Troubleshooting Stuck at the ‘Preparing to Configure’ for Windows 7 or 10

If you use Microsoft Windows 7, you are probably familiar with the message “Preparing to Configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer.” This message appears when you turn on your computer. It means that your system is performing the necessary updates, which shouldn’t take more than 20 or 30 minutes.

I recently waited over eight hours with the same message on my screen during one of these routine updates. I wondered if it was due to a particular update, but it didn’t seem to be. I did a hard reboot, which is not a good idea under normal circumstances, but I had no other choice. After restarting the computer, it was stuck in the same setup process. read more

Troubleshooting error `1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure`

Troubleshooting error `1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure`

Have you encountered the error “1720-Smart Drive Detects Imminent Failure” while booting up your computer? This means that the drive’s built-in status circuits and firmware have determined that the hard drive itself is about to fail. If this happens, you could lose all your files or the hard drive will eventually stop working.

Hard drives are usually designed to last a long time. Not surprisingly, they often outlive the computer in which they are installed and used. However, no matter how perfect these devices may seem, sometimes they can fail, whether due to user abuse or simply poor workmanship. When a hard drive fails, the error message “1720-Smart Drive Detects Imminent Failure” appears when you boot your computer. read more

How to Repair Roku Screen Mirroring not Working in Windows 10

How to Repair Roku Screen Mirroring not Working in Windows 10

Watching something on a big screen is much more convenient than from an Android or iPhone device or even a laptop. But not all smart TVs and streamers can stream app screens from mobile devices or computers. Roku Smart TVs and Roku streaming set-top boxes offer a great solution with their screen mirroring feature. It allows users to play what’s on their Android or Windows devices directly on their Roku TV.

You can now view app content on your mobile device on your smart TV. You can also stream photos, music, and web pages. All you have to do is enable this feature on your device and connect it to your Roku Smart TV. read more

Repair: Galaxy Buds Can’t Connect to Windows

Repair: Galaxy Buds Can't Connect to Windows

Samsung Galaxy Buds are not the best wireless headphones on the market. Sure, they got better with the Buds plus update, but I personally haven’t had a good experience with them. I also use them a lot on my PC. In this article, I will show you how to connect Samsung headphones to your laptop via Bluetooth.

The first thing I noticed about my Galaxy Buds was that the volume was too low. Especially when I used them outside, I could barely hear the music playing. I even had problems with the Buds’ microphone, which seems to have been solved with software updates, and I solved the low volume problem by using larger headphones. read more

How to fix the error 0x80240061 when installing the Intel Management Engine Interface driver

error 0x80240061 when installing the Intel Management Engine Interface driver

Many Windows users report crashes and errors when updating Windows 10. One of the most common errors that users often encounter is Windows 10 update error 0x80240061. There can be several reasons for the occurrence of this error. Here, we will take a look at the solutions to fix this problem.

If you are also facing this error, here are some troubleshooting tips to help you fix Windows 10 update error 0x80240061.

What is the cause of error 0x80240061

What is the cause of error 0x80240061

WU can’t choose the latest version: As some modified users have already reported, Windows Update can’t always choose the latest available version of the Intel Administration Engine interface. If this is indeed the case, you can solve the dilemma by configuring it manually (either with the Driver and Service Assistant application or by simply installing a driver variant). read more

Fixed: Printer that continues printing documents in an inverted color

Sometimes you may need to print a document in “negative” format. This means that everything will print in reverse order: black will print as white, and white areas as black. This is especially useful if you are editing your output with a camera.

In other cases, you may need to print a mirror image of the output, which is useful if you are creating output for photo transfer processes or screen printing. There are several ways to create negative output, and they all involve the printer driver. read more

Fixed: Windows is opening programs on the second monitor instead of the primary monitor

If you open an app or program for Windows 10, it opens on a different or incorrect monitor in a multi-monitor setting, this post will help you fix the problem. You can use the same guide to make a program open on a specific monitor if you have two or more monitors.

Setting up a dual monitor allows you to use different programs at the same time while improving your communication and collaboration skills. After all, what could be better than viewing help files on one monitor and simultaneously video chatting with your teammates on the other! read more

Here’s how to fix Windows 10: Windows Hello not working

Here's how to fix Windows 10: Windows Hello not working

Windows Hello is a more secure way to sign in to your Windows 10 device without having to remember your password. The futuristic login technology uses biometric authentication, which provides faster, safer, and easier access to your computer through fingerprint or facial recognition while providing enterprise-level security.

You can use this biometric data to connect to devices, applications, or online networks. You can also pair a Bluetooth device, such as a smartphone, with your computer and use the Windows Hello dynamic lock feature to automatically lock your computer. read more