features” as quite often I have been caught off-guard when downloading a large file or leaving the computer for a few minutes only to find that I’ve missed the prompt and the computer has restarted. Which can obviously be extremely frustrating!

Fortunately, it is relatively easy to fix permanently. Continue reading “Stop Windows Automatic Reboot After Updates”


Best Free NetStumbler Alternative

A few years back I started dealing with wireless network installations in homes and business. I was relatively new to the technology and one of the tools I found that helped me greatly was NetStumbler. NetStumbler scans for wireless access points and gives you a pretty graph of signal strength so you can move the access points around and test antennas to get the best reception. It was also useful for testing the range of a particular device. Continue reading “Best Free NetStumbler Alternative”

Recovery Console For XP Without CD: The Easiest Method

Today I was in a bit of a pickle. I needed to use the Windows XP Recovery Console to use the ‘fixboot’ and ‘fixmbr’ commands on a PC that I was repairing but I didn’t have an XP CD handy that included the recovery console. Microsoft provide a utility to make a set of 6 floppy disks to do the job but who uses those anymore? Luckily Dean Adams over at ‘Proposed Solutions’ has come up with a very tidy way of getting to the Recovery Console using two simple bootable ISO images (One is XP SP1 and the other is XP SP2, I am not sure what the difference is but I used the SP2 image). Continue reading “Recovery Console For XP Without CD: The Easiest Method”

HP Printers – A Warning For Potential Buyers

HP’s C4599, straight from hell?

Normally when I write about a product on my blog it is because it is a great product and I make personal, unbiased recommendations, this will be the first time I am going to advise against purchasing a product. Specifically the C4400 and C4500 series of All-In-One printers from HP.

I am not sure what HP is going to think of this article if they see it but there is no laws against me offering my opinion, so please note this is all this article is. My own opinion. Continue reading “HP Printers – A Warning For Potential Buyers”

Every Windows Key Shortcut You Will Ever Need

Windows Key shortcuts.

The sneaky Windows Key

Tips and shortcuts for easy and efficient PC use.

Following in the foot steps of my Window’s Run Commands article I have decided to give you even more handy tips to make your computing experience much easier and efficient. These shortcuts work in all versions of Windows up to Windows 7!

Below is a list of 12 shortcuts utilising the Windows key on your keyboard (pictured). The shortcuts I have written require you to hold down the Window’s key and press once the letters in the instructions.

Enjoy!

  1. Windows Key – Opens the Start menu.
  2. Windows Key + E – Opens up an Explorer Window.
  3. Windows Key + Da.k.a The Boss Key – Minimises all Windows and display the desktop, press D again to return all your Windows to normal. (Use this when you are doing dodgy things and the boss walks in the room 🙂 ).
  4. Windows Key + F – Opens the Find dialogue.
  5. Windows Key + L – Locks your PC.
  6. Windows Key + M – Minimises all open Windows.
  7. Windows Key + Shift + M – Returns minimised Windows to their previous state.
  8. Windows Key + R – Opens the Run command box. (Read ‘100 Handy Run Commands’ article).
  9. Windows Key + F1 – Displays the Windows Help menu.
  10. Windows Key + Pause/Break – Displays System Properties.
  11. Windows Key + Tab – Cycles through open Windows (Looks cooler than Alt + Tab in Windows 7).
  12. Windows Key + U – Displays the Utilities Manager.

Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

100 Super Handy Windows Run Commands

Windows Run commands are super handy to know, especially when dealing with computer users over the phone. Trying to talk them through an issue can be difficult enough without worrying about what version of Windows they are running or whether or not they have moved the shortcut to their control panel and all sorts. With the big list compilation below you can access most of Windows important features with simple ‘Start > Run > type in xxx’ instructions to users.

All you need to do is click on ‘Start’ and select ‘Run’, or hold the ‘Windows Key’ down and press ‘R’ and enter the commands listed below.

Enough small talk, I am sure you know what you are looking for so check out my top 100 handy Windows Run Commands. Continue reading “100 Super Handy Windows Run Commands”

Can’t find the right drivers? How to identify unknown devices in Windows

Unknown devices in Device Manager can be really annoying especially if you have lost the driver disc and can’t identify the device at all to download the drivers from the internet.

If you have ever had to reinstall Windows on a PC before then you probably would have encountered this issue.

Unknown devices in Device Manager can be really annoying especially if you have lost the driver disc and can’t identify the device at all to download the drivers from the internet.

Fortunately I have a trick to make identifying those pesky devices much easier without the use of fancy or expensive software. Whether is be audio drivers, video drivers, printer drivers, any kind of drivers!

Simply open ‘Control Panel’ and go to ‘Device Manager’. Right click on the device you want to identify and select ‘Properties’.

In the device properties window select the ‘Details’ tab. There will be a ‘Property’ drop-down box from which you need to select ‘Hardware Ids’.

In my example I have the value ‘PCIVEN_8086&DEV_109A‘. (See image).

This is the information you will need to identify your device. (The device in this example has already been identified and drivers installed as I didn’t have any Unknown Devices to use as in my screenshot.)

A simple Google search of ‘VEN_8086&DEV_109A’ reveals that my device is an Intel PRO Network card and also a few websites where I can download drivers. Please know that this method doesn’t always neccessarily pin-point your device 100% of the time and some trial and error may be required but it will at least point you in the right direction.

I hope this was helpful and if you have any questions please leave me a comment.