Articles in Category: Windows

Should I Update to Windows 11?

Windows 11 has been announced to much fanfare, hype, and confusion. Windows 11 certainly isn’t ready for prime time, and likely not ready for you.

When is Windows Support Ending?

Microsoft publishes its end-of-support schedules well in advance. To stay both current and safe, it would be wise to plan for that turnover.

Did Microsoft Lie?

The release of Windows 11 proved the statement that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows to be wrong. But was it a lie?

How Do I Move an Off-screen Window?

One of the ways to handle an off-screen window has changed slightly.

How Were Files Recovered that I Thought Were Deleted?

Files may be gone, but frequently are not forgotten. Depending on the scenario, files you thought were deleted might be easily recovered.

A Program Crashes and I Can’t Uninstall It. What Do I Do?

Problems with a program that won’t install can be tricky. It’s important to capture the exact wording of any error messages you are receiving.

Why Your System is Slow Even Though the CPU Is Idle

The purpose of the System Idle Process is to get out of the way to let other processes run. So what does it mean if the SIP is using 100% CPU on your slow system?

What Is Pagefile.sys? Can I Delete It?

Pagefile.sys is the “paging file” that contains Windows’ virtual memory. You can easily remove it — if you understand the ramifications.

What is the System Idle Process and Why Is It Using Most of the CPU?

Can a computer really do nothing? Yes and no. When it’s doing nothing, it has to do something, and that something is the System Idle Process, waiting for something to do.

How Do I Change the Startup Order in Windows 10?

Changing the order of Startup items in Windows isn’t supported. Any techniques to attempt to do so are risky and error prone.

How to Tell What’s Running in the Background on Your PC

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.

How Do I Make Sure Windows is Really, Completely Up to Date?

Keeping Windows up to date is normally handled cleanly by Windows itself. There are times you may want to force the issue to ensure your machine is as up to date as possible.

How to Reinstall Windows 10 Without Media

The best way to prepare for needing an installation disc is to create one before you need it. I’ll review some approaches.

Beginner

What’s the Best Place to Learn About Windows 10?

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.

Setting up Windows 10 for Privacy

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.

Is it Safe to Delete This File?

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.

The Start Button Is Missing and There’s No Taskbar. What Do I Do?

Taskbar and Start button disappeared? We’ll look at solutions for several reasons why this might happen.

Set Up Windows 10 Again with the Windows Out Of Box Experience (OOBE)

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.

Why Does Word Tell Me a Document Changed When It Hasn’t?

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.

Should I Avoid Windows Update? It Burned Me

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.

How to Get File Explorer to Display Details by Default

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.

Why You’re Being Warned About Windows 10 End of Service and What to Do About It

Windows 10 warns when it’s coming to “end of service”, but what does that mean if Windows 10 is always being updated?

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

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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