Archive for the ‘tech tips’ Category

How to Run Microsoft Edge on Windows 7

Monday, April 24th, 2017

You definitely can’t install Edge on a Windows 7 machine, but you can still run it using virtual machines.

Can you install Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, another Windows operating system, or even on non-Windows operating systems? The short answer to that question is no, you cannot. But you do have options when it comes to running Microsoft Edge on devices that are not running Windows 10. Microsoft itself notes that Microsoft Edge is only available on Windows 10. Edge is the default system browser on Windows 10 devices. It replaced Internet Explorer (which is also still available), and can best be described as a fast but basic web browser.

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Free Up Gigabytes of Disk Space after Windows 10 Creators Update Installation

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

If you’ve recently installed the Windows 10 Creators Update and disk space is an issue, you might find this helpful …

You may save Gigabytes of hard disk space after upgrading a Windows PC to the Windows 10 Creators Update by running the Disk Cleanup Tool. Veteran Windows users know that previous versions of Windows installed on a computer are kept on disk when the operating system is upgraded to a new version. These upgrades can be from an older version of Windows, say Windows 7, to a newer one, say Windows 10, or from an older version of Windows 10 to a newer version.

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Disable Security Messages on Windows 10

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Just in case you already know that Windows Defender has been disabled, and don’t feel the need to be constantly reminded.

The following guide explains how to disable security messages on Windows 10 to prevent popup notifications on the desktop. Windows 10 monitors security and maintenance related features and settings, antivirus protection and Windows Update for instance, and notifies you if something is not working correctly. If antivirus protection is turned off for instance, you get a notification to check the virus protection.While that is certainly useful if you are not aware of it, it can become annoying quickly if you know that already, or if Windows failed to read the situation correctly.

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Where does Netflix Download Shows to on Windows 10?

Friday, April 7th, 2017

In order for Netflix’s download feature to make any sense at all, they really need to let us know where files are going, so we don’t quickly fill up our hard drives with downloaded movies.

Netflix enabled the downloading of — some — TV show episodes and movies in the company’s application for Windows 10 recently. It allows you to download these shows and movies to the local device, and watch them at a later point in time. Ideal for adding some to your laptop before you spend the next ten hours or so flying to Japan, or spending the vacation with your kids in a place with bad or no Internet reception at all.

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What is Runtime Broker and Why is it Causing High CPU Load?

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

If you’ve noticed that an unfamiliar program, named Runtime Broker is hogging more than 15% of your memory and causing your PC to run slow, here’s how to deal with it.

Microsoft introduced the Runtime Broker process (RuntimeBroker.exe) in Windows 8, and kept on using it in Windows 10 as well. Runtime Broker is a legitimate Windows process, but one with quite a bad reputation for increasing CPU load and memory usage on systems sporadically.

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Windows Tip – Speed Up Disk Cleanup System Files Loading

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

If you’re in the habit of regularly running Disk Cleanup to clean your system files, you’ll probably find this useful.

The following tip provides you with information on how to speed up the loading of Disk Cleanup’s “clean system files” option on Windows. Disk Cleanup is a built-in tool on Windows devices that users may utilize to remove temporary data from the operating system. It is not as complete as dedicated third-party cleaning programs such as CCleaner or Privazer, but it may still remove Gigabytes of disk content that is no longer needed from the system.

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How to Prevent Your ISP from Snooping on You

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Given recent changes in US internet privacy policies, this article is particularly timely (even though it appears to have been written before the change in policy took place.)

Internet Service Providers may be able to sell your web history in the United States without you giving your consent. The new ruling passed the US Senate and the House of Representatives already, and the last thing standing in its way is the President of the United States.

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Turn Off MWindows 10 Ads with a Double-Click, or Manually

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

I haven’t had any problems with ads or suggestions on Windows 10 (yet,) but for those who do, there are several fairly simple tricks to get rid of the ads.

The following guide offers instructions on turning of all ads on Windows 10, and most of them with a simple double-click. Not all Windows 10 users have seen advertisement yet on devices that run the operating system, but the number is certainly growing. The main reason why it is growing is that Microsoft is pushing what it calls suggestions or tips to more and more places on the operating system.

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Windows 10 – Look Up Data Usage for the Past 30 Days

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Here are a couple of interesting tricks that can be used to determine which of your applications are hogging your bandwidth.

The following guide walks you through the steps of looking up data usage information on devices running Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. It can sometimes be useful to find out how much data is used on a device in a given period of time. Maybe you are on a metered Internet connection and want to make sure that you did not cross any thresholds yet. Or, you crossed a threshold last month and want to find out how that happened, and what you can do about it.

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Top 8 Things to do with a New Windows 10 System

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Most of these tweaks are fairly obvious, but it’s still a very useful guide for those who are new to Windows 10.

A fresh installed Windows 10 operating system, regardless of whether it is store-bought, an upgrade from an earlier version of Windows, or a reset of Window 10 machine, is a good opportunity to apply some useful tweaks and fixes to the operating system. While deep customization of Windows 10 depends largely on what you use the device for, there are certain tweaks and changes that are beneficial to the vast majority of users. Here are our recommendations when it comes to that.

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