Archive | Tutorials

Welcome to our tutorial and troubleshooting section here on Ghacks. As active computer users we often run into issues that we fix eventually. Instead of keeping the knowledge for us, we post it here on the site to share it with other users who may also experience those issues.

We are not only posting tutorials here though. You also find guides here, for instance how to stay safe on the Internet or how to handle a specific task better, and also tips on how to improve your privacy while you are working with PCs.

Last but not least, we also cover Windows troubleshooting posts, explain how you can revert changes that site operators made to their websites, or how you can repair broken features of your computer systems.

Putty Configuration

In a previous article we discussed how to start up a basic web server with nginx and get a primitive webpage online, however, what if we are hosting our website on a VPS server not located locally, and we are wanting to access the server from within Microsoft Windows? There are two solutions that I […]


nvidia driver installed

When it comes to drivers for Nvidia graphics cards, most computer users probably either use the drivers that are included with their operating system, or install a driver package for the card from Nvidia. These driver package has grown over the years. It includes the driver that is required, and then other components that may […]


apple itunes software installation

When you install Apple's iTunes software on Windows, a lot of extra components are installed automatically with no option to prevent this from happening. The most recent version of iTunes at the time of writing for instance -- iTunes 12.6.1 for Windows -- installs an additional five components next to iTunes. They are: Apple Application […]


program-cant-start-api ms win crt runtime missing

The Windows error message "The program can't start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing" can be a frustrating one to resolve. The error message suggests to reinstall the program "Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem", but this is usually not the solution that fixes the issue. The following guide provides you with information on the […]


windows 10 safe mode boot

Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode of the Windows operating system including on Windows 10. It is a troubleshooting tool intended to fix many problems that you encounter when you run the operating system. Has your Windows 10 PC ever acted on you when in the middle of a major project? It can be so […]


windows restart

Windows Boot Manager, abbreviated as BOOTMGR is a small piece of software that initiates the Windows boot sequence. Bootmgr is loaded from the volume boot record. It executes winload.exe (Windows boot loader) with the purpose to load essential device drivers and a core part of the Windows operating system. Bootmgr was introduced in Windows Vista […]


look up partition style

Have you ever wondered how a computer boots up? Regardless of hardware or operating system, all computers start up using either the traditional BIOS-MBR or the more recent UEFI-GPT method employed by the latest versions of Operating Systems available. In this article, we will compare GPT and MBR partition structures; GPT stands for GUID Partition […]


malwarebytes exclude files processes

Malwarebytes 3 may block legitimate processes or functions, such as saving files, on Windows PCs. When I started a PC running Windows 10 Pro today for instance, I got some strange error messages thrown by various programs. The screen capture tool SnagIt complained that it could not save the captured file (failed to save document), […]


vulkan run time libraries

Vulkan Run Time Libraries, sometimes also known as Vulkan Runtime Libraries or VulkanRT, is a 3D graphics and compute API by Khronos Group. The cross platform Vulkan API is available for Windows, Linux, and Android, and was dubbed the "next generation OpenGL" initially. Khronos launched the Vulkan 1.0 specification on February 16th, 2016 and Khronos […]


visual c++ redistributable

If you check the list of installed programs on a Windows PC that you have used for some time, you may notice that it has several, often a lot, Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable installation listings. The PC that I use to write this article for instance has three Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable, eight Microsoft […]


get-command powershell

PowerShell is more than just a command line shell. It is a configuration management framework that the command line shell is part of, but also a scripting language. It is more powerful than the Windows command prompt but also more intimidating. While it has been there for more than a decade, most Windows users are […]


free online pdf editor

The following guide provides you with information on how to edit PDF documents using tools that are available for free online or as desktop programs. The PDF file format, originally created by Adobe, is a popular format for a wide variety of documents from presentations and invoices over forms and legal documents, to comics and […]


avast sounds

The following guide offers instructions on how to turn off sounds and voiceover audio notifications in Avast Free Antivirus for Windows. Avast Free Antivirus is a popular security software for Windows which, even for free antivirus, is pushing extra stuff such as browser extensions, the company's SafeZone browser, various tools, and a VPN service to […]


autoruns

Now that we have made it successfully into 2017, even with that leap second scare and all, it seems like a good time to run maintenance related tasks on your PC to cut excess fat, free up storage, make it faster, and just make sure everything is in working order. While many of you have […]


windows 32-bit 64-bit

If you have bought a computer in recent years, chance is you run a 64-bit version of Windows on it. While Microsoft is still producing 32-bit copies of Windows 10, those are sold and deployed considerably less than 64-bit copies. Microsoft itself has not released statistics about the distribution of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. […]