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  • Configure digital pen shortcuts on Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 22, 2016 at 5:53 am

    The following guide explains to you how to change digital pen shortcuts on devices running Windows 10. Windows 10's Anniversary Update brought along with it a new home for digital pens called Windows Ink. It is the new Hub for digital pens, and if you have ever connected a pen to your device, you will […] 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 Configure digital pen shortcuts on […]

  • Microsoft Software Repair Tool for Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Software Repair Tool is a free program for Windows 10 by Microsoft that you may be asked to run when contacting Microsoft Support. It has been designed to run a series of checks and fixes on a machine running Windows 10. The tool provides little information about what it does. In fact, the first screen […] 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 Software Repair Tool for […]

  • Windows 10 Annoyance: Choose default apps
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 20, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Windows 10 ships with a new interface to choose default applications on the system. While the classic control panel applet is still there, most users of Windows 10 are probably exposed to the options in the new Settings application first. To get there, press Windows-I to open the Settings app on a machine running 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 Windows 10 Annoyance: […]

  • Windows 10 Annoyance: Apps get re-installed after updates
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 19, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Windows 10 ships with a truckload of system applications that are installed by default. Most of those are created and maintained by Microsoft. Some replace functionality of legacy programs of previous versions of Windows, others are unique to Windows 10. If you go through the listing of installed system apps, you may notice one or […] 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Update Delivery Optimization explained
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system ships with a feature that Microsoft calls (update) Delivery Optimization. The feature uses local network or Internet sources to deliver updates to machines running Windows 10. Basically, peer to peer assisted update delivery. Delivery Optimization is turned on by default on all editions of Windows 10. There is however a […] 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 to push all-in-one Windows updates
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 16, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Microsoft announced yesterday that it plans to change how patches for previous versions of the company's Windows operating system are made available. The change affects all client and server versions of Windows prior to the release of Windows 10: Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 on the client side, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server […] 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 […]

  • Hide or disable Action Center on Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 16, 2016 at 6:43 am

    The Windows 10 Action Center is a central location that collects notifications and gives users control over certain features of the operating system. It is very similar to the notification system on mobile devices that inform users about new events and offer toggles to turn features like WiFi or Mobile Data on or off. 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. The post Hide or disable […]

  • Link a Microsoft Account to a Windows 10 license
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 15, 2016 at 11:33 am

    You may link a Microsoft account to a Windows 10 license on a device on Windows 10 version 1607 and later (Anniversary Update). The main benefit of doing so is that it may help you reactive Windows 10 on the machine if you make a "significant" hardware change. Windows 10 remains activated if you change […] 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 Link a Microsoft Account to a Windows 10 […]

  • Change File Locations of Cortana Search on Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 15, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Cortana and search are more or less merged on Windows 10. You may use search to find programs, apps, web results, settings, and local files. Windows 10 uses indexing for locations, and will only return results of indexed locations when you run searches using the Windows 10 start menu. Default locations that are indexed automatically […] 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 […]

  • StorDiag.exe: new Windows 10 Storage Diagnostic tool
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 15, 2016 at 5:31 am

    StorDiag.exe is a new command line drive tool to analyze storage on devices running Windows 10 that Microsoft added silently to the Anniversary Update. The program is a diagnostic tool that you may use to identify storage related issues. Issues that it may detect including corruption of the NTFS file system. There is more 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 StorDiag.exe: new […]

  • Microsoft to support Skylake on Windows 7 and 8.1 after all
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Microsoft announced back in January that future processors would only be supported by the company's Windows 10 operating system and not previous versions of Windows. This came as a surprise to many users and businesses, as Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are still supported by the company. In fact, Windows 8.1 is still on its […] 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 to support […]

  • 10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

    10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows lists ten methods to analyze and clear used hard drive space on Windows computer systems. While you might say that such a guide is no longer necessary, as we are in the age of the Terabyte hard drive, I respectfully have to disagree. First, older […] 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 10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows […]

  • Find out if Windows 10 is limiting your Internet speed
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    If you noticed an Internet speed drop after upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10, the following troubleshooting guide may help resolve it. It may be particularly useful if the Internet speed was fine on previous versions of Windows, and is no longer after the upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update edition. Microsoft introduced […] 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 Find […]

  • Manage Windows Defender Notifications
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Windows Defender is the default antivirus solution that ships with Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. It is turned on by default unless antivirus solutions are installed that Windows Defender recognizes. Despite contrary reports, it is still possible to turn off Windows Defender if it does not recognize another antivirus solution or none is installed on […] 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 […]

  • Disable the Windows 10 Lock Screen (Anniversary Update)
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 5, 2016 at 3:53 am

    As you may know, Microsoft disabled some policies from working on Windows 10 Pro systems in the Anniversary Update. Among the things that Windows 10 Pro admins cannot configure anymore is the lock screen behavior, or more precisely, the policy to turn off the lock screen. While the lock screen may have its uses on […] 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 the Windows 10 Lock […]

  • Free Windows 10 Upgrade Still On for Windows 7/8 keys
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Reports are coming in that Windows users may still upgrade their devices to Windows 10 provided that they have a Windows 7 or 8 key. Microsoft's official offer to upgrade to Windows 10 for free from a device running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 ended on July 29, 2016. While the official offer ended, reports […] 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 Free Windows 10 Upgrade Still On for […]

  • NET Framework 4.6.2 released
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Microsoft released the .NET Framework 4.6.2 yesterday for most supported versions of Microsoft Windows featuring "dozens of bug fixes and improvements". Microsoft ships version 4.6.2 of the NET Framework with Windows 10's Anniversary Update meaning that it does not need to be installed separately on systems running the latest version of Windows 10. Web and […] 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 […]

  • Download and install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    While the release date of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is August 2, 2016, not all users will receive the update on that date as Microsoft plans to roll it out gradually. Microsoft plans to deliver the update via Windows Update starting 19:00 CET, and via the Media Creation Toolkit at around the same time. […] 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 Download and install the Windows […]

  • You can still grab a free Windows 10 copy after July 29, 2016
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 29, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Microsoft's offer to upgrade to Windows 10 from devices running eligible copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 expires today on July 29, 2016. The company announced previously that it won't end the offer for customers who use assistive technologies. Microsoft did not reveal back then if and which requirements had to be met 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 You can still grab […]

  • Microsoft removes policies from Windows 10 Pro
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Professional editions of Windows 10 ship with the Group Policy Editor that enables users and administrators to make changes to the default configuration of the operating system. Up until now, policy availability was more or less identical for all professional versions of Windows 10. Turns out, this is no longer the case when the 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Version 1607 driver signing changes
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Microsoft announced recently that the upcoming version 1607 of Windows 10, known as the Anniversary Update, will only load kernel mode drivers that are digitally signed by Microsoft. The change won't affect all systems however the company notes, as only new installations are affected in the beginning. Starting with new installations of Windows 10, version […] 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 […]

  • Free up Windows 10 Disk Space with Compact OS
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 28, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Compact OS is a new command line tool that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 operating system in an effort to reduce the system's disk footprint. Probably the biggest change to previous versions of Windows in this regard is that Windows 10 does not need recovery images anymore, as the operating system will use existing […] 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 Free up Windows 10 […]

  • You will use Cortana, Microsoft says
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Surprise, surprise. If things remain as they are, Windows 10 users who upgrade to the Anniversary Update won't be able to turn off Cortana anymore using the Cortana settings. If you compare the start menu settings of Cortana of the current version of Windows (version 1511) with those of the Anniversary Update (version 1607) 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 You will use […]

  • Reserve Windows 10 without using it
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 25, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Only a couple of days are left until Microsoft's "everyone, gather around and grab a free copy of Windows 10" offer expires. Without getting into the "should you, or should not you" argument again when it comes to the upgrade offer to Windows 10, you may wonder if there is a way to grab 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. The post Reserve Windows 10 without using it appeared first […]

  • Find out which version of Windows 10 is installed
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Microsoft changed how feature updates are released on Windows. While updates are still delivered via Windows Updates and other update options, updates on Windows 10 are not reflected in the operating system's name. There is no Windows 10 Service Pack 1, or Windows 10.1, for instance, and Microsoft has no plans to change 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 Find out […]

  • Microsoft in hot water over Windows 10 privacy in France
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 21, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Windows 10 Privacy, it seems like a never ending story that just won't get away. France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) served Microsoft with a formal notice on July 20, 2016 asking the company to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months. The claim? Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is used 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 […]

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update timing is off
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    In a little bit over a week, Microsoft ends the free upgrade offer for eligible Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. While some may still get the upgrade for free after July 29, 2016, the majority of Windows devices aren't. It is likely that Microsoft servers will experience a rush of late-comers who want to grab […] 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 Windows 10 […]

  • Microsoft shames power hungry programs on Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    If you are running a recent stable version of Microsoft Windows 10 on a mobile device, you may have received notifications already about programs or apps that drain battery on the device. For instance, if you run Chrome or Firefox, you may get the message that said browser is draining battery faster than Microsoft Edge. […] 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 shames power […]

  • Would you pay a subscription fee for Windows?
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 13, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Ever since Microsoft introduced Windows 10's free for the first year upgrade offer, rumors circulated around the Internet that the company would introduce subscriptions after that time period that all users who had upgraded to Windows 10 for free would have to pay. While those rumors are not true as far as I can tell, […] 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 Would you pay a […]

  • 5 Reasons to upgrade to Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 9, 2016 at 6:52 am

    There are reasons for and against upgrading an existing system to Windows 10. I covered reasons to keep on using an existing operating system yesterday already and suggest you check it out first. Today, I'm going to look at reasons for making the switch to Windows 10. I want to make clear that you have […] 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 5 Reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 […]

  • 5 Reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    The free to upgrade period to Windows 10 is almost at an end, and it is likely that many users who have not upgraded yet consider doing so. The reason is simple: the upgrade is free, and it is possible to go back in the first month should things turn out not to your liking. […] 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 5 Reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 appeared first on gHacks […]

  • One More Time: Get Windows 10 notification
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on July 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Microsoft's free upgrade offer to Windows 10 ends on July 29, 2016 and will not be renewed at that time. The company pushed Windows 10 on devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in different ways throughout the past eleven months since release. First, it offered Windows 10 as an upgrade that users had 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 One More Time: Get Windows 10 […]

  • Microsoft drops Messaging Everywhere feature in Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on June 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Microsoft announced today the release of a new Windows Insider Build for Fast ring users that removes the Messaging Everywhere feature from the operating system. Messaging Everywhere allowed users to browse, send and receive Windows mobile text messages on a PC running Windows 10. Basically, what it did was keep the messages in sync between […] 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 available August 2
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on June 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Microsoft announced today that the much awaited Anniversary Update for Windows 10 will be available on August 2. The Anniversary Update will introduce a massive set of new features and improvements to Windows 10. This includes among many other things Linux Bash support, extensions for Microsoft Edge, Windows Ink for better ink support, Cortana 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 […]

  • Windows 10 upgrade prompt gets decline option
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on June 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Better late than never. Microsoft is about to release an update to the company's Get Windows 10 application for Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices that includes a decline option. Microsoft has been criticized heavily for its aggressive push of the Windows 10 operating system. The company's offer looks like a good one on first […] 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 upgrade […]

  • When Software Companies don’t accept No
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on June 26, 2016 at 6:11 am

    One of the most frustrating experience when it comes to software is how some companies won't accept no for an answer when it comes to software. A prime example of this is how Microsoft advertises Windows 10 on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Instead of displaying a one-time dialog to users with clearly […] 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 When Software Companies […]

  • Linking Windows 10 licenses to Microsoft Accounts
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on June 23, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Microsoft introduced a new feature in windows 10 Build 14371 that allows you to link the digital license of the operating system to a Microsoft Account. Even though Microsoft stated in the announcement that the feature is available starting with Build 14371, things look different currently than how Microsoft describes them. Considering that this is […] 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. […]

  • Fix Namespace is already defined errors
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on June 20, 2016 at 10:42 am

    The error message Namespace is already defined may be displayed when you open the Group Policy editor on Windows 10, or try to edit an affected policy. As an example, the following error message was displayed twice when I opened the Group Policy Editor on a Windows 10 machine: Namespace 'Microsoft.Policies.Sensors.WindowsLocationProvider' is already defined 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 […]

  • Repair Tasks resolves the task image is corrupt issues
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on June 19, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Repair Tasks is a free program for the Windows operating system to resolve "the task image is corrupt" issues of the Windows Task Scheduler. The Task Scheduler is one of the core components of the Windows operating system. Microsoft and third-party software use tasks to run programs or commands on schedule. Task corruption is a […] 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 Repair Tasks […]

  • Turn off Windows 10 Features
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on June 18, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Microsoft operating systems ship with features, several of them enabled by default, that many Windows users may not need when it comes to running the computer. These features are enabled for compatibility purposes, and while that is a good thing, may use memory, cpu cycles, or even expose the device to attacks or security issues. […] 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 Turn off […]

  • 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. […]