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  • Windows 10 Social Update? My People and Gmail experience in latest Insider build
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Microsoft released a new build for Windows Insider systems on the Fast Ring channel that brings the version to 16184 on PC. The first builds for the upcoming Redstone 3 version of Windows -- out in September 2017 probably -- bring social improvements to the operating system. This is the first build that introduces 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 Social […]

  • Microsoft needs to stop blocking updates on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 28, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Microsoft's decision to block security and non-security updates on customer PCs running Windows 7 or 8.1 (or the server variants) with "next-generation silicon" is as customer unfriendly as it gets. What makes this all the more problematic is the fact that Microsoft's detection routines, those that identify the processor of a PC to determine whether […] 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. […]

  • Disable the annoying Set up OneDrive popup on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 27, 2017 at 11:21 am

    If you have upgraded a Windows PC already to the Windows 10 Creators Update, or installed this version on a PC, you may have noticed quite a few changes that come with it. One of these is that you may get a "Set up OneDrive" popup when you open save or load file dialogs, 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 Disable the annoying Set up OneDrive popup on Windows 10 appeared […]

  • KB4020001 and KB4020002 for Windows 10 1703 released
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    KB4020001 and KB4020002 are two new updates for Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) that Microsoft released today. These two updates are released on Microsoft's Update Catalog website right now, and will not be made available through Windows Update. Both updates are listed as compatibility updates for Windows 10 Version 1703. Note: To make this […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. […]

  • Microsoft to offer more updates for Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 25, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Microsoft announced today that it plans to release non-security updates for the most recent version of Windows 10 Creators Update, early. Microsoft created two cumulative update patches for Windows 10 previously which the company released on the second Tuesday of every month. One included security and non-security patches, the other only security updates. Since both […] 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Version 1703 KB4016240 Update released
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Microsoft released KB4016240 just a moment ago (on April 25th, 2017), a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1703 (also known as the Creators Update). The update is already available via Windows Update, and it should be installed automatically on most devices running Windows 10 version 1703 as automatic updates is the default configuration. […] 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. […]

  • How to disable Fast User Switching on Windows
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 25, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Fast User Switching is a Windows feature that allows users to sign in to accounts while others are still signed in on the machine. Basically, what it does is allow multiple users to work with the Windows computer at the same time. Microsoft introduces the functionality in Windows XP, and it is also support 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 post How to disable Fast User […]

  • Nvidia GeForce Experience Node.js security vulnerability
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Sec Consult security researchers discovered a vulnerability in Nvidia's GeForce Experience software that allows attackers to bypass Windows application whitelisting. Nvidia's GeForce Experience is a program that Nvidia installs by default in its driver packages. The program, initially designed to provide users with good configurations for computer games so that they run better on user […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. […]

  • Windows 10 Cloud hardware specs leak
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 22, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Microsoft's not-yet-officially unveiled -- Windows 10 Cloud operating system is likely going to be unveiled on Microsoft's May 2, 2017 event in New York City. While we will have to wait another week to find out whether that is indeed the case or not, Windows 10 Cloud hardware specs and performance targets were leaked online […] 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 Cloud […]

  • What would you like to see in the Windows 10 September 2017 feature update?
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    The Creators Update is still being rolled out to users. Anyone who wanted it desperately probably has it as this point in time, and hopefully did not run into too many issues during or after the upgrade. Microsoft started work on the next feature update for Windows 10 already, and Windows Insiders on the Fast […] 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 would you like to see in the […]

  • Microsoft’s target: Two Windows 10 feature updates per year
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Microsoft announced today that it plans to release two feature updates for Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus and System Center Configuration Manage per year. The company will align release schedules for future Windows and Office 365 ProPlus releases, and targets March and September of each year for those releases. What's particularly interesting about that from […] 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 […]

  • Find out if your Windows PC supports Miracast
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Miracast is a wireless connections standard for displaying content from devices such as laptops or smartphones on displays such as TVs or projectors. Note that any display, a Windows 10 monitor for instance, may act as a receiver as long as what is powering it supports the Miracast standard. The technology uses the peer-to-peer Wi-Fi […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Find out […]

  • KB4015552, KB4015553 April Previews for Windows 7 and 8.1
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    The April rollup update patches KB4015552 and KB4015553 have been released on Tuesday 18, 2017 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft releases update previews on the third Tuesday of every month for the company's operating system's Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. These previews are then released on the next Patch Day, the second Tuesday […] 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 […]

  • Toggle Fullscreen Mode for apps on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 19, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Windows 10 applications like Edge, Netflix or the Paint 3D ship with window controls to minimize, maximize and close the application window. Some applications, games mostly, may run in fullscreen mode right away, but others seemingly don't have that option at all. What if you want to run a fullscreen application in window mode, 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 Toggle […]

  • How to manage Power Throttling in Windows 10 (Redstone 3)
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Microsoft's work on a new power saving technology called Power Throttling continues in the latest Windows Insider builds. The feature is designed to improve the power consumption of a battery-powered device running Windows 10 by handling the power consumption of background tasks better. Note: Power Throttling is a temporary name for the feature. The current […] 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 […]

  • Bypass for Windows Update lock for next-gen processors found
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Microsoft blocked the delivery of Windows Updates recently to Windows 7 and 8.1 devices powered by a next-generation processor. The company announced the support change in January 2017. Broken down to the essentials, it means that Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Bristol Ridge processors are only support by Windows 10, and not older versions 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 Bypass […]

  • Solution for blocked installations or uninstallations on Windows
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Please wait until the current program is finished uninstalling or being changed. Most Windows users have probably experienced this prompt or similar prompts on Windows machines when they ran installations or uninstallations of programs on a Windows computer. Basically, what it means is that Windows blocks the simultaneous installation or uninstallation of software programs. Probably […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. […]

  • How to open the Control Panel in the Windows 10 Creators Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 17, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system ships with two control panels so to speak. First the classic Control Panel that was part of all recent versions of Windows, and then the Settings control panel which was introduced by the company in Windows 8. Windows users who run Windows 10 face several challenges in this regard. 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 How to open […]

  • What’s the fastest way to take a screenshot on Windows 10 natively?
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 15, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Microsoft added so many different ways to take screenshots to the company's Windows 10 operating system that it has become difficult to find the one that fits best in your workflows. While you can use good old Print-key to capture the entire screen to the Clipboard, and go from there, for instance by pasting 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 What’s the fastest way to […]

  • Report: Microsoft working on tab support for Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 15, 2017 at 6:47 am

    According to a report by Windows Central, Microsoft appears to be working on a new feature that would bring tab support to all programs on Windows 10. The feature, called Tabbed Shell, would introduce tab support to all programs on the operating system including Windows Store apps and legacy desktop programs. Tabbed Shell is an […] 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 Report: […]

  • How to download, install and remove themes from Windows Store
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    The Windows 10 Creators Update ships with options to install desktop themes for the operating system from the built-in Windows Store. Microsoft introduced basic theme customization options when it released the Windows 7 operating system. These options allowed you to set custom backgrounds, colors, sounds and less than a handful of other customization options. This […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a […]

  • Windows 10 RTM support ends May 9, 2017
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 14, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Microsoft announced that support for the Windows 10 RTM version, the first retail version of Windows 10, will end on May 9, 2017. The company had plans to shut down support for Windows 10 RTM on March 26, 2017 initially, but extended the period to May 9, 2017 instead. Windows 10 uses a different support […] 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 RTM support ends May 9, 2017 […]

  • Microsoft tests Windows Store refunds system
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Microsoft runs a Windows Store refund test right now for select participants of the Windows 10 and Xbox Insider programs. The system is known as self-serve refund currently, and what it allows testers to do basically is to claim refunds for digital products bought through the Windows Store. The refund system matches that 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 Microsoft […]

  • How to hide Settings pages in the Windows 10 Creators Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Microsoft moved even more Control Panel features to the Settings application in the Windows 10 Creators Update. While administrators and users still have to juggle between the Control Panel and the Settings application in the latest version of Windows 10, it is only a matter of years at the current migration speed until the Control […] 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 […]

  • Microsoft screws up Windows patching even more
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 12, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Yesterday was the April 2017 Patch Day, and it marked the end not only of Windows Vista support, but also of the Security Bulletins system. It was also the month where Microsoft's blocking of updates on devices running 7th generation silicon on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is up in full swing. We talked 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 Microsoft screws up Windows patching […]

  • Free up Gigabytes of disk space after Windows 10 Creators Update installation
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 11, 2017 at 8:09 am

    You may save Gigabytes of hard disk space after upgrading a Windows PC to the Windows 10 Creators Update by running the Disk Cleanup Tool. Veteran Windows users know that previous versions of Windows installed on a computer are kept on disk when the operating system is upgraded to a new version. These upgrades 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 reader. The post Free up Gigabytes of disk […]

  • Windows 10 Enterprise Creators Update Evaluation images
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 10, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Microsoft published new Windows 10 Enterprise Creators Update ISO images -- Windows 10 version 1703-- for evaluation purposes. The Windows 10 Creators Update version is already out for users who download and install it manually on their devices running earlier versions of Windows 10. Microsoft will make it available to the masses -- those 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 […]

  • First Post Windows 10 Creators Update build 16170 released
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 8, 2017 at 3:24 am

    The Windows 10 Creators Update has been available as a manual download and installation since April the 5th, and will be available through Windows Update next Tuesday (April 11th). This apparently does not keep Microsoft from releasing the first build of the next feature update for Windows 10 to the Fast Ring release channel. Before […] 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 […]

  • Nvidia GeForce Driver 381.65 with Windows 10 Creators Update support
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    The Nvidia GeForce Driver 381.65 adds support for the Windows 10 Creators Update, and the newly released Nvidia Titan Xp video card. While you can run older versions of the Nvidia GeForce driver on machines that run the Windows 10 Creators Update, version 381.65 is the first to introduce official support for the newest version […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Nvidia GeForce […]

  • Windows 10 Creators Update Apps uninstallation information
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    This article provides you with information on the Windows 10 Creators Update applications that you can, and can't uninstall. The Windows 10 Creators Update version ships with native applications that are installed by default. Some of these applications replicate functionality that legacy Windows programs offered in previous versions, others are new and unique to 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 […]

  • How to download the Windows 10 Creators Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Microsoft enabled official downloads of the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 5th 2017 for the crowd that cannot wait to upgrade to the new Windows 10 version. Windows users may use the Windows 10 Update Assistant, the Windows Media Creation Tool, or download ISO images of the Creators Update directly from Microsoft servers. 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Full and Basic Telemetry Data collection information
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 6, 2017 at 7:05 am

    One of the complaints about Windows 10 ever since the operating system's introduction was that it was not really clear what date Microsoft's Telemetry and data collection services collected, and transferred to the company. Linked to that was the missing option to turn the collecting off for good -- this is reserved to LTSB Enterprise […] 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 […]

  • What is Runtime Broker, and why it is causing high CPU load?
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 6, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Microsoft introduced the Runtime Broker process (RuntimeBroker.exe) in Windows 8, and kept on using it in Windows 10 as well. Runtime Broker is a legitimate Windows process, but one with quite a bad reputation for increasing CPU load and memory usage on systems sporadically. If you monitor the Windows Task Manager, by loading it 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 Ghacks reader. The post What is […]

  • Do this before you update to the Windows 10 Creators Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 5, 2017 at 4:39 am

    The official release date of the Windows 10 Creators Update is April 11th, 2017. Windows 10 users who want the update early may download it on April 5th, 2017 via the Update Assistant. While you can go ahead and run the update right on April 5th, or some time later using Windows Update, we suggest […] 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 Do this before you update to the Windows 10 […]

  • Disable Share Suggestions on Windows 10
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 4, 2017 at 4:42 am

    The following guide walks you through the steps of disabling share suggestions displayed in the Windows 10 Creators Update share menu. The Windows 10 Creators Update, out officially on April 11th, 2017, features a new share menu that changes how share functionality is displayed on the screen. A share sidebar was displayed in previous 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: Unified Troubleshooting Page
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 3, 2017 at 10:31 am

    The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, out April 11th, 2017 officially and on April 5th, 2017 for early adopters, ships with a unified Troubleshooting page to fix issues. All recent versions of the Windows operating system ship with troubleshooters. Designed to aid users in resolving issues, for instance when playing audio, connecting to 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 […]

  • KB4106250: cumulative update for Windows 10 to build 15063.11
    by Martin Brinkmann on April 1, 2017 at 7:12 am

    And so the patching of the Windows Creators Update before release of the final version of the Windows 10 Creators Update begins. As I have mentioned earlier, it may be a bit premature to download and install the Creators Update right away. Users may download and install it on their machines using a leaked copy […] 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 KB4106250: cumulative update for […]

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: official upgrade options on April 5th
    by Martin Brinkmann on March 31, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Microsoft plans to release the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11, 2017. The day coincides with April's Patch Tuesday, and marks the beginning of the roll out phase of the Creators Update. Roll out phase means that Microsoft will release the update gradually to the Windows 10 population through Windows Update. The company did […] 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 […]

  • Don’t rush to install the Windows 10 Creators Update
    by Martin Brinkmann on March 29, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Most tech sites report that the Windows 10 Creators Update is out, and many don't fail to mention that the release is the official one. The problem is, that Microsoft has not confirmed that yet, and the past has shown that the first release version is usually not the build that users will get when […] 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 Don’t rush to install the Windows 10 […]

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: new and removed features
    by Martin Brinkmann on March 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The Windows 10 Creators Update is the third big feature update for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system (after the November Update, and the Anniversary Update). The following guide provides you with an overview of new features of the Windows 10 Creators Update, of features that changed, and of features that Microsoft removed. While called 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Top 10 Windows articles of 2013
    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. […]