Latest Windows 10 Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks 2018

I have compiled a list of the latest computer tips, tricks, and tweaks for Windows 10.  I really hope you enjoy them.

1.  Game Mode Windows 10’s new Game Mode lets you boost performance by reallocating system resources toward whatever you’re playing. In fact, there’s a whole new Gaming panel in Settings that gives you quick control of the Game DVR and the Game Bar (triggered with Windows key-G). You can also broadcast games to your audience with sub-second latency using Beam.  This Tip brought to you by www.extremetech.com

2. Configure Privacy SettingsMicrosoft has finally come clean with privacy settings in the Creators Update. When you’re first setting up Windows 10, make sure to select a Custom install so you can modify the privacy settings, instead of going with the Express install. (If you already installed it, no worries; you can fix it all in Settings using the above link as a guide). While Windows 10 was free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, it’s not a free product in and of itself — so there’s no reason to share your personal information when it’s not required.  This Tip brought to you by www.extremetech.com

3. Set up God ModeThe awesomely named GodMode brings up a special menu that puts lots of settings together in one place. To enable it, create a new folder anywhere on your root drive and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. It will create a special icon that when you click on it shows you a beautiful advanced control panel.

4. Windows ActivationFor the first time, you can tie your Windows key to your Microsoft account, instead of the hardware in your machine. This way you can upgrade your PC components whenever you want, without having to call Microsoft or otherwise figure out how to reactivate your PC using the same code online. To do so, head to Settings | Update & Security | Activation.

5. Clean install of Windows 10Head to Settings | Updates & Security | Recovery and you’ll see a new option under More recovery options: “Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows.” This link takes you to an online Microsoft help page that lets you download a tool to aid in clean installs.

6. Virtual Desktops / Task ViewOne of the best things about Windows 10 is how it handles virtual desktops. The fact that it finally handles them at all, out of the box, is a great step, since Mac OS X and Linux users have had that capability for a long time. It lets you set up a series of tasks and windows on your desktop, your email and Twitter window on another, and a third for general Web browsing and research. To get started, click the Task View icon on the taskbar (immediately to the right of the Search box), or hold down the Windows key (abbreviated throughout as Win) and Tab. You can also drag an app to a new virtual desktop by bringing it over to the +New Desktop option at the lower right. 

7. Battery Saver Settings If you’re on a laptop and your battery is running low, Windows 10 is smart enough to begin throttling back background services and other threads so that you can squeeze the last bit of battery life out of your machine. To enable Battery Saver, click the Start menu, and head to Settings | System | Battery Saver.

8. Windows 10 Keyboard ShortcutsHere are some keyboard shortcuts you may want to be aware of — ones that will really help your daily workflow:

  • Windows Key-Tab (Task View)
  • Windows Key-Right-Up (Moves app to top right quadrant)
  • Windows Key-Ctrl-Left or Right (virtual desktop)
  • Windows Key-Ctrl-D (new virtual desktop)
  • Windows Key-Ctrl-C (Cortana listening)
  • Windows Key-S (Daily Glance for weather, news, sports)
  • Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 (closes virtual desktop)
  • Windows Key-Up and Down (snap apps to top or bottom of screen or maximizes)

9. Find the control Panel and other GoodiesThe new Settings panel is easy to navigate and makes more sense than the crufty old Control Panel, but you’ll still need the latter to access some deeper options in the system. It’s easy to call up, even though it’s hidden; just right click on the Start button on the bottom left of the screen and choose it from the pop-up menu, or type Control Panel in the Search bar at the bottom left in the taskbar. When you right-click the Start button, you’ll see all kinds of useful things there, such as Computer Management and Disk Management; for what it’s worth, those options bring you right back to the familiar Windows 7-style apps in each case.

10. Adjust NotificationsNotifications are a giant pain in Windows 10; there’s just too many of them, and some are unnecessary. Turn ’em off by heading to Start > Settings > System > Notifications and actions, and turn off Windows tips and specific app notifications (you’ll need to scroll down for the latter).  Top 10 tips from this article at This Tip brought to you by www.extremetech.com.

11. How to Find internet explorer for Windows 10 -In the Windows 10 taskbar search, type Internet Explorer and you will see it appear in the results. Clicking on it will open Microsoft Internet Explorer.  To pin internet explorer to the task bar right-click on the Start search result and select Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar, according to your preference. The IE icon will get pinned. If you use it frequently, you can set it as your default browser via Internet Options > Programs tab > Internet programs > Set programs. Control Panel will open. You can set Internet Explorer as the default browser under Set your Default Programs applet.This is how you can open Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10, and how you can pin it to your Start Menu or Taskbar for quick frequent access and set IE as your default browser.

12.Create Desktop shortcuts or Context Menu items to open various Settings in Windows 10 – If there are some Windows 10 settings that you access frequently, you would like an option to open them directly by clicking on a desktop shortcut or a right-click context menu item, right? Well in this post, we will see the URI for Settings apps, that open the particular Settings page directly.

A URI or Uniform Resource Identifier is a string of characters used to identify a name of a resource. So if you know the URI for each of the settings, you can create its desktop shortcut, or edit the Windows Registry and add it to the context menu.

URI for specific Windows 10 settings

MSDN has listed the URIs that target specific settings apps in Windows 10. This table lists the URIs that you can use to display built-in settings pages in Windows 10.

Category Settings page URI
Home Landing page for Settings ms-settings:
System Display ms-settings:displayms-settings:screenrotation
Notifications ms-settings:notifications
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Offline Maps ms-settings:maps
Devices Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Connected Devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
Mouse & Touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Network and Wi-fi  Power & Sleep  ms-settings:powersleep
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Cellular ms-settings:network-cellular
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Data Sense ms-settings:datausage
 Wi-Fi  ms-settings:network-wifi
 Mobile Hotspot  ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
 Start  ms-settings:personalization-start
Personalization Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Accounts Your account ms-settings:emailandaccounts
Your workplace  ms-settings:workplace
Time and language Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech ms-settings:speech
Privacy Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Feedback & diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Other ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Radio ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Webcam ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Update & Security Windows update ms-settings:windowsupdate

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13. Set Google search as Default Search in Windows 10 taskbar search – The latest build of Windows 10 comes with a lot of improvements and enhancements. For instance, you find in Windows 10 a new Search Bar that is very much similar in function to the Windows 8 Search bar in the charms bar but resides on the taskbar. It even allows you to search in Windows, Web and new Cortana interface. But the problem that lies with it, is that this search option uses Bing Search as the default option, and does not allow you change it if you wish. There is no option in Windows 10 to use Yahoo, Yandex, Google or any other search as your default search to  search the web instead of Bing. In this post, we will see how to make Google the default search for your Taskbar Search box in Windows 10. The trick would be to set Chrome as your default web browser and use an extension to direct Bing queries to Google Search.

UPDATE: Microsoft changed something and it does not seem to work now.

Set Google as Default Search in Windows 10 taskbar search

If you are a Google Search user and would love to search the web right from the taskbar or Start using Google instead of Bing as your web search engine, follow the steps below to make Windows 10’s taskbar or start search box show web results using the Google search.

The first requirement here is to download and install Google Chrome browser on your version of Windows 10. Once done, set Chrome as the default web browser. To do this, open Settings app in Windows 10 and navigate to System.

14. How to enable dark theme in Windows 10This tutorial will show you how to enable the hidden Windows 10 Dark Theme by editing the Windows Registry. We all love the way with which Microsoft designed Windows 10. They have given preference to users and implement all those features which users are fond of. Windows 10 comes with lots of personalization options and by some small tweaks you can make it more familiar to yourself.

UPDATE: You can now turn on Dark Theme in Windows 10 via Settings easily.

Microsoft has used very appealing and decent colors in the apps provided by default in this operating system. In case of native apps like Settings, Microsoft Edge etc., there is light-grey colored theme in these apps. Here is the theme preview:

As you can see in the above screenshot, the dark theme looks cool and is easy on the eyes, so you should give it a try once. Here is how you enable this theme:

Enable Windows 10 Dark Theme

It is always a good idea to create a system restore point first, before making any changes to the Windows Registry.

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

2. Navigate here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes

3. At this registry location, right click over Themes key and select New -> Key. Name the newly created key as Personalize. Highlight Personalize and come to its right pane.

Right click in blank space and select New -> DWORD Value. Name the newly created DWORD as AppsUseLightTheme if you’re on Windows 10 final build.

Since you’ve created the registry DWORD, obviously it will have its Value data set to 0. In case if the DWORD exists by default, no need to create anything. Just make sure that its Data is set to 0:

4. Repeat step 3 for the user key as well at following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

Once you’re done with the registry manipulation, close Registry Editor and reboot the machine.

After restarting the system, open Settings app and you’ll find the dark theme is activated now.

We hope that Microsoft will make available a settings in the Personalization app, that will let users do this easily – just the way it lets you enable the dark theme in Edge.

15. How to use Game DVR Screen Recorder in Windows 10 – The Game DVR feature allows you to record your gameplay in the background. It is located on the Game Bar – which offers buttons to record gameplay & take screenshots using the Game DVR feature.

To use this screen recording tool, you will have to open the Xbox app and press Win+G. The action upon confirmation launches the Game Bar and displays a brand new record option that offers the ability to record video.

It’s particularly noteworthy to mention here that if you are launching the Game Bar for the first time, a message will flash on your computer screen reading, “Do you want to open Game Bar?”—simply click ‘Yes, this is a game’. After that, it’s pretty straightforward to use.

To begin recording video inside the app, just hit the red button.

To adjust Settings, hit the settings icon on the recording toolbar and configure things like the length of recording automatically. Here, you can also enable background recording that simply allows you to record in the background. If required, you can set the max length for recording and disable the notification balloons.

Finally, when you click the Stop button, the video file is built. All the videos recorded are stored in MP4 format inside the Game DVR section of the Xbox app.

Alternatively, a user can navigate to the location manually under User folder > Videos > Captures. If you ever forget this location, just use the ‘Open folder’ button from inside the Xbox app. Accessing the captures is easy using the Xbox app in the Game DVR section.

For now, the video recording feature is only available inside the apps.

Game Bar not opening in full-screen mode

If you find that your Game Bar does not open in full-screen mode, then it is possible that the game does not recognize the Win+G hotkey to open the Games Bar, which works in the window mode.

Try using the Win+Alt+R hotkey to record visuals or Win+Alt+Prt to take a screenshot and see if that works.

Let us know how you like using it.

The Game DVR feature on Windows 10 is enabled by default so that you can easily share the captured screen on a popular social media network or store them locally to a PC. But if you do not have any need for it or if you face any performance issues while playing games, you can disable Game DVR in Xbox and see if it helps.

Tips 11-15 brought to us from http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-tips-and-tricks

 

How To Remove a Computer Password on Windows 7, 8, and 10

This article can be extremely useful if you or one of your customers forgets there Windows password.   Removing a password on Windows 10 can be tricky.  Some of the Windows 10 laptops have security built into the motherboard which makes it much tougher to remove the password by CD or USB.  Hopefully these computer repair tips will help you out in your password removal.

With Windows 7 and 8 it is very simple to remove your password.  I use a program called Spotmau Bootsuite.  All that you have to do is insert the spotmau boot disk and boot to the CD.  Once inside the control panel for Spotmau you can remove passwords from any of the local accounts including Administrator.

The way to get around this problem is to remove the hard drive from the windows 10 computer and hook it up to an older tower of laptop and then it will allow you to run spotmau to remove the passwords.

In my opinion the spotmau works much better and is much more reliable than the PCunlocker.  The only times spotmau has failed me is when I can’t find the disk or when its scratched.

If you are looking for other tips to speed up a slow Windows 10 computer check out our best Microsoft Windows 10 tips.

How to automatically bypass Windows login screen every time you turn on your computer? Is there any way I can get into Windows admin account without changing its password you’ve forgotten?

Here in this post we’re going to provide you the complete guide to bypass Windows 10 / 8 / 7 local administrator password. Regain access to your computer without having to reset your Windows password.

Option 1: Automatically Bypass Windows Local Administrator Password

If you can remember the local administrator password, you can configure your computer to automatically bypass Windows 10 / 8 / 7 login screen and log into your specified account. Here’s how:

Press the Windows logo key + R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Type netplwiz and hit Enter.

In the User Accounts window that pops up,  select a local administrator user from the list, and then uncheck the option ” Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer“. Click Apply.

 

Now, every time you turn on or restart your computer, Windows will automatically bypass the login screen and sign into your local administrator account without asking you to enter password.

Option 2: Bypass Windows Local Administrator Password That You’ve Forgotten

Couldn’t log into Windows after forgetting the administrator password? If you simply reset the password using a password-reset disk, you’re sure to lose all logins and credentials saved in your Outlook application, Web browsers or other programs. To avoid data loss, you can bypass Windows 10 / 8 / 7 local administrator password with PCUnlocker. Follow these steps:

First off, you need to create a PCUnlocker Live CD/USB using another PC with Internet connection. Download the PCUnlocker .zip archive and extract its contents to a local folder.

Download the free burning app ISO2Disc and install it. Launch this program and then click the Browse button to locate the ISO file you’ve extracted at above step. You can choose to burn it to a CD or USB flash drive.

Now, insert your burned CD or USB drive into the target computer that you’re trying to bypass administrator password on. To boot with the CD/USB, you have to press an indicated key to access the Boot Options Menu, select your PCUnlocker boot media and press Enter.

After loading WinRE environment from the CD/USB drive, you’ll see a screen that shows all local accounts existing in your Windows installation. Just click the Options button at the bottom left corner, and select the Bypass Windows Password option.

Click OK to confirm you’re going to temporarily bypass Windows authentication subsystem the next time you boot your computer.

Now the password bypass is ready.  Find the rest of the article at www.techworm.net

Also to learn more keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10, more tips and tricks to improve the speed of Windows 10, and other computer advice on Windows 7 and older computers check out our other articles.

 

10 Tips to Speed Up Your Slow Computer after Windows 10 Creators Update

I had to share this because its great info and it was really funny how I came across it. After the Windows 10 Creators update my computer was so slow so I took matters into my own hands. After my computer was running great again I was thinking about how many other people are having the same problem. I didn’t have time to right a huge article so I found a great one and when I went down the list it was almost everything that I had done to my computer so I wanted to share it with you guys. I offer computer repair services across central Texas. I am now offering computer repair in Waco, TX Call 254-716-6497 for computer help today.

Why is my computer so slow after the Windows 10 Creators Update?”

“Could you please tell me how to speed up my computer? I deeply regret to update to the Windows 10 v1703. The Creators Update slows down my Dell laptop!”

“The slow PC stops me from my office work because of the Creators Update. Anybody knows how to make my computer faster?”

“I can’t stand such slow computer!”

Many Windows users should have enjoyed the new features after the Windows 10 Creators Update, but to their surprise, they suffer a slow PC and can’t even use the machine as usual. The Microsoft Edge browser is not working because of the slow Internet; the default apps notifications keep popping up and cause the PC slow issue; the high CPU usage or 100% disk usage makes the mouse not even moving. Various factors result in the slow PC problem that makes the users complain from time to time.

10 Tips for Slow PC after Windows 10 Creators Update

10 Tips for Slow PC after Windows 10 Creators Update

Are there any solutions to speed up the slow PC running Windows 10 Creators Update? The answer is YES! Today, let’s have a close look at the top 10 methods below to optimize your lagging desktop or laptop.
How to Speed up Your Slow PC Running the Windows 10 Creators Update

You can try the following 10 ways one by one to fix the slow or sluggish computer:
Way 1. Disable IPv6/ IP Helper Service on Windows 10 Creator Update and Speed up the Slow PC

It’s recommended to disable the IPv6 or the IP Helper service after you install the Windows 10 Creators Update for the service is seldom used and it often occupies part of the system resources, which will slow down the computer.

1. Use Windows shortcut keys Win + R to launch the Run.

2. Type into services.msc.

3. Hit the Enter.

4. Scroll down for the IP Helper service and double-click it.

5. Select the Disable from the drop-down menu of Startup type.

6. Click OK.

Way 2. Disable Home Group Service to Fix the Slow PC Problem

Windows 10 defaults the HomeGroup services to be available but this will cause the lag or sluggishness of the computer OS such as high CPU usage problem, 100% disk usage issue, low virtual memory error, etc. For instance, if you have only one desktop or laptop at home, or if you rarely share files between two PCs, it is better to disable the HomeGroup service on Windows 10 so that you can speed up the slow computer.

1. Open the Windows Services.

2. Double-click the HomeGroup Listener service and the HomeGroup Provider service.

3. Select the Disable from the drop-down menu of Startup type.

4. Click OK.

Way 3. Disable Windows Search Service to Speed up the Windows 10 Computer

If you get stuck on black screen after the Windows 10 Creators Update, the hard disk may run under high load and the OS may create indexes for searching in the background. The high-load read/write can affect the service life of the hard disk and result in a slow PC, so if you seldom use the Windows search service on your computer, you can disable it to speed up the PC.

1. Open the Windows Services.

2. Double-click the Windows Search service.

3. Select the Disable from the drop-down menu of Startup type.

4. Click OK.

Way 4. Modify the Default Power Plan to Speed up Your Slow PC

There are three power plans in Windows 10: Balanced, Power saver, and High performance. When the computer turns to the high-load state from idle state, the “High performance” plan responses much faster than the “Power saver”. So if you’re using a desktop or a laptop with the power charger, you can set the power plan to the “High performance” to experience the speedy Windows 10 Creator Update.

1. Launch the Run.

2. Type into powercfg.cpl.

3. Click the OK.

4. Choose the High performance plan.

5. Click the Change plan settings beside the High performance.

6. Click the Change advanced power settings.

7. Expand the Wireless Adapter Settings.

8. Set the Power Saving Mode as Maximum Performance.

9. Expand the PCI Express.

10. Set the Link State Power Management as Off.

11. Expand the Processor Power Management.

12. Set the Maximum processor frequency as the highest frequency of the currently running CPU.

13. Click Apply.

14. Click OK.

15. Click Save changes.

Way 5. Enable Fast Startup to Fix Slow Boot after Windows 10 Creators Update

Also, you can enable the fast startup in the Power Options to speed up the slow desktop or laptop on Windows 10 Creators Update.

1. Launch the Run.

2. Type into powercfg.cpl.

3. Click the OK.

4. Click the Choose what power buttons do on the left side.

5. Click the Change settings that are currently unavailable.

6. Check the Turn on fast startup.

7. Click the Save changes.

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Find other Windows 10 optimization tips

7 Quick Tips & Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience

At Cleburne PC Repair we understand the frustration of what seems like a forced Windows 10 upgrade on most users.  We can help you go back to Windows 7 and stay on Windows 7 if you prefer.  If you want to give Windows 10 a try here are some tips to help optimize your Windows 10 Experience.

Windows 10 is more than an upgrade from Windows 8, it’s an evolution. We’ve covered many of the big changes, including Cortana integration, the resurrected Start Menu, or new Gaming features. Lots of minor things changed, too and knowing them could significantly enhance your Windows 10 experience.

We’ve compiled the most useful small tips & hacks for Windows 10. Let’s see whether we can teach you a new trick.
Learn Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are the best way to save lots of time inside Windows. Often, they’re much easier to remember, than the path to a specific feature.
Windows key + A to Launch the Action Center

This is a novel shortcut. It’s essential because not only does the Action Center hold notifications you might have missed, you’ll also find a number of handy shortcuts at its bottom. They provide a quick way to toggle tablet and airplane mode or manage display settings. The exact selection of tiles will depend on your device.

Windows Key + I to Launch Settings App

You will need this shortcut a lot! The Settings app increasingly replaces the Control Panel and it’s much more accessible, particularly if you’re using the touch interface.

Sadly, some advanced features are missing. However, you can still access what remains of the Control Panel, either by searching in the Settings app or by clicking the Windows key and typing away.
Windows Key + X to Launch Power User Menu

This shortcut has been around for a while. In Windows 7, it opens the Windows Mobility Center. Since Windows 8, it launches the power user menu, which contains access to all the advanced Windows features you’ll ever need, including the Mobility Center, Computer Management, elevated Command Prompt, Control Panel, and shut down options. It’s not new, but with so many things changing, it’s good to know how to access the basics.

Extend Battery Life with Battery Saver

The Settings app contains a few new features, including Battery Saver. While it only limits background activity, which may not have a lot of potential to save battery life, it does have a small effect.

Press Windows + I to launch the Settings app, go to System > Battery saver > Battery saver settings, check the box to enable the feature, and pick a percentage at which you want it to kick in.

Under System > Battery saver > Battery usage you can check how much energy is wasted on background processes. If this number is large, you might want to examine what’s starting up with Windows and maybe enable Battery Saver at a higher percentage.
Speed Up Application Launch at Boot

For Windows 8, Microsoft commissioned a dedicated team to reengineer the Windows boot experience. One of their strategies to make the boot time appear faster was to delay the launch of applications. This start-up delay persists in Windows 10. If you run Windows 10 on a high end machine and have experienced super fast boot times, but are annoyed by apps not being available immediately, you might benefit from disabling this startup delay.

Press Windows + R to launch the Run menu. Type regedit, hit Enter or click OK to launch the Windows Registry, then open the following Registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Serialize

If you can’t find the Serialize key, right click Explorer, select New > Key, and name it Serialize. Under this key, create a new DWORD value called StartupDelayInMSec and set it to 0.

In case you notice longer boot times after adding this key, you could increase the delay to 1 or 2 milliseconds or delete the Serialize key to restore default settings.
Disable Taskbar Search

The new search bar, which ties in Cortana, takes up a lot of space in the Windows Taskbar. If you don’t use the Taskbar search that often and would rather preserve that space for something else, here is an easy way to change it.

Right-click the Taskbar, select Search, and either select Show search icon, which will replace the bar with a much smaller magnifier icon, or Disabled, which will remove it from the Taskbar entirely. Note that in both cases, the search bar still pops up when you open the Start Menu, for example by pressing the Windows key.

Enable New Command Line Features

Windows 10 adds some overdue improvements to the command prompt. For example, you’ll finally be able to resize the window horizontally and enjoy word wrap. Moreover, the command prompt will support keyboard shortcuts for copying, cutting, pasting, and selecting text. However, these features are considered experimental and are not enabled by default.

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Top Windows 10 Shortcuts

We found this list of Windows 10 shortcuts that we wanted to share with our customers.  At Cleburne PC Repair we offer computer repair in Cleburne, TX and across Johnson County. Call us at (254) 479-8006 for help with your next computer repair in Burleson, Alvarado, Rio Vista, Mansfield, Joshua, and Godley.

Windows 10 introduced some new shortcuts to take full advantage of the operating system’s features and interface. Here are some of the highlights:

Windows 10 Shortcuts

Windows 10 Shortcuts

Improved window management

Snap a window left / right: Windows key + Arrow key left / right
Snap a window to a quadrant: Windows key + Up or Down (after moving left or right)

Create new virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + D
Close current virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + F4
Cycle through desktops to the left / right: Windows key + Ctrl + Left / Right
Minimize all windows in the background except active window: Windows key + Home
Open Task View interface (to see all the virtual desktops you have running): Windows key + Tab


More Windows 10 shortcuts

Open Windows 10 Action Center: Windows key + A
Open Windows Settings: Windows key + I
Open Taskbar program (1, 2, 3…): Windows key + Number (“1” opens the first program pinned in the taskbar, and so on).
Open Start button context menu: Windows key + X

Open the Game DVR recorder: Windows key + G
Start recording current activity on screen: Windows key + Alt + G
Stop recording: Windows key + Alt + R
Open Cortana for voice input: Windows key + Q
Open Cortana for text input: Windows key + S

Take a Screenshot

Take a screenshot and save it to the Pictures folder: Windows key + PrtSc
Grab screenshot of the whole screen and save it to the clipboard: PrtSc
Grab screenshot of the current window and save it to the clipboard: Alt + PrtSc
Optional For more advanced functionality, Windows 10 comes with a built-in utility called Snipping Tool. You can also use a third party app like Monosnap.

New Windows 10 Command Prompt Shortcuts

Highlight text to the left of cursor: Shift + Left
Highlight text to the right of cursor: Shift + Right
Copy selected text to clipboard: Ctrl + C
Paste text from clipboard into command prompt: Ctrl + V
Select all text after prompt: Ctrl + A

Old but Good Windows Shortcuts

Open the Task Manager: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Open the Run dialog box: Windows key + R
Minimize all windows: Windows key + M
Restore minimized windows on the desktop: Windows key + Shift + M
Maximize window: Windows key + Up arrow
Minimize window: Windows key + Down arrow
Zoom in or out using Magnifier: Windows key + Plus sign (+) / Minus sign (-)
Close the active window, or exit the active app: Alt + F4
Display properties for the selected item: Alt + Enter
Switch to recent window: Alt + Tab
Rename the selected item: F2
Search for a file or folder: F3
Display the address bar list in the File Explorer: F4
Refresh the active window: F5
Activate the menu bar in the active window: F10
Lock your PC: Windows key + L

This list found at: http://www.techspot.com/guides/1145-software-shortcuts/

Forced Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade Explained – Why?

This is an excellent youtube video describing the forced Windows 10 upgrade and the sneaky tactics Microsoft is using to push there new operating system. If you need help with this situation or any other type of computer repair in Cleburne, TX and the surrounding areas give us a call. (254) 479-8006.

Windows 10 tip: Stay organized using virtual desktops

Windows 10 Virtual Desktops

You no longer need third-party software to use virtual desktops, now that this feature is included in Windows 10 as part of Task View. Here’s how to create extra desktops and move open apps and windows between them as well as other tips for Windows 10 also.

Virtual desktops are nothing new for Windows, but earlier versions required third-party software (such as the free Sysinternals Desktops utility).

In Windows 10, this feature is built in, as part of Task View. You can have multiple virtual desktops, organizing open apps into different desktops to minimize clutter and distraction.

To create a new, empty virtual desktop, click the taskbar’s Task View button (just to the right of search) or use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Tab, and then click New Desktop.

Each virtual desktop is numbered. To see which apps and open windows are associated with a given desktop, let the mouse pointer hover over the thumbnail of that desktop. To move an app from one desktop to another, just drag the app from the rows of thumbnail in Task View and drop it on the desktop you want to use.

To close a virtual desktop, click the X in the upper right corner of its thumbnail in Task View.

You can use Task View to switch virtual desktops, but it’s faster to move between them using the keyboard shortcut: Windows key + Ctrl + right arrow/left arrow.

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Microsoft Makes Final, Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade Push

Microsoft has launched the final push in its nine-and-a-half-month upgrade offensive against consumers and businesses running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Last week, Microsoft switched the automatically-offered Windows 10 upgrade to a “Recommended” download that in turn scheduled the upgrade process unless the user interfered.
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“As we shared in October, Windows 10 will be offered as a ‘Recommended’ update for Windows 7 and 8.1 customers whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept ‘Recommended’ updates,” a Microsoft spokesman said Friday in an email reply to questions.

Those questions were spurred by reports from Computerworld readers, who said that they’d again been offered an upgrade after months of either ignoring the campaign or dodging the transmutation of their PCs from Windows 7 or 8.1 to 10.

In February, Microsoft kicked off the “Recommended” phase of its long-stated strategy to convince, coax and pester users into upgrading to Windows 10. At the time, the Redmond, Wash. company confirmed that it had begun pre-selecting the upgrade as a Recommended update delivered through the Windows Update service. But it also said that the shift to Recommended would “roll out in a phased approach,” signaling that the migration would take weeks or months.

In Windows Update, a Recommended update is one that is automatically downloaded and installed — no user assistance required — on PCs whose owners have not changed the default behavior of the service.

Microsoft originally announced in October 2015 that it planned to use Windows Update, the operating system’s default security maintenance service, to automatically send the upgrade to PCs.

Also last week, Microsoft expanded a long-existing support document that details what users see when the Get Windows 10 (GSX) app — which Microsoft planted on millions of PCs last spring and has refreshed and reinstalled many times since on those systems — schedules the upgrade and how people can cancel the process before it starts.

That scheduling is not new — a search provider cache of that page still available on Friday showed it had been part of the push since at least March — but the revised document was more detailed as well as more forthcoming about how the upgrade is triggered.

According to both the latest and the previous versions of the support document, the upgrade and its scheduled implementation is approved when the user either clicks the “OK” button or the “X” in the upper right corner of the notification.

“If you click on OK or on the red ‘X’, you’re all set for the upgrade and there is nothing further to do,” the document stated. The “X” Microsoft mentioned is one way to close a window in Windows.

But Microsoft’s interpretation of clicking the X is contrary to decades of practice in windowed user interfaces (UIs) and normal user expectations: To users, shutting a window by clicking the X tells the OS to remove the notification or application frame without expressing an opinion, selecting an option or calling up an operation.

Instead, Microsoft equates closing the window with approving the scheduled upgrade.

Microsoft has applied some unusual stratagems in its efforts to get customers to upgrade to Windows 10, but this behavior is among its most aggressive simply because it is deceptive in the context of normal Windows UI behavior.

In fact, it’s very likely that many of the accounts — and they have been widespread — that the proffered Windows 10 upgrade began without user approval can be traced to this strange interpretation by Microsoft. Thinking that by clicking the X they were rejecting the notification, or at least ignoring it, users instead were actually authorizing the upgrade.

When the upgrade began later, they professed they had not approved it, not remembering an explicit affirmation, when in reality they had — under Microsoft’s rules — given the green light.

This story is from: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3070460/windows-pcs/microsoft-makes-final-aggressive-windows-10-upgrade-push.html

Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade ‘nasty trick’

I can personally relate to this.  I have been receiving several phone calls to my computer repair business every week from customers who went to bed and woke up and there computer had upgraded itself to Windows 10.  I really enjoyed this article and thought many of you may be able to relate to it as well.

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Microsoft has faced criticism for changing the pop-up box encouraging Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Clicking the cross in the top-right hand corner of the pop-up box now agrees to a scheduled upgrade rather than rejecting it.

This has caused confusion as clicking the cross typically closes a pop-up notification.

The upgrade could still be cancelled when the scheduled time for it to begin appeared, Microsoft said.

The change occurred because the update is now labelled “recommended” and many people have their PCs configured to accept recommended updates for security reasons.

This means dismissing the box does not dismiss the update.

Brad Chacos, senior editor at the PC World website, described it as a “nasty trick”.

“Deploying these dirty tricks only frustrates long-time Windows users who have very valid reasons to stick with operating systems they already know and love,” he wrote.

Microsoft said: “With the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ending on 29 July, we want to help people upgrade to the best version of Windows.

“As we shared in October, Windows 10 will be offered as a ‘recommended’ update for Windows 7 and 8.1 customers whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept ‘recommended’ updates.

“Customers can choose to accept or decline the Windows 10 upgrade.”

Story found on: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36367221