How To’s

Guides and how to tutorials to fix common PC problems.

  • How to Fix Java Error Code 1618

    The error code ‘1618’ is quite a common error in Windows which is prompted from Microsoft Installer (.msi) stating that another .msi is currently being processed. Users encounter this installation error when they are installing Java on their computers. Do note that this error code doesn’t necessarily mean that there…

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  • How to Fix the VAC Authentication Error

    Valve Anti-Cheat is a software used by Valve games to check your setup to see if you are using any hack or third-party program which might make your gaming experience easier or give you an unfair advantage over other players. However, sometimes it’s this software which disconnects you from Valve…

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  • How to Fix Bishock2 Crashes and Stopped Working Errors

    BioShock 2 is one of the most popular first person shooting games of all time and the games can always brag about their superiour graphics, storyline, and powers you can use throughout the game. However, looking from a technical aspect, the games are far from perfect as there are users…

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  • How to Fix Grand Theft Auto V Launcher Stopped Working Error

    There’s almost nothing to be said about GTA V as it’s a game which has almost taken over the world with its huge, interactive map and your ability to explore, interact with, and shoot everything. It’s a dream come true for mayhem lovers but the game has its issues. One…

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  • Fix: Risk of Rain Black Screen

    Risk of Rain is an action platformer with plenty of other elements. With permanent death as a primary feature for the game, players will have to play their best to get as far as they can.  You will have to fight on a mysterious planet with randomly spawning enemies and…

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  • How to Fix ‘Macrium reflect clone failed’ Error

    Macrium Reflect is a disk imaging and backup software for Microsoft Windows which creates backups and images using the service Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service. It backups and replicates (clones) entire partitions to another storage drive with a click of a button. The error message “Macrium reflect clone failed” is…

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  • Fix: Communication with service process failed

    The error “Communication with service process failed” is related to the application “Intel Driver and Support Assistant”. This error message doesn’t reportedly cause any loss of functionality of the computer but may indicate that there is a problem with some of your driver modules. Recently, Intel took a bold step…

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  • Fix: An attempt was made to reference a token that does not exist

    Some users have been reporting that they are unable to open Explorer.exe after upgrading to Windows 10 or after installing a Windows update (most likely the April’s Creators Update). The error message that is displayed is: “An attempt was made to reference a token that does not exist”. This is…

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  • Fix Error Could not find Java SE Runtime Environment

    When trying to open a Java .jar file through the command prompt, such as using the command “Java -Jar xxxx.jar”, you might encounter the following error message: Error: opening registry key ‘Software\JavaSoft\JRE’ Error: could not find java.dll Error: Could not find Java SE Runtime Environment. This could be due to…

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  • How to Find an AIM Chat Room

    Late last year, AOL removed it’s formerly popular AIM Chat from all avenues. AOL.com, AIM.com and even the AIM IM client – wherever you can think of, AIM Chat has been removed from there. AOL cited a massive decrease in users as the reason behind its euthanization of AIM Chat.…

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  • Fix: Diskpart failed to clear disk attributes

    The error “Diskpart failed to clear disk attributes” occurs when the user tries to change the read-only state of a storage device using the Diskpart application and the request gets denied. Diskpart is the go-to choice for resolving read-only storage devices by changing their attribute through the command line. If…

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  • How to Pass SafetyNet on OnePlus 6 Android Pie Open Beta

    OnePlus has made available Android Pie for the OnePlus 6 if you are willing to update to their latest Open Beta version of OxygenOS – and even though it’s a fully-featured Android Pie with the latest Material Design, Adaptive Battery, and other Android Pie features, it does have its drawbacks…

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  • Fix: BattlEye Service Startup Failed

    This is an error which appears only after running certain games which use the BattlEye anti-cheat program which is used to check your setup for programs or hacks which may make your gaming easier and unfair towards other competitors. Some of the most famous games include Arma series, PUBG, Heroes…

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  • Fix: Error 0x80070103 on Windows 10

    Some users have been reporting that WU (Windows Update) fails to install several different updates with the 0x80070103 error code. The error is mostly encountered in the Windows Update screen inside the update reports, but it’s also known to occur when the user tries to install a peripheral driver – but…

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  • Fix: Error 0x0000605 on Windows 10

    Some users are suddenly prevented from booting up their Windows 10 computers. At some time during the startup phase, the booting up sequence is halted by a Recovery error with the “Your PC/Device needs to be repaired” message and the error code 0x0000605. The error code 0x0000605 has the following corresponding MessageID:  STATUS_IMAGE_CERT_EXPIRED. This essentially means…

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  • Fix: Enumerating user sessions to generate filter pools failed

    The error “Enumerating user sessions to generate filter pools failed” is an error condition present in Windows error logs with the Event ID 3104. It is related to the Windows search mechanism that is independent of Cortana. This error usually occurs with newly installed versions of Windows 10 and primarily…

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  • Fix: Setup has failed to determine supported install choices

    The error “Setup has failed to determine supported install choices” usually occurs when a user tries to downgrade Windows 10 to 8.1 or 8 and vice versa. This error usually signifies that there are compatibility issues with the installation process and Windows is unable to either upgrade or downgrade to…

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  • Fix: Oblivion Crashes on Startup

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was a major hit when it was released and it set the ground up for Skyrim which is a sequel which became the most popular game of its era. Oblivion feels like its older brother and there are people who actually prefer it over Skyrim.…

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  • Fix: The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error

    The error “The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error” occurs when the hard drive/SSD on your computer is physically damaged and the operating system is either unable to access or perform read/write operations on it. This error condition is also seen in removable drives. This error is…

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  • Fix: H800 microphone not working

    Several users have reached us for advice after the microphone from the H800 Logitech hardware has suddenly stopped working. The issue is not exclusive to Windows 10 as it’s also reported to occur on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. Most of the time affected users report that only the microphone…

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  • Fix: Selected Boot Device Failed Windows 10

    Some users are reporting that they started to receive the “The selected boot device failed. Press <Enter> to continue” error message at every startup. This prevents the affected user from effectively using the computer since the startup process is never completed. The error is not specific to a certain Windows 10…

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  • How to Enable Hotspot on Carrier Locked LG Phones No Root Required

    A handful of LG phones, including the LG Stylo 3, LG V10, and others, are sold under prepaid, carrier-locked plans – and this typically includes the Mobile Hotspot being an additional feature that you must purchase. If you want to enable the mobile hotspot on your LG Stylo 3 without…

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  • Fix: Mfplat.dll missing on Windows 10

    Some users have reported being unable to run PLEX or a similar streaming service ever since a Windows Update was automatically installed on their system. The error that is encountered points towards a missing DLL file from the Windows Media Feature pack. Update: The mfplat.dll error is also reported to occur…

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  • How to Perform Subtraction in Excel

    Microsoft Excel is a worksheet program – the absolute best worksheet program – available for computers. Excel is the cream of the crop when it comes to worksheet programs – meaning that it does everything the average worksheet program does and does it better. Worksheet programs are designed to make…

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  • Fix: Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service Error

    We have been getting increasingly more reports from users encountering “Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service” errors. The error appears either at launch or during the installation process with games like Smite, Paladin and a few other multiplayer games. What causes the Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and Update Service error? After investigating the…

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