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Articles posted here are for the use of our clients to get quick self help answers to questions and simple solutions to problems. News reports are not necessarily the opion of our company but for reference only. We don't provide any guarantee that solutions posted or referenced will work for your situation and that you should use them at your own risk. None of the information posted should be used for illegal practices.

Windows 7 IPv4 Issues Resolving Names

We often have found with many of the new routers and Windows 7 and later will default to IPv6 for all their Internet lookups when browsing the web. The issue is that seen by many is that the resolution of names in the URL are delayed until an IPv4 is used to complete the lookup. This problem started after an update by Microsoft that caused IPv6 to be preferred over IPv4.

Microsoft released a Knowledge Base article on this issue, KB2533454 - Resolving Internet connectivity issues after World IPv6 Launch (June 6, 2012). This KB article contains a Microsoft FixIt tool to change the preferred IP version from IPv6 back to IPv4

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How to deploy a new computer in a business environmnet

The success of a deployment of new computers in a business environment has allot to do with the process and being consistent with that process. Getting the steps out of order may cause some issue that were not expected nor will you know why one computer works fine and another doesn't.

Below is a list of steps that we often follow for deploying new computers in a business environment that has a Windows domain controller.

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How to change the manufacturer support logo in Computer Properties

Occasionally we get a computer that needs a reinstallation, but they don't have the original media because they didn't create it before the computer crashed. If you have a computer with pre-installed Windows 7 or Vista, most likely you’ll notice the manufacturer’s support information when you look in the system properties window. However once the computer has been restored to working condition with OEM media, there is no logo. We often want to change the OEM logo in the computer properties dialog box so that it reflects the original installation and makes the customer feel like they got there computer back just like they bought it.

How to Customize the OEM Logo

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Microsoft Updates KB4481480, KB4480970, KB890830, Issues with Remote Desktop and Remote Access to shared folders

If your computer updated in January 2019 with updates KB4481480, KB4480970 and KB890830 then your remote access to file shares on other systems may be restricted. When attempting to connect you may get one of the following error: An authentication error has occurred.The Local Security Authority cannot be contactedRemote computer xxx.xxx.xx.xxx...
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Windows 7 AddDLLDirectory Error

After reinstalling Windows 7 and then tried to install the network driver for the computer the driver installation application displayed the following error "The procedure entry point AddDLLDirectory could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll." This error occurred because the driver installation was ...
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How to Install Windows 10 from a Dell Windows 10 recovery DVD

With many computers needing to be upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, the need for clear consistent instructions are needed. The instructions listed are for Dell computers but could be easily adapted for other makes. Install Windows 10 from Dell Recovery DVD  Download the Dell Windows 10 Recovery ISO image for your system at this Dell ...
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Server or workstation does not appear under network

On occasions a client's network is missing the server or one or more workstations when browsing the network. Typically this is noticed when our tech company takes over support from another MSP. This is frustrating to both an IT tech that is not familiar enough with the environment and the end users that may need to access the server directly. The l...
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