How To Change Cortana Search
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This article goes over how to change Cortana search engine to display results in chrome instead of Microsoft Edge. Afterward, the second part requires you to install a chrome extension to search in Google instead of Bing.

Disable Windows Firewall Properly
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

This walkthrough goes over how to Disable Windows Firewall while not affecting other programs that rely on this service. It’s important that you **DO NOT **disable the service, due to the fact it can cause issues with Microsoft Office and other products.

Snipping Tool Removed by Microsoft in October 2018 Update 1809
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

The Snipping Tool is being removed by Microsoft in October 2018 Update 1809 and I am not happy! This tool is one of the best tools Microsoft has ever created, so why? Well, they want you to use the Snip and Sketch App from the Microsoft Store. Spoiler: It sucks.

Using IOMeter to determine hard drive performance
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Using IOMeter will give you a great benchmark on any hard drives and network drives you have. I use this quite often as you can see the effects of new hardware, introducing Link-Aggregation, or troubleshooting drives to determine if they are losing performance.

Installing Linux Subsystem for Windows 10
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

The following video goes over installing Linux Subsystem on Windows 10. Most notably it allows you to run Linux terminal commands in Windows 10 without having a virtual machine or dual boot into a Linux operating system.

Debloat Windows 10
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Trying to Debloat Windows 10 is getting ridiculous and as a system admin it is soul crushing to see all that performance go to waste on the botched attempt by Microsoft to do an Appstore and its apps (I’m looking at you Candy Crush). Luckily some admins have worked tirelessly to give us a solution that works considerably well. Lets Start!

Changing file permissions using PowerShell
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Use the following script for changing file permissions using PowerShell. I use this script when command line takeown and icacls fail. Obviously, run from an elevated PowerShell prompt or by typing ‘powershell’ from elevated cmd.

Spooler subsystem app high CPU usage on Windows 10
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

Perform the following steps to solve the Spooler subsystem app high CPU usage. I recently updated a computer to Windows 10 and found that the spooler service was using a lot of resources.

Launching a startup program to run as administrator
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

The following script shows you how to launch a startup program to run as administrator in Windows 10. This fixes many programs that require elevation and you don’t want to launch manually every time.

SFC scannow error and Windows 10 corruption
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

If you run into SFC scannow error which cannot be repaired chances are you have some corrupt system components. The fastest way to fix this is by following these steps to repair your system.

Raid Re-syncing Windows software raid
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Chris Titus

I want to preface this article in saying that I would never use a software raid in a business environment. However, recently I tried the windows software raid on a home theater PC. We recently had a power issue and caused the RAID 1 to go into resyncing status. Since it was about 2 TB of data, the resync would take several days and be causing performance issues. I found I could not break the raid or remove the mirror.