Category Archive: Windows

Mestrelab Campus License

Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 10:47 am MT - posted by Ross Madden

As of February 2018, the Department of Chemistry has funded a CSU site license for several MestreNova plugins.  The following functionality is covered by this site license: NMR qNMR IUPAC Name Reaction Monitoring Installing MestreNova To install MestreNova, simply download and install from this URL: Installing License Files Once you have installed the current […]

Set default PDF viewing program in Windows 10

Friday, January 12th, 2018, 9:49 am MT - posted by Ross Madden

With most fresh user profiles created on a Windows 10 machine, Microsoft Edge (the new Windows 10 web browser) appears to want to take over as your default PDF viewer.  While this may be fine in some environments, CNS affiliates working on CSU/Departmentally owned computers have the advantage of an Adobe Acrobat Pro site license, […]

How to Make a Full Backup of your Windows 10 Computer

Saturday, September 9th, 2017, 11:54 am MT - posted by Ross Madden

I came across this very nice article about backup up a Windows 10 machine.  This can be accomplished with an inexpensive external hard drive from any local or online computer hardware retailer.  Enjoy!

Windows 7 SP1 Update Slowness Fix

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 11:07 am MT - posted by Ross Madden

We have noticed a bug in the update process for Windows 7 SP1 machines.  The pattern we see is when a machine hasn’t run updates since before October 2016, and when a current update is started, we sit on the “Checking for Updates” step for what could be hours and hours.  One solution is to […]

Hard drive full? This may help!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, 2:30 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

Is your hard drive in the red and you have no idea where all that space is being consumed?  We often use the following free programs to interpret this mysterious phenomenon.  These utilize a type of graph called a Treemap, which attempts to visualize the files in blocks.  The larger the block, the more space […]

Prevent Windows From Automatically Updating to Windows 10

Monday, April 11th, 2016, 6:10 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

With Microsoft becoming increasingly more aggressive with the Windows 10 update notifications, I thought it was a good time to create an article with some tips on how to prevent an accidental upgrade. First, the easy way (and recommended way).  Download the following standalone app called the GWX Control Panel here: (  Download it, run […]

Junos Pulse is now Pulse Secure

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 4:08 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

As if it couldn’t get more confusing, Junos Pulse is now called Pulse Secure.  This upgrade should be applied automatically for existing Junos Pulse users.  However, here are the manual installation directions for those that need it! You can download the new Pulse Secure application from ACNS at the link below.  You will find download […]

Troubleshooting PDF Printing Problems

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 3:29 pm MT - posted by Ross Madden

PDF files sometimes give us a lot of trouble when we try to print them. The causes are usually unknown, but may stem from inefficient PDF creation on the publisher side (not everyone uses Adobe Acrobat Pro to create their PDFs, unfortunately). Here are some tips to help you get that pesky PDF to print […]

Microsoft Office 2016 Now Available

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 10:37 am MT - posted by Ross Madden

Microsoft Office 2016 Professional Plus is now available for CNSIT South departmental computers.  This version is available for both Windows (32 bit and 64 bit) and Mac OS X operating systems. Here is a good collection from Microsoft about what is new with Office 2016: CNSIT South will be using this version as the […]

How to get rid of the “Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready” lock

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 2:07 pm MT - posted by CNS IT

Decided to register for Windows 10 upgrade and now are having second thoughts? That’s okay; except now there is a pesky “Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready” lock when you try to do system updates. Here is how to get rid of this annoying problem. Be aware that it will take about an hour […]