Articles in Category: Windows
Setting up a Windows 11 machine without a Microsoft account is possible, though it’s not obvious how.
If you bought it, save it — even if it is just a downloaded installation .exe file and activation code.
A cluttered desktop doesn’t slow down your computer in and of itself, but could be a symptom of deeper problems.
Much like an automobile, it can be useful to periodically look under the hood, clean things up, and make sure that all is as it should be.
Windows Update can get confused or stuck. I’ll review ways to fix Windows Update, including what I refer to as the nuclear option.
Let’s sort out some of the differences between logging in using your Microsoft account and logging in using a local account.
Estimates for how long Windows 10 will be supported have changed. The original expectations were unrealistic at best.
A Windows Recovery Drive can be used to restore Windows backups to your machine and much more. I’ll show you how to create one.
A clean install of a operating system assumes the hard disk is empty. Some preparation is required to preserve and transfer data.
After trying the latest version of Windows, you might find that it’s not your cup of tea. What then? Well, it’s not really an “uninstall”… it’s more of a replacement.
Computers slow down for many reasons. I’ll review some of the steps you can take to speed yours up again.
Process Explorer includes a nifty feature to help you identify any program displaying a window or message box.
OneDrive can be used for many things, but one of the most valuable is ongoing online backup.
Your computer likely has many more files on it than you realize. That’s quite normal.
Unexplained disk activity is easy to identify with the right tools. We’ll use Process Monitor.
Unallocated space in a hard disk partition won’t be used. I’ll look at the two common ways to make unallocated space usable.
Hiberfil.sys, pagefile.sys, and swapfile.sys are Windows system files that support two very important features: hibernation and virtual memory.
If Windows or another program reports that a file is in use without telling you what program is using it, Process Explorer can.
It’s useful to know the names and functions of the various parts of an application window.
The Problem Steps Recorder is a useful way to capture and share the exact steps you take when a problem occurs.
Windows 11 is out to much fanfare, hype, and confusion. Unless you have specific reasons, you don’t need to upgrade yet, but there’s also no reason to avoid it.
When transferring NTFS-formatted disks from one machine to another, permissions can restrict access. I’ll cover both Widows GUI and command line solutions.
Blocked from upgrading to Windows 11 by the TPM 2 or CPU requirements? There may be a way.
Windows may tell you that a program requires elevation in order to run. We’ll look at what that means and the steps you can take in response.
If an application is installed only for one user and you want to use it as another, options are limited.
Available virtual memory is controlled by a setting you can adjust. If you’re constantly running low, you should look at what you’re running.
“Not Responding” is Windows’ way of telling you that a program might have a problem. Sometimes it’s benign and sometimes it’s a sign of a deeper issue.
Because of the files an installed application usually leaves behind, it’s prohibitively difficult move it to another drive.
Fast Startup optimizes boot-time speed, but is an occasional suspect in boot-time problems. Turn Fast Startup off to get clues.
System Restore doesn’t restore your system and has proven itself too unreliable to count on.
There are a few things to take a look at if your computer fails to boot.
Windows Update seems less than reliable and out of our control. How can you prepare for what may or may not happen without tearing your hair out?
Normally, you can request CHKDSK be run on the system drive at the next reboot. If that doesn’t work, there is another way.
Sometimes a file cannot be deleted because it has invalid characters in its filename. Here’s what to try.
Windows 10 is and is not going away. It depends on your perspective.
When you start Windows, many programs start automatically as well. Some of them don’t need to.
Windows Explorer is the workhorse behind the Windows user interface. I’ll cover what to look for when it crashes.
It’s easy to search for files on your machine. Learn about the settings that dictate which parts of your machine get searched.
The most effective way to speed up a system is to clean it up, have it run fewer programs, and give it more resources.
CHKDSK must sometimes be run at boot time. I’ll show you where to find those CHKDSK results.
Is it really gone, or just hidden? Either way, we’ll work through the solution to get Windows Explorer back.
OneDrive can be useful, and it can be annoying. It’s on by default, but it’s not terribly difficult to decouple or turn off.
Here’s a helpful system resource tool that doesn’t get nearly the press it deserves.
Files and folders can be undeletable for a variety of reasons. I’ll review several techniques to try when faced with the issue.
Not every problem is worth solving.
Windows has long had settings to control certain aspects of the user interface. I’ll guide you to a couple of them and explain what the most common settings do.
Gray text is a problem for many people. Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution, though there are some (very) ugly ones.
Installing software is something we do often. I’ll review some recommendations to minimize both impact and danger.
There are several ways to adjust the size of text and items on your screen.
If your machine is slowing to a crawl and the disk light is constantly lit, there are a few things you’ll want to check.