Articles in Category: Windows
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.
Quite often, the first thing a diagnostic technician asks you to do is reboot your computer. Why? Because rebooting works surprisingly often.
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.
Install the software you need to fully use your computer. Just be sure to back up along the way.
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.
It’s easy to search for files on your machine. Learn about the settings that dictate which parts of your machine get searched.
The Downloads folder isn’t meant for long-term storage. Here’s how to avoid losing files you downloaded and want to keep.
Officially Windows 10 is no longer free, but there remains at least one unofficial scenario that may allow you to upgrade for free.
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.
The MBR is one facet of a successful boot. Windows Startup Repair is a tool that addresses all of them.
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.
The end-of-support date for Windows 10 is now based on the release date of the feature update you last installed.
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.
To reformat and reinstall is considered the “nuclear option” when it comes to dealing with Windows problems (or just cleaning up).
System Restore is allocated a certain amount of space on your hard disk. If that’s excessive, you can use less space, but at the cost of fewer restore points.
Unsupported hardware because the CPU is too new? It’s a scenario some users of older Windows versions can experience. There are a couple of solutions.
Because of the way file systems organize and track your data on disk, size may be displayed differently in one place than in another.
Windows startup is a complex process further complicated by the number of programs that add themselves to the list. Paring it down takes work.
Only Windows is Windows. There are alternatives, but whether they’re right for you depends on you.
The best way to prepare for needing an installation disc is to create one before you need it. I’ll review some approaches.
Sandboxes and virtual machines share some characteristics, but they are fundamentally different technologies. I’ll look at both from a high level.
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.
Occasionally, one program uses all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.