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How to Disable Windows 10 OneDrive
Microsoft claims OneDrive is built in to Windows 10, and can't be uninstalled. But they do provide instructions to stop the sync process, so it doesn't send your files to OneDrive. More ...

Defend Your Business with a Firewall
A firewall is a piece of hardware or software that places a barrier between your network and the internet. It prevents outsiders from accessing your network and systems and delving into your confidential information or performing malicious acts. More ...

Computer Technician's Guide to Dealing with Customers
I've been in the technology industry for many years. I've worked as a bench technician and I've been the manager of an electronics engineering department. And I can tell you this - people are a lot more complicated to deal with than even the most advanced technology. More ...

NTFS Permissions
NTFS Permissions is a file system feature that lets you set specify which files on your system can be accessed by which specific users, and what kind of access they have to each file. More ...

Windows Server 2019 and PowerShell All-in-One For Dummies
PowerShell 5.1 is the current released version of Windows PowerShell and is the version that ships with Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. It is also available for install on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. More ...

Disable Long Filenames to Improve Window's Performance
To be backword compatible with 16-bit FAT partitions, both the VFAT and the NTFS file systems create two names for each file, the long filename and a short filename compatible with the FAT file system. More ...

How to Configure the msdos.sys file
Msdos.sys was one of the three files (along with io.sys and command.com) that DOS 6 and earlier versions was composed of. Beginning with Windows 95, msdos.sys was combined into io.sys and the new msdos.sys became a text editable configuration file. More ...

Recovering an Older Version of a File
The File History utility is used to recover older versions of a file. This feature is part of all backup programs, though it's often called Restore. The idea is to pluck an older version of a file from the backup archive. More ...

Three Important Techniques for Securing a Wireless Network
If you have a wireless network at home or in the office, it is critical to have it secured. Wireless networks are prone to attacks from outsiders - perhaps even more so than with wired networks. This article shows how you can implement three techniques to secure a given wireless network. More ...

How to Manually Register DLL in Microsoft Windows
A DLL (Dynamic link library) is a file that contains code that can be used by more than one program. A DLL is executed by the calling program. They are not directly executable. In order for the calling program to locate the DLL, it must be registered in windows registry database. More ...

PC Technician's Software Copyright Responsibilities
As a PC Technician, working on other people's computers, you'll be in a position to encounter illegally copied software. For example, maybe you need to re-install a customer's operating system or application software and you find that the customer is using an illegal copy. What do you do? Do you go ahead and install the illegal software? More ...

Understanding Windows 7 Security Center
Windows Security Center is a security tool that allows you to monitor the status of computer security settings and services. It also constantly monitors security settings, and informs via a pop-up notification if there is something wrong. In Windows 7 Microsoft renamed it as Action Center. More ...