Articles in Category: Windows

What Happens If You Delete System32 in Windows 10?

Apparently, there’s a prank or scam suggesting that people delete their System32 folder. Don’t do it. It’s a trap!

How Do I Report a Bug in Windows 10?

It’s easy to report a bug in Windows 10. The question is, is it worth your time?

How Do I Find Out What Program Is Using All My CPU?

Occasionally, one program uses all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.

Less Common Reasons Your Computer May Slow Down

Your computer may slow down for many reasons; these are some of the less common ones still worth looking for.

Is it Safe to Delete Duplicate Files?

Programs that identify identical files can be useful, but simply deleting the duplicates they find can cause more harm than good.

Why is My Computer Slow After Startup?

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.

Reboot or Power Down: Why Do So Many Tech Support Solutions Start with That?

The first thing a diagnostic technician may ask you to do is reboot your computer. Why?

When Your Slow Internet Connection Makes Your Computer Look Slow

Is the internet slow, or is it your computer? How to tell and what to do.

How Do I Make Sure Windows 10 is Up to Date?

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.

What Can I Disable in Task Manager’s Startup List?

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.

Avoiding or Fixing Software Rot in Windows 10

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.

Are You Asking Too Much of Your Computer?

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.

The Top Reason Your Computer is Slow, and What To Do About It

There is one most common reason computers slow down over time. The good news is, it’s often within your control.

Do I Need All These Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables?

Assorted redistributables and shared libraries are installed on your PC by programs that need them. Removing them, while tempting, is fairly risky.

Avoiding Windows 10 Update Restarts at Inopportune Times – Simple Solutions Avoiding Hacks

Windows Update has been known to cause Windows restarts at inopportune times. I’ll outline the approach I recommend to keep restarts in control.

How To Get the Latest Windows 10 Update – Three Techniques and a Recommendation

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.

Using Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 – Including What to Clean Up

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.

What’s the Best Registry Cleaner? What to Use, and Not

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.

How Do I Gain Administrative Access to a Second-hand Computer?

It’s important to understand the risk of buying a used computer.

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Five Steps to Repair Windows 10 Without Losing Programs

Before you give up and reinstall Windows, try to repair Windows 10 without losing programs.

How Do I Run a Program “As Administrator”?

We’ll look at why Windows asks you for administrator privileges even when you are the administrator, and what to do when it does.

Why I Don’t Like System Restore

System Restore doesn’t restore your system and has proven itself too unreliable to count on.

Windows Update

How Important Is It to Seek Out and Take Updates?

We need updates, yet they can cause problems. How aggressively should you update your Windows 10 machine?

Why Didn’t Windows Fix My Pet Peeve?

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.

How Do I Tell If My Computer Meets Windows 10 Minimum Requirements?

It would be good to know if your computer meets Windows 10 minimum requirements before installation. I have a recommendation on how to proceed.

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How Often Is Windows 10 Updated?

Windows 10 is updated fairly frequently, but not all of those updates are the same. I’ll review what happens when.

How Can a PIN Be as Secure as a Password?

On the surface, signing into Windows using a PIN feels less secure than a traditional password. It’s possible it’s more secure.

Control Panel Network Adapters

Tip of the Day: Access Network Adapter Settings Quickly

How to Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive

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.

Using OneDrive for Nearly Continuous Backup

OneDrive can be used for many things, but one of the most valuable is ongoing online backup.

Revo Uninstaller

How Do I Completely Uninstall a Program?

Uninstalling a program is pretty easy. Uninstalling it completely, on the other hand, can be a challenge.

How Do I Fix Windows Update?

Windows Update can get confused or stuck. I’ll review ways to fix Windows Update, including what I refer to as the “nuclear option”.

Do All These Software Updates Take Up More and More Disk Space? Where Else You Need to Look

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.

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Focus Better with Multiple Desktops

Using multiple desktops can be a great way to organize your work, and keep you focused on the task at hand.

What Does “Not Responding” Mean?

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.

How Windows 10 Changed Setting Default Programs

Windows 10 changed how to modify default programs, forcing you to make the choice explicitly.

Multiple Directory Listings Pointing to the Same File

Why Is the Same File in Two or More Places on My Machine?

What appears to be multiple copies of the same file may be something else: one file simply appearing in more than one place.

Are Updates Free?

It’s important to develop a sense of what to expect so you recognize legitimate update messages.

Can I Install Windows 7 on a Machine that Comes with Windows 10?

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.

Does Installing Many Programs Destabilize My Computer?

Install the software you need to fully use your computer. Just be sure to back up along the way.

How To Keep Using Windows 7 Safely After Support Ends

Yes, it’ll be possible to keep using Windows 7 after it’s no longer supported. However, doing so safely will depend on you.

How Do I Know What Updates to Install?

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.

How To Find a File on Your Computer

It’s easy to search for files on your machine. Learn about the settings that dictate which parts of your machine get searched.

My Files Disappeared from Downloads. How Do I Get Them Back?

The Downloads folder isn’t meant for long-term storage. Here’s how to avoid losing files you downloaded and want to keep.

Is Windows 10 Still Free in 2020? Where to Get It and How To Install It

Officially Windows 10 is no longer free, but there remains at least one unofficial scenario that may allow you to upgrade for free.

What is “Print To File” Used For?

Print to file is an option on many older print dialogs that sends printer output to a file rather than the printer. It’s of extremely limited use these days, if it’s even available at all.

How Do I Fix the Master Boot Record (MBR)?

The MBR is one facet of a successful boot. Windows Startup Repair is a tool that addresses all of them.

Is There a Limit to What a Single Folder or Directory Can Hold?

Hard disks continue to increase in size, as does what we’re storing on them. There are size limits, but not limits most people need to worry about.

When Does Windows 10 Support End?

The end-of-support date for Windows 10 is now based on the release date of the feature update you last installed.

How to Determine What’s Installed on Your Machine

Programs can be installed in many ways and many places. There’s no single authoritative list of what’s installed, but we can get close.