Turn off the built in touchpad when a mouse is attached

All laptops today feature a touchpad, that enables you to move the pointer on the screen. It can be very annoying when your thumb accidentally moves the cursor when you type, even if an external mouse is connected to the computer. Windows 10 provides a checkbox to automatically disable the internal pointing device when you […]

How to verify or generate file checksums

You can verify the checksum of a file with the built-in features of the operating systems On Macintosh and Linux Open the terminal window and execute the commands SHA-256 shasum -a 256 FILE_NAME On Windows CRC32, CRC64, SHA256, SHA1, BLAKE2sp Right-click the file in Windows Explorer and select CRC SHA > * (star) The popup window will […]

The User Profile Service failed the sign-in. User profile cannot be loaded.

When you try to start a remote desktop connection to a Windows computer on the domain you may get the error message: The User Profile Service failed the sign-in. User profile cannot be loaded. To enable the User Profile update Remote into the computer with a local administrator account, In Windows Explorer open the C:\Users\Default\AppData folder, […]

Manage Windows Backups

To manage the Microsoft Windows Backups you can use a command line tool. Open a command prompt as administrator Show the existing backup versions Wbadmin get versions Clean up the backup disk To keep a number of latest backups and delete the rest Wbadmin delete backup -keepversions:NUMBER_OF_BACKUPS_TO_KEEP To keep the latest backup only Wbadmin delete backup […]

Second monitor does not work on Toshiba P-70A in Windows 10

Since I installed Windows 10 on my Toshiba P-70A laptop, the computer does not recognize the second monitor. To make the second monitor work, I had to uninstall the display drivers and remove them from the computer: Open the File Explorer Right click This PC and select Properties In the upper left corner select Device […]

Chef file locations

The Chef file and folder locations are different on Linux and Windows machines. This article explains the purpose of each file and the location. Summary Linux Windows Cookbook location /var/chef/cache/cookbooks  C:\chef\cache\cookbooks Chef Client run log /var/log/chef.log First run only C:\chef\chef-client.log Subsequent Chef client runs C:\chef\log\client.log Error log /var/chef/cache/chef-stacktrace.out C:\chef\cache\chef-stacktrace.out Ohai output /var/chef/cache/failed-run-data.json C:\chef\cache\failed-run-data.json Recommended location for […]

Recommended utilities for your workstation

Graphics Snagit Snagit is a great utility to capture screens and annotate them for documentation. The program is available for Mac and Windows. Download the latest version at https://www.techsmith.com/ Get older versions at https://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions Terminal emulator PuTTY Install PuTTY On Macintosh Open a terminal window Install PuTTY with Homebrew. For the Homebrew installation see the Homebrew section […]

How to get into the BIOS menu on a Windows 10 computer.

When you select Shut down on a Windows 10 computer, your machine is really not shut down. When you turn the computer on again it executes a fast start, so you cannot open the BIOS menu. To get into the computer’s BIOS first shut down you computer as described in How to completely shut down a […]

How to completely shut down a Windows 10 computer

Windows 10 does not really shut down the computer when you select Shut down. This enables the operating system to start quickly, but if you want to cold start your computer to enter the BIOS menu you need to turn off your computer. To really shut down your Windows 10 computer: Right click the Windows […]