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  • TileIconifier: make Windows Tiles prettier
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

    TileIconifier is a free portable program for devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that enables you to make program tiles displayed in the operating system's start menu prettier. If you have worked on a Windows 10 system before you may know that two types of tiles may be displayed in the start menu. 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 TileIconifier: make […]

  • Display the disk activity of any process in Windows
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    The following guide describes how you can look up the disk reads and writes of any process on a computer running Microsoft Windows. It is probably a good idea to answer why someone would want information about disk read and write activity of processes first. There are a couple of reasons. First, 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 Display the disk activity of any […]

  • Windows Favorites throw File Download Security Warning popup
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 24, 2016 at 5:52 am

    If you open favorites on up to date Windows PCs from the favorites folder, you may get a File Download - Security Warning popup whenever you do so. The popup is a security warning that asks you whether you "want to open this file". It lists the name, type, and location, and displays open 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 post Windows Favorites throw File Download Security […]

  • KB3184143 Update to remove Get Windows 10 offer out
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 21, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Microsoft released the update KB3184143 "Remove software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer" yesterday which uninstalls several related and no longer needed updates on machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Get Windows 10 helped push the company's Windows 10 operating system for a year thanks to a free offer and malware-like behavior […] 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 automatic reboot after Windows Updates in Windows 10
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    One of the most frustrating experiences on Windows is the operating system's default updating behavior. Windows is configured to download and install patches automatically when they become available. Many require a restart before they are fully installed on the system, and Windows will restart the system automatically if that is the case. While you can […] 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 […]

  • How to change your primary Microsoft Account email
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 18, 2016 at 5:57 am

    This guide walks you through the steps of changing your primary Microsoft Account email address that is used to sign in to Microsoft services. Microsoft is pushing Microsoft Accounts hard with the release of Windows 10. It is the suggested sign in method on Windows 10 devices. While there is still an option to switch […] 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 change your […]

  • Windows Anywhere could become Sync 2.0
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 17, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Windows Anywhere is a new option of the most recent Windows 10 Insider Build that got released a couple of days ago that looks on first glance like a copy of Sync (which is also still a part of that build). As you may know, Windows 10 users may sync certain settings, the theme, 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 Windows Anywhere could become Sync 2.0 appeared first on […]

  • Surface Phone needs to be unique to revive Windows Phone
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 16, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Windows Phone looks like a dying platform. The platform did not do well when Nokia was still producing phones for it, and it did even worse after Microsoft's acquisition of the company. No new phones in a while from Microsoft, and it looks as if the company made the decision to let the Lumia brand […] 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 Surface Phone needs to be unique to revive […]

  • Microsoft Kill Switch for Windows 10 Insider versions
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 15, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Microsoft revealed yesterday that it will kill old Windows 10 Insider versions that are expired so that devices won't boot killed builds anymore. The company's Insider program is designed to give users and companies a chance to test new builds of the Windows 10 operating system before they become available on the stable channel, 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 post Microsoft […]

  • First converted programs appear as apps in Windows Store
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 15, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Microsoft revealed a program called Desktop Bridge this year that it designed to make the conversion of desktop programs to Windows Store apps easier. Basically, what the app does is convert the Windows program to an UWP application. In best case, and if no add-on UWP features are required, that is all there 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 First converted programs […]

  • Windows 10 Build 14926 fixes removed apps reinstallation issue
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Microsoft started to push out Windows 10 Build 14926 earlier today to the cutting edge Insider Channel. The new release is mostly a bug fix release as it fixes several issues that users of Windows 10 may experience when they work on devices that run the operating system. This includes a crash fix in Adobe […] 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 14926 fixes removed […]

  • KB3189866 stuck at 45% or 95%? Install it manually instead
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Reports are coming in that the latest cumulative update for Windows 10, KB3189866 won't install properly when Windows Update is being used. Users who experience the issue notice that the update stalls at 45% or 95% most of the time, and that it won't continue with the installation after that point. The usual options 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 KB3189866 stuck at 45% […]

  • Play Music on a Surface While the Screen is Off
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 13, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I bought a Surface Pro 4 some time ago and like the device a lot. It replaced the laptop that I used while on the go and traveling, and is an excellent device all in all. One thing that I did not realize up until recently was that the Surface behaved weird 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 Play Music on a Surface While the Screen is Off appeared first on gHacks […]

  • Fix Windows Store issues
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 11, 2016 at 7:08 am

    If you are using Windows Store occasionally or even regularly, you may have encountered issues at times while doing so. Maybe you could not get an app to download to your device, get a listing to display in Store, or even open Windows Store at all. The experience can be frustrating if you run into […] 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 Windows Store issues appeared first on […]

  • Windows 10: Get Started App
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Get Started is a native application for Windows 10 designed by Microsoft to provide users with information about operating system feature. You find the application attached to the Start Menu, but may load it by tapping on the Windows-key, typing Get Started, and hitting the Enter-key as well. While I'm usually not a fan 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: Get […]

  • Microsoft Windows Store Cleanup 2016
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    If you want to compete with Google's and Apple's mobile platforms, you have to be on an eye to eye level when it comes to the number of offered apps. This seems to have Microsoft's initial idea when it launched Windows Store as a native application in Windows 8. Things did not work out too […] 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 Windows Store Cleanup 2016 appeared first […]

  • Getting a Windows Product Key on the cheap
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 3, 2016 at 5:47 am

    If you want to buy a copy of Windows 10 directly from Microsoft, you pay $119.99 for Home and $199.99 for Pro on Microsoft's Store. If you want to buy a copy of a previous version of Windows, you are out of luck as Microsoft does not offer those for sale anymore. Retailers like Amazon […] 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 a Windows Product Key on the cheap appeared first […]

  • Windows 10 Update History improvement
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on September 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Microsoft improved the Update History of Windows 10 in the most recent Insider Build; it separates updates into different categories now for easier recognition. If you run a device with Windows 10, you may know that the Update History page is not all that useful. First, all updates are lumped together in a long, long […] 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 Update History […]

  • Microsoft improves Delivery Optimization for Windows Insiders
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 31, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Microsoft released a new Windows Insider build just a moment ago that brings PCs running on the Fast Ring to Windows 10 Build 14915. The new version fixes a couple of issues such as not being able to shut down the PC using Start > Shutdown, changing the update Ring, or various crashes that users […] 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 Delivery Optimization for […]

  • What does “only supported on Windows 10” mean for chips?
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 31, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Whose idea was it to limit support for future generations of Intel and AMD chips to Windows 10? We don't know the answer to that, but the finger seems to point to Microsoft. Microsoft revealed in January of this year that the next generation of silicon chips would only by supported by Windows 10, 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 What does “only supported on Windows […]

  • Microsoft: Windows 10 on 39% of all PCs
    Posted by Martin Brinkmann on August 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    You have several options if you want to know how well -- or not -- an operating system is doing. One option is to use usage tracking companies and their data. Firms like Netmarketshare release stats every month publicly that are based on hundreds of millions of user interactions. While that is useful to 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 Microsoft: Windows 10 on 39% of all […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]