Articles in Category: Windows
Use Process Explorer to identify windows or message boxes that appear without any obvious indicator of what program they’re from.
The end of support for Windows 10 means Microsoft will no longer issue security updates. Here’s how to continue using it safely.
I prefer Windows Professional editions. Here’s what I consider the important differences between Windows Home and Pro.
Blue screen errors are less common than they used to be, but they can still happen for a variety of reasons. I’ll review what to do and when.
The default settings for virtual memory are good enough for most. Tweaking virtual memory settings depends on your computer and what you do with it.
I get lots of questions about what the best software for various situations may be. I can’t answer them all, particularly as it often depends on your own situation, but I can tell you what I’m using.
Windows feature updates are supposed to be delivered in a somewhat timely fashion. If not, or if you’re just impatient, you can force the issue.
On returning from a screensaver, Windows can ask for a password. That’s a security measure that can be turned off… but be sure you should first.
It’s relatively easy to reinstall Windows and keep most of your data while doing so, though it can be a bit time consuming.
Give Windows 11 a shot, but know that you can go back to Windows 10 if you need to.
Limited User Accounts restrict the ability of malware to cause problems on your system. Unfortunately, it may also restrict your ability to use the computer.
Factory reset is a great option to have, but it doesn’t cover all the scenarios a full image backup does.
SSH is a popular tool to access command prompts and shells remotely. Windows makes an OpenSSH server is available for install.
The ability to create a local user account on Windows hasn’t been removed; it’s just not obvious where to find it.
You can create a shortcut to open Windows File Explorer on the directory of your choice.
Windows File Explorer tries to help by hiding some information. Unfortunately, that opens a hole hackers can use to fool you.
Hibernating is a convenient way to turn off a machine without shutting down all applications for a quicker restart later.
Windows startup is a complex process further complicated by the number of programs that add themselves to the list. Paring it down takes work.
Windows 11 is out to much fanfare, hype, and confusion. Unless you have specific reasons, you don’t need to upgrade yet.
If Windows 11 is not supported on your computer, there are several options. The best option is to wait.
A friend’s slow computer provided me an opportunity to review the four primary characteristics of computer slowdowns to help you diagnose issues in the future.
Many Windows components log messages and use Event Viewer to display them. Sadly, the messages are often cryptic and inconsistent, and the result is a mess.
The System File Checker is a little-known, simple-to-run command-line program. It validates that Window’s operating files are undamaged.
On occasion, Windows Updates can seem to take forever. Here’s what to look for and what to do when that happens.
Windows 11 hardware requirements brought the TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, into the spotlight. I’ll touch on what it is, why your machine might not appear to have one, and what to do if it doesn’t.
Registry scanners often report hundreds, if not thousands, of issues. Should you fix them, and if so, which? Here’s my approach.
I installed Windows 11, and share some of my impressions.
Windows Update can update more than just the Windows operating system. So keeping it up to date is still a good idea.
Exactly how long Windows 10 will be supported has changed since its original release. The original expectations were unrealistic at best.
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.
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?
One of the ways to handle an off-screen window has changed slightly.
Files may be gone, but frequently are not forgotten. Depending on the scenario, files you thought were deleted might be easily recovered.
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.
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?
Pagefile.sys is the “paging file” that contains Windows’ virtual memory. You can easily remove it — if you understand the ramifications.
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.
Changing the order of Startup items in Windows isn’t supported. Any techniques to attempt to do so are risky and error prone.
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.
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.
The best way to prepare for needing an installation disc is to create one before you need it. I’ll review some approaches.
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.
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.
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.
Taskbar and Start button disappeared? We’ll look at solutions for several reasons why this might happen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Windows 10 warns when it’s coming to “end of service”, but what does that mean if Windows 10 is always being updated?