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.
The Windows taskbar is a very flexible piece of screen real estate. There are many things about it you can change to adjust taskbar space.
The System File Checker is a little-known, simple-to-run command-line program. It validates that Window’s operating files are undamaged.
A Microsoft account is almost any account you have with Microsoft, and there’s a high likelihood you already have one.
There are a couple of ways to report Windows 10 issues. One involves searching for an answer, and the other is a tool built into Windows 10 itself.
To reformat and reinstall is considered the “nuclear option” when it comes to dealing with Windows problems or just cleaning up.
A crash at any time can cause problems, but a crash during an uninstall can be disastrous. I’ll look at what steps to take and how to avoid problems in the future.
You can keep Windows Update from rebooting for certain key hours of the day, within limits… and as long as you’re not a work-a-holic.
“App” and “application” are two terms that in years past have been used interchangeably to refer to computer programs. In Windows 10, the difference between them has become significant.
While the Windows 10 free upgrade offer expires July 29, it turns out there are a couple of approaches that, while they are a little bit of work, can save the free upgrade so you can use it after the deadline has passed. There are the normal number of caveats and possible issues, but if […]
The most common question related to Windows 10 seems to be “Should I upgrade?” I’ll cover my recommendations.
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 will generally keep itself as up to date as possible, often whether or not you want it to. I’ll discuss why you want it to, and what options you still have.
Windows Update can get confused or stuck. I’ll review a way to fix Windows Update that I refer to as the “nuclear option”.
When Windows tells you it’s out of memory, what does it mean, and what can you do about it?
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.