Articles in Category: Windows
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?
Apparently, there’s a prank or scam suggesting that people delete their System32 folder. Don’t do it. It’s a trap!
It’s easy to report a bug in Windows 10. The question is, is it worth your time?
Occasionally, one program uses all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.
Your computer may slow down for many reasons; these are some of the less common ones still worth looking for.
Programs that identify identical files can be useful, but simply deleting the duplicates they find can cause more harm than good.
Log in and … wait. System slowness at log in time is not uncommon, and I’ll look at some of the possible causes and solutions.
The first thing a diagnostic technician may ask you to do is reboot your computer. Why?
Is the internet slow, or is it your computer? How to tell and what to do.
The best way to make sure Windows 10 is up to date is to let it do the job for you automatically. I’ll discuss why you want it to and what options you have.
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.
Software rot is the slow degradation of your computer’s performance for no apparent reason. I’ll review why it happens, how to prevent, and how to recover.
It’s very common for our usage and expectations of our computers to grow over time. Unfortunately, that means we’ll eventually run into its limitations.
There is one most common reason computers slow down over time. The good news is, it’s often within your control.
Assorted redistributables and shared libraries are installed on your PC by programs that need them. Removing them, while tempting, is fairly risky.
Windows Update has been known to cause Windows restarts at inopportune times. I’ll outline the approach I recommend to keep restarts in control.