Windows 8.1 Store Broker (wshost.exe): High CPU Usage

OS: Windows 8.1 System: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Issue: “Store Broker” starts up by itself without accessing the Microsoft Store and uses 35% of the CPU. Solution Open Task Manager and end the “Store” and “Store Broker” tasks. Open File Explorer and go to the C:\Users\{User}\AppData\Local\Packages\winstore_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState directory, where {User} is the name of the user…

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Cisco VPN Client Installation Terminates With Error 28000

Program: Cisco VPN Client v5.0.07.0290 OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit Computer: Lenovo X220 Tablet After upgrading from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro, the Cisco VPN NIC driver stopped working. The driver wouldn’t update via Device Manager. I uninstalled the Cisco VPN Client 5.0.07.0290 then rebooted the computer. When I tried re-installing the Cisco…

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Windows Store App: “Your PC isn’t connected to the Internet.”

OS: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (64-bit) System: Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet Symptom Network connectivity and Web browsing are working properly. Only the Windows Store App has a problem and displays the following message:  “Your PC isn’t connected to the Internet.” Solution Open a Command prompt Clear the Windows Store app cache by running: WSReset.exe The…

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Unidentified Network – Local Only Access

Alternate title: Unable to Connect to the Internet OS: Windows Vista Business Router: Linksys BEFSR41, and Cisco Problem Description Upon connecting to a new network, “Access” in Network and Sharing Center indicates that the connection is “Local Only” instead of “Local and Internet.” Windows Vista firewall is enabled, but no recent changes were made System…

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Show Extensions for Known Files Types

I like to see the file extensions. I want to know while file types I’m looking at, regardless of whether the thumbnail icon is correct or not. In Windows Explorer, choose Organize > Folder and Search Options. Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box. In Advanced Settings, deselect Hide Extensions For Known…

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HyperTerminal is no longer part of Windows

OS Windows 7, Windows Vista According to Microsoft, “HyperTerminal is no longer part of Windows.” Purpose of HyperTerminal HyperTerminal is a terminal emulation program that supports communications over TCP/IP networks, Modems, and serial COM ports. I use HyperTerminal to connect, via the serial port, to the console port on Cisco switches and routers. This lets…

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Built-In Tools

OS Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder (psr.exe) You can use Problem Steps Recorder to automatically capture the steps you take on a computer, including a text description of where you clicked and a picture of the screen during each click (called a screen shot). Once you capture these steps, you can save them to a…

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