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  • AnyDesk 3.0 Beta First Look
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on December 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    TeamViewer 12.0 was released just a couple of days ago, and now it is AnyDesk's turn to release a brand new version of the company's remote control software. We reviewed AnyDesk back in 2014 for the first time. The program, created by ex-TeamViewer employees, showed great promise back then. The new AnyDesk 3.0 is available […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post AnyDesk 3.0 Beta […]

  • Change Network Adapter Priorities in Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on December 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    If a computer running uses multiple network adapters, say an Ethernet connection and a Wi-Fi connection, it uses priorities to decide which adapter to use. Note: The following guide is for Windows 10, but it should work on previous versions of Windows equally well for the most part. Windows 10 does a good enough job […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Change Network Adapter […]

  • December 2016 Stats: Windows 10 up, IE down, Edge not going anywhere
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on December 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    The latest usage share reports are in and they don't give Microsoft many reasons to rejoice when it comes to the company's core products Windows 10, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Windows 10 performed considerably well this month, considering that the operating system's usage share rise stopped dead in its tracks when the free for […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post […]

  • Windows 10 Updater Disabler
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on December 1, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Windows 10 Updater Disabler is a new program for Microsoft's operating system that turns updates on or off reliably. Windows 10 offers less UI control over the updating behavior of the operating system than previous versions of Windows. If you check the settings application for instance, you only get options to defer feature updates if […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post […]

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update declared Current Branch for Business
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 30, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Microsoft announced yesterday that it has declared the newest feature version of its Windows 10 operating system, the Anniversary Update edition or Windows 10 version 1607, the Current Branch for Business. To fully understand what this means, you need to know the terminology that Microsoft uses when it comes to Windows 10 servicing. Any new […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post […]

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: new Share UI
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 28, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Microsoft plans to ship a new Share UI (user interface) with next year's Windows 10 Creator Update that will likely come out in March 2017. While I hardly ever use sharing functionality -- other than copying share content to the clipboard -- others must use it actively considering that nearly any web browser or operating […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows 10 Creators […]

  • Windows 10 Pro: Store apps installation without account
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 27, 2016 at 11:42 am

    A Microsoft account was mandatory up until now if you wanted to install apps or games from the build in Store app on Windows 8 or 10. The only other option to get apps on the device was to sideload them. All Windows users without a Microsoft account, and those who did not want to […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows 10 Pro: Store apps installation without account […]

  • Microsoft gives third-parties access to Windows 10 Telemetry data
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 23, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Microsoft struck a deal with security company FireEye recently according to a report on Australian news magazin Arn which gives FireEye access to all Windows 10 Telemetry data. Update: Microsoft told Betanews that it is not sharing Windows 10 Telemetry data with the company. The nature of the deal between Microsoft and FireEye is to […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Microsoft […]

  • Microsoft: don’t edit Linux files in Windows
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Microsoft warned all Windows 10 users who have installed the Windows Subsystem for Linux recently that they should not modify Linux files on Windows using apps, tools, scripts or other means. The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is part of Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system. It is not installed by default however and needs […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post […]

  • “Use Edge” campaign continues, disses Chrome and Firefox
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Micrsoft's campaign to get Windows 10 users to give Microsoft Edge a try at least continues, this time stating that Edge is safer than the other two browsers. First reported by Reddit user illCodeYouABrain, the new campaign tries to pursuade users on Microsoft's newest operating system Windows 10 that using Microsoft Edge is safer than […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post […]

  • Windows 10 Build 14971 is out
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Microsoft is really pushing it with new builds for its Windows 10 operating system. The company released build 14971 to the Fast Ring Insider channel yesterday. The last couple of builds have not been all that exciting in regards to new features. In fact, some introduced bugs, like the weird one that some apps, like […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows 10 Build 14971 is […]

  • Windows 10: Display Taskbar and On-Screen Keyboard
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 17, 2016 at 10:29 am

    If you are using Windows 10 on a touch device, like a Surface 4 Pro for instance, then you may have noticed that the on-screen keyboard hides the taskbar whenever it is launched. While this may not be a big deal at times, as you may hide the keyboard once you are finished typing, it […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows 10: Display Taskbar and On-Screen Keyboard appeared […]

  • Kaspersky: Windows 10’s antivirus integration anti-competitive
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 14, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Eugen Kaspersky, head of the Russian security company Kaspersky Lab has accused Microsoft of anti-competitive practices in the Windows 10 operating system. Kaspersky complains that Microsoft pushes Windows Defender on Windows 10 devices to the detriment of third-party antivirus vendors. We think that Microsoft has been using its dominating position in the market of operating […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you […]

  • How to read Windows Store ratings correctly
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    If you compare the ratings and reviews of the Windows Store application with store listings on Microsoft's Store website, you may notice that they are not identical. Windows 10 users have two major ways to look up application information. They can open the Windows Store app on Windows 10 directly, or open the Microsoft website […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post How to read […]

  • Enough with the popups Microsoft
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 12, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Microsoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device. Microsoft's latest informational message is directed towards Office365 subscribers and is pushed to various versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 10. This may come as a surprise considering that those users are already paying customers. The popup launches right […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you […]

  • Microsoft’s updating terminology is atrocious
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 9, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Microsoft revealed some time ago that it wanted to bring the cumulative update scheme from its Windows 10 operating system to Windows 8.1 and 7. The new scheme started in October 2016 and brought along with it massive changes in regards to the downloading and deployment of updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems. […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Microsoft’s […]

  • Improve Windows 10 with one-click batch files
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 8, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Pleasant Windows 10 is a collection of one-click batch files by Ghacks reader Joern that improve the operating system in various ways. While there are plenty of tweaking and privacy tools out there for Windows 10, all have in common that you cannot verify any of the operations before they are executed. This may not […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Improve Windows 10 with […]

  • Microsoft to discontinue EMET in July 2018
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 4, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Microsoft announced yesterday that it has extended the support end data of the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit from January 2017 to July 2018. Microsoft introduced EMET in 2009 as a standalone security program for Windows designed to block certain exploits from being executed successfully. EMET was designed as a last line of defense against attacks […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks […]

  • Windows 10 updates are about to get a lot smaller
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 4, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Microsoft revealed yesterday that it plans to ship an improved updating system called Unified Update Platform (UUP) with Windows 10's Creators Update. Updating is definitely one of the sore topics when it comes to Windows machines. Microsoft changed the way updates are delivered -- from individual patches to cumulative update packages -- which made things […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks […]

  • Checking for updates slow on Windows 7? Here is the fix
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on November 2, 2016 at 5:38 am

    You may have noticed that update checks on Windows 7 machines may take a long, long, long time to complete before any updates are displayed for download and installation. Some users have reported that it took them days to get the initial list of updates displayed to them. That's unacceptable on several levels, but more […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Checking for updates […]

  • AtomBombing: Zero-Day Windows exploit
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Ensilo security researchers have discovered a new zero-day exploit in Windows that attackers can make use of to inject and execute malicious code. The researches call the exploit AtomBombing because of its use of a Windows function called Atom Tables. What's particularly interesting about the exploit is that it does not rely on security vulnerabilities […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks […]

  • Windows 10 updates KB3197954, KB3199986 and KB3190507
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Microsoft released a number of updates for Windows 10 version 1607 yesterday: KB3197954, KB3199986, KB3190507 and the security update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows KB3201860. If you are running the latest version of Windows 10, the Anniversary Update version, then those updates may already be installed on the machine. This depends largely on the […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. […]

  • Microsoft Paint vs Paint 3D Comparison
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 27, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Microsoft plans to launch a new Paint app called Paint 3D with the Windows 10 Creative Update in early 2017. It is unclear yet if Microsoft plans to replace the win32 version of Paint that was part of all recent and not so recent versions of Windows with the application version Paint 3D, or if […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Microsoft Paint vs Paint 3D Comparison appeared […]

  • My take on the Windows 10 Creators Update
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Microsoft revealed the name of the upcoming Windows 10 update today; the Windows 10 Creators Update will be out in 2017 (likely March). The company revealed several upcoming features of Windows 10 Creators Update today. While those events get me excited usually, this one in particular did not. Remember the 3D Builder app that Windows […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post My take […]

  • Turn off the Windows Customer Experience program
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 26, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Microsoft introduced the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program in Windows Vista, and has made it a part of any version of Windows since. Designed to collect information about hardware and how software and services are used, it is used by Microsoft to identify trends and usage patterns. Microsoft states that personal identifiable information such as […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks […]

  • Don’t install Nvidia driver 375.57 on Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Nvidia released a new driver for its video card on Friday, and it turned out quickly that the driver caused all kinds of issues on Windows 10 machines. When it comes to the installation of new drivers, display drivers or others, it is usually a good idea to wait a couple of days before you […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Don’t install Nvidia driver 375.57 on Windows […]

  • Open relative Command Prompt or Explorer windows quickly
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    When it comes to opening command prompt windows or Windows Explorer / File Explorer windows, there is often a way to accomplish this faster. How would you for instance open a command prompt window that uses the same path as the open Explorer window quickly? Would you select File > Open command prompt > Open […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Open relative Command Prompt […]

  • How will Microsoft fix bugs that security updates introduce?
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Microsoft switched how updates are delivered to the client operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 -- and also server operating systems -- in October 2016. Updates were provided as individual patches, and classified as security or non-security updates in the past. This meant that users and administrators could pick what they wanted to install […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The […]

  • Disable Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Heartbeat Telemetry
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 20, 2016 at 5:34 am

    If you have the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool installed on your machine, either by having installed it manually or because it shipped with Windows, you may have noticed already that it is sending out so called Heartbeat Reports after certain scans. These reports are not linked to any of the major telemetry services […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Disable […]

  • KB3199209 yet another Windows 10 patch without information
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 18, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Microsoft released a new update for its Windows 10 operating system today under KB3199209. If you run the release version of windows 10 and have installed the Anniversary Update already, then you may see the new update when you run a check for updates on the operating system the next time. The update's full title […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post KB3199209 yet another Windows […]

  • Next Windows 10 Feature Update in March 2017? What would you like to see?
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 18, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Microsoft plans to release two feature updates for its Windows 10 operating system in 2017. That's all the company communicated so far. A feature update will be similar in size and shape to the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 which Microsoft pushed out in August to Windows 10 devices. Rumors suggest that Microsoft might aim […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Next Windows 10 […]

  • Are all non-Enterprise Windows 10 users beta testers?
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

    While most Windows 10 machines probably run fine after updates have been installed, there is a growing number of reports of update related issues. This ranges from non-critical issues to issues that send the device in a never ending install and reboot cycle, or worse. Some systems are still plagued by freezes and disappearing drives […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Are all […]

  • Change the font face of the Registry Editor
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    The most recent Windows 10 Insider Build ships with an option to change the font face of the Registry Editor. We have talked about the newest Insider Build already; it introduces a much requested feature to the Windows Registry Editor: an address bar. This enables you to paste Registry paths instead of navigating to folders […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Change the font […]

  • Windows Upgrade Error Codes Decrypted
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    So you tried to upgrade your Windows machine to Windows 10 and it did not work. Got the cryptic error code 0x80070070 thrown at you, for instance when you check the Event Viewer, but have no idea what it means. A search on the Internet shows that other users experienced the same issue, but most […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows Upgrade Error Codes Decrypted appeared […]

  • Quickly analyze Windows Update errors
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    It is unclear how many Windows users and administrators run into updating issues on Windows machines regularly or occasionally. Updating issues can be frustrating, especially if the system lands in an endless cycle of downloads, installs, reboots and rollbacks that frustrate many users and system admins. The past year alone has seen several borked updates […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks […]

  • Microsoft Download Center still offering Windows update downloads
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 12, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Sometimes, I feel like Microsoft's right hand does not know what the left hand does. It does not help if communication is often minimal or non-existent. Vital information are often missing, and it is up to guesswork and not facts when it comes to changes. As you may know, Microsoft announced a major change coming […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Microsoft Download Center […]

  • Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier is a free program for Microsoft Windows operating systems that enables you to verify the authenticity of Windows or Office ISO images. You may want to verify ISO images before you use the image to install a version of Microsoft Windows or Office. While you could say that this […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows and Office Genuine […]

  • Windows 10: block automatic application updates
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 11, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Microsoft configured its Windows 10 operating system to update installed applications -- read Store apps or Universal Windows Platform apps -- automatically. While that is comfortable, as you can be sure to always run the latest version of an app or game on the Windows 10 device, it is not ideal if you want control […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows 10: block automatic […]

  • Say good-bye to individual patches on Windows 7 and 8
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Microsoft will change how patches and updates are delivered to devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8 starting tomorrow. We have talked about the push towards all-in-one (cumulative) Windows updates in August when the company announced the change. There is a bit of light and a lot of shadow when it comes to the new […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Say good-bye to individual […]

  • Restore the Control Panel link in Windows 10’s Win+X menu
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on October 10, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Microsoft added the Windows-X menu to Windows 8 in an effort to bring back some of the missing start menu links that it removed when it redesigned the start menu. The Windows 8 or Windows 10 start menu does not contain a link to the Control Panel for instance. The most likely explanation is that […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Restore the Control Panel link in Windows […]

  • Regain hard disk space by using Windows Update Cleanup in Windows 7 and 8.x
    Posted on January 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Disk Cleanup's Windows Update Cleanup weeds through the WinSxS folder and eliminates unnecessary files. Learn how to use the feature in Windows 7 and 8.x. […]

  • It's Microsoft Patch Tuesday: January 2014
    Posted on January 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Here's the information you need to make the right deploy decisions when applying Microsoft's January 2014 patches in your organization. […]

  • December Office tip mailbag: a complex Excel SUMIFS() function
    Posted on January 13, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Susan Sales Harkins helps a reader hash out a SUMIFS() solution with several criteria values across multiple sheets and the obligatory monkey wrench. […]

  • Set up a PC as a kiosk using Windows 8.1's Assigned Access
    Posted on January 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Learn how to use Windows 8.1's Assigned Access feature to configure a local user account to essentially function in kiosk mode. […]

  • 10+ dos and don'ts for using Office templates
    Posted on January 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    If your attempts to use Office templates usually leave you feeling stumped and frustrated, read these expert tips to gain a better grasp on how to use them. […]

  • Hightail: a robust alternative to Dropbox
    Posted on January 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    If you want a share-centric cloud file host service, our reviewer says Hightail delivers the features you need at a great price. […]

  • How to replace SkyDrive with Libraries in Windows 8.1
    Posted on January 3, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Learn how to move SkyDrive and reinstate Libraries as the primary location for accessing documents and pictures in Windows 8.1. […]

  • Add an exit strategy to bullet points in a PowerPoint slide
    Posted on January 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    It's easy to display bullet points one at a time. It's just as easy to get them to disappear, if you know the right properties to alter. […]

  • Survey: What's next after Windows XP?
    Posted on December 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Windows XP support is ending in April, and Tech Pro Research is conducting a survey to find out what companies are planning to do next. […]

  • Top 10 Windows articles of 2013
    Posted on December 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Windows 8 tips about taking screenshots, shutting down, and restoring your hard disk are among the most-read Windows articles in 2013. […]