Archive for ‘Windows 10

How to make sure System Restore is set up properly

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One way PC problems can sometimes be fixed is by using the built-in function called System Restore. It’s not the answer for every situation, but in certain situations it can be the perfect solution. But in order for it to work, it has to be set up correctly ahead of time.   Here’s what […] Read more »

Have folders re-open automatically after each restart

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If you’re working on files in a certain folder and you have to do a restart, would you like to have that same folder open up automatically for you after that restart? It’s possible, and it’s really simple to do.   Sometimes I find myself in a predicament. I know it’s been a while […] Read more »

What is Windows “Fast Startup” option, and why disable it?

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In a recent blog/podcast, I talked about the importance of restarting your computer in order to refresh the memory and speed it up. But some people actually powered down their computers and powered up again, and the “Up time” counter did not reset. That’s because of the Windows 10 “Fast Startup” option so we’ll talk […] Read more »

3 settings I always change in Windows 10

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Windows 10 is created and distributed by Microsoft, so it has its own agenda about what programs and settings should be the defaults and how you should use your computer. In my opinion, it’s MY computer so I want to set it the way I want to use it. This isn’t always consistent with Microsoft’s […] Read more »

Is it time for you to upgrade to Windows 10?

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Windows 10 has been out for almost 2 years now. If you’re still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, is it time for you to upgrade? Maybe.   A little background first. If you’ve been reading this blog or listening to my podcast for the past couple of years or longer, you know that […] Read more »

Make the Windows 10 Start Menu less annoying

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In Windows 7 (and earlier versions of Windows), the Start menu was simply a way to navigate to whatever program or file you needed to open. In Windows 10, Microsoft seems to think that it should now be used as their own private little billboard on your computer. Today we’ll talk about how to take […] Read more »

How to create a recovery drive for Windows 10

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Recently I had a client with a Windows 10 computer that would power on, but it wouldn’t boot all the way into the Windows operating system. Sometimes Windows will run self-diagnosis and repair the problem and reboot. But what if you reboot, and it just keeps coming up to the same error screen? That’s when […] Read more »

Shut down your Windows computer WITHOUT waiting for updates to finish

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It’s one of the most frustrating things about Windows. You go to shut off your computer, and rather than just shut down, it decides it’s time to install a bunch of updates. So you wait and wait while this happens, all the while wondering why your computer is forcing you to stand there and watch […] Read more »

My new computer, and an important Windows tip

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What a week this has been. It started with a simple process: replacing a monitor. By the end, I had to replace my primary computer. And I discovered something very important for you to know about Windows – especially Windows 10.   I’ll give a brief┬ásummary of what happened. I use 2 monitors on […] Read more »

How to easily roll back from Windows 10

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As the free period for upgrading from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 comes closer to ending (July 29), Microsoft is getting more desperate. They want to push Windows 10 into as many computers as possible, whether the owner of the computer wants it or not. I’m still getting calls and emails all the […] Read more »