Windows 10

Preventing Edge from pre-loading

Posted on December 11, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

How-To Geek has a post on how to prevent Edge from pre-loading (and slowing down your boot of) Windows 10, following the Oct. 2018 update.

“In the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Edge received a performance boost that lets it pre-launch processes and preload the Start and New Tabs during Windows startup. If you don’t use Edge, though, these optimizations are wasting resource and slowing startup. With a quick Registry hack or Group Policy setting, you can disable it.”

 

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Best Android Emulators for Windows 10

Posted on December 10, 2018. Filed under: Android, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on the best Android emulators for use on Windows 10.

If there’s a game or app that’s not on Windows 10 but on Android, you may have to install a go-between emulation program to run it on Win 10. Many of these are freeware.

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Storage Sense for Win10

Posted on December 5, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Files, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post on Storage Sense for Windows 10.

Windows 10 comes with Storage Sense which is a bundled utility that will help you get a grip on the redundant and mostly useless number of files that can get in your way.”

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Speeding up boot times

Posted on October 24, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, windows, Windows 10, Windows 8 | Tags: , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post about how to tweak your system to speed up Windows boot times.

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Windows 10 Fall 2018 update fix

Posted on October 5, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

Big problem for many installing the Fall 2018 update on Windows 10 – it may delete your personal files!

MyITForum has a fix posted.

“There’s been much speculation about what’s causing this, and at least one culprit has been located. This particular issue is a GPO/registry value at:

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles/Delete user profiles older than a specified number of days on system restart 

This registry key needs to be Disabled or set to Not Configured before upgrading to Windows 10 1809.”

However, the post also recommends NOT upgrading until this bug is fixed, if you have an option.

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After a Windows 10 upgrade

Posted on September 12, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

ZDNet has a post on what needs to be done after a Windows 10 upgrade to insure privacy, security and a minimum of annoyances.

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Training Windows 10 for voice command

Posted on August 9, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic has a post on how to train the Windows 10 voice command and dictation.

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Laptop as second screen

Posted on July 19, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on how to use Windows 10 and your laptop as a second monitor screen.

“In order to take advantage of this trick, you’ll need two Windows 10 machines that support the Miracast streaming video standard. Most newer laptops and tablets have this built in, as do some desktops.” They will need to be on the same local wi-fi network.

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How to use Windows 10 video editor

Posted on June 12, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Video, Windows 10 | Tags: |

HowToGeek has a post on how to use the video editor in Windows 10. You can trim, slow, take photos, even draw on a video.

 

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10 Vital Features for Windows 10

Posted on March 22, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Utilities, Windows 10 |

MakeUseOf has a post on useful features, such as finding the version info quickly, using Task Manager to check RAM, checking your video, checking battery cycles on your laptop, and more.

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Night Light and blue light

Posted on February 14, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

f.lux is software to adjust the light on your computer automatically with the time of day.

Of course, Windows 10 has Night Light for that, but Dave’s Computer Tips prefers f.lux.

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After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately | ZDNet

Posted on October 27, 2017. Filed under: Security, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has recommendations: You’ve just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, use this checklist to ensure that your privacy and security settings are correct and that you’ve cut annoyances to a bare minimum.

Source: After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately | ZDNet

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​How to install Linux Mint on your Windows PC

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Linux, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Are you a Windows power-user? You can get and install Linux Mint running on your PC — either to try it out, or as a replacement for Windows.

Source: ​How to install Linux Mint on your Windows PC | ZDNet

Linux Mint is considered one of the more convenient versions (distros) of Linux, since it comes with most of the Linux versions of useful programs and the interfaces are some of the more generally popular. This shows how to put it on a USB stick (faster than a DVD drive) and boot from that, or actually install on your hard drive as an alternate or primary operating system. (If you have an older computer that doesn’t play well with Windows 10, this might be a valid alternative.)

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Windows 10 tip: Learn the secret shortcuts to jump straight to system folders

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has a post: Windows 10 keeps a collection of shortcuts to system and user folders. If you know the registered name of one of those folders, you can get to it easily using shell: commands. Here are some useful ones.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Learn the secret shortcuts to jump straight to system folders | ZDNet

Especially useful (IMHO):

shell:Desktop to show the contents of your Desktop folder

shell:Downloads to find where things go to when you download

shell:SendTo to add or remove shortcuts to that right-click menu

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FAQ: How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10 | ZDNet

Posted on August 18, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: Here’s what you need to know before you repair, reinstall, or upgrade Windows 10, including details about activation and product keys.

Source: FAQ: How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10 | ZDNet

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Customize the Windows 10 Send To menu

Posted on July 26, 2017. Filed under: Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

Right-click on a file or folder, choose Send To, and open or move files.

Don’t see the place or program you want? Create a shortcut.

  1. Open the Run box (Windows key + R)
  2. type the command shell:sendto
  3. press Enter. That opens the folder filled with everything you see on the Send To list.

You can delete and/or add shortcuts to folders and programs.

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How To Rename Cortana

Posted on July 21, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post on Windows 10’s Cortana: Hey, Cortana! I don’t know about you, but I cringe every time I hear someone yell out, Hey!” Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but it sounds rude to my ears. I know you’re going to laugh at this silly old…

Source: How To Rename Cortana | Daves Computer Tips

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How To Save Loads Of Time After A Windows 10 Update

Posted on July 2, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware posts: When Windows 10 installs an update, only a small amount of the work is done during the installation of the patches. Much of the update only happens when you first log into your computer after the update has been installed. It’s a well documented problem. Your PC installs updates during the night, and when you log in the next morning it can take up to half an hour or more before your desktop actually appears.

ACTUALLY: go to Settings, then Update & Security and then Advanced Settings to find this check box.

Source: How To Save Loads Of Time After A Windows Update | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Windows 10 setup and configuration secrets for experts | ZDNet

Posted on June 30, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has a post on Windows 10: Make the operating system work for you and your device.

Source: Windows 10 setup and configuration secrets for experts | ZDNet

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19 Best Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

Posted on May 31, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

Guiding Tech has a post on the 19 Best Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

 

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