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Software — Windows Oses — February 21st, 2024

14 Windows tools and tricks that save you serious time
From time to time Windows needs some extra attention. These tools help to minimize the effort so you can concentrate on the really important things.
February 21st, 2024Source

Download Intel network adapter driver package 29.00
The driver set is meticulously engineered to cater to a wide array of Intel networking hardware, providing essential software updates and drivers necessary for maintaining network connectivity and performance.
February 21st, 2024Source

How to Diagnose RAM Issues with Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool: A Step-by-Step Guide
Is your computer experiencing random crashes, freezes, or unexpected blue screens? Don't panic! Before tossing your machine out the window (figuratively), consider your RAM (Random Access Memory).
February 21st, 2024Source

Microsoft Auto-updating Eligible Windows 11 PCs to Version 23H2
Windows 11 version 23H2 started rolling out last October, but many users of Microsoft's flagship operating system opted out of an upgrade, thanks to a handy "optional" toggle. News outlets have latched onto a freshly published (February 20) Windows 11 "Release Health" notice—the official Microsoft dashboard alert states that Windows 11 2023 Update: "is now entering a new rollout phase."
February 21st, 2024Source

Microsoft begins forced updates to Windows 11 23H2 — targets PCs running 21H2 and 22H2
Those running a build of Windows 11 that is (or soon will be) EOL are now on notice.
February 21st, 2024Source

Microsoft Copilot Pro review: Office joins the genAI revolution
Microsoft’s Copilot Pro brings the generative AI chatbot to Office for everyone. But is it worth the monthly subscription fee?
February 21st, 2024Source

Microsoft veteran on how to blue screen your way to better testing
A crash course on making Windows crash on demand
February 21st, 2024Source

One month with Microsoft’s AI vision of the future: Copilot Pro
Copilot Pro is a $20 per month subscription that includes AI features in Office apps and better image generation tools.
February 21st, 2024Source

This Windows 11 update may actually make Copilot useful
Copilot for Windows could see a wave of new capabilities thanks to Power Automate Desktop and an update.
February 21st, 2024Source

Windows Task Manager To get NPU Monitoring with AMD Ryzen 8040 Series
The next update for the Windows Task Manager will include features to monitor the performance of Neural Processing Units (NPUs) present in AMD's Ryzen 8040 Series mobile processors. This enhancement responds to the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in computing and the need for tools to track the performance of specialized hardware like NPUs.
February 21st, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — February 19th, 2024

Developer sets new record by installing Windows 10 in 104 seconds
The lightning-fast speed might inspire a reevaluation of what a streamlined OS looks like
February 19th, 2024Source

Here is how to stop Windows 11 from re-installing some default apps between build upgrades
Microsoft releases new Windows Insider preview builds almost every week, which means those living on the edge and running pre-release Windows versions have to upgrade their systems much more regularly. Besides adding new, often exciting features, moving from build to build restores stock apps, which some Insiders prefer not to have.
February 19th, 2024Source

How to Diagnose RAM Issues with Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool: A Step-by-Step Guide
Is your computer experiencing random crashes, freezes, or unexpected blue screens? Don't panic! Before tossing your machine out the window (figuratively), consider your RAM (Random Access Memory).
February 19th, 2024Source

The Sticky Notes app just got the biggest update since Microsoft shipped Windows 11, and no it has nothing to do with AI-powered features or Copilot this time
Microsoft just unveiled the new Sticky Notes app for Windows with a new, sleek, and modern design.
February 19th, 2024Source

Windows 11 24H2 Instruction Requirement Affects Older/Incompatible CPUs
Systems running on older hardware could be excluded from upcoming public versions of Windows 11—the recently released preview/insider build (26052) has introduced all sorts of new features including "Sudo for Windows", an improved regedit, and hidden beneath the surface, an AI-flavored Super Resolution settings menu.
February 19th, 2024Source

Windows 11 KB5034765 reportedly breaks taskbar, causing it to disappear
Earlier this month, Microsoft released cumulative updates for all supported Windows versions. Windows 11 22H2 and 23H2 got KB5034765 with security fixes and other quality-of-life improvements. However, for some users, KB5034765 introduced nothing but problems, particularly with the taskbar.
February 19th, 2024Source

Xbox in the cloud: Soon you will be able to play your entire Xbox catalog, confirms Microsoft
Currently, Xbox Cloud Gaming only allows access to titles available on Game Pass
February 19th, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — February 14th, 2024

14 features you should disable on Windows 11
Here's the list of features you should disable on every installation of Windows 11.
February 14th, 2024Source

Windows 11 will soon allow connecting to Wi-Fi networks using QR codes and the Camera app
The rear-facing camera on your Surface Pro tablet will soon have a new purpose as Microsoft is working on the ability to connect to Wi-Fi networks from the Camera app. Build 26052, which was released in the Dev and Canary Channels last week, lets you connect to a Wi-Fi network by scanning its QR code.
February 14th, 2024Source

Windows Update takes too long? Try this simple trick
If you are unhappy with how much time Windows Update takes to install the latest update, do not bother cleaning the registry (even though there are now Microsoft-made apps for that) or doing other questionable stuff Windows gurus across the Internet often suggest. Especially if you have an older computer without much horsepower.
February 14th, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — February 12th, 2024

AMD can now run Nvidia CUDA on Windows or Linux thanks to ZLUDA
It is no secret that AMD has had a hard time competing with Nvidia in comparison to how it does against Intel. The struggle for AMD is two-fold, while the company does have decent hardware, the software side is a bit lacking, especially in the field of productivity and workstations.
February 12th, 2024Source

Logitech G LIGHTSYNC RGB To Bring Dynamic Lighting for Windows 11
The gaming and content creation landscapes are continuously evolving, introducing new tools and technologies that enhance user experience. Among these, customizable lighting stands out as a significant aspect that adds individuality to gaming setups and content creation environments. Recognizing this trend, Logitech G has expanded its LIGHTSYNC RGB technology to include Dynamic Lighting, utilizing Windows 11 to deliver a unified lighting experience across all compatible devices.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft is bringing AI Super Resolution upscaling to Windows 11
Super Resolution could now work in non-gaming apps as well, but only with specialized hardware
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft is improving the look of gaming with AI Super Resolution in Windows 11 24H2
The latest use Microsoft has found for artificial intelligence is to boost graphics and performance in games in Windows 11. As can be seen in the latest preview builds of the operating system, the company is preparing to unleash an AI-powered feature called “super resolution”.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft is not bringing sudo to Windows Server 2025 after all
Microsoft has made it official that they are not planning to bring sudo to Windows Server 2025, but it will find its way to Windows 11.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft Is Testing its Own Version of Supersampling for Windows
Ahead of the launch of so-called AI PCs, Microsoft is working on some kind of upscaling technology for Windows gaming.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft is working on its own DLSS-like upscaler for Windows 11
Windows 11 is also getting a much better color management feature soon.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft offers a way for businesses to learn how their employees feel about using Copilot
Microsoft is pushing hard for businesses and organizations to adopt its Copilot generative AI tools. Indeed, the company decided to spend $14 million to run a 1-minute commercial during Super Bowl LVIII to promote the use of Copilot.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft starts testing Windows 11 24H2 as this year’s big update takes shape
Windows 11 23H2 didn't make its first appearance until much later in the year.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft warns of data loss risk in Windows 11 for Dev Drive users
With the supposedly stable build of Windows 11 being problematic for many people, it is hardly surprising that there are more issues to be found in the Insider builds; it's pretty much a given. But not all problems are equal, and Microsoft has issued a warning about the latest release that could cause users to lose data.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft Windows 11 24H2 To Have Its Own AI Super Resolution Technology, Works Across All PCs With AI NPUs
Microsoft is preparing its own AI-powered Super Resolution technology which will be available in Windows 11 24H2.
February 12th, 2024Source

Microsoft's upcoming change could block off Windows 11 CPU requirements bypass on old PCs
Earlier today, we reported about an unofficial WinPE that allows a user to check if their unsupported hardware can run Windows 11 24H2. For example, the creator of the tool confirmed their Intel 3rd Gen processor was capable of running the upcoming Windows version.
February 12th, 2024Source

Report: Ancient PCs simply won’t boot Windows 11’s upcoming update
Microsoft is reportedly requiring PCs that wish to boot Windows 11 to support an old instruction as part of Windows 11 24H2.
February 12th, 2024Source

Windows 11 will soon no longer boot on PCs that are too old to boot it anyway
The next version of Windows 11 will no longer boot on CPUs without the "POPCNT" instruction.
February 12th, 2024Source

Windows Will Soon Have Its Own AI Super Resolution Upscaler For Gaming PCs
PC enthusiasts of a certain age will recall the bad old days before DirectX, when developers who wanted to make use of advanced acceleration hardware in graphics processors had to use a vendor-specific API for it.
February 12th, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — February 9th, 2024

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-eighty-one in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.
February 9th, 2024Source

Closure of Windows 10 upgrade path still catching users by surprise
That Windows 7 license is little more than a digital paperweight now
February 9th, 2024Source

Microsoft's Notepad goes from simple text editor to Copilot conspirator
No guarantee it'll come to Windows proper, but testers can give it a poke
February 9th, 2024Source

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants to equip 2 million workers in India with AI skills by 2025 to transform every sector
Microsoft wants to use its AI stance to help India and better prepare it for the future.
February 9th, 2024Source

Microsoft hints at the future of AI in Windows with a smarter Copilot
Microsoft has previously promised this will be the year of the AI PC.
February 9th, 2024Source

Microsoft Patches Some Patches And Blocks Windows 11 23H2 For Some
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February 9th, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — February 7th, 2024

5 dark mode upgrades for your Windows 10 or 11 PC
Microsoft is slowly making dark mode better on Windows, but these tips will give your dark mode a big upgrade today.
February 7th, 2024Source

Goodbye, bloatware! How to declutter Windows 11
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February 7th, 2024Source

Microsoft brings new design-focused features to Copilot
Copilot, Microsoft's family of AI-powered chatbots and assistants, is getting a few new upgrades timed with a flashy Super Bowl LVIII ad campaign.
February 7th, 2024Source

Microsoft redesigns Copilot for the web and mobile
Users now have more image generation tools at their fingertips too.
February 7th, 2024Source

Windows 11 DirectML Preview Supports Intel Core Ultra NPUs
Chad Pralle, Principle Technical Program Manager at Microsoft's Windows AI NPU division has introduced the DirectML 1.13.1 and ONNX Runtime 1.17 APIs—this appears to be a collaborative effort—Samsung was roped in to some degree, according to Microsoft's announcement and a recent Team Blue blog entry. Pralle and his team are suitably proud of this joint effort that involved open source models: "we are excited to announce developer preview support for NPU acceleration in DirectML, the machine learning platform API for Windows.
February 7th, 2024Source

Windows 11 DirectML Preview Supports Intel Core Ultra NPUs
Chad Pralle, Principle Technical Program Manager at Microsoft's Windows AI NPU division has introduced the DirectML 1.13.1 and ONNX Runtime 1.17 APIs—this appears to be a collaborative effort—Samsung was roped in to some degree, according to Microsoft's announcement and a recent Team Blue blog entry.
February 7th, 2024Source

You'll soon be able to use a Galaxy phone as a webcam for these Windows PCs
We now have more clarity on Samsung's planned feature.
February 7th, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — February 5th, 2024

Microsoft is not bringing sudo to Windows Server 2025 after all
Microsoft has made it official that they are not planning to bring sudo to Windows Server 2025, but it will find its way to Windows 11.
February 5th, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — February 2nd, 2024

Running Windows 10 On Older Hardware? Sorry About Those App Updates
Microsoft frequently updates the apps on your machine, with no official KB or indication on Windows Update and while generally it is invisible to us users. Unfortunately some recent updates for apps like Calculator, Photos and even the Calendar have proven quite problematic for those running older hardware.
February 2nd, 2024Source

Why Windows 12 (probably) isn't happening this year
New leadership and a fragmented platform make for a tough argument for Windows 12 this year.
February 2nd, 2024Source

Windows 11 24H2 is coming so we can all shut up about Windows 12 for another year
References to future update found in Microsoft documentation
February 2nd, 2024Source

Windows 11 build 26040 (and earlier): Everything you need to know
Check out the new features and changes that Microsoft has been working on in 2024 for Windows 11.
February 2nd, 2024Source

Windows 11 looks to be getting a key Linux tool added in the future
Not something everyone will use, but it'll certainly be a welcome addition
February 2nd, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 31st, 2024

Check out what's new for the still-updated Skype in this emoji-filled change log
Plenty of PDF features are on the way to Skype Insiders.
January 31, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 29th, 2024

3 Google Chrome settings you must change on Windows 11
If you use Chrome, you should consider changing these settings to make your browser experience better.
January 29, 2024Source

How to Fix File Explorer Search Not Working in Windows 10 or 11
Hey Geeks! We've all been there, happily clicking away on our PC, and bam! The trusty old File Explorer Search plays a game of "I'm going to display "Working On It".... forever. Frustrating, right? Well, Don't Panic. Today, we're diving into the world of Windows troubleshooting, MajorGeeks style. We'll walk you through some nifty tips and tricks to quickly get your File Explorer Search up and running. Let's roll up our sleeves and get geeky with it!
January 29, 2024Source

Microsoft confirms Windows Server 2025 is on the way
Plus: It kills off WordPad once and for all
January 29, 2024Source

Microsoft Graveyard: Microsoft's missed opportunities with products that showed great promise but lacked proper execution
Microsoft Graveyard is an open-source platform that lists deprecated Microsoft products and those set to hit their end-of-support date soon.
January 29, 2024Source

Windows 11 Insider Previews: What's in the latest build?
Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 11 as they roll out to Windows Insiders. Now updated for Build 22635.3139 for the Beta Channel, released on Feb. 1, 2024.
January 29, 2024Source

Windows 11 Preview Build Enlarges Reach of AI Feature, Formerly Surface Only
The Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26040 was made available via the Canary Channel last Friday—Microsoft's introductory blog explores a wide range of improvements and fixes—including a new Task Manager icon, support for USB 80 Gbps (AKA USB 4 Version 2), Colemak and Hebrew keyboard layouts and many more.
January 29, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 26th, 2024

All Windows 11 PCs will soon support this AI feature once exclusive to Surface, no NPU required
Voice Clarity is about to make its way from Surface devices to all PCs.
January 26, 2024Source

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-seventy-nine in a series.
January 26, 2024Source

Closer Look: Windows 11 gets a redesigned setup experience
Breaking news: Windows is getting a redesigned setup experience. Microsoft announced the new variant as part of the latest Windows 11 build 26040 from the Canary Channel. Even though it is not something you encounter or interact with every day (some users will never see it at all), it is great to see Microsoft updating a piece of its operating system that has been sitting without much change since the days of Windows Vista.
January 26, 2024Source

How to Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
If you copy and paste a ton of items, you have more than likely wound up pasting the wrong thing to the wrong place; this will be for you. If you already know about creating this handy little shortcut, you can skip right over this little article.
January 26, 2024Source

Microsoft introduces flighting for Windows Server insiders
Microsoft has launched flighting for Windows Server systems enrolled in its Windows Insider open software testing program.
January 26, 2024Source

Microsoft unveils a secret tunnel for Windows Insiders who want out
Beta Channel Insiders can return to retail Windows 11 23H2 with click of a toggle
January 26, 2024Source

Windows 11 tests next-gen USB, AI-enhanced audio, and lots more
Canary in the coal mine.
January 26, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 24th, 2024

12 handy Windows shortcuts you probably don't know
Nearly all of these were new to me.
January 24, 2024Source

Microsoft admits issues with Windows 10 patch almost 2 months after release
Problematic Microsoft Edge package could affect System Preparation Tool
January 24, 2024Source

Even Microsoft Copilot can't help Bing touch the dominance in search from Google
Google continues to dominate the search engine market share, while Bing staggers behind with only 3.4% of the global stake.
January 24, 2024Source

Microsoft: Recent updates cause Sysprep Windows validation errors
Microsoft says admins are seeing 0x80073cf2 errors when using the System Preparation (Sysprep) tool to validate Windows installations for deployment after installing recent Windows 10 updates.
January 24, 2024Source

MSI Claw versus Steam Deck: Which is the best gaming handheld?
MSI Claw will be the first PC gaming handheld to feature the new Intel Core Ultra processors.
January 24, 2024Source

Palworld: The best flying mounts from early to end game
To travel the Pal-world, players will need a suitable mount. Let's find what works best for you.
January 24, 2024Source

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5034203 Preview, released on Jan. 23, 2024.
January 24, 2024Source

Windows 11 KB5034204 update fixes Bluetooth audio issues, 24 bugs
Microsoft released the January 2024 preview update for Windows 11 versions 22H2 and 23H2, which comes with Bluetooth audio bug fixes and addresses 24 known issues.
January 24, 2024Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5034204 Preview, released on Jan. 23, 2024.
January 24, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 22nd, 2024

7 ways to use Microsoft Copilot right
The free version of Microsoft's generative AI chatbot is available in Windows and on the web. Here's how to make the most of it.
January 22, 2024Source

A Peek At The New Windows 11; USB4 Gen2 In Wordpad Out
For one thing, WordPad is finally going for good, it will uninstall and you won't be able to get it back. This is sure to upset dozens of users.
January 22, 2024Source

Best tips to increase your computer performance on Windows 11
If your computer is getting sluggish, use these tips on Windows 11 to restore performance.
January 22, 2024Source

Clean Windows Installation: The Optimal Way
We have to admit it. Clean Install of Windows might be a hassle-free process these days, but still, it is a procedure. Whether it would be for troubleshooting purposes or any other reason, every one of us has to face it one way or another. But did you know that there are some things that we can check or uncheck for optimal performance and user experience?
January 22, 2024Source

How To Troubleshoot Critical Process Died On Windows
The Critical Process Died error results in a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and occurs when a critical process on which the system relies has unexpectedly crashed. This can result from various factors, such as hardware problems (like faulty RAM or hard drives), incompatible or outdated drivers, conflicts between software applications, or corruption in system files.
January 22, 2024Source

Wanna run Windows on an M-series Mac? Fine, buy a license, but no baremetal
Or, you could just rent an expensive Windows VM in the cloud — just a thought, says Redmond
January 22, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 19th, 2024

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-seventy-eight in a series.
January 19, 2024Source

Huge Windows 11 24H2 Update for AI PCs Allegedly Coming in September
It'll essentially be Windows 12, according to the latest report.
January 19, 2024Source

Microsoft will likely set 16GB RAM baseline for Windows '12' AI PCs
As we get deeper into 2024 and closer to the rumored release of the next-gen Windows, more information starts slipping through the cracks. We already know about some of the features the OS will bring, and now it is time to talk specs.
January 19, 2024Source

New report claims Windows 11 'AI PCs' will require 16GB RAM, but will they really?
Microsoft has no comment on whether Windows PCs will need 16GB of RAM to run AI.
January 19, 2024Source

What makes a hard error hard? Microsoft vet tells all
A peek back at the wobbly Windows of yesteryear
January 19, 2024Source

Windows 12 Might be a Windows 11 24H2 Update, Still Carries AI-Centric Features
According to the report by Windows Central, Microsoft is preparing a major update for Windows 11, codenamed Hudson Valley, which is expected to be released later this year as "version 24H2" or the 2024 Update.
January 19, 2024Source

Windows Server 2022: Update KB5034129 generates high CPU load on terminal server
I am posting a topic here in the blog that an administrator emailed me about. After installing the security update KB5034129 from 9. January 2024 under Windows Server 2022 he runs in his area in problems with the terminal server role. The CPU load goes up to 100% and the system is no longer usable. I put the information together because there isn't much on the Internet yet.
January 19, 2024Source

Yes, you can officially run Windows on Apple Silicon Macs
Parallels Desktop for Mac now runs on Arm versions of Windows 11 on the newest Apple M3 Macs — and lots of developers are taking advantage of the option.
January 19, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 18th, 2024

Microsoft tests instant access to Android photos in Windows 11
Microsoft plans to provide Windows 11 users with almost instant access to photos and screenshots they've taken on their Android smartphones.
January 18, 2024Source

New Windows 11 build lets you immediately access new photos and screenshots from your mobile device
Microsoft is continually adding new features to Windows 11, and today the software giant introduces the ability to access and edit your most recent photos and screenshots from an Android mobile device via Snipping Tool on your PC.
January 18, 2024Source

Windows 11 Start menu will soon show upcoming Microsoft Teams meetings, but only for certain customers
Microsoft is testing out a shortcut to Microsoft Teams meetings from the Start menu.
January 18, 2024Source

Windows 11 version 24H2: New features, next-gen AI PCs, and everything we know so far
The Windows 2024 Update is expected to be all about next-gen AI experiences.
January 18, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 16th, 2024

8 helpful hidden features you can unlock in Microsoft Windows
Microsoft has hidden some tools and functions in Windows 10 and 11 and switched them off by default. We will introduce you to these gems and show you how to activate them to unlock additional functions in the Home editions.
January 16, 2024Source

Windows 12 fan fiction shows how Microsoft might ladle AI into the OS
Unlikely to be a stop-the-slurpage button, but look at the wallpaper
January 16, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 15th, 2024

Microsoft Copilot adds a premium subscription, Copilot Pro
Chatbots are expensive, and Microsoft is charging a hefty sum of money for its best.
January 15, 2024Source

Microsoft braces for automatic AI takeover with Copilot at Windows startup
Experiment is limited to the Insider Dev Channel. For now
January 15, 2024Source

Microsoft is bringing Windows 11's excellent 'Dev Home' app to Windows 10 users
Another Windows 11 feature is being made available on Windows 10 this week.
January 15, 2024Source

Microsoft working on a fix for Windows 10 0x80070643 errors
Microsoft is working to fix a known issue causing 0x80070643 errors when installing the KB5034441 security update that patches the CVE-2024-20666 BitLocker vulnerability.
January 15, 2024Source

Microsoft's new Copilot Pro brings AI-powered Office features to the rest of us
A new $20 subscription will unlock Microsoft's AI-powered Copilot inside Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
January 15, 2024Source

The Microsoft Rewards Program is seemingly back to normal, with users getting up to 30 points per reward again
Microsoft has reverted to its standard award system for Microsoft Rewards.
January 15, 2024Source

Windows Copilot autostart tests limited to 27" displays or larger
Microsoft says that tests of a controversial new Windows 11 feature that automatically opens the AI-powered Copilot assistant after Windows starts are limited to systems with 27-inch displays.
January 15, 2024Source

With tensions between the US and China, will Microsoft continue to run operations in its Beijing-based AI lab?
The rivalry between the US and China might threaten Microsoft's advance in the AI space.
January 15, 2024Source

Windows 11 will soon support USB 4 v2, the confusingly named standard that promises incredible transfer speeds
USB 4 Version 2 is on the way to PCs later this year, including the teased Razer Blade 18.
January 15, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 12th, 2024

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-seventy-seven in a series.
January 12, 2024Source

For Patch Tuesday, 48 updates, no zero-day flaws
Microsoft is easing its way into 2024 with a low-key update for Windows and its other apps and platforms.
January 12, 2024Source

Microsoft Is Testing Having Copilot Launch on Boot for Certain Windows 11 PCs
I've detected you have not opened Copilot yet, and I cannot allow that, Dave.
January 12, 2024Source

Microsoft suggests command line fiddling to get faulty Windows 10 update installed
Unhelpful error codes, complex fixes ... When did Windows turn into Linux?
January 12, 2024Source

Microsoft wants to automatically launch its Copilot AI on some Windows 11 devices
You might see Copilot start automatically opening on Windows 11 soon, but only with certain display situations.
January 12, 2024Source

How to Change Your Device Usage in Windows 11
When you first set up Windows 11, you can tell Windows how you plan to use your device. If you skipped it or changed your mind, you can always choose a new Device Usage setting.
January 12, 2024Source or Watch Video

How to Reset Windows Update in Windows 10 & 11
Problems with Windows Updates can usually be fixed by rebooting, waiting, or trying again later. Resetting Windows Updates can be complicated and require numerous steps. Here's how you can easily reset Windows Updates.
January 12, 2024Source or Watch Video

How to upgrade your PC running Windows 11 Home to Windows 11 Pro
You can always upgrade from Home to Pro on Windows 11 without reinstallation, and here's how.
January 12, 2024Source

Windows 10 users with KB5034441 update failure need to manually resize partitions to fix the problem
When Microsoft released the recent KB5034441 update for Windows 10, the aim was to fix a security vulnerability that could allow attackers to bypass BitLocker encryption by using Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). Unfortunately, the update itself proved problematic for many users.
January 12, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 10th, 2024

7 Considerations for Multi-Cluster Kubernetes
This article compares Hybrid Cloud and Multi-Cloud highlighting challenges like complexity, interoperability, security, and resiliency strategies.
January 10, 2024Source

How to get started setting up Windows 11 Dynamic Lighting
Yes, you can now control your RGB devices from within the Windows 11 settings, and here's how.
January 10, 2024Source

Notepad set to become the latest product to receive the Microsoft AI treatment
Is nothing sacred?
January 10, 2024Source

The best places to find Windows ISOs
How and where to safely grab these sometimes elusive beasts for Windows 10 and 11 installs, repairs, and bootable media.
January 10, 2024Source

Windows 10 KB5034441 security update fails with 0x80070643 errors
Windows 10 users worldwide report problems installing Microsoft's January Patch Tuesday updates, getting 0x80070643 errors when attempting to install the KB5034441 security update for BitLocker.
January 10, 2024Source

Windows 11: How to set up a local network
If you use more than one computer in your private or business environment, you will benefit from a local Windows 11 network. It connects PCs and laptops, simplifies file sharing, and aids collaborative work on documents.
January 10, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 7th, 2024

Microsoft has completely killed off WordPad in Windows 11... and more apps will follow
It is a few months since Microsoft announced plans to ditch WordPad. Back in September the company revealed that the cut-down word processor would no longer be updated and would be removed from the operating system completely in a future release.
January 7, 2024Source

Microsoft's New AI Key for Windows 11 Laptops Is a Bold Bid for AI Dominance
The dedicated Copilot key is the biggest change since Microsoft introduced the Windows key in 1994 -- but there's far more to the story than that.
January 7, 2024Source

Unknown Hard Error: What It Is And How To Troubleshoot
The last thing you want when using your computer is encountering a mysterious error that leads to common Windows problems like a system crash or Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) without specifying the root cause. The Unknown Hard Error is one such issue that appears during system boot or resource-intensive tasks, often accompanied by a process name in the pop-up but lacking details on what went wrong.
January 7, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — January 6th, 2024

5 Fixes For The Alt-Tab Keyboard Shortcut Not Working On Windows
If you're a fan of utilizing keyboard shortcuts to enhance efficiency on your Windows computer, Alt-Tab is likely a go-to for quick task-switching. Yet, there are instances where this feature encounters a hiccup, leading to disruptions in your workflow and unnecessary delays. The malfunction of the Alt-Tab shortcut can manifest in various ways, such as an unresponsive task switcher, the inability to cycle through open windows, or erratic application switching.
January 6, 2024Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 29th, 2023

10 obscure Windows features that will blow your mind
These quick tips will help you save time and get organized.
December 29, 2023Source

Dell shows off how Windows Copilot can navigate settings for you, if Microsoft decides to go that way
Users could find and change settings without ever learning where to find them
December 29, 2023Source

Microsoft's GitHub Copilot pursues the absolute 'time to value' of AI in programming
It's not about writing code faster, it's about freeing up developers to use their time better, says GitHub chief product officer Inbal Shani.
December 29, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 28th, 2023

Can your Windows 10 PC be saved in 2025? Yes - for free. Here's how
As many as 240 million Windows 10 PCs can't be upgraded to Windows 11. What's a user to do?
December 28, 2023Source

Every Windows 10 and 11 feature Microsoft deprecated in 2023
Feature deprecation is nothing new in the Microsoft world. Every now and then, the company stops developing parts of its operating system due to various reasons. In 2022, Microsoft deprecated only two services just to ditch a massive list of components in 2023. Keeping track of everything might be challenging if you do not follow Windows development closely, so here is a recap of every feature Microsoft deprecated in Windows 10 and 11 in 2023.
December 28, 2023Source

How To Turn Off Sound Effects in Windows
Windows has various sound effects that are activated when carrying out different actions. Although some may find these sounds pleasing, others may find them irritating or would like to customize them. In this How To, we'll show you how to turn off sound effects in Windows. Below we will walk you through the steps to turn those sounds off.
December 28, 2023Source

Microsoft's wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2023
Can you believe that it's only been a year since Microsoft helped launch AI?
December 28, 2023Source

Windows 11 May Get Option to Reinstall via Windows Update Without Deleting Your Files
The feature is being tested in beta builds and could roll out in early 2024.
December 28, 2023Source

Windows 11 Moment 5 could land in February with the option to remove Microsoft Edge
If you're waiting for the next big update to Windows 11, you likely won't have to wait much longer. The update, also known as Moment 5 or February 2024 Moment, may not be as significant as previous updates in terms of new features, but it will still introduce some important changes.
December 28, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 27th, 2023

10 Windows annoyances and how to fix them
Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 can be annoying. Let's do something about that.
December 27, 2023Source

Autonomous SmartDesk Core review: This standing desk transformed my home office, and it's so quiet it doesn't wake my dog
The SmartDesk Core is sturdy, robust, and features a quiet dual motor that makes it easy to adjust.
December 27, 2023Source

How to Edit Windows OEM Information in System Settings
"To be filled by OEM" Facepalm...
December 27, 2023Source

Microsoft nixed Mixed Reality: This Windows VR didn't even make it to the ER
Stick WMR next to 3D TVs, Segways, and maybe soon generative AI
December 27, 2023Source

My next PC webcam NEEDS Microsoft's answer to Face ID — Here's why (and why we need more companies to make them)
Rapid logins with face recognition are a luxury I don't want to live without when choosing my next camera.
December 27, 2023Source

Upcoming Windows 11 Moment 5 Update to Feature Fast Windows 11 reinstallation method via Windows Update
In the forthcoming Windows 11 Moment 5 Update, scheduled for release in February 2024, Microsoft plans to introduce an integrated operating system recovery system. This system aims to streamline the process of reinstalling or recovering the Windows 11 operating system via Windows Update, while preserving existing files. Termed 'Fix Problems using Windows Update,' this feature is under development and is currently available in beta for select Insider channels, including the Canary Channel, with access through 'Settings > System > Recovery.'
December 27, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 26th, 2023, 2023

18 ways to speed up Windows 10
If you want to optimize Windows 10, take a few minutes to try out these tips to speed up your PC and make it less prone to performance and system issues.
December 26, 2023Source

Microsoft tests a Windows 11 reinstallation method via Windows Update - faster than the current 'in-place upgrade' option
This new feature is expected to be a part of the Windows 11 Moment 5 Update, scheduled for Feb. 2024.
December 26, 2023Source

Windows 11 will soon leverage Windows Update to make system recovery faster
Feature has been in the Canary Channel for over six months, so should be ready for consumers soon
December 26, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 24th, 2023

How To Disable OneDrive On Windows
Cloud storage is one of the biggest tech advancements of the past 20 years. Being able to keep all your files in one place, safe and easily accessible without the need to carry dozens of hard drives around is something we now take for granted. Having cloud storage you can access whenever you want is now so common you can build your own without much effort.
December 24, 2023Source

Microsoft Weekly: big deprecated features, fixed Windows 11 bugs, and final updates in 2023
In this episode of Microsoft Weekly, we look at fixed Windows 11 bugs, even more deprecated features, the upcoming Moment 5 update, the final browser and app updates in 2023, gaming sales and discounts, and more.
December 24, 2023Source

MS Paint crashes when you click on the text tool (This is how to fix it!)
Microsoft Paint (or MS Paint) has actually come a long way over the years despite not looking as if it ever experienced any major changes outside of the ribbon menu design. It works better now with things like transparencies and exists as a standalone app via the Microsoft Store instead of being baked into Windows 11. But with updates comes bugs that may creep up from time to time.
December 24, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 23rd, 2023

Windows 12: Savior of PC makers, or just an apology for Windows 11?
Looking into our crystal ball we can see the end of 2024 will be filled with ... AI. So much AI
December 23, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 22nd, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-seventy-four in a series.
December 22, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Windows Sandbox in Windows 11
Windows Sandbox allows you to run applications or programs in an isolated environment. Once you close Sandbox, all software and files are deleted and never affect Windows 11. Windows Sandbox is typically turned off by default. Here's how you can turn Windows Sandbox on or off in Windows 11.
December 22, 2023Source

Microsoft's draconian Windows 11 restrictions will send an estimated 240 million PCs to the landfill when Windows 10 hits end of life in 2025
But the progress must go on, right?
December 22, 2023Source or Source

The next Windows 11 feature drop is coming in early 2024 — here's what to expect
The 5th moment update for Windows 11 is expected to begin rolling out in February 2024.
December 22, 2023Source

Windows 10 EOL Could Result in Up to 240 Million Devices Tossed in the Trash
One of Microsoft's most-loved OSes is about to ride off into the sunset, forcing tens of millions of users to upgrade.
December 22, 2023Source

Windows 11: The Best Hidden Features, Tips, and Tricks
Microsoft's latest OS is not for everyone due to its controversial changes from Windows 10, but it can be made much better with just a few easy tweaks.
December 22, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 21st, 2023

Microsoft is deprecating Windows Mixed Reality — it will be removed from a future version of Windows
Microsoft's latest deprecated features list signals the end for its mixed reality platform.
December 21, 2023Source

Microsoft is killing its Windows VR platform — announces deprecation of 'Windows Mixed Reality'
Windows Mixed Reality will be removed from a future version of Windows
December 21, 2023Source

Windows 11 versus Ubuntu Linux Performance On The Intel Core Ultra 7 Meteor Lake
Following my Linux benchmarks of the Intel Core Ultra 7 155H processor performance where it ended up being rather disappointing but then with finding great success with the integrated Arc Graphics on Meteor Lake, like I you may be left wondering how much of a role Linux is playing with these results compared to Windows... Well, this article will shed some light on that aspect with looking at the Microsoft Windows 11 versus Ubuntu Linux performance on the Acer Swift Go 14 Meteor Lake laptop.
December 21, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 19th, 2023

Microsoft confirms Wi-Fi issues in Windows 11 KB5032288
Microsoft has received reports of frustrated customers unable to connect to their Wi-Fi networks after installing recent Windows 11 updates. The problem mostly affects enterprise, education, and public Wi-Fi access points, preventing users from connecting or obliterating their connection speeds to impossible levels.
December 19, 2023Source

Windows 11's new Backup app: Everything you need to know
With a new app that Microsoft has integrated directly into Windows 10 and Windows 11, you will be able to back up your data to the cloud and synchronize it with other systems. This works in a similar way to macOS with iCloud.
December 19, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 18th, 2023

Blizzard offers the first previews for World of Warcraft's new 'Hero Talents' in The War Within
Feast your eyes on this sneak preview of four Hero Talent trees in World of Warcraft's upcoming The War Within expansion.
December 18, 2023Source

December's Windows 11 KB5033375 update breaks Wi-Fi connectivity
The KB5033375 cumulative update released during the December 2023 Patch Tuesday causes Wi-Fi connectivity issues on some Windows 11 devices.
December 18, 2023Source

Microsoft puts the 'why?' in Wi-Fi with latest Windows patch
Redmond stuffs IT admin Christmas stockings with network issues
December 18, 2023Source

Microsoft rolls out fix for Windows 11 File Explorer bug after 15-month wait
Better late than never?
December 18, 2023Source

Security patch breaks Wi-Fi on Windows 11 PCs with Qualcomm 802.11r Wi-Fi module
Just another Windows patch creating problems!
December 18, 2023Source

Windows 11 Insider Previews: What's in the latest build?
Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 11 as they roll out to Windows Insiders. Now updated for Build 22635.2915 for the Beta Channel, released on Dec. 14, 2023.
December 18, 2023Source

Windows 11 users can now create their own custom voice commands
For some people, controlling a computer with their voice is a necessity, for others it is simply another means of input to supplement the mouse and keyboard. Microsoft has supported voice control of Windows for quite some time, and the company is working on some major updates to the "voice access" feature that will be available to everyone soon.
December 18, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 15th, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-seventy-three in a series.
December 15, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 14th, 2023

"We are sending a strong message to those who seek to create, sell, or distribute fraudulent Microsoft products for cybercrime: We are watching, taking notice, and will act to protect our customers." Microsoft takes down cybercrime group Storm-1152
Microsoft takes down Storm-1152 as an example of how companies should fight back against cybercriminals.
December 14, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 12th, 2023

Avira update is causing Windows PCs to freeze up, no fix in sight
The only way out right now is to uninstall the app altogether
December 12, 2023Source

Bethesda confirms city maps, 'new ways of traveling,' and more coming to Starfield
Starfield developer Bethesda Game Studios is working on more fixes and improvements.
December 12, 2023Source

Microsoft December 2023 Patch Tuesday fixes 34 flaws, 1 zero-day
Today is Microsoft's December 2023 Patch Tuesday, which includes security updates for a total of 34 flaws and one previously disclosed, unpatched vulnerability in AMD CPUs.
December 12, 2023Source

Windows 10 KB5033372 update released with Copilot for everyone, 20 changes
Microsoft has released the KB5033372 cumulative update for Windows 10 21H2 and Windows 10 22H2, which includes Copilot for Windows and nineteen other changes to the operating system.
December 12, 2023Source

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5032189, released on Dec. 12, 2023.
December 12, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5033375 update released with upgraded Copilot AI-assistant
Microsoft has published a new update for Windows 11 versions 23H2 and 22H2 (KB5033375) to fix security vulnerabilities and improve Copilot.
December 12, 2023Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5033375, released on Dec. 12, 2023.
December 12, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 11th, 2023

Windows 11: Do these six things right away after you finish setup
Microsoft's default settings for Windows 11 are filled with tiny annoyances, including unnecessary taskbar icons and unwanted apps. Here's how to declutter your new setup and maximize your security settings.
December 11, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 8th, 2023

Are Microsoft and OpenAI too close? UK CMA will look into the complicated partnership that could forge the future of AI.
Microsoft and OpenAI may be too close for comfort in the eyes of the UK Competition and Markets Authority.
December 8, 2023Source

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-seventy-two in a series.
December 8, 2023Source

How to check which version of Windows you have
Do you know which version of Windows you are using? It's easy to find out.
December 8, 2023Source

Microsoft converts some Starfield testers to full-time unionized employees
Dozens of contractors who worked on Starfield are being converted to full-time unionized employees under Microsoft.
December 8, 2023Source

Microsoft to intro dedicated mode for Cloud PCs
Latest Insider Build brings new features for Windows 365 Boot
December 8, 2023Source

Windows 11 share app now supports WhatsApp in build 22635.2850 (KB5033453)
Microsoft has released its latest Windows 11 preview build for members of the Windows Insider Program in the Beta Channel. The build number for this update is 22635.2850 (KB5033453). It includes only a couple of changes, and no bug fixes.
December 8, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 6th, 2023

7 Windows annoyances and how to fix them
Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 can be annoying. Let's do something about that.
December 6, 2023Source

Download Intel Wireless drivers package 23.10.0
Experience unparalleled wireless connectivity with Intel®'s latest software package, offering comprehensive driver support for a wide range of Wi-Fi 7 products, including the cutting-edge Intel® Wi-Fi 7 BE202 and BE200. This essential update, version 23.10.0, is designed to enhance your Wi-Fi experience on both Windows® 10 and Windows 11 systems, ensuring seamless and efficient internet access.
December 6, 2023Source

Microsoft finally confirms Windows bug that renames printers and forcibly installs the HP Smart app
If you have noticed that Windows suddenly thinks you have an HP LaserJet M101-M106, you are not alone. The same is true if you've spotted that the HP Smart app has installed itself on your computer.
December 6, 2023Source

Just about every Windows and Linux device vulnerable to new LogoFAIL firmware attack
UEFIs booting Windows and Linux devices can be hacked by malicious logo images.
December 6, 2023Source

Microsoft Infuses Copilot For Windows 11 With DALL-E 3 And GPT-4 Turbo
Microsoft continues to go all in with AI, announcing that Copilot will be receiving the addition of a new DALL-E 3 model and GPT-4 Turbo along with several other features. Windows 11 users can expect to see these improvements in 2024. Moreover, Microsoft will also be making Copilot available to anyone with a web browser with the launch of an official Copilot Website.
December 6, 2023Source

Microsoft readies 'groundbreaking' AI-focused Windows release as new leadership takes the helm
What's next for Windows? Microsoft plans next-gen Windows AI release in 2024, plus details on recent changes to the Windows roadmap
December 6, 2023Source

Host Europe warns of phishing emails
Host Europe is currently warning its customers of phishing emails in circulation on its behalf. A blog reader informed me of this by email, and I received such a message from Host Europe today. The subject of the phishing mail is: "Important: Payment method updated. ".
December 6, 2023Source

Microsoft Announces Paid Extended Security Support for Windows 10
Microsoft this week announced a lifeline for those who will not be ready to transition from Windows 10 to Windows 11 by the OS's end of support on Oct. 14, 2025.
December 6, 2023Source

Set Your Calendars: Windows 12 is Coming in June 2024 with Arm Support and AI Features
Microsoft is preparing a big update for its Windows operating system. Currently at version 11, the company is gearing up for the launch of Windows 12, which is supposed to bring a monumental shift in the tectonic plates of the regular PC user experience. Enhanced by AI, the Windows 12 OS should utilize many features like generative AI, large language models, some GPT integration, and many other tools that could benefit AI, like photo editors
December 6, 2023Source

The best Windows 11 tool you aren't using (but should) can now upgrade itself
Upgrade the tool that you can use to upgrade everything else.
December 6, 2023Source

Windows 10 will receive its final security update in October 2028
This Extended Security Update program will stretch the OS' lifespan by three years.
December 6, 2023Source

Windows 11 widgets will finally become usable, thanks to an upcoming update
Your widgets board will finally be a widgets board once this change rolls out to Windows 11.
December 6, 2023Source

Windows 12 Gearing Up To Launch June 2024
Windows 11 doesn't feel like it launched that long ago and for once time hasn't escaped me as it really didn't as it was only two years ago in October 2021. Now admittedly this launch wasn't the best, it had various issues especially with TPM overall leading to a very low adoption rate. At the time many people joked about how Windows flips from bad to good between releases meaning Windows 12 could be much better than 11, the good news is we could find out soon in June 2024.
December 6, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 5th, 2023

How to Stop Windows Antivirus From Sending Files to Microsoft
For most people, sending suspicious files to Microsoft is good, allowing them to find and protect others from threats and improve the Windows Security Antivirus. The downside is that you're computer resources and bandwidth can take a hit. Anyone who's ever downloaded a file, especially a large file, knows that the file gets to 100%, then takes a minute to finish while the file is sent for analysis.
December 5, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Test Your RAM With Windows Memory Diagnostic
Troubleshooting problems in any computer system can be a tedious process. The Windows Memory Diagnostic tool can help you by checking the memory installed in your system.
December 5, 2023Source

Microsoft announces paid subscription for Windows 10 users who want OS updates beyond 2025
A new "Extended Support Updates" (ESU) program for Windows 10 will launch after support ends in October 2025.
December 5, 2023Source

Microsoft celebrates Copliot's first anniversary with a new Deep Search tool that could help dethrone Google from its search dominance
Microsoft is shipping many features to Copilot to improve its usability, including OpenAI's GPT-4 Turbo model.
December 5, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms Smart App issue renaming everyone's printers to HP
Not only turning up uninvited, but telling folks they suddenly have a LaserJet
December 5, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms Windows bug renames printers to HP LaserJet M101-M106
Microsoft has confirmed an issue causing the HP Smart app to automatically install on Windows systems after all printers are renamed to HP LaserJet M101-M106.
December 5, 2023Source

Microsoft fixes Copilot multi-monitor issues in Windows 11 update
Alt+Tab support added and more in latest update to OS
December 5, 2023Source

Microsoft PowerToys updates with new add-ons for Windows 11 File Explorer and modernized UIs for more utilities
The update ships with many new features, including modernized PowerToys Run, Quick Accent, and Text Extractor UIs.
December 5, 2023Source

Microsoft to let Windows 10 home users buy Extended Security Updates
Microsoft says that all Windows 10 customers (including home users) will be able to pay for three extra years of security updates through the company's Extended Security Updates (ESU) program after the end of support (EOS) date.
December 5, 2023Source

Microsoft to offer extended Windows 10 security updates to businesses, individual users
Though Windows 10 support ends in late 2025, both businesses and — for the first time — individual customers will have the option for up to three years of paid security updates.
December 5, 2023Source

This new Thunderbolt 4 docking station puts four 4K monitors, 40Gbps transfer speeds, 16 ports, and 98W of power are at your fingertips
Kensington maxed out the specs on its new docking station.
December 5, 2023Source

Windows 10 cheat sheet
Eight years after releasing Windows 10, Microsoft hasn't stopped tweaking it. Here's what you need to know about the most popular version of Windows.
December 5, 2023Source

Windows 11 23H2 Is Slowing Game Performance, but Microsoft Has a Workaround
The issue seems to affect folks with AMD CPUs and results in degraded CPU performance.
December 5, 2023Source

Windows 11 update will make it easier to enable nearby sharing
Turning on nearby sharing will soon enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well if those features have been turned off.
December 5, 2023Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5032288 Preview, released on Dec. 4, 2023.
December 5, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 4th, 2023

Did Windows 11's 2023 Update slow down your PC? Try this
The problem has been found with AMD Ryzen processors, but may also apply to Intel's Core chips.
December 4, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe in Windows 10 & 11
If your Windows 10 or 11 device has a touchscreen, you can swipe from the edge to open notifications or Widgets. If you don't like the swipe feature, it can be disabled in the registry or Group Policy Editor.
December 4, 2023Source

How to Remove Widgets or Chat From the Windows 11 Taskbar
Widgets are back in full force for Windows 11, but maybe you have no interest in using them. Disabling Widgets from the Start Menu can help and ad room for another shortcut.
December 4, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Use System Restore in Windows 11
System Protection allows users to create a restore point to help them recover from problems. Here are two ways to access System Restore.
December 4, 2023Source

Microsoft stabilized Windows with a roaming 'USB Cart of Death'
The USB Cart of Death played an important role in the development of Windows.
December 4, 2023Source

OpenSSL 3.2 Brings Support for QUIC, Windows Certificate Store, and More
The latest version of OpenSSL, OpenSSL 3.2.0, brings significant new features, including client support for QUIC, new digital signature algorithms, new certificate compression options, SSL/TLS security level increase, and more.
December 4, 2023Source

Steam survey returns to normal as AMD, Windows 11, and English recapture lost share, RTX 3060 (just) stays on top
November set some things right following a strange month
December 4, 2023Source

The Latest Printer Headache Caused By A Windows Update Is A Doozy
After numberous printing related bugs this year, you'd think Microsoft would be particuarly cautious and do some additional Q&A on its latest printing-related patches, but that doesn't appear to be the case. A newly discovered bug affecting Windows 10 and 11 seems to be renaming all printers on a system "HP M101-M106".
December 4, 2023Source

Windows 11 23H2 update is affecting gaming performance, but Microsoft says there's a workaround
The workaround is apparently working, at least for some users
December 4, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5032288 update improves Copilot, fixes 11 bugs
Microsoft has released the KB5032288 November 2023 Windows 11 preview update with improvements for the Copilot AI assistant and almost a dozen bug fixes.
December 4, 2023Source

Windows 12 Might Launch in June 2024 Alongside 'AI PCs'
Acer and Quanta execs hint at a possible Windows refresh next year.
December 4, 2023Source

Windows 12 release date window leaked — but we're skeptical
Based on the origin of the report, it's not likely.
December 4, 2023Source

Windows update renames every installed printer HP LaserJet Ultra M106, changes icons, and forces install of HP Smart app
Seems like a strange way to sell more genuine HP ink!
December 4, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — December 1st, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-seventy-one in a series.
December 1, 2023Source

Cinnamon and KDE sync version numbers in desktop sibling rivalry
Expect the former in a Linux Mint point release later this year
December 1, 2023Source

Cyberpunk 2077 is getting an update in December that adds the metro system, new romance interactions, and more
The new update drops on the fifth of the month, bringing a bevy of features that include a couple of surprises.
December 1, 2023Source

Microsoft is working on 'Advanced Windows Settings' to give you more control over your PC
The recently released Dev Home App preview for Windows 11 offers several developer-related features to make life easier for code writers. But Microsoft wants to take an extra step and equip the app with "Advanced Windows Settings," a section with additional options and preferences that otherwise require more complicated actions to turn on/off or customize.
December 1, 2023Source

Microsoft may release Windows '12' in June 2024, dedicated AI hardware might be recommended
Earlier today, we reported about the first official mention of "Windows 11 24H2" and also speculated on how this could affect the supposed launch of the next Windows version, also called Windows '12' casually.
December 1, 2023Source

Statcounter: 26.66% of all PCs run Windows 11
The November 2023 report from Statcounter is now available on the official website, revealing the latest details about market shares of different Windows versions. According to the report, Windows 11 continues growing steadily, albeit its jump was much more modest in November 2023 compared with October 2023. Statcounter claims Windows 11 is now installed on 26.66% of all Windows computers (+0.49 points).
December 1, 2023Source

"The commoditization of 'AI' and M365 Copilot is a veritable gold rush": Microsoft MVP warns of 'bullsh*t' from inexperienced professionals
Loryan Strant, a Microsoft 365 MVP wrote on a personal blog about the need to vet supposed experts of Copilot.
December 1, 2023Source

Three gaming-focused Linux operating systems beat Windows 11 in gaming benchmarks
All three Linux distros managed to beat Windows 11 while using Valve's Proton compatibility layer.
December 1, 2023Source

Windows 10 KB5032278 update adds Copilot AI assistant, fixes 13 bugs
Microsoft has started rolling out its Copilot AI assistant to Windows 10 with the KB5032278 November 2023 non-security preview update for systems running Windows 10, version 22H2.
December 1, 2023Source

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5032278 Preview, released on Nov. 30, 2023.
December 1, 2023Source

Windows 11 will soon get improved and better optimized energy saver
Windows 11's built-in battery saver will soon be able to squeeze a few more minutes of work for your device when running out of juice. The latest Windows 11 Canary build 26002 introduces energy-saving improvements to extend battery life by "trading off some system performance." A low battery situation is not a good scenario for benchmarking or pushing those FPS, so Microsoft is willing to sacrifice and throttle some performance in favor of standby time.
December 1, 2023Source

Windows 12 could be released as soon as June 2024, dropping alongside new "AI PCs"
A new era for home PCs or is it overblown hype?
December 1, 2023Source

Windows Terminal vs. Powershell vs. Command Prompt
If you are reading this, you use your computer for many different tasks, from browsing the web to coding and gaming. And sometimes, you need to use a terminal to run some commands or scripts. But which terminal should you use? Windows Terminal vs PowerShell vs Command Prompt — what's the difference and which one is better?
December 1, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 30th, 2023

Windows 11 energy saver mode now in testing for laptops and desktops
Energy consumption can be a real drag.
November 30, 2023Source

Windows 11 build 26002 adds a feature ID that breaks the old Windows 10 taskbar
Windows 11 received numerous feature updates during its first two years on the market, bringing customers new and previously missing features. Even though Microsoft restored the ability to show labels, ungroup icons, and display seconds on the tray clock, enthusiasts still use third-party apps to restore the old taskbar from Windows 10. That might soon be over, though, as the latest Canary build introduced a feature ID to block the classic taskbar.
November 30, 2023Source

Windows 11's new energy saver mode in Insider builds limits background activities to increase battery life
Windows 11's power-saving techniques are getting smarter
November 30, 2023Source

Your Windows PC may have the HP Smart app installed whether you like it or not
The HP Smart app is installing on Windows without permission, including Dell and Lenovo PCs
November 30, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 29th, 2023

Copilot on Windows has a new home, or at least it has moved a few pixels on your taskbar
The latest Windows Insider build moves where the Copilot icon appears in the taskbar.
November 29, 2023Source

Microsoft Paint adds DALL-E 3 AI support from OpenAI to keep the creative juices flowing in Windows 11
You can now use AI to generate images inside Paint!
November 29, 2023Source

Microsoft starts testing new Windows 11 Energy Saver feature
Microsoft has started testing a new Windows 11 Energy Saver feature that helps customers extend their portable computers' battery life.
November 29, 2023Source

New tiny11 build shrinks Windows 11 23H2 smaller than ever and gives you Copilot... if you want it
Windows 11 is many things, but small it ain't. This is something that tiny11 exists to address, and we've covered this stripped-back version of Windows 11 before. Now it has been updated with new features and a smaller footprint than ever.
November 29, 2023Source

This mini PC is powered by the same AMD Ryzen Z1 chip as the ASUS ROG Ally
The Ryzen Z1 is a fine chip for handheld consoles, but how will it do inside a mini PC?
November 29, 2023Source

Unity is ending a service agreement with Peter Jackson's Weta FX visual effects company, which will result in laying off 265 workers
That's roughly 3.8% of its global workforce.
November 29, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 28th, 2023

How To Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
If you copy and paste a ton of items, you have more than likely wound up pasting the wrong thing to the wrong place; this will be for you. If you already know about creating this handy little shortcut, you can skip right over this little article. But make sure to check out the others we have here.
November 28, 2023Source

How to Record Computer Audio in 6 Free Ways
Knowing how to record computer audio will always be greatly helpful, especially when you want to record podcasts, interviews, streaming music, audio calls, and more. This post will discuss some excellent computer audio recorders and provide step-by-step guides for recording sound on a computer.
November 28, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 24th, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-seventy in a series.
November 24, 2023Source

Got a new Windows 11 PC or laptop? Do these 6 steps to make your device more secure
There are several security features available in Windows 11 that aren't enabled by default or need to be configured properly.
November 24, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms broken Narrator when clean-installing Windows 11 version 23H2
Microsoft released Windows 11 version 23H2 on October 31, 2023. However, the updated Media Creation Tool with 23H2 images arrived only in the second half of the month, forcing those wanting to perform a clean install to wait a little longer.
November 24, 2023Source

Microsoft warns that a key accessibility feature is broken in Windows 11 23H2
Microsoft has acknowledged an issue with Windows 11 23H2 which causes the Narrator accessibility tool to fail.
November 24, 2023Source

My favorite underrated game in recent years is so cheap right now on all major consoles that I just bought another copy for my nephew
Spoiler alert if you're seeing this, buddy, but you're gonna love it.
November 24, 2023Source

Windows 11 November 2023 Update Fixes AMD Bug, but Introduces New Issues
The November 14 update of Windows 11, specifically targeting versions 23H2 and 22H2, has successfully addressed a bug impacting AMD systems. This issue, initially identified following the release of KB5032190 on September 26, caused user settings in the Adrenalin software, including overclock configurations, to reset after each system reboot.
November 24, 2023Source

Windows-as-an-app is coming
Who needs a Windows PC when you can run the operating system as a desktop-as-a-service on your Chromebook, Linux box, or Mac?
November 24, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 23th, 2023

How to Add or Remove 'Open in Windows Terminal' in Windows 11
Windows 11 now features Windows Terminal, a better way to use the command-line, including PowerShell and the Command Prompt. It is the first worthwhile upgrade to command-line tools since PowerShell. When you right-click on the Desktop, Open in Windows Terminal is one of the Context Menu items available, which you can remove for the current or all users.
November 23, 2023Source

Monoprice Dark Matter (44632) 27-inch review: A great budget gaming monitor with 165Hz and 2ms
Save your wallet and still get 165Hz and 2ms response time from a gaming monitor.
November 23, 2023Source

Researchers crack Windows Hello fingerprint authentication
Some OEMs don't use all of Microsoft's security features
November 23, 2023Source

Researchers successfully bypass Windows Hello fingerprint authentication on Dell, Lenovo, and Microsoft laptops using a sophisticated ploy
A group of researchers has been able to bypass Windows Hello using a man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack.
November 23, 2023Source

Windows 11 setup: Which user account type should you choose?
When you set up a new Windows PC, you have a choice of four types of user accounts, from the old-school local account to the newest, Microsoft Entra ID (fka Azure Active Directory).
November 23, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 22nd, 2023

How Microsoft 365 Copilot AI can improve your productivity
If you are interested in learning more about how the Microsoft 365 Copilot artificial intelligence (AI) features and services function. You will be pleased to know that at the recent Microsoft Ignite conference it reveal more details about the potential of Microsoft 365 Chat, and how it can save you time with examples of specific use cases.
November 22, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Aero Shake in Windows 10 & 11
Aero Shake or Title bar window shake is a feature that lets you grab a Windows title bar and shake it, minimizing all other Windows. You can enable or disable Aero Shake in Windows Settings.
November 22, 2023Source

How to Properly Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 & 11
Anyone who has used Windows knows that over time your computer slows down or even becomes so unstable you have to reinstall or reset your PC. Most of these problems are because you might not be uninstalling your programs correctly.
November 22, 2023Source

Microsoft Improves Windows Security with a Path to Move Off NTLM
It's time to stop relying on the insecure authentication protocol built into Windows. Microsoft is making it easier to switch to secure modern options.
November 22, 2023Source

Microsoft's AI-Driven Copilot hits Windows 10 release preview, bringing AI assistant to more people
You need at least 4GB of RAM and a 720p display.
November 22, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 21st, 2023

KB5032906: Microsoft shares love with Windows 10 too as 22H2, 21H2 receive Setup improvement
This past week Microsoft released the Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 10 and also for Windows 11 for the month of November. Besides Patch Tuesday, the tech giant also released new dynamic updates to improve the WinRE on Windows 11 21H2, as well as Setup files for all Windows 11 versions, ie, 23H2, 22H2, and 21H2.
November 21, 2023Source

Microsoft now rolling out Copilot to Windows 10 devices
Microsoft is now rolling out the Copilot AI assistant to eligible non-managed systems enrolled in the Windows Insider program and running Windows 10 22H2 Home and Pro editions.
November 21, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 20th, 2023

A quick look back at the actual launch of Microsoft Windows 1.01 38 years ago today
Ten days ago, we wrote a feature that offered a quick look back at the official announcement of Windows 1.0 by Microsoft, 40 years ago on November 10, 1983. We mentioned at the time that Microsoft was planning to actually launch its OS sometime in April 1984.
November 20, 2023Source

How To Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
If you copy and paste a ton of items, you have more than likely wound up pasting the wrong thing to the wrong place; this will be for you. If you already know about creating this handy little shortcut, you can skip right over this little article. But make sure to check out the others we have here.
November 20, 2023Source

KB5033288: Following 23H2 and 22H2, Windows 11 21H2 gets improved WinRE as well
This past week Microsoft released the Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 10 and also for Windows 11 for the month of November. Speaking of Windows 11, besides Patch Tuesday, the tech giant also released a new dynamic update to improve the Setup files of Windows 11 23H2. The update also applies to version 22H2 as well. This makes sense as the new feature update is mostly the same at the core system files level.
November 20, 2023Source

Microsoft quietly fixed Windows 11 Settings Group Policy after it broke it and told no one
While Patch Tuesday updates, which are deployed every second Tuesday of the month, are meant to be the most important releases as they add security fixes and other new features, oftentimes, they do tend to introduce bugs and some of them are pretty major ones.
November 20, 2023Source

Studio Wildcard and Overwolf announce the 2023 ARKathon Mod Contest with $350,000 in prizes for creators and studios
Create cool mods for Ark: Survival Ascended, share them cross-platform, and you could win.
November 20, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 17th, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-sixty-nine in a series.
November 17, 2023Source

Copilot coming to Windows 10 to help navigate the OS's twilight years
Microsoft has listened, but only to people who like its AI assistant
November 17, 2023Source

Critical zero-day flaws in Windows, Office mean it's time to patch
Microsoft's Patch Tuesday release for November delivers 63 updates, with three zero-day flaws affecting Windows and Office. That makes quick patching a must.
November 17, 2023Source

How to Change the Windows 10 & 11 Wallpaper Without Activating
If you're using an unactivated copy of Windows 10 or 11, you can't change the wallpaper or Desktop background in Settings.
November 17, 2023Source

How to use Copilot to find products on Microsoft Shopping quickly
Copilot now makes finding online products even faster.
November 17, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms new background removal features in Windows Photos among other additions
Several days ago, many people in the Windows Insider Program noticed that the Windows Photos app had quietly been updated with the new ability to remove and replace background images. Today, Microsoft finally and officially announced that this update to the Photos app is now available for all members of the Insider program.
November 17, 2023Source

Microsoft Consolidating Windows Client Patching with Windows Autopatch
Microsoft announced a bunch of Windows management perks during Ignite week.
November 17, 2023Source

Microsoft investigating sudden Windows activation issues in upgraded PCs
Windows 10 and Windows 11 computers with a legal license key are suddenly deactivated.
November 17, 2023Source

Microsoft releases new Windows 11 evaluation virtual machines with the Moment 4 update
Microsoft has released a new version of its Windows 11 virtual machines available for free during a 90-day evaluation period. The latest update, version 2311, lets you try the latest features Microsoft introduced in the Moment 4 update. Those include a redesigned File Explorer, a new volume mixer, native RGB controls, native RAR support, Copilot, and more.
November 17, 2023Source

How to Create a "Guest Account" on Windows 10 & 11
If you'd like to share your computer with someone without giving them access to your files, you used to be able to create a "Guest Account."
November 17, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Turn Optimizations for Windowed Games On or Off in Windows 11
Microsoft has introduced Optimization for Windows Games in Windows 11. If you're having lag or latency issues, you can try to enable or disable Optimization for Windows Games if you are playing your games in Windowed mode.
November 17, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to use AI Copilot in Microsoft's Loop collaboration platform
Microsoft Loop, enhanced by its new feature Copilot, is a modern tool designed to improve how teams work together. It's made up of three main parts: components, pages, and workspaces. Components are bits of content like lists or notes that stay updated no matter where you use them, whether it's in an email, a document, or a chat.
November 17, 2023Source

"We are getting very good at identifying a Russian campaign," Microsoft weighs in on disinformation and national security at recent events
Russia is frequently accused of seeding disinformation as part of its hybrid warfare tactics. Microsoft has been at the fore of this new cyberwarfare front.
November 17, 2023Source

Windows 365 and AVD Get Windows App and More
Microsoft this week announced various Windows management and service improvements.
November 17, 2023Source

Windows License Deactivates after BIOS or Hardware Upgrade
I had this happen this week myself, Microsoft has a problem with their licensing platform for weeks now already. Users who have previously utilized complimentary license upgrades are encountering difficulties after hardware modifications or BIOS updates. These challenges may manifest as part of the process involving the replacement of hardware components or the updating of system BIOS.
November 17, 2023Source

Windows Server 2022: Nov. 2023 updates fix VMware ESXi problems from KB5031364
October 2023 update for Windows Server 2022 (KB5031364) causes an issue in connection with VMware ESXi. Windows Server 2022 installed in virtual machines (VMs) running on VMware ESXi hosts can't start no longer and ended in a blue screen. Microsoft has now fixed this problem with the November 2023 cumulative security update KB5032198.
November 17, 2023Source

You can finally uninstall Microsoft Edge from Windows — but only if you live here
Some users can push Edge over the edge for good.
November 17, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 16th, 2023

Bing Chat is reborn as Copilot as Microsoft continues its AI push with a rebrand
Microsoft has announced a rebranding of Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise to Copilot as part of its "vision to bring Microsoft Copilot to everyone". There is now a lengthy list of products under the Copilot banner, including Microsoft Copilot and Copilot in Windows, but this latest rebrand feels a little odd.
November 16, 2023Source

HandBrake 1.7.0
HandBrake converts video from any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
November 16, 2023Source

Here's how Microsoft will change Windows to comply with EU laws
The European Commission defines Microsoft as a "gatekeeper" under the Digital Markets Act. Here's how Microsoft plans to change Windows to avoid running afoul of the new competition laws.
November 16, 2023Source

Hoping for a Windows 10 support extension? Microsoft just quietly crushed your dreams
Microsoft announced this week that it's not changing its 2025 support deadline for Windows 10. If you missed the news, maybe you weren't looking in the right place.
November 16, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Spatial Sound in Windows 10 & 11
When enabled, spatial audio allows you to experience more immersive audio in your headphones. Here's how to enable or disable Spatial Sound in Windows 10 & 11.
November 16, 2023Source

How To Turn Off Sound Effects in Windows
Windows has various sound effects that are activated when carrying out different actions. Although some may find these sounds pleasing, others may find them irritating or would like to customize them. In this How To, we'll show you how to turn off sound effects in Windows. Below we will walk you through the steps to turn those sounds off.
November 16, 2023Source

It's official: Microsoft Copilot AI is coming to Windows 10 as company reevaluates OS update strategy
Windows 10 is back on the menu... for now.
November 16, 2023Source

Microsoft Brings Its AI Copilot to Windows 10
A surprise update from Microsoft adds artificial intelligence to older PCs.
November 16, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms Windows 10 and 11 activation issues, says it is investigating
The problem cropped up after Microsoft rolled out an update last month to plug an activation loophole
November 16, 2023Source

Microsoft deprecates even more Windows features, Steps Recorder gets the axe
November 2023 is a very busy month for Microsoft. The company launched Windows 11 version 23H2, held its annual Ignite conference, announced Copilot for Windows 10 (now available in the Release Preview Channel), and deprecated several apps and features.
November 16, 2023Source

Microsoft just brought Windows to the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but not how you might think
It's Windows, but not as we know it.
November 16, 2023Source

Not a PC? Windows is now an app for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac
Microsoft released a limited preview version of its Windows App.
November 16, 2023Source

What's new and improved in Microsoft's .NET 8
Leaner container images, simpler code syntax, and a welcome surprise--.NET Aspire, an opinionated stack for building cloud-native applications with .NET.
November 16, 2023Source

Windows 10 is back, and it's getting Microsoft's AI-powered Copilot assistant
But Windows 10's October 2025 end-of-support date is staying put, for now.
November 16, 2023Source

Windows Server 2022 update gave ESXi host VMs the blue screen blues
Wild idea: Maybe Microsoft could introduce a Quality Copilot to stop pushing broken patches
November 16, 2023Source

Windows 11 build (KB5032283) fixes NaN% storage bug, File Explorer not opening, and more
Microsoft today has released a new Beta Channel build for Windows Insiders. The new build, 22635.2771 (KB5032283), gets a Snipping Tool update, Natural voice previews, and more. In the list of bug fixes, there is one related to reporting where the Storage would incorrectly display as "0 of 0 (NaN%) storage", as well as more File Explorer fixes.
November 16, 2023Source

You can now download Windows 11 version 23H2 using Media Creation Tool
Microsoft released Windows 11 version 23H2 on October 30, 2023, bringing customers the latest features and improvements. However, users could not get the update using Media Creation Tool, Microsoft's official app for downloading Windows images and flashing them to USB drives for clean installations. Shortly after the release, Microsoft confirmed that the MCT still downloads old Windows 11 version 22H2 and promised to release a fix somewhere in mid-November.
November 16, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 15th, 2023

How to use the secret software installer on your Windows PC
Your PC has a big secret: The ultimate upgrade for installing and updating Windows applications.
November 15, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms problems with Windows activation after blocking old keys
About a month ago, Microsoft closed the long-standing loophole that let customers activate Windows 10 and 11 using old Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 keys. In addition, the company blocked the free upgrade path, preventing those using pre-Windows 10 versions from updating to newer releases without paying Microsoft for a new license. It now seems that the change is throwing wrenches into systems that should not be affected.
November 15, 2023Source

Microsoft fixes Windows 11 File Explorer context menu, address bar crashes in build 23590
Microsoft, today, has released the newest build to Windows 11 Dev channel Insiders. The new build, 23590, fixes multiple File Explorer crash issues related to the Context menu, address bar, and more. There are other changes this build brings too like more natural voices, among other things.
November 15, 2023Source

Microsoft launches Copilot web app, bringing the AI assistant to any platform
The Copilot web app launches today for Windows and Mac devices.
November 15, 2023Source

Microsoft releases KB5032190 update bringing an abundance of new features to all Windows 11 users
As this is a cumulative update that includes security fixes, it is therefore mandatory. But the security patches, while nice, are far from being the highlight. KB5032190 is the update with which Microsoft is giving all Windows 11 users access to the new features of Moment 4, including Taskbar changes and Windows Copilot.
November 15, 2023Source

Microsoft simplifies AI app development on Windows 11 with new 'Windows AI Studio'
Developers will be able to jumpstart AI development with a few clicks.
November 15, 2023Source

Microsoft unleashes Copilot Studio, allowing 365 users to create their very own AI chat bots
Copilot Studio will empower teams with "predictable" natural language chatbots.
November 15, 2023Source

This new Windows 11 setting will 'prevent Phone Link from communicating with your mobile devices' entirely — and you can test it right now
What if you don't want your phone linked to Windows 11?
November 15, 2023Source

Windows Server vNext build 25997 for Insiders adds SMB over QUIC in more editions
Microsoft has released the latest Windows Server build for people in the Windows Server Insider Program. It has the build number of 25997 and, among many changes, adds SMB over QUIC to the Datacenter and Standard editions
November 15, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 14th, 2023

How To Restart the Windows Search Box
My Windows Search Box crashed offering only the Spinning Circle instead of results. Tim had written an article a while back on how to fix this issue with a PowerShell script.
November 14, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable 'Align Icons to Grid' on Windows 10 & 11 Desktop
The Windows Desktop is something that everyone customizes differently. One such option allows your icons to be neatly aligned in an invisible grid to stay perfectly separated.
November 14, 2023Source

Microsoft Store Finally Lets You Pick Game Install Location
As long as you're a Windows 11 user, anyway.
November 14, 2023Source

The Microsoft Store now lets you pick which drives install and store games either manually or by default
It's now easier than ever to store your favorite games on your preferred hard drive.
November 14, 2023Source

Windows 10 KB5032189 update released with 11 improvements
Microsoft has released the KB5032189 cumulative update for Windows 10 21H2 and Windows 10 22H2, which contains eleven fixes for various issues.
November 14, 2023Source

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5032189, released on Nov. 14, 2023
November 14, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5032190 update enables Moment 4 features for everyone
Microsoft has released the KB5032190 cumulative update to fix security vulnerabilities in Windows 11. This is the first Patch Tuesday update that enables Windows 11 Moment 4 features for everyone.
November 14, 2023Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5032190, released on Nov. 14, 2023.
November 14, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 13th, 2023

13 ways to speed up Windows 11
Windows 11 is generally faster than Windows 10, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be better. Try these tips to speed up and stabilize your Windows 11 PC.
November 13, 2023Source

Microsoft completes improving Windows 11 23H2 Setup, WinRE, and OOBE with latest update
Microsoft released Windows 11 version 23H2 this week. And while the ISOs have been available since the announcement, the official Microsoft Media Creation Tool is still not able to download the update. When inquired about the matter, the company confirmed that it still needed "optimization" and would be ready next week.
November 13, 2023Source

Microsoft extends Windows Server 2012 lifeline to help admins transition to Windows Server 2022
Admins will now get three additional years of Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for Windows Server 2012.
November 13, 2023Source

Microsoft's Photos app just copied this great feature from Paint, which will allow it to play catch-up with third-party editing tools
The Photos app gains support for image background removal and replacement.
November 13, 2023Source

How to Open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11
Windows Disk Management is a powerful drive tool that can manage partitions, change drive letters, initialize a new hard drive, etc. Windows offers numerous ways to open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11. Here are four ways to open Disk Management.
November 13, 2023Source

How to Turn Optimizations for Windowed Games On or Off in Windows 11
Microsoft has introduced Optimization for Windows Games in Windows 11. If you're having lag or latency issues, you can try to enable or disable Optimization for Windows Games if you are playing your games in Windowed mode.
November 13, 2023Source or Watch Video

Windows Recycle Bin tips and tricks that optimize your PC
The Windows recycle bin usually receives little attention. However, correct handling is just as important for securely removing sensitive data as it is for restoring accidentally deleted content.
November 13, 2023Source

Windows: cURL 8.4.0 update coming on November 14, 2023 patch day
There is a vulnerability in the cURL library and tool in older versions, which was closed by the project on October 11, 2023 with version 8.4.0. Microsoft delivers cURL with Windows, but has not yet updated this version. My understanding is that Windows still contains the outdated cURL version after the October 2023 updates. I have now received information that Microsoft intends to deliver cURL 8.4.0 with the Windows updates on November 14, 2023.
November 13, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 10th, 2023

6 Hidden Windows 11 Features Every User Should Know About By Now
With every update and upgrade, Windows keeps adding nifty features that improve the user experience. Windows 11 alone comes with a bunch of features designed not only to boost productivity but also to be helpful for those with different needs. There's the Focus assist for distractionless work sessions, the Snipping tool for recording specific parts of the display or taking a screenshot, and the Visual notifications for alerting hearing-impaired users, to name a few.
November 10, 2023Source

How To Fix Desktop Icons with MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks
After swapping display resolutions, my custom icons got "stuck" in their smaller size. Refreshing the desktop or resizing the icons had no effect. If this happens to you, Don't Panic! There is a simple way to fix this with a click using MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks. Here's how.
November 10, 2023Source

Microsoft celebrates two decades of delivering scheduled Windows updates on Patch Tuesday
Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of each month when Microsoft releases updates for Windows, has been with us for a long time now. In fact, Microsoft has been using the predictable schedule for releasing patches for no less than 20 years.
November 10, 2023Source or Source

Microsoft extends Windows Server 2012 ESUs to October 2026
Microsoft provides three more years of Windows Server 2012 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) until October 2026, giving administrators more time to upgrade or migrate to Azure.
November 10, 2023Source

Microsoft May Bring Its AI Copilot to Its Biggest Market: Windows 10
With around a billion users still on Windows 10, it's a user base Microsoft can't afford to ignore.
November 10, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 9th, 2023

17 ways to speed up Windows 10
If you want to optimize Windows 10, take a few minutes to try out these tips to speed up your PC and make it less prone to performance and system issues.
November 9, 2023Source

A new update to Start11 brings rounded corners to Windows 11's taskbar, making your OS look like the 'next version of Windows'
The Start menu on Windows 11 will get even better with Start11's recent update.
November 9, 2023Source

Latest Windows 2022 Server Update Causes BSODs on AMD EPYC With VBS Enabled
Microsoft cannot catch a break with its virtualized security
November 9, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms Copilot may mess with desktop icons on multi-monitor setups
On October 31, 2023, Microsoft released Windows 11 version 23H2 as an optional feature update available for those manually checking for Windows updates. The latest release contains plenty of great features, tempting users to pull the trigger and migrate to a newer version or even ditch the old Windows 10. If you are one such user, you should beware of a bug messing with desktop icons.
November 9, 2023Source

Microsoft Copilot AI could soon come to Windows 10
Windows 10's end-of-support date may get an extension beyond 2025, too
November 9, 2023Source

Microsoft shares temp fix for broken Windows Server 2022 VMs
Microsoft publicly acknowledged a known issue causing Windows Server 2022 virtual machine (VM) blue screens and boot failures on VMware ESXi hosts.
November 9, 2023Source

Using Swift with WinUI on Windows
A new open-source tool from The Browser Company sets us on the road to bringing Swift apps from iOS and macOS to Windows.
November 9, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 7th, 2023

How to Block Incoming and Outgoing Network Connections Using the Windows Firewall
In today's world of permanent Internet connectivity, whether through Wi-Fi or Ethernet, a firewall is an essential component of your device's security. This software — or in some cases, a separate physical device — monitors all incoming and outgoing network traffic to and from your computer, including any program attempting to access the Internet.
November 7, 2023Source

How to create Windows 11 23H2 custom bootable USB using Rufus
Rufus is a small and free utility for creating bootable USB drives for installing various operating systems. Unlike Microsoft's Media Creation Tool (MCT) app, which supports only Windows 10 and 11, Rufus also works with Windows 7, 8.1, 10, 11, Linux, and other operating systems.
November 7, 2023Source

How to get Malignant Rings in Diablo 4
Take your character to the next level with these malignant powers dropping in Patch 1.2.2
November 7, 2023Source

How to Turn Always Show Scrollbars On or Off in Windows 10 & 11
By default, Windows 10 & 11 will hide scrollbars when they are not used, or the window is inactive. You can change this behavior, so you always see scrollbars if you like.
November 7, 2023Source

Lenovo Legion Glasses versus XREAL Air 2: Which AR glasses should you get?
Which AR glasses offer a better execution of their vision?
November 7, 2023Source

The Microsoft Authenticator app will suppress 'risky' notifications as Microsoft pushes for improved security
Microsoft Authenticator receives better security by default with this one new change.
November 7, 2023Source

You Can Soon Drag and Drop Almost Anything to the Windows 11 Taskbar
The next Feature Update to Windows 11 will now let you customize your Taskbar more than ever before, showing Microsoft is listening.
November 7, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 6th, 2023

Add or Remove 'Look For an App in the Microsoft Store' Context Menu in Windows 11
When you right-click to open a file, one option is to choose Open with and Choose another app, followed by "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store." You can remove "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" to help clean up your Context Menu.
November 6, 2023Source

How to Open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11
Windows Disk Management is a powerful drive tool that can manage partitions, change drive letters, initialize a new hard drive, etc. Windows offers numerous ways to open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11. Here are four ways to open Disk Management.
November 6, 2023Source or Watch Video

Razer has figured out 8,000Hz polling for more wireless mice, and it's coming soon to your mouse for free
Razer is rolling out a free firmware update enabling 8,000Hz polling for several of its high-end wireless mice.
November 6, 2023Source

VMware exploited 34 vulnerable device drivers to gain full control of Windows 11
No longer supported drivers still pose a grave threat to Windows security
November 6, 2023Source

Windows 11 0x0 0x0 Error Code: An Easy Troubleshooting Guide
Windows error codes are the bane of the existence of many Windows users. Generally displayed as seemingly random alphanumeric sequences, they help identify and diagnose various errors that occur within the operating system. Each error code serves as a pointer to a specific problem, ranging from hardware issues to problems with specific apps, system conflicts, or compatibility errors.
November 6, 2023Source

Windows 11 FAQ: ZDNET's upgrade guide and everything else you need to know
What's new in Windows 11? What are its minimum hardware requirements? What should you do if your system falls short of those requirements? We've got the answers to your Windows 11 questions.
November 6, 2023Source

Windows Terminal Server 2016: Changes to the autologon after October 2023 update?
[English] Question in the group of administrators — I have no time to test this: Has anyone observed that the autologon on the terminal server has changed after installing the security updates for October 2023? A blog reader came up with the observation that he now had problems with the Terminal Server (runs under Windows Server 2016) in his company environment after this update.
November 6, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 3rd, 2023

34 Windows Device Drivers Vulnerable to Exploits That Grant Full System Control
Takahiro Hauryama, a senior threat researcher at VMware Carbon Black, identified and documented thirty-four vulnerabilities in drivers for legacy devices in the Windows Driver Model (WDM) and Window Driver Framework (WDF). Some of these vulnerabilities belong to, but are not limited to, AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Dell, and Phoenix Technologies.
November 3, 2023Source

Get Windows 11's big 2023 Update now with the official ISO file
Microsoft has finally released Windows 11's 2023 Update, and released an ISO file to install it.
November 3, 2023Source

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-sixty-seven in a series.
November 3, 2023Source

How to Change Folder Pictures in Windows 10 & 11
Windows will show a default picture for folders in File Explorer. Depending on your settings, you might see one of 4 images in the folder or the default yellow folder. You can customize the appearance of your folders to help you find folders quickly.
November 3, 2023Source

How to Change Scrollbar Width or Height in Windows 10 & 11
One cool hidden feature of Windows that shouldn't be is the ability to change the width and height of scrollbars in Windows 10 & 11.
November 3, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Suggested Actions in Windows 11
Beginning with Windows 11 build 25525 and in the US only, a new feature is available for Suggested Actions. Windows will make suggestions when you copy information, including the date, time, or phone number, including phone calls or creating a calendar event.
November 3, 2023Source

Windows 11 23H2, Two Teams Aren't Better Than One
You may have seen the prompt to pull the trigger to update to the newest version of Windows 11, but there is a good chance it hasn't come through yet. If you haven't already heard more than enough about the update which just barely qualifies as a 2023 release you can peek at The Register's story here.
November 3, 2023Source

Windows 11's 23H2 Update ISO and Moment 4 Are Ready for Installation
You can the snag Moment 4 through early updates or manually install the full 2023 Update via ISO.
November 3, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — November 2nd, 2023

A new Windows 11 update awaits you — 3 new features coming to your PC
Microsoft Teams is at the forefront of this Windows 11 update.
November 2, 2023Source

Don't fear the Thread Reaper, a Windows ghost of bugs past
Otherwise known as 0x13 — and not coming to a desktop near you
November 2, 2023Source

Latest Steam survey sees AMD and Windows 11 crash as a new top language appears
While the RTX 3060 cements its position at number one
November 2, 2023Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5031455 Preview, released on Oct. 31, 2023.
November 2, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 31st, 2023

How to download a Windows 11 23H2 ISO from Microsoft
Microsoft released Windows 11 23H2, the Windows 11 2023 Update, today, and you can now download an ISO image for the new version to put aside for emergencies or clean installs.
October 31, 2023Source

Major Windows 11 23H2 Update Rolls Out: Here's How To Install It
Microsoft has just announced a new update for Windows 11 users. Called the Windows 11 2023 Update, it also goes by the name Windows 11, Version 23H2. Microsoft refers to this update as a scoped, cumulative release. For those not familiar, this is Microsoft's way of saying that it includes all the new features that came to Windows 11 in the last major update that rolled out a little over a month ago, plus a handful of new feature additions.
October 31, 2023Source

Microsoft's 11-year itch: The uncelebrated anniversary of Windows 8
Lots to like under the covers, but what was on top made it truly unforgettable
October 31, 2023Source

The Windows 11 October 2023 Update was always confusing, but now it's causing problems
PC owners are having a hard time installing the Windows 11 KB5031455 update, and even successfully installing it doesn't ensure smooth sailing.
October 31, 2023Source

Windows 11 23H2 — New features in the Windows 11 2023 Update
 
October 31, 2023Source

Windows 11 version 23H2 isn't exciting, which is why you'll probably love it
Microsoft just released the most boring new version in the 30-plus-year history of Windows. And that's just fine.
October 31, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 30th, 2023

Add or Remove 'Look For an App in the Microsoft Store' Context Menu in Windows 11
When you right-click to open a file, one option is to choose Open with and Choose another app, followed by "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store." You can remove "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" to help clean up your Context Menu.
October 30, 2023Source

How to Change Mouse Sensitivity (Pointer Speed) in Windows 10 & 11
Having the right mouse sensitivity can make using Windows a much more pleasant experience. Here's how to change your mouse sensitivity in Windows 10 or 11.
October 30, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11
Windows Disk Management is a powerful drive tool that can manage partitions, change drive letters, initialize a new hard drive, etc. Windows offers numerous ways to open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11. Here are four ways to open Disk Management.
October 30, 2023Source or Watch Video

Microsoft calls time on Windows Insider MVP program
Unwavering loyalty and devotion rewarded with termination
October 30, 2023Source

Non-profit group begs Microsoft to extend support for Windows 10
Redmond shouldn't condemn so many PCs to an early junkyard fate
October 30, 2023Source

Tiny11 Core is a 2GB Windows 11 ISO with 'limited security and NO serviceability' — Here's why you SHOULDN'T use it
Tiny11 Core by NTDEV saves disc space but gives up too much to achieve its small size.
October 30, 2023Source

Windows 11 adds native support for RAR, 7-Zip, Tar and other archive formats thanks to open-source library
When RAR and Zip archives are not enough, the libarchive project comes to the rescue
October 30, 2023Source

Windows 11 Adds Support for 11 Additional Zip and Archive Formats
Native support for Zip files was added during the Windows 98 era.
October 30, 2023Source

Windows 11 upgrade for Digital Ink now supports any field where you would normally type
You can now write anywhere you can type on Windows 11.
October 30, 2023Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5031455 (OS Builds 22621.2506 and 22631.2506), released on Oct. 31, 2023.
October 30, 2023Source

Windows 11's native RAR and 7-Zip support is finally here!
The expanded compressed file support comes decades after ZIP functionality was added in Windows ME.
October 30, 2023Source

Windows Insider MVP Designations Ending This Year
Microsoft is consolidating the MVP program.
October 30, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 27th, 2023

Add or Remove 'Look For an App in the Microsoft Store' Context Menu in Windows 11
When you right-click to open a file, one option is to choose Open with and Choose another app, followed by "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store." You can remove "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" to help clean up your Context Menu.
October 27, 2023Source

AMD Threadripper Pro 7895WX scores a 20% win over 5995WX in GeekBench 6
A new benchmark for the new Threadripper Pro 7895WX shows a 20% improvement over Zen 3.
October 27, 2023Source

Clippy-like AI at forefront of Windows update previews
Bugfixes for Windows 10, but 11 is where the Copilot action is
October 27, 2023Source

Demands grow for Microsoft to extend the life of Windows 10 and offer security updates for longer
Citing concerns about making millions of Windows 10 PCs unsupported and obsolete, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) is calling on Microsoft to extend support for the operating system. Environmental concerns are also highlighted.
October 27, 2023Source

How to Change Mouse Sensitivity (Pointer Speed) in Windows 10 & 11
Having the right mouse sensitivity can make using Windows a much more pleasant experience. Here's how to change your mouse sensitivity in Windows 10 or 11.
October 27, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11
Windows Disk Management is a powerful drive tool that can manage partitions, change drive letters, initialize a new hard drive, etc. Windows offers numerous ways to open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11. Here are four ways to open Disk Management.
October 27, 2023Source

Intel boss Pat Gelsinger calls Arm's PC threat "insignificant"
But he's happy for Intel Foundry Services to manufacture Arm chips
October 27, 2023Source

Latest Windows 11 Update Lets You Write Anywhere in the Windows UI to Input Text
Microsoft just released a transformative new update to Windows Ink for Windows 11, the component that includes applications and features based on pen/stylus based input. With this latest update, you can input text into the text input box or form of any modern UI application by simply writing over it using a pen/stylus, on a device with a touchscreen sensitive enough for pen-based input methods.
October 27, 2023Source

Microsoft OneDrive: How to edit images directly in the cloud
You can access your photos stored Microsoft's OneDrive via Windows Explorer. In addition to being able to view, share, and delete images, you can also edit them directly.
October 27, 2023Source

PIRG petitions Microsoft to extend the life of Windows 10
Do not go gentle into that overflowing landfill
October 27, 2023Source

The full schedule for the first BlizzCon under Microsoft has been revealed
Updates on Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, and more.
October 27, 2023Source

This Windows 11 feature is so experimental that's it's limited even among Insiders
Microsoft is testing out a small change in Start that only some Dev Channel Insiders will see.
October 27, 2023Source

Windows 10 22H2 Preview Update KB5031445 (October 26, 2023)
Microsoft has released an optional cumulative (preview) update KB5031445 for Windows 10 22H2 on October 26 (D-Week). This is supposed to fix numerous bugs in Windows 10 22H2. Below I provide an overview regarding these updates for Windows 10.
October 27, 2023Source

Windows 11 Dev channel build 23575 adds recent apps to Recommended section in Start menu
Microsoft has launched a new Windows 11 build for members of the Windows Insider Program in the Dev channel. It has the build number of 23575. It adds a new feature to the Start menu, where recently added apps are included as a folder in the Recommended section.
October 27, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5031455 preview update enables Moment 4 features by default
Microsoft has released the optional KB5031455 Preview cumulative update for Windows 11 22H2, which enables 72 new Moment 4 features by default and fixes 22 issues.
October 27, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 26th, 2023

Does Windows have a very weak password lurking in its crypto libraries?
Don't panic — it's just for testing
October 26, 2023Source

How to Change Your Local or Microsoft Account Picture in Windows 11
You can change your local or Microsoft Account picture to personalize Windows 11. It's easy to do, here's how.
October 26, 2023Source

How to See All Signed in Users in Windows 10 & 11
Both Windows 10 and 11 can show you who's signed into your computer in a few different locations. If you know who's logged in, that can be useful for security and to log out users if needed.
October 26, 2023Source

Microsoft CEO: AI Copilot Is the New Windows Start Button
His comments hint at the central role AI is likely to play when Windows 12 arrives, possibly in 2024.
October 26, 2023Source

Post system requirements, Microsoft now ensuring "high-quality" Windows 11 23H2 drivers
Microsoft has been working to make sure the software and hardware side of things are in tandem when it comes to the upcoming Windows 11 version 23H2 feature update.
October 26, 2023Source

Windows 11's supported CPU list restores some of the previously removed Intel processors
In August 2023, users noticed that Microsoft quietly and without a warning or explanation removed multiple Intel Xeon processors from the list of supported CPUs in Windows 11. What made the situation extra weird is that Microsoft kept eight-gen Intel Core models in the list, even though they shared the same CPU family with the 24 removed Xeon models.
October 26, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 23rd, 2023

How To Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
If you copy and paste a ton of items, you have more than likely wound up pasting the wrong thing to the wrong place; this will be for you. If you already know about creating this handy little shortcut, you can skip right over this little article. But make sure to check out the others we have here.
October 23, 2023Source

Windows 11: The number you have dialed has been disconnected
In a world of incremental updates, Windows 12 won't be Windows 12
October 23, 2023Source

Windows LAPS Bolstered with Entra ID and Intune Support
Organizations can set local administrator password policies for Windows devices, including role-based access controls.
October 23, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 20th, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-sixty-five in a series
October 20, 2023Source

How to Properly Use Microsoft System File Checker in Windows 11 and 10
System File Checker, or SFC, is a tool that can scan and repair corrupted or missing system files built into Windows. By repairing files, SFC can help fix various problems, such as Windows crashes, errors, or functions not working properly. It is often used and recommended by techs and advanced users and is relatively simple to use, although usually incorrectly. Here's all you need to know to use System File Checker or SFC properly.
October 20, 2023Source or Watch Video

How To Turn Off Sound Effects in Windows
Windows has various sound effects that are activated when carrying out different actions. Although some may find these sounds pleasing, others may find them irritating or would like to customize them. In this How To, we'll show you how to turn off sound effects in Windows.
October 20, 2023Source

Microsoft accidentally shipped this Windows 11 feature to Insiders
Animated taskbar icons were supposed to roll out to Insiders next week, but Microsoft shipped them this week by accident.
October 20, 2023Source

Microsoft AI can take meetings for you now
Anything you can say to me, you can say to Clippy.
October 20, 2023Source

Microsoft Exchange Server October 2023 patchday review
For the 10th. October 2023 Microsoft released security updates (SU) for on-prises Exchange Server 2016/2019. These take up the August 2023 patches, but may cause Problems with the Exchange installations. So there can be the installation error 0x80070534. Microsoft has also confirmed that users cannot change expired passwords in OWA in Exchange installations with multiple forests.
October 20, 2023Source

Windows Terminal versus Powershell versus Command Prompt
If you are reading this, you use your computer for many different tasks, from browsing the web to coding and gaming. And sometimes, you need to use a terminal to run some commands or scripts. But which terminal should you use? Windows Terminal vs PowerShell vs Command Prompt — what's the difference and which one is better?
October 20, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 19th, 2023

How to View Your Reliability History in Windows 10 & 11
The Reliability Monitor in Windows lets you view details about your computer's reliability and problem history. You can see hardware and software problems affecting your computer and address those issues for a better running PC.
October 19, 2023Source or Watch Video

Windows 11's improved casting experience put on pause for Insiders
Microsoft has disabled the improved casting experience temporarily to work out some bugs.
October 19, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 18th, 2023

10 new Windows 11 features in the October 2023 update to try now
Windows 11's big update for the year isn't only about artificial intelligence.
October 18, 2023Source

How to Customize Windows Search in Windows 10 & 11
Windows Search has become a very useful tool. When you search, you can find almost anything in Windows, including your files, Windows apps, settings, etc. Here's how to tweak Windows Search to suit your needs.
October 18, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Suggested Actions in Windows 11
Beginning with Windows 11 build 25525 and in the US only, a new feature is available for Suggested Actions. Windows will make suggestions when you copy information, including the date, time, or phone number, including phone calls or creating a calendar event.
October 18, 2023Source

Intel Core i9-14900KF overclocks past 9GHz, breaking another frequency world record
Intel gets another world record and one more is likely on the way.
October 18, 2023Source

Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, says empathy is 'the hardest skill' to learn
Empathy is the most challenging skill to learn, yet vital for running a successful business, says Microsoft CEO.
October 18, 2023Source

Microsoft releases experimental Windows 11 Build 25977
Windows 11 Insiders in the Dev Channel today get a new build with multi-monitor support for Copilot AI. For those testers who prefer to live on the bleeding edge, there's also a new Canary Channel build with numerous new features.
October 18, 2023Source

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 23570 with multi-monitor support for Copilot AI
Development continues apace on Windows 11, and today Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel get a new flight which introduces improvements to Copilot, Microsoft's AI component.
October 18, 2023Source

Paying for WinRAR in all the wrong ways — Russia and China hitting ancient app
Incidentally, Windows 11 has native rar support now
October 18, 2023Source

Problems with office files since October 2023; September updates are to blame?
I am posting a problem report here in the Microsoft Office 2016 blog that an administrator brought to me. Since the second week of October, strange effects with Word or Excel as well as other office applications and documents have occurred in the company's environment.
October 18, 2023Source

Sonicwall: Security updates for SonicOS close nine vulnerabilities
Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)In firewalls with SonicOS there are several weak points (buffer overflows) that have received a CVSS index of up to 7.7. Sonicwall has therefore released software updates for SonicOS that immediately close new vulnerabilities (CVE-2023-39276, CVE-2023-39277, CVE-2023-39278, CVE-2023-39279, CVE-2023-39280,. Details can be found SonicWall security message from 17th. October 2023. (via)
October 18, 2023Source

Take Windows 11... please. Leaks confirm low numbers for Microsoft's latest OS
Time to rethink Windows 10 support cycle then?
October 18, 2023Source

Windows 11 will add Bluetooth LE Audio support for hearing aids
Newer hearing aids will soon be able to connect to Windows 11 PCs directly using Bluetooth LE Audio.
October 18, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 17th, 2023

'Dev Drive' Storage Now Available for Developers in Windows 11
A recent Windows 11 update includes Dev Drive, a new form of storage volume designed to improve performance for key developer workloads.
October 17, 2023Source

Exchange Active Sync bug with iOS 17.0.3
Small note to administrators who manage mobile devices with a mail connection to Microsoft's Exchange. A reader informed me about a annoying bug in iOS 17.0.3 that leads to problems with appointment management (appointments are delivered several times).
October 17, 2023Source

Exclusive: Windows 11 is active on almost half a billion devices, ahead of Microsoft's expectations
Internal data reveals Windows 11 has been more successful than you might think.
October 17, 2023Source

How to View Your Reliability History in Windows 10 & 11
The Reliability Monitor in Windows lets you view details about your computer's reliability and problem history. You can see hardware and software problems affecting your computer and address those issues for a better running PC.
October 17, 2023Source or Watch Video

October Windows Server updates cause Hyper-V VM boot issues
According to customer reports, this month's Patch Tuesday updates are breaking virtual machines on Hyper-V hosts, causing them to no longer boot and display "failed to start" errors.
October 17, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 16th, 2023

How to Change Folder Pictures in Windows 10 & 11
Windows will show a default picture for folders in File Explorer. Depending on your settings, you might see one of 4 images in the folder or the default yellow folder. You can customize the appearance of your folders to help you find folders quickly.
October 16, 2023Source

How to Change Scrollbar Width or Height in Windows 10 & 11
One cool hidden feature of Windows that shouldn't be is the ability to change the width and height of scrollbars in Windows 10 & 11.
October 16, 2023Source

How To Check Your CPU Speed On A Windows PC
One often overlooked component of any great gaming PC is the CPU. While shiny new graphics cards get all the attention, the CPU is just as important, as it determines how fast your computer is. Granted, it is not the only metric for computing speed, and different games use the processing unit differently.
October 16, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Suggested Actions in Windows 11
Beginning with Windows 11 build 25525 and in the US only, a new feature is available for Suggested Actions. Windows will make suggestions when you copy information, including the date, time, or phone number, including phone calls or creating a calendar event.
October 16, 2023Source

Microsoft fixes Windows 10 security update installation issue
Microsoft has resolved a known issue that caused Windows 10 security updates released during this month's Patch Tuesday to fail with 0x8007000d errors.
October 16, 2023Source

Microsoft launches Arm Advisory Service to help developers make Windows Arm-based apps
Microsoft has just launched a new and free program for Windows developers who need assistance in adapting their Windows apps to run on Arm processor-based PCs. The program is called the Arm Advisory Service.
October 16, 2023Source

Microsoft separating system apps and components on Windows 11 23H2 to help users
This past week, Microsoft released a Release Preview build for Windows 11 Insiders flighting the channel. The new build, 22621.2500, was released under KB5031455. Alongside all the announced changes, improvements, and fixes, Twitter (X) user and Windows enthusiast techosarusrex noticed that Microsoft has made an interesting modification in the Settings in relation to the default system applications on Windows 11.
October 16, 2023Source

This clever Windows keyboard shortcut saves you a ton of keystrokes
Windows key + H: A Windows 11 feature you won't want to forget.
October 16, 2023Source

Windows 10 Patch Tuesday update might not install for some users
Installing Windows 10's KB5031356 update might be difficult for some users.
October 16, 2023Source

Windows 10's latest update issue isn't a bug but a feature — to test your patience
Some attempted installations of KB5031356 were reportedly stuck on 30% after 24 hours
October 16, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 13th, 2023

Can you still get a Windows 10 upgrade for free?
Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended years ago, but it took more than seven years before the company finally updated its activation servers. Here's what upgraders can expect now.
October 13, 2023Source

How to Create a List of Installed Programs in Windows 10 & 11
Using the Command Prompt, you can print a list of all installed programs to a text file on your computer.
October 13, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Aero Shake in Windows 10 & 11
Aero Shake or Title bar window shake is a feature that lets you grab a Windows title bar and shake it, minimizing all other Windows. You can enable or disable Aero Shake in Windows Settings.
October 13, 2023Source

How to get started with Microsoft Loop in Windows 11
Microsoft now has a tool called Loop to help you brainstorm ideas and manage projects, and here I'll show you how to use it.
October 13, 2023Source

How to Properly Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 & 11
Anyone who has used Windows knows that over time your computer slows down or even becomes so unstable you have to reinstall or reset your PC. Most of these problems are because you might not be uninstalling your programs correctly.
October 13, 2023Source

It's official: Upgrades using Windows 7 and 8 keys are dead
Time to pour one out for this incredible, long-standing trick.
October 13, 2023Source

Microsoft addresses three zero-days for October's Patch Tuesday
Microsoft this week rolled out 103 security updates, including for three zero-day vulnerabilities affecting Windows and Edge.
October 13, 2023Source

Microsoft plans to kill off NTLM authentication in Windows 11
Microsoft announced earlier this week that the NTLM authentication protocol will be killed off in Windows 11 in the future.
October 13, 2023Source

Microsoft: October Windows 10 security updates fail to install
Microsoft says Windows 10 security updates released during this month's Patch Tuesday may fail to install with 0x8007000d errors, although initially displaying progress.
October 13, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 12th, 2023

Microsoft Declares Death to NTLM with Coming Windows 11 Features
NTLM will still be available as a fallback, but Microsoft aims to remove it from Windows 11.
October 12, 2023Source

This Trick Bypasses Windows 11 Hardware Requirements
You can now install Windows 11 on any PC, as long as Microsoft doesn't fix the glitch.
October 12, 2023Source

Windows 11: This simple new trick bypasses strict PC requirements
With a simple trick, the hardware lock for Windows 11 can be bypassed. That means Windows 11 can also be installed on older computers.
October 12, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 11th, 2023

Go ahead, let the unknowable security risks of Windows Copilot onto your PC fleet
Or maybe don't let Microsoft's desire to defeat Google dictate your defensive strategy
October 11, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable 'Align Icons to Grid' on Windows 10 & 11 Desktop
The Windows Desktop is something that everyone customizes differently. One such option allows your icons to be neatly aligned in an invisible grid to stay perfectly separated.
October 11, 2023Source

How to Enable Windows Copilot in Windows 11 23H2
Windows 11 23H2 is available and will roll out soon but the Windows Copilot feature it supports may arrive disabled. Learn how to activate the feature with our guide.
October 11, 2023Source

How To Remove The Windows 11 Desktop Search Box
Windows 11 is testing a search box that isn't very intuitive. Currently, the Windows Insiders are seeing it. Here's how to remove it
October 11, 2023Source

How to Properly Uninstall Programs in Windows 10 & 11
Anyone who has used Windows knows that over time your computer slows down or even becomes so unstable you have to reinstall or reset your PC. Most of these problems are because you might not be uninstalling your programs correctly.
October 11, 2023Source

Intel CFO Says a 'Windows Refresh' Is Coming in 2024
Windows 11 ME, perhaps?
October 11, 2023Source

Intel releases its first Windows 11 driver for its new Wi-Fi 7 hardware
Intel has released a new set of Wi-Fi drivers for certain Windows 11 devices. However, these are a bit different because they are the first ever wireless drivers from Intel that support its new Wi-Fi 7 hardware products.
October 11, 2023Source

Microsoft Defender now auto-isolates compromised accounts
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint now uses automatic attack disruption to isolate compromised user accounts and block lateral movement in hands-on-keyboard attacks with the help of a new 'contain user' capability in public preview.
October 11, 2023Source

Microsoft Has Closed The Windows 7/8 To Windows 11 Upgrade Loophole
The door to a free Windows 11 upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 diehards has been officially shut. Microsoft tells The Verge that using a Windows 7 or 8 product key to get a clean Windows 11 upgrade no longer works. The company originally warned about the development last month via its Developer Partner Center, informing OEM partners that "the installation path to obtain the Windows 7 / 8 free upgrade" was getting removed.
October 11, 2023Source

Windows 11 hardware restrictions can be easily bypassed using one single command
This could make it easier to install Windows 11 on older PCs
October 11, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 10th, 2023

How To Disable Windows Copilot In Windows 11 (And Why You Might Want To)
Microsoft has begun rolling out the latest update for Windows 11, aka Moment 4. The biggest new feature to come with that update is the AI-powered Copilot, which can help you with everything from enabling dark mode to summarizing presentations, emails, and more. It promises to be an integral part of Microsoft 365 products for the foreseeable future.
October 10, 2023Source

How To Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
The Windows Clipboard is a feature that allows you to temporarily store data that you copy or cut from one application or program and paste into another. The data can be text, images, files, or folders. The Windows clipboard can store up to 25 items at a time, and you can access them by pressing [Windows] + [V]. You can also sync clipboard items across your Windows devices by enabling the cloud-based clipboard in Settings (Select Start > Settings > System > Clipboard. Then select Sync across devices and toggle it on — requires sign-in. Also, you can pin frequently used items to the clipboard so they don't get deleted when you restart your PC.
October 10, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Windows Sandbox in Windows 11
Windows Sandbox allows you to run applications or programs in an isolated environment. Once you close Sandbox, all software and files are deleted and never affect Windows 11. Windows Sandbox is typically turned off by default. Here's how you can turn Windows Sandbox on or off in Windows 11.
October 10, 2023Source

How to use Windows software in Linux
With the release of Wine 8, the Windows replica for Linux has matured again and enables more Windows programs. In most cases, however, additional work is necessary to set up Windows programs.
October 10, 2023Source

Microsoft rolls out Windows 11 Build 22635.2419 (KB5031463) and changes how future features get delivered
Although new Windows 11 test builds typically arrive on a Wednesday, they can drop almost any day of the working week.
October 10, 2023Source

Shadow launches Windows-based cloud PCs for $9.99 per month
While Shadow is better known for its high-end cloud PCs with a dedicated Nvidia GPU, the company is introducing a new tier called Shadow PC Essential. As the name suggests, Shadow isn't targeting gamers with this offering. This is a computer in the cloud that runs Windows and that you can access from any device — and it costs $9.99 per month (€9.99 in Europe).
October 10, 2023Source

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5031356, released on Oct. 10, 2023.
October 10, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5031354 cumulative update released with new features
Microsoft has released the Windows 11 22H2 KB5031354 cumulative update to fix security vulnerabilities. This is the first Patch Tuesday update with access to Windows 11 Moment 4 features, provided you turn on the "Get latest updates" toggle
October 10, 2023Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5031354, released on Oct. 10, 2023.
October 10, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 9th, 2023

How to Download and Install the Windows 11 23H2 Update
Windows 11 23H2 is now available but it may take Microsoft a month or more to roll the update out to your computer. Get the update now and on your schedule.
October 9, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 6th, 2023

How to Change DPI Scaling Settings in Windows 10 or 11
Hey Geeks — you may have noticed that some applications look blurry or pixelated on your screen, especially if you are running hires, like 4K + on your machine. Windows tries to scale the applications to match your display settings, but not all applications support this feature.
October 6, 2023Source or Watch Video

How To Fix Desktop Icons with MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks
After swapping display resolutions, my custom icons got "stuck" in their smaller size. Refreshing the desktop or resizing the icons had no effect. If this happens to you, Don't Panic! There is a simple way to fix this with a click using MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks. Here's how.
October 6, 2023Source

Microsoft Windows 12 Could Require a Subscription
The company could swap to an SaaS model for its upcoming operating system.
October 6, 2023Source

Microsoft's Surface tablets are ranked among the top 10 most-depreciating devices. What's the issue?
Microsoft's Surface Pro 7+ tablet is the company's "most depreciated device."
October 6, 2023Source

Windows 11 Is Still Nowhere Near Windows 10's Market Share
A new report shows Windows 10 still enjoys the lion's share of the market for Windows PCs, with Windows 11 barely moving the needle over the past year.
October 6, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 5th, 2023

Customize Windows Update and seize true control of your PC
Windows Update is the tool that keeps your computer up to date, and in Windows 11 there are many opportunities to customise the service to your needs.
October 5, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Windows Sandbox in Windows 11
Windows Sandbox allows you to run applications or programs in an isolated environment. Once you close Sandbox, all software and files are deleted and never affect Windows 11. Windows Sandbox is typically turned off by default. Here's how you can turn Windows Sandbox on or off in Windows 11.
October 5, 2023Source

Not even the ghost of obsolescence can coerce users onto Windows 11
It's a great advert for Ubuntu anyway
October 5, 2023Source

Windows 10 continues to dominate Windows 11
Windows 10's market share isn't giving Windows 11 a chance.
October 5, 2023Source

Windows 11 Copilot Is Already Starting to Show Ads to People
The service requires a constant internet connection, allowing it to pull ads from the web and inject them into query results.
October 5, 2023Source

Windows 11 removes Cortana app and adds new Settings homepage in latest Insider build
Windows Insiders in the Canary Channel can say goodbye to Cortana and hello to a new homepage in Settings.
October 5, 2023Source

Windows 12 will not be a free upgrade, according to a new leak
Would you pay to use Windows 12?
October 5, 2023Source

Windows Terminal versus Powershell versus Command Prompt
If you are reading this, you use your computer for many different tasks, from browsing the web to coding and gaming. And sometimes, you need to use a terminal to run some commands or scripts. But which terminal should you use? Windows Terminal vs PowerShell vs Command Prompt — what's the difference and which one is better?
October 5, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 3rd, 2023

How To Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
The Windows Clipboard is a feature that allows you to temporarily store data that you copy or cut from one application or program and paste into another. The data can be text, images, files, or folders. The Windows clipboard can store up to 25 items at a time, and you can access them by pressing [Windows] + [V]. You can also sync clipboard items across your Windows devices by enabling the cloud-based clipboard in Settings (Select Start > Settings > System > Clipboard.
October 3, 2023Source

Discover the Steps To Resolve Windows 11 Error Code 0x8007007
If you're struggling with Windows 11 error code 0x8007007, know you're not alone. This problem can be frustrating and challenging to resolve. Fortunately, this article may be able to help. It provides some tips to diagnose and fix this typical Microsoft Windows issue promptly and securely. You'll learn how to pinpoint the error's cause, troubleshoot possible solutions, and get your PC running smoothly again in no time.
October 3, 2023Source

Microsoft now lets you play a game during Windows 11 installs
Microsoft has introduced a new twist to the Windows 11 installation and update process, transforming it from a mundane task into an enjoyable experience.
October 3, 2023Source

Windows 11 AI Copilot demonstrated
The launch of the latest Windows operating system has brought with it a host of new features, one of the most recent additions to Windows 11 being the AI Copilot. This AI-powered intelligent assistant unveiled by Microsoft last month is designed to streamline your workflow, support creativity and collaboration, and help you stay focused on the task at hand.
October 3, 2023Source

Windows 11's install process gets more fun with new minigame
A surfing version of SkiFree is showing up during Windows 11 setup for the latest Surface laptops.
October 3, 2023Source

Windows 11's Latest Cumulative Update Breaks AMD Adrenalin Control Panel
Users can uninstall the problematic update if they get issues
October 3, 2023Source

Windows 11's RGB Control Software Is Finally Here
Upgrade to the latest Windows Update to get it for yourself
October 3, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — October 2nd, 2023

How To Change The Color Of The Taskbar In Windows 11
The taskbar on your Windows PC is an integral part of the operating system. It houses the Start menu, your favorite apps, the date and time, and the notification area. Microsoft lets you customize various aspects of the taskbar to suit your preferences. For example, you can pin an app to the taskbar for easy access from your desktop.
October 2, 2023Source

Lively Weather is a stunning alternative to the stock Windows 11 Weather app
A few months ago, Microsoft redesigned the Windows 10 and 11 inbox weather app with new design, information, ads, and MSN News. After a few raised eyebrows from upset customers, Microsoft removed ads and MSN news to give a cleaner and simpler experience.
October 2, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms Windows Backup app can't be removed but promises workaround soon
Microsoft recently released a Windows Backup app for both Windows 10 and 11, and it was also installed on systems running enterprise editions of the OSs.
October 2, 2023Source

Missing Windows 11 Copilot may be a boon as it's apparently triggering AMD driver issue
Last week, Microsoft released its Windows 11 22H2 Moment 4 update which introduced several new features, and Copilot was one of the headlining ones. However, it was not available in the E.U. due to a new Digital Markets Act (DMA) policy, though we did share a workaround on how to get it if you happen to reside there.
October 2, 2023Source

Overwatch 2 Season 7 is Rise of Darkness, and it's giving Moira a Diablo 4 Lilith skin
A skin perfect for all the DPS Moira players out there.
October 2, 2023Source

StatCounter: Less than 24% of all PC users run Windows 11
The September 2023 report from StatCounter is here, revealing the latest stats about desktop operating systems, namely Windows. According to the findings, things have not changed much, and Windows 11 is still in second place, nowhere near its predecessor.
October 2, 2023Source

What's new with the Photos app in Windows 11 September 2023 Update
The Photos app now can blur backgrounds and find images based on their content through AI.
October 2, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5030310 update and Copilot is causing issues with Wallpaper Engine
Wallpaper Engine is one of the most popular third-party apps offering millions of wallpers to users. However, it looks like the recent Windows 11 update may have broken the app for users.
October 2, 2023Source

Windows 11's market share on Steam is down to 37%
According to the latest reports, one out of four PC users run Windows 11 on their computer. However, things are slightly different in the gaming market, where Microsoft's latest operating system is much more popular. Valve has released its monthly Steam Hardware & Software Survey results, revealing over 37% of gamers using Windows 11.
October 2, 2023Source

Windows 11's new Backup and Restore process just makes everything worse
All I want is for Microsoft to copy the files and folders on one machine, to another.
October 2, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 29th, 2023

Forget passwords: Passkeys are debuting in Windows 11, and I want more
But it's a little unnerving just how easy it is.
September 29, 2023Source

How To Fix Desktop Icons with MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks
After swapping display resolutions, my custom icons got "stuck" in their smaller size. Refreshing the desktop or resizing the icons had no effect. If this happens to you, Don't Panic! There is a simple way to fix this with a click using MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks. Here's how.
September 29, 2023Source or Watch Video

Microsoft Copilot caused some PCs to crash, but there's already a fix
Windows Insiders had an issue that crashed PCs when attempting to open Copilot from the taskbar.
September 29, 2023Source

Microsoft Finally Closes Free Windows 10 Upgrade Loophole
You used to be able to sneakily upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, but now you can't.
September 29, 2023Source

So Much For Activating Windows 11 With Windows 7 or Windows 8 Keys?
Microsoft have announced that you will no longer be able to activate Windows 10 or Windows 11 with old Windows 7 and Windows 8 product keys. Unfortunately they weren't very clear on what exactly this means for their users, and to add to the confusion Neowin and Ars Technica were both able to activate the current version of Windows 11 with Win7 keys.
September 29, 2023Source

What's new with the MS Paint layers September 2023 update for Windows 11
Four new features powered by AI, including background removal.
September 29, 2023Source

Windows 11 Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know
This comprehensive guide offers details about Microsoft Windows 11, including new features, system requirements and more.
September 29, 2023Source

Windows 11's new AI Copilot is too slow to be useful
Microsoft Copilot needs to hurry it along if I'm to actually use it.
September 29, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 28th, 2023

Building for Linux and Android on Windows
Updates to Windows Subsystem for Linux and Windows Subsystem for Android make cross-platform development on Windows easy.
September 28, 2023Source

How to use Copilot in Windows 11 powered by ChatGPT
Microsoft's AI assistant, Copilot, is a new feature built into Windows 11 that aims to revolutionize the way users interact with their computers. This AI-powered assistant is designed to provide relevant suggestions and recommendations, helping users with everyday tasks and boosting productivity.
September 28, 2023Source

How to Add or Remove 'Open in Windows Terminal' in Windows 11
Windows 11 now features Windows Terminal, a better way to use the command-line, including PowerShell and the Command Prompt. It is the first worthwhile upgrade to command-line tools since PowerShell. When you right-click on the Desktop, Open in Windows Terminal is one of the Context Menu items available, which you can remove for the current or all users.
September 28, 2023Source

Microsoft ends free upgrades from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 or 11
When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, the company promised that users running Windows 7 or Windows 8 would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free until July 29, 2016.
September 28, 2023Source

Microsoft is testing an AI-powered image creator for Windows 11 Paint
Based on OpenAI's DALL-E text-to-image platform, Paint Cocreator will conjure up images in Windows Paint based on your descriptions.
September 28, 2023Source

Microsoft kills loophole that let Windows 7 keys activate Windows 11 and 10
You can no longer activate Windows 11 and 10 with older Windows keys.
September 28, 2023Source

You can't upgrade to Windows 10 for free anymore
Consider buying a modern PC if you haven't already.
September 28, 2023Source

Your Beginners' Guide to Moving Windows to Another Drive
Need a reliable tool to move Windows to another drive without reinstallation? EaseUS software includes two secure and efficient tools to help you with system migration from an old drive to another new disk or SSD drive directly.
September 28, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 27th, 2023

A new kind of chip for quantum technology
Today, we are living in the midst of a race to develop a quantum computer, one that could be used for practical applications. This device, built on the principles of quantum mechanics, holds the potential to perform computing tasks far beyond the capabilities of today's fastest supercomputers.
September 27, 2023Source

Windows Subsystem for Android 2309 Preview is out with cer support and graphics improvements
Microsoft has released a new preview update for users testing early Windows Subsystem for Android releases. Version 2309 is now available with reliability and graphics improvements, .cer files support, a newer Chromium version, and Android 13 monthly security patches.
September 27, 2023Source

Windows Subsystem for Android update ships with CER file support, an updated Chromium version, and more
This minor update for Windows Subsystem on Android ships with .cer file support.
September 27, 2023Source

How to disable Windows Copilot in Windows 11
Did you update to the latest version of Windows 11? Here's how to manage the availability of Copilot on your installation.
September 27, 2023Source

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5030300 Preview, released on Sept. 26, 2023.
September 27, 2023Source

Windows 11 23H2: chaos in the rollout; no co-pilot in Europe thanks to DMA
For the 26th. September 2023 Microsoft started distributing the "autumn update" (Moments 4 Update) for Windows 11 22H2. This should "later" enable the feature upgrade to Windows 11 23H2 — but should degenerate into chaos.
September 27, 2023Source

Windows 11's Latest Update Focuses on AI
You can now fire up Copilot right on the desktop, use AI to find and edit photos, and more.
September 27, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 26th, 2023

15 incredibly useful Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts
Do more in less time with our pick of keyboard shortcuts.
September 26, 2023Source

'Dev Home' Update Leads Developer Goodies in AI-Powered Windows 11 Update
Along with today's new AI-powered Windows 11 update come new goodies for developers, including a new edition of Dev Home, a preview offering described as a "control center" providing coding-focused features and functionality.
September 26, 2023Source

Discover the odd reasoning behind Microsoft's Windows 11 23H2 Update due later this year
Most of Windows 11's new features are rolling out before 23H2 does. But why?
September 26, 2023Source

Hands-on: Windows 11's new AI tools aren't ready for prime time
Copilot and other systems integrating into Windows and Office are neat but niche, and their inconsistent results don't inspire confidence.
September 26, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Fix Critical Process Died in Windows 10/11
CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED errors are a common problem in Windows, but typically they can be fixed with a few simple steps. We'll show you how to diagnose and fix CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED errors in Windows. We'll also show you some alternative solutions if the problem persists. So don't hesitate — read on for all the details!
September 26, 2023Source

How to Fix Print to PDF Missing in Windows 10 & 11
If your Print to PDF is missing in Windows 10 or 11, here are some steps to get it back.
September 26, 2023Source

How to fix Windows 10 and 11 printing problems
Although Windows 10 and 11 are generally stable, printer issues do occur from time to time. Here are some tips to work around typical Windows print gotchas.
September 26, 2023Source

How To Install The Windows 11 Moment 4 Update (And What You'll Get If You Do)
Microsft has started rolling out the September aka Moment 4 update for Windows 11, and it is brimming with a bunch of cool new features such as the AI-powered Copilot, more editing tools in Paint, text extraction in the Snipping tool, and more. If you are running Windows 11 and want to experience the latest features, here's how to download and install the latest software update:
September 26, 2023Source

Instant Games in the new Windows 11 update is just about what it sounds like
Earlier today, Microsoft announced it has started to roll out the "Moment 4" Windows 11 update as an optional non-security release for Windows 11 22H2. The company already announced and has previewed a number of its new features in earlier Windows Insider releases and during last Thursday's big press event.
September 26, 2023Source

KB5030211 was almost flawless until Microsoft force installed Windows Backup app on LTSC
The Patch Tuesday update, which is the monthly Windows security update, is known to often arrive with some issues or bugs. However, the latest one for September, KB5030211, had no known issues, and very few reported issues online or on the Feedback hub.
September 26, 2023Source

Microsoft Adding New Security Features to Windows 11
Microsoft announced that the latest Windows 11 update (23H2) will bring more support for passkeys and several new security features.
September 26, 2023Source

Microsoft Paint's new Cocreator helps you create fantastical AI art
Unfortunately, you'll have to join a waitlist before you can try out Paint Cocreator.
September 26, 2023Source

Microsoft releases Windows 11 (KB5030310) build 22621.2361 "Moment 4" update
Microsoft has released its Windows 11 22H2 Moment 4 update under KB5030310 and Build 22621.2361 (Yes this is still 22H2 and not 23H2). The update brings in a heap of new features we have outlined in a dedicated article. And in case you are wondering, Microsoft says the update has no known issues.
September 26, 2023Source

Microsoft sheds light on the new developer features coming with Windows 11 23H2 update
Earlier today Microsoft officially started rolling out the Moment 4 update to Windows 11 users. The update brings a subset of features that Microsoft has planned for the Windows 11 23H2 update which is slated to roll out towards the end of the year.
September 26, 2023Source

Microsoft Store's Instant Games feature lets you play some titles without downloading and installing
The major Windows 11 update that Microsoft announced last week is now rolling out to users. In a blog post announcing the release, Microsoft describes some of the new features including the AI-enhanced version of MS Paint, the new Copilot tool, and updates to File Explorer, the Clipchamp video editor and Windows Snipping Tool, among other things.
September 26, 2023Source

The final Windows 11 version 21H2 non-security update build 22000.2482 is available
Microsoft has released the non-security update for Windows 11 version 21H2. The build number is 22000.2482 (KB5030301). It's mainly for adding a number of improvements and bug fixes to the OS.
September 26, 2023Source

The Windows 11 September 26, 2023 Update is now available
Microsoft begins rolling out its first AI-centric Windows 11 feature update
September 26, 2023Source

What's new in security in the Windows 11 September 26, 2023 Update
These are the security improvements that you'll find after installing the September 2023 Update.
September 26, 2023Source

What's new with the Start menu in the Windows 11 September 26, 2023 Update
The Start menu is getting some exciting changes with the Windows 11 2023 Update, and here's what you need to know.
September 26, 2023Source

Windows 10 22H2 non-security update 19045.3516 (KB5030300) is available
Microsoft has released the non-security update for Windows 10 22H2. It has the build number of 19045.3516 (KB5030300) and contains a number of new features, along with a list of improvements and bug fixes.
September 26, 2023Source

Windows 10 won't support the blistering new Wi-Fi 7
Windows 10 is still the most used operating system, but it won't support the next-gen Wi-Fi 7 technology.
September 26, 2023Source

Windows 11 22H2 adds a built-in passkey manager for Windows Hello
Today's Windows 11 update includes several security improvements, including a new passkeys management dashboard designed to help users go passwordless more easily and tools to reduce the attack surface.
September 26, 2023Source

Windows 11 'Moment 4' update released, here are the many new features
Microsoft has released the Windows 11 22H2 'Moment 4' update, bringing 150 new features, including new AI-powered versions of Paint, ClipChamp, Snipping tool, and the new Microsoft Copilot.
September 26, 2023Source

Windows 11 Paint gets huge AI boost in today's update. 5 other cool features coming to PC
The new Windows 11 Paint app might blow your mind.
September 26, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5030310 update adds recommended websites, fixes 24 issues
Microsoft has released the September 2023 preview update for Windows 11, version 22H2, which adds frequently visited websites to the Start menu and addresses 24 issues.
September 26, 2023Source

Windows 11 23H2's new features and version number are arriving separately
23H2 resets the support clock, but all the new features are coming to 22H2.
September 26, 2023Source

Windows 11's next big update hits Sept. 26: AI Copilot and more
Microsoft is preparing to launch the next feature update for Windows 11, code-named Windows 23H2.
September 26, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 25th, 2023

ExplorerPatcher fixes new File Explorer crashes, never combine taskbar bug on Windows 11
Towards the end of August, Microsoft informed via its health dashboard that third-party app compatibility issues with the Start menu were resolved. This was right after ExplorerPatcher, one of the affected apps (Stardock's Start11 is not), had resolved its Windows 10 Start menu problems.
September 25, 2023Source

Is your device getting the Windows 11 2023 Update on September 26, 2023?
Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 11 version 23H2, but not all devices may get it on day one.
September 25, 2023Source

Here's what the Legion Go looks like next to the top gaming handhelds
A size comparison with Steam Deck, ROG Ally, and Switch OLED.
September 25, 2023Source

What's new with File Explorer on Windows 11 2023 Update
Windows 11 gets an updated version of File Explorer, and here's everything you need to know about the new changes.
September 25, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 22nd, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-sixty-one in a series.
September 22, 2023Source

How to Change Mouse Sensitivity (Pointer Speed) in Windows 10 & 11
Having the right mouse sensitivity can make using Windows a much more pleasant experience. Here's how to change your mouse sensitivity in Windows 10 or 11.
September 22, 2023Source

How To Fix Desktop Icons with MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks
After swapping display resolutions, my custom icons got "stuck" in their smaller size. Refreshing the desktop or resizing the icons had no effect. If this happens to you, Don't Panic! There is a simple way to fix this with a click using MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks. Here's how.
September 22, 2023Source

How to get the Windows 11 2023 Update final release before anyone else
It's possible to download the Windows 11 version 23H2 before it's officially available, and in this guide, you will learn how.
September 22, 2023Source

Intel releases new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drvers for Windows 11 to fix connectivity loss issues
Intel has released new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers for compatible computers running 64-bit Windows 10 and 11. The latest Wi-Fi driver resolves network connectivity losses in specific scenarios, and the Bluetooth driver fixes problems with certain Bluetooth mice.
September 22, 2023Source

Microsoft 365 Copilot Release Date Set for November
The AI assistant will launch across Microsoft products, from 365 to Windows, and includes a prompt writing tool.
September 22, 2023Source

Microsoft's Surface and AI event: A massive blunder and missed opportunity
With Surface declining and a tricky Windows 11 update, Microsoft's special event was anything but.
September 22, 2023Source or Source

What is Microsoft 365 Copilot a deep dive guide
Microsoft 365 Copilot, an innovative AI tool, is set to revolutionize the way we interact with our workspace. This tool, embedded into Microsoft Teams, is designed to streamline tasks and improve productivity.
September 22, 2023Source

Windows 11 is going passwordless. Here's what you'll be using instead.
Choose the password-free lifestyle.
September 22, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 21st, 2023

Clippy 2.0: How Microsoft's new AI assistant will make your life easier
A much more sophisticated helper robot.
September 21, 2023Source

How to Create a Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut in Windows 10 & 11
Before removing a USB device, you're supposed to eject it safely, but many of us don't. Creating a shortcut simplifies the process and might even serve as a reminder to ensure you don't lose any data.
September 21, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to fix audio problems on your Windows PC
You can usually resolve the issue quickly.
September 21, 2023Source

Microsoft highlights adaptive 3D printed grips for Surface Pen during Surface and AI event
Users can customize the Surface Pen to their liking.
September 21, 2023Source

Microsoft PowerToys Cheat Sheet: How to Get It, and What Can It Do?
Microsoft PowerToys is a free download that can manage application windows, rename files in bulk, preview file contents and more.
September 21, 2023Source

Microsoft unveils unified Copilot that extends across Bing, Edge, and Windows
Microsoft will bring its AI efforts together with Copilot.
September 21, 2023Source or Watch Video

Software — Windows Oses — September 20th, 2023

A streamlined feedback experience is on its way to Outlook for web this October
Microsoft will let you add images and videos while providing feedback on Outlook for web soon.
September 20, 2023Source

How To Restart the Windows Search Box — MajorGeeks
My Windows Search Box crashed offering only the Spinning Circle instead of results. Tim had written an article a while back on how to fix this issue with a PowerShell script.
September 20, 2023Source

Microsoft is testing folders for the Recommended section in Windows 11's Start menu
Last week, Microsoft released Windows 11 build 23545 for testing in the Dev Channel, with the biggest change being a series of much-needed File Explorer performance improvements. Traditionally, the build also contains unannounced and hidden changes easily discoverable by sharp-eyed enthusiasts and tinkerers.
September 20, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 19th, 2023

10 Best Project Management Software for Windows in 2023
Find the best project management software for Windows with this guide. We evaluate the top Windows project management tools, covering features and more.
September 19, 2023Source

How to Change DPI Scaling Settings in Windows 10 or 11
Hey Geeks — you may have noticed that some applications look blurry or pixelated on your screen, especially if you are running hires, like 4K + on your machine. Windows tries to scale the applications to match your display settings, but not all applications support this feature.
September 19, 2023Source or Watch Video

Icons with MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks
After swapping display resolutions, my custom icons got "stuck" in their smaller size. Refreshing the desktop or resizing the icons had no effect. If this happens to you, Don't Panic! There is a simple way to fix this with a click using MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks. Here's how.
September 19, 2023Source or Watch Video

Major Windows Subsystem for Linux update adds exciting experimental features
The latest update to the Windows Subsystem for Linux will provide users with better network compatibility for VPNs.
September 19, 2023Source or Watch Video

Microsoft to start retiring Exchange Web Services in October 2026
Microsoft said today that the Exchange Web Services (EWS) API for Exchange Online and Office 365 will be retired in approximately three years.
September 19, 2023Source

Windows Server 2012 ESUs via Azure Arc Now Commercially Available
Organizations get a few perks if they use Azure Arc to manage Extended Security Updates.
September 19, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 18th, 2023

How to open Windows' awesome Snipping Tool with a single key press
The screenshot app Snipping Tool integrated in Windows 10 and 11 can be set so that it's called up by pressing the print key. We show you how to do this.
September 18, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 15th, 2023

5 steps to a lean, clean Windows machine
Performing a regular disk-cleaning regimen frees up precious storage space and helps keep Windows 10 or 11 operating smoothly. Follow some or all of these steps to get yourself a lean, clean machine.
September 15, 2023Source

Critical updates for Microsoft Office and Visual Studio drive September's Patch Tuesday
Microsoft this week rolled out 59 updates with its Patch Tuesday update, including critical patches for Microsoft Office and Visual Studio.
September 15, 2023Source

Finally! Windows 11's Snipping Tool will let you copy text from screenshots
Microsoft is expanding the Windows 11 Snipping Tool with a really practical and immensely useful OCR function.
September 15, 2023Source

Windows 11 will soon let you copy text from screenshots
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is already incorporated on Android and iPhones
September 15, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 14th, 2023

How To Turn Off Sound Effects in Windows
Windows has various sound effects that are activated when carrying out different actions. Although some may find these sounds pleasing, others may find them irritating or would like to customize them. In this How To, we'll show you how to turn off sound effects in Windows. Below we will walk you through the steps to turn those sounds off.
September 14, 2023Source

Inside Microsoft's Outlook evolution: One Outlook video heralds the end of fragmentation, promises seamless unity
The new Outlook app for Windows will provide users with a unified experience and enhanced productivity.
September 14, 2023Source

Microsoft getting serious about fixing Windows 11's slow File Explorer, freezes, crashes
Windows Insider builds are like a box of chocolates as one never fully knows what they are gonna get. For example, some users have noticed that the new Outlook was automatically installed on the latest Beta channel build. This was not disclosed in the release notes though a senior Microsoft official confirmed it was expected behavior.
September 14, 2023Source

Microsoft is bringing 'OCR' text recognition to Windows 11's Snipping Tool
Snipping Tool gets smarter with its latest update.
September 14, 2023Source

Microsoft is making the Windows Photos app more powerful with background blur and more
Microsoft has announced a new update for the Windows Photos app on for members of the Windows Insider Progam in the Canary and Dev channels They include adding new editing tools as well as general improvements. The company is bringing features that include background blur, OneDrive improvements, and more.
September 14, 2023Source

Microsoft will soon end support for Windows Server 2012 and offers advice for admins
No more security updates from Microsoft after October 10.
September 14, 2023Source

Patchday: Windows 7/Server 2008 R2; Server 2012 R2 Updates (September 12, 2023)
As of September 12, 2023, various security updates have been released for Windows Server 2008 R2 (in its 4th ESU year) and for Windows Server 2012/R2 (the updates may still install on Windows 7 SP1). Here is an overview of these updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012/R2.
September 14, 2023Source

Smart user unofficially fixes one of Windows' issues that wastes desktop space
Back in 2021, when Windows 11 was new, Microsoft acknowledged that there were problems and promised better performance in 2022. Again in 2022, Microsoft's Panos Panay reiterated the company's new OS was all about delivering the "highest quality".
September 14, 2023Source

Windows 11 Snipping Tool gets OCR support to copy text from images
Microsoft has added text recognition support to the latest Snipping Tool build, allowing users to select and copy text from screenshots.
September 14, 2023Source

Windows 11 'ThemeBleed' RCE bug gets proof-of-concept exploit
Proof-of-concept exploit code has been published for a Windows Themes vulnerability tracked as CVE-2023-38146 that allows remote attackers to execute code.
September 14, 2023Source

Windows 11 will let you copy text from your PC and Android screenshots soon
The Windows Photos app is getting background blur, and Snipping Tool will copy text from your PC or Android screenshots.
September 14, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 13th, 2023

How to Change DPI Scaling Settings in Windows 10 or 11
Hey Geeks — you may have noticed that some applications look blurry or pixelated on your screen, especially if you are running hires, like 4K + on your machine. Windows tries to scale the applications to match your display settings, but not all applications support this feature.
September 13, 2023Source or Watch Video

New Windows 11 feature blocks NTLM-based attacks over SMB
Microsoft added a new security feature to Windows 11 that lets admins block NTLM over SMB to prevent pass-the-hash, NTLM relay, or password-cracking attacks.
September 13, 2023Source

Patchday: Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2; Server 2012 R2 updates (12. September 2023)
For the 12th. September 2023 various security updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 (in the 4th. ESU year) and for Windows Server 2012 / R2 (the updates can be. also install under Windows 7 SP1). Here is an overview of these updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 / R2.
September 13, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 12th, 2023

Grab those updates: Microsoft flings out fixes for already-exploited bugs
Plus: Adobe and Android also tackle abused-in-the-wild flaws
September 12, 2023Source

Is Your Windows Product Key Reusable?
Windows keys can be confusing. One of the biggest questions is whether you can use your current product key and move it to another computer.
September 12, 2023Source

How to Create a Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut in Windows 10 & 11
Before removing a USB device, you're supposed to eject it safely, but many of us don't. Creating a shortcut simplifies the process and might even serve as a reminder to ensure you don't lose any data.
September 12, 2023Source or Watch Video

This long-anticipated feature is on its way to OneDrive and will make offline users happy
You'll soon be able to access Microsoft OneDrive, even without internet access.
September 12, 2023Source

Windows 10 and 11 in S Mode: What Is It and Should You Use It?
Windows in S mode is a setting that prioritizes security and performance by allowing only apps from the Microsoft Store and restricting access to the command line, so it may not be for everyone.
September 12, 2023Source

Windows 10 KB5030211 update released with 11 improvements
Microsoft has released Windows 10 KB5030211 and KB5030214 cumulative updates for versions 22H2, 21H2, and 1809 to fix problems with the operating system.
September 12, 2023Source

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5030211, released on Sept. 12, 2023.
September 12, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5030219 cumulative update released with 24 fixes, changes
Microsoft has released the Windows 11 22H2 KB5030219 cumulative update to fix security vulnerabilities and introduce 24 changes, improvements, and bug fixes.
September 12, 2023Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5030219, released on Sept. 12, 2023.
September 12, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 11th, 2023

How to Enable or Disable 'Align Icons to Grid' on Windows 10 & 11 Desktop
The Windows Desktop is something that everyone customizes differently. One such option allows your icons to be neatly aligned in an invisible grid to stay perfectly separated.
September 11, 2023Source

How To Remove The Windows 11 Desktop Search Box
Windows 11 is testing a search box that isn't very intuitive. Currently, the Windows Insiders are seeing it. Here's how to remove it.
September 11, 2023Source

Should You Clean Your Windows Registry?
Cleaning the Windows Registry is a popular thing to do in Windows. Many people will clean their registry because they are promised a faster, more stable operating system and even the possibility of fixing errors. Let's take a look at why you shouldn't clean your registry.
September 11, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 7th, 2023

Microsoft announces the end of servicing for third-party printer drivers on Windows
Microsoft has published a new document detailing the end of servicing of third-party printer drivers on Windows. The idea is to stop providing manufacturer-made drivers via Windows Update in favor of the Microsoft IPP Class Driver and Mopria-compliant print devices (native support introduced with Windows 10 version 21H2).
September 7, 2023Source

Windows desktop apps are the future (with or without Windows)
From cloud PCs and smart TVs to Chromebooks, Macs, and Linux systems, everyone is betting on traditional Windows desktop applications.
September 7, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 6th, 2023

How to show seconds on Windows 11's taskbar clock
It's now possible to display seconds in the Windows 11 taskbar. Here's how.
September 6, 2023Source

Microsoft added to EU gatekeeper list, but Bing and Edge are under investigation
22 core platform services from Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, Meta, and Microsoft will be impacted by the EU's decision.
September 6, 2023Source

Review: The 'Windows 11 2023 Update' marks the start of an AI future
Microsoft lays the foundation for AI in Windows 11 version 23H2, but is it all hype?
September 6, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 5th, 2023

How to Change DPI Scaling Settings in Windows 10 or 11
Hey Geeks — you may have noticed that some applications look blurry or pixelated on your screen, especially if you are running hires, like 4K + on your machine. Windows tries to scale the applications to match your display settings, but not all applications support this feature.
September 5, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Enable or Disable Windows Sandbox in Windows 11
Windows Sandbox allows you to run applications or programs in an isolated environment. Once you close Sandbox, all software and files are deleted and never affect Windows 11. Windows Sandbox is typically turned off by default. Here's how you can turn Windows Sandbox on or off in Windows 11.
September 5, 2023Source

Military data compromised via fencing company's Windows 7 machine
A stronger perimeter might have helped
September 5, 2023Source

The Tiny10 maker blew our minds by showing a "Winception" of nesting Windows versions
Sometimes, you just need to take a deep breath and have some fun. That's what "@NTDEV", the developer behind the popular Tiny10 and Tiny 11 OS modes, decided to do earlier this week.
September 5, 2023Source or Watch Video

This weird Windows 11 bug drastically speeds up File Explorer
Windows 11's File Explorer isn't that fast, but with this trick you can make it much more responsive.
September 5, 2023Source

Windows File Explorer Bug Ironically Boosts Browsing Performance
The bug is a feature??
September 5, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 4th, 2023

Future Windows versions will disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 by default, Microsoft confirms
Usage data for the old internet standards are low enough to act now
September 4, 2023Source

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How to share a Windows 10 or 11 PC
Need to share a PC among employees or temporary workers at the office, or with family members at home? No problem — here's how to do it.
September 4, 2023Source

I used AI to expand these iconic Windows wallpapers — and the results are surprisingly less cursed than I expected
Adobe Photoshop's generative AI beta keeps my nostalgia alive.
September 4, 2023Source

Microsoft calls time on ancient TLS in Windows, breaking own stuff in the process
Hold onto your SQL Server, enterprise admins
September 4, 2023Source

Winception: Running Microsoft's Last Five OSes Simultaneously
Windows 7 running on Windows 8 running on Windows 8.1 running on Windows 10 running on Windows 11
September 4, 2023Source

Windows 11 bug ironically boosts File Explorer speed, making things load instantly
The File Explorer in Windows 11 seemingly has its flaws. It might load slowly when you open files and sometimes, Explorer's search bar may take too long to load your search results. In fact, in-depth tests have shown that Windows 10 is actually snappier than Windows 11. Some of the members of Neowin's own forum have echoed similar sentiments. But it seems a bug in the operating system is giving File Explorer an unexpected speed boost.
September 4, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — September 1st, 2023

Microsoft is killing WordPad in Windows after 28 years
Microsoft announced today that it will deprecate WordPad with a future Windows update as it's no longer under active development, though the company did not specify the precise timing of this change.
September 1, 2023Source

Statcounter: Windows 11's market share decreased in August 2023
Statcounter, a traffic analytics website with over twenty years in business, has released its latest report, giving users and developers detailed info about Windows 11's market share and how it compares to its predecessors. According to the August 2023 data, Windows 11 lost a chunk of its consumer base and returned to its five-month-old level.
September 1, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 31st, 2023

How To Fix Desktop Icons with MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks
After swapping display resolutions, my custom icons got "stuck" in their smaller size. Refreshing the desktop or resizing the icons had no effect. If this happens to you, Don't Panic! There is a simple way to fix this with a click using MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks. Here's how.
August 31, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Properly Use Microsoft System File Checker in Windows 11 and 10
System File Checker, or SFC, is a tool that can scan and repair corrupted or missing system files built into Windows. By repairing files, SFC can help fix various problems, such as Windows crashes, errors, or functions not working properly. It is often used and recommended by techs and advanced users and is relatively simple to use, although usually incorrectly.
August 31, 2023Source

Microsoft's incessant Windows ads are getting out of control
They remind me of an endless, unwanted pitch for a time share.
August 31, 2023Source

Windows 11 tests Notepad autosave and better Snipping Tool
The updates are available in the Dev and Canary channels in the Windows Insider Program, so proceed with caution.
August 31, 2023Source

Windows 11 will soon open all links in the default browser, but only for users in Europe
Those in the rest of the world will have to keep using Microsoft Edge against their will
August 31, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 30th, 2023

How to Change DPI Scaling Settings in Windows 10 or 11
Hey Geeks — you may have noticed that some applications look blurry or pixelated on your screen, especially if you are running hires, like 4K + on your machine. Windows tries to scale the applications to match your display settings, but not all applications support this feature.
August 30, 2023Source or Watch Video

How To Fix Desktop Icons with MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks
After swapping display resolutions, my custom icons got "stuck" in their smaller size. Refreshing the desktop or resizing the icons had no effect. If this happens to you, Don't Panic! There is a simple way to fix this with a click using MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks. Here's how.
August 30, 2023Source or Watch Video

Software — Windows Oses — August 29th, 2023

12 simple, secret Windows shortcuts you probably don't know
Nearly all of these were new to me.
August 29, 2023Source

I'm Sticking With Windows 10, but Microsoft Won't Stop Nagging Me to Upgrade
Windows 10 literally blocked my desktop until I clicked "no" twice.
August 29, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 28th, 2023

How to Change DPI Scaling Settings in Windows 10 or 11
Hey Geeks — you may have noticed that some applications look blurry or pixelated on your screen, especially if you are running hires, like 4K + on your machine. Windows tries to scale the applications to match your display settings, but not all applications support this feature.
August 28, 2023Source

How to change Windows 11's Start menu layout
In Windows 11 you have the ability to adjust the layout of the start window according to your individual preferences.
August 28, 2023Source

How to turn on Windows Game Mode (and fine-tune its settings)
Windows has a game mode that optimizes the system for maximum performance while gaming.
August 28, 2023Source

Microsoft blames 'unsupported processor' blue screens on OEM vendors
Microsoft says the recent wave of blue screens impacting some Windows users is not caused by issues in its August 2023 optional updates.
August 28, 2023Source

Microsoft Offers Instructions to Disable Downfall Mitigations on Windows
Microsoft also unveiled how to disable the security mitigation for maximum CPU performance
August 28, 2023Source

Microsoft Testing Revamped Settings App in Latest Windows 11 Build
Insiders will enjoy an adaptable Settings home screen with one-click access to commonly used features.
August 28, 2023Source

Microsoft will enable Exchange Extended Protection by default this fall
Microsoft announced today that Windows Extended Protection will be enabled by default on servers running Exchange Server 2019 starting this fall after installing the 2023 H2 Cumulative Update (CU14).
August 28, 2023Source

Windows 10's File Explorer gets a surprise update
A few months ago, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 would no longer receive "big" updates with new features and substantial changes. Still, Microsoft continues servicing Windows 10 with monthly Patch Tuesday updates and optional non-security releases. And occasionally, despite the earlier promise, these updates deliver a surprising change or new feature.
August 28, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 25th, 2023

11 Bit's 'The Thaumaturge' is a gothic, twisted version of Pokemon
There's something sinister about this isometric, narrative driven RPG.
August 25, 2023Source or Watch Video

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-fifty-seven in a series.
August 25, 2023Source

Intel Doc: Wi-Fi 7 Will Only Work on Windows 11
Sorry Windows 10 holdouts--there will be no fast Wi-Fi for you.
August 25, 2023Source

KB4023057: Microsoft improves Windows Update on Windows 11, Windows 10 via Health Tools
Microsoft released its new, updated Update Health Tools for Windows 11 and Windows 10 recently. The purpose of this is to improve the functioning of the Windows Update process. The update is available under KB4023057 and Microsoft says it is delivered automatically via Windows Update.
August 25, 2023Source

Microsoft starts testing new experiences for after you set up your PC for the first time
Three new experiences can be shown after you complete the OOBE in the latest Insider build of Windows 11.
August 25, 2023Source

Windows 11 is getting a redesigned Settings homepage and new backup app
The new homepage will show all your most-used settings in one place for easy access
August 25, 2023Source

Windows 11 build 23531 brings back hover Search, system apps to open via default browser now
Microsoft, today, has released the newest build to Windows 11 Dev channel Insiders. The new build, 23531, brings back the open Search on hover, several File Explorer crash-fixes, among others, Task Manager improvements, and more.
August 25, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 24th, 2023

Intel seems to think Wi-Fi 7 is too cool for old-school Windows 10
What do you mean, you 'haven't updated yet'?
August 24, 2023Source

ExplorerPatcher won't break the Start menu on Windows 11 anymore
A fix is here for a bug that could break the Start menu on Windows 11.
August 24, 2023Source

How To Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
If you copy and paste a ton of items, you have more than likely wound up pasting the wrong thing to the wrong place; this will be for you. If you already know about creating this handy little shortcut, you can skip right over this little article. But make sure to check out the others we have here.
August 24, 2023Source

Microsoft investigating Windows 11 update that is causing blue screens of death
The problem might be related to MSI motherboards
August 24, 2023Source

tiny10 23H2 x64 is a huge update for those seeking a minimal Windows installation
We've talked about the incredible tiny11 previously, the amazing utility for anyone looking for a super-lightweight version of Windows 11. From the same developer there is also tiny10, and this Windows 10 edition of the software has just received a significant update.
August 24, 2023Source

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5029331 Preview, released on Aug. 22, 2023.
August 24, 2023Source

Windows 11 gets a new taskbar feature you will most likely hate, here is how to turn it off
Earlier this week, Microsoft released the latest optional non-security updates for Windows 10 and 11. These updates usually pack various bug fixes and several new capabilities to try before the public rollout. The August 2023 C-update for Windows 11 is no exception, but the only new feature it brings only a mother could love.
August 24, 2023Source

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
Here's what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they're released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5029351 Preview, released on Aug. 22, 2023.
August 24, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 23rd, 2023

How to change Windows 11's save location for pictures and videos
You can change the default save location for photos and videos in the Windows Camera app to avoid space problems or to use a preferred drive.
August 23, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Spatial Sound in Windows 10 & 11
When enabled, spatial audio allows you to experience more immersive audio in your headphones. Here's how to enable or disable Spatial Sound in Windows 10 & 11.
August 23, 2023Source

How to Fix Print to PDF Missing in Windows 10 & 11
One of the problems with a missing Print to PDF is that you can easily remove it, but restoring it isn't as simple, but we've got you covered.
August 23, 2023Source or Watch Video

Intel doc suggests Microsoft may limit Wi-Fi 7 to Windows 11, Windows 12, and newer
While Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E are still very common as they provide ample bandwidth for the vast majority of people, the next version of the technology is already well into the pipeline and is expected to take off by next year in 2024.
August 23, 2023Source

KB5029863: Microsoft improves Windows 11 setup, WinRE with "critical" dynamic update
Earlier today or last night, depending on where you live, Microsoft released its non-security C-release for updates for Windows 10 (KB5029331) and Windows 11(KB5029332, KB5029351). Alongside those, the tech giant has also released KB5029863 Dynamic Update, labeled "critical" for Windows 11 version 22H2.
August 23, 2023Source

Microsoft may soon give Windows 11 an AI revamp, according to reports
Your favorite Windows 11 apps might look a little different soon.
August 23, 2023Source

Wi-Fi 7 Isn't Supported By Windows 10, Only Works With Windows 11, Linux & ChromeOS
Wi-Fi 7 will mark the next generation of wireless connectivity but it looks like you'll need to run the latest Windows OS to get full support.
August 23, 2023Source

Windows 10 KB5029331 update introduces a new Backup app
The KB5029331 cumulative update preview is part of Microsoft's "optional non-security preview updates" schedule, which are released on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This update allows Windows admins to test upcoming fixes and features that will be released in the upcoming September Patch Tuesday.
August 23, 2023Source

Windows 11 apps, including Paint, expected to receive AI features
Paint is moving with the times
August 23, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 15th, 2023

Windows 11 August 2023 Update Addresses NVMe SSD Performance Concerns
The Windows 11 update from August 2023 will rectify performance issues with NVMe SSDs that began in March 2023. Prior to this correction, users experienced a decline in device speed of over 50%, even after applying subsequent updates.
August 15, 2023Source

Windows 11 build 23521 (and earlier): Everything you need to know
Here's a deep dive into the changes and new features available in the four previews of Windows 11.
August 15, 2023Source

Windows 11: How to activate efficiency mode for specific programs
Windows 11 offers an efficiency mode for specific applications, to reduce your computer's power consumption.
August 15, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 14th, 2023

8 Easy Ways to Take Screenshots in Windows 10 and 11
Here's how to use keyboard shortcuts, the snipping tool and more to take screenshots on your PC.
August 14, 2023Source

Microsoft is bringing Windows 11's new backup tool to Windows 10
A few months back, we learned of Microsoft's new Windows Backup app. At the time it was only made available to users of Windows 11 signed up as Insiders on the Dev channel.
August 14, 2023Source

Microsoft: Windows 10 (KB5028244) app installs via ClickOnce incorrectly nagging users
Towards the end of July, Microsoft released KB5028244, its C-release non-security update for the month. The update was one which brought in multiple issues like those related to UWP and Win32, BitLocker, printers, and more. Find the full release notes of the update in its dedicated post.
August 14, 2023Source

Windows 11's Latest Update Removes Cortana App
And Microsoft is ending support for Cortana on Teams later this year.
August 14, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 11th, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-fifty-five in a series.
August 11, 2023Source

Microsoft adds a hidden System Components section to Windows 11 Settings
With the latest Canary build of Windows 11, Microsoft is at it again, hiding new features for anyone who knows where to look. In Windows 11 build 25926, it is a new section in the Settings app that has been secreted away.
August 11, 2023Source

Microsoft shuts down Cortana app on Windows 11 / The digital assistant was first part of Windows Phone and now it's being discontinued on Windows.
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August 11, 2023Source

This Windows 11 Insider updates makes the search box 'gleam'
A small build wraps up the week for Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel.
August 11, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 9th, 2023

All Windows 11 users should install the KB5029263 update as soon as possible
Microsoft has released a large new cumulative update for Windows 11 in the form of the KB5029263 update.
August 9, 2023Source

Having trouble installing Windows 11? Check these 3 settings
Legacy BIOS mode seems to be the most easily overlooked of the three, so check on it first.
August 9, 2023Source

How to generate a Battery Report on Windows 10 and 11
These instructions will help to create a battery report to understand the health of your device battery on Windows 11 (or 10).
August 9, 2023Source

How to transfer files from Android to Windows 11 with Nearby Share from Google
If you have an Android phone, you can now share files easily with your Windows 11 computer, and here's how.
August 9, 2023Source

Microsoft releases experimental Windows 11 Build 25926
Microsoft today releases a new Windows 11 flight for those Windows Insiders who like to live on the cutting edge.
August 9, 2023Source

Windows 11 August Patch Tuesday update fixes display and brightness issues
Widgets, screen brightness, and more have been fixed with the latest update for Windows 11.
August 9, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 8th, 2023

How to Download Windows 10 ISO Without Media Creation Tool
Learn how to download a Windows 10 ISO file without using the Media Creation tool with this step-by-step guide.
August 8, 2023Source

Microsoft Store gets a new badge to indicate system components in Windows 11 and 10
Windows users have spotted an unannounced change in the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 and 10. Without much fanfare, the company introduced a new "System Components" badge to help customers understand the purpose of specific apps and elements when updating or browsing software in the Microsoft Store.
August 8, 2023Source

This deeply hidden Windows 11 feature adds colorful stickers to your desktop
Windows 11 offers a deeply hidden feature for beautifying the desktop with colorful clipart stickers.
August 8, 2023Source

Windows 10 August 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5029244) out — here's what's new and what's broke
It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's Patch Tuesday time again. As such, today Microsoft is rolling out the monthly security update (also called "B release") for August 2023 on Windows Server 20H2, and Windows 10 for the latest supported versions, 21H2, and 22H2.
August 8, 2023Source

Windows 10 KB5029244 and KB5029247 updates released
Microsoft has released Windows 10 KB5029244 and KB5028168 cumulative updates for versions 22H2, 21H2, and 1809 to fix problems and add new features to the operating system.
August 8, 2023Source

Windows 11 August Patch Tuesday updates arrive for 22H2 (KB5029263) and 21H2 (KB5029253)
Microsoft has released the Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 11 22H2 (KB5029263) and 21H2 (KB5029253). The updates bumps 22H2 to Build 22621.2134 and 21H2 to Build 22000.2295. Please be aware that many of the highlights and improvements below are from the updates pushed at the end of July.
August 8, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5029263 cumulative update released with 27 fixes
Microsoft has released the Windows 11 22H2 KB5029263 cumulative update to fix security vulnerabilities and introduce 27 changes, improvements, and bug fixes.
August 8, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 7th, 2023

Hands on with Windows 11's new modern File Explorer
With the introduction of Windows 11 23H2, Microsoft has modernized File Explorer on Windows 11, bringing a fresher look and feel to the system's integral file management tool.
August 7, 2023Source

How to set up and use Meta's Threads as a Windows 11 desktop app
With a little time and effort, you can turn Threads into a Windows 11 app through which you can read and write posts.
August 7, 2023Source

Microsoft Ends Support for Cortana in Windows, Shifts Focus to Bing Chat and Other AI Tools
Microsoft has decided to discontinue Cortana, the virtual assistant initially launched with Windows 10, on its latest operating system, Windows 11.
August 7, 2023Source

Microsoft quietly removes 44 Intel CPUs from list of supported Windows 11 processors
A number of Intel 8th-Gen Xeon chips are no longer supported on Windows 11.
August 7, 2023Source

Microsoft Removes Intel CPUs from Windows 11 Official Supported Processor List
Microsoft has adjusted the list of processors compatible with Windows 11. A noticeable revision was the removal of several Intel CPUs.
August 7, 2023Source or Source or Source

Reminder: Today is the final day for the Windows 11 Insider Bug Bash
Microsoft has been conducting a big Bug Bash for members of the Windows 11 Insider Program for the past several days. If you are a member of the program but have yet to participate, today is your last chance to do so.
August 7, 2023Source

The upcoming File Explorer redesign could be a reason not to upgrade to Windows 11 23H2
Microsoft plans to ship a new feature update for Windows 11 later this year (stand by for our feature overview coming soon). Besides some neat features like Dynamic Lighting, native RAR support, Ink improvements, Windows 11 version 23H2 will introduce a redesigned File Explorer with the Gallery feature, improved tab management, modernized UI elements, enhanced OneDrive integration and more.
August 7, 2023Source

Want more Windows themes? Check out the Microsoft Store
You can beautify your Windows desktop with themes. The Settings app only offers a limited selection of themes, but Microsoft offers a much larger selection in its Store.
August 7, 2023Source

Windows 11 versus 10: It's not just Intel's fault as Microsoft's latest OS is less snappy
Microsoft has time and again iterated how it believes Windows 11 is the best OS for gaming, and in general. For example, when DirectStorage became generally available on PCs, the company promised an "amazing experience" on Windows 11.
August 7, 2023Source

Windows 11 will soon let you adjust color filter intensity for better accessibility
Windows 11, Microsoft's "most accessible operating system," introduced multiple new features to make modern computers easier for customers with physical limitations. Still, accessibility is something you can never have enough of, so almost every preview build brings improvements for various features, such as Narrator, Voice Access, etc.
August 7, 2023Source

Yes, you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade. Here's how
Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended years ago, right? Not exactly.
August 7, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 4th, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-fifty-four in a series.
August 4, 2023Source

Microsoft forgot to mention this awesome RGB option coming to Windows 11
Windows 11's Dynamic Lighting will let you sync RGB lights to your system theme
August 4, 2023Source

Microsoft keen to expand testing of broken Windows 11 repair and recovery via Windows Update
Microsoft released a new Windows 11 Insider build for Dev channel users. The new build, 23516, brings new bug fixes and improvements. Alongside the ones announced, Microsoft often introduces new features that are not a part of the changelog. These unannounced features are hidden gems meant for enthusiasts to figure out.
August 4, 2023Source

More Copilot features may be on the way in future Windows 11 builds
Microsoft first announced its upcoming generative AI option Windows Copilot at Build 2023 in May. Since then, early versions of Windows Copilot have been included in recent Dev channel and Beta channel builds of Windows 11 for members of the Insider program.
August 4, 2023Source

Windows Copilot is about to become more than a glorified shortcut to Bing Chat
Windows Copilot on Windows 11 won't be so limited for long.
August 4, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 3rd, 2023

Microsoft begins pulling the plug on Cortana
Cortana probably won't live for much longer.
August 3, 2023Source or Source or Source

Microsoft Switching Windows 11 to the Azure Attestation Service This Month
Microsoft gave public notice this week that boot attestation reporting for Windows 11 clients is getting switched to the Microsoft Azure Attestation service, "starting in mid-August 2023."
August 3, 2023Source

Microsoft leaked its internal tool that enables secret Windows 11 features
Microsoft's StagingTool is very similar to a third-party ViveTool that the Windows community uses.
August 3, 2023Source

Oops! Microsoft leaks tool that unlocks secret Windows 11 features
Links to the StagingTool.exe file were quickly removed, but it's making its way around power user forums now.
August 3, 2023Source

Rectify11: Windows 11 done right
Windows 11 is still a relatively young operating system and Microsoft is actively working to improve it and add new features along the way, as is obvious from the insider test builds that get released on a weekly basis.
August 3, 2023Source

Windows 11 now supports HDR wallpapers in JXR format
Microsoft is working on making its operating system more friendly to high dynamic range (HDR) monitors. Windows 11 preview build 23516, released in the Dev Channel on August 2, 2023, introduced HDR wallpaper support, allowing consumers with compatible hardware an set high dynamic range wallpapers using images in JXR format.
August 3, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — August 1st, 2023

15 features everyone should know in Windows 11 for this back-to-school season
Here are the best Windows 11 features and apps you should know this back-to-school season.
August 1, 2023Source

How to fix common USB connection problems in Windows
Occasionally, problems can occur with USB connections. We offer solutions for fixing them in Windows 10 and 11.
August 1, 2023Source

How to remove the Bing logo from the taskbar search in Windows 11
Not so long ago, Windows 11 received a Windows 10-like taskbar search box, giving users a quick and easy way to find something on their computers. To make the feature more engaging and interesting, Microsoft paired it with search highlights--small daily images dedicated to prominent events, landmarks, celebrations, etc.
August 1, 2023Source

How to use Windows video editor app Clipchamp
If you've ever grappled with the task of editing videos on your Windows machine, you'll be pleased to know that Microsoft has substantially enhanced its software arsenal with the addition of Clipchamp, an intuitive video editor now pre-installed with Windows 11. Microsoft purchased Clipchamp a few years ago and has now fully integrated into its Windows operating system.
August 1, 2023Source

Statcounter: Almost every fourth Windows customer uses Windows 11
Microsoft doesn't provide official numbers about Windows 11's popularity, so the only way to learn how many people use its latest OS is through third-party analytic services. Although one went six feet under several weeks ago, well-established companies like Statcounter continue serving monthly reports with all sorts of details.
August 1, 2023Source

The Microsoft Loop app for Windows 10/11 is now available to download
In March, the public preview of the Microsoft Loop online collaboration service launched with a web-based app. In April, Microsoft offered the Loop app for iOS and Android users. Now it has quietly added the Windows 10/11 Loop app for download in the Microsoft Store.
August 1, 2023Source

Windows 11 to Improve How It Handles Different Refresh Rates for 2 or More Monitors
This has long been a painful experience for folks with high-refresh gaming monitors alongside a standard monitor for work.
August 1, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — July 28th, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-fifty-three in a series.
July 28, 2023Source

Latest Windows 11 update breaks custom Start menu apps
Microsoft takes a hands-off approach to issues Windows 11 updates might cause with popular apps like StartAllBack.
July 28, 2023Source or Source

Windows 11 22H2: OOBE update KB5029517
Microsoft has July 2023 still the Out of Box Experience Update KB5029517 released for Windows 11 22H2. This update improves the out-of-box experience (OOBE) of Windows 11, version 22H2 during installation.
July 28, 2023Source

Windows 11 22H2: Update KB5028185 causes problems (AAD registration)
With the 11th. Security update published for Windows 11 22H2 in July 2023, there are probably significant problems. Registration in Azure Actice Directory (AAD, now EntraID) no longer seems possible in the browser. A blog reader has pointed out the topic to me (thanks for that) At Microsoft there is a longer discussion in support, including suggestions for workarounds.
July 28, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — July 27th, 2023

How to securely share your laptop with school friends on Windows 11
Are you about to share your laptop in school? If so, do this first.
July 27, 2023Source

Microsoft Releases New Virtual Machines for Windows 11
Microsoft has released new virtual machines that allow users to download and install Windows 11 Enterprisefor free. Well, for 90 days, anyway. The virtual machines include the latest Patch updates from July and come pre-installed with various developer-centric tools such as Visual Studio 2022 Community Edition and Ubuntu in Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.
July 27, 2023Source

Navigating between virtual desktops on Windows 11 is about to get easier
Microsoft snuck out new improvements for the virtual desktop feature.
July 27, 2023Source

Windows update causes video problems: Microsoft issues emergency fix
Microsoft confirms two new automatic updates are causing problems with video playback under Windows 10/11 for many users, and offers a fix.
July 27, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — July 25th, 2023

AI is here to help you pick the best apps from the Microsoft Store
Microsoft held its annual developer conference in May, Build 2023, making many announcements revolving around new AI enhancements across its products and services, including integrating Bing into OpenAI's chatbot, ChatGPT, Windows Copilot, and more.
July 25, 2023Source

Drive cloning in Windows 10 and 11
In workplace practice, disk cloning supports various valuable uses. Learn how to clone a drive in Windows 10 or 11 using two recommended tools.
July 25, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms virtual desktop improvements in the latest Windows 11 Dev build
Last week, Microsoft released a new Windows 11 preview build to test in the Dev Channel. In addition to traditional fixes and minor improvements, it introduced several new features, such as a revised out-of-box experience, the new Outlook app, file-sharing updates, and more.
July 25, 2023Source

Microsoft releases new virtual machines so you can download Windows 11 for free
Microsoft has updated the free virtual machines it makes available for download as Windows 11 development environments.
July 25, 2023Source or Source

This neat feature could fix the worst part of Windows 11's Start menu
Microsoft is working on a new feature that lets users preview files in the Start menu.
July 25, 2023Source

Windows 10 22H2 (KB5028244) fixes TDR, UWP/Win32, BitLocker fail, and more
Microsoft today has released Windows 10 22H2 Build 19045.3271 (KB5028244), which is C-release or a non-security update.
July 25, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — July 21st, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-fifty-two in a series.
July 21, 2023Source

How To Make A Custom Mouse Cursor In Windows
The mouse cursor has been one of the most essential elements of a computer user interface since the first computer mouse was introduced in the late '60s. Yet, in an era of touchscreen phones and tablets, a mouse and a standard Windows cursor may feel out of fashion — making it ripe for a makeover. 
July 21, 2023Source

Microsoft may have unknowingly unblocked Windows 11 upgrades from Windows 8.1 again
Neowin understands that the majority of our readers are Windows enthusiasts and users and as such, we too ran multiple PSA news story reminders ourselves, first a month prior, then the previous week, and finally on the day itself that the extended support finally was withdrawn.
July 21, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — July 20th, 2023

This broken Windows feature taunts me every time I update
I'm paying extra in time, bandwidth and money every time I update Windows.
July 20, 2023Source

Windows 11 to get improved battery and energy consumption stats
Microsoft continues making Windows 11 and PCs running the OS more eco-friendly and power-conscious. The latest Windows 11 preview build from the Dev Channel contains a new Power & Battery section detailing your computer's energy consumption and battery status.
July 20, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — July 19th, 2023

How to hide (or unhide) files on Windows 11
Yes, you can hide virtually any file you want, and here's how on Windows 11.
July 19, 2023Source

How to Navigate Windows Without a Mouse or Touchpad
Leverage your keyboard to use Windows without a mouse.
July 19, 2023Source

Windows 11 build 23506 adds new post-OOBEs, Outlook as inbox app, passwordless Windows Hello
Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build to Dev Channel Insiders. The new build, 23506, brings passwordless experience to Windows Hello for Business (WHFB), new post-OOBEs, local file-sharing improvements, the new Outlook for Windows as an inbox app, and more.
July 19, 2023Source

Windows 11 July update addresses game stuttering issues
Caused by high polling rate mice
July 19, 2023Source

Windows 11 setup: Which user account type should you choose?
When you set up a new PC running Windows 10 or Windows 11, you have a choice of four types of user accounts, from the old-school local account to the newest, Microsoft Entra ID.
July 19, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — July 14th, 2023

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-fifty-one in a series.
July 14, 2023Source

How to get started with Event Viewer on Windows 11
The Event Viewer can help you to monitor and troubleshoot issues on Windows 11, and here's how.
July 14, 2023Source

It's more good news for Patch Tuesday as Microsoft finally fixes Windows 11 mouse stutters
Earlier today, Microsoft released its Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 10 (KB5028166) and Windows 11(KB5028185). The company, on its health dashboard website, made an accompanying announcement to explain that it has deployed its second phase hardening against the BlackLotus UEFI bootkit security flaw (Interestingly, the source code leaked too, almost simultaneously).
July 14, 2023Source

Microsoft has at least one more big Windows 11 update coming up
Windows 11 update's big 23H2 update is coming this fall, as rumors point to a major OS revamp for 2024.
July 14, 2023Source

Microsoft is testing a Windows 11 Repair option that reinstalls the OS without removing apps, files, or settings
If you run into problems that you cannot easily fix on a computer running Windows 11, there's a not-quite-nuclear option built into the operating system that lets you "Reset this PC" by reinstalling Windows. But doing that will remove all of your personal apps and settings (and files if you choose the "remove everything" option).
July 14, 2023Source

Microsoft reveals everything you need to know about Windows 11 23H2
The rollout of Windows 11's Moment 3 update may only just have made its way to most users, but Microsoft already has other updates in the pipeline. Coming up later this year is Windows 11 23H2.
July 14, 2023Source

The next big Windows 11 feature update will be a breeze to install
Microsoft says version 23H2 will only take a few minutes to install.
July 14, 2023Source

Windows 11 23H2 comes 4. Q. 2023; Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2021 from 1. August 2023
There is some news about Windows 11 and Windows 10 IoT. Microsoft has now given an indication that the next feature update for Windows 11 will probably come as version 23H2 at the end of 2023 via Enablement Updates.
July 14, 2023Source

Software — Windows Oses — July 11th, 2023

Hackers exploit gaping Windows loophole to give their malware kernel access
Microsoft blocks a new batch of system drivers, but the loophole empowering them remains.
July 11, 2023Source

Microsoft Store AI Hub is rolling out to insiders
At the Build 2023 conference in May, Microsoft announced several upgrades to the Microsoft Store. In addition to AI-generated review summaries and new developer tools, the software giant revealed a dedicated store section focusing on programs utilizing various AI-powered features.
July 11, 2023Source or Source

Microsoft warns that some versions of Windows 11 are approaching end of servicing
Microsoft is always eager for as many people as possible to be using the very latest versions of Windows. This not only means encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 11, but also ensuring that the majority are running the most recent version of Windows 11.
July 11, 2023Source or Source

What's new in the Windows 11 22H2 Moment 3 update, now available
Microsoft has begun the forced rollout of its Windows 11 22H2 'Moment 3' update, which introduces several new features and improvements to the operating system.
July 11, 2023Source

Windows 11 Demoed Running in Just 176 MB RAM
Developer cuts Windows 11 to the bare minimum
July 11, 2023Source

Windows 11 July Patch Tuesday update KB5028185 arrives
Microsoft has just released the July Patch Tuesday update KB5028185 for Windows 11 users, taking it up to OS Build 22621.1992. Interestingly, this update comes with quite an extensive list of features.
July 11, 2023Source or Source

Windows 10 July 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5028166) out — here's what's new and what's broke
It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's Patch Tuesday time again. As such, today Microsoft is rolling out the monthly security update (also called "B release") for July 2023 on Windows Server 20H2, and Windows 10 for the latest supported versions, 21H2, and 22H2.
July 11, 2023Source or Source

Windows OS — Best Windows Apps

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-forty-nine in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.
June 30, 2023Source

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-forty-eight in a series.
June 23, 2023Source

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-forty-six in a series.
June 9, 2023Source

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-forty-five in a series.
June 2, 2023Source

Best Windows apps this week
Five-hundred-and-forty-four in a series.
May 26, 2023Source

Windows OS — Miscellaneous

Microsoft acknowledges Start menu, Windows search and UWP app issues... but says Windows updates are not to blame
If you have been experiencing problems opening the Start menu, launching UWP apps or accessing Windows search, you can draw some comfort from the fact that Microsoft is acknowledging that something is going wrong.
May 19, 2023Source

Microsoft is killing Cortana on Windows 11 and Windows 10 later this year
Microsoft will no longer support the Cortana app starting this fall.
June 2, 2023Source or Source or Source

Microsoft Is Now Testing Ads in the Windows 11 Settings Menu
The company seems to be hard at work finding untapped real estate in the OS it can use to pitch its own services.
May 9, 2023Source or Source

Microsoft is working on a full cloud-based Windows OS
New internal documents revealed by the FTC investigation shows a full remote access OS could be in Windows' future.
June 27, 2023Source

Why DISM is the Swiss Army knife of Windows maintenance
DISM is a Windows command-line utility that helps admins and power users keep a sharp eye on installations and images. It's worth getting to know, and an occasional life-saver.
June 23, 2023Source

Windows OS — Security

Pirated Windows 10 ISOs install clipper malware via EFI partitions
Hackers are distributing Windows 10 using torrents that hide cryptocurrency hijackers in the EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) partition to evade detection.
June 13, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 12

The 3 features that Windows 12 should STEAL from macOS Sonoma and iPadOS 17
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
June 13, 2023Source

This slick Windows 12 concept video makes Windows 11 look ancient and boring
Take a glimpse into the potential future of Windows PCs, at least as envisioned by one fan.
July 3, 2023Source or Watch Video

Windows OS — Windows 11 — A

Ahoy, matey! Windows 11 will soon have native RAR support
Tar, 7-zip, rar, gz, and more will all be supported in a Windows 11 update.
May 23, 2023Source

All the ways to run Windows 11 on a Mac
How can you run Windows on a Mac these days? Fifteen years ago, the answer was simple: install Windows using Boot Camp. Today, you have loads of other options — even though Boot Camp itself no longer works.
May 30, 2023Source

AMD Accelerates AI Adoption on Windows 11 With New Developer Tools for Ryzen AI
AI is one of the most transformative technologies to debut in the past 40 years, but taking full advantage of its capabilities requires more than just the latest processor or graphics card. Previous major shifts in computing, like the adoption of 64-bit software and the introduction of 3D-accelerated graphics in the late 1990s, required significant software support as well as sophisticated new hardware capabilities.
May 23, 2023Source

Android apps on Windows 11 get file sharing access
The latest update going out to Windows Insider builds adds a much-requested quality-of-life upgrade.
June 13, 2023Source

At last, Microsoft lets Windows 11 share files with Android apps
Android and Microsoft sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G! But not too much
June 13, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — D

Developer Creates Compact Windows 11 That Runs in GPU VRAM
The Tiny11 utility can make Windows 11 lightweight enough to run inside an RTX 3050.
May 9, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — F

File Explorer gets facelift in latest Windows 11 build
Nips and tucks aim to give decades-old app a more modern vibe
June 8, 2023Source

Forget Windows Copilot, what you really want is the new AI-powered Clippy
Yesterday, Microsoft made the first preview version of Copilot available for Windows 11 Insiders in the Dev Channel. This AI-powered feature appears as a docked sidebar on the right and lets users ask questions and perform actions, such as take a screenshot or turn on do not disturb.
June 30, 2023Source or Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — G

'Game-changing' Windows 11 feature broken for three months due to expired certificate
In August 2021, Panos Panay, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer, announced a redesigned Clock app for Windows 11. In addition to a brand-new user interface, the app features Spotify integration that lets you play specific tracks to help you focus. Having a curated section of playlists to boost productivity is a great idea, and users welcomed it.
May 2, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — H

How to reduce Windows driver bloat
Once you've run Windows 10 or 11 for a while, it can become bloated with out-of-date device drivers. Use Driver Store Explorer and some simple techniques to pare down the number of obsolete or unused drivers in the Windows driver store.
May 5, 2023Source

HWiNFO fixes Windows 11 legacy CPU usage reading, kernel hardware stack driver issue
HWiNFO, which is a popular free, and one of the best hardware monitoring utilities, brings legacy CPU usage reading on Windows 11 with its latest version 7.46.
May 11, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — L

Latest Yuzu Switch Emulator Builds Significantly Boosts Performance on Both Low-end APUs and High-end Setups
The most recent builds of the Yuzu Switch emulator offer significant performance improvements of up to 87% on both low-end APUs and high-end setups.
May 11, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — M

Microsoft adds vTPM to Hyper-V to allow for Windows 11 virtualization on ARM
There is a lot to be said in favor of ARM-powered PCs, but there are also limitations. For anyone who has been frustrated by the inability to run a Windows 11 virtual machine on ARM, there is now some good news.
May 23, 2023Source

Microsoft Announces AI-Powered Windows Copilot and Dev Home
Microsoft is increasing its AI-powered features to Windows 11, with Windows Copilot and Dev Home highlighting the handful of new integration unveilings.
May 23, 2023Source

Microsoft announces Edge redesign with Mica, rounded corners, and more
Microsoft has some excellent news for those rocking Edge as their primary desktop browser. During the Build 2023 conference, the company announced its browser redesign with the fan-favorite Mica material, rounded tab corners, content containers, revamped animations, and other visual changes.
May 23, 2023Source or Source or Source or Source

Microsoft brings back a controversial Start menu change it removed earlier from Windows 11
Last year, Microsoft tried recommending random websites to customers through Windows 11's Start menu. Users did not like the idea, and the company soon removed the feature from preview builds.
May 5, 2023Source

Microsoft finally fixes Start menu, Windows Search and UWP app issues in Windows 10 and 11
Windows is no stranger to problems, and some issues linger rather longer than others. A good example is a longstanding bug that has blighted both Windows 10 and Windows 11 since the beginning of the year.
June 30, 2023Source

Microsoft fixed the Windows 11 bug that clickbait claimed was unfixable
A mundane Windows 11 bug has been fixed despite what some reports claimed would happen.
June 30, 2023Source

Microsoft fixes Windows 11 issue causing copying, saving failures
Microsoft has addressed a known issue causing intermittent failures when saving and copying files on Windows 11 22H2 devices (especially when working with network shares).
June 13, 2023Source

Microsoft has broken speech recognition and more with a Windows 11 update
Microsoft has acknowledged that a recent update for Windows 11 is causing "intermittent issues" with speech recognition for some users.
May 5, 2023Source

Microsoft Hears You, Rolls Back Plans to Remove File Explorer Features
Microsoft has nixed plans in the latest Windows 11 dev build to remove nine features from File Explorer.
June 23, 2023Source

Microsoft Introduces Windows 11 Co-Pilot, the First Centralized AI Assistant on a PC Platform
Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows and Devices: "The team and I are pumped to be back at Build with the developer community this year. Over the last year, Windows has continued to see incredible growth fueled by Windows 11 adoption.
May 23, 2023Source

Microsoft is installing incompatible AMD GPU drivers in Window 10 and Windows 11
If you're using Windows Update to take care of your driver updates, the current situation for AMD users might serve as a warning. Users of Windows 10 and Windows 11 are finding that Microsoft is replacing their existing GPU drivers with older versions, leading to a range of issues.
May 30, 2023Source

Microsoft is planning a major change to widgets on Windows 11
The spiritual, nostalgic return of Windows Gadgets.
May 5, 2023Source

Microsoft is testing iOS-like widget picker for Windows 11, here is how to enable it
Microsoft recently announced a redesigned widget picker for Windows insiders in the Canary and Dev channels. The new variant allows previewing a widget before adding it to the board and overall looks suspiciously similar to what iOS and iPadOS offer. Here is how the new variant compares with what we have in the Stable Channel:
May 2, 2023Source

Microsoft is updating the Settings app in Windows 11... and injecting more ads
With the release of Windows 11 build 2349 Microsoft has introduced numerous changes and additions, not least of which is the arrival of the eagerly awaited AI-powered Copilot tool. But the latest update to Windows 11 also includes a new look for the Settings app.
June 30, 2023Source

Microsoft makes some bold claims about performance improvements in Windows 11
Microsoft has used the recent release of the Moment 3 update for Windows 11 to look back at the improvements it has made to the operating system since its launch. More than this, there is a "behind-the-scenes peek into how performance improvements are delivered".
May 30, 2023Source

Microsoft now lets you share files between Windows Subsystem for Android and Windows 11
Having all but given up on its own mobile operating system, Microsoft has been gradually warming to Android and iOS by adding support for Google and Apple's software in the likes of the Your Phone app. And then there is Windows Subsystem for Android which the company has been developing and adding to for some time.
June 13, 2023Source

Microsoft Paint finally gets a dark mode for Windows 11
Microsoft is testing the new dark mode in Paint nearly two years after teasing it was coming.
June 2, 2023Source or Source

Microsoft Plots Cloud-Based Windows 11
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June 27, 2023Source or Source or Source

Microsoft releases special Defender update for Windows 11, Windows 10 install images
Microsoft has released a new Defender anti-malware update package for Windows OS installation images, ie, for Windows Imaging Format (WIM) and VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) formats. The latest definitions support Windows 11, all editions of Windows 10, and Windows Servers 2016 and 2019.
May 5, 2023Source

Microsoft reportedly plans to add one of the most requested features to Windows 11's Widgets
In late 2021, Windows 11 introduced Windows Widgets--a dedicated space for glanceable tile-like apps and news. Since then, users have been asking Microsoft for two things: add support for third-party widgets and allow pinning widgets to the desktop.
May 5, 2023Source

Microsoft reveals major File Explorer redesign coming soon to Windows 11
The legacy File Explorer app is getting a modern design!
May 23, 2023Source

Microsoft Still Working on Fix for High CPU Utilization in Windows 11 File Explorer
The issue is unlikely to affect home users, thankfully.
June 27, 2023Source

Microsoft Store gets AI-generated review summaries, keywords and a dedicated AI Hub
Microsoft continues adding new AI-powered features and capabilities to its apps and services. This year, Microsoft supercharged Bing, SwiftKey, Edge, and Skype with AI, and now it is time for the Microsoft Store to get a taste of artificial intelligence. During its annual developer conference, the software giant announced several new Microsoft Store AI-based features.
May 23, 2023Source

Microsoft is trying out a new toggle for controlling cellular connectivity on Windows 11
Microsoft just released a pair of Windows 11 builds to Insiders.
June 8, 2023Source

Microsoft Windows edges closer to SMB security signing fully required by default
'This is certainly the biggest change we've made since the campaign to remove SMB1'
June 6, 2023Source

Microsoft's new Windows Copilot will offer 'centralized AI assistance' in desktop sidebar
Microsoft will incorporate generative artificial intelligence into its widely used PC operating system with a new feature called "Windows Copilot."
May 23, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — N

New Windows 11 features announced by Microsoft
The new features follow on from the integration of AI-powered Bing to the taskbar the latest Windows 11 enhancements focus on business needs, such as security and IT management, and new benefits that enhance professional and personal usability.
May 30, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — T

This new display app for Windows 11 is the most important app ever
Why hasn't Microsoft made this app themselves?
June 23, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — W

Windows 11 debloater app gets banned from Microsoft Store, dev calls it "a tragedy"
Back in February of this year, the popular third-party Windows 11 tweaking and customization tool, ThisIsWin11 (TIW11) received an update to version 1.4.1. While this update carried a few minor bug fixes, the major change was the complete repackaging of the tool into "Debloos".
May 5, 2023Source

Windows 11 experimental feature eases the headache of data migration to a new PC
Users can optionally clone their desktop, taskbar, and apps to a new computer automatically
May 23, 2023Source

Windows 11 File Explorer bug confirmed by Microsoft — here's what happens next
A File Explorer bug can cause CPU usage to spike, though you're probably not affected by it.
June 23, 2023Source or Source

Windows 11 gets taskbar ungrouping, native RGB controls, new archive formats support, more
Microsoft has kicked off its annual Build developer conference it uses to unveil new developer tools. We rarely see major announcements for "regular" users during Build (remember Windows Phone 8.1 announcement in April 2014?), but Microsoft still finds a moment to speak about new features for Windows and other consumer products.
May 23, 2023Source

Windows 11 global user share hits all-time high as Edge loses out to Safari
Windows 10 remains the most popular version by far
May 2, 2023Source

Windows 11 is getting a Facebook widget and other modern features
An improved File Explorer and Windows Spotlight also appears in latest Insider Dev build.
May 5, 2023Source

Windows 11 is getting better live captions and Bluetooth LE audio support
There are also a ton of new features that on IT and security.
May 23, 2023Source

Windows 11 Moment 3: The next big Windows 11 feature update is imminent — here's what's new
Windows 11's "Moment 3" update is expected to begin rolling out in the next couple of months.
May 12, 2023Source

Windows 11 on ARM just got a big boost at Microsoft Build 2023
Unity support and improvements to Visual Studio should attract more developers to Windows 11 on ARM.
May 23, 2023Source

Windows 11 Photos app adds a spot fix tool, slideshows and more
The new features make the Photos app a more capable editing tool
May 5, 2023Source

Windows 11 To Get Multi-App Kiosk Mode and Updated Windows Subsystem for Android
Microsoft on Monday announced that organizations using Windows 11 with a "Windows Configuration Update" now have access to a new application control capability called "Multi-App Kiosk mode."
June 13, 2023Source

Windows 11 version 23H2: Microsoft previews BIG new features coming later this year, including a new AI assistant
AI, RGB, and Taskbar ungrouping are on the way.
May 23, 2023Source

Windows 11 will try to fix the fragmented mess of RGB lighting
Dynamic Lighting will let you adjust your RGB lighting across all your devices and components from a single hub in the Settings menu.
May 23, 2023Source

Windows 11's Microsoft Store is getting AI-powered reviews and dedicated 'AI Hub' features
AI will power how users find, review, and are suggested apps on Windows 11.
May 23, 2023Source

WinRAR on Windows 11 getting RAR support: "We feel honoured with Microsoft's decision"
Microsoft made a lot of big announcements during its Build 2023 developers conference this week. That included reveals like Windows Copilot, a redesign of its Edge browser, and adding Bing Search to ChatGPT.
May 26, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — Builds — Updates — KB

KB5027317: Microsoft release critical Dynamic update to improve Windows 11 21H2 Setup, WinRE
Last week, at the end of June, Microsoft released KB5027317 Dynamic Update, labeled "critical" for Windows 11 version 21H2. The dynamic update helps to improve the setup process of Windows, generally when a new feature update initiates.
July 3, 2023Source

Windows 11 June Patch Tuesday update KB5027231 arrives
Microsoft has released the June Patch Tuesday update KB5027231 for Windows 11 users, taking it up to build 22621.1848. It comes with several highlights and improvements and carries the improvements made available in the KB5026446 update released towards the end of May.
June 13, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5027231 cumulative update released with 34 changes
Microsoft has released the Windows 11 22H2 KB5027231 cumulative update to fix security vulnerabilities and introduce 34 changes, improvements, and bug fixes.
June 13, 2023Source

Top 7 features to check out on Windows 11 May 2023 update (Moment 3)
These are the best features you'll find in the latest moment update of Windows 11.
May 30, 2023Source

Windows 11 build 23466: Everything you need to know
Here's a deep dive into the new features and changes that Microsoft has been working on in the latest preview of Windows 11.
May 26, 2023Source

Microsoft's Windows 11 KB5026436 update fixes SMB, LSASS, printer, NTFS issues, and more
Microsoft has released its latest optional non-security preview update today under KB5026436 on Windows 11 21H2 (Build 22000.2003). The new update brings lots of bug fixes and improvements like one that affects printers when connected to WiFi automatically, a Server Message Block (SMB) issue, bugs in the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS), an NTFS related issue, and more.
May 23, 2023Source or Source

Microsoft is working on Windows 11 23H2... but this Moment 4 update will be nothing to get excited about
Microsoft's new approach to bigger updates for Windows 11 has already seen the release of Moment 1 and Moment 2. The Moment 3 update is due very soon, and the company is already working away on Moment 4.
May 19, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5026372 cumulative update released with 20 changes
Microsoft has released the Windows 11 22H2 KB5026372 cumulative update to fix security vulnerabilities and introduce 20 changes, improvements, and bug fixes.
May 9, 2023Source

Windows 11 May Patch Tuesday update KB5026372 arrives
Microsoft has released the May Patch Tuesday update KB5026372 for Windows 11 users, taking it up to build 22621.1702. It comes with several highlights and improvements and brings all the updates made available in the KB5025305 released towards the end of April.
May 9, 2023Source

Windows 11 build 23451 significantly improves tabs in File Explorer
Earlier this year, one of Windows 11's preview builds introduced a bunch of improvements for File Explorer.
May 5, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5025305 adds prioritized Windows updates setting
Microsoft has released the optional April 2023 non-security cumulative updates for all editions of Windows 11 22H2 with a new option to prioritize non-security and feature Windows updates.
April 25, 2023Source

How to Setup File History in Windows 10 & 11
File History in Windows 10 & 11 allows you to backup your files should they get lost, deleted, or corrupted. If you have a second hard drive, you can choose what files to back up.
April 18, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to take a screenshot on your Windows 11 laptop
When it comes to sorting out a problem at work, sometimes text just doesn't cut it. That's where screenshots come in. They capture exactly what you're seeing on screen, which is useful for sharing purposes. If you're looking to take a screenshot on your Windows 11 laptop, you've come to the right place. This step-by-step guide will get you started on the right path.
April 18, 2023Source

Microsoft seemingly pushes buggy Secure Boot update again on Windows 11, Windows 10
This week, Microsoft released its Patch Tuesday security updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10, among others. The updates were supposed to commence the third phase Kerberos hardening, though it has got pushed back by a couple months now. Perhaps the update is not ready for rollout yet as Microsoft's internal testing may have came across some deployment issues.
April 14, 2023Source

Windows 11 KB5025239 cumulative update released with 25 changes
Microsoft has released the Windows 11 KB5025239 cumulative update for version 22H2 to fix security vulnerabilities and introduce 25 changes, improvements, and bug fixes.
April 11, 2023Source

Windows 11 Patch Tuesday updates out for 22H2 (KB5025239) and 21H2 (KB5025224)
Microsoft has released the Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 11 22H2 (KB5025239) and 21H2 (KB5025224). Both of the updates come with a number of improvements and roll-in updates that were pushed out as part of separate updates (KB5023778, KB5023774) at the end of March.
April 11, 2023Source

Windows Subsystem update for Android on Windows 11 adds Picture-in-Picture support and more
Microsoft has released a new update for Windows Subsystem for Android for all Windows Insider channels. In case you are not familiar with it, this is a software engine that allows Android apps to run on Windows 11 PCs.
April 11, 2023Source

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 23430
As well as a new Windows 11 build for Insiders on the bleeding edge Canary Channel, Microsoft has rolled out a new flight for testers on the Dev Channel.
April 7, 2023Source

Windows 11 Dev build 23430 brings end task option on Taskbar, File Explorer changes, more
Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build to Dev Channel Insiders. The new build, 23430, brings a view urgent notification option, the ability to end a task from taskbar and more File Explorer options, among other changes.
April 7, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 11 — How To and Tips

8 Microsoft Windows tweaks that help ease eye strain
Make it easier to work within Windows with these visual tweaks.
April 27, 2023Source

How to Allow or Block a Program in the Windows 10 & 11 Firewall
While the Windows 10 & 11 firewall works fine by itself, there may come a time when you need to allow or block a program manually.
May 30, 2023Source

How to Change DPI Scaling Settings in Windows 10 or 11
Hey Geeks — you may have noticed that some applications look blurry or pixelated on your screen, especially if you are running hires, like 4K + on your machine. Windows tries to scale the applications to match your display settings, but not all applications support this feature.
July 3, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to create batch script files on Windows 11
Here are three ways to create and run batch files on Windows 11 to automate tasks.
May 26, 2023Source

How to Easily Benchmark Restart Time in Windows 10 & 11 With a VBS File
Have you ever wanted a simple way to see how long your computer takes to restart? This information can help you benchmark your computer when optimizing your startup items.
April 27, 2023Source

How To Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
If you copy and paste a ton of items, you have more than likely wound up pasting the wrong thing to the wrong place; this will be for you. If you already know about creating this handy little shortcut, you can skip right over this little article.
June 13, 2023Source

How to enable features from Windows 11 Moment 3 update
The Windows 11 Moment 3 update is now on its final stretch to public release. Microsoft has started rolling out the update to insiders in the Release Preview Channel, and it will soon become available to all Windows 11 users.
May 12, 2023Source

How to enable the new File Explorer in Windows 11
Signing up for the Windows Insider program is a great way to gain access to the latest features of Windows 11 as soon as possible. One of the most recent changes made by Microsoft is a completely new look for File Explorer which has been made available in Windows 11 Build 23475.
June 8, 2023Source

How to extract .tar.gz files on Windows 10 and 11
Extracting .tar.gz files on Windows 10 is not a daunting task. You don't need extensive technical skills to get the job done. In this article, we'll show you a simple and straightforward method to open these compressed files. Our key phrase for today is how to extract .tar.gz files on Windows 10.
June 27, 2023Source

How to fix display flickering on Windows 11
If your device is experiencing screen flickering, this is what you need to do to fix the problem on Windows 11.
June 2, 2023Source

How To Fix Blurry Apps in Windows 11
High DPI Bliss
May 19, 2023Source

How to fix File Explorer thumbnails not showing correctly on Windows 11
If you're dealing with thumbnail preview issues, these instructions will resolve the problem on Windows 11.
May 19, 2023Source

How to force quit processes consuming resources with Task Manager on Windows 11
When an app stops responding, or the computer seems slow, use the Task Manager to terminate the process.
June 8, 2023Source

How to hack the right-click menu in Windows 11
If you're comfortable working with regedit, you can tweak your menu so that it works the way you want it.
May 2, 2023Source

How to Hide the Mouse Cursor When Typing in Windows 10 & 11
If the mouse cursor is blocking your view or annoying you, it's easy to make the mouse cursor disappear when you're typing.
April 4, 2023Source

How to make Windows 11 look like Windows 10
Windows 11 gives Microsoft's operating system a bold new look, but you can still make it feel (mostly) familiar.
April 25, 2023Source

How to move Windows 11 taskbar position
Since his first launch, the Windows operating system has always tried to provide users with plenty of customisations. One significant change in the latest Windows 11 release is the center alignment of the taskbar.
May 26, 2023Source

How to Open Quick Settings in Windows 11
Quick Settings in Windows 11 gives you easy access to popular Windows settings, including Internet, Bluetooth, Settings, Night Light, Focus Assist, Accessibility, and more. Here are a few ways to open Quick Settings.
April 4, 2023Source

How To Open Task Manager On Windows 11
Since the advent of Windows in the early '90s, the saving grace of many panicked users has been the combination of the CTRL, ALT, and DEL keys. This holdover keyboard code from IBM's heyday in the 1980s used to simply reboot your PC, but starting with Windows 95, it called up the faithful Task Manager, destroyer of frozen windows.
April 21, 2023Source

How to Properly Use Microsoft System File Checker in Windows 11 and 10
System File Checker, or SFC, is a tool that can scan and repair corrupted or missing system files built into Windows. By repairing files, SFC can help fix various problems, such as Windows crashes, errors, or functions not working properly.
June 2, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to screen record on Windows 11 or 10
On Windows 11, several tools, including Snipping Tool, Clipchamp, and Xbox Game Bar app to record the screen, and here's how to use them.
April 20, 2023Source

How to switch off Windows' search history
Get rid of those unwanted ads and search suggestions in Windows.
June 23, 2023Source

How to upgrade to Windows 11: Every option explained
Microsoft has several tools to upgrade you from Windows 10 to Windows 11 in a matter of minutes.
May 19, 2023Source

How to use Phone Link to share pictures from phone to computer on Windows 11
Do you need to transfer pictures from your phone to your computer? If so, the Phone Link app can help, and here's how on Windows 11.
May 2, 2023Source

Microsoft released redesigned File Explorer for Windows 11, here is how to enable it
Microsoft is rolling out a redesigned File Explorer for testing in the latest Windows 11 Dev build 23475. As it usually goes with significant changes, the scope of the rollout is gradual, which means not everyone has access to the new File Explorer. Luckily, you can skip the line and force-enable the missing feature using the ViVeTool app.
June 8, 2023Source

Setting up a local account in Windows 11 is tricky. Here's how to do it
Sometimes, you just can't get online while setting up Windows.
May 19, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 10 — M

Microsoft Aims to Take Over IoT with Windows 10
Everybody's trying to get in on the big-money future of IoT, and now "everybody" includes Microsoft with Windows 10. Larry Dignan at ZDNet put together a look at Windows 10's role in IoT — as it's been described by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the Gartner Symposium ITXpo, at least — which suggests that the new OS will be a central platform for IoT systems of all types.
May 23, 2023Source

Microsoft confirms 22H2 is the final Windows 10 version, announces Windows 11 LTSC
After almost eight years of active development and support, Microsoft is ready to announce the last Windows 10 version. What was initially supposed to be "the last version of Windows," came to Windows 11 (and the upcoming Windows "12"), and lots of other changes in Microsoft's flagship product.
April 27, 2023Source or Source or Source or Source

Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 version 20H2 Enterprise, Education, and IoT
Microsoft recently revealed that Windows 10 would not receive new feature updates beyond version 22H2. The most recent update for the nine-year-old OS is it's last one, with the end of life scheduled for October 2025. In addition to 22H2, Windows 10 has a few more "alive" releases that receive active support.
May 9, 2023Source

Microsoft finally publishes Windows 10 activation information
Very little was coming out of Redmond prior to the launch of Windows 10 on this subject and with licensing already being a challenging subject anyway it led to a lot of speculation.
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Microsoft seemingly pushes buggy Secure Boot update again on Windows 11, Windows 10
This week, Microsoft released its Patch Tuesday security updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10, among others. The updates were supposed to commence the third phase Kerberos hardening, though it has got pushed back by a couple months now. Perhaps the update is not ready for rollout yet as Microsoft's internal testing may have came across some deployment issues.
April 14, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 10 — T

Two ways to make Windows 10 File Explorer open specific folders
You can create File Explorer shortcuts in Windows 10 that will open specific folders, but there's a better way.
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Windows OS — Windows 10 — W

Windows 10 Enterprise: FAQ for IT professionals
Get answers to common questions around compatibility, installation, and support for Windows 10 Enterprise.
Provides InformationSource

Windows 10 is going to be the most stable version of Windows until October 2025
Microsoft announced last week that it won't release new feature updates for its Windows 10 operating system anymore. Windows 10 version 22H2, released in late 2022, is therefor the last major version of Windows 10.
May 9, 2023Source

Windows 10 Privacy Settings Walk Through
The volume around Windows 10 and privacy has been steadily increasing since shortly after the release of Windows 10 in late July.
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Windows OS — Windows 10 — Builds — Updates — KB

Windows 10 June 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5027215) out — here's what's new and what's broke
It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's Patch Tuesday time again. As such, today Microsoft is rolling out the monthly security update (also called "B release") for June 2023 on Windows Server 20H2, and Windows 10 for the latest supported versions, 21H2, and 22H2.
June 13, 2023Source

Windows 10 KB5026435 and KB5027215 updates released
Microsoft has released the Windows 10 KB5027215 and KB5026435 cumulative updates for versions 22H2, version 21H2, version 21H1, and 1809 to fix problems and add new features to the operating system.
June 13, 2023Source

Windows 10 version 21H2 is no longer supported
Microsoft has announced the end of support for Windows 10 version 21H2. Select editions of the operating system will no longer receive monthly updates with security improvements, bugfixes, and other necessary changes. Therefore, those using Windows 10 version 21H2 should update to a newer release as soon as possible to keep their systems protected and up to date.
June 13, 2023Source or Source or Source

Windows 10 KB5026361 and KB5026362 updates released
Microsoft has released the Windows 10 KB5026361 and KB5026362 cumulative updates for versions 22H2, version 21H2, version 21H1, and 1809 to fix problems and add new features to the operating system.
May 9, 2023Source

Windows 10 May 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5026361) out — here's what's new and what's broke
It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's Patch Tuesday time again. As such, today Microsoft is rolling out the monthly security update (also called "B release") for May 2023 on Windows Server 20H2, and Windows 10 for the latest versions, 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2.
May 9, 2023Source

For Windows 10, 22H2 is the end of the road
Microsoft says the final version of Windows 10, released last fall, is version 22H2. From now until the end of support in 2025, only security updates will be released.
April 28, 2023Source

Microsoft Offers Clarity on the Last Version of Windows 10
Windows 10 version 22H2 will fall out of support on Oct. 14, 2025, and it will be "the final version of Windows 10," the announcement indicated. Microsoft wants Windows 10 users to switch to Windows 11 before that end date.
April 28, 2023Source

Microsoft, Intel release security update for MMIO vulnerability on Windows 10, Server 2016
Back in June of 2022, Intel and Microsoft issued a warning about security vulnerabilities related to the CPU's memory-mapped I/O (MMIO), which are called "MMIO Stale Data Vulnerabilities" collectively.
April 21, 2023Source

Windows 10 April 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5025221) out — here's what's new and what's broke
It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's Patch Tuesday time again. As such, today Microsoft is rolling out the monthly security update (also called "B release") for April 2023 on Windows Server 20H2, and Windows 10 for the latest versions, 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2. The new updates are being distributed under KB5025221, bumping up the builds to 19042.2846, 19044.2846, and 19045.2846.
April 11, 2023Source

Windows 10 KB5025221 and KB5025229 updates released
Microsoft has released the Windows 10 KB5025221 and KB5025229 cumulative updates for versions 22H2, version 21H2, version 21H1, and 1809 to fix problems in the operating system.
April 11, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 10 — How to and Tips

Diagnose Wi-Fi Problems on Windows 10 With Wireless Network Report
Diagnosing Wi-Fi issues can be frustrating, but Windows 10 includes Netsh, which is a command-line utility that can generate a wireless network report in HTML to help you diagnose problems. The report shows the past three days of Wi-Fi activity, all adapters, and more.
April 21, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Add 'Create Restore Point' Context Menu in Windows 10 & 11
If you like to regularly create a restore point in Windows, there are multiple steps. Another option is to add Restore Point to your Context Menu to speed up the process.
December 12, 2023Source

How to customize 'Precision Touchpad' settings on Windows 10
You can manage the touchpad settings to improve navigation and multitasking on Windows 10, and in this guide, I'll show you how.
April 21, 2023Source

How to customize Windows File Explorer's details view
You spend a lot of time diving into the file system on a PC. Getting File Explorer organized just the way you like it is quick, easy, and worth it.
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How to decide: Should you upgrade to Windows 10?
Buying a new PC — or building one? Upgrading from Windows 8.1 or an earlier OS? David Gewirtz walks you through all the possibilities, so you're armed with the best decision-making strategy for your needs.
July 20, 2015Source

How to delete Microsoft's unwanted Windows 10 download files
Yesterday, we discussed how Microsoft now downloads Windows 10 to local devices whether users have chosen to do so or not. Here, we'll walk you through the process of reclaiming that space. the surest way to tell if you've been affected by the stealth download is to navigate to your C:\Windows directory. Once there, you'll want to configure Explorer to show hidden files and folders.
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How to disable Action Center in Windows 10
If you don't feel that Action Center is a must-have feature in Windows 10, in this new guide, we show you how easy is to disable it.
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How to disable auto-correct and highlighted misspelled words in Windows 10
Windows 10 is the new operating system from Microsoft that brings Cortana to the desktop, universal apps, and a super easy to use Settings app to find and configure different options in the operating system, and many other features. Like in Windows 8.x, the new version of the operating system includes an automatic spell checker that will autocorrect and highlight misspelled words in apps designed to take advantage of the functionality.
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How to Disable or Enable Remember My Apps in Windows 11
Remember my apps is a Windows 11 feature that remembers what apps you installed from the Microsoft Store and then allows you to restore them from your Windows 11 devices.
December 14, 2023Source

How to Disable the Windows 10 Upgrade Prompt
Microsoft's Windows 10 is out, and even though it's free for a short time, not all of us are ready to upgrade. If you let Windows install updates automatically, you're probably getting a prompt to upgrade to Windows 10 in your taskbar. this article shows you how to remove that prompt.
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How to disable Windows 10's Action Center
The Action Center in Windows 10 is a pretty handy addition. It displays past notifications from apps and your system — if you miss a message from Windows when it pops up you can find out what it said in the Action Center.
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How to disable Windows 10's window animations to speed up responsiveness
As with many previous versions of Windows, Microsoft infused Windows 10 with a ton of animations to give it a smoother, more user-friendly feel. it's a nice touch... unless you're running an older machine, especially one rocking a spinning hard drive. for those PCs, waiting for an animation to complete adds a few annoying seconds to your Windows experience that don't need to be there.
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How to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7
Windows 10 is having a great jump start, in only three weeks, after the operating system released to the public millions of users have already upgraded. Perhaps some of the reasons why people are quickly upgrading is because Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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How to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1
Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29th, and since launch there have been over 50 million installs of the operating system. and there are good reasons. the software giant is betting on Windows 10 to be one of the best operating systems you want to use.
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How To Easily Create a Clear Clipboard Shortcut in Windows 10 and 11
The Windows Clipboard is a feature that allows you to temporarily store data that you copy or cut from one application or program and paste into another. The data can be text, images, files, or folders. The Windows clipboard can store up to 25 items at a time, and you can access them by pressing [Windows] + [V]. You can also sync clipboard items across your Windows devices by enabling the cloud-based clipboard in Settings (Select Start > Settings > System > Clipboard. Then select Sync across devices and toggle it on — requires sign-in. Also, you can pin frequently used items to the clipboard so they don't get deleted when you restart your PC.
December 19, 2023Source

How to Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe in Windows 10 & 11
If your Windows 10 or 11 device has a touchscreen, you can swipe from the edge to open notifications or Widgets. If you don't like the swipe feature, it can be disabled in the registry or Group Policy Editor.
December 12, 2023Source

How to enable pop-up email notifications for Windows 10's Mail app
The built-in Mail app for Windows 10 isn't the most full-featured email client you can find, but it's a nice, light alternative to a web client. One thing you may be wondering, however, is why you aren't seeing pop-up Action Center notifications when you receive new emails.
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How to enable the Dark Mode in Windows 10's Films & TV app
Windows 10 is still very much a work in progress, as are the apps that come as part of it. the November Update (aka Theshold 2) introduced some cosmetic changes throughout, and there have been other changes made in the many other updates.
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How to enable the Dark Theme for Windows 10
Windows 10 by default uses a lot of white for the backgrounds of system apps. this look, of course, is quite normal, but some users may want an even darker version of the OS. not the evil kind, but the theme kind.
August 5, 2015Source

How to enable the legendary 'God Mode' in Windows 10 for all the settings
If you are a long-time Windows user, you may remember a trick to enable 'God Mode'. It may sound epic depending on your expectations, but the easiest way to describe the feature is that it gives access to all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder.
August 7, 2015Source

How to enable wallpaper Slideshow in Windows 10 and make it work on battery too
We have already written a near volume on how to customize Windows 10 for the PC and laptop (link at the end). One of those is Slideshow, something I have never used until now. the concept is very straightforward. Create a folder of your favorite wallpaper and let the OS change them every X minutes. It is a fun way to keep your desktop looking fresh and even better if you just can't decide which wallpaper you like.
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How to enable Windows 10's 'Hey Cortana' voice commands
Hey Cortana, tell me a joke.
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How to enable Windows Spotlight in Windows 10
Microsoft's search engine Bing comes baked into Windows 10 in several ways. it's the default search choice in Edge and Cortana, and you can even use its image of the day as the wallpaper for your lock screen via the Windows Spotlight feature.
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How to enlarge display text in Windows
A high-resolution screen can result in very tiny text--sometimes too tiny to read easily. Here's how to fix that.
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How to enter Windows 10's Safe Mode
Sometimes, whether you like it or not, you have to boot into Windows' stripped-down Safe Mode. But with Windows 10, that gets complicated.
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How to fix Windows 10's blurry font problem
If you change the DPI scaling to make text, apps and other items easier to read on your Windows device, you may have encountered the problem of blurry fonts in Windows 10.
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How to fix Windows 10's worst problems — Part 2
Let's be honest here, Windows 10 was released a little prematurely. There are inconsistencies throughout, Microsoft Edge is an unfinished mess, and then there are the bugs...
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How to force Cortana to use Google instead of Bing in Windows 10
Microsoft is pushing Bing heavily in its new operating system. Bing is the default search engine in Microsoft Edge, and while you can change this to Google (or any other choice), the process of doing so is far from intuitive — you can't simply pick "Google" from a list of options.
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How to get an animated desktop in Windows 10 with DeskScapes 8
Microsoft's Windows 10 offers users many ways to customize the OS. Indeed, we have a rather large article detailing all the methods by which you can make Windows 10 yours. One throwback style has an animated desktop.
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How to get free help from Microsoft on Windows 10 and more
With the launch of the new version of Windows, Microsoft offers a variety of support options, both online and in-store ... some of which are free.
August 4, 2015Source

How to Get Minecraft's Windows 10 Edition beta for Free
Non-existing PC players can purchase the Windows 10 Edition beta for $10.
July 28, 2015Source

How to get rid of app shortcut arrows on the Windows 10 desktop
We all have pet peeves. some are rational, others may appear irrational to others. I am not sure where this registry trick falls into, but shortcut arrows on the desktop drive me crazy. There is just something about making an otherwise nice desktop icon busier with those arrow overlays.
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How to get Windows 10 for free or otherwise
Today is the day Microsoft has launched Windows 10 in 190 countries, and now begins the major push to get everyone upgrading, buying, and using the replacement for Windows 8.1, which happens to be the last-ever major version release of Microsoft's operating system.
July 28, 2015Source

How to get your Google play Music library into Groove on Windows 10
If you're using Windows 10 and want to have all of your music in one place, the Groove music app is a good place to be. We've covered how to get your music out of iTunes and into Groove, but what about if you're using Google play Music?
July 24, 2015Source

How to Hide the Mouse Cursor When Typing in Windows 10 & 11
If the mouse cursor is blocking your view or annoying you, it's easy to make the mouse cursor disappear when you're typing. Press the Windows Key + S, type in and click on Control Panel.
December 8, 2023Source

How to import iTunes playlists into Groove Music in Windows 10
If you've upgraded to Windows 10 you'll likely have discovered an app called Groove Music. this is the new name for Xbox Music which was included in Windows 8.x.
July 29, 2015Source

How to import iTunes playlists to Groove music on Windows 10
If you're making the upgrade to Windows 10 there's a good chance you'll find yourself using the Groove music app. it's much improved from its predecessor, Xbox Music, on Windows 8.1 and one nifty feature is bringing your stuff from iTunes with minimal fuss.
July 21, 2015Source

How to install apps from the Windows Store in Windows 10
Windows 10 comes with built-in apps that can help you socialize, stay in touch, share and view documents, organize photos, listen to music, and more, but you can find even more apps in the Windows Store.
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How to Install Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine
If you have to deal with files you can't trust, need to test multiple OS installations on the same system, or otherwise need access to the OS without wanting to use it as a daily driver, here's how to install Windows 10 in a virtual machine.
June 13, 2023Source

How to make Cortana search with Google instead of Bing in Windows 10
Love Cortana, but hate Bing? We've got you covered.
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How to make File Explorer's Favorites/Quick access section work for you
Windows' File Explorer is not just a portal to your filesystem; it can be an effective productivity tool with a little customization.
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How to make older desktop apps run again on Windows 10
If you have an older desktop application that isn't running on Windows 10, use this guide to configure the appropriate compatibility mode settings.
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How to make sure your free copy of Windows 10 is activated
Upgrade your Windows 7 and 8.1 systems to Windows 10 first so that your activation is taken care of.
July 29, 2015Source

How to Make Windows 10 Change Color to Match your Desktop Wallpaper
Now that you've installed Windows 10 and mastered the basics of Microsoft's new operating system, you're going to want to start digging deeper into some of the customization options available--like automatically changing the system interface colors whenever you pick a new wallpaper image.
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How to make Windows 10's UAC prompts less obtrusive
User Account Control has been part of Windows since Vista. When it was first introduced it was incredibly annoying, but over the years Microsoft has tamed it a little to the point where it only springs into action when it has to.
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How to manage a smooth Windows 10 migration
New releases of Microsoft's flagship operating system are typically greeted with a combination of angst, curiosity, confusion, and dread in equal measure. However, I believe that Windows 10 is Microsoft's next big achievement.
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How to manage Microsoft and user accounts in Windows 10
Like its predecessor, Microsoft's Windows 10 is an operating system highly powered by the cloud. now more than ever, if you don't have an internet connection (unless you're doing something specific), there is not a lot of work you can get done.
July 22, 2015Source

How to manage notifications in Windows 10
The new Action Center keeps you informed about what's going on in Windows 10, providing a single place for all of the notifications from Windows and installed apps, and also informing you about new emails, instant messages, Facebook updates, and much more.
July 28, 2015Source

How to manage Windows 10 devices from your Microsoft account
Windows 10 isn't just an operating system that works locally in your computer. it's also an operating system that works in combination with Microsoft online services such as with Bing and OneDrive. Furthermore, in Windows 8, the software giant introduced the Microsoft account, leaving the old time local account as a secondary option.
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How to manage wireless networks using Command Prompt in Windows 10
When you need to manage your wireless network connections, using the Settings app or Control Panel may not be enough, and this is when the Netsh command-line utility in Windows comes in handy.
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How to manually trigger your reserved Windows 10 upgrade
If you reserved a Windows 10 upgrade, you were probably expecting it to appear this morning. for many people that was the case, but not for all. There are ways around this problem of course — you can use the free tool Microsoft released today in order to update your PC whenever you like.
July 28, 2015Source

How to Maximize Battery Life on Windows 10
Whether you've upgraded to Windows 10 on your laptop or bought a brand new machine, you're going to want to eke out as much battery juice as you can while you're on the go. Microsoft's shiny new OS includes a new native battery saver feature — and there are a few other tricks you can pull to make sure your laptop lasts until you can find a power socket.
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How to maximize your first 30 minutes with Windows 10
We'll walk you through your first 30 minutes or so with Windows 10.
July 28, 2015Source

How to Open Quick Settings in Windows 11
Quick Settings in Windows 11 gives you easy access to popular Windows settings, including Internet, Bluetooth, Settings, Night Light, Focus Assist, Accessibility, and more. Here are a few ways to open Quick Settings.
December 8, 2023Source

How to Optimize Video Playback on Battery in Windows 11
Windows will automatically optimize videos for battery life whenever you watch movies or videos on your laptop. If you prefer better video quality over battery life, you can change that in Settings.
December 11, 2023Source

How to Prevent Windows 10 from Automatically Downloading Updates
Windows 10 PCs automatically check for updates and install any updates they find. you can take some control over this and have Windows 10 install updates on your schedule, but these options are hidden. Windows Update really wants to automatically update on Windows 10.
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How to Properly Use Microsoft System File Checker in Windows 11 and 10
System File Checker, or SFC, is a tool that can scan and repair corrupted or missing system files built into Windows. By repairing files, SFC can help fix various problems, such as Windows crashes, errors, or functions not working properly. It is often used and recommended by techs and advanced users and is relatively simple to use, although usually incorrectly. Here's all you need to know to use System File Checker or SFC properly.
December 1, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to properly remove the Windows.old folder on Windows 10
Did you upgrade to Windows 10 or install a new Insider test build? Then use this guide to get rid of the Windows.old folder that is only wasting gigabytes of space in your PC's hard drive.
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How to protect yourself against Windows 10's controversial new Wi-Fi Sense feature
There is absolutely no question that the response to Windows 10 has been overwhelmingly positive. Yes, people are running into some problems after they update — here are some of the most common Windows 10 problems and solutions — and yes, there are some privacy concerns that you should absolutely pay attention to if you don't want Windows 10 to spy on you. But for the most part it has been smooth sailing.
August 3, 2015Source

How to remove the background picture on the Windows 10 sign-in screen
One of the new features on Windows 10 Insider preview build 10547 is the ability to remove the Windows background picture on the sign-in screen. Removing the picture is as easy as flipping a switch in the settings. If you need guidance, we'll show you how to do it.
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How to remove the Evaluation Copy watermark from Windows 10 for Insiders
When you sign up to be a Windows Insider not only do you get the latest version of the Windows 10 OS before the general public you are also a part of a larger experiment. as such, more data is collected to improve the OS and the version you are running is merely one of many builds.
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How to remove the Live Tiles section in Windows 10 Start
We think the Live Tiles section in Start is an awesome feature for Windows 10, but it can be completely removed. It might not be obvious for some users, so we made a quick how-to video. see it in action on a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10.
July 29, 2015Source

How to remove the OneDrive entry from File Explorer in Windows 10
Microsoft's cloud storage service OneDrive is baked into Windows 10 and forms a key part of the new operating system. However, if you prefer to use a different service, like Google Drive, or Dropbox, you may not appreciate the OneDrive entry being forced on you in File Explorer.
August 10, 2015Source

How to report Xbox spam messages in Windows 10 and get rid of spam altogether
Xbox Live is arguably the best internet gaming service around and has been since it launched. But just like anything else that's connected to the internet, it will have some flaws. Perhaps one of it's biggest are that now and then you'll find yourself receiving spam messages or messages from 9-year-old who uses 'your mom' as the punchline to all of his jokes.
August 7, 2015Source

How to screen record on Windows 11 or 10
On Windows 11, several tools, including Snipping Tool, Clipchamp, and Xbox Game Bar app to record the screen, and here's how to use them.
April 20, 2023Source

How to secure Windows 10: the paranoid's guide
Worried sick over Windows 10's privacy settings? There's a lot you can do to lock them down, but you will lose some functionality along the way.
August 5, 2015Source

How to securely manage the Windows 10 devices in your network
Microsoft's decision to make Windows 10 a free upgrade means that, according to industry analysts, more than 350 million Windows machines are expected to be on Windows 10 within the next 12 months. this can create a huge gap between enterprise IT teams and employee devices.
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How to see your last Windows Store purchases
Curious to see how much you've been spending on apps or games? Checking your Windows Store purchase history on Windows 10 is fast and easy. We'll show you how in just a few steps.
August 10, 2015Source

How to select which calendars appear on Outlook for Windows 10 Mobile
After setting up your accounts for Outlook Calendar in Windows 10 Mobile, you can change which calendars are visible on the app. Since one account can have multiple calendars like one specifically for holidays, another for birthdays, and another for work meetings, you can choose to filter what shows up to make it more manageable.
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How to send an email with Cortana on Windows 10
Cortana, your personal assistant on Windows 10, can help you send an email without opening the Email app or even touching the keyboard. Want to see it in action? Check out our how-to video with the Surface Pro 3.
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How to send someone directions using Maps on Windows 10
The Maps app on Windows 10 is a pretty handy thing to have around. Long gone are the days where you'd have to crack open a web browser to use a routing service. the Maps app is also great for quickly sending other people directions, to.
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How to set a custom accent color for Windows 10
Windows 10 is bringing a few options to customize the way things look. in fact, we wrote up a massive tome of all the various options you have at your disposal:
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How to set a reminder with Cortana in Windows 10
One of our favorite features with Cortana in Windows 10 is setting reminders. you can ask the personal assistant to set reminders based on time, place, or person. We'll show you how. see it in action on the Surface Pro 3.
August 11, 2015Source

How to set up a Sonos system on Windows 10
Microsoft's Groove is now officially supported on Sonos, the popular Wifi connected audio system. While there's no official app in the Windows Store, there is still an official, Windows 10 compatible desktop application.
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How to set up and manage an FTP server on Windows 10
If you want to create your own private cloud and be able to share and transfer large files without restrictions, then build your own FTP server on Windows 10.
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How to Setup File History in Windows 10 & 11
File History in Windows 10 & 11 allows you to backup your files should they get lost, deleted, or corrupted. If you have a second hard drive, you can choose what files to back up.
April 18, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to sync your Dropbox folders to Windows 10
While OneDrive is built into Windows 10 one of the other most widely used cloud storage solutions is Dropbox. we have a pretty good app for Windows 10 allowing you to access your files, but it doesn't allow you to sync them to your PC.
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How to take control of Windows 10 updates and upgrades (even if you don't own a business)
Thanks to a new feature in Windows 10 version 1511, you can now postpone or pause Windows 10 upgrades and updates. you don't have to be an IT pro to use Windows Update for Business (although it helps), but you'll need a business edition of Windows 10. I've got the details here
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How to take screenshot like a pro with Windows 10
Now that many millions of users around the world are using Windows 10, we figured it was time to cover some beginner basics. After all, some people are getting new PCs and laptops while others are installing Windows 10 on their Mac and need some help.
August 3, 2015Source

How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update in Windows 10
We showed you how easy it was to defer Windows 10 updates, however, it was limited to some editions of Windows 10. There is another method that even users with Windows 10 Home edition can utilize. it's not as straightforward as the first method, but you won't need to spend money to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
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How to track your favorite sports teams with Cortana in Windows 10
Cortana can help you track all kinds of things including your favorite sports teams.
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How To Troubleshoot Audio Issues In Windows 10?
Imagine a scenario in which you've decided to watch a movie on Netflix with your friends and for that, you've prepared snacks and coffee to have a whale of a time. But, when you've started watching it, suddenly a sound problem arises. How irritating and daunting it could be? How could you fix this problem?
May 19, 2023Source

How to Turn Optimizations for Windowed Games On or Off in Windows 11
Microsoft has introduced Optimization for Windows Games in Windows 11. If you're having lag or latency issues, you can try to enable or disable Optimization for Windows Games if you are playing your games in Windowed mode.
December 14, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to Turn Smart App Control On or Off in Windows 11
Smart App Control is a newer feature of Windows 11 that works alongside your current security software to protect you from malicious software.
December 14, 2023Source or Watch Video

How to tune Windows 10 for laser-focused productivity
These tips make working from home less distracting, and a whole lot easier.
May 9, 2023Source

How to use File Explorer as a run box in Windows 10
Running commands and launching built-in Windows tools is very straightforward in Microsoft's new operating system. Just click on the Start button and type whatever you're looking for, then select the item to launch it.
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How to use Live Tiles in Windows 10
Live tiles in Windows 10 display information that are useful at a glance without opening an app. for example, the News tile displays headlines while the Weather tile displays the forecast.
August 5, 2015Source

How to Use System Restore in Windows 11
System Protection allows users to create a restore point to help them recover from problems. Here are two ways to access System Restore.
December 12, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 8.1

Microsoft no longer supports Windows 8, and soon neither will Google Drive
It is now several months since Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. As such, the developers of numerous apps and services are following suit — Google included.
June 9, 2023Source

Windows OS — Windows 7

Engineering Windows 7
Welcome to our blog dedicated to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7
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Move the Recycle Bin to the Taskbar in Windows 7
After writing last week's blog, Take advantage of the Taskbar features in Windows 7, I found myself focusing on the taskbar to make sure that I was taking advantage of all of the features that it has to offer. While I was doing so, I began to think about the only icon that I had on the desktop — the Recycle Bin — and began wondering if there was a way to put the Recycle Bin on the taskbar.
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Windows OS — Windows Server

Windows OS — Resources

How to Change Your Local or Microsoft Account Picture in Windows 11
ou can change your local or Microsoft Account picture to personalize Windows 11. It's easy to do, here's how.
January 24, 2024Source

How to Disable or Enable Recent Search History in Windows 10 & 11
Windows Search uses recent search history to speed up the search results by showing you anything similar you searched for recently. You can enable or disable this feature if you want.
January 24, 2024Source

How to get started with Copilot plugins on Windows 11
Did you know that Copilot has plugins? Here's how to use them.
January 24, 2024Source

How to Open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11
Windows Disk Management is a powerful drive tool that can manage partitions, change drive letters, initialize a new hard drive, etc. Windows offers numerous ways to open Disk Management in Windows 10 & 11. Here are four ways to open Disk Management.
January 15, 2024Source

How to Turn Optimizations for Windowed Games On or Off in Windows 11
Microsoft has introduced Optimization for Windows Games in Windows 11. If you're having lag or latency issues, you can try to enable or disable Optimization for Windows Games if you are playing your games in Windowed mode.
January 15, 2024Source or Watch Video

How to Use Contrast Themes to Make Text and Apps Easier to See in Windows 11
Contrast Themes in Windows 11 can be useful for anyone with low vision or light sensitivity problems. Contrast Themes, also called high contrast mode can make Windows 11 more useable than ever if you have difficulty seeing text because of the colors. Even if you don't have vision problems, you might appreciate the appearance using Contrast Themes.
January 24, 2024Source

Microsoft Is About To Make Reinstalling Windows A Whole Lot Faster And Easier
If you're a DIY PC enthusiast, then you've probably re-installed Windows Sourcecountless times. Often, it's simply the fastest and easiest way to fix a broken Windows install, and while you might think that an indictment of Windows itself, Microsoft clearly agrees given the prominence of its "Reset" option alongside "Repair".
December 28, 2023Source

Troubleshooting Missing UEFI Firmware Settings in Windows
Ever stare at your computer screen only to be met with the cryptic message "UEFI Firmware Settings Missing"? Don't Panic! Missing UEFI settings might sound scary, but a little knowledge can go a long way to taking the fear out of this one.
January 6, 2024Source or Watch Video

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