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.
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.
It may be possible to block Windows 10 – both the unwanted download of the operating system and the annoying reminders – with this handy utility.
It’s easy to fix the recycle bin: just delete it, and Windows handles the rest. I’ll show you how to find it and how to delete it.
It would be good to know if your computer can run Windows 10 before installation. Unfortunately, the techniques to find out have proven less than reliable. I have a recommendation.
Creating shortcuts to programs and web pages on your desktop is relatively easy, as is setting a custom icon for those shortcuts. I’ll show you how.
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.
By default, Windows hides certain files and folders. We’ll look at how to change the setting to display hidden files and folders in Windows Explorer.
It appears Microsoft may be pushing Windows 10 to machines even when it hasn’t been requested. That’s just wrong, and I’ll show you how to stop it.
We’ll look at how to review and adjust privacy settings in several areas of Win10.
After updating to Windows 10, many users find that they must sign in to Windows using a password, even if they previously did not. I’ll show you how to sign in to Windows 10 automatically.
Windows 10 privacy seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron, at least on its initial release. I’ll review choices you can make at setup to retain some control.
Windows 10 has been criticised for encroaching on users privacy. Is it an issue? Is Microsoft being evil? Or is it something else?
It’s not uncommon to set up Windows 10 only to find you’re required to log in with a Microsoft account. I’ll show you how to restore a local account sign-in.
Windows 10 peer-to-peer sharing (or “delivery optimization”) is a technology used to make updates quicker and more reliable. Unfortunately, it does come with some risk.
Windows 10 is here. If, after trying it, you find yourself wanting to go back to Windows 7, there are a few approaches.
Use Process Explorer to identify windows or message boxes that appear without any obvious indicator of what program they’re from.