Articles in Category: Windows
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.
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.
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.
Windows Update can get confused or stuck. I’ll review ways to fix Windows Update, including what I refer to as the “nuclear option”.
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.
Yes, it’ll be possible to keep using Windows 7 after it’s no longer supported. However, doing so safely will depend on you.
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.
“Reset your PC” is an option within Windows to return Windows itself to its initial state. I’ll walk through the steps.
The latest major update to Windows 10 has an issue that’s preventing wider rollout. I’ll review what it is, and what to do.
The end of support for Windows 7 means Microsoft will no longer issue security updates. Here’s how to continue using it safely.
CHKDSK, short for Check Disk, is a utility that checks the integrity of the files and file structure of your hard disk. I’ll walk you through it.
Changing the default browser used to be simple — and then along came malware. It’s still easy to change the default browser; it’s just different.
There are a host of items that contribute to your computer’s (lack of) performance. I’ll review some of my top issues.
The end is coming for Windows 7. But what does that really mean?
Gray text is a problem for many people. Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution, though there are some (very) ugly ones.
Software rot can result in odd behavior, including a Windows update causing other software to fail. Here’s one approach to try to get things working again.
System and registry cleaners often report wildly differing results. The reason? Sales tactics, and no clear consensus of what it means to be clean.
There are several ways to adjust the size of text and items on your screen. I’ll discuss a commonly-used wrong way as well as the right way.
Occasionally, the Windows taskbar can end up on either side (or even the top of) your screen. I’ll show you how to move the taskbar bar back to the bottom.
Windows includes the tools needed to uncompress files that you (or prior versions of Windows) might have compressed using Windows File Compression.