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  • 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Removed Features
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Microsoft plans to release the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the next feature update for Windows 10 in a couple of months. The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 will introduce new functionality but also remove some that was available in previous versions of the operating system. Microsoft published a Support article that highlights removed […] 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: less downtime during feature upgrades
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Microsoft plans to roll out a change in the coming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that aims to reduce the time the computer is installing the update. The new feature shifts some processes which are currently processed during installation of the update. Microsoft separates Windows 10 updates into online and offline phases. The process begins […] 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 large folders in Windows super fast
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 18, 2017 at 8:18 am

    When you delete huge folders in Windows, you will notice that the process takes quite a bit of time to complete. I keep backup folders of Ghacks locally on a platter-based drive, and these folders come close to 30 Gigabytes in size with more than 140,000 files and 350 folders. When I need to delete […] 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 large folders in Windows super […]

  • Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 18, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC is an error message that Windows 10 may throw during the update to a newer version of the operating system. Microsoft moved away from the classic service pack / new version of Windows update scheme of the past to Windows as a Service with the company's […] 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 is no longer supported on this PC […]

  • Microsoft releases LinkedIn Windows 10 app (web wrapper)
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Microsoft and LinkedIn announced today the release of the new LinkedIn application for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. The app, which will be rolled out gradually until the end of the month to the Windows 10 population is LinkedIn's first application for Windows 10. The company announced earlier that it made the decision to retire […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post […]

  • Use Windows PowerShell to install optional features
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 14, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Microsoft Windows ships with a set of so-called optional features that users may enable or disable using the "turn Windows features on or off" control panel applet. This works well for the most part, but requires that you open the Control Panel on the operating system unless you load the Features window directly by typing […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Use Windows […]

  • Windows 10 Build 16241: Task Manager Process Groups
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Microsoft published a new build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today to the Fast Ring Insider channel. While users should not expect major features being integrated into the new version of Windows 10 at this stage in development, new builds do feature gradual improvements over previous ones. The last build featured for […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows […]

  • Remove the Windows.old folder manually
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Windows creates the folder Windows.old on a PC running Windows when you upgrade the PC to a new version of the operating system. The Windows.old folder contains files and folders of the old installation of Windows, and the main reason it is there is that it is used to restore the old system if 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 Remove the Windows.old folder manually […]

  • Microsoft 365: Windows and Office subscription bundle
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Microsoft 365 is a new subscription-based service by Microsoft that includes Windows,Office 365 and Windows Mobility in a single package. Announced officially on July 10, 2017 by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team on the official Office blog, Microsoft 365 is the next step in Microsoft's transformation to a company that moves […] 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 Fall Creators Update: Limit Windows Update bandwidth
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Microsoft added a new feature to the Windows Update functionality of the most recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Insider build that allows you to limit the Windows Update bandwidth. Microsoft did not mention the new feature in the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16237 post on the official Microsoft website. Note: This 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 Windows 10 Fall […]

  • Remove Windows 10 Context Menu bloat
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Microsoft added new entries to the File Explorer context menu in Windows 10 that some users of the operating system may like, and others may call bloat. If you right-click on files in the most recent release build of Windows 10, the Creators Update, you get up to three additional context menu items. You may […] 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 Windows 10 Context Menu bloat […]

  • Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16237
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 8, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Microsoft has pushed out another build of its upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update feature update to the Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring channel. Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16237 brings new features to Microsoft Edge, the default browser of Windows 10,  and improvements to Windows Shell, Input, gaming, Task Manager, Hyper-V, and a truckload […] 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 reset Data usage in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on July 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Data usage is a handy feature of the Windows 10 operating system that reveals the data transfer totals from the last 30 days. Besides displaying the total amount of data that was transferred in the last 30 days, it may also highlight data for different connection types -- e.g. Ethernet and Wireless -- and list […] 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 reset Data usage in […]

  • Microsoft testing new update targeting framework
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 30, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Microsoft announced this week that it is testing a new update targeting framework for the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release. When Microsoft releases feature updates to Windows 10, these are delivered as staged roll outs and not pushed instantly to the whole Windows machine population. There are several reasons for doing so, including […] 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 Defender Exploit Guard: native EMET in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Microsoft revealed new security features of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update yesterday to improve Windows 10 device security. The company revealed a new set of tools, all build around Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection: Windows Defender Exploit Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard, and improvements to Windows Defender Device Guard and Windows Defender Antivirus […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: syskey.exe support dropped
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 26, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 2016 RS3 update won't support syskey.eye anymore. Syskey.exe was introduced in Windows 2000, backported to Windows NT 4.0, and has been part of any version of Microsoft Windows released since then. The tool was designed to improve the security of the Windows boot process by […] 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 […]

  • Find and extract files in archives quickly with Bandizip
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 26, 2017 at 4:51 am

    The extraction of archives -- zip, rar, ace, you name it -- is usually a straightforward process: select the archive, use your favorite program to extract the content, and that is that. It gets complicated when you are only interested in a single file, or some files, that are inside the archive. Not a problem […] 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 and extract files in archives […]

  • How to install and manage fonts on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    The Windows operating system, just like any other OS, ships with a selection of fonts included that any program may use directly. If you want access to other fonts, those that don't come with Windows, you need to install these fonts first before they become available. Programs sometimes allow you to make use of fonts […] 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 install and manage […]

  • Extend Windows Vista by installing Windows Server 2008 updates
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Microsoft ended extended support for Windows Vista back in April 2017 which means that the company won't release security updates anymore for the operating system. While Microsoft itself loosened that up a little bit by releasing security patches on the June 2017 Patch Day for the unsupported operating systems Windows Vista and Windows XP, it […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post […]

  • Windows 10 Insider Build 16226: lots of improvements
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 22, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Microsoft published Windows 10 Insider Build 16226 a couple of hours ago to the Fast Ring Insider channel. This new build includes a truckload of improvements and features, and also some fixes. Insiders who have been plagued by the dreaded "inaccessible boot device" error, or updates that hung at around 33% can run 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 Insider […]

  • OneDrive Placeholders: damn time they are making a comeback
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 14, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Microsoft revealed yesterday that the OneDrive's Files On-Demand feature is rolling out to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring on Windows 10. Files On-Demand is a new placeholder system that Microsoft plans to integrate in OneDrive, and make available to all customers on Windows 10 when the Fall Creators Update is released. Basically, what 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 […]

  • Fix Inaccessible Boot Device error on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 12, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Windows users who upgrade their systems to a new version of Windows, mostly on Windows 10, may run into into Inaccessible Boot Device error when they do so. Windows 10 machines are upgraded more often than machines running previous versions of Windows. The main reason for that is that Microsoft is pumping out two 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 Fix Inaccessible Boot […]

  • Run .Net Framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Software programs that require the Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5 may not run by default on Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. The same is true for Windows 8 machines, but not for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. We talked about fixing the issue on Windows 8 PCs back in 2012, and would like […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Run .Net Framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 on […]

  • Blocking .Net Framework 4.7 installations
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 12, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Windows users who don't want the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7 at this point in time may block the Windows Update deployment of it. Microsoft released the new .Net Framework 4.7 back in April 2017, and announced back then that it would distribute the new version "in a couple of months" through Windows Update. Anyone interested […] 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 Blocking .Net […]

  • List of Windows tools
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 11, 2017 at 6:01 am

    The following list provides you with detailed information on tools that you can run on Windows PCs using nothing but a short name that is associated with them. This is the third part of the administrative tools series here on Ghacks. The first two parts looked at Control Panel shortcuts, and Microsoft Management Console snap-ins […] 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 List of […]

  • Windows .msc files overview
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 10, 2017 at 7:01 am

    MSC files are snap-in control files that are associated with the Microsoft Management Console on Windows machines to run administrative tasks. You may run some msc files like services.msc or gpedit.msc regularly, but there are plenty more that you can run or create on Windows client and server machines to speed up administrative processes. Microsoft […] 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. […]

  • Windows 10 Build 16215: usability improvements across the board
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 9, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Microsoft released the new Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16215 yesterday, and it ships with a massive list of usability improvements. Windows Insiders who are on the Fast Ring can check for the update right away using Windows Update. The PC should pick it up automatically, and install it on the device. Make sure 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 Windows 10 Build 16215: […]

  • Open Windows Control Panel applets directly
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    The following master list lets you launch control panel applets from the command line, run box, or Start Menu search on Windows PCs. The Windows Control Panel is an administrative interface that is part of all recent versions of Windows. It enables you to customize and manage different parts of the operating system, for instance […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Open Windows […]

  • Stop Windows from installing drivers for specific devices
    by Martin Brinkmann on June 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Windows may install drivers for select devices, say the graphics card, under certain circumstances. This happens by default for instance when the device is setup, but may also happen when Microsoft pushes driver updates through Windows Updates. We published a tutorial -- How to disable driver updates from Windows Update -- previously that highlights three […] 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 […]

  • What is that popup on Windows 10 that disappears after a split second?
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 30, 2017 at 4:31 am

    If you run Windows 10, you may have noticed a popup window being launched on the screen once a day, or even regularly. It is spawned, and immediately closed again. This makes it difficult to understand what spawns it, why it is launched, and whether it is something that you need to be concerned about. […] 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 is that popup on Windows 10 that […]

  • Set Windows Defender Antivirus blocking to high on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 26, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Windows Defender Antivirus is the default security solution that ships with all versions of the Windows 10 operating system. It offers basic protection when compared to third-party solutions, but the overall protection that it offers has improved and the product does not test at the very bottom of every AV Comparatives or AV Test runs […] 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 Set […]

  • Windows 10 KB4020102 released
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 26, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1703 -- the Creators Update -- yesterday evening through Windows Update. The update raises the build version of Windows 10 to 15063.332 once it is installed. It fixes errors and issues in previous versions of the Windows 10 Creators Update operating system. The update has […] 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 customize Alt-Tab in Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 24, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    You can use the keyboard shortcut Alt-Tab on modern Windows devices to display and switch between all open program windows. While you have other options to switch to other programs, Alt-Tab may be faster than those. One reason for that is that it displays previews of those open windows on the desktop so that identification […] 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 customize […]

  • Manage Windows users with Net User
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 24, 2017 at 4:45 am

    The following guide provides you with information on the Net User -- or Net Users -- command of the Windows operating system. Net User is a command line tool that allows system administrators to manage user accounts on Windows PCs. You can use the command to display account information, or make changes to user accounts. […] 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 users […]

  • How to use the Windows shutdown command
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 22, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Most Windows users shut down the PC either through the start menu, Alt-F4 menu, or by pressing the power button on the device. The shutdown command provides you with options to change a Windows computer's power state. It enables you to shut down, restart, hibernate the computer, log off a user, and customize the shut […] 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 use the Windows […]

  • Run SFC /Scannow on external drives
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    The command sfc /scannow is a useful Windows command that runs a system file check to make sure essential files are not damaged or missing. This can be mighty useful in many situations, for instance when Windows features don't work anymore, after an unexpected shutdown of the system, or after a virus attack. The default […] 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 Run SFC /Scannow on […]

  • How to block ports in Windows
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 19, 2017 at 4:54 am

    The following guide walks you through the steps of blocking specific ports on a Windows machine to harden the computer system. Most Windows users don't come into contact with ports on a regular basis, or at all. While some may encounter ports when they set up a new email address in a desktop mail program, […] 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 block ports in Windows appeared […]

  • Windows 10 S to Pro upgrades free for accessibility technology users
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Microsoft announced today that Windows S users who use accessibility technology will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. You may remember that Microsoft announced a similar program back when the official offer to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 devices expired. Microsoft back then announced that users who […] 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 S to […]

  • Windows 10 Build 16199: emoji on the desktop, yay!
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Microsoft pushed out a new Windows 10 build to the Fast Ring Insider channel that brings the version of the operating system to 16199. The build is already on Windows Update, and Insiders may download and install it that way. The first feature that Microsoft teases in the build is an update to the My […] 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 16199: emoji on the […]

  • 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. […]