Articles in Category: Windows
Windows runs a lot of software even when you’re doing nothing at all. We’ll dive into how to examine what’s really running, and what to do with the information you glean.
The best way to prepare for needing an installation disc is to create one before you need it. I’ll review some approaches.
There are as many sources of beginner’s information as there are beginners, it seems. The best approach is to try a few and see which works best for you.
Windows 10 privacy seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron, at least based on reputation. I’ll review the choices you can make at setup to retain some control.
When running out of disk space, considering what you can delete makes sense. I’ll look at the steps to determine whether a file, such as a .dat file, may be important.
Taskbar and Start button disappeared? We’ll look at solutions for several reasons why this might happen.
You can use the Windows 10 Out Of Box Experience, or “OOBE”, at any time to reset a variety of items most commonly associated with initial setup.
It’s sometimes hard to tell why Word thinks a document changed even though you haven’t done anything to it. I’ll look at a few clues.
After a bad experience with Windows Update, it’s tempting to bail on the idea completely. Unfortunately, that can leave your machine vulnerable to malware.
Windows File Explorer defaults to a simple view of files on your machine that isn’t secure. Changes these settings as soon as you can.
Windows 10 warns when it’s coming to “end of service”, but what does that mean if Windows 10 is always being updated?
Apparently, there’s a prank or scam suggesting that people delete their System32 folder. Don’t do it. It’s a trap!
It’s easy to report a bug in Windows 10. The question is, is it worth your time?
Occasionally, one program uses all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.
Your computer may slow down for many reasons; these are some of the less common ones still worth looking for.
Programs that identify identical files can be useful, but simply deleting the duplicates they find can cause more harm than good.
Log in and … wait. System slowness at log in time is not uncommon, and I’ll look at some of the possible causes and solutions.
The first thing a diagnostic technician may ask you to do is reboot your computer. Why?
Is the internet slow, or is it your computer? How to tell and what to do.
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.
Task Manager shows many of the items that run automatically when you start your machine. What you need and what you don’t depends on many factors.
Software rot is the slow degradation of your computer’s performance for no apparent reason. I’ll review why it happens, how to prevent, and how to recover.
It’s very common for our usage and expectations of our computers to grow over time. Unfortunately, that means we’ll eventually run into its limitations.
There is one most common reason computers slow down over time. The good news is, it’s often within your control.
Assorted redistributables and shared libraries are installed on your PC by programs that need them. Removing them, while tempting, is fairly risky.
Windows Update has been known to cause Windows restarts at inopportune times. I’ll outline the approach I recommend to keep restarts in control.
There are a several approaches to getting the latest Windows 10 update. I’ll describe them and show you what I recommend, what I use, and what those who simply can’t wait should do.
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.
The best registry cleaner is none at all. There may be cases where you want to use one, though, and I’ll review which I’d use and how to use them safely.
It’s important to understand the risk of buying a used computer.
Before you give up and reinstall Windows, try to repair Windows 10 without losing programs.
We’ll look at why Windows asks you for administrator privileges even when you are the administrator, and what to do when it does.
System Restore doesn’t restore your system and has proven itself too unreliable to count on.
We need updates, yet they can cause problems. How aggressively should you update your Windows 10 machine?
Windows can’t fix all the bugs on each release. I’ll look at some of the reasons Windows might not fix something you consider important.
It would be good to know if your computer meets Windows 10 minimum requirements before installation. I have a recommendation on how to proceed.
Windows 10 is updated fairly frequently, but not all of those updates are the same. I’ll review what happens when.
On the surface, signing into Windows using a PIN feels less secure than a traditional password. It’s possible it’s more secure.
A Windows 10 Recovery Drive can be used to restore Windows backups to your machine and more. I’ll show you how to create one.
OneDrive can be used for many things, but one of the most valuable is ongoing online backup.
Uninstalling a program is pretty easy. Uninstalling it completely, on the other hand, can be a challenge.
Windows Update can get confused or stuck. I’ll review ways to fix Windows Update, including what I refer to as the “nuclear option”.
Staying up to date is an important part of staying safe. Sometimes that means disk space is slowly used for more and more updates — and sometimes not.
Using multiple desktops can be a great way to organize your work, and keep you focused on the task at hand.
Not Responding is Windows’ way of telling you that a program might have a problem. Sometimes it’s benign, but sometimes it’s a sign of a deeper issue.
Windows 10 changed how to modify default programs, forcing you to make the choice explicitly.
What appears to be multiple copies of the same file may be something else: one file simply appearing in more than one place.
It’s important to develop a sense of what to expect so you recognize legitimate update messages.
If you can find a license for Windows 7, and if you can find old drivers for new hardware, it’s possible that it may work okay.