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New Client: Oxford County Community Health Centre

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Builtbymike.ca IT Services is now providing IT Management services to the Oxford County Community Health Centre (OCCHC) in Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll.

Builtbymike will use the same focus that has been working for four years at the Ingersoll Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic to also help the OCCHC get more from their current IT resources while working to decrease the overall IT budget to allow the OCCHC to spend those funds to provide better services to the community.

Please visit the OCCHC website (new website soon to be released) to see the amazing services that they offer to improve the lives and health of the people within our community.

 

Full Hard Drive

Remove unnecessary files from a full hard drive

I have come across a lot of computers lately where the main OS hard drive (usually denoted as the C:\ drive) is full. Some clients have nicknamed this the “Red C” because when viewing the drive in Windows the C: drive usage bar is red. This can be caused for many reasons. The main reason being that people download a lot of data (movies, music and pictures) but don’t often clean up the unneeded data. A second reason for this is that to speed up aging computers people are moving towards SSD drives instead of the older technology of spindle drives. The issue here is that SSD drives tend to be more expensive for the same size so people buy smaller SSD drives. The last reason for this, that these commands help to remedy, is that Windows performs a significant amount of updates and doesn’t clean up from the update process very well.

When I come across a full operating system hard drive I run the following commands in command prompt to do a cleanup.

reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore\cfg” /v DiskPercent /t REG_DWORD /f /d 10

rd %systemdrive%\$RECYCLE.BIN /s /q

del C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Local\Temp\*.* C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Temp\*.* c:\windows\temp\*.* /s /f /q

The first command limits the amount of space designated to Windows restore. I believe that the default amount of space used by Windows is 15%. Since most people will never use Windows restore and don’t know what it is, 15% of the disk space is a lot to be set aside for this. The command will set the disk space set aside to 10%.

The second command essentially empties the recycling bin. However, this command does a better job as there are cases where your recycling bin may appear empty to you but still actually have files in it. This command completely removes the recycling bin directory which will then be recreated, completely empty, by Windows.

The last command is where most users will see the biggest gains in freeing hard drive space. This command will remove all temp files created by Windows. The most significant part of this is Windows update files that Windows will download for you to install updates but doesn’t actually remove the update file after the update is complete.

Notes:

  • Please use these commands at your own risk. However, I have used these on dozens of computers without any issues.
  • Microsoft recommends that you keep a minimum of 15% of your hard drive free to run Windows properly.

To run these commands copy all 3 lines of the commands above. Open up command prompt in windows. Right-click in the command prompt windows and left-click paste. You may have to hit enter to execute the third command.

 

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a happy holiday and a joyful and prosperous year to come!

 

The end of the year brings me the great joy of being able to acknowledge those who have helped to make a successful year for Builtbymike.ca IT Services. This year has seen many new business and residential clients coming to me for IT services. More importantly to me is that most of my clients have been repeat clients or have found me through word of mouth. This is the best indicator to me that I am providing a great service to my clients.

To help make 2017 an even better year for my business (and your IT service) I ask that you feel free to send comments and suggestions for Builtbymike.ca IT Services to mikepage@builtbymike.ca or if you are willing to have comments posted to my website you can e-mail those as well or visit www.builtbymike.ca/submit-testimonial.

Once again, I can’t thank you enough for your business and support in 2016. Cheers to you!

 

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Builtbymike.ca Onsite Computer Service

Onsite computer services now being offered by Builtbymike.ca

Onsite Computer Service

Builtbymike.ca IT Services is offering onsite, friendly, fast and reliable computer service for home users throughout Southwestern Ontario. Builtbymike.ca offers better service than your local IT store at competitive rates. However, unlike your local computer store we will come right to you!

Desktop/Laptop Support

Builtbymike.ca IT Services can assist with anything computer related. If your computer is running slow it may be due to viruses, malware, corrupt software or any other number of things. Get an expert to breathe new life back into your computer instead of purchasing a new one. A slow computer can also be the result of more resource hungry applications or the excessive number of updates for software, including your operating system. Have Builtbymike.ca IT Services assess the potential of your computer to see if upgrades are available.

Wired and Wireless Networking

Get the most out of your at home network. Builtbymike.ca can configure new networks or fix your troubled network. We can get your desktop wired to your internet or utilize the latest and most cost-effective technology to expand the reach of your wireless network throughout your home while keeping your network secure.

Backup Assistance

Everyone should be backing up their important files, yet very few people do. Family photos, tax documentation, resumes, etc are all files that once they are lost, can’t be retrieved again. Make sure that you keep these files in more than one location for personal and legal reasons. Let Builtbymike.ca IT Services show you how to make routine backups to protect the important files in your life.

Other Services

Builtbymike.ca offers a wide range of IT services for residential or commercial clients. If there are IT services that you need that aren’t listed here there is a good chance that Builtbymike.ca IT Services can help you with it. If you are interested in commercial services please visit the Consultation and Management pages.

Contact

If you’re having issues with your computer or network contact Builtbymike.ca to set up an appointment. View the contact page or call 519.608.6453.

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