Posts Tagged ‘Windows 10’

Shutting Down Windows Does Not Fix the Problem

shutting down windows does not fix the problem

Most of us know that the first thing to try when something isn’t working right on the computer is to shut it down and restart it. With Windows 8 and 10, however, it’s likely that shutting down windows does not fix the problem or problems. Why is this? Windows doesn’t shut down completely when you use the shutdown feature. Why Doesn’t Windows Shut Down Completely? Windows has a Fast Startup feature that is set to default unless you change it. It’s a hybrid of the hibernate and shut down features so that your operating system loads much quicker when you…

How to Organize Your Windows Files

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Now that we know the benefits of why you should organize your windows files, we can take a look at a simple method on how to best organize them. It takes some time and thought, but once it’s set up, it’ll be easy to maintain. Here’s one way to begin to organize your Windows files. How to Organize Your Windows Files Step 1: Start with creating a brand-new root folder nested directly under the hard drive. Do NOT nest it into the default Documents folder because this is the default dumping ground for Windows. Call it something simple, like “Personal…

5 Reasons to Organize Your Windows Desktop

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Just like in the physical world, the computer world isn’t much different. If your desktop is cluttered and unorganized, you’re going to be less productive and probably frustrated. Here are some other reasons you might want to organize your Windows desktop. 5 Reasons to Organize Your Windows Desktop The problem with saving everything to the default “My Documents” or “Documents” folder is that it’s a technical dumping ground for just about everything you download to your computer. Keeping your important files in this folder means that your files will get easily lost among the junk files or folders that get…

9 Cool Windows 10 Features You Probably Didn’t Know About

Cool Windows 10 Features

How many people actually take the time to explore the new fun features on their computer? Here are 9 cool Windows 10 features you probably didn’t know about: 9 Cool Windows 10 Features You Probably Didn’t Know About Hey Cortana Feature – Cortana, Window’s virtual assistant, can be summoned simply by saying, “Hey Cortana!” You’ll need to enable this feature under settings first. Windows 10 Touchpad Gestures – If your Windows 10 computer has a touchpad, a few shortcuts just got easier. Check out these cool Windows 10 features for the touchpad. Ransomware Protection – Controlled access provides basic ransomware…

Chocolatey – New Package Manager for Windows

package manager for Windows

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a package manager for Windows? Soon to be gone are the days when you use a trusty search engine to search for the software you’re looking to install on a Windows operating system, hoping you’ve found the correct and most updated version. You then click through a series of windows rather quickly and hope you didn’t forget to uncheck that sneaky little box which will install some random, obnoxious toolbar or antivirus software that you’ll never use and now you have no idea now how to get rid of it. Meanwhile, you’re losing valuable…

Be Sure Your Computer is Protected with Windows Updates

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With the latest discovered computer security threats, it’s time for a Windows update checkup. If your computer hasn’t received the January 3rd security updates, you might be running an unsupported antivirus program. Here’s what you need to do to make sure your computer is protected with Windows updates. Check Status and Update Your Antivirus Microsoft has only released the latest updates for installation to computers running compatible antivirus software. The reason for this is that a number of AV software programs have a compatibility issue with the newest Windows update that causes stop errors, making the device unable to boot….

Meltdown and Spectre Security Vulnerabilities

Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

The latest in technological news presents two new security vulnerabilities affecting a wide range of computer systems. Both the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities are a hardware issue and exploit the way that certain processors operate. The Meltdown Security Vulnerability The Meltdown security vulnerability affects various microprocessors, as well as impacting some cloud services and smart mobile devices. The Meltdown security vulnerability essentially breaks through a security process, giving a rogue process permissions to access all memory, with or without authorization, and it goes undetected when executed. Microsoft issued emergency security updates for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 on January 3,…

Why Are There Two Folders for Program Files on My Computer?

Two Folders for Program Files

You might have noticed that your computer has two folders for program files instead of one, and you might be wondering why. Here’s a brief explanation for why your computer has two folders for program files and why this is absolutely necessary for your operating system and programs to run smoothly. Why Are There Two Folders For Program Files? Nearly every running computer these days are capable of processing 64 bit code and are also running a 64 bit version of Windows. Chances are, however, that your computer still runs quite a few 32 bit programs (x86). These two codes,…

I’m Careful Online – Do I Need an Antivirus?

Do I need an antivirus

There are certain habits when using the internet and opening email which can make you significantly more vulnerable to viruses and malware. If you avoid these kinds of risky behaviors, you may be wondering, “Do I need an antivirus?” The answer is yes, you do need an antivirus. Just because you don’t click on strange links, visit sketchy websites, or activate lots of plugins, doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk. Even fully patched, reputable internet browsers can be vulnerable to malware. Security flaws are found all the time and patched once they are found, but this means that there’s always…

How Do I Check for Windows Updates Manually on My PC?

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Windows updates are an important part of securing your computer. Updates are released regularly to ensure you’re protected from the latest digital threats. If you don’t have automatic updates installed, you might be wondering how to check for Windows updates manually. How To Check for Windows Updates Manually Checking for security updates is simple. Select the search bar at the bottom left of the computer and type in “check for updates”. The first option should take you right to the Windows Update page if you’re using Windows 10, or the Control Panel for Windows 7. The information displayed on both…