How to buy a laptop on a budget
The holidays are here and I am constantly being asked the same question... What laptop should I get for $500 or less? Here is the simplest explanation I can give... This is simply broken down into ...
How to Remove Trojan:DOS/Alureon.A
Our team on the malware forums has written a guide to help remove the Trojan:DOS/Alureon infection. This should help you to remove it on your own but if you are not successful be sure to ask for help on the forums.
How to Improve Your Wireless Network Performance
With all of today's devices fighting for bandwidth, it's not unusual to run into a weak signal or slow speed. There are many easy ways to test your internet connection, router, and devices and find out where the problem lies.
How to Manage Your Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge Saved Passwords
Whenever you visit a website that requires you to enter login details, your Internet Explorer will prompt you "Do you want Internet Explorer to remember the password for xyz website?" If you click 'Yes', then you will not be required to enter the login details again when you visit that site. This removes the hassle of entering the login details every time you visit that site.
How to Make Your Computer Run Like New in 4 Easy Steps
Over time, most computers can become sluggish for numerous reasons. Computer shops could charge you for an hour or two of labor to do a mediocre job, or you can do it yourself at home by following our four easy steps.
How to maximize your Android phone battery
Does your cell phone constantly needing charging? Well, you can probably blame part of it on those free Android apps. So, you are saving .99 cents, but you are getting apps that are full of ads that a...
How to Speed up That Slow Hard Drive
If you find that your computer is running slower over time, upgrading, cleaning, or optimizing your hard drive, which is the single largest bottleneck on your computer, can make a big difference.
How to optimize that new computer
Did you just spend your hard earned cash on a new computer only to get home and find that it isnÐ²Ð‚â„¢t all that fast? This is a common problem because most new computers come bundled with programs that no...
5 Ways to Use the Internet Safer
We want to share our 20 years of computer experience with you to show you just how easy it is to be safer on the internet based on the most common, repeated mistakes we have seen including hundreds of...
How to Fix Missing DVD/CD Drives in Windows File Explorer
It is very common these days to have your CD/DVD drive stop functioning. There are various causes; from loose power or IDE cables to broken drives, corrupt drivers, or registry issues. Often, someone has upgraded from a previous Operating System or installed (incompatible) CD/DVD burning software that can cause this issue.
How to Disable And Enable System Restore
There are many reasons why you might need to enable or disable system restore. One worst case scenario is when your computer is infected and you run the risk of having that malware saved in System Res...
How to Remove the Facebook Timeline
At the time this article was written, there is no way to go back to the old layout and Facebook is showing no interest in giving you a choice. In other words; get used to it. There is an option here, however.
How to use Kaspersky TDSSKiller
Please download Kaspersky TDSSKiller and save it onto your Desktop. Now double click the TDSSkiller.exe file to run it (if using Vista or Windows 7 do not double click on it but rather, right click ...
How to fix the Windows 7 MBR for 32-Bit
MBR infections are only worsening and sometimes (rarely) can make computer unbootable after attempting to repair the infection. We recommend that you back up your data beforehand and then continue with the below if you wish to attempt to remove this infection.
How to fix the Windows 7 MBR for 64-Bit
MBR infections are only worsening and sometimes (rarely) can make computer unbootable after attempting to repair the infection. We recommend that you back up your data beforehand and then continue with the below if you wish to attempt to remove this infection.
How to run GMER when malware prevents it
GMER is an application that detects rootkits and allows you to monitor system functions including drivers loading, libraries loading, file functions, registry entries, TCP/IP connections and more. S...
A Guide to Discovering Indie Games
Over the years you may have spotted hundreds of game titles on MajorGeeks that you never heard of. These games are called indie, short for independent games, and it's one of my favorite genres of games. Here's some info on what indie games are all about.
How to Fix Error Code: 0xc0000034
If you've gotten the blue screen of death with an error code of 0xc0000034, it can be pretty scary but here's a solution I have tested and found to work to get Windows to boot without losing any data.
Superb Battery Saving Trick for Your Android Phone
A friend of MajorGeeks, Snappy Phoenix, sent us in this simple to do tweak to improve battery life on many Android phones by disabling many background apps that you might not be aware are running. This was tested on a Galaxy S8.
How to Delete the Windows10Upgrade Folder
If you recently upgraded your Windows, you might have noticed a folder called Windows10Upgrade, and it can be safely removed. Here's how. Most likely you recently used the Windows 10 Update Ass...
How to Avoid Craigslist PayPal Scams
Craigslist scammers have been using PayPal to trick sellers for years. Here's the one trick you need to use to avoid being scammed. We've been using Craigslist quite a bit in the past year, and we are almost amused at the attempts to scam us. Typically, you'll get a text message asking if your item is still available. Often, the text message will have something odd about it.
How to Prevent Virtual Reality Motion Sickness or Nausea
Virtual Reality motion sickness is real and very common among Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR owners. With virtual reality in its current state, how do you deal with motion sickness? For most people, it turns out that playing more in moderation will allow you to build up a tolerance.
Fix: Google Chrome Is Unresponsive - Relaunch Now
"Google Chrome is unresponsive, relaunch now?" is an error that can happen when trying to open a link from an external program in Google Chrome. We've bumped into it using email clients including Mozilla Thunderbird and here's how we solved it.
How To Run PowerShell or the Command Prompt as Administrator
The Elevated Command Prompt or PowerShell, also known as Run as Administrator, allows users to execute commands from DOS as Administrator. Almost all commands executed from DOS should be done from an elevated command prompt. Sometimes you may be told to run the command prompt as administrator. They are the same thing, and it's simple to do. Here's how.
Speed up Your Computer by Disabling Indexing
There are many ways to speed up a slow computer. One example is to modify or disable Indexing depending on how often you use the search feature. There are two ways to do this. The first method allows you to define folders that remain indexed, and the second method disables indexing on an entire drive.
Can't Create System Image Because Next and Cancel Buttons Are Grayed Out
Recently while trying to create a system image on a new expandable hard drive, we were unable to create a system image. The next and cancel buttons remain unclickable. Everything on the hard drive is working correctly otherwise. We should tell you now that you might want to backup your data. We need to play with the partitions, and that comes with a risk of losing all data.
Windows Can't Activate - Try Again Later - Error Code 0xC004F034
There's a known error in Windows that appears as [b]Windows Can't Activate. Try Again Later. Error Code 0xC004F034[/b] and the cause is due to a change in the activation process by Microsoft affecting specific Windows installations. It should be easy to fix. Here's how.
The Ultimate List of Every Known Command Prompt and PowerShell Command
Command Prompt, sometimes referred to as CMD or even DOS is a command line interpreter built into Windows. It is mostly used to diagnose or troubleshoot problems in Windows. Most end users will never use these commands, but if the day ever comes, here is every command we know of, in alphabetical order.
Add "Copy As Path' to the Right-Click or Context Menu
The option to Copy as Path in your Context Menu (or right mouse click) is a built-into Windows 8 and 10 as an extended command meaning it appears only if you press shift and right click. If you use Copy as Path frequently, you can put in permanently into the Context Menu with a simple registry tweak.
Hide or Block Neighbor's Wi-Fi Networks on Windows
Hide or Block Neighbor's Wi-Fi Networks on Windows. When you click on Internet Access or Network in the system tray, you might see numerous neighbor's Wi-Fi networks. The more populated the area, the worse this can get. Currently, Windows has no way to hide these in the Control Panel, but it can be done from a Command-Prompt.
How to Fix Driver Problems by Rolling Back a Device Driver
Driver issues can be a real hassle, but often they are simple to fix. Driver problems can include mouse lag, no sound or system tray icons disappearing for your audio and video drivers. These issues often appear after a Windows Update. Here's how to fix your driver problems.
What are Vulkan RunTime Libraries?
Vulkan RunTime Libraries, sometimes referred to as Vulkan Run time Libraries or VulkanRT, was installed by your display card manufacturer. Most likely you have an NVIDIA, Intel or AMD graphics card and it is a 3D graphics API that is similar to OpenGL and DirectX.
How to Prevent Installing Extensions in Microsoft Edge
There is always a security risk allowing anyone to just install any extensions they like, especially on a network or corporate environment. You can block all extensions from being installed with the Group Policy Editor or with a simple registry modification.
How to Add Settings to the Context Menu in Windows 10
Control Panel as Context Menu is a registry hack from MajorGeeks that adds the control panel to your right mouse click context menu when used on the desktop. Once completed you will now see "Settings" when you right-click on the desktop area.
How to Create a Test Account on Facebook
Facebook allows you to create a test account without the need for an email, but it's only just for testing purposes. You can also create a free email account you're never going to use and use that to create a bogus Facebook account. Don't post, don't add friends, don't edit anything, after all, who cares?
Disable Fluent Design Effects In Windows 10
Windows 10 gets a lot of the colors and effects you see with Fluent Design System, introduced in 2017. The idea behind it is to add Light, Depth, Motion, Material, and Scale to improve the end user experience.
Solved: Msvcr100.Dll Is Missing
Msvcr100.Dll Is Missing error can be frustrating because you're often told it's missing, but not shown how to fix the problem. The reason for the msvcr100.dll error is because you don't have the correct Visual C++ libraries installed for the program causing the error and it's simple to fix.You could also get a 0xc000007b error.
Troubleshooting Microsoft .NET Framework Installations and Uninstallations
The Microsoft .Net Framework is required by many applications and should be installed and up to date with Windows Update. When you have a problem, Windows will give you a summary as to what's wrong, but not how to fix the problem. Should your installation be blocked using the web or offline installers, there are many possible explanations why.
How to Rebuild the Windows Icon Cache When Thumbnails or Icons Aren't Working
Most of us are used to seeing icons for many things especially our photos. But, what happens when suddenly there are no icons there? All of the icons you see are stored in a file called IconCache.db and if it became corrupted or damaged, you'd want to rebuild your icon cache. There are two things you can try.
NVIDIA Display Driver Has Stopped Responding and Has Recovered
Nothing more fun than diagnosing a display driver problem. In this case, we're looking at the "Display Driver Has Stopped Responding and Has Recovered" followed by the longer, not helpful, "Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version xxx.xx stopped responding and has successfully recovered."
How to Back up or Restore the Windows Registry
You've heard it before. Backup your registry before you "fill in the blank." While Windows can be a complicated beast, backing up your registry is really simple. When using the registry editor it's also known as Importing or Exporting. If you're about to edit the registry, it's only a couple of steps, so there's no reason not to. Here's how.
Enable, Disable, Manage, Delete or Create a System Restore Point
System Restore is designed to back up your system files, installed apps, Windows Registry, and system settings. It's not perfect, but it's easy to use and one of many ways to back up your computer should problems arise. It's always a good idea to spend a few minutes with System Restore, so it works right for your particular needs. Here's how.
How to Set Your Default Location in Windows 10
For those who allow their location to be used in Windows 10, you may have noticed that sometimes certain websites or apps don't seem to know exactly where you are and when they do, it can be slow. That's because by default Windows 10 may have your location but not your address. Here's how to manage your location settings.
Solved: You'll Need a New App to Open This Ms-Default-Location
Recently we ran into a Microsoft error that said: "You'll Need a New App to Open This Ms-Default-Location." We hoped we found a secret level, but indeed all we found was another cryptic Microsoft error message. We discovered this error would appear when Windows wants to open an app from the Windows Store, but you have deleted Windows Store or the app required.
Solved: Windows Store Does Not Open - Missing PurgeCaches
If your Windows Store isn't working and you're getting the error message ms-windows-store:PurgeCaches, we have a solution. One possible difference with this fix over the other is that you might have been told by someone to execute wsreset.exe from the command line.
Disable Windows Defender Temporarily on Windows 10
Windows Defender has become a capable antivirus and antimalware app for Windows 10, giving most end users the protection they need without finding a replacement antivirus. That said, sometimes you need to disable it briefly, for example, to download a file that Defender blocks. Disabling Defender temporarily is easy to do. Here's how.
How to Troubleshoot Windows Media Player Issues
Windows Media Player has been known to not work correctly including problems with your music library, DVD or Blu-Ray playback to settings not working. Most of your Windows Media Player problems can be easily fixed by trying these fixes.
Windows Media Player Wonâ€™t Open
If you're having trouble getting Windows Media Player to open, there are a few possibilities and easy fixes including the built-in troubleshooter, reregistering DLL files or using a third-party app like Fix WMP/ Let's get your Windows Media Player going again. You can try each step, in any order and see if Windows Media Player opens after each.
How to Report Online Scams, Spam Emails and More
Spam, scams, phishing, drive-by downloads, malware, tech-support scams. Sadly, these are words we're all familiar with. While we can't report everything, imagine if we all just reported one a week? It only takes minutes, and we can do our part to protect our security on the internet and help others.
Action Center Does Not Open on Windows 10
Action Center is a feature of Windows 10 that notifies you about apps and settings on your device. It also provides shortcuts to settings, airplane mode, mobile hotspots, night light, tablet mode networking, location and more.
What to Do and Why Someone Calls You Saying That You Called Them
What to Do and Why Someone Calls You Saying That You Called Them. Hopefully, this helps you understand spoofing and unrecognized phone calls. The only way we can stop, or at least slow this down, is to spread the word that you shouldn't answer or call back phone numbers you don't recognize.
How to Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 7, 8, 10 & 11
Booting into safe mode to diagnose issues is a simple, well-known problem solver. Just reboot and tap or hold the F8 key after you see the black and white BIOS screen but before the Windows Splash screen and choose "Safe Mode" or "Safe Mode with Networking." But, what if that doesn't work?
How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows
A Clean Boot is very similar to Safe Mode but specifically designed to narrow down a problem by allowing a certain number of drivers or startup programs and eliminate them until you find the problem. It's time-consuming and not a lot of fun. If you were told to boot in Clean Boot, it should be because you're looking for a specific problem.
How to Fix Windows 10 Night Light Not Working Properly
Recently, after staring at our screen for eight hours writing articles like this one, we noticed significant eye strain. But we thought we had Windows 10 Night Light on. It turns out that Night Light wasn't on even though we left it on 24-7. Here are the steps we took to fix Night Light not working correctly.
Everything You Need to Know About Windows Data Execution Prevention or DEP
Data Execution Prevention or DEP is a feature introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2 that is still part of Windows today. In short, it's a hardware and software technology designed to monitor memory to stop malicious code from running. A more straightforward way to describe DEP is that it monitors all processes and services and stops a program if it isn't running properly in memory.
How to Enable or Disable Hardware Acceleration in Windows
Hardware acceleration is how tasks are offloaded to devices and hardware. As you might know, most computers send the work to the processor first, then to other hardware, specifically sound and video cards. Hardware acceleration was more prominent in the Windows 7, 8, and Vista days.
How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10
Windows has long supported taking screenshots with the Print SCRN button as well as some combinations of Print SCRN and other keys, but Windows 10 gives you more options than ever before to take a screenshot however you want, or need. Here are all of your screenshot options using Windows 10.
Download Failed â€“ Virus Detected on Windows 10
If you receive a message that reads [b]Download Failed â€“ Virus Detected[/b] when downloading a file with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, or Microsoft Edge, you might wonder why and what you can do about it. Download Failed â€“ Virus Detected means that Windows Defender, part of Windows Defender Security Center, has determined a file that you were downloading is a potential virus.
Windows Shuts Down When a USB Device Is Plugged In
If your computer is shutting down when you plug in any USB device, there are a handful of things you can try to address the problem including Update Your USB Drivers, Update or Remove and Reinstall Your USB Devices, Check Your Power Supply, and more.
Error: Can't Reach Oculus Runtime Service
If your Oculus Rift has been receiving the "Can't Reach Oculus Runtime Service" error, there's a fix available for it. While your Oculus Right typically updates on its own, this error, first discovered in March of 2018, requires a manual patch.
Here Are All the Device Manager Error Codes and Solutions
There are thousands of possible Windows error codes, their meanings, and solutions. Device Manager on its own has 38 possible error codes. Here are a list of all known Device Manager error codes and their solutions for all versions of Windows from Windows 7 through Windows 10.
Solved: Error Code 20006 - StartService Failed 1058
Recently while launching Ghost Recon Wildlands we were met with an error that that said Error Code: 20006 (Cannot create service StartServiceFailed: 1058). After reading all over the internet, and some trial and error, we have the solution, no thanks to EasyAntiCheat who don't even list the error.
Desktop Icons Loading Slowly in Windows
If your desktop icons are loading slowly, there are a few possible causes. Typically, you see this problem when your computer boots and the desktop icons are grey, or blank, for a few minutes and sometimes your screen will flicker.
Code 1 - This Device Is Not Configured Correctly
If you're receiving the Code 1 - This Device Is Not Configured Correctly error, here's how you can fix it. Many of these errors are hardware problems and can be fixed by just updating your device drivers.
Code 16 - Windows Cannot Identify All the Resources This Device Uses
If you're receiving the Code 16 - Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses. To specify additional resources for this device, click the Resources tab and fill in the missing settings. Check your hardware documentation to find out what settings to use. error, here's how you can fix it.
Code 21 - Windows Is Removing This Device
If you've received the error message Code 21 - Windows Is Removing This Device, here's how you can fix it. This is supposed to be a temporary error message that should go away while Windows is removing a device and should go away on its own.
Code 43 - Windows Has Stopped This Device Because It Has Reported Problems
If you're receiving the Code 43 - Windows Has Stopped This Device Because It Has Reported Problems error, here's how you can fix it. This error message is straightforward. One of the drivers is telling Windows there's a problem. We need to update drivers or remove the device and allow Windows to redetect and install it again.
How to Find Your Router Login and Password
Every so often one needs to log into their router to rename it or maybe even make some tweaks to the settings. It's easy enough to with little risk even for novice users. If this is your first time logging into your router, you'll need the default login and password. Here's how.
How to Fix D3dx9_35.dll Errors
D3dx9_35.dll errors are typically related to DirectX 9 and can be simple to fix. The errors typically show up in older operating systems (Windows XP, 7, Vista, and 8) or when playing older games that require DirectX 9. Here's how to fix it.
Restore a Missing DirectX DLL File
Recently we showed you how to Fix D3dx9_35.dll errors, and one suggestion was to extract the DLL file from DirectX and copy to your computer to fix the problem. Here's how to do just that. Note that these same steps apply to all versions of Windows whether you're using Windows XP, 7, Vista, 8, or 10.
Trojan:Win32/Critet.BS Might Just Be BS
Recently, we noticed a lot of programs, including Tweaking.Com Windows Repair being flagged as infected with the Win32/Critet.BS. The only problem here is Microsoft is the only one flagging it, and they don't bother telling you what it is.
Fixing Random Blue Screens (BSoD) With Different Errors
There's only one thing we have more than a blue screen, also known as the Blue Screen of Death or BSoD, and that's a Blue Screen of Death that gives you different error codes making it difficult to understand what the problem is. Here's what you can try.
Switching Between Tablet Mode and Desktop Mode
We've read numerous reports from people who either suddenly find large desktop icons, a missing taskbar or vice versa. Some people just say that their desktop isn't recognizable anymore. The fix is simple.
Manage Your Default Apps in Windows 10
Windows 10 has settings that decide what app opens what file type. For example, when you open a photo, you most likely expect your favorite graphics program to open that photo. However, sometimes one of your apps suddenly is being opened by a Windows 10 app. We've seen this occur after a large Windows Update or when installing a similar app. It's easy to take back control of your apps. Here's how.
Windows Update Error Code 0x8024402f in Windows 10
Windows Update Error code 0x8024402f appears for a couple of reasons, but Windows does not explain what or why the problem is occurring. There's a couple of possibilities that should solve your problem.
Rename or Delete the Software Distribution Folder in Windows 10/8/7
On your PC there's a folder called Software Distribution that stores temporary files during Windows Updates. Under typical situations, you should leave this folder alone. However, if you have an issue with a stuck Windows Updates, then deleting this folder can often resolve those problems. Here's how.
Windows 10 Missing Check for Updates Button
As you know, Windows Updates are essential and should be done as soon as possible. But, what happens if there's no "Check for Updates" in Windows Updates? There are a few possibilities here, let's take a look.
Windows 10 Won't Open JPG or JPEG Files
Windows 10, by default, will open JPG or JPEG files with your favorite photo viewer or the Windows 10 Photo app whenever you click any JPG file. If you find your JPG files are no longer being opened as you like, there are a few things to check. We should mention that this also applies to almost any type of image or file type as well.
Increase Productivity With These Time-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are a huge time saver. Rather than fumbling around between the keyboard and mouse, or using the context menu, these shortcuts can save you plenty of time. These keyboard shortcuts are some of the ones that we find ourselves using frequently, are easy to use, and speed up productivity.
How to Download All Your Facebook Data
If you're considering deleting Facebook, or want to back up all of your photos, videos, posts, and more it can be easily done in just a few steps. Here's how.
Computer Won't Detect Your Wi-Fi Adapter
If your Wi-Fi adapter has disappeared, it can be frustrating to locate the cause and get it working. Using an ethernet cable is not an option for most people nowadays. Here are some ways to fix a missing Wi-Fi adapter.
How to Disable Live Photos on Your iPhone
Live Photos are a neat feature that allows you to see any photo as a brief video by holding your finger on any photo. But, it does take up 3-5MB additionally per photo causing a problem for those who have smaller capacity iPhones. It's simple to disable. Here's how.
How to Disable the Windows 10 Login Screen
Many Windows 10 users are prompted when starting, restarting, or coming out of sleep mode to enter a user name or password, even when they don't have one. While only mildly irritating, it's also as easy as 1, 2, 3 to fix. Here's how.
Disable Driver Signature Enforcement on Windows 8 and 10
Both Windows 8 and Windows 10 include a driver security feature known as "driver signature enforcement" that only allows drivers to be installed that are digitally signed. Using the command prompt, you can quickly turn driver signature enforcement on or off. Here's how.
Configure When and How Windows Updates Are Delivered
The general rule on Windows Updates is always to update. There are a few settings available to configure Windows Updates in the Control Panel, but there are also some hidden settings that give you more control of when and how updates are delivered. Let's take a look.
How to Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu
The Windows 10 Start Menu and Taskbar are two areas of Windows we look at every day and get used to using it as is. Microsoft has made it easier to make changes and get your Start Menu and Taskbar working for you. Here's how.
How to Customize the Windows 10 Taskbar
Windows 10 now allows for you to make a lot of changes to suit your personal preferences on how the taskbar works. The Taskbar can be cluttered or hide items depending on your needs. Let's get your Taskbar working for you.
How to Turn on the Windows 10 & 11 Ultimate Performance Power Plan
Since the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the only power plan you had available was the Balanced Power Plan. As of the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update you can now choose from Balanced, High Performance, Power Saver, and the hidden Ultimate Performance plan. Here's how to unhide the Windows 10 Ultimate Performance Power Plan.
How to Enable the Windows Insider Program When Grayed Out
If you were looking to try out the latest Insider Preview Builds but can't because you can't click on the "Get Started" button, you probably, at one time, used a third-party privacy or telemetry app that disabled installing Windows Insider Preview Builds. Enabling the Windows Insider Preview is easy, here's how.
How to Download Windows Insider Preview Builds Including Windows 11
If you've heard geeks talking about the Windows Insider program and previewing the latest builds of Windows, you might have thought this was a secret club that you needed to be invited to, but it's available for anyone. We've never done it before ourselves until now, so come along for the ride with us and we try it for the first time.
How to Get Back the Old Volume Control in Windows 10
Windows 10 changed many things including the Volume Control. If you miss the old Volume Control from windows 7 and 8, you can get it back with this simple registry hack. Also available as downloadable registry files.
How to Use Letters in the All Apps Screen
Here's another tip we have overlooked for a long time now. Clicking on any letter in the Start, All Apps brings up the list of apps by letter. This is a handy shortcut for anyone with a ton of apps.
How to Manage or Delete All the Apps, Websites and Games That Facebook Can Access
Following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, you might be wondering what apps can access your data. Anyone concerned about their privacy should stop and look to see where your Facebook data is going. Anyone who's used Facebook for years might be surprised to see how many apps have access to your data. Here's how to manage them.
How to Restore Default File Associations
If your file associations have gotten out of hand, Microsoft makes it easy to reset everything or even individually. For this article, we're going to look at how easy it is to reset all of your file associations.
Cortana 'Ask Me Anything' Not Working
Cortana has a known bug that randomly occurs when using "Ask Me Anything." There are a few troubleshooting steps that you can take to try and resolve this error.
What Is a Portable App and Why You Should Use Them
When downloading applications or games, you might see the option to download a portable version. Portable files help keep your computer running better and are easier to install and uninstall. Here's how they work.
Three Ways to Turn Peek on or off on Windows 10
Peek allows you to quickly preview your desktop by hovering your mouse over that tiny rectangle in the lower right corner as well as when you hover your mouse over any taskbar buttons. You can turn Peek on and off easily. Here's how.
Some Updates Were Canceled When Running Windows Update
If you're receiving an error message that some Windows Updates were canceled, you're not alone. The message also states that "Weâ€™ll keep trying in case new updates become available." We've had this happen a few times, and it should be a simple fix.
What Is the $SysReset Folder and Can I Delete It in Windows 10?
If you noticed a folder called $SysReset on your hard drive, odds are at some point you performed a refresh or system reset. The folder was created and contains various files including log files that can help you determine the problem when a refresh or system reset failed.
How to Securely Delete Files in Windows 10 With PowerShell and Cipher
Most Windows users know when you delete a file that it's not truly "gone." Deleted files initially go to the recycle bin and once removed from there they can be recovered from your hard drive assuming the file hasn't been overwritten. Windows has a little-known utility that can securely wipe free space including files, folders, or your entire drive. Here's how to use it.
7 Ways to Show, Hide, or Diagnose the 'Show Ribbon Option' in Windows 10 File Explorer
File Explorer can hide or show the Ribbon, a command bar with many useful shortcuts including open, edit, cut, copy, create a folder, select all, and more. Admins usually decide if they need the ribbon the first time File Explorer is run, so it's easy to forget the Ribbon is there if you chose not to use it initially. Here's how to hide or bring back the File Explorer ribbon.
How to Fix d3dx9_30.Dll Is Missing or Not Found Errors
D3dx9_30.Dll Is missing or not found errors can appear in many different formats, often with games. D3dx9_30.Dll refers to DirectX 9.0, and the error means there's a problem, or you don't have DirectX 9.0 installed. Here's how to fix the error.
How to Update Your Steam Privacy Settings
Valve Software has updated their privacy settings for Steam to give you more control over how your information is viewed by your friends and the community. Because it's always a good idea to check your privacy settings occasionally, here's how to update your Steam settings.
How to Fix OneDrive Problems in Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7
OneDrive problems can often be fixed with a reset of the full client or a quick registry fix. A reset can be accomplished without losing any data. Common issues include OneDrive not starting, crashing or the OneDrive icon is missing.
Safely Convert Your Master Boot Record (MBR) to GUID Partition Table (GPT) with MBR2GPT.EXE
If you didn't know Microsoft now includes MBR2GPT.exe allowing you to convert a disk from the Master Boot Record (MBR) to the GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition style without modifying or deleting data on the drive. It's easy and quick to do although there are some ifs, ands, and buts. Here's all you need to know including what we've experienced and what Microsoft advises.
PowerShell Data Execution Policies Explained
PowerShell Data Execution Policies determine what, and how, PowerShell scripts can be executed. It can be as simple as allowing or blocking all PowerShell scripts, or you can go as far as determining what can be run for a particular computer, group, or even the current session. Here's what you need to know.
How to Enable Windows Sonic Surround Sound on Windows 10
Windows 10 now has a mode called Sonic Surround Sound. Sonic is a surround sound emulator for those using headphones that lack surround sound. This surround sound emulation is fantastic for X-Box users, PC gamers, audiophiles, movie buffs and anyone who use headphones. It's also a free replacement for Dolby Atmos. Sonic is disabled in Windows 10 by default, but it's only one click away.
Manage, Allow, And Change Pop-Up Options in Google Chrome
Pop-Up blockers are indeed nothing new. Google Chrome allows you to make changes and add or remove websites that can deliver pop-ups. These settings are essential especially if you automatically blocked or permitted pop-ups at one point but have now changed your mind. The settings are easy to manage, but a bit buried in Chrome. Here's how to manage your pop-up settings.
Windows 10 1803 Update Now Available - How to Get It Now
Many of us have been waiting for Windows 10 version 1803. 1803 was originally due out in April (they still call it the April 2018 update) and it will be available for everyone on May 8th, but you don't need to wait. This guide also applies to any major Windows update that is expected to release typically in the next week.
Timeline Feature Not Working in Windows 10
Timeline is a new feature added to Windows 10 version 1803. Timeline keeps track of many of your activities including your browsers, folders, apps, and more. You can stop and resume seamlessly at any time from any device. But, what happens if Timeline isn't working? Here are a few suggestions.
What Is Windows 10 Timeline and How to Use It
Timeline is a new feature added to Windows 10 version 1803. Timeline keeps track of what you're doing including your browsers, folders, apps, activities and more. You can stop and resume seamlessly at any time from any device and even sync your activities to the cloud.
How to Manage Startup Apps in Windows 10
Windows 10 now has a section called Startup Apps that can show you the impact on your computer and allow you to enable or disable each startup item with a single click.
Remove Windows 10 Apps Using PowerShell
Windows 10, as you know, comes with over 20 built-in apps. Odds are you use a few, or none of these apps. One of the best ways to remove the built-in apps is to use PowerShell. The best part about it is that you can always restore these apps from the Windows Store should you change your mind later.
How-to Fix Windows 10 Update Error Code 0x8024a105
Error code 0x8024a105 is one that usually appears during Windows Updates. The full error reads "There were problems downloading some updates, but weâ€™ll try again later. If you keep seeing this, try searching the web or contacting support for help. This error code might help: (0x8024a105)." Luckily, this one is often an easy fix.
How-To Fix a BAD_POOL_CALLER Error
BAD_POOL_CALLER is a blue screen of death (BSOD) can often be traced to a driver problem. Typically there's an address, memory sharing or IRQL issue here. Let's take a look at some possibilities.
How to Fix Unable to Connect to NVIDIA Error
Rarely, an error might appear for NVIDIA graphic card owners stating "Unable to Connect to NVIDIA" and often followed by the additional message to "check your internet connection." Fixing this error is often simple. Here's how.
Remove Windows 10, 8 and 8.1 Built-In Apps Using PowerShell
Power users, server admins, IT, and techs can remove Windows 10 built-in apps using PowerShell. The advantage is that you can remove these apps from the default install.wim in your Windows 10 ISO allowing you to have a ready to install Windows 10 ISO without the built-in apps.
Windows Media Creation Tool Error 0x80072F76
Error code 0x80072F76-0x20017 appears for some when they downloaded and ran the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. The entire message reads 'There was a problem running this tool. Weâ€™re not sure what happened, but weâ€™re unable to run this tool on your PC. If you continue experiencing problems, reference the error code when contacting customer support. Error code: 0x80072F76 â€“ 0x20017.' This is a simple fix. Here's how.
Your Device Is at Risk Because Itâ€™s out of Date & Missing Important Security & Quality Updates
If you're updating Windows and receive an Update Status error, it should be a simple fix. The entire message reads "There were some problems installing updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help (0x8024402f)." Your actual error code might be different, but these fixes still apply. After that, you might see "Your device is at risk because itâ€™s out of date and missing important security and quality updates. Let's get you back on track so Windows can run more securely."
Windows SmartScreen Canâ€™t Be Reached Right Now
SmartScreen is a cloud-based anti-phishing and anti-malware component included in Windows 8, Windows 10, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Outlook.com. If SmartScreen is down, then you won't be able to download anything. This error can be frustrating, and there are numerous possible fixes for this problem.
How to Reset Your BIOS to Optimal, Default or Factory Settings
If your computer is having issues that you believe are BIOS related, then resetting your BIOS to the factory defaults may be required. Doing so is very simple, only complicated by the many different motherboard layouts and where you can find the reset options.
Mozilla Thunderbird Freezes
We've been using Mozilla Thunderbird for many years without issue until recently when Thunderbird started freezing. There are numerous causes for Thunderbird freezing. However, we do believe that Thunderbird freezes due to 100% CPU usage. Let's take a look at some possible fixes we discovered while troubleshooting this issue.
Make Scrollbars Always Visible on Windows 10
As part of the Microsoft Fluent Design System, scrollbars can now be shown all the time. By default, your scrollbars are always hidden. Here's how to make scrollbars always visible.
Uninstall This App Now Because It Isn't Compatible With Windows 10
With millions of possible configurations, some people have experienced problems upgrading to Windows 10. In this article, we're looking at the "Uninstall This App Now Because It Isn't Compatible With Windows 10" error. The most common error code here is Oxc1900208. The fix is a bit complicated, made easy with a one-click batch and PowerShell download.
How-To Register or Unregister DLL and OCX Files
Built into Windows 7, 8, and 10 is Regsvr32, a command-line app that can be used to register or unregister OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) controls including DLL and ActiveX controls in the Windows registry. In this article, we'll show you how to register and unregister a DLL file to fix Windows problems.
Extract, Expand or Create CAB Files With the Command-Line
Cabinet Files or CAB files are an archive and compression format from Microsoft not dissimilar to ZIP or RAR files, for example. The easiest way to open a CAB file is with an app like WinZip, PeaZip, or 7-Zip. If you don't have a third-party app, Windows includes three command-line tools to expand, make, or extract CAB files.
How-to Transfer Your Windows 10 License to Another Computer
If you want to transfer your Windows license to another computer, it's possible to do so if you purchased Windows. If you bought a PC with Windows installed, your license is tied to the hardware inside your computer and not transferable. Here's how.
How To Stop Windows Updates From Downloading Drivers on Windows 10
Do you want to stop Windows Updates from downloading drivers? We don't blame you. they're often outdated and can even replace your newer drivers. Most tutorials suggest editing the registry or using Group Policy editor. The modified registry didn't work for us, and Group Policy Editor leaves a loud warning message in red that set off our OCD. It doesn't need to be that difficult. Here's all you need to do.
Selected GPT Formatted Disk Partition Is Not of Type PARTITION_BASIC_DATA_GUID
Windows 10 has made disk partitioning easier, but it's not without a few issues. With that comes this particular, long error message - "The selected GPT formatted disk contains a partition which is not of type PARTITION_BASIC_DATA_GUID and is both preceded and followed by a partition type PARTITION_BASIC_DATA_GUID."
How to Remove the 3D Objects Folders From Windows 10
Are the 3D Objects folders bothering you? It was bothering us but mostly because there's no delete or hide option. 3D Objects can be found in File Explorer under This PC as well as under users in File Explorer. Here's how to remove them.
Windows Shell Common DLL Has Stopped Working
DLL (Dynamic Link Libraries) are an external part of an app that loads into memory when used. If that fails for some reason and a program does not load, one particular error that appears is "Windows Shell Common DLL has stopped working." Here are the know fixes to make this one go away.
Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected
Potential Windows Update Database error detected is an error seen on Windows 10 that sometimes appears when running the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Sadly, this means you're dealing with a problem on top of a problem. Here are some steps to resolve this problem.
File Is Not a Valid 32-Bit Application
Occasionally you might receive a "File Is Not a Valid 32-Bit Application" error when trying to run an application. There are a few reasons why you might receive this error.
How-To Use Disk Error Checking
Disk Error Checking was designed to test for, and fix, sectors, lost clusters, and system errors. Used in conjunction with the System File Checker most drive problems can be solved, or diagnosed without needing other utilities. Here's how to use Disk Error Checking.
How to Disable the Windows Key
Gamers and others might occasionally find the Windows Key to be a nuisance, but it can be disabled in more than one way to suit your needs. Here's how.
How-To Enable or Disable DHCP in Windows
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a client/server protocol that automatically provides an Internet Protocol (IP) host with its IP address and other related configuration information such as the subnet mask and default gateway. If you're looking at advanced internet connection troubleshooting, you may need to enable or disable DHCP.
The Program Can't Start Because bcrypt.dll Is Missing
Bcrypt.dll is part of the Microsoft Windows Cryptographic Primitives Library, a general purpose, software-based,
cryptographic module. BCRYPT.DLL provides cryptographic services in Windows Vista through Windows 10 components and application. Getting a bcrypt.dll error is rare (congratulations) but relatively easy to solve.
Internet Explorer Crashes Due to iertutil.dll Error
While most of us prefer to use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or even Microsoft Edge, some organizations still have to use Internet Explorer for compatibility with older applications. One error you may run into is a DLL error "iertutil.dll" that should be an easy fix.
Enable Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 & 11
Ransomware is nothing new to most of us, but protecting ourselves can often be overwhelming. While many people like to knock Microsoft Edge (formerly Internet Explorer), they have come leaps and bounds from what you expect. One of the features that have been improved is the Windows Defender Application Guard, a way to surf the web safely. Currently, it's off by default but easy to turn on. Here's how.
5 Websites to Play Classic DOS Games in Your Browser for Free
In the mood for some retro games but don't want to tackle emulators? We don't blame you. Getting an emulator working correctly is for the hardcore gaming geek. They're confusing to set up and in many cases, not legal. Why waste your time when you can easily play your favorite 80's and 90's games right in your browser?
How To Stop iTunes From Automatically Opening
iTunes is an occasionally necessary evil for those of us who use an iPhone and Windows. Personally, we prefer to install iTunes, do what we need to do to sync our music and playlists, then uninstall it. But, if you need iTunes on a regular basis, it's easy to stop iTunes from automatically opening every time you plug in your phone.
How To Find, Listen, and Delete What Amazon Alexa Has Recorded
Alexa listens anytime you talk, waiting to respond when needed. Because of this, there are often numerous recordings saved, some that are not related to you calling on Alexa. In this tutorial, we show you how to find, listen and delete any Alexa voice recordings.
There Were Problems Installing Some Updates
Windows Updates can give numerous errors including "Updates "failed" and "There were problems installing some updates." You may also get all sorts of error codes including 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, 0x80070020. With the Updates failed error, those error codes don't mean anything because the solution is the same for all of them. Here's what you need to know.
How to Fix a Double Login Screen in Windows 10
If you suddenly see two login screens in Windows, there's a good chance you recently had some Windows updates as this is a known issue with two possible solutions. Here are those two solutions.
How To Activate the Hidden Super Administrator Account in Windows 10 & 11
From Windows XP back, there was always just one administrator account, but that changed in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 with what many call the hidden Super Administrator account. Activating Super Administrator can be useful for power users, advanced diagnostics, or if you got locked out of your main account.
Access Denied, Error Deleting File or Folder
If you're trying to delete a file and getting the "Access Denied" or "Error Deleting File or Folder" there are a few possible reasons why this is happening and how you can get around it.
How To Take Full Ownership of Files & Folders on Windows 10 & 11
For this article, we're going to show you how to take control of files and folders that you can't open, delete, move or rename. The TrustedInstaller, part of User Account Control protects crucial files so that even Administrators can't open, delete, move or rename. We've also seen this happen with files on external or secondary hard drives that aren't system files including, and especially, photos. Let's solve this annoying problem.
How-To Fix Google Chrome Kill Pages or Wait Error
When Google Chrome returns an error that "The following page(s) have become unresponsive," you're given two choices; "Kill pages" or "Wait." Here's how you can stop seeing this particular error message.
Error: The System Cannot Find the File Specified
The System Cannot Find the File Specified is an error that can appear due to corrupted files or after installing a new device like a keyboard or mouse. There are a few things to check to fix the problem.
Automatic/Startup Repair Couldnâ€™t Repair Your PC
In this article, we're going to look at solutions to address an error message with Startup Repair that states - "Automatic/Startup Repair couldnâ€™t repair your PC. Press Advanced options to try other options to repair your PC or Shut Down to turn off your PC," then we have a few possible solutions.
How-To Fix VIDEO_DXGKRNL_FATAL_ERROR
Nothing worse than a fatal error but luckily VIDEO_DXGKRNL_FATAL_ERROR, usually accompanied with 0xD80310B0, x05F6C614D, 0x680B871E or 0x96D854E5 error codes, should be a simple fix.
Windows 10 Activation Error Code 0xC004F012
There's a handful of known Windows activation error so let's look at error code 0xC004F012. There are two possible messages you are seeing. "Windows canâ€™t activate right now. Try activating again later. If that doesnâ€™t work, contact support. Error code: 0xC004F012" or "The Software Licensing Service reported that the call has failed because the value for the input key was not found." Here are some solutions.
How-To Repair the Master Boot Record (MBR)
The time may come where you need to repair your Master Boot Record or MBR. The MBR can become damaged after a power outage, malware infection or a failing hard drive and often is accompanied with a "Bootmgr is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" error. Here are the steps you can take to repair your MBR.
Please Insert a Disk Into Removable Disk Error
If you're getting the error, "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk," and you've already tried removing and inserting the USB drive including trying other USB ports then here are some other solutions.
How To Remove a Language From Windows 10
Windows 10 allows you to quickly change languages as well as use languages for different things like display and text. However, removing a language remains a difficult task, and sometimes the Remove option is grayed out. Here's how to get around all that and remove any languages you want.
Windows Defender Is Turned off by Group Policy
Windows Defender is turned off by Group Policy is an error message that requires you to turn Defender back on via Settings, Group Policy, or the Registry depending on how it was turned off. Windows Defender could have been shut off by other security software as well. Here's how to turn it back on.
Windows Defender Turned off or Not Working
Windows Defender or Windows Defender Security Center, as it's now called, has become the default antivirus protection for many users, ourselves included. In this article, we're going to look at how you can get Windows Defender up and running should it somehow get turned off or stop working.
How To Reset Winsock on Windows 1087
Winsock is a technical specification that defines how Windows network software can access network services, especially TCP/IP. If you're having internet issues, resetting Winsock is harmless and could solve your problem.
Disable the Google Chrome Software Reporter Tool
Google Chrome Software Reporter monitors Google Chrome add-ons and other software that might interfere with it. Some users have reported that the Google Chrome Software Reporter Tool is hogging memory and wish to disable it. Here's how.
Fix DISM Errors 2, 3, 11, 87, 50, 87, 112, 1726,1393 or 0x800f081f
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool is often a requirement before running System File Checker. DISM will use Windows Update to provide any files that are needed to fix corruptions. Without it, System File Checker, or SFC, may not work properly. Should you receive an error while executing DISM, you have a problem. Here's how to fix that.
How To Retrieve an Embedded Windows Key
If you have a computer that didn't come with a digital or printed license key, then odds are it's embedded in your UEFI firmware or BIOS. The beauty of this method is that don't need to know your key, nor activate Windows; it's all done for you. But, if you want to retrieve your Windows key, it's simple. Here's how.
How to Disable Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
The Connected User Experiences and Telemetry, originally called Diagnostics Tracking or DiagTracK is a service in Windows that runs automatically and sends data to Microsoft. This service manages transmission and of diagnostic and usage information to "improve the experience and quality of the Windows platform." As far as we can tell, this service can safely be disabled to disable the telemetry and even speed up Windows. Here's how.
Create a Shortcut to Any Windows 10 Control Panel Setting
Microsoft has provided shortcuts to access any Control Panel settings directly. These shortcuts can also launch any setting you frequently use. These shortcuts are also useful if your Start Menu isn't working, or a malware infection disabled access to any of your Control Panel settings.
Windows Store Cache May Be Damaged
If you've received an error message that the Windows Store cache may be damaged, there are a few possible solutions to getting the Windows Store back up and running.
A Newer Version of OneDrive Is Installed
Whether you use OneDrive or not, there's a good chance you might come across an error "A newer version of OneDrive is installed; You need to uninstall it first before installing this version." Here's how to resolve that error.
How-to Change Rollback Days for Windows 10 Feature Upgrades
When you install a new feature upgrade on Windows 10, the files are saved on your drive so you can rollback for any number of reasons. Initially, Microsoft kept the rollback files for ten days, but currently, they are kept for 30 days. Here's how you can change how many days these files are saved.
File Explorer Cannot Connect to Other Devices on the Local Network
Microsoft is aware of a problem that appeared after the Spring update where File Explorer cannot connect to other devices also running the Spring update. The problem is that when you click the Network tab in File Explorer, other devices on the home network do not appear, and you are unable to perform file sharing or access files on other devices on your home network.
How-To Fix System Restore Failed and Other System Restore Errors
System Restore can return some errors including "System Restore did not complete successfully, Details: System Restore failed while restoring the directory from the restore point, Source: AppxStaging, Destination: %ProgramFiles%WindowsApps, and An unspecified error occurred during System Restore (0x80070091). Here's how to fix these and other similar errors.
How-To Find Your Exact Wi-Fi Signal Strength
Most of us have become accustomed to the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray to determine our wireless signal strength, but that is just a vague, number of bars. Finding your exact signal strength is possible and often a necessity when diagnosing wireless problems. Here's how.
Microsoft Office Configuration Progress Startup Fix
After installing Microsoft Office, if you continually get a screen on startup showing a configuration progress window indicating that office is being set up. This will help. This startup window can take over a minute each time and is .. well annoying. Here is an easy fix that should take less than a minute.
How To Backup and Restore Your Drivers
Backing up and restoring your drivers can be especially handy when you have a computer where the drivers are no longer available, to rollback when you have a problem, or for mass deployment in a work environment.
7 Ways to Launch Calculator on Windows 10
We don't know about you, but the built-in Calculator in Windows has always satisfied our basic math needs. If you find that you use Calculator frequently, then here are 7 ways to launch Calculator to fit your needs.
Avast Was Uninstalled but Still Running (Video)
We recently uninstalled Avast Free Antivirus, and you can imagine our surprise when we rebooted, and Avast was still running. Luckily, Avast provides a freeware, portable tool to uninstall Avast thoroughly and completely.
Troubleshooting a Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick
We've been asked how to get a Microsoft Sidewinder joystick working with various operating systems including Windows 10. Here's all we know about troubleshooting a Sidewinder that won't work.
Windows Live Essentials Error Codes 0x8104000d and 0x800c0006
Windows Live Essentials allows you to add programs to Windows including Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, OneDrive, Family Safety, Mail, and Writer. However, support ended in January 2017 making downloading and installing Live Essentials tricky. If you must have Live Essentials and are having difficulties, here's all you need to know.
How To Disable the Windows Store on Windows 10 (Video)
Microsoft continues to make removing the Windows Store difficult by changing the registry and Group Policy Editor, so previous methods of disabling the Store won't work. That means thousands of tutorials are available with instructions that no longer work. We have three possibilities for you to consider.
Your Phone was Hacked Extortion Scam
Another new email scam is making the rounds similar to the adult website scam attempting to extort bitcoins from gullible users. This scam will correctly identify two numbers from the last four digits of your phone number which is designed to get your attention and add authenticity.
How to Pause or Delay Windows 10 Feature or Quality Updates
Windows 10 has two different Windows Updates. The first is Feature updates, also known as semi-annual releases about twice a year. The second is quality updates or cumulative updates and download on Tuesdays, usually once a month. In this tutorial, we explain the differences between the two and how you can pause or delay these updates.
How to Delete Facebook Posts in Bulk With Chrome or Firefox (Video)
If you're anything like us, you've made plenty of dumb Facebook posts, and you'd like to delete them. There are thousands of articles incorrectly explaining how to do this, and we're guessing you've discovered that removing Facebook posts is not as simple as it should be. Here's the one trick you need to know to delete your Facebook posts in bulk.
Virus Scan Failed or Virus Detected Error
Windows 7, 8, and 10 has a feature known as Attachment Manager designed to protect your computer from unsafe files you may download on the internet. But, what if you can't download a file that you know is safe? Here's how to get around the "virus scan failed" or "virus detected" message.
How to Restore the Classic Theme After Google Chrome 69
Google Chrome has released version 69.x featuring a new interface with a better password manager, improved search, better speed, and less memory use. Of course, change is hard for some of us, so if you're not ready, you can quickly go back to the old interface. Here's how.
How to Uninstall Windows 10 Updates
Due to the millions of possible Windows configurations, all of us have found problems with our computers after a Windows Update. This can lead to hours of frustration often without finding a way to solve your problem. When you know it was a Windows Update that caused the problem, here's how you can uninstall the problematic update.
How to Fix Screen Flickering on Windows 10
Quite a few people are reporting screen flickering on Windows 10. Odds are this is driver related, often after a Windows Update. Here are the possible steps you can take to resolve this problem.
How-to Generate a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) on Windows
The Blue Screen of Death is the most feared Windows error. The BSOD often comes with a vague error message and requires a pretty good tech to resolve it without formatting. The BSOD is a much more rare occurrence nowadays that only makes seeing it worse. Since your here then you know we can mess with our friends by causing a fake BSOD on their computer. Here's how.
How to Make a Program Always Run as Administrator And or Compatibility Mode
Some programs always require you to Run as Administrator. The simple solution is to right-click and select "Run as administrator). Easy enough. But, what if you have a program you use regularly, and you want to simplify this by having the program always run as administrator. There are a few ways to accomplish this.
How to Delete Some or All System Restore Points on Windows 10
Depending on how System Restore is configured, it can be wasting a lot of space. Luckily, it's easy to delete all of your Restore points, or even everything but the most recent. While we're poking around System Restore, we'll also point out a few other things, like how much space to use and how to enable or disable System Restore entirely.
How to Enable Possibly Unwanted Applications Protection With Windows Defender
Bundleware or PUP's (Potentially Unwanted Programs) is something we all try and avoid. Some software companies have gotten very sneaky making it easy to get tricked. While you probably have some security software installed, Windows Defender can try and watch for any of these programs for you. Here's how to enable, or disable the Potentially Unwanted Applications Protection.
How to Disable Automount of New Drives in Windows 10
If you're reading this, you're already aware that Windows will detect when a new drive is connected and auto-assign a drive letter for that drive. Disabling Windows autodetecting new drives is possible. Here's how.
Can I Remove the DTS Audio Control Panel?
On a newer computer, we noticed that there was an icon called DTS Audio Panel. As we prefer a lean, mean computing machine, we wanted to remove this icon as we have with the Realtek tray icon over the years. Here's what we discovered.
How to Delete User Profiles in Windows 10, 8 and 7
User Profiles save all of your preferences and data in a folder under C:Users. Often these folders are hidden. If a user becomes corrupted, then you may need to delete that Profile and start over. There are two ways to do this. Advanced System Properties or the registry for severe problems. Here's how.
Google Chrome - An Error Occurred While Checking for Updates
Recently we received a Google Chrome error while updating. In our case, the error read "An error occurred while checking for updates: The installer failed to uncompress archive. Please download Google Chrome again. (error code 7: 0x80040902: 50 -- system level)." Here's what to do next.
How to Unfollow Instagram Followers in Bulk
Instagram, like many other social media sites, simply don't let you follow, unfollow or even remove your images easily. Sure, you can do it one-by-one if you have the time. In this guide, we're going to show you how to unfollow Instagram followers in bulk.
How to Enable the Windows Defender Sandbox in Windows 10
Microsoft has made it possible to run Windows Defender, part of Security Essentials, in a sandbox. Microsoft describes the sandbox as "Running Windows Defender Antivirus in a sandbox ensures that in the unlikely event of a compromise, malicious actions are limited to the isolated environment, protecting the rest of the system from harm.
How to Reinstall Windows 10 Without Losing Your Files
Reinstalling Windows 10 can take hours to accomplish, and if you haven't backed up your files, they're gone! Windows 10 now includes "Reset This PC," which can reinstall windows without losing all of your personal files or if you want to reset your computer to factory fresh.
Everything You Need to Know About SSD Trim
SSD drives are becoming more and more popular and affordable as larger drives are released, smaller drives become affordable. But, we get a lot of questions about SSD drives, TRIM, and defragmentation. SSD drives are not only faster, but they're also virtually maintenance free. Here's all you need to know.
How to Remove the DTS Control Panel From the System Tray
After a lot of searching, and a little help, we have finally uncovered how to remove the DTS Control Panel from the System Tray. This registry edit applies to any brand name PC using the DTS Control Panel, primarily Hewlett Packard.
How to Stop or Change the Amazon Alexa Flashing Green Ring
Walking into our office the other day, our Amazon Alexa had a green ring that was spinning or flashing. We assumed good old Alexa was eavesdropping, but when it wouldn't go away, we know something was wrong. Here's what we discovered.
How to Disable Windows 10 Activity History Permanently
With the latest edition of Windows 10 (Redstone 5), it seems that even if you disable Activity History from PC Settings > Privacy > Activity History, Microsoft still collects activity history. With a simple registry tweak, we can permanently disable Activity History.
How to Fix Update Queued in Steam
Gamers want their games and drivers updated at all times. Odds are you've run into the Steam "Update Queued" error and are wondering how to fix the problem and update your games. Here's how.
Diagnose Wi-Fi Problems on Windows 10 With Wireless Network Report
Diagnosing Wi-Fi issues can be frustrating, but Windows 10 includes Netsh, which is a command-line utility that can generate a wireless network report in HTML to help you diagnose problems. The report shows the past three days of Wi-Fi activity, all adapters, and more.
How to Show Multiple Clocks on Windows
By default, Windows 7, 8, and 10 will show you a single clock with your current time and zone. Did you know you can display an additional clock on the taskbar? Here's how.
How to Reactivate Windows 10
Windows 10 can lose activation for numerous reasons, especially after a Windows Update. Here are the steps you can take to reactivate Windows.
How to Add Encrypting File System (EFS) to the Right-Click Context Menu
The Encrypting File System (EFS) on Microsoft Windows is a feature that provides filesystem-level encryption. The technology enables files to be transparently encrypted to protect confidential data from attackers with physical access to the computer. The downside to EFS is that you have to right-click on a file, click Properties then Advanced to encrypt or decrypt. If you use EFS frequently, you can add EFS to your Context Menu (right-click) to simplify the process.
How to Fix Blue Screen Errors Mfewfpk.sys or Epfwwfp.sys
If you're getting a blue screen error with either Mfewfpk.sys or Epfwwfp.sys during, or after a Windows 10 upgrade, here's why, and how, to fix it. You may also be receiving the dreaded 'DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL' error.
How to Disable Those Annoying Website Notification Prompts
By now you're probably about as sick of websites asking to send you notifications as we are? It's not only but to add insult to injury, the bad guys have figured out they can use 'browser push notifications' to deliver malware that you would normally find on a rogue website. Let's shut off these browser notifications once and for all.
How to Delete or Remove Third-Party Facebook Applications and Websites
Facebook users find over time that they give a lot of third-party applications and websites access. Over time, this list can become massive. And, as we've learned over time, many of these apps and websites have been busted harvesting your data. Here's how you can clean up your list and get some of your privacy (sanity) back.
How to Enable and Use Diagnostic Data Viewer in Windows 10
Windows 10 collect diagnostic data, but as of Windows 10 version 1803 and later, you can now not only turn Diagnostic Data on or off, you can also use Diagnostic Data Viewer to view the information collected and even diagnose some problems. Here's how.
Windows 10 Creates an Extra Disk Partition
Windows 10 began creating a new partition starting with the April 1803 update. This drive is a recovery partition and should be left alone, however, we can hide the drive, so you do not see it in File Explorer, Disk Management, etc. Some people also report low disk errors and other problems.
How to Fix Ctrl+Alt+Del Not Working
Ctrl+Alt+Del is something many of us use out of habit, mostly to access Task Manager or to close a not responding application. But, what happens if Ctrl+Alt+Del isn't working? Here are the possible solutions.
Windows Installer Not Working Properly
The Windows Installer is a service that allows you to install and uninstall programs or applications. If you suddenly can't install or uninstall any programs, here's how to get the Windows Installer working again.
Canâ€™t Connect to This Network Error
Canâ€™t Connect to This Network Error is a relatively common error with Windows 10,8 and 7 when you can't seem to connect to the internet. Luckily, it's usually temporary or an easy fix. Here are the steps to solve this problem.
How to Restore Your SSD Performance by Secure Erasing It
It is now known that you should never do a low-level format on your SSD as that can cause slowdowns. You should do a secure erase which is faster and doesn't wear out the SSD. It puts all the SSD cells back into a null state where they are ready to have data written to them. Here is a specific step-by-step guide to correctly formatting an SSD drive.
How to Create a Shortcut to Any Windows Settings
Windows has a lot of settings, and it's easy to get lost when trying to find something you frequently use. In this guide, we will show you how to create, and customize, a shortcut to anything you like. After that, we have the ultimate list of Windows settings you can copy and paste to create shortcuts to any Windows settings.
How to Change Automatic Maintenance Times
Windows 10 will keep your computer running as smoothly as possible on a maintenance schedule that includes software updates, security scanning, and system diagnostics. Maintenance is run daily at a set time and can wake your computer up by default. Here's how to change those settings.
Windows 10 Setup Has Failed to Validate the Product Key
Installing, updating or upgrading Windows 10 sometimes gives a known error that reads "Setup has failed to validate the product key." Many of these errors come from a clean install from an ISO or using the Windows Media Creation Tool. While frustrating, there are a few things you can check to resolve this error.
How to Turn off Storage Sense in Windows 10
Storage Sense is the built-in Windows 10 drive cleanup tool to get rid of junk files and empty the recycle bin. If you use a standalone third-party drive cleaner, then you'll want to shit Storage Sense off. Here's how.
How to Save a Text File of All Running Processes With TaskList
TaskList is a feature of Windows that can show you a list of all running processes on a local or remote computer. TaskList can also show you the PID, Session Name, Session#, and Mem Usage. Being able to print out this list can be useful for diagnostics. Here's how.
How to Fix the Application Was Unable to Start Correctly (0xc0000142)
In this guide, we take a look at trying to resolve error code 0xc0000142. This error can show up in almost any app or game but is well known to show up in Microsoft Office, Fortnite, Steam, AutoCAD and many more. Here are the steps you need to take to find and repair this error.
Windows 10 Canâ€™t See Other Computers on Network
When using File Explorer to see other computers on the network, you may run into a problem where Windows 10 canâ€™t see other computers on your network. Here's how to fix that problem. Step 1 is for those using only Windows computers on their network, and Step 2 is for those using who can't see other computers on their network that are running different operating systems including Linux and Mac. A YouTube guide is also available.
The Ultimate List of Rundll32 Commands for Windows 10/8/7
Rundll32.exe exists to run programs held in DLL files. While Microsoft originally designed rundll32 for internal use, it can also be used to create shortcuts to most Windows settings. Here's one big list of all the known rundll32 commands and how to set them up.
How to Fix When Windows 10 Turns Itself on
If you've ever found your Windows 10 computer turns itself on, you're not alone. There's an easy way to find out what the culprit is and stop this from happening any more. This guide may also be helpful in Windows 7, 8, and Vista as well.
How to Enable or Disable a Startup Boot Log in Windows
Windows is capable of keeping a boot log that can track everything that succeeds or fails when Windows boots. This boot log can be handy diagnosing computer problems and is simple to turn on or off. Once enabled, you will be able to find ntbtlog.txt in the root of your windows folder that can be opened and viewed with any text editor.
How to Install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Offline in Windows 10
Windows 10 continues to update the Microsoft .NET Framework, but if you are running apps that were developed for Windows XP, 7, or Vista, you might need the older Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. Here's how to install 3.5 quickly and easily offline using your Windows DVD or ISO.
Your Windows License Will Expire Soon
If you've received an error message stating "Your Windows license will expire soon. You need to activate Windows in settings" then here are a few ways to solve this error.
How to Stop Microsoft Edge From Opening PDF and HTML Files
You know the drill. You have your favorite program to open PDf files or even HTML pages, and Microsoft Edge wants to be your daddy. With these two simple steps, we can stop Microsoft Edge from hijacking your PDF and HTML file associations.
How to Restore Missing Action Center Notifications
If you notice that you have notifications in your Action Center (chat bubble in the lower-right), but there are no messages, or you see multiple messages which disappear when Action Center is closed, then you'll be glad to know this is a simple fix.
Windows Update Failed to Install Error 0x80240034
Another Windows Update error that can appear is Windows Update Failed to Install Error 0x80240034. It might also say WU_E_DOWNLOAD_FAILED followed by Update has failed to download. Here are the steps you can take to resolve these errors.
Run DISM to Repair Windows System Image and Windows Component Store
In this guide, we're going to look at how to repair the Windows System Image on Windows 10 and 8. You can also apply this fix if SFC /SCANNOW is not available or if a Windows image becomes unserviceable. This guide is for advanced users who understand the Command Prompt and using DISM and switches.
How to Empty the Recycle Bin When Shutting Down Your Computer
The Windows Recycle bin exists to allow you to restore recently deleted files. If you're like us, we don't use the Recycle Bin and prefer to save space and keep it empty. Since we both reboot and empty the recycle bin about once a week, why not delete the recycle bin when we reboot? Here's how to empty the recycle bin on every reboot.
Fixing Printer Problems on Windows 10
Printer problems are not at all uncommon. In this guide, we look at diagnosing the most common printer problems on Windows 10. Many of these steps will also work for other versions of Windows.
Get More Windows Screen Space With a Smaller Taskbar
If you're looking for more screen real estate you can hide the clock from the Taskbar while implementing a smaller taskbar. Here's how. Yes, it's a bit of a sloppy way to hide the time, but that's all we have. You may need to resize any open Windows before and after making these changes.
How to Install Avast as a Lightweight Antivirus
We have so many great choices in free antivirus nowadays, but they almost all go above and beyond basic antivirus protection. For the geek in the know, all we need a lightweight antivirus without all the bloat. In this guide, we will show you how to install Avast Antivirus, so it is a lightweight antivirus solution.
How to Remove Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer
We're frequently asked how to remove Quick Access from File Explorer, and we've spent hours reading guides and beating up our computer to figure it out. Here's all we learned. We've also added instructions on removing the 3D Objects folder as well.
How to Fix File System Errors in Windows
File System Errors typically are caused by a few things including bad sectors or corrupt files. In this guide, we look at the steps you can take to resolve these errors including 1073741819, 2018375670, 2147219200, 2147219196, 2147219194, 805305975 to name a few.
How to Use Driver Verifier Manager to Troubleshoot Driver Issues
Microsoft includes a little known program called Driver Verifier Manager in every build of Windows since Windows 2000 except for Windows 10 S. Driver Verifier Manager can detect illegal function calls or actions that might corrupt the system for end users and developers. You can also use it to diagnose driver issues with Blue Screen of Deaths or anytime you think there's a driver problem.
Your System Requires SMB2 or Higher Error on Windows 10
SMB2 is a new version of the old Windows filesharing protocol SMB and is used for filesharing on modern Windows hosts. If you're getting an error that says "Your System Requires SMB2 or Higher" it should be an easy fix.
Windows Image Acquisition Causing High CPU and Disk Usage
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) is a service that provides image acquisition for scanner and cameras. This service has been known to cause high CPU or hard drive usage when running. Following these steps, we can eliminate this problem.
Windows Photo Viewer Canâ€™t Display This Picture
If you're receiving an error that reads â€œWindows Photo Viewer canâ€™t display this picture because there might not be enough memory available on your computer,â€œ here are some steps you can take to resolve this error.
What Is Windows Setup Remediations and Can I Uninstall It?
While uninstalling apps or cleaning your computer, you might have noticed Windows Setup Remediations with a KB number KB4023057. There are no details, vendor information and it can be on your computer for months on end. So, what is Windows Setup Remediations and can you uninstall it?
How to Use Windows Calculator for Date Calculation
The built-in calculator in Windows 10 is pretty good, and Microsoft keeps improving it. One neat feature often overlooked is the ability to calculate the differences between dates. Here's how that works.
How to Fix Gdiplus.Dll Not Found or Missing
A Gdiplus.dll missing has been around for a very long time and can be a frustrating problem to solve. In this guide, we'll go over all the known solutions to resolve this error.
How to Run Windows Updates from Command Line in Windows 10
When you run into a situation where Windows Updates isn't working correctly, it's possible to skip hours of troubleshooting and run Windows Updates using Command Prompt or PowerShell so you can at least get the latest updates. Of course, command-line geeks will like to have the option because they can.
How to Use DuckDuckGo as the Default Search Engine in Google Chrome
DuckDuckGo is now available as the default search engine as of Google Chrome version 73. Here's how to set DuckDuckGo as the default and address bar search engine. DuckDuckGo is a privacy-based search engine that allows you to search the web without being tracked. Here's how to make DuckDuckGo your default search engine.
How to Copy the Path of a File or a Folder to the Clipboard
Have you ever found you need to copy a path in File Explorer to the clipboard? When working with Windows, it's not unusual to have to dig through numerous folders and sometimes need to save that path. In reverse, there are times when having a shortcut to files or folders that are buried deep in File Explorer. In this guide, we show you how to copy a file path to your clipboard.
The Requested Operation Requires Elevation
In this guide, we're looking at the steps you can take to resolve an error that reads "The requested operation requires elevation" typically with a 740 error code and affecting Window 10, 8, and 7.
How to Restore Windows Store on Windows 10
Many privacy or tweaking apps will remove the Windows Store, something we prefer ourselves. However, if you suddenly find you need the Windows Store, restoring it is easy. Restoring the Windows Store can also solve error code 0x803FB005.
The Specified Service Has Been Marked for Deletion
"The Specified Service has been marked for deletion" is an error that can show up when trying to remove a service. There are numerous reason and explanations for getting this error, mostly dependant on what you were doing at the time.
Top Scams to Avoid in 2020
Anyone who has ever watched Shark Tank has heard the pitches where the person explains how much money is spent in their industry every year. So, here's a stat you don't often hear about - Cybercrime is expected to generate 2 trillion dollars this year as mobile scams continue to increase. Here's a list of what to watch out for this year.
How to Fix Power Options Missing or Grayed Out
In this article, we're going to look at two similar problems with Windows Power Options. One is where Power Options can sometimes be overridden and grayed on multiple operating systems. The second issue we will look at is "There are currently no power options available" message in the Start Menu.
How to Block Windows 7 End of Support Messages
KB4493132 is a Windows 7 Update with one job - to notify you that support ends in January 2020. If you'd like not to be repeatedly warned about the end of support, you can block this update.
How to Fix Diskpart Failed to Clear Disk Attributes Error
The Diskpart tool is a command-line tool to manage partitions in Windows 10. A known error can appear when making changes to your partitions that states "Diskpart failed to clear disk attributes." In this guide, we look into possible reasons and solutions for this error.
How to Fix Incorrect Date or Time With Windows Clock
A common, unusual Windows problem is a clock showing the wrong date or time. In a perfect world, your clock should synchronize automatically and always show the exact, correct date and time. Should your Windows clock stop working correctly, here are the steps you can try to resolve the problem.
How to Fix Ordinal Not Found Errors
The 'Ordinal not sound' error message can come accompanied by different messages making diagnostics somewhat tricky. It's usually accompanied by a number (ordinal XXX) and sometimes includes a specific DLL message. Here are the steps you can try to resolve this error.
How to Add Emojis to File and Folder Names in Windows 10
Windows 10 allows you to use Emojis for any file or folder making them easier to spot. As you know, Windows does not let you use most characters to make your folders stand out ( / : * ? â€ < > |) so using Emoji's can be the perfect solution. Here's how.
What Is a wab.exe File?
You may have noticed a file called wab.exe on your computer and wondered what it was. wab.exe is part of your Windows Contacts, People, Outlook, and more and is referred to as the Windows Address Book.
How to Stop Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge from Running in the Background
Google Chrome and the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge can gobble up a lot of resources even when closed. Some extensions and apps including Facebook can continue to run in the background and also show notifications. Those who need to free up resources including laptops and gamers might find stopping Chrome and Edge from running in the background to be just what you need.
How to Fix Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Errors
The Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is a popular app for people to download the latest Windows 10 ISO to their computer. There are a handful of errors that can appear causing the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool not to work. Here are the steps to fix these errors or better yet, download the latest ISO's a different way.
How to Set up an Ftp Server on Windows 10
For someone who needs an FTP server briefly, Windows 10 has a built-in FTP server. We should note that the Windows 10 FTP server wouldn't be one we'd use regularly, but again, in a pinch, it can get the job done. Here's how.
How to Fix Videos Folder Missing or Duplicate Documents Folder in Windows 10
An unusual problem with Windows 10 is a missing Videos folder in File Explorer. Sometimes, not only is the Video folder missing but you also now have two Documents folder. Typically, if you have two document folders, one will be empty while the other contains all the files and folders. In this guide, we look at a few possible solutions to this problem.
How to Fix Low or out of Memory Errors While Copying Files on Windows 10
When transferring files, you may occasionally run into error messages including "Out of memory or system resources, Close some windows or programs and try again" and "There is not enough memory to complete this operation â€“ copying files." In this guide, we look at all the known fixes for these errors.
How to Change, Add, or Remove Windows Notification Sounds
Windows 10 has many default sounds for different events that we've grown accustomed to over the years. These sounds range from beeps to short and simple melodies. In this guide, we look at how to change, add or even remove sounds from many Windows events.
How to Install Extensions on Microsoft Edge from Chrome Web Store
The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge allows you to download extensions from the Google Chrome web store. They both use the same Chromium engine, and at the time of this article, there are many more extensions available for Google Chrome. This is excellent news for Edge users and very easy to do. Here's how.
What Is a RAR File and How to Open Them
Sooner or later you may come across a file you download that ends in the RAR extension instead of the EXE, ZIP, or MSI format that you're accustomed to. In this guide, we explain what a RAR file is and how you can use it.
How to Hide Files or Folders Using Command Prompt or PowerShell
Hiding files or folders from the File Explorer view is a great way to protect files from being deleted or found. Installing a third-party program can do the trick, although if you're trying to hide files from someone, it could tip them off. In this guide, we look at hiding files or folders using the Command Prompt or PowerShell.
List of Generic Keys to Use in Windows 10
If you find yourself in a situation where you need a Windows 10 key, Microsoft does provide a list of generic keys. These keys will expire but are perfect for short terms use, for example when using a Virtual Machine.
How to Fix File Explorer Stuck on 'Working on It' Error Message
A long-running issue with Windows 10 is File Explorer getting stuck when loading the contents of a folder. You will usually see the green progress bar hang, or move very slowly while seeing a message that says "Working on it.." In this guide, we look at the steps you can take to resolve this problem.
How to Run Windows 10 Troubleshooters Automatically
Beginning with Windows 10 Build 1903, Microsoft will be upgrading the built-in troubleshooters with a feature called Recommended Troubleshooting. This new feature can optionally fix critical problems when they appear. In this guide, we show you the three options available for this feature.
Why You Shouldn't (Mostly) Use Free VPN Services
In a world full of privacy concerns, many people turn to Virtual Private Networks to hide their IP, avoid being tracked, and hide ads. Ironically, many free VPN services can do precisely the opposite.
How to Block or Defer the Windows 10 May 2019 Update
The next significant feature update for Windows 10 is due at the end of May 2019 known as build 1903. While Microsoft appears to be ready to roll it out slowly to look for issues, many of you might want to put off the update until all the kinks are worked out. Microsoft has changed how you can block the update since the last major update from October of last year.
What Is an SS USB Port?
On a modern computer, we're all used to seeing the USB icons, but you might also see the letters SS next to some of your USB ports. In this guide, we explain what the SS stands for.
How to Fix an Upside Down or Sideways Screen
Most laptops will allow you to flip the screen up, down, left, or right, by pressing a few keys. If you suddenly see your screen has rotated, here are the key combinations to restore your screen.
How to Prevent Storage Sense from Deleting Downloaded Files
Storage Sense is the Windows 10 replacement for Disk Cleaner. Storage Sense can remove junk files automatically and free up disk space. Storage Sense will delete files in your downloads folder when run. In this guide, we show you how to change, or stop when downloaded files are deleted.
What Is Jucheck.Exe and Should I Remove It?
You may have seen a process on your computer called JUcheck.exe. JUcheck is an automatic updater for the Java Runtime Environment. In this guide, we look at what it does and if you should remove it.
How to Stop Facebookâ€™s Targeted Advertising
Facebook, like many large tech companies, tracks your movements and collects information to show targeted advertising. In this guide, we show you how to stop the targeted advertising and even give you back a little bit of privacy.
How to Show or Hide the Safely Remove Hardware Icon
The Safely Remove Hardware icon is designed to protect a USB device if ejected. However, many of us either have a device plugged in all the time, or never use this icon. Here's how to hide the icon from view. We also discuss a related problem when you have greyed out options when trying to turn an icon on or off.
5 Ways to Open Group Policy Editor
Many of our guides suggest using Group Policy Editor, a powerful tool for making changes to Windows including many things you usually can't change in the Control Panel. Group Policy Editor is only available in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, but Windows 10 Home users can enable it by following a couple of easy steps.
How to Fix 'Game Security Violation Detected' Errors
Game Security Violation Detected is an error that appears and can prevent you from playing games including Fortnite, Wildlands, and many other games that come with Steam, Epic, and Ubisoft, to name a few. The error message usually has a pound sign followed by seven zeros and a random number or letter (#00000006 or 00000010, for example). Here are the steps you can take to fix this error.
How to Find Your Wi-Fi Password
If you have another computer that you want to connect to your wireless network, you wouldn't be the first to lose or forget the password. In this guide, we show you how to find your wireless network password.
3 Ways to Change Windows 10 Active Hours
Active Hours is a Windows 10 feature that lets you tell your computer when you're most likely to be using your computer. The primary goal of Active Hours is to not automatically reboot your computer after a Windows Update. Changing Active Hours is easy; here's all you need to know.
How to Optimize USB Drives for Better Performance
You might be surprised to find out that Microsoft has dropped the default "better performance" option for the "quick removal" option. Here are the differences between the two modes and instructions on how to turn better performance back on.
How to Stop Google from Blocking Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge
Google currently has placed restrictions on some of its services while using the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. Google says this is done until Microsoft releases a stable, final version of their browser. While there's some debate that Google is using underhanded tactics, we doubt it. Regardless, here's how to access some of the currently blocked services including Google Meet and Google Docs.
Windows Requires a Digitally Signed Driver
In most cases when installing new drivers, Windows Program Compatibility Assistant won't allow you to install a driver warning you that Windows requires a digitally signed driver. Here's why you receive this error and how to work around it.
How to Enable or Disable About:Flags Page in Microsoft Edge
The about:flags is a hidden page used to change developer settings and allow enable experimental features in Microsoft Edge. These features are often experimental and can change at any time. But, you probably knew all that. Here's how to enable this hidden page.
The Windows Update Service Could Not Be Stopped
Occasionally when using "net stop wuauserv" from the Command Prompt or PowerShell, you might get an error message saying that "The Windows Update service could not be stopped." Here are the steps you can take to stop the Windows Update Service.
How to Scan and Repair a Single File Using System File Checker
The System File Checker or SFC is built into Windows and can scan for, then repair or replace corrupted system files. SFC is a handy tool to fix a lot of problems. Typically, when you use System File Checker, you scan every file on your computer. If you know what file is causing the problem you can save time by scanning just the one file you suspect is causing the problem. Here's how.
5 Ways to Open Registry Editor in Windows
Almost any Windows users will find themselves needing to use the Registry Editor (Regedit) to make changes to the operating system that aren't typically allowed in Windows settings. In this guide, we show you the different ways you can open Regedit.
What Type of Files Does Windows Media Player Support?
Windows Media Player, as of version 12 for Windows 10, has become a more versatile media player that can play most, but not all formats. Here is a list of all the music and movie formats supported by Windows Media Player.
How to Turn on or off Tailored Experiences on Windows 10
Tailored Experiences on Windows 10 allows Microsoft to get information from you to deliver personalized tips, ads, and recommendations. Many people would call this telemetry, or even spying. In this guide, we show you how you can enable or disable the Tailored Experiences.
How to Download Your Google Accounts Including Gmail
Just about everyone has a Gmail account nowadays. Sometimes you might want to back up your Google data. In this guide, we walk you through the steps of backing up your Google Data focusing on backing up your Gmail as an example.
The Ultimate List of Every Known PowerCFG Command
Powercfg is a command-line utility that first appeared on Windows XP that gives advanced users access to all configurable power system settings including many options you won't find in the Control Panel or Settings.
How to Turn Tablet Mode on and off in Windows 10
There may be times you want to swap in or out of Tablet Mode on Windows 10, or maybe you accidentally found your PC in tablet mode and want to restore your settings to Desktop mode? Here are all the possible solutions.
How to Fix Problems Installing Drivers from NVIDIA, Intel, or AMD
Video driver issues including failed installs, freezing during installation and other problems can be very frustrating when your drivers need updating. In this guide, we show you how to install graphics drivers from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA when you're having problems.
How to Delete, Add, and Edit Context Menu Items
The Context Menu is a handy part of Windows that allows you to right-click on a file or folder and quickly perform frequently used actions. Some third-party applications add Context Menu items. You can also delete, edit, or add items yourself. Here's how.
How to Change Touch Scrolling Friction in Windows 10
Users who have a touch screen might find that they're not happy with the speed in which you scroll your finger in any direction. This action is known as Touch Scrolling Friction, and you can adjust the rate in the registry. Here's how.
What is Windows Hardware Quality Labs or WHQL?
You've most likely seen stickers on new computers or hardware that says that it's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified or Certified for Windows. So, what exactly does this mean?
How to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement
For security purposes, Microsoft requires that any drivers you install are digitally signed or what is known as Windows Hardware Quality Labs or WHQL certified. There are situations where you might need to install unsigned drivers. In this guide, we show you how to bypass or disable driver signature enforcement.
How to Fix When Windows Shuts down Instead of Sleep
A known issue with Windows is a bug that is related to BIOS settings or the Intel Management Engine Interface that causes your computer to shut down when it should go into sleep mode. In this guide, we look at the possible fixes for this problem.
Diagnose Power or Battery Issues with Power Efficiency Diagnostic Report Tool
Powercfg is a command-line utility that first appeared on Windows XP that gives advanced users access to all configurable power system settings including many options you won't find in the Control Panel or Settings. Using PowerCFG, we can diagnose power issues and even generate a Battery Health Report using the Power Efficiency Diagnostic Report Tool.
PowerCFG Unexpected Error Condition Has Occurred
PowerCFG is a command-line utility that first appeared on Windows XP that gives advanced users access to all configurable power system settings including many options you won't find in the Control Panel or Settings. Occasionally, one might run into an error that reads "An unexpected error condition has occurred. Unable to perform operation. You may not have permission to perform this operation."
How to Fix a Computer That Shuts down When You Restart
An annoying problem that some run into is when you click Start, Restart and instead, your computer shuts down. Without realizing it, you might be looking at an issue where you're computer has crashed and shut down. Here are the steps you can try to resolve this problem.
How to Check Your Hard Disk Health Using WMIC
Windows Management Instrumentation or WMI is a lesser-known powerful utility that comes with Windows 10, 8, and 7. WMIC extends WMI for operation from several command-line interfaces and through batch scripts. In this guide, we show you how you can use WMIC to test your hard drive health quickly.
Windows Is Checking for a Solution to the Problem
Windows includes an Error Reporting Service where Windows will try to find a solution to a problem; usually, an application was crashing. Frequently, when this occurs, the Error Reporting Service will be stuck while searching for similar issues and a solution. If you experience this problem, we can disable the Error Reporting Service.
What is LZMA Compression?
You may rarely (as a Windows user) come across a file with the LZMA extension and wonder what it is. LZMa is a type of file compression similar to RAR or ZIP, and it stands for Lempel-Ziv-Markov chain-Algorithm. LZMA is mostly used for the Linux operating systems.
How to Force Windows 10 to Reboot Immediately After Windows Updates
Microsoft has added (Build 1903) more customization settings for when Windows updates, and when it reboots. One such option is to have Windows reboot automatically after an update. If you have Active Hours configured, your computer can reboot when you're not typically using your computer. Here's how.
Do Cheap Windows 10 Keys Really Work?
If you need to buy a Windows 10 license, you've probably come across websites that are selling what they claim are legitimate Windows 10 keys, sometimes as cheap as $20. How do they sell these keys so cheaply, or is this a scam?
Fix: Some Settings Are Managed by Your Organization
There are numerous guides on getting rid of the "Some Settings Are Managed by Your Organization" errors, but they require multiple steps by editing the registry and using Group Polic Editor to access telemetry and privacy settings. The problems here are many, and we've found a better way.
How to Disable the Blurred Login Screen in Windows 10
Beginning with Windows 10 build 1903 you might notice that your login screen is now blurred putting the focus on where you enter your login details. This new feature is known as Acrylic Blur Effect on Sign-in Screen. For those of you who prefer the old way, here's how.
Source Path Too Long Error
When trying to delete a file or folder with over 258 characters, you may encounter an error that says, Source Path Too Long followed by "The source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system." In this guide, we look at the steps to solve this error.
How to Check Your BIOS Version
When troubleshooting, you might need to check your BIOS version to see if an update is available. While there are a few tools that can check your BIOS version for you, it's easiest to use Windows System Information Tool, the Windows Management Instrumentation command line (typically referred to as WMI or WMIC), or even with the Registry.
How to Check What Graphic Card (GPU) Is in Your Computer
Your graphics card, or GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), is a critical part of your computer. Everything you do on your PC, you do with your eyes and the quality of your video card is essential, but so are the drivers you use. This is even more important if you're a game, photographer, or graphics artist. Here's how to identify your graphics card make and model.
How to Check If Your Hard Drive Is SSD or HDD
If you recently bought a new computer or hard drive, you might be wondering if your hard drive is an SSD drive or a standard HDD. In this article, we look at the differences between HDD and SSD and how to tell which one you have.
How to Disable or Enable File Grouping in File Explorer
As you may be aware, File Explorer lets you arrange your files and folders by Name, Type, Date Modified, Size, Author, Tags, and more. Additionally, files that share a common attribute can also be grouped using what's called File Grouping. In this guide, we show you how to disable File Grouping.
How to Download the Latest Drivers for Windows
Getting the latest drivers for your computer should be easy, but with hundreds, if not thousands, of possible combinations of operating systems, hardware and computer manufacturers, getting the latest drivers can be overwhelming. In this article, we explain the best, and worst, ways to get the latest drivers for your computer.
How to Fix Netflix Error Code u7353
If you're getting an error on Netflix that stats "Whoops, something went wrong. Weâ€™re having trouble playing this title right now. Please try again later or select a different title. Error code: U7353" here is the steps you can try to resolve this particular error.
How to Manage, Enable or Disable Reserved Storage on Windows 10
Starting with version 1903, Microsoft has introduced Reserved Storage, a feature that allows you to see where your hard drive space is being used on Windows 10. In this guide, we show you how to manage Reserved Storage and how to enable or disable it.
How to Fix Reddit Search Not Working
Reddit is undoubtedly a very popular website but with a mediocre search engine at best. In some cases, an error that reads "Sorry we couldnâ€™t load search results" may appear. In this article, we look at possible fixes when the search isn't working for you, or other ways to make use of the Reddit search.
The Ultimate List of Every Known File Explorer Keyboard Shortcut
Computer geeks love our keyboard shortcuts. To most of us, they are time-saving second nature habits we've acquired over time. In this article, we look at all of the known shortcuts for File Explorer to get you started, or just as a refresher. Many of these commands also work for Windows Explorer before becoming File Explorer on Windows 10.
How to Automatically Back up the Registry on Windows 10
Windows 10 has greatly improved recovering your PC with troubleshooters, Reset This PC and System Restore. One thing that has changed after build 1803 is the automatic registry backup is no longer used. Instead, Microsoft suggests you use System Restore. In this guide, we show you how to enable automatic registry backups.
How to Fix Oops! We Couldnâ€™t Save That One Error
One error you might come across with the Windows 10 Photos app when saving or overwriting an existing file reads "Oops! We couldnâ€™t save that one." In this guide, we look at a few possible solutions to this problem.
How to Remove Chromium Malware
While Chromium is legitimate and the source code used in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, malware writers have taken advantage of this Open Source code to create and install their own malicious versions of Chromium. In this guide, we discuss how to identify and remove Chromium malware.
How to Change Screen and Sleep Settings on Windows 10
Windows 10 offers options to change when your Screen turns off as well as when your computer goes to Sleep. Both settings allow you to save Power and even extend the life of your hardware. Here is what you need to know, so your computer turns off your monitor and puts your computer to sleep, so it suits your needs.
How to Enable or Disable Media Autoplay in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge has a unique feature that can limit audio and video that play automatically on websites you visit. The interesting thing about Microsoft Edge is that it will try and learn what websites you visit and whether you interacted with media in the past. From there, you should be able to have autoplay still when you want it.
How to Fix Greyed out Location Services in Windows 10
If you use Location Services in Windows 10, some people have found the option greyed out and hence, not usable. The cause can be from third-party apps, including those that protect your privacy. Here are the steps you can try to get Location Services working again.
How to Add Device Idle Policy to Power Options
Device Idle Policy is a little known, hidden feature in Windows 10. Device Idle Policy determines whether conservation idle timeouts or performance idle timeouts are used for devices that integrate with Windows kernel power manager device idle detection. The Device Idle Policy is available to users of Windows Vista and up, including Windows 10.
How to Uninstall the Movies and TV App
There are many useful apps included with Windows 10, but there are some you might want to remove. In this guide, we look at how to remove the Movies and TV App.
How to Uninstall the Microsoft News App
There are many useful apps included with Windows 10, but there are some you might want to remove. In this guide, we look at how to remove the Microsoft News App.
How to Uninstall the 3D Viewer App
There are many useful apps included with Windows 10, but there are some you might want to remove. In this guide, we look at how to remove the 3D Viewer App.
How to Uninstall the Camera App
There are many useful apps included with Windows 10, but there are some you might want to remove. In this guide, we look at how to remove the Camera App.
How to Uninstall the Feedback Hub
Feedback Hub is geared more towards Windows Insiders allowing them to provide feedback, suggestions, and bugs for Windows 10. In this guide, we look at how to remove the Feedback Hub feature.
How to Uninstall the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10
The Game bar in Windows 10 is a gaming overlay that many of us don't use. In this guide, we show you how to remove the Xbox Game bar (previously known as Game Bar) from Windows 10 because the Xbox Game bar can no longer be officially uninstalled.
How to Restore the Old Twitter Design
In July of 2019, Twitter rolled out a new design and, as always, not everyone is ready for the changes. Here's a simple trick to keep the old design for now or even only see some of the changes you prefer.
There Was a Problem Starting C:\Windows\System32\LogiLDA.dll Error
If you receive an error stating, "There was a problem starting C:\Windows\System32\LogiLDA.dll." You might also be told that "The specified module could not be found." The problem is with your Logitech software. The error is known to appear after a Windows Update. Follow these steps to resolve this error.
This Browser Does Not Support Video Playback
This browser does not support video playback is an error that can appear on most popular web browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Here are the steps you can try to fix the problem.
Windows Start Menu Not Responding
We've seen an issue when the Windows Start Menu freezes or stops responding. There are a couple of options to resolve this problem.
How to Install and Uninstall Winamp Skins
Winamp continues to live in, and people love it even with its complicated history of ownership and releases. Winamp users also like to share their custom made skins. Here's how to install a skin in Winamp.
Your Location Is Currently in Use in Windows 10
Windows 10 uses Location Tracking Service similar to how your smartphone keeps track of where you are. For many, the service is useful or even needed, but those who prefer their privacy would prefer to turn this feature off. Here's how.
Windows 10 Photos App Opens Slowly or Not at All
The Windows 10 Photos app is used by many because it's the default app on Windows 10. There are times where you might find the app is opening slow, or not at all. Here are the steps you can take to get the Photos app back up and running correctly.
How to Add and Remove Speech Voices in Windows 10
Windows 10, like its predecessors, includes text-to-speech which you can use with Cortana and Narrator, amongst other things. Windows 7 and Vista featured Anna, and Windows 8 gave you David, Zira and Hazel voices. In this guide, we show you how to add or remove speeches in Windows 10.
How to Clear the Display Cache in Windows 10
Windows 10 keeps track of any displays you have in the Windows Display Cache. If you're having problems with your output display clearing the display cache may help. Here's how.
How to Uninstall Groove Music
Groove Music is a preinstalled app in Windows 10 that you might want to uninstall. Unlike many built-in apps, you can't always search and right-click to uninstall Groove Music, but it is still easy to remove.
How to Prevent Installation of Removable Devices
Preventing the installation of removable devices can add an extra layer of security to your computer by not allowing an external drive to be attached when plugged into your computer. You can avoid data theft by disabling removable devices. Here's how.
How to Stop a Web Page from Auto Refreshing
Sometimes you may come across websites that automatically refresh. There are valid reasons for that, including dynamic websites which may refresh or reload the page you're viewing to show you updated content. If you'd like to disable auto-refresh, here's how.
How to Modify, Turn on, or Turn off the Text Cursor Indicator in Windows 10
The text cursor indicator is the flashing cursor you see when typing in any text-based program including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Notepad. Windows 10 now allows you to set the size and color of the cursor and we even have registry files to enable or disable the indicator, which would be useful for presentations.
10 Google Chrome Flags to Improve Your Browsing Experience
Google Chrome has a "hidden" feature called experiments or flags that you can access by typing in chrome://flags in the address bar. These features can significantly enhance your browsing experience. Here are our top 10 favorite tweaks for the Google Chrome web browser.
The Handle Is Invalid Error on Windows 10
"The handle is invalid" error is one that appears when you are logging in, and the problem is usually related to a Windows Update problem or using the wrong credentials to log in.
How to Replace the Command Prompt With PowerShell in Start Menu
As you're probably aware, Windows 10 gives you quick access to the PowerShell or the Command Prompt when you right-click on the Start button or press the Windows Key + X. If you use this shortcut frequently and prefer one over the other, there's a setting for that.
How to Enable or Disable Windows 10 Tamper Protection
Tamper Protection is a smart Windows Security feature added in the Windows 10 1803 update. Tamper Protection does not allow malicious apps to modify Windows Defender, including real-time protection and cloud-delivered protection. Tamper Protection works seamlessly with all other antivirus programs.
VMWare Failed to Get Exclusive Lock on the Configuration File Error
Recently while having some issues with VMWare, we received an error that said "Failed to get exclusive lock on the configuration file. Another VMware process might be running using the configuration file." Once we clicked on OK, an "Internal error" followed. We found this easier to fix than expected. Here's how.
Unpin a Group of Tiles or Folders From Windows 10 Start Menu
The Windows 10 Start Menu comes with a collection of folders and Tiles that you might want to remove. Also, over time, the Start Menu might get cluttered. Windows 10 makes it easy to delete whole groups or folders from the Windows 10 Start Menu. Here's how.
How to Disable 'Get Even More Out of Windows'
On a clean install of Windows 10, you will occasionally see 'Get Even More Out of Windows' notification. Starting with build 18945, you can disable this in settings, or edit the Registry.
How to Troubleshoot a Mouse That's Slow, Lagging or Jumpy
We've dealt with thousands of possible Windows problems and the solutions, but a malfunctioning mouse is one of the worst. Symptoms can include your mouse pausing, jumping, or even just slow. Here are the steps you can take to troubleshoot a mouse that no longer responds like it used to.
How to Fix Windows Mouse Buttons Reversed
If you find your mouse buttons are reversed, it should be a simple fix. When you left-click, you're probably getting the Context Menu instead of the action you expected. Here's how to fix this problem.
What's the Difference Between Dual-Layer and Double-Sided DVD's?
Computer storage has become larger and more affordable. The average hard drive is 1-terabyte and under 50 dollars, while 8-gigabyte flash drives cost only a few dollars. Because of this, the CD and DVD have become relics. The only solution, if you need a DVD, is dual-layer or double-sided DVD's. But what's the difference between the two?
How to Customize Windows 10 Location Services
The Windows 10 Location service allows Windows to use your device to determine your location. Windows will accomplish this using GPS, nearby wireless access points, your IP address, or nearby cell towers. Some people prefer to disable location for privacy, but some apps won't work without location services enabled. Here's how to enable, disable, or customize our location.
A Step by Step Guide to Removing Unwanted iTunes Components
Anyone who has an iPhone and a Windows computer might need to install iTunes to manage music, for example. iTunes will also install Apple Application Support (32-bit), Apple Application Support (64-bit), Apple Mobile Device Support, and Apple Software Update installed. Do you need all of them?
How to Change Windows Registered Owner and Organization Info
If you type in winver in the Command Prompt, you will be shown your Windows build and edition as well as who the product is licensed to, better known as the Registered Owner. You can easily change the Registered Owner and the Organization by editing the registry.
How to Update Your Router Firmware
Occasionally, most routers have firmware upgrades. Firmware is software that is written to the read-only memory of your hardware and includes anything from bug fixes, performance improvements, and security fixes. Here's how to check for, and update your router's firmware.
How to Monitor GPU Temperatures Using Task Manager
The Windows Task Manager is a useful app that can monitor processes, performance, app history, users, details, and even services. Here's how to check your GPU (graphics processing unit) using Task Manager.
How to Fix No Sound With YouTube
In this article, we look at the possible reason for YouTube having no sound. We won't insult your intelligence and assume you already checked that your device isn't muted and that the volume level on both your device and YouTube are turned up.
How to Uninstall Calculator in Windows 10
Windows 10 includes a Calculator that continues to be improved and uses very little space on your drive. But, if you're looking to slim down your Windows 10 installation, you can remove Calculator using one of these steps.
How to Uninstall Get Help in Windows 10
There are many useful apps included with Windows 10, but there are some you might want to remove. In this guide, we look at how to remove the Get Help App.
How to Open a HEIF or HEIC Image in Windows 10?
While looking through Apps & features, you might have noticed and wondered what HEIF Image Extensions are and why you can't delete or uninstall it. In this article, we discuss what the HEIF format is and how you can open, or convert them.
How to Use Vinegar, Salt, and Dish Soap to Kill Weeds Naturally
Today, we're going off the beaten path to try out a natural week killer. If you've read the many articles out there, there's no secret to what the three ingredients are, even though people even argue that point. In this article, we give this natural weed killer a try and show you the results.
Vcomp120.Dll Is Missing Error
Vcomp120.Dll is missing is a common error with games, and some apps, yet simple to fix. The solution is to install the correct, missing Visual Basic Runtimes.
How to Use the Ping Command in Windows
The ping command in Windows is a powerful tool to verify the connection between your computer and another computer or server. Ping is easy enough to use but also offers many switches for custom pings.
What is AppVShNotify.exe?
AppVShNotif.exe can be found in Windows 10, 8, and 7. in should be located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun. It stands for Microsoft Application Virtualization Client Shell Notifier and is part of virtualized application integration with Microsoft Office.
How to Hide Your Gameplay Activity in Steam Profile and Chat
Anyone who calls themselves a gamer has Steam. Over the years, Steam has added a lot of social aspects allowing you to see what games your friends are playing and vice versa. If you'd prefer not to share this information, you can do so following these tips.
How to Remove the Feedback Smiley Button in Microsoft Edge
As Microsoft continues developing the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, you might have noticed the Feedback smiley located in the top right corner. Clicking the smiley face will open a Send Feedback page. There's currently no setting to remove the smiley, but we can remove the Feedback button using the registry.
What is Window Auto-Tuning?
Windows Auto-Tuning is a feature introduced in Windows Vista and still in use on Windows 10. Windows Auto-Tuning was designed to automatically improve the performance for programs that receive TCP data over a network.
How to Stop Google Chrome From Starting Automatically
Google Chrome remains the most used browser on the internet but like any app, has its share of bugs and problems. One problem that can annoy people is Google Chrome starting when you start or restart your computer. Here are a few possible solutions.
How to Fix Slow Internet on Windows 10
Diagnosing slow internet speeds can be difficult. Your issues can be with your operating system, router, wireless connection, or even your internet provider. If you are experiencing slow speeds with Windows 10, here are some steps you can take.
How to Stop Google Chrome Crash Reports Sending Personal Information
When Google Chrome crashes, a crash report is generated and sent to Google to improve their browser. Information sent includes the version of your browser, extensions installed, the website visited at the time of the crash, operating system, and country. Also, personal information, including payment methods and passwords, can be sent. Here's how to disable Chrome from sending your personal information.
How to Show the Actual Path in Windows 10 File Explorer
The Windows 10 File Explorer address bar, by default, does not automatically show the full address of the folder you're viewing but instead uses breadcrumbs. For example, when you're looking at your Pictures folder, you will see This PC > Pictures. But, this isn't the actual path to the Pictures folder. Here's how to quickly find the actual path.
Microsoft Edge: Administrator Mode Detected
When launching the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, you might receive a notification that reads "Administrator Mode Detected. Close Microsoft Edge and relaunch in non-administrator mode for best performance. Here's why, and how to fix this annoyance.
Hard Drive Shows Wrong Free Space
In some situations, you might notice your hard drive is showing the wrong free space, particularly with Windows 10. The problem could be as simple as a large file taking up space or even a failing hard drive. Here are the steps you can take to locate the problem.
Windows Update KB4515384 Causing Problems on Windows 10
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Update KB4515384 is not rendering multichannel audio correctly. People experiencing problems will notice that their audio does not sound the same as expected. Other users are saying that the update has caused problems with network adapters, search, Start menu, Action Center, and USB connections.
Device Requires Further Installation Error
Device Requires Further Installation is an error that can appear when plugging in a USB device. When a USB device is plugged in Windows automatically downloads and installs the required drivers. If the driver is outdated or corrupted, you might see this error.
How to Enable and Configure Tracking Prevention in Microsoft Edge
Tracking Prevention is a feature available in the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. Tracking Prevention is designed to limit tracking from websites by blocking cookies loaded from third-party websites you're not visiting. Here's how to enable and configure Tracking Prevention.
How to Speed up the Windows 10 Start Menu
The Windows 10 Start Menu is an area that everyone customizes because there are so many possibilities. If you find your Start Menu stutters, is slow to load, or lags, then you can disable a few settings to speed up your Start Menu.
How to Fix Windows 10 Stuck in Airplane Mode
Some Windows users have reported that Airplane Mode in Windows 10 is turned on and they are unable to turn it back off. Of course, this means there's no internet. Here are the steps you can try to turn Airplane mode off.
How to Permanently Delete Your Yahoo Email Account
Like many companies, Yahoo! suffered a data breach allowing hackers to access personal information. Security-conscious people will want to make sure their account and data are permanently deleted. Here's how.
How to Fix 'Another Computer Is Using the Printer'
In a situation where multiple computers use the same printer, you might run into an error message that states, "Another computer is using the printer." The error message means that one computer is either using the printer or most likely that Windows didn't end the task and thinks that the printer is in use. Here are the steps you can take.
How to Delete Your YouTube Watch and Search History
YouTube has an algorithm to decide what you see based on your watch and search history. YouTube has been around since 2005, so there's a good chance your interests have changed, and many recommended videos aren't your taste anymore. One way to try and improve your recommendations would be to delete your watch and search history.
How to Fix the User Name or Password Is Incorrect
"The user name or password is incorrect" is an error that appears at the login screen. While this error can show up in certain situations, it most frequently appears after a Windows Update because â€œUse my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restartâ€ is enabled.
3 Ways to Restart File Explorer Without Rebooting
There are times you need to restart File Explorer because it can freeze and additional problems, including a missing taskbar, volume control, and other issues can occur. Here are three ways to restart File Explorer.
Windows 10 Goes to Sleep Early
e've seen a problem with Windows 10 computers going to sleep too early. In some cases, the computer locks up and has to be rebooted. Here are a few known fixes for your problem.
How to Contact or Get Help From Microsoft Support
Contacting Microsoft Support can be frustrating and challenging, explaining why sites like MajorGeeks exist. There may come a time that you have no choice but to contact Microsoft Support. In this article, we give you all the information you need to contact them.
Windows Forgets Folder View Settings
Windows forgetting folder view settings is a recurring problem that no one can explain, and Microsoft has yet to solve. Odds are it's program related or accidentally pressing a keyboard shortcut at the wrong time. Another possibility that's a well-known problem is a limit on how many folder view settings are allowed by default. Here are some steps you can take to restore your folder view.
Is PornHub Safe?
PornHub is the largest adult website online founded in 2007 out of Canada with offices or servers located in San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, and London. They were purchased in 2010 by MindGeek, who owns quite a few pornographic websites. But, is PornHub safe to use?
How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80092004
Windows Update error 0x80092004 is yet another Windows Update problem that should be easy enough to fix. At the time of this guide, not having Windows Update kb4474419 on Windows 7 and Server 2008 installed was the problem, but there are numerous other possibilities should this error return later.
Windows 10 Start Menu Corrupted - Tile Database Is Corrupt
The Windows Start Menu is something we all use daily, and occasionally problems arise. One particular error is "Windows 10 Start Menu Corrupted - Tile Database Is Corrupt." Here are the steps you can take to repair your Start Menu.
Is YouPorn Safe?
YouPorn was founded in 2006 and was the most popular free pornographic website at the time. Nowadays, YouPorn is a top 200 website and usually ranks as one of the top 10 adult websites gobbling up over 950 terabytes of bandwidth a day. They were purchased in 2011 by MindGeek, who owns quite a few pornographic websites, including the more popular PornHub. But, is YouPorn safe to use?
Is XVideos Safe?
XVideos started around 2007, as many of the other popular adult websites. Xvideos is owned by a Czech company who also owns Bang Bros, Penthouse magazine and all its assets. But, is XVideos safe to use?
How to Manage Windows Defender Antivirus Found Threats
When downloading files, you may see a warning from your web browser and Windows Defender that states Threats found. Windows Defender Antivirus found threats. In this guide, we look at how to allow and manage any threats found with Windows Security and Windows Defender.
The Default Gateway Is Not Available
If, while running the Microsoft Internet Connections troubleshooter, you receive an error that states "The Default Gateway Is Not Available" then try running these steps to resolve the issue.
How to Secure Your Facebook Account
Facebook accounts being hacked, or taken over is a problem more common than it should be. In this guide, we look at how you can secure your account before it's too late.
How to View and Block Recently Updated Windows Drivers
Windows 10 can update your drivers for you, and frankly, they tend to run months behind. In this article, we show you how to see the latest drivers installed by Windows and while we're at it, how to disable Windows driver updates.
How to Run Disk Cleanup Automatically with All Items Checked
While most of us have a personal choice of a favorite drive cleaner, there are times when running the Windows 10 Disk Cleaner can be useful. But, what if I told you that you could run Disk CLeaner from a shortcut with everything already checked?
How to Use the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool & System Diagnostic Report
Microsoft has always provided a Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter, until now. After Windows 10 build 1809, the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter has been removed, but can still be used. Similarly, you can also try the System Diagnostic Report, another easy to use utility that can spot problems with your computer.
How to Disable or Enable Taskbar Thumbnail Cache in Windows 10
As you know, Windows 10 will show you a preview of a running app when you hover over that app in the Taskbar. Windows keeps a cache to speed up this preview. That cache can sometimes become corrupted, so the preview either does not work or shows correctly. Here's how to enable, disable, or clear taskbar thumbnail cache.
Display Driver Failed to Start
Occasionally when running a graphic intensive program, you might receive an error that reads "Display driver failed to start; using Microsoft Basic Display Driver instead. Check Windows Update for a newer display driver." Here are the steps to resolve this error.
How to Uninstall Programs Not Listed in Control Panel
At some time, we all want to remove a program and discover that there's no entry in the Add and Remove Programs or Apps & Features on Windows 10. In this situation, you lack an easy way to uninstall an application. Don't worry; there are a few ways to get around this problem.
There Is Insufficient Disk Space to Complete Operation
"Error Copying File or Folder â€“ There is insufficient disk space to complete operation" is an error that happens typically when copying files or folders and can occur for several reasons. Here are the steps you can try.
How to Reset Your Hosts File to Default
If you're having problems with a modified HOSTS file, possibly from malware or a third-party app has changed it, then here's how to restore your HOSTS file to default.
How to Turn Public Folder Sharing on or Off
Public Folder sharing is turned off by default, but perhaps you now need to share folders on your network, or you shared folders in the past and forgot how to turn it back off. Either way, we have you covered.
How to Delete and Rebuild the Windows 10 Search Index
Windows 10 keeps an index of all your searches so that you can get the fastest search results. If you find that you're getting slow, missing, or incorrect results than it might be time to delete and rebuild your search index.
Windows Could Not Configure One or More System Components
While installing or upgrading Windows 10, you might encounter an error message that states, "Windows could not configure one or more system components." In some cases, the error may state, "To install windows restart the computer with error code 0xc1900101-0x30018." Try these steps to resolve this error.
How to Fix Boot Device Not Found Error
Boot Device Not Found Error often has you staring at a blank screen unaware of how to get Windows to start. Additional information may state, "Please install an operating system on your hard disk" and "F2 Diagnostics." Try the following steps to find the problem.
How to Fix Windows Update Error Code 0x80070002
Another Windows Update error appears as 0x80070002. The message states that "There were some problems installing updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x80070002).
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free in 2021
When Windows 10 was released, upgrading was free for all Windows users. As time progresses, there are fewer ways to upgrade for free. Because Microsoft wants to show Windows 10 was a success, and they want everyone off the expiring Windows 7, there remain a few possibilities to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
20 Hidden Google Games You Can Play Right Now
Google has always had some excellent hidden games, or Google Doodles, built into its search engine if you know where to find them. Here are 20 of our favorite games we think you'll enjoy updated was needed.
How to Dispose of That Old Computer
Recently, we were asked how to dispose of an old computer, laptop, or parts. So, let's look at how you can protect yourself by deleting your hard drive data, then disposing of that old computer safely, legally, and without harming the environment.
How to Exclude an App in Exploit Protection
Exploit Protection is part of Windows Defender that protects against exploits that are designed to infect devices and spread. While Exploit Protection is a good thing, there may come a time you need to whitelist a game. Some gamers have reported lag due to Exploit Protection and a particular game, for example.
How to Enable or Disable Disk Write Caching
Disk Write Caching uses your system memory to cache write commands sent to your storage devices. Write caching allows the program to run faster by not waiting for the slower drive. Most hard and removable drives have write caching on by default, but here's how to enable or disable write caching.
Hid-Compliant Touch Screen Driver Is Missing
In this article, we're looking at a problem where the HID-Compliant Touch Screen Driver is missing and no longer available in Device Manager. Also, you might see numerous devices installed by the same name, known as ghost devices.
How to Restore a Missing F8 Boot Option
We're starting to see people who find that using F8 to access Safe Mode has disappeared. We're not sure if Microsoft is testing the removal, or if it's a mistake. Regardless, if F8 isn't working for you, we can edit the registry to make sure that F8 works. For other issues accessing Safe Mode, see How to Boot into Safe Mode.
How to Fix a DCP Watchdog Violation
A DCP Watchdog Violation is a Windows error that can often be traced back to a few potential problems being as simple as a driver issue to as bad as a failing hard drive. Try these steps to resolve this annoying "Blue Screen of Death."
Enable or Disable the Recycle Bin Delete Confirmation Box
Power users would prefer that some prompts don't exist. One such situation is the Recycle Bin prompt that asks if you're sure you want to delete the files or folders when you want to delete the files in the Recycle Bin. There currently is only one solution to the problem.
Fix: OneDrive Error Code 0x8004def7 (And Other Errors)
Recently we received an error message 0x8004def7 when starting Windows 10. Microsoft claims that this particular error means that we have exceeded our OneDrive storage capacity or our account has been suspended. Because we never logged in, nor have an account, we know that the solution isn't always that simple.
Fix: The RPC Server is Unavailable
The Remote Procedure Call, or RPC, is something you might not have heard of, or even aware was running on your Windows computer. RPC allows client and server software to communicate on a network. Numerous application makes use of RPC, and when there's a problem, you most likely receive the "The RPC Server is Unavailable" error.
How to Add File Hash to the Context Menu
Add File Hash Context Menu allows those who frequently download a right-click Context Menu to verify the HASH values of any file quickly. You can calculate SHA1, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512, MACTripleDES, MD5, and RIPEMD160 hash values.
How to Run, Use, and Reset WordPad in Windows 10
Windows 10 comes with two programs to edit most documents - Notepad and WordPad. Notepad allows you to view and edit text documents, while Wordpad will enable you to open and edit other documents, including RTF, DOCX, ODT, TXT. Her is some information on how to run, use, and reset Microsoft Word.
What Is the $Windows.~BT Folder and Can I Delete It?
The $WINDOWS.~BT is a hidden folder created by a Windows Upgrade, typically done with Windows Updates. Other folders may appear including $GetCurrent, $WINDOWS.~BT, $SysReset. The folders are hidden, and you can check for them by clicking View > Hidden items in File Explorer.
How to Identify the Hardware in Your Computer
At some point, you might need to identify the hardware on your Windows desktop or laptop. You might need to know what graphics or sound card you have, what type of motherboard, and more. There are a few ways you can identify all of your hardware in minutes.
How to Fix Copy and Paste Not Working
The Copy and Paste feature of Windows is very popular. You can right-click to copy and right-click again to paste, or you can use CTRL + C to copy and CTRL + V to paste. But, what can you do if copy and paste aren't working? Try these steps to resolve the problems.
How to Clear Your Clipboard History With Shortcuts
Windows will store anything you last copied into memory, which you can then paste anywhere. If you use the clipboard frequently, you might want to clear your clipboard history as needed. Clearing your history can be especially useful if you copy and paste large files regularly.
How to Update and Find Your Windows Experience Index Score
The Windows Experience Index is a simple, generic way to find out how your computer performs on a scale of 1.0 - 9.9, with 9.9 being the best possible score. WEI is much more useful for finding bottlenecks. A low score in specific categories points out where there's a performance problem. If you're wondering how your computer stacks up, then you'll want to run the Windows Experience Index or WEI.
What Is The WDAGUtilityAccount?
When using the net user command or looking at users in Computer Management on Windows 10, you might notice an account named WDAGUtilityAccount and wondered if your computer was compromised. Here's what you need to know about the WDAGUtilityAccount.
Critical Process Died Error
In this article, we're going to look at possible solutions to the Blue Screen (BSOD) error Critical Process Died. You might also receive an error code 0x000000EF. We're not going to lie, this is one difficult error to troubleshoot but here are the steps we think might help.
How to Disable 'These Files Might Be Harmful to Your Computer'
These files might be harmful to your computer is a popup warning that can appear when doing something as simple as moving files from one drive to another, especially when you've connected a mapped network drive to a local drive. Here's how to stop seeing this warning.
How to Permanently Delete Your Instagram Account
Instagram currently does not provide a way to delete your account in your Instagram app or desktop settings. Instead, you can disable your account temporarily once a week. If you're sure you want to delete your Instagram account, here's what you need to do.
What Is the $Windows.~WS Folder and Can I Delete It?
The $WINDOWS.~WS is a hidden folder created by a Windows Upgrade, typically done with Windows Updates. Other folders may appear, including $GetCurrent, $WINDOWS.~BT, and $SysReset. The folders are hidden, and you can check for them by clicking View > Hidden items in File Explorer.
How to Disable Screen Savers on Windows 10
Screen savers were created primarily to prevent burn-in on CRT monitors. Today, they serve no purpose except for the personal enjoyment factor. If you'd like to disable screen savers on your computer, we can edit the registry or download registry files.
How to Delete or Restore Windows Power Plans
Windows offers four preset power plans to simplify your needs; Power Saver, Balanced, High Performance, or Ultimate Performance. Truth be told, you can manually edit almost any power plan to your liking, but if you prefer to use a default power plan that's missing, here's how to make sure all available power plans are available to you.
How to Change Your Vehicle on Amazon
Amazon has a Garage feature allowing you to enter what type of vehicle you own to be sure any parts you are shopping for are compatible with your vehicle. If you change or add vehicles, you also need to update your Garage. Here's how.
How to Change Windows Defender Max CPU Usage
Windows Defender has come a long way, now becoming the default antivirus program for most geeks. That doesn't mean you can't make some tweaks, however. One tweak we love to apply is limiting the maximum amount of CPU used during scans.
Should You Try and Fix Your Own Computer?
We've been able to help people with their computer problems since 2001 with downloads that help you diagnose issues, how-tos, and even a support forum. If you've ever considered trying to fix your own computer, here's our advice.
How to Create a Shortcut to Windows File History
If you didn't know, File History can copy and restore personal files, exclude folders, and even save copies of files on a schedule. Finally, you can add or discover network drives for their file history. In this guide, we show you how to create a shortcut to File History.
How to Delete Autofill Entries from Google Chrome
Autofill in Google Chrome can automatically fill forms by remembering what usernames, passwords, addresses, and other information was used to fill forms. Over time, you can accumulate thousands of these, and deleting them might be great for security or even speed up Chrome a little.
How to Edit or Change Your Phone Number in Google Chrome
Recently, someone asked us how to change your phone number in Google Chrome. While managing your addresses and payment info is more straightforward, changing your phone number requires you to log into your Google account or Gmail.
How to Add, Edit or Change OEM Information in Windows 10
If you look in your computers About section in Settings, you might see your manufacturer details, including the manufacturer's name, website, logo, and more. If you clean installed Windows, you can still add anything you like. In this guide, we show you how to change, remove, or add these details.
How to Block Political Posts on Twitter
Like all social media platforms, Twitter can have plenty of political posts. If you're anything like us, we don't have an interest in seeing these. You can also block any Tweet by muting words. Here's how.
How to Change Windows Defender Scheduled Scan Type
Windows Defender has come a long way to replace expensive, shareware, or even or PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) ridden antivirus programs, but like any other app, it's not perfect. For example, look at how much effort is required to install Avast without the bloat.
How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows
Every network card, whether wireless or wired, has a unique 12-digit MAC (Media Access Control). MAC addresses are linked to the hardware of a network adapter, and IP addresses are associated with software known as TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol or Internet Protocol).
How to Update Your Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Drivers
The Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software are the latest drivers for most Intel wireless cards, including Centrino, Dual Band, Tri-Band, and more. These drivers don't have an installer, but they are easy to install by following this guide and video.
Windows Could Not Start the Diagnostic Policy Service
Diagnostic Policy Service enables diagnostics, troubleshooting, and repairs for problems found in Windows 10. Should receive the error "Windows could not start the Diagnostic Policy Service," then you might not be aware of or be able to resolve any problems that arise.
Windows 10 Doesn't Connect to Wi-Fi on Startup
Once you've made a Wi-Fi connection with your Desktop or Laptop, you expect that the connection will be made every time Windows starts, and it should. If not, here are some troubleshooting steps you can take to resolve the problem.
How to Disable the Run Dialog in Windows 10
Windows had had the run dialog for many years, did you know that Windows 10 allows you to disable the Run dialog if you have a reason to stop people from using it? Here's how.
Application Stays Minimized in the Taskbar
We've seen a problem where some applications will automatically minimize to the Taskbar, and clicking the icon in the taskbar does not maximize the window as expected. Here are some steps to try to resolve the problem.
Bad Module Info Has Stopped Working
Bad_Module_Info has stopped working is an error that can appear when launching or playing games, often due to low resources. The error is known to appear in many games, including the popular Fortnite, Minecraft, PUBG, and Counter-Strike.
How to Turn Facebook Top Fan Badges on or off
Facebook Top Fan Badges allow you to stand out and be recognized as a top fan of a page you like and frequently interact with. In this article, we show you how to turn on, or off, Facebook Top Fan Badges.
How to Stop File Explorer From Showing External Drives Twice
A frustrating bug happens when you plug in an external drive, and the drive appears twice in File Explorer. A reader recently asked us about fixing this problem, and here are the steps you can take to stop seeing your external drives twice.
How to Fix 'Oculus Rift Continue Setup in VR' Black Screen
Recently, after setting up a Rift S and playing for an hour, we came back to an error that states, "Continue Setup in VR," followed by "Move to the center of your play area. Put on your headset and follow the instructions you see in VR." The problem is that the Rift was a black screen, and we couldn't continue setup.
Windows Cannot Find C:\Windows\regedit.exe
If you receive and error on Windows startup or when trying to run the Registry Editor that says Windows cannot find C:/Windows/regedit.exe, here are the steps you can take to resolve this error.
How to Enable Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home is missing a couple of essential features, including Group Policy Editor and Windows Sandbox, which allows you to run programs isolated safely. In this guide, we have a workaround that will enable you to run Windows Sandbox in Windows 10 Home Editon.
Microsoft Store Install Button Grayed Out
If you visit the Microsoft Store to download apps or games but find the install button us grayed out and you can't click on it, here are the steps you can try, gathered from the Microsoft Community.
How to install Disney+ As a Windows App
At the time of this article, Disney+ is currently not available as a Windows 10 app. While it is available in various places, including Xbox, there is a way to install Disney+ as a Windows app.
How to Add 'Allow Sleep with Remote Opens' Power Setting
"Allow Sleep with Remote Opens" is a hidden power setting in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10. Those using computers on a network will find this hidden setting useful because it prevents the networked computer from automatically entering sleep mode whenever remote network files are open.
Windows Device Performance & Health Explained
Windows Defender is part of Windows Security to help manage your computer and security. You can find anything from scanning your computer to resetting your PC. One such section is called Device Performance & Health.
How to Identify Your Intel Processor and Generation
If you're shopping for a new computer, you might be surprised to find out that the latest computers might have the same processor you've had for years. Back in 2008, Intel introduced "Generations," meaning your chipset model name (i3, i5, i7) remained the same, while the Generation is updated almost yearly. Here's how that works and how to identify your Intel chipset.
How to Enable or Disable Mouse Pointer Trails
Windows offers many options to make your mouse work just the way you want. Some of the many options include speed, swapping buttons, changing pointers, adjusting how the wheel scrolls, and more. Today we're going to enable mouse pointer trails, which makes it easier to follow your mouse cursor.
Windows Update Is Missing in Windows 10 Settings
Some people have reported that Windows 10 is missing the Windows Updates option after updating Windows 10. Another possible symptom is that Windows Defender is listed at the top of Update & Security in Settings.
Windows 10 Home Versus Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 comes in two primary versions - Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. One would correctly assume that Home is for home users, and Pro is for business. But what are the real differences? Here are all the features available and what Windows 10 Pro has that Windows 10 Home lacks.
How to Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 10 & 11
Beginning with Windows 10 build 15019, Game Mode is now available. With Game Mode on, Windows Update won't update your drivers or send restart notifications. Also, all supported games can achieve better and more stable framerates.
How to Remove Options From the CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen
CTRL+ALT+DEL opens a screen that allows you to log off, open Task Manager, and more. System administrators might be glad to know that we can remove some of the available options when a user presses CTRL+ALT+DEL.
How to Customize Your Desktop Icons
If there's one thing we know, everyone likes their computer set up a certain way. One example is the Desktop and how one arranges their icons or shortcuts. Windows has allowed numerous ways to display your Desktop icons for as long as we can remember. Here's how.
How to Disable or Enable SysMain (Superfetch)
Superfetch or SysMain, as it's now called, is a Windows service that can speed up boot time, load programs faster. If you need to disable Superfetch or SysMain, here are your available options.
How to Backup and Restore the Start Menu in Windows 10
The Windows 10 Start Menu has numerous options to suit everyone's needs, including folders, Tiles, Groups, sizes, removed items, and much more. If you've spent a lot of time getting your Start Menu just right, here's an undocumented method to back up your Start Menu.
How to Add 'Open With Notepad' Context Menu
Add Open With Notepad Context Menu gives you the option of opening any file type with Microsoft Notepad in the Context Menu by right-clicking on any file and then clicking on Open With Notepad. Anyone who has used Notepad is familiar with the minor frustration of needing to select All Files to open any file that isn't a text file in Notepad. This simple Registry hack allows you to open any file type in Notepad by simply right-clicking on it. You can edit the registry yourself or download the registry files - https://www.majorgeeks.com/files...
How to Disable Tips, Tricks, and Suggestions
Windows 10 can display advertising on your Desktop, usually as notifications in your Taskbar. They often appear as "Toast" notifications suggesting you try Microsoft Edge, for example. Here's how to disable them.
How to Disable the Windows 10 Welcome Experience Page
When you create a new account, or at random intervals, Windows 10 Welcome page may make suggestions. On the first run, Microsoft might suggest you login to your account, try Office 365, setup Microsoft Edge, and more. Here's how to disable the Welcome Experience.
How to Disable Clipboard History in Windows 10
Windows 10 includes a clipboard history feature that can store your clipboard history, which you can see at any time using the Windows Key + V. Also, you can sync your clipboard history across devices. Here's how to disable this feature.
How to Mirror Your iPhone or iPad to Your PC
There are many Android, iPhone, and iPad users out there, and many of us also use a PC. Recently, we found the need to mirror a workout app to our screen so we could see it better. Here's what we found.
How to Add or Remove the OneDrive Shortcut in File Explorer
Windows 10 features OneDrive to back up your files to the cloud. OneDrive comes with 5GB free, and plans are available starting at 10GB for $1.99 month. If you don't use OneDrive, you might find the shortcut ion File Explorer annoying. In this tutorial, we show you how to remove the OneDrive icon from File Explorer and, of course, how to uninstall OneDrive.
How to View Full Details of Any User Accounts in Windows
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to see all the details of a user account, including (alphabetically) AccountType, Description, Disabled, Domain, FullName, InstallDate, Lockout, LocalAccount, Name, PasswordChangeable, PasswordExpires, PasswordRequired, SID, SIDType, and Status.
How to Stay Safe With Windows 7 After End of Support
Windows 7 end of life (or end of support) arrives on January 14, 2020. In this article, we cover a wide range of topics, including what to expect, how to protect yourself, and what options you have going forward.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday Explained
Most of us know about Windows Updates, but you might have heard the term "Patch Tuesday" and wondered what Patch Tuesday is all about.
Allow or Deny Website Notifications in Google Chrome
Most websites, MajorGeeks included, offer to show notifications. Often these notifications will occasionally popup a deal or an article of interest. In this tutorial, we show you how to change your choice later in Google Chrome.
How to Edit Your HOSTS File to Block Websites in Windows 10
When you go to a website, you type in a website name, which is automatically resolved to the site's IP address and loaded. After all, remembering a long series of numbers and periods is a lot harder than remembering Google.com. Knowing this, you can block access to any website by modifying your HOSTS file.
How to Upgrade From Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 for Free
Windows 7 to Windows 10 Silent Upgrade PowerShell Script is a free PowerShell script that should allow anyone to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free silently. In this guide, plus video, we walk you through the steps and what to expect with known problems.
How to Reset and Repair Windows Spotlight in Windows 10
If Windows Spotlight is causing you problems, including showing the same image or not working at all, here's an easy fix. For those who aren't aware, Windows Spotlight can display different images every day and offer suggestions from the lock menu.
How to Import or Export a Power Plan in Windows 10
Windows 10 has a few power plans available, including Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. In addition, there are numerous settings available specific to hard drives, web browsers, desktop backgrounds, Wi-Fi, Sleep, and many more. If you've spent some time customizing the perfect power plan, you might want to back your Power Plan. Here's how.
How to Disable or Enable Hibernate in Windows
Hibernate is when Windows 10 saves an image of the Windows kernel and drivers into memory (C:\hiberfil.sys) when your computer sleeps and then loads that hiberfile to resume rather than restart your computer. In this tutorial, we show you how to enable or disable hibernate.
How to Uninstall Microsoft People in Windows 10
Microsoft People is a contact management app and address book included in Microsoft's Windows 8 and 10 that allows you to organize and link contacts from different email accounts. However, you can't uninstall People from Apps & Features.
How to Change the Taskbar Location in Windows
The Windows Taskbar is at the bottom, and the full width, of your screen. It's where you find Start, open apps, and shortcuts to Windows Security, volume, internet, and more. While you're used to it being at the bottom, in this tutorial, we show you how to move the Taskbar any side of your screen.
How to Use the Graphing Calculator in Windows 10
A graphing calculator is capable of plotting graphs, solving simultaneous equations, and performing other tasks with variables. Most of us currently use a third-party app or online graphing calculator, but Microsoft is adding a graphing calculator to the Windows 10 Calculator for free.
How to See if Power Throttling is Enabled in Windows 10
Power Throttling is designed to reduce CPU power consumption on battery-powered devices and extend battery life. Power Throttling should be on by default on laptops, but if you suspect Power Throttling is disabled, here's how to check.
8 Ways to Open Task Manager in Windows 10 & 11
The Task Manager in Windows is one application geeks turn to regularly. Task Manager serves as a monitoring tool, and you can manage processes, services, startup, and more. Here are the many ways you can access the Task Manager.
Enable or Disable Enhanced Mode for Windows Search
Windows 10 has added many settings to manage Windows Search. By default, Classic mode is on by default, which only searches your libraries and Desktop. The Enhanced mode can search your entire PC. In this tutorial, we help you choose between the two and customize Windows 10 Search.
Microsoft Defender Threat Service Has Stopped - 2020
In this tutorial, we look at issues with Windows Defender having a yellow exclamation point, red X, and or Windows Defender Security Center says, "Threat Service Has Stopped" or "Virus protection is turned off."
How to View and Delete Your Off-Facebook Activity
It's no secret that Facebook has a lot of built-in tracking, and many of us try to avoid that as much as possible. Facebook has now added an option called Off-Facebook Activity to view or delete the information you've shared with Facebook, including websites and apps.
How to Turn the Game Bar on or off in Windows 10
Most Windows 10 users have a feeling one way or another about the Xbox Game Bar. But, what if you use it occasionally? In this tutorial, we show you how to turn the Xbox Game Bar on or off as needed.
Restore File Explorer Classic Search in Windows 10
For some time now, Microsoft has changed the Live Search in File Explorer frustrating many users and costing us hours of productivity. On their first attempt to fix the problem, they pulled a Microsoft and screwed the pooch. We now have a fix for the problem.
How to Find the Serial Number of Your Windows PC
Most computers have a unique Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) serial number that can help the manufacturer identify your Windows computer if you need support. In this tutorial, we show you how to receive your serial number.
How to View and Clear Your Reliability History in Windows 10
Reliability history is a system stability overview that tracks events that impact the reliability of your computer. It provides a System Stability Index with a rating of 1 (stable) to 10 (least stable). In this tutorial, we show you how to open the Reliability History and check your System Stability Index score.
Fix: Windows 10 Search is Down
Microsoft continues to break search, this time breaking Windows Search while we wait for them to fix File Explorer Search. Here's a quick fix to get your Search back online.
How to Add or Remove Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows
The Quick Launch toolbar is a convenient way to add shortcuts to your Taskbar, where you can drag and drop almost anything you need to access quickly. Also, you can have the options to show your Desktop and switch between programs.
How to Reset Folder View Settings in Windows 10
File Explorer has numerous options to change the view to suit your preferences. If you've found that your File Explorer view has changed so much that it's easier to start fresh, then we can reset File Explorer to the default view.
How to Reset the Screenshot Index Counter With a Batch File or Context Menu
Anyone who takes a lot of screenshots knows that those images are saved with incremental numbers, similar to how a digital camera stores photos. In this tutorial, we show you how to clear out the screenshot index counter with a batch file or even add the option to your context menu for quick access.
How to Add or Remove 'Cast to Device' Context Menu in Windows 10
Cast to Device is a feature of Windows 10 (formerly called Play to Device) that allows you to stream content from your computer to your television, Xbox, or any Miracast or DLNA supported device. If you don't use Cast to Device, then removing the Context Menu item can help clean things up.
How to Fix Printer Error 0x000007d1
Error 0x000007d1 is a printer error that often appears after a Windows Update. The full error message might read, "Operation could not be completed (error 0x000007d1), The specified driver is invalid." In this tutorial, we show you the possible solutions.
How to Clear Your Location History in Windows 10
If you use Windows location services, you might want to clear your location history occasionally, especially if you've moved. Luckily, clearing your location history is easy to do. Here's how.
4 Ways to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection
Windows Security and Windows Defender protect your computer in real-time from viruses, ransomware, and more. There are times that you need to disable Defender, usually, because of a blocked file or website you know is safe. In this tutorial, we give you a few options to temporarily disable Windows Defender real-time protection.
How to Add or Remove 'Maximum processor frequency' in Windows 10 & 11
Maximum processor frequency specifies the operating frequency of your CPU's core. Maximum processor frequency is hidden and set to 0 by default, which means your processor runs as fast as allowed. Advanced users can slow down the processor if your computer is running hot or consuming too much power.
How to Find all Group Policy Editor Changes
Group Policy Editor is one way to make Windows changes that aren't ordinarily available in Windows Settings. It's available for Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users, but Windows 10 Home users can also enable it using this trick. In this tutorial, we show you how to find all the changes you made in the Group Policy Editor.
How to Create a Task View Shortcut in Windows 10
The Task View in Windows 10 shows all open windows so you can jump to any open application, document, file, or whatever. In this tutorial, we will create a shortcut plus discuss other ways to open Task View.
How to Change Automatic Maintenance Settings in Windows 10
Automatic Maintenance runs scheduled maintenance daily when your computer is not in use. These tasks include updates, security scans, and system diagnostics. In this tutorial, we can change the scheduled time and decide if Automatic Maintenance can wake your computer.
How to Add File Attributes Context Menu in Windows 10
File attributes are metadata associated with computer files that define file system behavior with two options; set and cleared. Attributes are different than other metadata, such as dates and times, filename extensions, or file system permissions. In this tutorial, we will add the Attribute option to the Context Menu.
How to Manage Virtual Memory (Pagefile) in Windows 10
The Pagefile in Windows 10 is a hidden file (pagefile.sys) found in the root fo your C drive. The Pagefile is data on your drive that works like virtual memory, reducing the workload of your physical memory or RAM (Random Access Memory). In this tutorial, we discuss how to change your virtual memory settings.
How to Check Driver Model WDDM Version in Windows
WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) is a display driver architecture introduced with Windows Vista that improves graphics performance over the previous architecture by more fully utilizing a computer's GPU to render system graphics. In this tutorial, we check your WDDM version to see if it's correct.
How to Show or Hide the Windows Ink Workspace Button
Windows Ink puts the power of Windows 10 at the tip of your pen. Windows Ink enables you to write on your device as you do on paper. In this tutorial, we show you how to show or hide Windows Ink Workspace on your Taskbar.
How to Back Up Google Drive
Google Drive is a popular cloud-based backup program that allows you to backup and store up to 15GB for free. In this tutorial, we show you how to download your Google Drive files for backup purposes.
5 Ways to Open Administrative Tools in Windows 10
Windows 10 Administrative tools contain many useful tools for advanced users and system administrators. There are some tools that anyone will appreciate, including Disk Cleanup, Services, System Information, Defragment, and Memory Diagnostics. Here are five ways you can open Administrative Tools.
How to Disable the Task Manager in Windows 10
The Task Manager in Windows 10 is a useful function to monitor and manage Processes, Services, Startup, Performance, Users, and App History. Some organizations (schools, businesses) may want to disable Task Manager to keep prying eyes out. Here's how.
How to Rename Your PC in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 computers all have names to identify and communicate on a network. In this tutorial, we discuss how to rename your computer and what is allowed or not.
How to Add or Remove 'Devices and Printers' to This PC in Windows 10
Device and Printers is a collection of links to your devices, including your hardware, printers, and networking devices. Right-click on any item to see settings, create a shortcut, remove devices, troubleshoot, properties, and more. In this tutorial, we're going to add Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer.
How to Stop Automatic Driver Updates That OEM's Can Now Push Through Windows
If you haven't heard, as of February 26, 2020, OEM's (Original Equipment Manufacturers) can now push their drivers onto your computer through Windows Updates, and the new setting is on by default. Companies include NVIDIA and AMD. Here's what you need to know and whether or not you should disable this feature.
How to Open and Use a Cab File in Windows
A CAB, or Cabinet file, is a compressed file most often seen with Windows Updates (although they tend to use MSU more often now). Other times, people have downloaded files, like Realtek drivers, and aren't sure how to use them. Here's all you need to know.
How to Get Full Details About a Windows 10 Installation ISO
The most common way to install Windows 10 now is by using an ISO file. The ISO format is used almost exclusively to compress large files. In this guide, we look at how to get all the details of Windows 10 installation ISO, including edition, size, build, language, version, and more.
How to Make Multiple Taskbar Buttons Automatically Switch to the Last Active Window
As you already know, all apps with multiple Windows open are found in a single button on the Taskbar. You can line your mouse over, then click on the window you want to open, or press CTRL and click and scroll through the Windows. With a simple registry change, we can make it, so you only need to click to open the last active window simply by clicking the Taskbar icon.
How to View and Remove All Windows 10 Themes
Microsoft has made installing Themes for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 easier than ever by using themepacks. In this tutorial, we show you how to view and remove all of your installed themepacks.
How to Add Install Cab File to the Context Menu
A CAB, or Cabinet file, is a compressed file most often seen with Windows Updates (although they tend to use MSU more often now). Other times, people have downloaded files, like Realtek drivers. In this tutorial, we can add a Context Menu (right-click) to install a cab file.
How to Turn On or Off Password Protected Sharing
With Password Protected Sharing turned on, anyone with a local user account and password can access Public folders, shared files, and printers. With Password Protected Sharing turned off, you can share files with any users without an account and password. Here's how to turn Password Protected Sharing on or off.
How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows
Sticky Notes is a preinstalled app included in Windows that allows you to keep notes. Windows will keep your notes stored in the cloud, so backing up is never a concern, assuming you want to login. If you prefer not to log in, we can still backup and restore your Sticky Notes.
How to Enable or Disable Always Prompt for Password Upon Remote Desktop Connection
The Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe, RDC, Microsoft Remote Desktop) allows you to connect and control your computer from another device. One small problem is that a user can save their credentials and automatically connect. In this tutorial, we can change the default setting, so the client must enter a password every time they connect.
How to Add Unblock File Context Menu
Windows Attachment Manager categorizes files into categories; High Rish, Moderate Risk, and Low Risk. After that, Windows SmartScreen warns you before opening a questionable file. We can simplify this process by adding a Context Menu item that allows you to right-click and unblock a folder and or the folder's contents.
How to Add Any Printer to the Send to Context Menu
In this tutorial, we're going to add any printers you like to the Context Menu Send to option to make printing easier. If you use the Context Menu frequently to print or have multiple printers, this can be a real time saver.
11 Ways to Open Device Manager
Device Manager allows you to see all of your Windows hardware and properties. You can get details, view, update and roll back drivers, details, events, resources, and more. Here are all the ways to open Device Manager.
5 Ways to Activate Windows 10
Microsoft has listened to user feedback and made the process of activating Windows as easy as possible. You can even use Windows 10 without activating, but you won't be able to personalize Windows 10. In this tutorial, we simplify the five ways you can activate Windows 10.
How to Disable App Launch Tracking in Windows 10
App Launch Tracking is a Windows 10 feature that can show you a list of most used apps in the Start Menu. Today, we're going to remove that option from your Start Menu. You can have a cleaner and faster Start Menu if you don't like or need this feature.
How to Fix a Corrupted Recycle Bin in Windows
While the recycle Bin rarely causes problems, we've seen times where it can become corrupted. Symptoms include not being able to empty or delete an item from the recycle bin. Here are the steps to fix the problem.
How to Open the Windows 10 Win+X Quick Link Menu
While we're all used to using the Windows 10 Start Menu, the Windows Key + X combination can be a real timesaver with shortcuts to many Windows settings, apps, and more. Here are the ways you can use the Win+X menu.
How to Turn Off Shortcut Name Extensions in Windows
Anytime you create a shortcut, you have to look at - Shortcut added the extension. In this tutorial, we're going to make sure that any shortcuts you create in the future no longer have the Shortcut extension.
How to Use Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter
The Windows Store is one of those things that most of us don't use, but sometimes you have no choice. There is a list of known problems with the Store (see similar links below) that can prove frustrating. One of the easier ways is to use the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter.
How to Move Libraries Above or Below This PC in File Explorer
If you use the Libraries links (Documents, Music, Videos, Pictures) in File Explorer frequently, you've noticed that it's at the bottom and with This PC and Quick Access expanded, often out of sight. With a simple registry tweak, you can move Libraries above This PC for easy access.
6 Ways to Empty the Recycle Bin in Windows 10
The Recycle Bin is a nice feature that saves deleted files so they can easily be restored. While we all empty the Recycle Bin regularly, there are many ways to empty it that should suit your needs.
How to Check PowerShell Version in Windows
PowerShell is a cross-platform automation and configuration tool/framework that works well with your existing tools and is optimized for dealing with structured data, REST APIs, and object models. You might want to know what version you currently have.
How to Disable Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10
Automatic Maintenance in Windows 10 automatically runs maintenance on a daily schedule at a time you pick, or when the computer is not being used, usually at night. Maintenance can include Windows Updates, security scans, diagnostics, and software updates. In this tutorial, we show you how to disable or enable Automatic Maintenance.
5GHz Wi-Fi Not Showing up in Windows
Wireless adapters can run in 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz, which also is referred to as bands in Windows. If you're experiencing problems with your 5GHz Wi-Fi not appearing in Windows, here are the steps you can try, including verifying that 5GHz is supported.
Shift Key Enables or Disables Caps Lock
The Caps Lock key can be annoying to many, but we've also seen a problem where the Shift key turns on the Cap Lock key. Whether you are having that problem or want to use the Shift key as the Caps lock key, here's how.
How to Pin Xbox Game Bar Widgets in Windows 10
The Xbox Game Bar offers widgets that overlay other Windows. The Performance Widget is one that most gamers will appreciate because you can track processor (CPU), graphics (GPU), and memory (RAM) load at all times.
How to Add, Remove, or Rearrange Quick Actions in Windows 10
Windows 10 has an Action Center found in the lower-right corner of your screen. The Action Center features Quick Actions, including location, Bluetooth, night light, airplane mode, VPN, and more. In this tutorial, we show you how to add, remove, and rearrange the Quick Action to suit your taste.
Here Are All the Rundll32 Commands for Windows 10
Windows Rundll32.exe loads and runs 32-bit dynamic link libraries or DLLs. You can launch most Windows Settings or create shortcuts if you know the Windows Rundll32.exe commands, and here they all are.
How to Add System File Checker (sfc scannow) Context Menu in Windows
Microsoft System File Checker is a useful, built-in utility that can scan for and restore corrupted files in Windows. It is often used and recommended by techs and advanced users, however, it's relatively simple to use. You can also add System File Checker to your Context Menu in Windows 7, 8, and 10.
Coronavirus or COVID-19 Scams to Avoid
Scammers can make good money at their trickery, and while many of us are in isolation, laid off, or working from home, the scammers are also not willing to take a pay cut.
How to Turn Off Monitor Only on Demand
Most of us rely on Power Options to decide when our monitor turns off. In this tutorial, we give you the option of only turning off your monitor as needed on demand.
How to Change Recycle Bin Storage Size in Windows 10
The Recycle Bin holds onto files you've deleted until you're sure you want them permanently deleted. In some cases, you may need more or less space reserved for the Recycle Bin. Modifying the storage size is simple to do.
Windows Defender Fails to Scan or Skips Some Files
A recent bug has appeared in Windows Defender in Windows 10 that can cause some virus scans to fail and or show a message that tells you that some unspecified items were skipped during the scan." Here's the fix.
How to Enable or Disable Network Scanning in Windows Defender
Windows Defender has been known to show a bug that returns the error "items skipped during the scan." In this tutorial, we show you how to enable, or disable network scanning, if you're having that problem or you just want to enable or disable network scanning.
How to Enable Local Security Policy (secpol.msc) in Windows 10 Home
The Local Security Policy (secpol.msc) in Windows 10 contains information about the security of a local computer. If you're trying to access Local Security Policy in Windows 10 Home, you will receive an error that that says Windows 10 can't find secpol.msc. In this tutorial, we show you how to enable the Local Security Policy in Windows 10 Home.
How to Add or Remove 'New' Context Menu in Windows 10
When you right-click on your Desktop or in File Explorer, you have the option to create new folders, compressed folders, shortcuts, images, and documents. In this tutorial, we show you how to remove the New Context Menu option.
Coronavirus Time Killer - Back Up Your Computer
With many people self-quarantining or out of work, they have resorted to desperate measures - cleaning or painting their house, cooking dinner, and *GASP* checking off all those little projects on their honey-do list. With so many people returning to their laptops and desktops, now would be a good time to back up your valuable data.
How to Disinfect Your Smartphone and Case
Do you clean or disinfect your smartphone regulatory? While many of us rarely consider disinfecting our smartphones, the Coronavirus has drawn attention to the need to clean your smartphone regularly.
How to Easily Boot Into Windows Troubleshooting Menu
Windows 10 offers a troubleshooting menu that allows you to access Reset this PC, Startup Repair, Startup Settings, Command Prompt, Uninstall Updates, UEFI Firmware Settings, and System Restore. Here's a quick way to access troubleshooting.
How to Enable or Disable Adaptive Brightness in Windows 10
Most laptops and tablets may utilize ambient light sensors to detect surrounding levels of light. The Adaptive Brightness feature in Windows can detect changes in ambient light and automatically adjust the display brightness as needed to match surrounding lighting conditions. Sometimes, this makes your display dark, and you might want to enable or disable Adaptive Brightness.
How to Add VBScript Script File to New Context Menu in Windows 10
A VBScript (Visual Basic Script or VBS) is a text file written in the VBScript scripting language. VBScripts are most frequently executed (double-clicked) within Windows via the Windows-based script host (Wscript.exe). Anyone who spends a lot of time coding in Visual Basic Script will appreciate the ability to create a new VBScript Script File from the Context Menu.
How to Run an App as Administrator in Windows 10
Some applications require that you run them as an administrator, sometimes referred to as elevated. In this tutorial, we show you all the different ways you can run a program as an Administrator.
What Does OEM Mean in Computers?
You may have heard the term OEM discussed when discussing computer brands or manufacturers. In this tutorial, we explain what a computer OEM means to you.
What to Do When Your Norton or McAfee Antivirus Expire
Most computers come bundled with an antivirus program to protect you. Often, these are trials lasting up to one year, and McAfee and Norton are often the ones bundled on OEM computers. In this tutorial, we explain the insanity and give our advice on what you should do.
How to Automatically Lock Computer in Windows 10
In Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, you have the option to define the amount of time before your computer is locked. Locking your computer is a good option if you don't want to log out or shut down.
How to Add or Remove Sleep in Windows 10 Power Menu
When you press the Start Menu, Win+X, or Ctrl+Alt+Delete, you have different options, including Shut down, Restart, Sleep, Lock, and Hibernate. In this tutorial, we show you how to remove Sleep from the Windows 10 Power Menu.
How to Add or Remove Hibernate in Windows 10 Power Menu
When you press the Start Menu, Win+X, or Ctrl+Alt+Delete, you have different options, including Shut down, Restart, Sleep, Lock, and Hibernate. In this tutorial, we show you how to remove Hibernate from the Windows 10 Power Menu.
How to Change Text Size for Title Bars in Windows 10
Changing the text size of title bars is an excellent option for those who have vision problems or just want to change things up. In this tutorial, we show you how to change your Title Bar text size in default or bold fonts.
How to Add Color and Appearance to Control Panel in Windows
Windows 10 Settings allows for many ways to change the colors used in the Taskbar, Window Borders, and the Start Menu. If you find yourself using the Control Panel instead of Settings, you can add the Color and Appearance category for more options. Windows 7 and 8 users can also add the Color and Appearance section.
How to Add or Remove PIN in Windows 10
Windows 10 can use a Face, Fingerprint, Pin, Security Key, Picture Password, or a Microsoft Account to log into Windows 10. Here's how to add or remove "Sign in with a PIN."
How to Add Registry Editor to Control Panel in Windows
Windows 10 now uses Settings, but many people still prefer the Classic Control Panel. Old habits die hard, and that's OK. In this tutorial, we show you how to add the Registry Editor (Regedit) to the classic Control Panel in Windows 10, 8, and 7.
How to Add System Configuration (Msconfig) to Control Panel
Windows 10 now uses Settings, but many people still prefer the Classic Control Panel. Old habits die hard, and that's OK. In this tutorial, we show you how to add the System Configuration (Msconfig) to the classic Control Panel in Windows 10, 8, and 7.
How to Enable or Disable IPv6 in Windows
The Internet Protocol version 6, or IPv6, is the latest set of protocols for the network layer of the internet with better security, auto-configuration, and more compared with IPv4. While IPv6 is on by default, you might need to disable it occasionally.
How to Change Default Sound Output Device in Windows 10
The default audio playback device is the device that Windows uses to play sound. If you have numerous devices, including headphones, virtual reality, and more, you might need to select the device that is playing audio manually.
How to Add Disk Management to Control Panel in Windows
Windows 10 now uses Settings, but many people still prefer the Classic Control Panel. Old habits die hard, and that's OK. In this tutorial, we show you how to add Add Disk Management to the classic Control Panel in Windows 10, 8, and 7.
How to Add Services to Control Panel in Windows
Windows 10 now uses Settings, but many people still prefer the Classic Control Panel. Old habits die hard, and that's OK. In this tutorial, we show you how to add Add Services to the classic Control Panel in Windows 10, 8, and 7.
Chinese Robocalls Explained
Have you received robocalls and voicemails with a female speaking in Mandarin Chinese? Here's the reason for those phone calls.
Quick Format and Full Format Explained
Whenever you right-click on a drive, you will see the Format option in the Context Menu. Windows defaults to a Quick Format, which can be unchecked, allowing for a Full Format. Which method is best for you, and what are the differences?
Windows Update Error Code 0x80070005
Windows Update Error Code 0x80070005 is a failed attempt at updating Windows 10. The error means Access Denied and is often a permissions problem that can be quickly resolved.
How to Prevent Google Chrome From Storing Your Browser History
Google Chrome stores your browsing history of websites you visit. The goal is for syncing Google apps, faster searching, recommendations, and more. While there are some limitations, here are two ways you can prevent Google Chrome from storing your browsing history.
What Are Windows DCH Drivers?
Starting in late 2018, you might have seen the option to download standard or DCH drivers, especially with NVIDIA. In this tutorial, we explain what a DCH driver is and which driver you should use.
How to Use Emojis in Windows 10
Emojis are here to stay, and why not? They're a fun way to get across a point or feelings. Windows 10 has Emojis built into the operating system. Here's how to get started with Emojis in Windows 10.
How to Create a Battery Saver Shortcut in Windows 10
Windows 10 has a feature called Battery Saver that limits background activity and adjusts hardware settings to maximize battery time. Battery Saver is on by default, but you can modify or even disable Battery Saver in settings.
How to Restore or Verify Default Services in Windows 7, 8, and 10
If you suspect a problem with one of your Services in Windows 7 or 10, here is a list of all Services, including their Service Display Name, Service Name, Status, and Startup Type, to confirm that the Service in question is running correctly. Also, we've created registry files to restore any Windows 7 and 10 Services to their default state.
How to Enable or Disable Ransomware Protection in Windows 10
Windows Defender features Controlled folder access, which can protect files, folders, and memory areas on your computer from unauthorized changes by malicious apps and threats. In this tutorial, we show you how to enable or disable Controlled Folder Access, including adding a Context Menu item.
How to Add a New Person to Google Chrome
Google Chrome features the ability to have multiple users or profiles. Whether you have multiple Google Chrome users or want to separate your work profile from a personal profile, having separate profiles is a good idea and easy to do.
How to Disable or Enable Timeline in Windows 10
Timeline is a feature that was added to Windows 10 in version 1803. Timeline keeps track of what you're doing, including your browsers, folders, apps, activities, and more. You can stop and resume seamlessly at any time from any device and even sync your activities to the cloud. You can disable or enable Timeline at any time.
How to Reset Microsoft Paint Default Position and Size in Windows 10
Microsoft Paint is a simple graphics editor included with Windows 10. When you close Paint, it will remember the position, size, and a white background. Using our registry file or deleting a few registry keys can rest Windows Paint to the default position, size, and color.
How to Use the Windows 10 Network Packet Sniffer
One of the things we love about Windows is discovering and using hidden tools that are just waiting for advanced users to find. For example, when Microsoft released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, they slipped in a network packet sniffer that any networking geek will appreciate. Here's how to use it.
How to Add Default Apps as a Desktop Shortcut or Context Menu
Whenever you double-click on a file in File Explorer, Windows 10 will automatically open the default app for that file type. For example, when you click on an MP3, Windows will open Windows Media Player by default. You can change the default apps by going to Start > Settings > Apps > Default Apps, or we can add Default Apps to the Context Menu.
How to Buy a New Computer or Laptop in 2020 - 2021
The Coronavirus pandemic has many people firing up their desktops and laptops only to discover that they aren't good enough anymore. We're going to discuss what type of computer options exist, and more importantly, how to choose the best hardware, including video card, memory, motherboard, hard drive, and more to suit your needs and budget.
Windows 10 Feature Update - Your Device Isnâ€™t Quite Ready for It
When checking Windows Updates, you might see - "Feature Update to Windows 10. The Windows 10 Update is on its way. We're offering this update to compatible devices, but your device isn't quite ready for it. Once your device is ready, you'll see the update available on this page. There's nothing you need to do at this time."
Roboform - Reload Page to Use This Extension
Recently, we ran into a problem with Roboform not working correctly in our browser extension unless we refreshed the page, or copy and pasted our passwords. If you're getting the "Reload page to use this extension" error, we have a fix.
How to Disable Microsoft Edge Ads in Windows 10 Start Menu
Beginning with Windows 10 Build 1909, Microsoft has been pushing advertisements in Windows Search to download Microsoft Edge. There are two different ads; one for a general search, and another for when you search for a browser. Here's how to disable those ads.
How to Delete a Service in Windows 10, 8, and 7
There may come a time you want, or need, to delete a Windows Service. Perhaps it's a service you don't need or a Service that didn't uninstall after you removed an application or malware. It's possible to remove many Services using PowerShell or the Command Prompt.
Why You Shouldn't Share Giveaways on Facebook
You've seen the posts on Facebook. Win this car! Win this house! Win this SUV! Win free airline tickets! Like and share to enter! Let's talk about what the deal is with these "giveaways," why you shouldn't share them, and the one simple tip to spot a fake contest or promotion.
How to Limit Data Usage on Windows 10
Windows 10 allows you to monitor and control data usage for anyone with limited data plans or even to monitor how much data other users are using. Here's how you can limit data use in Windows 10.
Why You Shouldn't Take Facebook Surveys or Quizzes
You've seen the posts. Facebook surveys and quizzes (also called games) that claim to tell you about yourself or ask you to take a quiz to test your intelligence. They're not games but instead intended to be viral posts to show advertisements and gather data. While they appear to be fun and harmless, we don't waste our time "playing." Here's why.
How to Enable or Disable USB Write Protection
USB Write Protection or USB Write access allows you to protect the data on your thumb or flash drives. You can manually enable write-protection or use the registry. We call these two methods, hardware or software.
How to Fix Windows Defender Remediation Incomplete
Windows Defender may try to remove a virus, trojan, or other malware and return a message stating Remediation incomplete. Remediation incomplete leads one to assume that a virus, trojan or malware was found, but not removed.
How to Enable or Disable Windows 10 Full Screen Start Menu
Windows 10 is by far Microsofts most customizable Operating System. The Start Menu is a big deal for many people, especially when they upgrade from Windows 7. In this tutorial, we show you how to enable, or disable the full-screen Start menu, and customize it to fit your needs.
How to Add or Remove Intel HD Graphics Desktop Context Menu
When you install the Intel video card drivers, a Context Menu item is added that you might not need that reads IntelÂ® Graphics Settings. In this tutorial, we show you how to add or remove the Intel HD Graphics Desktop Context Menu in Windows.
9 Ways to Sign out of Windows 10
Windows 10 allows you to sign out (and even another person to log in) without restarting the computer. Here are nine ways to sign out of Windows 10.
No, You Can't Bypass YouTube Ads by Adding a Period
Many websites, including YouTube, rely on advertising to stay in business and have found ways, or cut deals, with ad-blocking companies to allow their ads to be seen. Here's one little trick you may have heard of to bypass advertising on youTube.
How to Hide Last Signed in Users in Windows 10
When you sign out of Windows 10 and have multiple user accounts, you can click on any user name to log into that account. If an account is not password protected, anyone can log in. For security purposes, you can hide all the user accounts from being displayed, forcing a user to enter their account name and password.
Microsoft Launches Edge Add-on Store
Microsoft Edge is the revamped Edge browser that uses Chromium, and instead of being the embarrassment of browsers, and the butt of jokes; it's excellent. During the beta phases, you were able to download and install from the Chrome Web Store, but now Microsft has added the Edge Add-ons website in beta at the time of this article.
How to Make Your Scroll Lock Key Useful
The Scroll Lock key dates back to 1981. Initially, one would use the scroll lock to use the arrow keys instead of the cursor to move text inside a window. Today, the Scroll Lock key is rarely used, or needed and some keyboards don't have a Scroll Lock key. Here are some other uses for the Scroll Lock key.
Automatic and Manual Trigger Start Explained
While looking at or editing your Windows Services, you probably noticed Manual (Trigger Start) and (Automatic (Trigger Start). In this tutorial, we explain what Trigger Start means.
Windows 10 Search - This Is Taking Too Long to Load
Beginning in May 2020, a bug appeared that caused Windows Search to display, "This is taking too long to load." Here are the steps you can take to resolve the problem and get your Windows 10 search working again.
Ring Doorbell Doesn't See Wi-Fi
Recently, we suddenly ran into a frustrating problem with our Ring Doorbell not seeing our Wi-Fi connection. The Ring could see other networks in the neighborhood. Here's how we fixed the problem.
How to Disable a Camera or Webcam in Windows
Many of us have cameras or webcams and have heard stories about people spying on you or broadcasting when you were unaware. My life is relatively boring, but I still appreciate the privacy. Luckily, disabling the webcam or camera is simple.
How to Reset Facebook to Default Settings
There are many articles out there over ten years old, where people ask how to reset Facebook to the default settings. In typical Facebook fashion, there is no magical "Reset defaults" option, and Facebook has so far ignored our requests to add this option. Here's what you can do.
How to Change the Size of Hiberfil.Sys in Windows 10
Hibernate is when Windows 10 saves an image of the Windows kernel and drivers into memory (C:\hiberfil.sys) when your computer sleeps and then loads that hiberfile to resume rather than restart your computer. In this tutorial, we show you how to change the size of hiberfil.Sys for advanced users.
How to Remove or Restore Notepad in Windows 10
Windows 10 includes Notepad, a basic text editor that many have grown to love. Microsoft has now made Notepad an optional feature in version 2004, so you have the option to install or uninstall Notepad in Windows 10.
This Video Is Unavailable With Restricted Mode Enabled
YouTube may occasionally block you from seeing a video if the restricted Mode is enabled. Here's a brief explanation of what Restricted Mode is and how you can enable or disable as needed, so you can understand why this happened.
What Is an APU Processor?
AMD has long competed with Intel to be the best chipset for Windows computers. While comparing processers, which can be confusing enough, you might have seen, and wondered, what an APU processor is.
How to Disable Changing Date and Time Formats
Windows offers the option to change your date and time formats. By using the Group Policy Editor or the Registry Editor, we can disable it so no one can change the date and time format.
How to Uninstall Microsoft Edge Browser if Uninstall is Grayed Out
Beginning in late June, Microsoft began pushing the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge to Windows 10. The update is delivered with KB4559309, and once installed, the Chromium-based Edge replaces the old Edge, and the Uninstall button is light gray and can't be clicked.
How to Create a WLAN Report in Windows
If you're having trouble with your network or internet connection, you can easily create a WLAN report in HTML format, which provides you with information on all of your connections, including errors or warnings, drivers, devices, and more.
How to Rename a Network Adapter in Windows
Windows assigns simple names to each network connection. For example, you might have connections named Wi-Fi or Ethernet. If you prefer something more personal, you can change the name of your network connections in Windows 7, 8, and 10.
How to Enable or Disable Pin and Unpin Apps on Taskbar
When you right-click on most app shortcuts or executables in Windows 10, 8, and 7, you have the option to pin or unpin to the Taskbar. Many businesses, universities, companies, and institutions might appreciate the ability to disable pinning to the Taskbar. Here's how.
How to Fix 'This App Can't Run on Your PC'
This App Can't Run on Your PC is a frustrating error that leaves many people at a loss as to why they can't run an application. Here are some steps you can take to fix the problem.
How to Add or Remove 'Sign Out' in Windows
When you use the Start menu, Alt+F4, or Win+X, you have multiple options, including Shut down, Sign out, Sleep, Shut down, and Restart. If you never use the Sign out option, we can remove it from the list of choices.
How to Reset Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 7 and 10
Windows 7 and 10 Taskbar offers many features, including the ability to add a toolbar to anything you want. Your Taskbar can become cluttered, and removing items can be time-consuming. Using our batch file, you can reset your Taskbar toolbar and start fresh in one click.
How to Check for Updates in Microsoft Store App
The Microsoft Store is a necessary evil for some developers who don't offer their downloads in multiple locations. In this tutorial, we show you how to make sure your Windows Store apps are up to date.
How to Change the Taskbar Threshold for Thumbnails
When you hover over an icon in the Taskbar and have multiple windows or tabs open, you can see thumbnails of all other windows. Windows uses a limit on how many previews are available, also known as Threshold. Here's how to change the threshold to suit your needs.
How to Turn AutoPlay On or Off in Windows 10 & 11
Windows AutoPlay goes back as far as we can remember, and it's one of those settings many prefer to disable. In Windows 10, you can enable or disable Windows AutoPlay for removable drives, memory cards, smartphones, and more.
How to Resize 'Save As' Window in Google Chrome and Other Applications
Recently, out of the blue, my Google Chrome 'Save As' dialog box decided to open full screen. While not the end of the world, I found it annoying and couldn't resize the window until I remembered the simple fix. Note that the same problem can happen to almost any application. Numerous keyboard and mouse combinations can ''break'' things on you, wondering how your favorite settings suddenly disappear. Anyway, the top thin line of any application is called the Title Bar. Double-click the Title Bar to exit the fu...
How to Add Sound When You Press Print Screen
Windows 10 offers numerous options to add, remove, or change sound events. One missing option is the ability to add a sound when you use the Print Screen button to take a screenshot.
How to Benchmark Your Computer
Running a computer benchmark on your computer allows you to see how well different hardware on your computer is working and can help you identify bottlenecks. Here are some options to benchmark your Windows PC.
How to Free up iPhone Space by Deleting 'Other' Storage
The modern iPhone can use up a lot of storage space for videos, photos, and music. Removing these files is easy enough, but if you need more space on your iPhone, you might be surprised at how much space is being wasted in a category called "Other."
How to Enable and Use Telnet in Windows
Telnet is a command-line interface for Windows designed to communicate with other devices. Telnet is something us old-school Windows users are familiar with from the early DOS and Windows days. Telnet has been replaced with better, modern apps including Zoom and TeamViewer. There may come a time you need or want to try Telnet. Here's all you need to know.
What Is the Perflogs Folder in Windows?
While browsing your hard drive with hidden files and folders enabled, you might have seen a folder called PerfLogs and wondered what it was and if you can delete it.
How to Run Microsoft Store and Other Apps at Startup in Windows 10
Windows 10 offers the option to run programs when Windows starts. You can also add any Microsoft app (calculator, PowerShell, Snipping Tool) and even third-party apps (Steam, Oculus, NVIDIA Control Panel) or system tools (Task Manager, System Configurations, Services) to your startup. Here's how.
How to Allow or Block Automatic File Downloads in Windows 10 & 11
When you download online-only files (Dropbox, Windows Media Player) with Windows 10, you will get a notification if the file is an automatic download with details. In this tutorial, we show you how to allow or block apps from requesting automatic file downloads.
How to fix Microsoft Store Error 0x80070520
After updating Windows 10, you might encounter an error in the Windows Store that reads, Something unexpected happened, Error code 0x80070520. Here are some possible fixes.
How to Fix Microsoft Security Error 0x80073b01
Microsoft Security (Windows Defender) might show you an error that reads, An error has occurred in the program during initialization. If this problem continues, please contact your system administrator. Error code: 0x80073b01.
Could Not Initialize Graphics System
"Could not initialize graphics system. Make sure that your video card and driver are compatible with DirectDraw" is an error that can appear in many games, most notably Ages of Empire.
How to Categorize Your Steam Games With Collections
Over time, your Steam game collection can become massive, and that's a good thing! By default, Steam will categorize your games in a simple category called Uncategorized. Here's how you can create and manage personalized game categories.
How to Fix Upgrade Assistant Error 0xC1900200
When trying to update or upgrade in Windows 10, you might see error code 0xC1900200 accompanied by the always favorite "Something went wrong" error. Here are some steps you can try.
Disney Plus Account Notice Scam
Disney+ has proven popular enough for scammers to try and trick you into getting your account information and more. An email is making the rounds using the subject of "Account Notice."
Stop Windows From Prompting to Delete a File
Windows will protect you from accidentally deleting a file by prompting you before you delete a file to the Recycle Bin. Here's how you can easily disable the prompt before deleting a file.
Windows 10 & 11 Taskbar Won't Hide
When you're using an app, game, or watching a video, you might find that the Taskbar isn't hidden as it should be. Here are a few things to try.
How to Add or Remove Security Tab in File Explorer
When you look at the properties of any file in File Explorer, you can access the Security tab. Here you can choose who has permissions for a file, including modify, read, write, and full control. If you'd like, we can remove the Security tab taking away the ability for users to change the permissions of files.
What is DuckDuckGo?
You have a lot of choices today in search engines, with Google dominating the market. Since you're here, you've heard about DuckDuckgo and might be wondering if it's any good, safe, or worth a look?
Facebook Needs to Improve Their Advertisement Policies
Like many, I spend a fair amount of time on Facebook, and one of the largest annoyances (and there are many) is the advertising. While many of us use ad blockers, they don't work on Facebook. The only thing worse than advertising is really bad advertising, and Facebook deserves the crappy advertisement trophy.
Windows 10 & 11 Update is Assistant Already Running
When running or starting the Windows Update Assistant, some users have reported a problem with the app restarting itself or force-installing Windows 10 while returning an error "Windows 10 Update Assistant is already running." Try these steps to fix the problem.
How to Clear Windows Update History in Windows 10 & 11
Over time, as Windows 10 is updated, you can view the list of installed or failed updates. The list includes Feature, Quality, Driver, Definition, and Other Updates, and can contain dozens of installed or failed updates. There is no option to delete your Update history, but in this tutorial, we will show you how you can.
How to Show Seconds in Windows 10 Clock
The Windows 10 clock resides in the taskbar and is something we've grown accustomed to and rarely give it a thought. In this tutorial, we show you how to add seconds to your Windows 10 clock.
How to Create a PDF in Windows
PDF (Portable Document Format) format is a popular way to share documents regardless of your hardware, software, or operating system. Adobe co-founder Dr. John Warnock invented PDF, and today it is a household name. In this tutorial, we show you how to create a PDF in Windows without Adobe or any third-party applications installed.
What is MoUSOCoreWorker.Exe?
MoUsoCoreWorker.exe is the executable for "Mo USO Core Worker." It also has related executables including USOCoreWorker.exe and USOClient.exe and some additional DLL files, including usoapi.dll, usocoreps.dll, and usosvc.dll.
How to View and Convert ITHMB Files
On your Windows computer, you might have discovered files that end in the ITHMB extension, and you can't open them. In this tutorial, we discuss what an ITHMB file is and how you can open or convert these files.
How to Backup and Restore Printers in Windows
Many people are unaware that they can back up their printers, including queues, ports, and printer drivers, to a printerExport file, which can then be used to import that printer to another computer running Windows 7, 8, or 10. Here's how.
How to Install Linux in Windows 10 & 11
So you've heard about Linux, and that you can now use it in Windows 10, and you're ready to take the plunge? Here's how to prepare for and install Linux on Windows 10.
Export or Import Google Chrome Bookmarks to HTML
If you have a Google account, your Google Chrome bookmarks and settings are saved to your Google account. If you don't have an account, you might want to make a backup of your bookmarks to import later. Here's how.
How to View DNS Cache Contents in Windows 10 & 11
Windows stores a list of DNS cache entries that contain a list of the websites you visit with their remote server names and their corresponding IP addresses. You can view or export your DNS cache. Here's how.
How to Disable Steam Popups & Notifications
Steam, by default, allows popup notifications about games, new and upcoming releases. One of the most annoying Steam popups appears every time you launch Steam, notifying you about new deals on games that rarely interest you. Let's turn that annoying Steam popup off.
How to Return or Refund a Steam Game
If you purchase a game on Steam and aren't happy, you might want to return it. Steam allows you to return a game if the return meets specific criteria. Here's all you need to know.
Windows Defender Threat Returns Repeatedly
When Windows Defender discovers a threat, you can choose to Allow, Remove, or Quarantine any found threats. Sometimes, even after allowing a threat, Windows Defender continues to alert you, causing you to take action only to have the same threat return repeatedly.
How to Check SMART Predict Failure in Windows
S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) or SMART is a Windows technology designed to predict hard drive failure on hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), and embedded Multi-Media Controller (eMMC) drives. Here's how to check your current SMART status.
Convert Text to Speech With Notepad
Notepad is a popular, yet no-frills text editor that has always been included with Windows. But, Notepad has a few "hidden" tricks. Yet another one of these tricks is the ability to convert text to speech.
How to Disable Transparency Effects in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 offers transparency or semi-transparency effects for the Star Menu, Action Center, and Taskbar. If you don't like the transparency effects or are looking to speed up your PC, disabling transparency effects is possible.
How to Block the Windows 10 October 2020 (20H2) Update
Windows 10 will be releasing Windows 10 October 2020 Update, version 20H2 soon. This is a Feature update that many people prefer to put off until it has been proven stable. Here's how you can block the Windows 10 October Update.
How to Reset All Group Policy Settings
Group Policy Editor is a great way to make Windows changes, including many features not available in Windows 10 settings. However, if you've made numerous changes and are experiencing problems, we can easily reset the Group Policy Editor.
What is Open Source Software?
There are many third-party software choices - freeware, shareware, ad-supported, and Open Source, for example. Open Source software can get complicated if used commercially, but here's what you need to know.
How to Check Drive Health and SMART in Windows 10 & 11
Beginning with Windows 10 Build 20226, Microsoft has introduced and new Storage feature called Manage Disks and Volumes. One of the new features includes the ability to check your hard drive health and SMART status.
This App Has Been Blocked for Your Protection
If you are getting an error that reads, "blocked for your protection" or "this app has been blocked" when running Computer Management or any app on your Windows 10, 8, and 7 computers, here's how to get rid of that error.
Add Windows Defender Firewall Context Menu
Windows Defender Firewall is built into Windows 10 and protects your computer against outside access. There may be times when you need to change your firewall settings or allow a blocked app. In this tutorial, we're going to add Windows Defender Firewall to the Desktop context menu.
How to Hide Family Options in Windows Security
Windows Security features Family Options, including parental controls and family devices. If you don't need or use Family Options, we can hide it from Windows Security in Windows 10, build 1709, or later.
How to Change Optimize Drives Scheduled Settings
Optimize Drives is a Windows feature that can defragment or optimize the TRIM on your hard drives. By default, your drive is optimized weekly. If you like, you can change or even remove the schedule optimizations.
How to Clear Your Activity History in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 features Activity History, which allows you to jump back into what you were doing by storing info about websites you visit and how you use apps and services. You can disable or clear your activity history. Here's how.
How to Remove Windows Insider Program Page in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 allows you to preview the upcoming builds of Windows 10 by joining the Windows Insider program. By previewing upcoming builds, you are essentially running the beta or alpha versions of the next version of Windows 10. If more than one person uses your computer, you might want to hide the Insider Program.
How to Create a Google Chrome Bookmark Desktop Shortcut
Google Chrome offers bookmarks that can be exported, imported, and even saved to your Google Account. Another bookmark option is to create a Desktop shortcut. It's easy to do in Google Chrome and most Chromium-based browsers.
3 Ways to Synchronize Windows Clock With an Internet Time Server
The clock on your computer isn't just there to show you the time. It also can record the correct time when you create or modify files on your computer. While the Windows clock automatically updates weekly, there may be times you need to sync with the internet time server manually.
How to Turn Off Windows Spotlight Notifications
Windows 10 offer Spotlight Notifications that can become cluttered and requires you to remove them one at a time. While you can't clear all of the notification, you can entirely block them.
What is Microsoft .Net Framework or Runtimes?
Odds are you've heard about Microsoft .Net. You probably know you have it. And, if you use your computer a lot, you've probably had problems with it. This tutorial explains what .Net is, why you need it, and how to get it or address any problems.
Windows Update or Upgrade Error 0x800705AA
0x800705AA -2147023446, ERROR_NO_SYSTEM_RESOURCE, Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service is yet another Windows Update or upgrade error you might encounter.
What Does ICYMI Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and ICYMI is one of many you might not recognize or understand, and that's OK.
What Does ICYDK Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and ICYDK is one of many you might not recognize or understand, and that's OK. Acronyms are abbreviations of words used to cut down on the time it takes to type. Acronyms are often typed and easier to understand when typed in capital letters. There's no shame in seeing an acronym you don't recognize, and it's happened to everybody (or it eventually will). Some longer acronyms, including ICYDK, aren't something you can pronounce as easily as LOL, so don't expect to hear someone usin...
What Does AFK Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and AFK is a classic that isn't used as much anymore.
What Does IMY Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and IMY is a friendly, frequently used acronym you might like using yourself.
What Does AFAIK Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and AFAIK is a classic that is used more today than ever.
What Does HMU Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and HMU is a classic one you might come across in conversations with friends, family, or colleagues.
What Does YMMV Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and YMMV is a classic one you might come across in conversations with friends, family, or colleagues.
What Does IRL Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and IRL is an interesting one with a long and ever-evolving history.
What is a JFIF File?
You may encounter an image file with the extension JFIF. These images often are downloaded rarely on the internet or maybe from a collection of old camera photos. Here's what you need to know about JFIF.
What Does IDK Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and IDK is one that you may not be familiar with, even though it picked up in popularity in 2020.
What Does IIRC Mean?
IIRC is an internet acronym that has quite a few variations, all meaning the same thing IIRC.
What Does SMH Mean?
SMH is an internet acronym that most people have seen (even if you didn't know it) yet might not know what it means.
What Is a Karen?
Everyone has heard about Karen, but there is some confusion about what or who a Karen is.
What Does TBH Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and TBH is one that you might have heard. Over the years, the meaning has changed.
How to Reset Graphics (GPU) Preferences to Default
Windows 10 allows you to set graphics (GPU) preferences per application. You can let Windows decide or choose from high-performance or power-saving. You can also reset apps to the default graphics preferences. Here's how.
Windows 10 & 11 Changes Your Default Web Browser
Windows 10 has been known to change your default web browser. There are numerous reasons for your web browser default to change, but only a few ways to make sure your browser of choice is the default browser.
What Happened to the Malwarebytes Offline Database?
Malwarebytes is the most popular and effective antivirus and antimalware application on the internet. You used to download an offline database to update Malwarebytes manually if needed, but that's no longer the case.
How to Limit or Modify the Bandwidth Used by Dropbox
Dropbox allows you to back up and share your files and folders easily in the cloud. However, backing up can be time-consuming and take bandwidth away from other applications. To avoid this, we can limit the amount of bandwidth Dropbox can use.
How to Limit or Modify the Bandwidth Used by OneDrive
OneDrive allows you to back up and share your files and folders easily in the cloud. However, backing up can be time-consuming and take bandwidth away from other applications. To avoid this, we can limit the amount of bandwidth OneDrive can use.
What is a HEIC File?
You might have found an image on your computer with the HEIF extension and wondered what it was or how you could open it.
How to Disable or Force Google Chrome Incognito Mode
Google Chrome has a privacy feature called Incognito Mode that disables browsing history, site data, cookies, and any information you type in forms when active. This tutorial will show you how to disable incognito mode.
How to Use Windows 10 & 11 Gaming Task Manager
Microsoft has made it easier than ever before to access a modified Task Manager that you can access with a keyboard shortcut or by pinning it so you can see it even while you play your games.
How to Disable or Force Microsoft Edge InPrivate Mode
Microsoft Edge has a privacy feature called InPrivate Mode, the same as Incognito Mode in Google Chrome. InPrivate disables browsing history, site data, cookies, and any information you type in forms when active. This tutorial will show you how to disable InPrivate Mode.
What Does ISWYDT or ICWYDT Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and ISWYDT or ICWYDT is a classic one you might come across in conversations with friends, family, or colleagues.
What Does GTG Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and GTG is one you might come across in conversations with friends, family, or colleagues.
What is a Simp?
The internet is full of slang, and SIMP is one word you might not be familiar with.
What Does BRB Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and BRB is one you might come across in conversations with friends, fellow gamers, family, or colleagues.
What Does plz or pls Mean?
The internet is full of acronyms, and plz is one you might encounter in conversations with friends, family, or colleagues.
12 Ways to Open File Explorer in Windows 10 & 11
File Explorer in Windows 10 is a must-have way to manage all of your files, including copying, pasting, deleting, moving, renaming, and more. This tutorial shows you different ways to open File Explorer to suit your preference.
How to Add or Remove Microsoft Print to PDF
Microsoft Print to PDF allows you to print any document as a PDF, saving you the hassle of using third-party applications. In this article, we look at how you can add or remove Microsoft Print to PDF.
Error 0xc00d5212, This Item Was Encoded in a Format That's Not Supported
While playing your videos in Windows Media Player or the Movies & TV app, you might receive an error code 0xc00d5212 with the message "This item was encoded in a format that's not supported," and find yourself redirected to purchase the HEVC codecs from Microsoft or stuck unable to play videos. Here's how to solve the problem for free.
How to Disable the Run Command in Windows
The Windows Key + R allows you to run many system utilities, including regedit, msinfo32, services, MSConfig, and much more. You can disable the run command, so other users can't use it.
What Is a GUI?
If you've downloaded software or worked in Windows or Linux, you might have seen the acronym GUI occasionally. So, what does GUI mean?
How to Disable Access to Folder Options in File Explorer
By accessing Folder options in File Explorer, you can find dozens of settings, including showing hidden files, reset folder views, hide file name extensions, search options, single or double-click, clear history, and more. If you don't want people to access File Explorer options, you can disable access.
How to Delete Half Watched Shows on Netflix
Netflix lets you pick up from wherever you left off on any movie or series by looking for "Continue watching" or "Your List." If you decided to stop watching something on Netflix, how do you get rid of partially watched shows?
How to Choose Fahrenheit or Celsius in Windows 10 & 11 Weather App
Windows 10 comes with a weather app allowing you to see the past, present, and future weather and forecasts. You can change from Fahrenheit or Celsius easily. Here's how. There are three ways to change from Fahrenheit or Celsius, depending on your preference or needs. Open the Weather app by clicking on Start > Weather. 1: Click on the F or C next to the current temperature to choose Fahrenheit or Celsius. 2: Press Alt + Enter to switch between Fahrenheit or Celsius. 3: Click the Settings gear in the lower-left corner. Look for Show t...
Disable Right-Click Context Menu in Windows 10 & 11 Start Menu
When you right-click on any item in your Windows 10 Start Menu, you have numerous options, including move, resize, uninstall, unpin, open file location, and more. You can entirely disable the right-click Context Menu in your Start Menu by editing the registry or using Group Policy Editor.
What is Mansplaining?
You might have heard the term Mansplaining in your travels and wondered what it meant. There are a few different variations of Mansplaining, but the truth is simple enough.
The 6 Best Password Managers for 2021
Password managers are an essential tool for everyone. Although the Internet's most popular password remains or includes 123456, we all know better. Give us 5 minutes of your time, and we'll help you pick the best password manager for you in 2021.
How to Always Boot Windows Into Advanced Startup Settings
Advanced Startup Settings allows you to choose from a bunch of troubleshooting options whenever the computer reboots. With a simple Command Prompt command, we can automatically force your computer to boot to Advanced Startup Settings.
6 Ways to Open Settings in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 Settings allows you to customize or reset your Windows 10 computer. There are numerous ways to access Settings, which is good to know if your favorite way isn't working or maybe to find a different way to suit your needs.
5 Ways to Open File Explorer Folder Options
File Explorer folder options allow you to choose how File Explorer responds, what you can or can't view, and modify search settings. Here's how to access Folder Options for File Explorer.
How to Disable the Windows 10 & 11 Startup Delay
As Windows 10 starts up, it doesn't start loading your startup apps immediately to dedicate more resources to load system services and files. If you have a fast computer and particularly an SSD, you can disable this feature and have even your apps start loading the moment Windows boots instantly up.
How to "Run as Different User" in Windows 10 & 11
"Run as a different user" is a lesser-known option that allows you to run .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, and .msi with different permissions that the currently logged-in user. You can save yourself the trouble of login out and back in using this method.
How to Add Disk Cleanup to Context Menu in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 offers Disk Cleanup to clean your computer of junk files. While there are better third-party apps, Disk Cleanup gets the job done. This tutorial explains how to add a Disk Cleanup context menu shortcut when you right-click on any drive.
How to Switch Between HKLM and HKCU in Registry Editor
When editing the registry, you might find that you need to edit the same key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Rather than typing or navigate to both locations, you can easily jump from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
Enable or Disable File Size Information in Folder Tips
When you hover your mouse over any folder, you will see a balloon showing you the date created, size, and partial files list. Removing the Size can be useful for performance in some situations if you don't need to know the folder file size.
How to Turn Task Manager Always on Top on or Off
Task Manager allows you to see and modify processes, performance, app history, startup, users, details, and service. Sometimes you might want Task Manager to always be on top when in use. Here's how.
How to Enable or Disable Sticky Notes Insights
Sticky Notes features Insights, where it can read web addresses, phone numbers, emails, stock symbols, and more. Insights can then offer to remind, call, visit a website, set a reminder, or more. It's a neat feature that we think you'll like.
How to Disable Netflix Autoplay
Netflix has two autoplay options: autoplay the next episode and (the more annoying) autoplay previews. Here's how to enable or disable Netflix autoplay.
What Does OML Mean?
OML is an acronym you might have seen on social media, the comments, or even text messages. You might have even spotted it with a hashtag at some point.
How to See Your Active Power Plan in Windows
Windows has numerous default Power Plans available, including Balanced, Power Saver, High Performance, Ultimate Performance, and Custom. Here's how to see what Power Plan you're currently using.
What Does TMI Mean?
TMI is an acronym you may come across almost anywhere, including text messages, social media, online forums, and even in person.
4 Ways to Change User Account Types in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 allows you to add family and other users who have their own unique sign-in and Desktop. Each user can be a Standard User or Administrator. Here's how to switch users from Standard to Administrator or Administrator to Standard.
How to Hide or Show Taskbar Notification Area Icons
In Windows 10, you can find numerous icons on the right side of the Taskbar that can show you notifications or launch these apps. You can decide if you want to see all icons or individually select which icons appear.
How to Create a Printers Folder Shortcut
If you frequently use your printers, you might be interested in adding a Printer shortcut to your desktop, which can then be moved to the Start Menu, Taskbar, and more.
How A Group of Reddit Users Changed the Stock Market Forever
Many people are confused by what is going on with WallStreetBets, GameStop stock, and Robinhood. I found this great post that really explained it better than any of these commercial news websites. So, I edited and posted it to my Facebook page, and people loved it so much, I am sharing it with you.
How to Disable Game Recording and Broadcasting in Windows 10 & 11
The Game DVR is part of the Xbox app that lets you record and share game and application clips and screenshots. Here's how you can disable the Windows Game Recording and Broadcasting features of Game DVR, Game bar, and broadcasting for all users in Windows 10.
Turn Peek at Desktop on or Off in Windows 10
Peek at Desktop allows you to click on the furthest right-hand corner of the Taskbar to preview your Desktop without having to minimize any windows. You can also disable this feature if you like.
How to Remove a Smartphone or Smart TV From Amazon
Like many, I am a huge fan of Amazon, and I also purchase a new smartphone every year and a TV every few years. Eventually, you have a bunch of devices you no longer own attached to your Amazon account. Deregistering a Smart Tv or Smartphone should be simple, but there's a trick to finding and removing your devices.
How to Add Optimize Drives Context Menu in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 has a feature called Optimize Drives that allows you to analyze and defragment your hard drives. You can also enable or disable a schedule to optimize your drives. This tutorial shows you how to add Optimize Drives to the Context Menu using our registry files or manually editing the registry.
MSVCR71.dll is Missing
Some apps or games require MSVCR71.dd to run properly. If you receive an error including "The program canâ€™t start because MSVCR71.dll is missing from your computer, Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem," then try the following steps.
4 Ways to Get Microsoft Office For Free
Microsoft Office is an excellent office suite and well worth the price for most. If you only use Office occasionally and can't afford the $70 a year or $149 for Office 2019, we have some solutions for you.
How to Clear Windows Product Key From the Registry
When you install and activate a valid Windows key in Windows 7,8, or 10, that product key is stored in the registry. While that makes the key easy to find with a third-party app, it also makes it easy to steal.
What is a WebP Image?
When saving images from a website, you might have ended up with an image in the WebP format. Here's all the info on the WebP file format.
What Happens When You Accept All Cookies?
All websites are legally required to inform you about cookies and how they are used. You've seen the prompts to accept or reject all cookies. But, what really happens when you click Accept All?
How to Find Your System Uptime in Windows 10 & 11
Your System Uptime is saved in Windows, keeping track of the last time your computer was restarted or rebooted. Many system administrators can use this information to gauge a computer's reliability, and so can you.
How to Create a Startup Apps Shortcut
You can keep your computer running at its best by keeping an eye on a few things and doing some occasional maintenance. You want to watch out for Startup apps so you know what's using resources every time you start your computer. Here's how to create a Startup shortcut on your Desktop.
How to Remove Reading List From Google Chrome
Google Chrome has added a reading list that allows you to save websites to read later. The problem is that it takes up bookmark bar space, and apparently, Google likes it so much that they have hidden the setting to remove it.
4 Ways to Change the Default Sound Output Device in Windows 10 & 11
Any device that can play sounds on your computer, including speakers and headphones, will be listed as an output device. Sometimes your sound might not be working, requiring you to select the right output device. Here are the different ways to change the default sound device.
How to Disable Steps Recorder in Windows 10 & 11
Steps Recorder (Problem Steps Recorder) can help troubleshoot problems by capturing a screenshot for every mouse or keyboard click. If you don't use Steps Recorder, you can disable it in the registry or Group Policy Editor.
How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x800F0825
One Windows Update error people encounter is error code 0x800F0825. The most frequently seen error message reads, "0x800f0825 â€“ CBS_E_CANNOT_UNINSTALL â€“ Package cannot be uninstalled."
How to Use Vertical Tabs in Microsoft Edge
The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge continues to improve, and vertical tabs might be another reason to consider Microsoft Edge. Here's how to activate and use vertical tabs.
What is Geofencing?
When looking at Location options in Windows 10, you might have noticed the Geofencing option. While it might sound like Geocaching, it's not even close. Here's all you need to know.
Enable or Disable Shopping in Microsoft Edge
When shopping online with Microsoft Edge, the browser will automatically search for the best price including coupons, and rebates. You can also see price trends and other prices. Shopping in Microsoft Edge is on by default. Here's how to turn it off.
How to Reset and Renew Your Internet Connection With a Batch File
When diagnosing Windows internet problems, it's not unusual to flush the cache, reset Winsock, and reset TCP/IP, essentially completely resetting your network connection. All three steps take some time to do from the Command Prompt, but our batch file can do all of the above for you, saving you time and aggravation.
What Does SGTM Mean?
SGTM is an acronym you might have come across typically in conversations with texting or social media, for example.
How to Enable or Disable File History in Windows 10 & 11
File History is a backup option in Windows 8 and 10 that allows you to replace lost, damaged, or deleted files. Users who maintain their own backup, or prefer to use Reset This PC or Windows Repair, might want to disable File History.
How to Enable or Disable Win32 Long Paths in Windows 10 & 11
Enabling Win32 long paths will allow manifested Win32 applications and Windows Store applications to access paths beyond the normal 260 character limit per node on file systems that support it. Enabling this setting will cause the long paths to be accessible within the process.
Why Rebooting Your Router (Usually) Works
By now, we all know that unplugging your router for 10 seconds is the first thing to do when you have internet issues. Most internet providers will ask you to do this first, even if you already have. Why is rebooting a router so effective and the go-to troubleshooting answer?
How to Enable, Disable, or Clear Your Taskbar History in Windows 10 & 11
When you use search in Windows 10, from the Taskbar or using the Windows Key + S, your search history is stored, which is handy if you frequently search for the same things as Windows will make suggestions as you type. You can easily clear your search history and enable or disable it if you prefer.
How to Restrict Someone From Seeing Your Posts on Facebook
We all have that one friend. You make a post about a certain subject, and here comes the narcissist to make their opinions known to all. You can unfollow them, but that doesn't stop them from seeing or commenting on your posts. Another option would be to add them to a Restricted List permanently or when you make a new post.
How to View Recent Files in Windows 10 & 11
Because it's easy to misplace a file in Windows 10, File Explorer keeps track of recent files so that you can find them easily. Here are a few ways to find your recent files.
What Does LOLD Mean?
If you've seen LOLD in your travels, on discussion forums, text messages, or almost anywhere, you might wonder what it means?
How to Enable HDR in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 features High Dynamic Range, or HDR for your photos, videos, and games, when possible or available. Here's how to enable or troubleshoot HDR in Windows 10.
How to Use Fewer Google Chrome Processes
Most people who use Google Chrome discover that it runs multiple processes and can consume a lot of CPU and memory. Here are some options to cut back on Google Chrome processes and hopefully improve the speed and performance.
What Does DW Mean?
DW is used in all sorts of communications, including social media, text messages, and more. Here's what it means.
7 Ways to Turn off a Windows 10 or 11 Computer
While most of us use the Start button to shut down, if your favorite way of shutting down isn't working due to system freezes or apps have crashed, you might want to shut down properly using another method. Here are 7 ways you can shut down your Windows PC.
This PC Can't Run Windows 11
Following the announcement of Windows 11, many people were surprised to find out that Windows PC Health Check told them their computer couldn't run Windows 11. For most of us, this is an easy fix.
What Does w/e Mean?
w/e is something you may have come across in conversation on the internet (social media, chat rooms) or messages. Here's all you need to know about w/e.
How to Password Protect Your Google Search History
Google keeps track of your search history from any device. By turning on extra verification, Google will make sure itâ€™s really you before you can see or delete your full history on My Activity. This can help keep your history safer on shared devices.
How to Install or Uninstall TPM Diagnostics in Windows 11
Windows 11 has a new app to get information about your TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, which is required to run Windows 11. TPM is a hardware chip to protect and store security keys and sensitive user data. TPM is available on most computers built after 2015.
How to Disable Windows Hello PIN in Windows 10 and 11
Windows Hello is an option for Windows 10 and 11 that lets you log on easier by using a PIN you create. However, there are some apps that Windows Hello opens when you don't want it to. Here are your options to stop Windows Hello from popping up.
What Does PEBKAC Mean?
PEBKAC is a term you might have heard but might wish you hadn't unless your a computer technician or in the IT field.
How to Monitor Your Gaming FPS in Windows 10 & 11
There are plenty of freeware apps to monitor your FPS (frames per second) in your video games, but the built-in FPS monitor that comes with Windows 10 and 11 might be the easiest way to see your gaming FPS.
How to Download a Windows 10 or 11 Insider ISO
There's been a lot of interest in Windows 11, but for those who prefer an ISO and not registering to become a Windows Insider, here's how to download the latest Windows 11 ISO legally.
How to Create a Printable Wi-Fi Login & Password QR Code
Everyone is used to typing in a new Wi-Fi connection when visiting someone's home or business. It's often a tedious problem, typing in many different letters, characters, and more, assuming the router has a secure password. How about a QR code you can quickly create so that anyone can scan and connect instantly and easily?
How to Share Files Wirelessly in Windows 10 & 11
Microsoft introduced Nearby Sharing in 2018, allowing users to transfer files to other computers on the same network. Here's how you can share files wirelessly on your Windows 10 or 100 computer.
How to Block Windows 11 From Installing
The Windows 11 update is expected to arrive in the Fall of 2021 and as late as Spring of 2022 for some. Many people know enough not to be one of the first to adopt a Feature Update, nonetheless an entirely revamped operating system. Here is a couple of ways to block Windows 11.
4 Ways to Open Windows Terminal As Administrator in Windows 11
In Windows 10, the Windows Terminal was an optional download from the Microsoft Store. Starting with Windows 11, Windows Terminal is included. By default, like Command Prompt or PowerShell, the default setting is to open it normally. Here are 4 ways to open Windows Terminal as an Administrator.
What Does Sus Mean?
You may have heard the slang Sus being used more lately, mostly by the younger generation. What does SUS mean?
How to Open or Pin Windows Tools in Windows 11
Many of the most popular included Windows tools were merged into a single location called Windows Tools. That's where you can find Windows Accessories, PowerShell and Command Prompt, Windows Administrative Tools, Windows System, and more. Here's where to find Windows Tools in Windows 11.
How to Enable or Disable Animation Effects in Windows 10
Windows has always offered some sort of eye candy to make Windows appear more attractive. These visual enhancements can slow down an older or underpowered computer. In Windows 11, you might consider disabling animations to improve Windows 11 speed and response.
How to Hide the Taskbar in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 and 11 offer the option to hide the Taskbar. This option hides the Taskbar, showing more on your Desktop, but reappears when you move your mouse to the bottom of the screen.
How to Pin Downloads in Microsoft Edge
Downloading with Microsoft Edge can be confusing. The downloads toolbar only appears when you're downloading something by default. There are two options to access downloads easily at any time.
What Is twain_32.Dll? Is it Malware and How to Fix Errors
Twain32.dll is a Dynamic Link Library (DLL) file containing information and instructions to work with executables (EXE) files. This DLL is an important part of Windows, allowing multiple programs to share a single DLL file instead of having numerous locations.
What Does Pspspsps Mean?
Pspspsps is something you might have seen almost anywhere, including memes, social media, and websites. So, just what does pspspsps mean?
Try Out Windows 11 With This Windows 11 Simulator
Windows 11 is all the buzz with Windows, Mac, and even Linux users. If you're not a geek willing to risk trying Windows 11 as an insider, then all you have is videos, screenshots, and articles that describe the experience; until now.
How to Delete Your PayPal Account
PayPal is a popular online payment service, although many people now use other online payments systems. If you no longer use PayPal, here's how you can delete your account.
How to Run a Microsoft Defender Offline Scan
Windows Security and Defender have vastly improved over the years; although we admit it still has a way to go, it's free and included in Windows 10 & 11, saving you the trouble of choosing a third-party antivirus and all of the problems that come with it. You should know how to do an offline scan should a virus or malware slip through.
How to Create a Signature in Gmail
If you use Gmail frequently, you might want to take advantage of creating a signature to add at the end of every email. It's easy to create and customize your unique signature.
What is AliyunWrapExe.exe?
AliyunWrapExe.exe is an executable you might have found on your computer that is locked or possibly locking a file that you want to delete. Here's all you need to know about AliyunWrapExe.exe.
How to Clear "Watch Later" on YouTube
YouTube keeps a list of videos you can watch later. Of course, over time, this list can get long and even not relevant to you. Here's how to clear out your "Watch Later" list on YouTube.
How to Enable or Disable Direct Play in Windows 10 & 11
DirectPlay is part of DirectX that allows players to establish a link. While DirectPlay isn't used anymore in most newer games, it is still required for older games. Here's how you can enable or disable DirectPlay on Windows 10 or 11.
How to Enable Super Duper Secure Mode in Microsoft Edge
Super Duper Secure Mode is a feature now available to everyone using Microsoft Edge 93 or later, allowing a more secure browsing experience. It was developed to prevent cybercriminals from accessing and exploiting the bugs in the browser. Here's how to enable it on Windows 10 or 11.
5 Ways to Open Windows Security in Windows 11
Windows Security is included with Windows 11 and includes Microsoft Defender Antivirus. If you use a different antivirus app, Microsoft Defender Antivirus will be disabled, but Windows Security remains in use. Here are different ways to open Windows Security on Windows 11.
How to Use DuckDuckGo as the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge
DuckDuckGo is now available as the default search engine in Microsoft Edge. Here's how to set DuckDuckGo as the default engine. DuckDuckGo is a privacy-based search engine that allows you to search the web without being tracked. Here's how to make DuckDuckGo your default search engine.
How to Use Color Filters in Windows 10 & 11
Color Filters in Windows 10 & 11 can make colors on your screen easier to see and differentiate. It can be helpful if you are color blind or anyone who wants a different look.
10 Ways to Open the Command Prompt in Windows 11
Windows 11 has moved PowerShell and Windows Terminal to the forefront for people who want to work from a command line. This isn't a bad thing, but there are times you might need or prefer, the Command Prompt. Here are all the ways you can still open the Command Prompt in Windows 11.
How to Use Cleanup Recommendations in Windows 11
Windows 11 has introduced a new drive cleaning feature called "Cleanup recommendations." While it's still not as good as some of the best drive cleaners on the market, it's a step in the right direction.
How to Remove 'Show More Options' From the Windows 11 Context Menu
When you right-click in Windows 11, you will see a modern Context Menu. At the bottom, one of the options is Show more options, which is almost useless as it repeats the same options. If you prefer a condensed, organized Context Menu, you can easily remove Show more options.
What is EasyAntiCheat?
Many people discover EasyAntiCheat with numerous file extensions, including EXE, EAC, SYS, and DLL, on their computers and wonder what it is and if it's needed. Here's all you need to know about EasyAntiCheat.
How to Turn Off Suggested or Sponsored Ads in Mozilla Firefox
Beginning with Mozilla Firefox 93, you may now see what Mozilla calls the Firefox Suggest feature, which means that Firefox may occasionally show sponsored suggestions. If you'd like to disable the sponsored suggestions, Mozilla has made it easy to do.
How to Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 11
Game Mode in Windows 11 can help Windows prioritize your gaming experience by turning things off in the background, including Windows Updates as you play. Game Mode is on by default and can easily be turned on or off in Settings.
How to Rebuild the Font Cache in Windows 10 & 11
Windows 10 & 11 both maintain a fonts cache allowing fonts to load faster. If you're having issues with your fonts, rebuilding the fonts cache can often solve the problem. Still, Windows does not offer a troubleshooter or any official way to rebuild the font cache, which might solve many font-related problems.
How to Share Photos and Videos on Instagram
Instagram makes sharing photos with your friends and followers easy to do, but what if you want to share an Instagram video or photo somewhere else? Here's how to do that from your mobile device or PC.
What Does TFW Mean?
TFW is another acronym that you can find on social media or text messages. Here's what TFW means, where it came from, and how to use it.
What Does NR Mean?
NR is another acronym that you can find on social media or text messages. Here's what NR means, where it came from, and how to use it.
Meme Stocks Explained
Meme stocks are a phenomenon that began in late 2020, and it has gotten attention from wall street traders to Fortnite gamers making and breaking millionaires. What are meme stocks, and should you get involved?