Category Archive: windows 10

SYSTEM PROTECTION

System protection is a new feature with Windows Vista and above. It works with NTFS disks which support shadow copies. Generally it works like system restore with files so that if a problem like a bad driver or bad windows update will not cause problems. Everyone knows how bad video card drivers can be, In …

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BITLOCKER

Bitlocker is an encrypting file system that was designed in part to protect the boot process in Windows. Bitlocker also protects personal files. If a machine is reset, personal files are not recoverable but the machine can be put to use as a new machine. Bitlocker shipped with Windows Vista Business and ultimate. More recent …

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64-BIT PC GAMES

The move to 64-bit Windows has make the PC the top choice for gaming today. Here at Hardcore Games we used Windows XP x64 right from release day onwards. We used 64-bit Windows XP for chess which is incredibly demanding on CPU performance in addition to demanding staggering amounts of memory. For years, video games made do with …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: VRAM

Video cards have long had more than 512MB VRAM so again x64 is needed to be fully exploit the card. VRAM is shadowed in main memory. The DMA controller copies the assembled frame while the CPU works on the next one. With the GTX Titan X 12GB, at least 32GB of memory is needed to …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: CRAM IT WITH RAM

32-bit Windows games are limited to 2048MB of main memory and 512MB video memory. 64-bit Windows is backwards compatible with existing games while providing many more resources for the new generation of games. Most gaming rigs have 4 memory slots, we strongly suggest using 4 identical sticks for best results. Some Intel motherboards may have …

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REMOTE DESKTOP

Remote Desktop as it is know today first was provided to Window XP and Windows Server 2003. Previously Terminal Services was used with earlier versions of Windows NT. Remote Desktop connections are available with the professional versions of Windows. This is not available with the home versions. Remote Desktop uses the same accounts as local …

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WINDOWS ACTIVATION

Windows now requires activation to prevent unlicensed use. Windows XP and higher now use Internet activation. A mechanized phone option is available for those who do not have Internet access. To check your activation status you can press win+r and then slmgr /xpr Windows will then show a dialog that indicates that Windows is permanently …

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ERROR CODE 0x800704DF

If you ever run across error code 0x800704DF, it usually indicates a problem with one or more of the Windows system components. SYSTEM FILE CHECKER Open an elevated command prompt and run: sfc /scannow This tool will take several minutes to complete, it will make sure all of the Windows components are OK and not damaged. …

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ERROR CODE 0x80004005

If you ever run across error code 0x80004005, its one of the generic errors that is used by Explorer when problems occur. This has been seen with Windows XP and above. It can come up with extracting zip files, copying files from disk to disk etc. Sometimes it may be needed to open the command prompt …

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ERROR CODE 0X8DE00005

Microsoft changed their email system when they rolled out their new cloud services. This meant that lots of users of Windows Essentials, Outlook and other email programs could not connect to their email accounts. Microsoft wanted users to adopt the mail program in Windows 8 and above. Meanwhile the cloud team have tried to make …

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ERROR CODE 0xC000021A

Error Code 0xC000021A is a driver fault that can can happen when driver mismatches exist. This usually arises when driver uninstallers fall to remove all obsolete components when upgraded. This error has been seen with Windows XP onwards. The error is thrown when Winlogon.exe or Csrss.exe fail. The error arises when the driver stack is not consistent. Sometimes …

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FIXING WINDOWS UPDATE

For some reason gamers have problems with Windows updates. Numerous causes have been noticed over time. Microsoft has a free tool called Fix It for Windows 7 that can reset the updates and allow you to get them installed. To get that tool refer to: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058. Windows 8 integrates this into the OS to fix …

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JAVA

Java is a programming language that is very popular. It was first released in 1995. Unlike C or C++, Java uses are more complete run-time which created a new model called middleware. Middleware is the idea of using additional layers of software to consolidate assets. Unlike C++, Java is managed by a for-profit corporation who …

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