Windows 10

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.

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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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How to Improve Handwriting Recognition on Your Windows 10 PC

Posted on May 3, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , |

HowToGeek has a post: Windows 10 lets you use handwriting input in any application, and many applications include full support for inking. Windows automatically attempts to learn your unique handwriting style when you write with a pen, but you can also train it manually to improve the system’s handwriting recognition.

Source: How to Improve Handwriting Recognition on Your Windows 10 PC

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Control Panel | Daves Computer Tips

Posted on April 19, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , |

Control Panel is AWOL In the latest iteration of Windows 10, the Creators Update, the WinX menu is different. Conspicuous by its absence is the Control Panel. Microsoft is slowly but surely replacing…

Source: Windows 10 Quick Tips – Control Panel | Daves Computer Tips

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How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10

Posted on April 7, 2017. Filed under: backups, imaging, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: The built-in backup utilities in Windows are pretty solid. Let’s take a look at how to create a full backup image of your PC without the need for a third party utility.

Source: How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10

This is a good idea to do BEFORE the coming Windows 10 update!

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Windows 10 Creators Update Explained

Posted on April 7, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips posts: Here’s what to expect when the major Windows 10 update, dubbed “Creators Update” starts rolling out from April 11th. Major features and minor changes…

Source: Windows 10 Creators Update Explained | Daves Computer Tips

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How To Defer The Scary Creator’s Update | Daves Computer Tips

Posted on April 7, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

Remember: backup your computer often as April 11 approaches! Especially create an “image” so you can return to the version before the Creator’s Update if it does not go well for you.

Dave’s Computer Tips posted: Creator’s Update Is Fast Approaching If any of you were in the unfortunate position of upgrading to the last major Windows 10 upgrade, known as the Anniversary Update, then you will once again…

Source: How To Defer The Scary Creator’s Update | Daves Computer Tips

If you have the Home version, “there is a box you can check to make sure these huge downloads do not cause you an unexpected financial burden. It is called a Metered Connection and can be found in the Settings App under Network & Internet–>Wi-Fi.

Near the bottom of this window you will see a toggle labeled Set as metered connection. You will want to switch this to the On position.

Note: There is one bad downside to this solution– you won’t get security updates, either. This is a classic example of being between the bark and the sap. It’s a tight fit and one you should consider carefully.

You may want to turn this Off after the kinks have been worked out of this release.

 

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Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets | ZDNet

Posted on April 5, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Ed Bott at ZDNet posts: Thanks to a default feature in Windows 10, choosing Shut Down from the power menu doesn’t really shut down Windows. That’s a great time-saving feature, but it can cause problems with some updates and installers. Here’s how to do a full shutdown when necessary.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets | ZDNet

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Windows 10 tip: Master advanced window-snapping techniques

Posted on March 20, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post: Windows 10 adds some smart improvements to the basic snap technique for organizing windows. Here’s how to go beyond the simple “snap two apps side by side” scenario.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Master advanced window-snapping techniques | ZDNet

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Supercharge Windows 10: Replacement apps that blow away standard Windows programs | ZDNet

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

ZDNet has a post: Supercharge Windows 10: Replacement apps that blow away standard Windows programs | ZDNet

Some of these are free, or have free versions, like Feedly and TeamViewer, which are also recommended by Computer Helpers!

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Windows 10 tip: Find out if your PC can run Hyper-V

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet posts: The Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 include Hyper-V virtualization software, but only if your CPU supports a few advanced virtualization features. How do you know if your CPU is up to the Hyper-V challenge? You just need to know where to look.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Find out if your PC can run Hyper-V | ZDNet

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Windows 10 tip: Create a full image backup using this hidden tool

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: backups, Everything, imaging, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet posts: Do you miss the old Windows 7 backup tool? It’s still there, well hidden in Windows 10, and its most impressive trick is the option to create a complete image-based backup.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Create a full image backup using this hidden tool | ZDNet

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Windows 10’s ‘Quick Assist’ Built-in Remote Access App

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

Dave’s Computer Tips suggests: Windows 10’s new built-in ‘Quick Assist’ desktop app allows you to remotely access any computer running Windows 10 1607 (Anniversary Edition)…

Source: Windows 10’s ‘Quick Assist’ Built-in Remote Access App | Daves Computer Tips

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How to Add Gadgets Back to Windows 8 and 10 (and Why You Probably Shouldn’t)

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Desktop gadgets and the Windows Sidebar were a big hallmark feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7. But Microsoft removed desktop gadgets, and you won’t find them in Windows 8 or 10.

Source: How to Add Gadgets Back to Windows 8 and 10 (and Why You Probably Shouldn’t)

If you really want to restore the original desktop gadgets to Windows 10 or 8.1, you can use one of two third-party programs: 8GadgetPack or Gadgets Revived.

 

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How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, Windows 10, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Modern PCs ship with a feature called “Secure Boot” enabled. This is a platform feature in UEFI, which replaces the traditional PC BIOS. If a PC manufacturer wants to place a “Windows 10” or “Windows 8” logo sticker to their PC, Microsoft requires they enable Secure Boot and follow some guidelines.

Source: How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

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