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How I Fixed: Windows 7 Won’t Update

» by July 2, 2017 at 10:16 pm » Comments (0)

Hello everyone, The great majority of my customers live in a resort/retirement community here in central Tennessee. Since they are older, they don't like change just for change's sake. Most of ...more »

How I Fixed: iMac Won’t Power On After Power Outage/Surge

» by June 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm » Comments (0)

Hello everyone, I have a wonderful mid-2011 iMac that I really like. Two days ago we had severe thunderstorms here in Tennessee and there were several power outages. The following day ...more »

How I Fixed: “Windows cannot be installed to this disk…..”

» by February 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm » Comments (0)

Hello everyone, A client gave me a Dell 660s Windows 8.1 desktop that would not boot. It was stuck in an automatic repair loop, but nothing was being repaired. Just for good ...more »

How I Fixed: “The User Profile Service failed the logon”

» by April 19, 2014 at 10:22 am » Comments (6)

Hello everyone, I got a call the other day from a frantic client. He was an experienced artist and he could not logon to his Windows account. His user account was ...more »

How I Fixed: “A Required CD/DVD Drive Device Is Missing” Upon OS Installation

» by July 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm » Comments (0)

Hello everyone, The other day a client gave me her Windows Vista laptop that was in very bad shape. After a quick diagnosis it was apparent that the machine needed a ...more »

How I Fixed The Dell Inspiron M5030 (Seven Beeps At Startup)

» by May 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm » Comments (188)

Hello everyone, I'm not one for crazy fixes, but this is what just happened to me: I picked up a Dell Inspiron M5030 laptop from a client a couple of days ago. ...more »

Computer Repair Tools That I Can’t Live Without (Part 12: Third Party Program Checkers)

» by March 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm » Comments (2)

Hello everyone, In the past year and a half or so I’ve repaired over 350 computers. In this series I’m describing the very repair tools that I use daily. If you ...more »

Windows Programs Won’t Open? Do This!

» by December 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm » Comments (0)

Hello everyone, Guest post today by fellow computer repair tech and security guru Brian Meyer. Brian's Select Real Security website is full of Windows security information, as well as some awesome ...more »

Computer Repair Tools That I Can’t Live Without (Part 10.6: Utilities On My USB Flash Drive)

» by September 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm » Comments (1)

Hello everyone, In the past year and a half or so I’ve repaired over 350 computers. In this series I’m describing the very repair tools that I use daily. If you ...more »

How I Removed The FBI MoneyPak Virus

» by July 18, 2012 at 9:18 am » Comments (76)

Hello everyone, Update: I have a more recent FBI MoneyPak removal post here (another variant of the virus). A client called me today with a machine (Windows 7) infected with the FBI ...more »