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Mon
11
Jul
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How to Fix: 'Your Power Plan Information isn't Available' when accessing Power Options

How to Fix: 'Your Power Plan Information isn't Available' Infopackets Reader Cindy G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 7 Pro and I'm trying to defrag my hard drive. I'm using Piriform Defraggler and it says that it will take over a day to ... complete. That's fine - however, every time I shut my monitor off and leave the computer to do its work, it keeps going to sleep. I have gone to the Power Options in the Windows Control Panel, but all I see is a message stating that 'Your power plan information isn't available'. I am completely perplexed by this as I have a Windows 7 laptop and my ... (view more)

Mon
04
Apr
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How to Fix: Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working

Infopackets Reader Sam S. writes: " Dear Dennis, A few days ago I booted my computer to the Windows 10 desktop, but now my Windows 10 start menu doesn't work. If I click on the start menu, it doesn't do anything at all - no menu, no tiles - nothing ... at all! The only options I have are the Windows 10 task bar which allows me to click on Microsoft Edge browser, so I can at least get on the Internet. Can you tell me why my Windows 10 start menu disappeared? I need to get into my tiles so can access my apps. Thanks for any help you can offer. " My response: This is a very vexing problem (based on ... (view more)

Mon
28
Dec
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How to Fix: iTunes Error 54 in Windows 7, 8, 10

Infopackets Reader Leslie B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just recently upgraded to Windows 10 and now when I run iTunes, I receive error 54 - whatever that means. I am unable to access anything in iTunes. Can you help? " My response: From what I ... understand, iTunes error 54 refers to a general input/output (I/O) error. This means that iTunes is having trouble reading or writing to a file or folder on your hard drive. This can be caused by various things, including a corrupt file, locked or inaccessible files or folders, or if an .m4a file could not be converted to a lower bit rate. The latter ... (view more)

Mon
31
Aug
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How to Fix: Program not Compatible with Windows 10

Infopackets Reader Stacie M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I upgraded to Windows 10 over the weekend, but unfortunately many of my programs appear to be incompatible. For example, a program either gives me an error and immediately exits, or it runs but ... doesn't work properly. If I would have known that my programs won't work with Windows 10, I don't think I would have upgraded. Is there anything I can do to make my programs compatible with Windows 10? " My response: When I first upgraded to Windows 10, many of my favorite programs wouldn't work properly, either - similar to what you describe. For ... (view more)

Mon
01
Jun
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How to Fix: Can't run Command Prompt as Admin (Win8)

Infopackets Reader Dave T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently installed Windows 8.1 on my netbook and downloaded all the updates which took almost 2 days to complete. Towards the end there was a slew of failed updates which did not install; one of ... them which was a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer. I read that to fix the issue I need to open a command prompt as Administrator user and then run 'sfc /scannow' to fix the failed updates, but I cannot seem to run cmd.exe as the Administrator user. When I try and run 'sfc /scannow', I get the error message that 'You must be an administrator ... (view more)

Fri
13
Feb
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Reset Admin Password (Windows XP)?

Infopackets Reader Bill F. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your article on how to reset the admin password for Windows 7 and 8 . I have an old Windows XP machine and can't login because I lost my password. Do you have similar steps on how to reset ... the admin password for Windows XP? " My response: The steps to reset the administrator password for Windows XP is different than what what was previously described in the article for Windows 7 and 8. Note that if you can login as the "Administrator" user, you can also use this account to reset any user password on the system. So, the steps below ... (view more)

Wed
19
May
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'Mechwarrior 4', and 'Super Administrator in Windows 7'

Mechwarrior 4 MekPak3.1 and Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries is now free. The ability to create literally thousands of configurations allows the game to continue in popularity over its lengthy life span. The Free Release not only comes with the original ... mechs and weapons of Mercenaries, but also with the Clan and IS Mech Packs and all the Mektek mechs and weapons. http://mektek.net Super Administrator in Windows 7 Windows 7 has got a super administrator account which, by default, is disabled. Such account is automatically created when Windows 7 boots up for the first time but, for security reasons, ... (view more)

Thu
28
Feb
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'Enable Vista Hidden Administrator', and 'Fine Recovery'

Enable Vista Hidden Administrator This back-up administrator account can come in handy if you encounter some problems logging into or otherwise using Vista. http://www.cnet.com/ Fine Recovery Fine Recovery is a data recovery tool that allows users ... to undelete files, recover a deleted hard drive, and restore folders. Fine Recovery is a free and powerful utility to restore deleted files from hard disk. The typical hard drive can be scanned for recoverable files within minutes. http://www.finerecovery.com/ (view more)

Wed
22
Aug
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'Winsplit Revolution', and 'Host Administrator'

Winsplit Revolution WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to separate your screen into two, three or four portions. It's especially suitable for high-end LCD screens with high resolutions. http://reptils.free.fr/ Host Administrator ... Host Administrator is a freeware 32-bit program that can administrate the TCP/IP hosts file for your local network. The host file in your Windows directory is used for the translation of computer names into IP numbers. With Host Administrator, you can edit this file very easily. http://www.rekenwonder.com/ (view more)

Sun
13
Aug
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'Firetune For Firefox', and 'Top 10 System Administrator Truths'

Firetune For Firefox Tweak and optimize Firefox with a mouse click. http://www.totalidea.com/content/freeware/freeware.html Top 10 System Administrator Truths With enough time and effort, anyone could be a System Administrator. Really, it's not ... hard, it just takes practice, methodology, and trial and error. A lot of trial and error. These truths will certainly get you on your way. http://www.misterorange.com (view more)

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