Articles in Category: Windows 10
Is Windows 10 Going Away?
Windows 10 is and is not going away. It depends on your perspective.
What Happens at Windows 10 End of Support?
The end of support for Windows 10 means Microsoft will no longer issue security updates. Here’s how to continue using it safely.
What’s the Difference Between Windows Home and Pro Editions?
I prefer Windows Professional editions. Here’s what I consider the important differences between Windows Home and Pro.
How Long Will Windows 10 Be Supported?
Exactly how long Windows 10 will be supported has changed since its original release. The original expectations were unrealistic at best.
What’s the Best Place to Learn About Windows 10?
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.
Setting up Windows 10 for Privacy
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.
How Do I Report a Bug in Windows 10?
It’s easy to report a bug in Windows 10. The question is, is it worth your time?
How To Get the Latest Windows 10 Update
There are a several approaches to getting the latest Windows 10 update. I’ll describe them and show you what I recommend, what I use, and what those who simply can’t wait should do.
How Can a PIN Be as Secure as a Password?
On the surface, signing into Windows using a PIN feels less secure than a traditional password. It’s possible it’s more secure.
How Windows 10 Changed Setting Default Programs
Windows 10 changed how to modify default programs, forcing you to make the choice explicitly.
Is Windows 10 Still Free in 2022? Where to Get It and How To Install It
Officially Windows 10 is no longer free, but there remains at least one unofficial scenario that may allow you to upgrade for free.
Why is Windows 10 Using More and More RAM?
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.
How to Repair a Computer that Only Blue Screens
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.
Do I Need OneDrive?
Using OneDrive is up to you — but here’s why I absolutely recommend it.
Should I Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Instead of Windows 10?
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.
How Do I Reset Windows 10?
“Reset your PC” is an option within Windows to return Windows itself to its initial state. I’ll walk through the steps.
Why Haven’t I Received the Latest Windows 10 Update?
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.
How Do I Change My Default Web Browser in Windows 10?
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.
Coping with Windows
Windows Update seems less than reliable and out of our control. How can you prepare for what may or may not happen without tearing your hair out?
Critical: Back Up Before the 1809 Windows 10 Update!
The October 2018 Windows 10 Update is apparently deleting some people’s files. Here’s how to prepare and protect yourself.
Why is Windows 10 Telling Me “There Is a Problem with Your Microsoft Account”?
So-called “problems” with your Microsoft account may refer to Windows, or to other applications on your system.
The First Dozen Changes to My Newly Reinstalled Windows 10
A peek into my priorities as I install apps and make changes after a Windows 10 reset.
What’s This New “People” Icon in My Taskbar?
A new icon has appeared on the Windows 10 taskbar. I’ll review what it is and how to make it go away.
Turn Off Fast Startup in Windows 10
Fast startup optimizes boot-time speed, and is an occasional suspect in boot-time problems. Turn fast startup off to get clues.
Where Do I Report Windows 10 Issues?
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.
What’s the Difference Between an App and Application?
“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.
Saving Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade For Later
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 … Read more
Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?
The most common question related to Windows 10 seems to be “Should I upgrade?” I’ll cover my recommendations.
Block Windows 10 With GWX Control Panel
It may be possible to block Windows 10 – both the unwanted download of the operating system and the annoying reminders – with this handy utility.
Why Is Windows 10 Being Downloaded to My Machine? And How Do I Stop it?
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.
Adjusting Windows 10 Privacy Settings
We’ll look at how to review and adjust privacy settings in several areas of Win10.
How Do I Sign In to Windows 10 Automatically?
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.
Is “Windows 10 Privacy” an Oxymoron?
Windows 10 has been criticised for encroaching on users privacy. Is it an issue? Is Microsoft being evil? Or is it something else?
Turn Off Windows 10 Peer-to-Peer Delivery Optimization
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.
Will Windows 10 Be Free?
Windows 10 will be free for one year after it’s release. But what does that really mean? I’ll look at what we do and don’t know for sure.
How Do I Make the Windows 10 Offer Icon Go Away?
Two techniques to remove the Windows 10 offer icon, including a more generally useful approach to notification icons.
How Do I Cancel My Windows 10 Update?
Many people are having second thoughts about accepting the offer to reserve their Windows 10 update. I’ll show you how to cancel the reservation.
Let’s Talk About Windows 10
Windows 10 is coming. I talk about it a little, and make recommendations about what you should do.
Is this “Get Windows 10” Icon Legitimate?
A suspicious-looking icon that invites you to Get Windows 10 – is it legit, and should you?