We hear of Windows Update messing up computers. I’ll look through one scenario and offer some advice and a reminder: it’s not your fault.
Sometimes the clipboard behaves mysteriously. Let’s look at why.
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.
Relying on a Recycle Bin can be a costly mistake, particularly when USB and other removable drives may or may not even have one.
What Windows Update leaves behind isn’t trash at all, but rather files with a specific purpose.
Assorted redistributables and shared libraries are often installed on your PC by programs that need them. Removing them, while tempting, is fairly risky.
Microsoft Word documents display differently on different systems because of differences between the systems. Getting Microsoft Word documents to display identically typically means processing them into something else.
Your Windows 7 Setup disc can help you repair many types of boot problems.
The Windows desktop was intended to hold shortcuts to files located elsewhere, but it’s not limited to that.
Hibernate and sleep are two optimizations to the boot/reboot process that can speed things up.
Occasionally, one program uses up all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.
If your monitor suddenly goes black due to being out of RAM, it’s likely your computer has crashed.
I prefer Windows 10 Professional edition. Here’s what I consider the important differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro.
So-called “problems” with your Microsoft account may refer to Windows, or to other applications on your system.
Every Windows 10 update should just work. Unfortunately, for some, they just don’t.
Windows 10 Home edition gives you little control of Windows Update. I do have a fairly large hammer you can use.
Booting your machine can take time, but sometimes so does shutting it down. Various issues contribute to a slow shutdown.
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?
If you meet a couple of criteria, you can still get Windows 10 for free, at least until the end of the year.
A peek into my priorities as I install apps and make changes after a Windows 10 reset.
A new icon has appeared on the Windows 10 taskbar. I’ll review what it is and how to make it go away.
Deciding how you want to open a file depends on knowing what the file contains and knowing what program will understand that.
We’ll look at why Windows asks you for administrator privileges even though you are the administrator, and what to do when it does.
Hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys are two Windows system files that support two very important features: hibernation and virtual memory.
User Account Control, or UAC, pops up when programs need special permission to do something. I’ll look at when those are, and are not, appropriate.
A friend’s slow computer provided an opportunity to review the four primary characteristics of computer slowdowns.
Windows 10 makes it relatively easy to reinstall Windows and keep most of your data while doing so.
OneDrive can be used for many things, but one of the most valuable is ongoing, online backup.
Start-Run, or the Run item on Windows Start menu, is a way to run any program on your machine. Sometimes it works as expected, but other times, it just produces a quick flash. We’ll look at why, and what to do instead.
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.
User Account Control, or UAC, requests confirmation when a program needs administrative access. If you know it’s safe, we can bypass UAC with a shortcut.
I’ll show you how to locate the Startup folder and put a shortcut to your program there.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a screenshot – an image of your computer screen, saved as a picture – can eliminate a lot of frustration when trying to describe to someone what you’re seeing on your computer.
While it is frustrating, Microsoft doesn’t give us as much control over Windows 10 updates as we might like.
If you’re eager to get the newly released Windows 10 Creators Update, I’ll show you how.
Unfortunately an upgrade isn’t always an upgrade, sometimes it’s a complete replacement.
It’s easy to make the Windows taskbar smaller or larger – perhaps too easy, since it can happen by accident. I’ll show you how to change it and how to lock it.
On returning from a screen saver, Windows can ask for a password. That’s a security measure that can be turned off – but be sure first.
Unfortunately, there’s no consensus on what it means to be an “installed program”, or how to find them.
How to kill Cortana for good (and bring her back if you change your mind).
In my opinion, System Restore is good for exactly one thing: backing up and restoring the registry.
If you’re still clinging to XP and wondering what to do next, here are four options to consider.
There are ways to disable Cortana “under the hood”, but in most cases, simply turning a number of options off will do the trick.
Windows assumes it knows where you want your OneDrive folder. If you want it somewhere else, it’s easy to move.
On the surface, signing in to Windows using a PIN feels less secure than a traditional password. It’s possible that it might actually be more secure.
Windows 10 changed the mechanism used to modify the default program for certain operations, forcing you to make the choice explicitly.
Fast startup optimizes boot-time speed, and is an occasional suspect in boot-time problems. Turn fast startup off to get clues.
Many Windows components log messages, which Event Viewer is used to display. Sadly, the messages are often cryptic and inconsistent, and the result is a mess.
Downgrading isn’t as easy as you might think. Simple, perhaps, but not easy. So let’s look at an alternative.
Unless you’re willing to pay a lot of attention on a very regular basis, automatic updates are an important part of keeping your machine safe.