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  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes (optional) OpenSSH Client and Server
    by Martin Brinkmann on December 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Microsoft added support for the OpenSSH protocol in the Fall Creators Update version of Windows 10. The feature is not installed by default, and listed as beta right now. That, and the fact that it is far from feature complete when compared to third-party OpenSSH clients makes it unusable in most work environments right now. […] 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 […]

  • Microsoft removes HEVC codec in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, adds it to Store
    by Martin Brinkmann on December 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    New installations of Microsoft's most recent version of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update version or version 1709, come without support for the HEVC codec. Users who install the system anew or for the first time may notice that the codec is missing, and may install the HEVC Video Extension from the Microsoft Store 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 removes HEVC […]

  • Getting Windows 7 Update error 80248015? You are not alone
    by Martin Brinkmann on December 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    If you run a device that is powered by Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, you may have noticed already, or not, that the system's update functionality may be broken completely. A check for updates returns the error message "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need 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 Getting […]

  • Allow only manual updates on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on December 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Microsoft removed updating controls when it released the Windows 10 operating systems so that it has become less trivial to set the updating process to manual or disable updates altogether. This is true especially when it comes to Windows 10 Home. One of the better solutions to regain controls over updates was to disable 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 Allow only manual […]

  • Microsoft releases KB4051963, KB4052342, KB4055237 and KB4054022 for Windows 10 version 1709
    by Martin Brinkmann on December 2, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Busy Microsoft released a total of four updates for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update; one cumulative update that addresses several issues, two dynamic updates and a servicing stack update. KB4051963 is the major update for Windows 10 version 1709. It brings the build of the operating system to 16299.98, and was released on November […] 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 reaches 3/5 of its 1 billion Windows devices goal
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 30, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has reached a new milestone recently; the operating system is installed on more than 600 million devices as of November 2017 according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who revealed the figure at the company's annual shareholder's meeting. When Microsoft launched Windows 10 back in 2015, it set a very ambitious […] 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 Sets is more than a tabbed interface for programs
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Windows Sets is a new feature that Microsoft is working on currently. It is designed to bring a tabbed interface to any program window on any Windows 10 machine. Think of how web browsers like Microsoft Edge handle tabs, but for any window and with the option to open any program in tabs. Microsoft gave […] 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 Sets is more than a tabbed […]

  • Microsoft releases Web Media Extensions for Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 29, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Web Media Extensions is a new application for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that adds support for OGG, Vorbis and Theora. The Windows 10 operating system supports more media formats than previous versions of Windows out of the box, mkv is to be named here specifically for instance, but there are plenty of formats 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 Microsoft […]

  • HP installing HP Touchpoint Analytics Client Telemetry service
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 27, 2017 at 7:50 am

    HP customers from around the world report that HP started to install the HP Touchpoint Manager software on their devices, and with it a new Windows Telemetry service called HP Touchpoint Analytics Client. According to these reports, this is done without user interaction, and in the background. The first report of the installation of HP […] 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 HP […]

  • Windows 10 version 1709 blocking security updates?
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 26, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Windows 10 users and administrators who set a policy on machines running Windows 10 to delay the deployment of feature updates, may notice that cumulative security updates are not installed on PC systems with these configurations either. Microsoft moved policies around a bit in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Administrators and users 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 […]

  • How to handle failed downloads “virus detected” on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 23, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I tried to download a file recently on a Windows 10 Fall Creators Update system using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox, and could not because all blocked the file download because of a virus that was detected during the security scan. Chrome displayed "Failed - Virus detected", Microsoft Edge "[filename] contained a virus […] 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 […]

  • Microsoft Security Faux Pas: ASLR implementation issue on Windows 8 and 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    If you use Microsoft EMET on Windows 8.x or Windows 10 machines, or the new Windows Defender Exploit Guard on Windows 10 version 1709, your system may not have been protected properly by a protective feature called Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). Security researcher Will Dormann of the CERT/CC discovered an ASLR implementation issue 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 […]

  • Microsoft confirms Epson Printer bug caused by November 2017 updates
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Microsoft confirmed today that November 2017 updates for the Windows operating system affect the printing functionality of some Epson printer models. Print jobs are terminated with the error message "Win32 error code returned by the print processor: 2147500037" on affected devices. The issue seemed to affect Epson dot matrix printers, and users reported issues with […] 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 […]

  • How to delete downloaded Windows Update files
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Windows Update works for the most part pretty reliable. It is an automated system of Microsoft's Windows operating system that handles the downloading and installing of updates for the operating system. At best, it is a silent service that runs in the background; it may ask you to restart the PC every now and then […] 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 delete downloaded […]

  • Block “You need to format the disk” message in Windows
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    When you click on a drive letter of a drive with a RAW partition that has an assigned drive letter, you get the prompt "you need to format the disk in drive [letter] before you can use it. Do you want to format it?". While that is a good thing if the drive is 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 Block “You need to format the disk” message in Windows appeared […]

  • Windows 10 Preview Build 17035 launches with interesting changes
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Microsoft published a new Insider Preview build today to the Fast Ring channel that brings the build number of Windows 10 to 17035. Work on the next feature update of Windows 10 began some time ago, and new features and changes are slowly being introduced by Microsoft. Windows 10 Build 17035 features a couple 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 Windows 10 Preview Build 17035 […]

  • How to enable Windows Sonic on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Windows Sonic was one of the features that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 Creators Update that did not receive a lot of attention. Windows Sonic is Microsoft's solution for introducing spatial sound support on Windows 10 devices. The functionality is available to Universal Windows Platform applications and Win32 desktop programs, and developers may use […] 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 […]

  • Evading Autoruns, or: don’t rely solely on Autoruns for security
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Autoruns is a popular program for Windows to analyze all the different files, programs, and other items that run on system startup. It is probably the most used tool for that purpose, and includes lots of nice to have features such as scanning files on Virustotal, hiding Microsoft entries, or management of autorun files 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 Evading Autoruns, […]

  • Turn off video autoplay in Microsoft Store
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 5, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Microsoft Store is the main hub of the Windows operating system to download apps and games, and make purchases. Some apps and games, but mostly games, play videos automatically when you open their Store page. The game Kholat does so for instance when you open it in Microsoft's Store (but not when you open 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 Turn off video autoplay in […]

  • Microsoft releases KB4052234, KB4052234 and Windows 10 updates
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 3, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Microsoft released a whole bunch of non-security updates for its operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and several versions of Windows 10 yesterday. Update: Microsoft pulled KB4052234 and KB4052234. It is unclear right now why the company did so. KB4052234 is out for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack […] 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 […]

  • KB4051613: Adobe Flash Player Windows Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on November 2, 2017 at 8:13 am

    KB4051613  -- Update for Adobe Flash Player: November 1, 2017 -- is a new Windows Update that resolves Adobe Flash Player issues. The update is available for all versions of Windows that include Adobe Flash Player natively. What's particularly interesting about that is that Microsoft released the patch not only for Windows versions that 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 […]

  • Microsoft to end free Windows 10 accessibility upgrade offer
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Windows customers have two options right now when it comes to upgrading previous versions of the operating system to Windows 10. They can either upgrade a Windows 7 or 8 system directly to Windows 10 for free, or use Microsoft's offer for customers who use assistive technologies to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. 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 Microsoft to end free […]

  • Analyze Service Host high CPU usage
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 29, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    High CPU usage of a process on Windows can slow down other operations to snail like pace. While that is sometimes caused by user run programs, say a taxing computer game or video rendering program, it may sometimes be caused by Windows processes such as Service Host. Service Host is a svchost.exe process; Recent 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 Analyze Service Host […]

  • Configure Windows Defender Network protection in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 26, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Network Protection is a new security feature of Windows Defender that Microsoft introduced in the Fall Creators Update for its Windows 10 operating system. It extends Windows Defender SmartScreen by blocking outbound (HTTP and HTTPS) traffic connecting to resources that have a low reputation. The feature is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard, and 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 […]

  • Add blocked programs to Controlled Folder Access’ whitelist
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 25, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Add Application to Controlled Folder is a handy PowerShell script which you may use to whitelist blocked programs by Windows 10's Controlled Folder Access feature. Controlled Folder Access is a new security feature of Windows Defender that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The feature is not turned on by default; we […] 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 […]

  • Block reopening of Programs on Windows 10 start
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 25, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Microsoft made a fundamental change in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 that changes how the operating system handles program windows that were open during the last shutdown or restart. Previous versions of Windows closed open programs on shutdown or restart, and kept them closed when you'd boot into the system the next 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 Block […]

  • Configure Windows Defender Exploit protection in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 25, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Exploit protection is a new security feature of Windows Defender that Microsoft introduced in the operating system's Fall Creators Update. Exploit Guard is a set of features that includes exploit protection, attack surface reduction, network protection, and controlled folder access. Exploit protection can best be described as an integrated version of Microsoft's EMET -- Exploit […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you […]

  • Configure Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Controlled Folder Access is a new feature introduced in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 that is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard. The security feature protects files from being accessed by malicious code running on the Windows machine, and Microsoft advertises it specifically as a protection mechanism against ransomware. The feature requires 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 […]

  • Configure Attack Surface Reduction in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 23, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Attack Surface Reduction is a new security feature of Windows Defender Exploit Guard on Windows 10 that Microsoft introduced in the Fall Creators Update. Attack Surface Reduction may prevent common actions of malicious software that is run on Windows 10 devices that have the feature enabled. The feature is rules based, and designed to target […] 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 […]

  • Remove old Windows files after Fall Creators Update installation
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    If you are a regular here you know that you can free up a lot of disk space after the installation of a new Windows update. Microsoft released the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 this week. Windows keeps a copy of the old operating system ready after feature updates, mainly to make it easier […] 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 Remove old Windows files after Fall Creators […]

  • Remove the 3D Objects folder from This PC in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Microsoft's Creators Update pushed 3D applications to the operating system, and the follow up update Fall Creators Update seems to have pushed even more 3D related content. While this may appeal to some users, I cannot see this as being a feature that is attractive to most desktop PC users. If you open File Explorer […] 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 Remove the 3D Objects […]

  • How to fix Memory Management Bluescreens on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 20, 2017 at 5:30 am

    When I tried to install the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 on my Surface Pro 4 device using Windows Update, I was greeted with a "Your PC ran into a problem" bluescreen message highlighting the stop code Memory Management. The error happened during the installation of a feature update, but reports on the Internet […] 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 fix Memory […]

  • Windows 10: Your phone linking is broken (for some)
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    One of the new features of Microsoft's Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 is the ability to link your phone and your Windows 10 PC. The main idea behind the feature is to send information from your smartphone, Android and iOS devices are supported, to the Windows 10 PC so that you can continue 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 Windows 10: Your phone linking is broken […]

  • How to analyze Windows 10 upgrade errors
    by Martin Brinkmann on October 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Whenever updates for Windows are released, reports about issues with these updates are usually posted soon thereafter to forums and social media sites. This is true more so for big updates or upgrades, but even a small update can cause all kinds of issues. Microsoft released the Fall Creators Update this week, and reports 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 How to analyze […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]