Fix “Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer” Error

by File in: Troubleshooting

One problem I’ve run across a lot with clients is not being able to print to a networked printer. The most popular error message I see is Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer or Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer. Access is Denied. There are several reasons why this error can come up and a […]

Fix Task Manager Problems in Windows

by File in: Troubleshooting

This post covers two problems you may have experienced with the Task Manager in Windows. These include:

Task Manager Missing Menus and Tabs
Disabled Task Manager

If you’re having either one of these problems with the Task Manager in Windows 7, read this post to fix your problem. Enjoy!

Fix Windows 7 MBR

by File in: Troubleshooting

Unfortunately with Windows 7, the MBR (Master Boot Record) can become corrupted just like in Windows XP or Windows Vista. If the MBR becomes corrupt in Windows 7, you might get a message saying “Operating System not found” when trying boot up your computer. This message usually scares everyone because you cannot load the operating […]

Use Command Line Switches in Outlook 2010

by File in: Office

By default, running Outlook.exe will launch the program and start it normally in Windows. This is what occurs when you click on the Outlook desktop icon. However, there are many times where it would be useful to alter the startup of Outlook 2010 by adding a command line switch. Instead of running outlook.exe, you can […]

Determine IP Address From a MAC Address

by File in: Featured Posts, How-To

Ever had to reverse lookup an IP address? Kind of like looking up a home address using a phone number? If you’re in IT, you might come across the occasional situation where you have a MAC address, but need to figure out what the IP address is. There are a couple of ways you can […]

Fix Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Has Encountered a Problem

by File in: Fixes

Last week, I turned on my computer running Windows XP and got the following error message when I would boot up the computer: generic host process for win32 services has encountered a problem This error can occur in different situations depending on the computer. For instance, you may see this message whenever you start your […]

Configure Message Size Limits in Exchange 2010

by File in: Exchange

If you’re running Exchange 2010 at your office, you may have noticed that the default incoming and outgoing message size limit  is 10,240 KB or 10 MB. These days, however, there are many attachments that far exceed this size. If you want to increase the maximum receive size and the maximum send size for emails, […]

Determining When a Local Windows Account Password was Last Changed

by File in: How-To

Our corporate policy requires us to change Windows server local Administrator passwords on a regular basis.  We have a script that accomplishes this, and after the change we do a QA check to validate the passwords were actually changed. To determine when a local account password was last set (administrator, in this example) , run […]

Counting the Number of Files in a Directory, Command Line Style

by File in: Script

Recently, I needed to count the number of files in a directory on a Windows server. Here’s the command that can easily be scripted. It can also be used on Windows client machines running Windows 10, etc. dir/b/a-d c:\directory | find /v /c “::” You can also specify a file share instead of a directory name: […]

AD Message: Object is a container and contains other objects. Are you sure you want to delete object and the objects it contains

by File in: Active Directory

I received the following message today when trying to delete a computer object from Active Directory: Object %COMPUTERNAME% is a container and contains other objects. Are you sure you want to delete object %COMPUTERNAME% and the objects it contains? This operation could take a long time if  %COMPUTERNAME% contains a large number of objects. To determine which sub-objects this […]