50 Hidden Secrets of WINDOWS 10

You can spend—and may already have spent—a lifetime trying to master Windows. Just when you get to grips with one version, out comes another. These days, things are further complicated by the fact that while Windows 10 seems here to stay, it’s now undergoing more frequent changes, with a succession of major updates: Anniversary last year, Creator last month, and another (Windows 10.3, anyone?) slated for the end of the year. How do you possibly keep up? The trick is to realize that the more things change, the more they stay the same, with many of the best tips and tricks that were uncovered during those halcyon days of Windows XP and 7 still relevant now. The problem is, where to find them? That’s what’s driven us to write this feature. We’ve gone hunting for 50 of the most obscure— but nevertheless useful—tips we can find. We’ve rooted out new techniques for old favorites, and also uncovered some new features that may not have made the headlines when the Creator’s Update appeared, but will still help improve the way you use Windows. One of the joys of researching and writing this kind of feature is uncovering secrets that we— the so-called experts—weren’t aware of. You know you’re on the right track when you stumble upon tips that save you time and prove useful to your own computing life, and more than a few of those revealed themselves.

We’re confident that you’ll find at least one tip in this collection that will transform the way you use your PC. But mindful of providing value for money, we’ve decided 50 isn’t enough. You’ll find three additional boxes scattered through the feature, each one revealing bonus secrets you can use to save time and speed up the way you use your PC. We discover how to quickly access system settings without wading through menus and dialog boxes, we uncover some Registry shortcuts that enable you to change the way Windows looks and behaves, and we finish off by revealing lesser known—but still immensely useful—keyboard shortcuts. Ready? Dust down your fedora, Dr Jones, we’re going on a treasure hunt.

1. CUSTOMIZE “QUICK LINK” MENU
Add your own custom shortcuts to the menu that appears when you right-click the “Start” button. Use the portable Win+X Menu Editor tool to add programs, control panel applets, and other system shortcuts, plus organize them all into groups.
2. CREATE GODMODE
Create a new folder and name it as shown below (you can change the “GodMode” part if you like): GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
This gives you easy access to every single control panel applet via a convenient list—why not add it to your “Quick Link” menu?
3. VIEW USAGE BY DRIVE
Windows 10 provides you with a handy way of seeing what kind of content is taking up space on each of your drives. Navigate to “Settings > System > Storage,” and tap a drive to see a breakdown of content by type. The Creator’s Update also introduces a “Storage Sense” button, which automatically clears temporary files, and files residing in the bin for over 30 days.

4. MOVE APPS TO ANOTHER DRIVE on Windows 10
Running out of space on your system drive? Move existing Windows Store apps to another drive or partition via “Settings > Apps”—select the app, and click “Move” to select your target drive. Force all new apps to install to a specified drive by switching to the “Storage” section, and tapping “Change where new content is saved.”

5. MOVE ANY PROGRAM
Why stop with Windows Store apps when you can move any installed desktop program? Download Steam Mover from www.traynier.com, and run it as an administrator. Point “Steam Apps Common Folder” to your Program Files folders, then select an alternative folder on your target drive (which must be formatted NTFS). Once done, select each program you wish to move, and click the right arrow button to move them across. Clever use of “Junction Points” ensure the programs continue to work even from another drive, and you can always move them back if needed.
6. RESTRICT DRIVE USAGE
Prevent shared users from hogging all available drive space by setting up drive-based quotas (again NTFS formatted drives only). Open “File Explorer > This PC,” right-click your target drive, and choose the “Properties > Quota” tab. Click “Show Quota Settings,” and check “Enable quota management,” followed by “Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit,” and select “Limit disk space to.” Set your limit (probably in GB) and a warning (say 10–20 percent less than the limit), then click “OK.”

7. RESTRICT USAGE ON PER-USER BASIS
To set limits for individual users, leave “Do not limit disk usage” selected, and click “Quota Entries” instead. Select “Quota > New Quota Entry.” Click “Advanced,” then “Find Now” to list all available users. Select a name from the list, and click “OK” twice. Set their quota and warning limits, then repeat for other users for whom you wish to apply limits. Once done, close the window, and click “OK” twice.

8. TAKE OWNERSHIP QUICKLY
Need to reclaim ownership of a file or folder? Add a convenient shortcut to the right-click menu: download HERE, and double-click “InstallTakeOwnership.reg,” clicking “Run” followed by “Yes,” “Yes,” and finally “OK” when prompted. Now right-click any folder or file to find a new “Take Ownership” option.

9. TASK VIEW SHORTCUTS
Press Win-Tab to trigger Task View, where you can easily move windows between multiple virtual desktops. Press Ctrl-Win-D to quickly create (and switch to) a new virtual desktop, and Ctrl-Win left/right cursor to move between them.

10. GROUP WINDOWS BY TAB
Task View too awkward? Download and install TidyTabs (www.nurgo software.com/products/tidytabs), and you can group multiple windows together in a single tabbed window—just like your browser, except it covers all apps, and you can mix and match different programs, too.

11. SWITCH DEFAULT VIEW
When you open a new File Explorer window, it defaults to the “Quick Access” menu. Change this by going to the “File” tab on the Explorer ribbon, and choosing “Folder & Search Options.” Click “Open File Explorer to…” and choose “This PC” to change the default action to showing your user folders, drives, and network locations.

12. TWEAK “QUICK ACCESS” FOLDER
You can also customize the “Quick Access” folder from here, too, by selectively removing both recently used files and frequently accessed folders from its view if you wish—this leaves only those shortcut folders that you specifically pin to the menu.

13. BACKGROUND SCROLLING
This feature enables you to scroll any program window using your mouse or trackpad, by moving the cursor over it, even when it’s not in focus. Toggle it on and off via the “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” switch under “Settings > Devices > Mouse and Touchpad.

14. CONTROL FROM TASKBAR
The Aero Peek feature provides you with a convenient way to preview open app and program windows, without bringing them into focus, but it can provide other shortcuts, too. Take the Groove Music app, for example—roll your mouse over its Taskbar icon, and the Aero Peek preview contains playback controls you can use without bringing the main program into focus.

15. SNAP APP WINDOWS
Snap Assist makes it even easier to snap multiple windows in place. Snap your first window in place by dragging it to the edge or corner of the screen, at which point all other windows appear as they do when in Task View. You can then drag these into place, bring them into focus, or even close them quickly and easily.

16. MORE COLOR CHOICES
The Creator’s Update gives you more control over your color scheme when tweaking your desktop. Go to “Settings > Personalization > Colors,” and click “Custom Color.” Use the color picker to choose your color, then adjust it with the help of a slider and preview (complete with a warning, should the colors be difficult to read).

17. TWEAK NOTIFICATION SETTINGS
Fed up with certain apps constantly badgering you with notifications through the Action Center? Go to “Settings > System > Notifications & actions,” then scroll down to pick and choose exactly what apps and services get to notify you.

18. REMEMBER, REMEMBER
If you frequently forget something within moments of thinking it, Cortana could prove to be your lifesaver. Simply type (or speak) “remember” to set up a reminder from scratch, or try something such as “remember to get milk tomorrow after work” to include additional details.

19.DISABLE CORTANA on Windows 10
The quickest way to disable Cortana (although the process itself still runs in the background) is via a security policy setting—open Registry Editor, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsSearch, and create a new DWORD value named “AllowCortana.” Leave it set to 0, restart Windows Explorer via Task Manager, and it’s disabled.

20. YOUR NEW SEARCH BOX
Once Cortana is disabled, the Search box displays “Search Windows,” and you can continue to use it to find apps, settings, and files on your PC—tap “Filters” to choose specific things to search for, such as folders, documents, or music. (While we’re on the subject, right-click the Taskbar, and choose “Search > Show search icon” to replace the Search box with a simple search button.)

21. MASTER FILE ASSOCIATIONS
The quickest way to change a single file type’s association is to right-click a file in File Explorer, then choose “Open With > Choose another app.” Be sure to select “Always use this app to open…” before going through the list to find your chosen app (if it’s not displayed, click “More apps,” then scroll down to the bottom, and click “Look for another app on this PC”).

22. SWITCH DEFAULT PROGRAMS
There’s little choice to be had at “Settings > Apps > Default apps,” but scroll down and you can choose “Set defaults by app” to gain access to a much wider range of apps. Select one to quickly assign multiple file types to it via “Choose defaults for his program.”

23. SAVE BANDWIDTH
There are many ways in which you can stop Windows wasting precious bandwidth when connected to a metered network, all accessible via Settings. First, go to “Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options > Choose how updates are delivered,” and change it to “PCs on my local network,” or even flick the switch off.

24. REDUCE DATA USAGE on Windows 10
Go to “Network & Internet > Wi-Fi,” and click “Manage known networks.” Choose a network with bandwidth limits, and click “Properties.” Flick “Set as metered connection” to “On,” then go to “Devices,” to ensure “Download over metered connections” is “Off” under “Printers & scanners” and “Connected devices.”

25. CHANGE PRINTER DEFAULT
If you’ve got two or more printers, go to “Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners,” and flick the “Let Windows manage my default printer” switch to “On” if you want the printer to always default to the last one you used.

26. PROJECT YOUR PC
Project your display from one wireless PC or tablet to another—both need to support Miracast. Go to “Settings > System > Projecting on this PC” to verify this, then select “Available everywhere on secure networks.” Now press Win-P on the device you want to extend, and click “Project to a second screen.” Select ‘“Connect to a wireless display,” select your target PC, and wait for the connection to be made, at which point your display can be duplicated or extended.

27. CAST VIDEO FROM EDGE
If you have a device capable of receiving Miracast or DLNA streams, you can cast media content such as YouTube video direct from Edge— navigate to the page containing your media, then click “…” and choose “Cast to Device.” Wait for it to appear, then select it to switch output to that device.

28. TAME WINDOWS UPDATE
Make sure Windows Update doesn’t suddenly reboot your PC without your permission. Go to “Settings > Update & security,” and click “Change active hours” under “Windows Update” to set the time of day you’re active on your PC. Updates will be scheduled to reboot outside this period only if you’re not using your computer.

29. MORE UPDATE OPTIONS
The Creator’s Update introduces two new update options: click “Restart options” to pick an exact time of day for Windows Update to complete updates. Also, flick the “Show more notifications” switch to “On,” and you’ll be able to snooze updates for up to three days at a time.

30. Windows 10 ACTIVATION TROUBLESHOOTER
Here’s some good news—if you took advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade, then signed in with your Microsoft Account, your Windows license is linked to the account (do this manually via “Settings > Update & security > Activation > Add an account”). You can now perform major hardware surgery—including swapping out the motherboard— without losing your copy of Windows. If you run into problems with reactivation, click “Troubleshoot” on the “Activation” page, and select “I changed hardware on this device recently” to resolve them.

31. Windows 10 CUSTOMIZE COMMAND PROMPT
Windows 10 revamps the Command Prompt to provide lots of extra functionality, such as support for clipboard keyboard shortcuts and text wrapping. Configure these by right-clicking the Command Prompt menu bar and choosing “Properties.” While you’re here, customize the size, color scheme, and fonts, too.

32. ACCESS DEVELOPER TOOLS
Go to “Settings > Update & Security > For Developers,” and select “Developer Mode” under “Use developer features.” Tweaks include “developer-friendly” options for Windows Explorer, such as showing full directory paths in the title bar.

33. RUN BASH COMMANDS on Windows 10
You can run Linux commands in Windows when Developer Mode is enabled via the Bash UNIX Shell— right-click “Start,” and choose “Programs and Features,” then click “Turn Windows features on or off.” Select “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta).” Click “OK,” and reboot when prompted.

34. BASH LIMITATIONS
Once enabled, press Win-R, type “bash,” and hit Enter to install Ubuntu on Windows. You can then run command-line Linux apps and Bash commands via the Bash on Ubuntu on Windows app, or by invoking Bash from the Command Prompt, like so: $ bash ls -l

35. IMPROVE BATTERY LIFE on Windows 10
Make your laptop or tablet run further between charges by going to “Settings > System > Battery,” and switching on Battery Saver. Push the slider up to 70 or even 80 percent, then tap “Battery usage by app” to see which apps require most power. Consider replacing them with more power-efficient alternatives (such as the Opera web browser instead of Edge, for example).

36. LOCK DOWN WI-FI
Make sure you’re not exposed to insecure wireless networks: go to “Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.” Make sure “Connect to suggested open hotspots” is disabled if you don’t connect through a VPN.

37.RUN A PRIVACY SWEEP
Go to http://account.microsoft.com/ privacy, where you’ll find a web dashboard providing convenient shortcuts to reviewing and clearing personal data stored in the cloud, including Cortana Notebook. You can also perform a local audit via “Settings > Privacy,” but if this is all too confusing, run the portable O&O ShutUp 10 tool(www.oosoftware.com/en/shutup10) for a one-click solution

38. OPTIMIZE ONEDRIVE
Right-click the OneDrive Taskbar Notification area icon, and choose “Settings.” Click “Choose folders” under “Account” to sync selective content to your PC, and set bandwidth limits under the “Network” tab if you think OneDrive is adversely affecting your Internet connection. Go to the “Office” tab and deselect both boxes if you find Office defaulting to your online file copies instead of those stored locally.

39. RECORD VIDEO FROM ANY APP
The Game DVR function exists to allow you to record your gaming exploits, but you can use it on any app you install from the Windows Store. Simply open the app, press Win-G, and check “Yes, this is a game” when prompted to open it.

40. DITCH OFFICE INSTALL PROMPT
Fed up with being constantly reminded to install Office? Open the “Start” menu, locate the “Get Office” shortcut in the “All apps” menu, then right-click it, and choose “Uninstall” to remove both the prompt and the underlying application.

41. SWITCH REGISTRY HIVES QUICKLY
Many Registry entries are mirrored between HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Gone to the wrong hive accidentally? Simply right-click the key, and choose “Go to HKEY…” to jump to its corresponding entry in the other hive.

42. APPLY POLICY CHANGES THROUGH REGISTRY EDITOR
Windows 10 Professional comes with the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), which is often used to configure ecurity settings. If you’re running Windows 10 Home, you can apply many of these tweaks with he right Registry settings, which you’ll find neatly ummarized as an Excel spreadsheet—go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250 to download it.

43. VERIFY PROGRAM SIGNATURES
How can you be sure that a program you download is the real deal? Right click the downloaded file, and choose the “Properties > Digital Signatures” tab to view the certificate that should help identify its origin. If the website provides an MD5 or SHA1 hash, you can use HashMyFiles (www.nirsoft.net/utils/hash_my_files.html) to compare the file’s hash with that on the site.

44. INDEPENDENT DISPLAY SCALING
If you have two monitors with different resolutions—one that’s 4K, for example, while the other is HD—then Windows 10 now enables you to scale each display completely independently of the other. To do this, go to “Settings > System > Display,” select your display by clicking it, then use the slider to increase the size of text, apps, and other on-screen elements. Click “Advanced display settings” to change its resolution.

45. REDUCE EYE STRAIN
The Creator’s Update introduces a new feature that changes the color temperature of your screen at night time, which should help you sleep better and avoid eye strain. Switch it on via “Settings > System > Display.” Tap “Night light settings” to set it up (flick the schedule on, and use the recommended sunset-sunrise setting, which changes based on your location and the time of year).

46. MASTER TOUCH GESTURES
If you have a touchscreen or touchpad, you should make use of gestures. Swipe with two fingers to scroll, for example, or swipe with three fingers horizontally to move between open windows, or vertically to shift between Task View and hiding everything but the desktop. Open the Mouse control panel, and check for a tab called “Device Settings,” where you may find options for customizing your own gestures.

47. SPEED UP REMOVABLE DRIVES like USB DRIVE on Windows 10
If you are willing to give up the ability to safely remove drives without ejecting them first, you can enable writing caching on the drive for a speed boost. Open Device Manager, then double-click your target drive under “Disk Drives.” Switch to the “Policies” tab to make your choice.

48. SWITCH PLAYBACK DEVICE
Most problems regarding lost sound can usually be traced to Windows switching the playback device. Quickly review (and change) the current playback device by clicking the Taskbar Notification area’s audio device icon. Click “^” to reveal all available devices, and select the correct one to bring your sound back.

49. BECOME A DIGITAL MEDIA SNOB
Windows 10 now comes with native support for MKV, HVEC, and the lossless FLAC audio format. Open Windows Media Player, and click “Rip settings > Format > FLAC (Lossless)” to make it the default choice for future CD rips, ensuring they’re stored at maximum quality.

50. GET AN ENERGY REPORT
Open the Command Prompt, type “powercfg –energy,” and then hit Enter. Now double-click the energy report.html file that’s been generated (in your Windows\System32 folder) to get an overview of the energy-saving capabilities of your computer and its peripherals. The report can help you to root out potential issues with sleep and hibernation. It’s also worth checking suspect devices through Device Manager, where you should look for a “Power Management” tab, which enables you to prevent certain devices from bringing your PC prematurely out of standby.

Standard HDD vs Sata SSD vs M.2 NVMe

Performance

You might think the choice between old-school magnetic drives, conventional SATA SSDs, and the latest M.2 items was a total no-brainer. For the most part, you’d be right. Magnetic drives, with their quaintly spinning platters and delicately servo’ed read heads, certainly don’t stand a chance when it comes to raw performance. They’re OK at sequential workloads, albeit offering about one tenth the speed of a decent SSD at best, but they really suck when it comes to random access.
SATA SSDs, meanwhile, may be pretty quick, even by modern standards, but they’re ultimately held back by both the SATA interface itself, which caps peak performance at about 550MB/s, and the elderly AHCI control protocol, which was never intended to be used with solid-state tech.
So it’s M.2 and its zippy PCI Express  interconnect that easily rules the day, with the latest drives topping 3GB/s for peak performance, and packing the highly optimized NVMe control protocol. The catch is system compatibility, and that’s why M.2 isn’t a complete nobrainer. Especially for older PCs, a SATA SSD may be the most painless path to decent storage performance.

Capacity

Spare a thought for the poor old conventional hard drive. In this brave new age of solid-state computing, the very notion of moving parts seems utterly antediluvian. But this is its chance to shine. When it comes to raw storage capacity, those spinning magnetic platters positively annihilate the solid-state alternatives. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that, while CPU performance has somewhat stagnated, and the power of Moore’s Law to predict chip shrinkage may well have stalled, the ability of magnetic hard drive makers to pack in ever more capacity hasn’t waned at all. Innovations such as the use of helium to reduce internal air shear saw the 10TB barrier cracked last year in the consumer drive space, and that progress looks set to continue, albeit at quite a price. Aim a little lower, and the likes of a 3TB drive are now available for as little as $75—and even less if you are willing to roll the dice on a refurb. The only caveat is that if you don’t have a big video or games library, you probably don’t need a big hard disk at all, and a much nippier budget SSD of around 500GB is probably all most mainstream users will ever actually need.

Compatibility

Given the radical change in technology represented by solid-state storage, it’s surprising that it wasn’t accompanied by major compatibility problems. However, thanks to adopting existing standards, including the SATA interface and support for legacy IDE and AHCI control protocols, SSD compatibility has been, for the most part, a breeze. SATA ports have been standard on nearly all motherboards for a very long time. So, whether your SATA drive is solid state or magnetic isn’t hugely consequential in compatibility terms. But things get more complicated when it comes to those newfangled M.2 drives. Any motherboard more than two years old almost certainly lacks an M.2 port. What’s more, having an M.2 port doesn’t automatically mean support for the highly desirable NVMe control protocol. Granted, it is possible to buy M.2 PCI Express adapter boards to add support to legacy motherboards. But the older your mobo, the more likely it is to have issues supporting booting from the drive and, again, that NVMe protocol. It’s also worth remembering that your M.2 drive will only be as fast as the PCIe lanes provided by the motherboard.

Value

What price do you put on capacity or performance? That’s the conundrum you face when sizing up the value of the various storage options. You cannot maximize both attributes. Solid state prices have come down, but when it comes to GB/$, they’re still obliterated by traditional magnetic storage. A $75 3TB hard disk, for instance, works out at around 40GB per dollar. Matching that capacity with an SSD will cost you roughly 10 times as much. Meanwhile, even the sweet spot of current SSD GB/$, which is probably the 1TB segment, only delivers roughly 3GB per dollar. And that’s for a budgetoriented SATA SSD. The fanciest M.2 drives look like even worse value. Of course, shift your priorities toward performance, and the tables are resolutely turned. When it comes to random access performance, which is especially critical for everyday performance and responsiveness, SSDs can be over 100 times faster than magnetic drives. That said, the cheaper end of the SATA SSD spectrum probably gives you the best bang for buck. But take care to avoid the very lowliest, which often use cheap controllers intended for USB drives, to save money

Durability

This is the most contentious metric. Firstly, that’s because durability can mean different things. For a portable PC, a solid-state drive is a huge bonus, and has the potential to be far more robust than a fragile magnetic drive, with spinning platter and moving read heads. For a desktop PC, where physical shocks and exposure to extreme temperatures are less common, durability is all about the ability to soak up a lot of bandwidth, without losing performance and capacity, or failing. The early days of SSDs were grim in that regard. Outright failure wasn’t that common, but a drop-off in performance was inevitable over time. Six months of heavy use could truly hammer those first SSDs. Since then, multiple technologies, including advance wear leveling and garbage collection routines, have dramatically improved the situation. Of course, the performance of hard drives can go off over time, too, with data fragmentation. But that’s usually fixable with a little defragging. Overall, however, the very best M.2 SSDs can be had with warranties and life expectancies of around five years, even with very heavy workloads. On balance, they’re probably now the most robust storage technology.

How to Remove Virus from Website

Your website has a virus and you are afraid of being banned from the search engines as usually happen? Do you have access to the website files ? It might come handy if you can download the files from your website via FTP or access it via SSH and take a look at how your files look like now.

If you’re doing this operation for the first time, it will be ok to have a backup copy. This is a mandatory process, just in case you will broke something in process of removing the virus from the website.

What’s recommended in order to do your virus removal:

  • A FTP Client like FileZilla or WinSCP
  • If you have SSH access to the website, you will need a SSH client, we recommend Putty
  • An advanced find an replace software if you decide to do this on your own machine and upload the cleaned file.

I would recommend to take a look at the infection vector of the virus. What exactly the virus do ? There are many types of viruses who infect the websites, some of them just want to infect your visitors, making links, creating fake websites, sending spam, and so on.

The virus creators would try to hide the code in the php files, usually by adding spaces on the first line and writing the entire code in a very long string of code. This is ok, cause all the files can be found and virus removed from those files if you know what to look for.

If you have access to the website via SSH:

If you can compare two or more files and find similar piece of string, you can use the Putty SSH console to find that piece of code hiding in all the files. For this all you need to do is to log in on your website (using your credential) go to where your website files are located and type the following line of code, if we have identified 64_decode in two or more virused files:

grep -RrlnisI '"64_decode"'

This command will return a list with virused files from the machine. If you know what you’re doing, you can start to modify manually those files or make a more complex pipeline command who can replace the entire code, entire line or even delete the entire file.

For example, if the virus is in the first line hidden with a lot of spaces and all the string is found there, we can replace the entire line where “64_decode” is found using the following shell command:

grep -RrlnisI '"64_decode"' | xargs sed -i '1 s/^.*$/<?php/'

This will replace the entire line in the found files with a simple <?php string.

It will be ok to take a look at the last accessed files in real time, to see if there are any infected files or the infection vector can be determined from there. To see that, you can run the following Linux shell command (assuming that you are using nginx, find where the apache is store your access.log file or use the “locate access.log ” command and replace the path in tail -f).

tail -f /var/log/nginx/access.log | sed -e '/POST/!d' -e '/" 200/!d'

If you don’t have SSH access to the infected server:

Well, the idea is the same, just download the entire website using a FTP software, make a backup first, and start to look in the designated directory using an advanced find and replace software. Please make sure you understand what you’re doing before changing any strings. When the files have been cleaned from any viruses, upload the entire folder back to the server or just the cleaned files. Please take a look in your log files to see how the website get infected in the first place. Change all your access passwords if your FTP password could be found in any configuration files located on the website. This is important in order to avoid further website virus infection in the future.

If you want to have your website virus cleaned by professionals, price will be $99.00 and the turnaround time is usually less than 8 hours. To do that, simply send an email to the following email address, giving the website address, infection details and a phone number where you can be reached at:

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Windows 10 Anniversary update-missing a partition?

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was well received by the audience and it should work just fine for you as well. However, there are still some glitches to be solved. Sometimes you will find that an update install can cause your programs to disappear altogether. Of course, there are a lot of ways to recover these items, and you can check out some of them here. Other times, you might need to tweak your Windows a bit after a major update. But what if you just discovered that a whole computer partition has gone missing?

The Windows 1o anniversary update mystery

Some users that have done the Windows 10 Anniversary update have complained that they’ve apparently lost whole disk partitions. Others say the their disk partitions are shown as not being allocated.

There is no quick fix for this but, you might want to go back to the previous version of Windows 10 that you had been working on until the update. This can be done within 10 days after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary update and will solve your issue. You will find out that the information you had on the seemingly lost disk space is not lost. It’s just a glitch of the anniversary update. To do this just click “settings”, then go to “update and settings”. Select “recovery” once there and then “get back to an earlier build.”

Another solution?

Well you’ll be disappointed to find out that  there is no permanent solution yet. The folks down at Microsoft say that they are “actively working on that” for now. Some users have seen their problem fixed by applying KB318966. It seems this helped solve the issue.

Windows 10 Anniversary update-missing a partition 2

What is KB318966?

KB318966 is what you call a Cumulative Update for Windows 10 (version 1607) that can be installed on top of the Windows 1o anniversary update. If you install the update, then your partitions will become visible again. The software will recognize them appropriately. Still, even with the cumulative update in place, you might still face the same problem.

Hold your horses!

If none of the two presented solutions have done the job, don’t rush. Don’t go all Kung fu on your computer  and try to format the seemingly free space because you’ll lose your data. It’s not a good idea to recover the files using other software either. Just stay calm and let the programmers do their thing. They’ll come up with a solution in no time.

Quick Access in Windows 10, see recently created files

Quick Access in Windows 10 is a simple and effective feature. It allows you to view and enter the files that you have recently modified. It also helps you identify them by program. This is especially useful when you accidentally save without modifying a file name. Say you misplaced that Excel you’ve been working on. That’s not such a big deal. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be back in business in no time. Or let’s just say that you forgot where you saved that Photoshop project you’ve been working on. It’s somewhere there, but where? Nu problem, just use Quick Access in Windows 10 and you’ll be able to search by program that created the modifications to the file or the file itself.

Quick Access in Windows 10

First thing you need to make sure of, before using Quick Access in Windows 10, is that your search function is working fine. There shouldn’t be any problems with that but, if you’re having a unexpected failure, you can always fix the search feature. After you do that, just follow these simple steps.

First of all, go and open your search option. Then, write the name of the program that is responsible for the modification of the files you’re searching for. In this instance, I’ve simulated loosing a Word file. So, I’ve typed “Word” in the search bar and this is what happened.

Quick Access in Windows 10, see recently created files 1

So now, if you forget the name of the file, you can decide to use the Quick Access in Windows 10 and find what you’ve been up to. It’s also a great way to spy on your children or girlfriend (if you’re that kind of guy). Now that you’ve found that file you’ve been searching for, consider backing it up for free, along with the rest of the PC. Just follow these quick, simple steps.

PowerPoint not responding? Check out these fixes

PowerPoint not responding is not such a big deal really. To start with, it’s important to say that this particular error will not set your progress back for long. This is because we have composed a list of solutions to “slide” your way out of trouble.

PowerPoint not responding. But why?

Microsoft is making your PowerPoint better and better. So you should not threat that this error will occur often. However, if it does happen, these are a number of usual suspects. PowerPoint might just be broken by a corrupt installation file. Other times, your Windows 10 antivirus might interfere with your version of PowerPoint. Add ins might also be an issue from time to time. No matter the cause, there’s a solution.

PowerPoint not responding? Go ahead and fix it!

Updates are a key element in the performance of all your software. This is why you need to make sure that you have installed the latest PowerPoint updates before you search for a really complicated solution. This saves your time and energy because the software will do its thing while you brew yourself a cup of coffee. If you didn’t take care of that Action Center notification  telling you that PowerPoint is out of date, this might be a good time to let the update solve your problem.

PowerPoint not responding might also be caused by different add ins that conflict with the software somehow. These might be attributed to antivirus add ins as well. If this is the root cause of your issue, just go ahead and click file and then options. The following screen will be in front of your eyes.

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Scroll down and find the Add Ins section. Here you will find the active application Add-Ins, the Add-Ins that might be inactive or the Add-Ins that have been previously disabled.   At the bottom of the screen select COM Add-ins and then hit “Go”. This will lead you to a news screen.

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You will find here a list of all add ins that have something to do with PowerPoint. Disable the ones that cause you grief. Take note of the fact that your antivirus add ins might also be conflicting. In this case, if your antivirus is updated, remove some of them from the list.

In some cases, you might just be stuck after you have tried all these things. If that’s the situation you find yourself in then you should just repair Office. Close the operating Office programs and go to the repair option in Control Panel. Wait a wile, restart your system and check if this got the job done. If not, drop a comment and we’ll get you on track!

Windows 10 update download, how to stop it?

Windows 10 update download is a handy automatic feature of the software designed by Microsoft. It’s carefree and easy. Windows 10 just updates in the background while you go about your everyday thing. However, you might tend to get frustrated because the feature eats up too much of your network resources. If you would like to stop and/or postpone the feature for a wile. This is not possible directly, just by pushing a stop button. Luckily, bootables.net is bringing you today some simple solutions fot this problem.

Windows 10 update download, why would you stop it?

Most of the users want to stop the download process because Windows 10 is designed to munch as much as your download and upload bandwidth will provide. You usually don’t notice this if you are running a strong internet connection. But if you are in a cafe, or running on slow internet, it tends to make things difficult. So some opt to stop the Windows 10 update download process just to get access to those extra megabytes. So, if your network is ok  and your Chrome is up to date and working fine, you might want to try the following to speed things up.

Turn on your metered connection

The metered connection tool is the next best thing to having a stop button fot the Windows 10 update download. The option tells Windows not to use the internet connection as it pleases. By accessing it you will stop the automatic download process. To turn on the option you just need to go to settings, network and internet, wifi. Then you need to click on your current wifi network and set is a metered.

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Please be aware of the fact that by doing this you will not only stop the Windows 10 update download. You will also produce a number of other effects. The metered connection will disable your download options for application updates. It will also not allow you to engage in peer to peer update uploads. Metering might also affect other apps that tend to download like crazy so you need be wary about that as well.

Configure your update experience

It’s a bit of a hassle and not exactly user friendly, but you might also try the group policy option that is available for Pro edition users. Go to the taskbar and  search “Gpedit.msc”. One you do that, go to computer configuration, next to administrative templates, then go to Windows components and finally pick the windows update option. Scroll down on the right hand side of the screen and double click on configure automatic updates.

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On the left hand side, enable the option by clicking the right button. Then go down and select “notify for download and notify for install.”

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Sometimes, you just need the command prompt

If you are the admin of your computer and you do not have a Pro version of Windows 10, just open Command Prompt. You can stop the Windows 10 update download by following these commands: net stop wuaeserv  (press Enter), net stop bits – (press Enter), net stop dosvc – (press Enter).

Wait a bit after each command so Command Prompt is able to process the requests inputted. When you want to restart the downloading process type: net start wuaeserv  (press Enter), net start bits – (press Enter), net start dosvc – (press Enter).

If these sollutions do not solve your issue, just leave a comment ant we’ll find new ways of stopping the Windows 10 update download.

Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files

Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files can occupy quite a lot of space on your computer. Both the installation process and the update process generate such files in Windows 10. This is why many users decide to delete them in order to make room for other important stuff. Today we’ll take a look at how it’s done and what is the downside in deleting Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files.

A word of warning…

So let’s just say that you decided to upgrade to Windows 10. You probably did this by using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. But now your computer runs a bit slow. Perhaps it was not such a good idea to upgrade. You find out however that you can regain some mobility by erasing the Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files so you go right ahead and do so. If this does not fix the problem and you want to downgrade to a previous version of Windows you can’t any more.

That’s because the Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files contain a folder that keeps all the necessary data to go back to the old operation software. So be mindful about this: do not erase Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files unless you are sure that you will not want to downgrade to a previous version of Windows. However, if you are sure, here are the steps.

Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files – let’s do some erasing

First thing you need to do is open up “This PC” and right click on the drive that “houses” your Windows 10. After you right click a menu list will appear. Go right to the bottom and click properties.

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In the “General” tab, run the Disk Cleanup tool just by clicking on the proper button. Next, click the Clean up system files. This will open a new window.

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You have finally found what you where looking for. Check the Temporary Windows installation files and click OK to finish the job.

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Even though you can’t see it in the picture, we managed to remove about 4 GB of disk space . Go ahead and see what are the other means of improving your Windows 10 experience.

Windows 10 Action Center – use it like a pro

Windows 10 Action Center is a handy tool. Besides providing fast access to some of the most frequently used settings, the Windows 10 Action Center also provide you with constant notifications that you will have to manage over time. Today we’re going to take a look at the main features and functions of this part of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Action Center first glimpse

It might be a good idea to let you know that we did all the operations in this short tutorial on the last version of Windows 10 to be available. You access the Action Center by looking for the dialog box shaped button on the task bar.

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The bottom end of the app houses the main settings. You can use to adjust your windows experience. Clicking on any of these bottom buttons will lead you straight to the options of that particular setting. The bottom end is simple enough. Things tend to get a little hairy when you try to make sense of the upper end.  All the notifications that are of importance for you are displayed here. Some users want to either turn off these notifications or prioritize them in a way that makes sense for their needs.

Make it simple

In order to make notifications less naggy, you can go to the “all settings” shortcut button and then go to System. There you will find a “Notifications and actions” menu you can use.

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If you got here, just switch on or off the notifications you need or want. If this is still not enough for you, next time you open the Windows 10 Action Center just click the “X” sign that appears next to each individual notification and get rid of it.

Get to the bottom of things

Sometimes, the shortcut experience provided by the Windows 10 Action Center might just be far from fitting your needs. In this case, you can tinker with the shortcuts that the app displays on the bottom of the screen. Go to the “all settings” button on the action center and select “system” and “notifications and actions” again. Click “add or remove actions” and you will get to a menu allowing you to enable or disable quick actions.

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Now that you have the basics, it’s time to make the best of your knowledge and experience the best Windows 10 you can. You can also read more about experiencing a better Windows.

Google Chrome – speed up your Windows browser!

If you’re reading this it means that you’ve been using Google Chrome for some time. This usually results in Google Chrome working slower. There are a number of reasons why that happens but there are also a number of easy quick solutions. We’ll visit 4 of them today.

Delete the Google Chrome data that is slowing your browser down

Most of us forget to clear browsing data. And even though you might spy on your significant other’s interest by accessing history, this will damage both your relationship and have an impact on your browser’s speed. So get rid of the unwanted history. You do this by accessing the “hamburger” button built in the top right corner of your Google Chrome window and selecting history.

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In the next window, click „clear browsing data” and make the appropriate selections (select the period you want to be deleted, as well as what part of history you want removed). You can opt for keeping saved passwords. Don’t forget to click “clear browsing data” when finished.

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Image disable

If you’re not that keen on graphic content, you can disable browsing images altogether. This will make your Google Chrome faster because the software will not sped those extra precious seconds loading images. To do this, go to that handy “hamburger” button again, choose settings and scroll down until you find and check „Do not show any images.”

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Try to add the Data Saver extention

Go to the Google Chrome web store and install the „Data Server extension”. The app reduces a lot of data usage because it helps Chrome compress pages by using google servers. The software does all the work so, after you install it, the extension will work fine.

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Use the prediction service

If you want to open web pages a lot faster, it might be a good idea to use the built in network action prediction service in Goggle Chrome. This will help your browser sail faster by turning the pages you don’t visit into cache. Just go to “Settings”, “Show advanced options” and check the “Use a prediction service” option.

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Now that your Google Chrome is flying better than ever, you might want to take the trouble to install an antivirus that will keep you out of trouble.