How to Make Windows Show File Extensions

28. March 2017 Software 0
Windows doesn’t show file extensions by default, but you can change a single setting and make Windows 7, 8, or 10 always show you each file’s full file extension. Why You Should Show File Extensions Each file has a file extension that tells Windows what type of file that is. File extensions are usually three ...

How to Use Slmgr to Change, Remove, or Extend Your Windows License

24. March 2017 Software 0
Windows activation is designed to be as foolproof as possible, so Microsoft’s graphical tools keep it simple. If you want to do something more advanced like remove a product key, force an online activation, or extend the activation timer, you’ll need Slmgr.vbs. This command line tool is included with Windows, and provides options unavailable in the standard activation ...

How to Get Rid of “Suggested Apps” in Windows 10

23. March 2017 Software 0
In the Windows 10 Fall 2015 update, Microsoft introduced what they call the “Microsoft Consumer Experience”, which includes some rather annoying “suggestions” in the Start menu both on the left side, under your apps, and on the right side as live tiles. Those aren’t the only things the consumer experience includes you also might see ads on your ...

11 Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

22. March 2017 Software 0
Windows 10 includes Microsoft Edge, which replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser. Edge’s interface has been rewritten from scratch, and it sheds Internet Explorer’s old interface and all that clutter. Expect more from Edge in the future as Microsoft continues adding features to their new browser. In particular, browser extensions will be arriving at some ...

How to Dual-Boot Two (or More) Versions of Windows

21. March 2017 Software 0
Computers normally have a single operating system installed on them, but you can dual-boot multiple operating systems. You can have two (or more) versions of Windows installed side-by-side on the same PC and choose between them at boot time. Typically, you should install the newer operating system last. For example, if you want to dual-boot ...

The Only Safe Way to Update Your Hardware Drivers on Windows

16. March 2017 Hardware 0
Want to update your computer’s hardware drivers? Don’t use driver-update utilities. Avoid bad freeware-download sites, too. Get your driver updates from Windows Update or your device manufacturer’s website. Hardware drivers are the bits of software Windows uses to communicate with your PC’s hardware. Device manufacturers create these drivers, and you may sometimes need to get the latest ...

What’s the Difference Between FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS?

16. March 2017 Software 0
Whether you’re formatting an internal drive, external drive, or removable drive, Windows gives you the choice of using three different file systems: NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT. The Format dialog in Windows doesn’t explain the difference, so we will. A file system provides a way of organizing a drive. It specifies how data is stored on the ...

How to Make Windows 10 Look and Act More Like Windows 7

15. March 2017 Software 0
If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 but don’t love what you see, there are ways to make Windows 10 look and act like Windows 7. That way, you can get the familiar interface you love while still taking advantage of Windows 10’s other useful features. Get a Windows 7-like Start Menu with Classic Shell Microsoft sort ...

Is Windows 10 Backwards Compatible With Your Existing Software?

15. March 2017 Software 0
Microsoft’s Windows 10 seems like a big change. The version number alone is a big leap from Windows 7, and most of the default apps are new-style “universal apps,” not traditional desktop apps. But, if you depend on traditional Windows desktop applications, you shouldn’t worry. Don’t let Windows 10’s new look fool you if an application ...

How to Install Hardware Drivers on Linux

13. March 2017 Software 0
Windows needs manufacturer-provided hardware drivers before your hardware will work. Linux and other operating systems also need hardware drivers before hardware will work but hardware drivers are handled differently on Linux. The good news is that, if a device will work on Linux, it’ll probably “just work” out of the box. You may sometimes need to install ...

How to Disable Aero Peek in Windows

10. March 2017 Software 0
Aero Peek is a feature that’s been available in Windows since Windows 7, and is on by default (except in Windows 8). It allows you to temporarily peek at the desktop behind any open program windows. Aero Peek is a feature that’s been available in Windows since Windows 7, and is on by default (except ...