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Computers Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Fresh Install Guide 2019

If you are ready to move on from Windows 7 but not ready for the beta test experience that is Windows 10 then Windows 8.1 is the perfect solution.  Windows 7 will be taken off update support in January 2020 while Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 2023!

Installing Windows 8.1 is easy but updating it in 2019 is a whole different story. To install updates you will need to download and install the following in order:

  1. KB3173424
  2. KB3172614
  3. KB3138615

After installing and doing the restarts when prompted you will be good to go!

If you are running on hardware that is “unsupported” by Windows 8.1 there is also a solution on GitHub called wufuc that can bypass the popup and allow updates to be installed.

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Bad software Computers Windows 10

Fix Windows 10 High CPU Spike from KB4512941

If you are experiencing high cpu usage after Windows 10s KB4512941 update open the command prompt in administrator mode. To do this go to the start menu find the Command Prompt it is located under Windows Systems and right click to open in administrator mode. Once it is opened enter  taskkill /f /im SearchUI.exe and then cd C:\WINDOWS\System32 and finally move %windir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy %windir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy.000

That will remove cortana from the directory and prevent it from sucking up your CPU hopefully one day Microsoft will find a fix.

Reference: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/69406c72-e48e-49e1-8e0c-535642f2ee16/how-to-stop-searchuiexe?forum=win10itproapps

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Computers

Stop USING GODADDY!

GoDaddy supporter of anti net neutrality causes and king of useless feature up-sells is at it again.  Now they are inserting JavaScript as an OPT OUT “feature” for their clients.  This script is causing websites to be inaccessible.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/godaddy-injecting-javascript-that-may-break-customer-sites/

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Computers MacOS

iMac 27 Displaying Static

After installing RAM into my 27″ iMac the display was only showing static.  Several trouble shooting attempts and a visit to BestBuy later I was left with the answer that my logic board was dead.

 

As a last resort effort though I plugged the iMac into my UPS at home and after a few seconds of black screen anxiety it booted!  Turns out iMac’s are a very picky machine when it comes to power supply so be careful plugging directly into a wall or cheap surge protector!