Articles in Category: Windows
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.
Windows Disk Cleanup is a handy tool for freeing up space on your hard drive. I’ll show you how it’s done.
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.
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.
System Restore doesn’t restore your system and has proven itself too unreliable to count on.
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.
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.
A PC running Windows can slow down for many reasons. Viruses, spyware, updated software, disk fragmentation, and more can lead to performance drops.
The single biggest complaint about Windows 8 and 10 is the tiled Start menu. Don’t like it? There’s an app for that.
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.
You can disable Remote Access in Windows, but don’t be fooled: that doesn’t disable all types of remote access.
Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance are related yet different technologies included in Windows to allow remote access. I’ll review the differences.
It’s not uncommon to run out of disk space. A free utility can show where your disk space is going so you can determine what steps to take.
Using OneDrive is up to you — but here’s why I absolutely recommend it.
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.
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.