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  • Microsoft releases .NET Framework 4.7.1
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Microsoft released the .NET Framework 4.7.1 earlier today for all supported Windows operating systems. The company notes that the .NET Framework 4.7.1 is included in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, and that it is available as a web installer and offline installer for other versions of Windows. As far as the supported versions […] 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 skip the queue and install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Microsoft will release the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 later today in a staged roll out. If past roll outs are an indicator, it may take months before the update is offered to all devices running the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft will make the update available to newer devices running Windows 10 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 How to skip the queue and […]

  • My “The Complete Windows 10 Privacy Guide” book is out
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I like to challenge myself when it comes to things I like, and one of the things that I always wanted to do in that regard was to write a book. Now, writing a book is a daunting task and I was never sure if I had the willpower to do so. I began writing […] 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 “The Complete Windows 10 Privacy Guide” book is out appeared first on gHacks […]

  • My personal take on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 17, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Microsoft released the Creators Update for Windows 10 six months ago, and will release the Fall Creators Update for the operating system today (on October 17, 2017). The name implies that it is a follow up update of the Creators Update, and likely a scheme that Microsoft will make use of in the coming years […] 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 personal take on the Windows 10 […]

  • Microsoft butts heads with Dutch DPA over Windows 10 Privacy
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 16, 2017 at 7:44 am

    The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) released a report on October 13, 2017 in which it claimed that Microsoft breaches Dutch data protection laws with the company's Windows 10 operating system. The Dutch DPA states in the report that it found multiple privacy violations in regards to Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Key concerns […] 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 […]

  • The Windows Winsat command
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 16, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Winsat, or Windows System Assessment Tool, is a Windows program that benchmarks various components of machines when run. The main file that is run to benchmark the device is winsat.exe, and you find the executable file in the system32 folder of the Windows installation. Microsoft introduced Winsat back with Windows Vista, and shipped 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 Settings get Startup management option
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

    While Microsoft is preparing to release the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Windows 10 devices worldwide next week, work on the coming version of Windows 10 began some time ago already. The new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17017 comes with some new features already that will likely make it in the first feature […] 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 Settings get […]

  • Create Windows recovery media with AOMEI Windows PE Builder
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

    AOMEI Windows PE Builder is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use to create bootable recovery media. Basically, what the program does is create a bootable Windows environment that is based Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. It adds a couple of extra tools to it, and you may burn the solution […] 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 Create Windows […]

  • Fix “jumping icons” on the Windows 10 desktop
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 13, 2017 at 7:58 am

    The most recent versions of Windows 10 -- including the upcoming Fall Creators Update version -- have a bug that impacts the moving of icons on the desktop. When you try to move an icon to the very left side of the desktop, you may notice that it jumps right back to its original location […] 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 Fix “jumping icons” on the Windows 10 […]

  • How to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 12, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Microsoft will release the Fall Creators Update for the company's Windows 10 operating system on October 17, 2017. The rollout of the update begins on that date but it may take months before the update is offered to all devices running a previous version of Windows 10. Admins may download the update manually, either through […] 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 delay the […]

  • Microsoft improves Windows Update log formatting in Windows 10 version 1709
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Microsoft switched the Windows Update log file from a plain text document to a binary file with the release of Windows 10. This meant, among other things, that you could not just open the log in a plain text editor to go through it, or use text editing tools to process it directly. Microsoft released […] 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 improves Windows Update log […]

  • Windows 10 to support Ogg, Vorbis and Theora
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 10, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Future versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system and Microsoft Edge will support the open formats Ogg, Vorbis and Theora. The news comes from the Microsoft Edge development platform status page which lists all three formats as in development in Edge and the desktop, and other platforms Microsoft supports with Windows 10. Microsoft Edge 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. The […]

  • Beware: Update KB4046355 removes Windows Media Player
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

    The Windows 10 update KB4046355 for the Fall Creators Update -- listed as FeatureOnDemandMediaPlayer - Windows 10 for x64-based Systems (KB4046355) removes Windows Media Player from the operating system. The update has been released for the Insider version of Windows 10 version 1709, but not to all devices that run the beta version of 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 […]

  • How to edit timestamps with Windows PowerShell
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    The following tutorial demonstrates how you can edit file timestamps -- create, last access and last write -- using Windows PowerShell. PowerShell is part of any modern version of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Microsoft shifted to PowerShell away from the Command Prompt on Windows 10, but did not remove the command prompt doing so. 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Initial Setup Script review
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 6, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Windows 10 Initial Setup Script is a PowerShell script that you may run on Windows 10 devices to make all kinds of post-setup changes to the operating system. While it is designed for post-setup operation, it can also be useful after bigger operating system updates that sometimes make changes to the configuration. The script itself […] 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 […]

  • Would you pay for a Windows subscription?
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 26, 2017 at 4:39 am

    The Windows operating system is offered as a standalone buy-once version and as a subscription-based version right now. The standalone version of Windows 10 is available as a full retail version, as a system builder version, as an upgrade, and as something that is already on a machine that you buy. The subscription-based version 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. The post Would you […]

  • KB4038792 blocks Microsoft Account sign-ins for some Windows 8.1 users
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 25, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Some Windows 8.1 users who have installed the September 2017 update KB4038792 report that  the installation broke Microsoft Account sign-ins on their devices. This issue is not the first that KB4038792 caused on machines running Windows 8.1. The connection during the update process was terminated for some users who tried to update the Windows 8.1 […] 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 […]

  • Microsoft September 2017 Patch Day: issues overview
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 16, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Microsoft released updates for all versions of Windows and other company products on the September 2017 Patch Day. The company listed only three known issues related to updates that it released on that day. While that is better than no information at all, it appears that the updates have caused quite a large number of […] 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 September 2017 […]

  • Microsoft: Privacy improvements in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Marisa Rogers, WDG Privacy Officer, revealed several privacy improvements that are coming to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on the Windows Experience blog today. The Fall Creators Update will be released officially on October 17th, 2017. Microsoft plans to roll out it gradually just like it has done with previous Windows 10 updates. While […] 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 […]

  • Good News: Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Pro deadline
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 6, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Raphael Aquino Jose, Senior Product Marketing Manager Surface, revealed yesterday in a blog post that the option to upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for free has been extended. Windows 10 S is a new edition of Windows 10 that is designed as a low-cost solution especially for the Education sector. 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 Good News: Microsoft extends free […]

  • Windows 10 Threat Mitigation advancements
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 2, 2017 at 8:11 am

    The new Windows as a Service model of Microsoft has helped Microsoft implement new threat mitigations and protection against threats faster than in the previous model that saw new releases happen every three years. Windows as a Service evolves the operating system constantly, or more precisely, twice a year with feature updates around March 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 reader. The […]

  • Which are your favorite features of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 2, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Microsoft will release the Fall Creators Update for the company's Windows 10 operating system on October 17th, 2017. The update will introduce new features and improvements to Windows 10, and remove or deprecate some features as well. We talked about the features that would likely be in the Fall Creators Update back in May 2017, […] 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 Which are your […]

  • Microsoft confirms: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17th, 2017
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Microsoft confirmed today that the next feature update for the company's Windows 10 operating system, the Fall creators Update, will be out on October 17th, 2017. Today, we’re pleased to announce that the next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update, we are […] 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 Fall Creators Update may be released on October 17, 2017
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 1, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Lenovo may have just leaked the release date for the upcoming feature update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, by accident. Update: Microsoft confirmed the release date on the official Windows blog: The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 1 The company published a press release […] 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 […]

  • Android and Windows 10 bug: files may disappear
    by Martin Brinkmann on September 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

    When you connect an Android device to a Windows 10 machine using an USB connection, you may end up losing data on the Android device. All Android devices can be connected to computer systems using USB. If you connect an Android device to Windows, the Media Transfer Protocl MTP is being used usually. Microsoft created […] 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 Android and Windows 10 […]

  • Microsoft Network Realtime Inspection Service (NisSrv.exe) information
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    If you open the task manager on a device running a recent version of Windows, you may notice the Microsoft Network Realtime Inspection Service (NisSrv.exe) as one of the tasks running on the PC. It may not be clear immediately if the process is legitimate or not, and what its purpose is. If you run […] 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 Network Realtime Inspection Service […]

  • 34% of Windows 10 devices still not updated to Creators Update version
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 25, 2017 at 5:20 am

    The next feature update of Windows 10, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, is just weeks away. It appears though however that over 35% of Windows 10 devices are not running the last feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update. AdDuplex, a cross-application advertisement provider for Windows Store applications publishes monthly accumulated information based 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 […]

  • Microsoft removes ReFS file system create option from Windows 10 Pro
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 21, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Microsoft will remove support for creating ReFS (Resilient File System) storage devices for all versions of Windows 10 except for Windows 10 Enterprise and the upcoming Windows 10 Pro for Workstations in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The company published a list of features that will be deprecated or removed in the Windows 10 […] 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 […]

  • Turn off smart multi-homed name resolution in Windows
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Smart multi-homed name resolution is a DNS related feature that Microsoft introduced in Windows 8 and implemented in Windows 10 as well. The feature is designed to speed up DNS resolution on a device running Windows 8 or newer by sending DNS requests across all available network adapters. Microsoft refined the feature in Windows 10 […] 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Microsoft announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations today, a new edition of the company's Windows 10 operating system aimed at high-end tasks and applications. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations comes with a set of new features and expanded hardware support. The company plans to launch the new edition of Windows 10 alongside the release of […] 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 appeases Kaspersky with upcoming antivirus changes
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 11, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Microsoft plans to introduces changes in the soon-to-be released Windows 10 Fall Creators update that intensifies the cooperation with third-party antivirus and security companies that publish products for Windows. Russian antivirus and security company Kaspersky criticized Microsoft's handling of third-party antivirus in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Kaspersky's main points of criticism were that Microsoft […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site […]

  • Manage Windows 10 Search Indexing
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Windows Search can cause high load situations on Windows 10 machines -- and on previous versions of Windows as well -- especially when search indexing runs. Basically, what search indexing does is scan all folders that are configured for indexation on the Windows device to add, change and remove the index to take into account […] 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 Manage Windows 10 […]

  • Turn Wi-Fi back on automatically on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Microsoft introduced a new feature in the Windows 10 Creators Update that gives users an option to turn Wi-Fi back on automatically after a set period of time. It may sometimes be useful to turn off Wi-Fi on a device. Maybe you want to work without being interrupted by constant Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest pings, […] 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 Wi-Fi back on […]

  • Windows 10 Build 16257: fixes Edge annoyance, introduces Eye Control
    by Martin Brinkmann on August 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 16257, a new preview build of the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, yesterday evening. The new version introduces a new Eye Control feature, designed to improve accessibility by adding options to control Windows with eye movement, Microsoft Edge improvements, a color overhaul for the Windows Console, input 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 […]

  • Windows 10 LTSB becomes Windows 10 LTSC
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Microsoft announced back in April of 2017 that it would release two feature updates of its Windows 10 operating system per year; one in March and the other in September of each year. The Windows 10 Creators Update, released back in April 2017, was the first feature update of Windows 10 that followed 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 Windows 10 LTSB becomes Windows 10 […]

  • Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16251: new Cortana commands
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 26, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Development of the next feature update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, is slowly coming to an end as Microsoft shifted development from adding features in builds to fixing issues and giving the new version a bit of polishing before release. Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16251 is not overly spectacular when it comes […] 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 […]

  • Microsoft’s stance on unsupported hardware adds uncertainty to Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Things were quite easy to understand from a support perspective in the pre-Windows 10 age. If you installed Windows on a PC or bought a PC with Windows pre-installed, you could be certain that you could run it until Microsoft ended support for the operating system. Upgrades to newer versions of Windows were possible 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 reader. The post Microsoft’s stance […]

  • Microsoft Paint will move to the Windows Store
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 25, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Microsoft plans to remove Microsoft Paint from the Windows 10 operating system and make the app available through Windows Store instead. Microsoft revealed removed and deprecated features of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version of the operating system recently. The long standing default image editor of Windows, Microsoft Paint, was listed under deprecated. […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for […]

  • 8 things Microsoft needs to fix in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 25, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Windows 10 was released in 2015 with much fanfare as the next and last version of the Windows operating system. While Windows 10 was designed for the ground up to work on any device type, its interface was flexible enough to provide desktop users with a different experience than users on mobile devices (the few […] 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 8 things Microsoft needs to fix […]

  • Windows 10 Web Search gets a tad more useful
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    The most recent Insider Build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update comes with extended web search functionality that makes it a tad more useful than it is right now in stable versions of Windows 10. Microsoft integrated web search capabilities into the default search functionality on Windows 10. This means that Windows 10 […] 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 […]

  • Regain hard disk space by using Windows Update Cleanup in Windows 7 and 8.x
    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
    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. […]

  • Restore a Windows XP backup in Windows 8
    on January 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Learn how to get Windows XP's Backup Utility to run in Windows 8 so that you can restore a backup. […]

  • December Office tip mailbag: a complex Excel SUMIFS() function
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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?
    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. […]