How To’s

Guides and how to tutorials to fix common PC problems.

  • Fix: A referral was returned from the server error on Windows 7, 8 and 10

    This is one of the most interesting errors as it can occur when you run almost anything. Users have reported seeing it after why download a new program and try to run it, when they try to update drivers, and even when trying to install a whole new operating system.…

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  • Fix: The driver being installed is not validated for this computer

    The driver being installed is not validated for this computer is triggered when the driver is not compatible with your GPU or if the vendor has released an update. Intel HD/UHD graphics drivers refuse to install on some computers even if you are using standalone Intel graphics. If this error…

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  • How to Factory Reset HP Laptop to Its Default State

    Factory reset is considered to be a good fix when you are experiencing stubborn problems, when you are giving away your computer, or when you are selling it. The list goes on and here in this article, we will show you two simple ways through which you can reset. The…

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  • How to Solve ‘An application is requesting access to a protected item’

    An application is requesting access to a protected item, simply means that an item it is trying to access doesn’t have permissions for that specific user or system account. This error prompt usually appears on Windows systems using AVG or Avast antivirus tools and a little popup appears when you are trying…

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  • How to Use VST Plug-Ins in Foobar

    In the world of audio and music, some of the best post-processing effects are actually created specifically for studio engineers and mixers, and are known as DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) plug-ins. The most common type of DAW plug-in is the VST, and Appuals has covered several guides regarding DAWs and…

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  • How to Increase Maximum Volume on Mediatek-Based Android Devices through Engineer Mode

    Android devices often have varying levels of “maximum” volume output – even if you’re using the same exact headset between devices. This may not always be due to the device’s internal DAC or audio mixer, especially on Mediatek-based devices. In fact, it is likely due to how your Mediatek-based Android…

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  • Fix: Keyboard typing wrong letters on Windows 10

    Some Windows 10 users have reported a weird problem where their keyboard is typing the wrong characters. The issue is certainly peculiar since a lot of users report it on brand new computers and keyboards. Affected users report that typing up a character will output another. For example, one user…

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  • Fix: Safe Search Won’t Turn Off in Microsoft Edge and IE

    Safe Search is a built-in security feature that filets out inappropriate web content. Although it used to be quite easy to disable or enable Safe search for Internet Explorer, the default behavior has changed with the launch of Windows 10. Even though the Edge browser includes a setting that allows users…

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  • Fix: The specified module could not be found

    The error “The specified module could not be found” comes up when a program can’t find a specific module which is needed for its operation. This error is very generic and occurs in a lot of scenarios ranging from Windows to third-party applications to installation mediums. Because of the generic…

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  • How to Delete Windows 10 Update Files

    There are numerous cases where Windows Update induces problems in itself and fails to update the components which it downloaded. You might see the ‘pending changes’ notification on your update module which refuse to install despite attempting several times. In cases like these, it is recommended that you delete the…

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  • How to Determine the True Bitrate of any Audio File

    We recently covered why ripping 320kbps MP3 from Youtube is a bad idea, but today we’re going to talk about how you can check the true bitrate of any audio file you download – legally, we hope. This is actually quite useful, as many legal music downloading sites may claim…

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  • Fix: Verifying DMI Pool Data Error

    Being stuck with Verifying DMI Pool Data Error message at the bottom of the booting screen, waiting for it to disappear is an awful experience and this message can get stuck anywhere from several seconds to almost forever and that is why you should consider approaching the solution of this problem…

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  • Fix: Media State ‘Media Disconnected Error’

    The problematic error message is viewable after running a command in Command Prompt called “ipconfig /all” which will display the devices and settings related to your Internet connection. This error also appears in other scenarios and it can appear as a standalone message but its purpose is the same. The…

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  • Fix: Computer Turns ON by Itself

    Windows Task Scheduler is a built-in Windows component that allows the users and Windows to schedule tasks or program to run at a specific time. Task Scheduler can schedule simple turn off tasks to running complicated hand written scripts at a specific time. Task scheduler has a very easy to…

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  • Fix: Personalized Settings not Responding

    Task Manager is a part of the Windows that comes pre-installed with all versions of Windows. It was previously known as the Windows Task Manager. Task Manager, as its name implies, is a tool that provides an overview of all the tasks and processes running on your system. Task Manager…

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  • Fix: Critical Chrome Update Scam

    Malware creators seem to never run out of ideas. Google Chrome update scams have been around for a while, but now there’s a new and updated scam involving Chrome that is commonly referred to as the Critical Chrome Update Scam. Since Chrome will never interrupt your browsing experience to prompt you to…

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  • Fix: Java Platform SE binary has stopped working

    Some users have been reporting receiving the “Java(TM) Platform SE binary has stopped working” error when running various Java-based applications. Typically, this error message is accompanied by general unresponsive periods that can be stopped by clicking the Close program button. Note: The issue is not exclusive to Windows 10 and is…

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  • How to Check Computer Specs on Windows 10

    With the advancement of technology and newer computers rolling out every day, one should know his computer specifications in detail. Most of the time, you have no idea what’s inside your computer; you just know it is working. When troubleshooting a problem, you might interpret all the computer terms as…

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  • Why Converting YouTube to 320kbps MP3 is a Waste of Time

    Converting Youtube videos to MP3 (or similar audio format) is a popular way to obtain music, and there are plenty of sites specifically for this purpose. The problem, however, is that many people looking for “lossless” or “CD-quality” music are misled by what these converters are capable of. If you…

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  • Fix: Windows Defender Blocking Avast Antivirus (VisthAux.exe)

    There’s been a recurrent issue with Avast antivirus where one of its executables (visthaux.exe) is blocked from running by Windows Defender. The error message associated with this issue is “Your organization used Windows Defender Application Control to block this app“. After investigating the issue, it’s very likely that the issue…

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  • Ethernet doesnt have a valid IP configuration

    Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration [Solved]

    Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP Configuration is caused when your NIC (Network Interface Card) hooked up to your Router or Modem via the Ethernet Cable is unable to get a VALID IP Address (Internet Protocol). This is needed for the computer to speak to the router, and function on the internet.…

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  • Fix: Error Code 800703ED

    Some users have been receiving the error code 800703ED when trying to upgrade to Windows 10 from an older Windows version. Typically, the error appears at the very end of the upgrading process. Most of the time, the issue occurs where there’s a dual-booting scenario, but the error code 800703ED can also…

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  • Fix: Esrv.exe Startup Application Error

    Some users have been reporting receiving an error message involving esrv.exe at every startup. Initially, the error was reported on Windows 10 technical preview builds, but it has been confirmed to happen on up-to-date computers. Although the error might vary, most users report seeing the following error message at every startup:…

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  • Fix: Fallout 4 won’t start

    Fallout 4 is an action role-playing game which is the 5th release in the Fallout series. The game is set in an open world post-apocalyptic environment near Boston and around Massachusetts. The entire series is very popular with the majority of the players playing from PCs with some of them…

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  • Fix: PUBG Buildings not Loading

    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an online multiplayer game where players are parachuted to an island where they have to scavenge for weapons and avoid getting killed by other players. The area of playing decreases with time and the last man standing wins. Since the game became popular in 2017, there have…

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