Articles tagged: Windows 10
The best way to make sure Windows 10 is up to date is to let it do the job for you automatically. I’ll discuss why you want it to and what options you have.
“Reformat and reinstall” just your printer, and you may find that things start working again. It’s a safe and easy first step to fixing printer issues.
Windows Update has been known to cause Windows restarts at inopportune times. I’ll outline the approach I recommend to keep restarts in control.
Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 is a handy tool for freeing up space on your hard drive. I’ll show you how it’s done, and what to clean up. It’s one of the first places I recommend people turn to when they’re running low on disk space.
We need updates, yet they can cause problems. How aggressively should you update your Windows 10 machine?
It would be good to know if your computer meets Windows 10 minimum requirements before installation. I have a recommendation on how to proceed.
I walk through my initial customizations of a Windows 10 Home machine, including Start menu, Task bar, Notification area, and more.
Using multiple desktops can be a great way to organize your work, and keep you focused on the task at hand.
Yes, it’ll be possible to keep using Windows 7 after it’s no longer supported. However, doing so safely will depend on you.
Unless you have a specific reason not to, the best approach to taking updates is to take them all. I’ll review why, and how to protect yourself in case something goes wrong.
There are several options to extend the life of an older machine, depending on its capabilities.
Officially Windows 10 is no longer free, but there remains at least one unofficial scenario that may allow you to upgrade for free.
The end-of-support date for Windows 10 is now based on the release date of the feature update you last installed.
Windows startup is a complex process further complicated by the number of programs that add themselves to the list. Paring it down takes work.
Software programs, like people, tend to get larger over time. I’ll look at how that happens and a few things you can do to compensate.
You can download Windows versions 7, 8.1, and 10 from legitimate sources. If you have a legal retail product key, this could be your replacement media.
Blue screens on startup can be difficult to diagnose and recover from. If your machine only blue screens on start up, there are a number of things to try.
The single biggest complaint about Windows 8 and 10 is the tiled Start menu. Don’t like it? There’s an app for that.
How to back up Windows 10 using its own built-in tools in eight easy steps. Four bonus steps handle Microsoft’s plans to retire one of those tools.
For those with cluttered (or information-filled) desktops, Desktop Peek is a quick way to see what your running applications otherwise cover.
Updates to Windows seemingly can’t be trusted, and yet they’re forced on us. Something must change.
My take on the latest Windows update and your options therein.
As Windows 8.1 is “between” Windows 7 and Windows 10, it’s tempting to think it’s a less jarring change. It’s not.
“Reset your PC” is an option within Windows to return Windows itself to its initial state. I’ll walk through the steps.
Occasionally, the Windows taskbar can end up on either side (or even the top of) your screen. I’ll show you how to move the taskbar bar back to the bottom.
The “edition” of Windows you’re running — Home, Pro, or others — defines some of the features made available. It’s not difficult to find out which edition you have.
The default mail program is used to send email at the request of other programs on your computer or links on web page. If you use a web interface, however, things get tricky.
If you have a 64-bit capable machine, you may want to upgrade from 32-bit Windows to 64. Unfortunately, the upgrade, while quite possible, isn’t easy.
Because Internet Explorer is really a component of Windows itself, uninstalling and reinstalling, while possible, is somewhat different than other applications and has different implications.
Windows 10 introduced the ability to sign in using a PIN. It’s quick and easy to set up and use.
Partitions may be hidden for good reasons. Here’s how to peek inside.