Category: Windows

Enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8

Windows 8 introduced a new boot loader that decreased the time that it takes Windows 8 to start. Unfortunately, in order to do this Microsoft needed to remove the ability to access the Advanced Boot Options screen when you press the F8 key when Windows starts. …

Enable Developer Mode in Windows 10 to sideload apps

If you are running a recent version of the Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 10122 or greater to be precise, then you may have noticed a new “For developers” option in the operating system’s settings. This configuration option allows you to enable modes intended for development, …

Microsoft Blocks Ask Toolbar As Malware And Removes It

Recently, Microsoft classified Ask Toolbar as a malware and starts removing it from user PCs. When another program attempts to change the home page, default search, or new tabs setting, older versions of Ask Toolbar displays the warning that there have been changes in the Internet …

Disable TCP offloading when using IPsec

A tip on when and how you might want to disable TCP Chimney Offload on Windows servers. IPsec is not compatible with TCP offloading (called TCP Chimney Offload on the Windows Server platform) so if you’re using IPsec for domain or server isolation in a Windows …

Customize Tools menu in Server Manager

What if you could consolidate all of your tools in a central location, and not have to leave Server Manager to perform administrative tasks? The new Tools menu in Server Manager offers just that capability! Tools menu as seen when Server Manager is opened for the …

Reset a Windows 10 password

The method to reset a Windows 10 password depends on the account type. If you are used to signing in to your Windows 10 computer with a local account instead of a Microsoft account, you can use the method here to reset your password. If you …

Windows Server 2012 IP Address Management

Windows Server 2012 introduces a brand new feature that allows network administrators to aggregate multiple DNS and DHCP servers and manage them from a centralized location. Welcome to Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM). This article examines how IPAM works in Windows Server 2012 along with its …

Windows Server 2012 DNS

Windows Server 2012 has been designed to operate more on a service-centric, rather than a server-centric, network. That is a welcome change because managing network services is even more important than managing any individual server in today’s network environment. This first article of our network services …

Advanced Network Adapter Driver Settings

Here I list and discuss many of the advanced network settings for Ethernet connections, giving you some idea of what they do and how you can utilize them. There are the basic ones, like where you can edit the MAC address and speed settings, but there …

Managing Active Directory with PowerShell

In this article, I’ll walk through how you can get started using PowerShell to manage AD, and provide examples of some of the common tasks you can perform. Introduction There’s no question that PowerShell is here to stay as an automation tool for Windows. And with …

Network Printer Tips and Tricks

Network-connected printers certainly aren’t new, but new tips and tricks can indeed help. Thus here I’ll share a couple ways to ease using and setting up network printers. I’ll discuss two alternative ways to add a network printer in Windows, discuss location-aware printing, and touch on …

Extend Your Wireless Network’s Signal

In this article the author discusses options on how to increase a wireless network’s coverage. Introduction Wi-Fi is great when it works right, but as you may know all too well, it can be a pain when it doesn’t. Signals in the Wi-Fi frequency bands can …

Advanced Wireless Adapter Driver Settings

In this article I list and discuss many of the advanced wireless client settings for wireless adapters. Introduction Recently, I reviewed advanced adapter settings for wired connections. Now I discuss those for wireless adapters, which are also on the Advanced tab of the network adapter Properties. …

Wireless Changes in Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 brought many new network-related features and GUI changes: data usage tracking, metered connections, NIC teaming, SMB improvements, and more. And Microsoft introduced more network features and GUI changes in Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2. Here we’ll take a look …

Tips to Secure Your Router from Hackers

In this article the author explores a couple of security vulnerabilities in consumer and small business-class routers and explains how to prevent your network against these threats. Introduction Hackers aren’t just targeting major corporations. They’re also exploiting routers in small businesses and even households. They can, …

Windows Networking Tricks and Tips

Here I share a couple of network-related tips and tricks you as a user can take advantage of in Windows. Two of the tips discuss features that debuted in Windows 8 and 8.1, while the others you can use in Windows 7 and later. Create a …