How to open Task Manager in Windows

The task manager shows the system processes, performance, and many more details of your system, many users do not know how to open Task Manager, here are some ways to open it, you can use whichever you like. Each tab has more details about the system, like Performance, which has more details about CPU, Memory, Disk, etc.

Keyboard keys: CTR+ALT+Delete, then choose Task manager

Keyboard keys: CTR+Shift+esc

Keyboard keys: Windows+R

Then type in: taskmgr

Then click ok or Enter

Star Menu: start typing Task Manager, then click on Task Manager to open

Using Mouse right-click on the bottom taskbar, then click Task Manager

Hope this helped you to open task manager in Windows 7/10/11



How to fix Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death

There might be many reasons you get Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and there are many ways to fix them. Most of them are caused by the updates, it could be Windows update, driver, or hardware changes in your computer. Sometimes new software installed that’s conflicting with Windows or drivers. Windows update that pushed out earlier in a month by Microsoft is causing Windows to experience BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), but not all computers are affected, only using those that are conflicting.

Here is an example of Windows update, which got affected whom using Kyocera printers:

Windows 10 Ver.20H2/2004 : KB5000802
Windows 10 Ver.1909/1903 : KB5000808
Windows 10 Ver.1803 : KB5000809
Windows 10 Ver.1809 : KB5000822

Solution from Microsoft released a patch, on March 18th, 2021:

Windows 10 Ver.20H2/2004: KB5001567
Windows 10 Ver.20H2/2004 : KB5001649
Windows 10 Ver.1909/1903 : KB5001648
Windows 10 Ver.1803  : KB5001634
windows 10 Ver.1809  : KB5001638

You will need to manually uninstall bad update and install the patch to fix.

To uninstall via command:
wusa /uninstall /kb:5000802

To see list of updates via PowerShell:

Get-Hotfix

So, keep your eye on Windows updates if its causing issue you can uninstall it or look for new updates to fix it.

Resources for troubleshooting:

Microsoft Troubleshoot blue screen errors: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/sbs/windows/troubleshoot-blue-screen-errors-5c62726c-6489-52da-a372-3f73142c14ad?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US



How to fix printer error 0x8007007e

There are number of reason you get printer error when trying to print something. This could be document, photo, types of format that’s not supported or drivers not able to read the printer format. The error 0x8007007e is for Printconfig.dll not found in printer driver folder, you can search for it and copy and paste to one of the location to fix the issue. Here is how to do this

The error message looks like this:

Using your Windows Key+R and type in spool, then hit Enter

Then on the search box type “printconfig”

You should get search result like this:

Copy the PrintConfig.dll and paste into c:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\x64\3 or c:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\W32X86\3

That should fix your issue

You may also need to restart print spooler, which you can do via PowerShell command: Restart-Service Spooler
you do have to run PowerShell as admin

or you can simply restart the computer to flush out anything stuck on print Job, in case issue is due to software bug

Hope that helped you out, take care



How to extend your screen to the second monitor

Display Rearrange your displays

It’s very common these days people are working from home and doing multiple tasks so they use the second monitor. The second monitor could be attaching directly to a laptop, desktop, tablet, or wirelessly. Some devices have built-in options some you have to use an adaptor, converter, or external docking station. Here are some options and settings to help you extend your screen to the second monitor.

Types of connections:

VGA, HDMI, DVI, min HDMI, micro HDMI, Type-C you can do a search on the specific type to get a picture if you don’t know what these are. There are so many others but these are common.

On Windows 10 computer:

Once you have your second screen connected or ready to connect if using wirelessly.

Click Notification icon near the bottom clock
Then click on Project
Click on Extend (if using a wireless click on Connect to a wireless display)
you should see now both screen

on Windows 10 Connecting to Wireless display

Click Notification icon near the bottom clock
Then click on Project
Click on Connect to a wireless display
It will give you options to choose your wireless display, some have code you need to enter some devices just connects. then you should see both screens

Some settings you should know:

Display resolution, higher the resolution clear the image, but texts and windows will get smaller. You can also use Scale (zoom) some apps may not display correctly. Every display has it’s own settings you can change that works for you, just look around for options.

If you need to change the way the arrow mouses from one screen to another, you can just rearrange the displays and so your mouse pointer moves the monitor way you have physically. If you don’t know you can click on Identify it will display 1 and 2.

If you need to make the second monitor as primary, so any application you open will open by default on the second monitor.

Select second monitor then under Multiple displays, check the box Make this my main display

That’s it, there are so many other settings you can look around to find what works for you, also based on the selection and type of device you will see more options.



How to enable Remote Desktop Using PowerShell

Remote Desktop is very common still for many companies remote users to use, not all users needed since they most likely use VPN to get access to apps or just using the cloud-based. PowerShell is a new way to make changes to your remote computer lot easier than opening GUI and waiting for it to load and make changes. If you are admin of the network, it’s very easy to make changes and get the status of remote computer settings. Here in this post will do the Remote Desktop enable using PowerShell, let’s get started it

Computer or server must meet the following requirements:

  • The WinRM service should be started
  • You must have administrator permissions on the remote device
  • Firewall rule should be set to allow RDP connection default port 3389 if you have changed the default port make sure to add to your firewall rule

To start the session from your Windows 10 computer or Windows server, open PowerShell with Administrator

Command: Enter-PSSession -ComputerName YourRemoteComputerName or IP address -Credential domain\administrator

Once you are connected to a remote computer or server, you can run the following command to get current status:

Get-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server’-name “fDenyTSConnections”

Then to change the setting to allow RDP connection, just run following:

Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server’-name “fDenyTSConnections” -Value 0

You should also make sure that you have only secured RDP authentication (NLA – Network Level Authentication) to check  run the command: you should see 1

Get-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp’ -name “UserAuthentication”

 If you see 0 then set it to 1 by running:

Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp’ -name “UserAuthentication” -Value 1

To test the Remote Desktop connection:

Test-NetConnection ComputerName or IP address -CommonTCPPort RDP

That’s it for now, here is a screenshot of the GUI look like after you have enabled the RDP

Note: if the user whom RDP into this remote computer is not admin user you need to add them to a remote desktop group, if you want to do via PowerShell you can check this post out: How to add a local user to windows 10 via PowerShell