HP Laptop, Windows 8.1 blank/black screen with cursor after logging in

Problem:  Brand new HP Laptop that, after one day of using it, would not completely login to the system, just leaving a black screen with a cursor.  I tried letting it sit there for an hour to see if it was hung up on a service but that didn’t work.  I tried to restore from […]
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Exchange 2010 Database way too big for size of organization

Problem:  I’m managing an Exchange 2010 server with roughly 210 mailboxes.  Most of which aren’t very big only a few hundred MBs or so and have them setup within two databases for organizational reasons.   The main DB has 157 mailboxes and was a whopping 346GB!!! Which is way too big and is making my backups […]
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Windows Update: Some Updates Were Not Installed Error

Problem:  Installing updates on a new Dell box and after installing SP3, I get the “Some updates were not installed” error and no matter what I do, the updates fail.  At first, I thought this was any issue with SP3 again but found that others had the same issue with SP2.  Solution:  Had to do […]
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MS Service Pack 3 Won’t Install

Today, I was given an older Dell Laptop to reinstall Windows XP.  Used the recovery discs that they provide and 30 minutes later, the laptop is up and running, almost.   I had to service pack it and since Microsoft recently released service pack 3, I figured I will download that and patch the whole thing […]
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Changes I’ve Noticed with Vista SP1

The other day, I upgraded to Vista SP1 and really haven’t noticed any significant changes but here are some things that I have discovered in the past 24 hours since the upgrade. Copying files to a network drive is faster.  First thing I noticed is that I didn’t get the “calculating time to copy files” […]
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