Category Archive: Windows

By Aaron Vanasse
March 29, 2018 3:10 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

The hidden files and folders setting is both a blessing and a curse. Microsoft has attempted to keep us from making some rather consequential mistakes. The majority of hidden files and folders on your PC are windows systems files and application files that need 99.9999% zero human intervention. In other words, if it most likely […]

By Ross Madden
February 8, 2018 10:47 am MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, Internet & Networking, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

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: https://mestrelab.com/download/mnova Installing License Files Once you have installed the current […]

By Aaron Vanasse
January 29, 2018 5:15 pm MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

Occasionally when working with in Windows, you may experience a situation where a program or application prompts to make a change or allow a change to “hidden files and/or folders”. The reason we have hidden files and folders is to prevent accidental corruption or deletion of critical files. Most of these files will never have […]

By Ross Madden
January 12, 2018 9:49 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, Knowledge Base, Windows

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, […]

By Ross Madden
September 9, 2017 11:54 am MT
Posted in General CNSIT, General Computing, Windows

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! https://www.windowscentral.com/how-make-full-backup-windows-10

By Ross Madden
May 2, 2017 11:07 am MT
Posted in Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

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 […]

By Ross Madden
January 24, 2017 2:30 pm MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, General Computing, Knowledge Base, Tips and Tricks, Windows

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 […]

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By Ross Madden
April 11, 2016 6:10 pm MT
Posted in Tips and Tricks, Windows

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: (http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/GWX_control_panel.exe).  Download it, run […]

By Ross Madden
December 1, 2015 4:08 pm MT
Posted in Apple, General CNSIT, Security News, Windows

UPDATE: DUO 2 Factor Authentication now in place – read here for how this affects the behavior of the Pulse Secure client: https://wp.natsci.colostate.edu/cnsit/pulse-secure-secondary-password-with-2-factor-authentication 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 […]

By Ross Madden
October 28, 2015 3:29 pm MT
Posted in Apple, CNS Computer Lab, Computer Labs, General CNSIT, Printing, Tips and Tricks, Windows

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 […]

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