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 … Read more

Cisco VPN Client Installation Terminates With Error 28000

Program: Cisco VPN Client v5.0.07.0290OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bitComputer: 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 then rebooted the computer. When I tried re-installing the Cisco VPN Client, … Read more

PNG images are not displayed in Internet Explorer

Symptom In Internet Explorer, PNG images on a Web page may not display. Instead, a placeholder (red X), may appear in place of the PNG images, but all other image types are displayed. Solution If PNGs display when logged in as an Administrator, then try restoring the default security templates for the affected user: Log … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Unable to Print Multiple Copies

OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Printer Lexmark T640 Go to: Start Button > Devices and Printers Right-click on the printer and choose “Printing Preferences” from the context menu that pops up Click on the “Output Options” tab Change “Output to:” from “Verify Print” to “Printer” Click OK Other Possible Fixes (These did not work for me, … Read more

Offline (The disk is offline because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online)

System Dell OptiPlex 760 Desktop OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Issue I replaced a drive that had Windows Vista Business 32-bit so that I could do a clean install of Windows 7 and still keep Vista just in case. After Windows 7 was fully installed, I hooked up the original hard drive using an Apricorn … Read more

The file AdobePDF.dll on Windows Vista CD-ROM is needed

OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Application Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3) Web Premium Issue During the installation of Adobe CS3, a dialog box for Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional displays the following: File needed The file ‘AdobePDF.dll’ on Windows Vista CD-ROM is needed. Solution On the Adobe CS3 DVD, copy AdobePDF.dll_64 from \Adobe CS3\payloads\AdobeAcrobat8en_US\ to the … Read more

Windows 7 XP Mode without Hardware Virtualization

System Dell OptiPlex 760 Desktop OS Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit Update May 2010: The current versions of Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 no longer requires hardware virtualization. Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 requires a processor capable of hardware virtualization, with AMD-V, Intel VT or VIA VT turned on in … Read more