Technical Tips

Gmail Attachments

Find Gmail Large Attachments

Enable Hidden Admin User Windows 10

To enable the Windows 10 administrator account do the following:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key. This should open the start menu or bring you to the Start Screen interface depending on how Windows 10 is configured on the system.
  2. Type cmd and wait for the results to be displayed.
  3. Right-click on the Command Prompt result (cmd.exe)  and select “run as administrator” from the context menu. Alternatively, hold down the Shift-key and the Ctrl-key before you start cmd.exe.
  4. Run the command net user to display a list of all user accounts on the system.
  5. To activate the inactive administrator account, run the command net user administrator /active:yes
  6. If you want to enable the guest account as well run the command net user guest /active:yes(From

Xbox One Black Screen of Death  –

Also try software update repeatedly until it takes esp of game and Blu Ray are not responding.

Bios Passwords

Sometimes there are computers for sale that are bios locked. Laptops in particular cannot be resolved by pulling the CMOS battery and don’t have jumpers on board.  But…some websites offer generators. I recently got it to work on a Dell E6320:

For Dell it may take a few tries, generally you might get a few different codes to use, and you may need to try using ‘control+enter” but I did get it to work on a bios locked machine.

Change Photos for 16×9 Slideshow

HT Mart 16×9 Calculator – set width if you need to change height, set height if you need to change width (more common, add 200px for hight  for a title bar if you need one.

Normalize MP3 Files

Lifwire has a system for this.  Download MP3Gain.

Look up Macbook Ipod Iphone Ipad Serial Number for Specs has a lookup.

How to Restore a Druple Install

Template Monster has a great article on this.

Look up People by Address and Address’s People


Connect a new MAC and Windows 10:

Find my Iphone

If you lose your Iphone, Ipad, or MAC:

You may need another apple device around to verify sign-in.

Export Google Contacts to Iphone

From Engadget:

  1. Open Gmail in your web browser of choice
  2. Select the “Gmail” link above the “Compose” button in the left corner of the screen
  3. Use the drop-down menu to select ‘Contacts” in order to switch to your address book
  4. Click on the “More” button above your contacts list and then select “Export”
  5. Select the group of contacts you want to export and select “vCard” as the format for the export
  6. Gmail will save a .VCF file with your address book contents to your default downloads folder
  7. Open and login with the Apple ID you use for iCloud
  8. Click on the “Contacts” icon to open the online version of your address book
  9. Click on the settings icon (looks like a gear) in the bottom left corner and select “Import vCard” from the menu
  10. Locate the .VCF file you downloaded in a previous step and click open to import the contents of the file.

Errors upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10

From Microsoft Social Technet: 

Windows10UpgraderApp.exe – System Error
The program can’t start because api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-1.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Replace C:\Windows10Upgrade\wimgapi.dll with the one from C:\Windows\System32\wimgapi.dll