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  • What Is Windows Defender Application Guard
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Windows Defender Application Guard is a new security feature of the Windows 10 operating system that Microsoft revealed back in 2016. The company revealed back then that it would integrate the feature in a future Windows Insider build before shipping it with the new feature update of Windows, the Windows 10 Creators Update. It appears […] 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 […]

  • Get File hashes using Windows PowerShell
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Getting file hashes can be quite useful. This can be used for instance to make sure that backed up files are not corrupt or modified (by generating hashes before and after the process), or to make sure that no one tampered with an important file. You may see it on download sites as well, but […] 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 Get File hashes using Windows PowerShell appeared […]

  • Nvidia releases GeForce Hotfix driver 378.72
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 18, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Nvidia released a Geforce Hotfix driver recently that addresses two issues in the GeForce Game Reader 378.66 WHQL drivers released on February 14, 2017. The GeForce Game Reader 378.66 WHQL drivers for Nvidia video cards was released on February 14th, 2017. It added optimizations for the games For Honor, Halo Wars 2, Sniper Elite 4, […] 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 […]

  • Windows 10: Group Policy pack Privacy and Telemetry
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

    The Group Policy pack Privacy and Telemetry, short gp-pack PaT, is a collection of 70 policies designed to disable sending data to Microsoft on Windows 10 devices. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise administrators may use the Group Policy to modify privacy settings, and block some telemetry collecting and submitting to Microsoft. Numerous privacy tools 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 […]

  • Blocking Telemetry in Windows 7 and 8.1
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Microsoft pushed patches to devices running Windows 7 and 8.1 in recent time that collect information and transfer data to Microsoft regularly. One of the main issues that Windows users may have with telemetry is that Microsoft does not reveal what it is collecting, and what is included when telemetry data is transferred to 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 Blocking […]

  • Windows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again)
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 10, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Here we go again. Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday. You can check out our October 2016 article on the last re-release of the updates. Windows 7 and 8.1 users may still know these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft's infamous Get 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 […]

  • Et tu, AMD? No Ryzen drivers for Windows 7
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Microsoft announced back in January of 2016 that the upcoming chip generations of Intel and AMD would only support Windows 10, and not the more widely used Windows 7, or Windows 10's predecessor Windows 8.x. It was not really clear what Microsoft meant by that at the time, but we figured it out some 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 Et tu, AMD? No Ryzen drivers for […]

  • Windows 10 Cloud hacked to run Win32 programs
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 9, 2017 at 6:25 am

    That did not take long! Windows 10 Cloud has not been revealed officially yet, but someone managed to hack the operating system already to run legacy Win32 programs on it. Windows 10 Cloud leaked earlier this month, and first impressions revealed that it looked like a revival of Microsoft's -- failed -- Windows RT operating […] 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Build 15031: dynamic lock, overlay window
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 9, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build to the Fast Ring earlier today that brings the build number to version 15031. The company announced recently that the next feature update for Windows 10 has reached feature complete status with Windows 10 SDK 15021. This means that the coming weeks will mostly see bug […] 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 […]

  • How to fix “no Internet secured” Wifi connectivity issues on Windows
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

    The following guide provides you with a solution for fixing the dreaded "no Internet secured" notification that signals Wifi connectivity issues on machines running Windows. I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 device back then when it first came out, and like it a lot. It is the device that I use mostly when I'm […] 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 “no Internet […]

  • Windows 10 Cloud disappoints (first look)
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 4, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Microsoft is working on a new Windows 10 SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) that the company named  Windows 10 Cloud internally. First signs of Windows 10 Cloud appeared a week or so ago on the Internet, but it was not clear back then what this new edition of Windows 10 would offer. Suggestions ranged from 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 Cloud disappoints (first […]

  • Windows 10 Insider Build 15025 is all about bugs and fixes
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 2, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Microsoft pushed out Windows 10 Insider Build 15025 to the Fast Ring channel yesterday evening featuring mostly bug fixes. Some devices, all running 32-bit versions of Windows 10, are excluded from receiving the update though the company notes in a blog post announcing the new release. Microsoft plans to make ISO images available at 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 […]

  • Fast Methods to shut down Windows
    by Martin Brinkmann on February 1, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Most Windows users shut down the computer through the Windows Start Menu, probably. Probably, because statistical information is not available that would prove it. While shutting down Windows through the Start Menu works, it is not the fastest option that you have at your disposal to shut down the operating system. The following guide lists […] 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 brings Windows RT back from the dead, sort of
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Windows 10 Cloud is a new edition of Windows 10 that showed up for the first time in one of the recent Insider Builds released for the operating system. Microsoft did not provide any information back when Windows 10 Cloud appeared, and has not until today. The rumor mill was in full swing though immediately. […] 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 brings Windows RT […]

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: new options to defer updates
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 29, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Microsoft is working on improving the updating options of some editions of its Windows 10 operating system currently that provide users with better options to defer updates. The option to defer updates in current versions of Windows 10 is limited in several regards. First, it is only available if the Windows 10 edition is Pro, […] 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 […]

  • Initial Windows 10 Game Mode benchmarks disappoint
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 28, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Microsoft launched the first functional version of Game Mode, a game performance improving feature, yesterday with the Windows 10 build 15019 update. After having some troubles getting the update to install on the test machine running a recent Insider Preview version of Windows 10, I finally managed to do so this morning. The core idea […] 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 15019: Game Mode finally operational
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 27, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Microsoft has just released Windows 10 Build 15019 to the Fast Ring of the Insider Program. The new version brings along with it a functional Game Mode, other gaming related improvements, the new privacy set up experience, and a lot more. You may read the rather long blog post over on the Windows Experience blog […] 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 15019: Game […]

  • Windows 10 KB3216755: Important fixes, Update Catalog exclusive
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 27, 2017 at 9:29 am

    If you monitor the Windows 10 update history website over on Microsoft Support, you may have noticed that update KB3216755 is listed as the newest update for Windows 10 version 1607. If you check Windows Update however then, you will notice that it is not offered through Windows Update. The update is not found, 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 10 KB3216755: […]

  • Hide or show Wireless Networks in Windows
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 26, 2017 at 8:15 am

    The Windows operating system is configured to display all available wireless networks when WiFi is enabled on the device running the operating system. This is helpful of course, as it enables you to pick the wireless network from the list of available ones to connect to it. It becomes less useful once you have made […] 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 show Wireless […]

  • Windows 10 Version 1607 update KB3211320
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 25, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Microsoft has released KB3211320 for Windows 10 Version 1607 today through Windows Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog service today. The Knowledgebase page of the update is not live yet, which makes it difficult to find out what it is all about. The Microsoft Update Catalog site provides information on the update. It is listed […] 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 […]

  • How to update Intel hardware drivers
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Intel Driver Update Utility is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to search for, download, and install Intel driver updates. It is usually a good idea to keep drivers up to date, especially if newer drivers improve the old or add new features that you may be interested in. While there is certainly something […] 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 update Intel […]

  • Time to upgrade those Windows 10 version 1507 machines
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 22, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Microsoft announced on Thursday that the original release version of Windows 10 will reach the end of servicing on January 26, 2017. Windows 10 version 1507 was released in July 2015 by Microsoft. It was the Windows 10 RTM version that Windows customers could purchase, or upgrade for free to. Microsoft released two feature updates […] 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 Time to […]

  • Windows 10 Build 15014: Ebook Store, Free up Space automatically
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 20, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Microsoft pushed out a new Windows 10 Insider Build today, bringing the latest version of the development version to version 15014. The company published a blog post on the Windows Experience Blog that highlights major changes, and issues that users may experience. As always, the features listed here will likely be part of the 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 […]

  • Microsoft advertises one of its Chrome extension in Windows 10 now
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 19, 2017 at 7:13 am

    If you run Windows 10, you may have noticed an increase in native advertisement creeping in ever since the operating system was first revealed. The operating system may display ads on the system's lock screen to you, on the start screen, as taskbar notifications, and soon also in the share interface when the Creators Update […] 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 Game Mode and Drivers: what we know so far
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Microsoft will introduce a truckload of new features in the Creators Update for Windows 10, including the new Game Mode feature and one where drivers may get installed automatically when certain Store games are downloaded and installed on a device running Windows 10. While I'm not playing that many games anymore, I'm still a gamer […] Ghacks needs you. You can find out how to support us here or support the site directly by becoming a Patreon. Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows 10 […]

  • Microsoft: Windows 10 hardening against 0-day exploits
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 18, 2017 at 7:26 am

    One key focus of Microsoft when it comes to promoting the company's latest operating system Windows 10 is to hammer home that Windows 10 is better for security. The company published a blog post recently on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog which exemplified that by analyzing how Windows 10 handled two 0-day exploits, 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 Microsoft: […]

  • Latest Windows Updates and Service Packs overview
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 16, 2017 at 11:34 am

    This guide provides you with information on the latest Windows updates and Service Packs, including where to download them and how to install them. Microsoft released service packs traditionally for its operating systems, but switched to the new feature upgrade system with the release of Windows 8. Service Packs are only available for Windows 7 […] 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 7: Microsoft waves an early goodbye
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 15, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is still the world's most widely used OS, but that does not stop Microsoft from waving an early goodbye to the operating system. The company informed customers on the German Microsoft press site that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020: about three years from today. 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. The post Windows 7: […]

  • Windows Security Only Update won’t include Internet Explorer patches anymore
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Microsoft's Nathan Mercer announced new servicing changes for Windows 7 and 8.1 in a new blog post on the Windows for IT Pros site on January 13, 2017. The company switched to a new update servicing system for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and the server operating systems Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, […] 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 Security Only Update […]

  • Windows 10 Build 15007: Edge, UWP, Hello improvements
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 13, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Microsoft released a new preview of Windows 10, Windows 10 build 15007 for PC and Mobile to the Fast Ring Insider Channel this night. The company released Windows 10 Build 15002 less than a week ago, a massive build that introduced dozens of features and changes to the upcoming version of Windows 10. 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 Build 15007: Edge, UWP, […]

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: Blue Light mode
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Blue Light mode is another new feature that Microsoft will introduce with the Creators Update for Windows 10 that will be out in April 2017. The feature is very similar to Apple's Night Shift mode that the company introduced in iOS 9.3, and to a degree also to popular applications like F.Lux which have been […] 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: Blue […]

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: Dynamic Lock
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 12, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Dynamic Lock is a new feature of the recent Windows 10 build 15002 Insider Build release designed to lock the PC automatically when you are away. While you can lock the PC at any time using Windows-L, or configure your PC to lock automatically after a period of idle time, Dynamic Lock attempts to make […] 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: Dynamic Lock […]

  • Windows 10 privacy changes announced
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 11, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Privacy is one of the hot topics when it comes to Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 10. The company has been criticized for making it difficult for users to block or minimize telemetry data collection, and for not being very forthcoming in regards to data that it collects, and how that data is being analyzed […] 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 privacy […]

  • How to setup Windows Hello for all Windows 10 users
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 10, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Windows 10 supports Windows Hello, a biometric authentication feature that allows you to sign in using your face or fingerprint. The main idea behind Hello is to make the authentication process easier. Users don't have to enter a password anymore when they sign in on a machine running Windows 10, but can sign in using […] 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 setup Windows […]

  • Windows 10 Build 15002 ships with many new features
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 9, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Microsoft just shipped the first Windows 10 Insider Build of the year 2017, Windows 10 Build 15002, to the Fast Ring Insider channel. The build is not entirely new, as it leaked earlier and many snagged it to be the first to report on new functionality found in that build. If you have read 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 Build 15002 ships with many new […]

  • Windows 10 Share “soon with” Ads
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 9, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Microsoft is working on the next feature update for Windows 10 called the Creators Update. The new version of Windows 10 will be made available in April 2017 according to latest projections, and it will introduce a series of new features and changes to the operating system. The built-in Share functionality of Windows 10 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 Windows 10 Share […]

  • Microsoft broke search in Windows 10 somehow. Fix inside
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 7, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    So if you have been getting nothing but blank results when running searches on Windows 10, you are not alone in this. Reports about search stopping to work completely on Windows 10 devices started to fill the usual chat rooms with frustrated and angry users of the operating system. All reports were identical: Search worked […] 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 broke […]

  • What is in store for Windows 10 in 2017
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 2, 2017 at 7:01 am

    2016 was an interesting year for Microsoft and its Windows 10 operating system. The company ended the free for all buffet in the first half of 2016, but not before pushing the free offer way to aggressively to the PCs of its customers. The second half saw the release of the Anniversary Update for 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 is in store for Windows 10 in 2017 […]

  • Reminder: Windows Vista support ends this year
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 1, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Support for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system will end on April 11, 2017; Microsoft won't publish public security patches anymore for Windows Vista after the Patch Tuesday in April 2017. Windows Vista is currently in the so-called extended support phase. Microsoft divides the support period of its operating systems into mainstream and extended support phases. […] 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 […]

  • Windows 10 Virtual Machines
    by Martin Brinkmann on December 29, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Microsoft released Windows 10 Virtual Machines on December 23, 2016 on the company's windows Dev Center website where they are listed as public downloads. The machines are intended for companies and individual developers, but are not limited to that. This makes them interesting for testing purposes among other things as well. Note: The Enterprise virtual […] 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 […]

  • 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. […]