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Microsoft Broke Search in Windows 10 Somehow

Monday, January 9th, 2017

If you’ve been having problems with Windows 10 search functions recently, you’re not the only one. Fortunately though, there’s a simple fix.

So if you have been getting nothing but blank results when running searches on Windows 10, you are not alone in this. Reports about search failure on Windows 10 devices started to fill the usual chat rooms with frustrated and angry users of the operating system. All reports were identical: Search worked on the device before, but after a reboot or restart, it stopped working. Nothing the users tried brought search functionality back.

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Fix Windows Update errors with new Windows 10 repair tool

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Given the number of problems with several recent updates, this service seems like a vital tool for all Windows 10 users.

Fix Windows Update errors is a troubleshooting page on Microsoft’s Support website that aims to help Windows users resolve update related errors. The support page covers Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 only. First thing you do is select one of the listed operating systems on the page. What happens afterwards depends on that selection.

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Find Out if Your VPN Leaks Your IP Address

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

There are a number of different services that can be used to check for IP information that is being leaked via your VPN. Here’s a quick look at one of them …

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are used for a variety of purposes. Common reasons include protecting one’s privacy on the Internet, improving the security of the Internet connection, bypassing censorships and blocks, and using it for business purposes. If you use a VPN for privacy, regardless of whether that is your main reason for using it or just a nice addition, you may want to make sure that your “real” IP address is not leaked when you are connected to the VPN.

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Microsoft: Don’t Edit Linux Files in Windows

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Yeah, this is definitely inconvenient, but fortunately there are ways around it.

Microsoft warned all Windows 10 users who have installed the Windows Subsystem for Linux recently that they should not modify Linux files on Windows using apps, tools, scripts or other means. The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is part of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system. It is not installed by default however and needs to be enabled by a user or administrator before it becomes available.

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How to Research Firefox Crashes

Friday, November 11th, 2016

If you’ve been having trouble with Firefox crashing lately, this might help …

Firefox Nightly has been crashing on me for the past three days. The browser starts up fine, but it crashes after about a minute has passed even if I don’t do anything. One thing that is strange and noticeable is that Firefox nightly spawns two windows, one blank without title or any other information, and the the main browser window. Clues are scarce usually when the browser crashes. While you may link it to your previous action, it is often not as easy as that. The following guide provides you with the means to analyze crashes in Firefox.

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Disable Nvidia Telemetry Tracking on Windows

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Privacy Protection is a never-ending task; there’s always some new threat on the horizon to deal with.

Telemetry — read tracking — seems to be everywhere these days. Microsoft pushes it on Windows, and web and software companies use it as well. While there is certainly some benefit to it on a larger scale, as it may enable these companies to identify broader issues, it is undesirable from a user perspective. Part of that comes from the fact that companies fail to disclose what is being collected and how data is stored and handled once it leaves the user system.

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Checking for Updates Slow on Windows 7? Here’s the Fix

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

There’s a fix, but you’ll need to download the correct patch first …

You may have noticed that update checks on Windows 7 machines may take a long, long, long time to complete before any updates are displayed for download and installation. Some users have reported that it took them days to get the initial list of updates displayed to them. That’s unacceptable on several levels, but more importantly leaves the operating system open to attacks and issues for that period of time.

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Open Relative Command Prompt or Explorer Windows Quickly

Friday, October 28th, 2016

These days, most people generally don’t use the command prompt often as was they did years ago, but this is still a cool trick.

When it comes to opening command prompt windows or Windows Explorer / File Explorer windows, there is often a way to accomplish this faster. How would you for instance open a command prompt window that uses the same path as the open Explorer window quickly? Would you select File > Open command prompt > Open Command Prompt in File Explorer? Hold down the Shift-key while you right-click on the folder you want as the starting folder of a command prompt window? Use a third-party program that adds an option to the shell directly? Open Command Prompt manually and navigate to the folder manually as well?

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How will Microsoft Fix Bugs that Security Updates Introduce?

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

This represents a major change in the update procedure for Windows 7 and 8.1 systems

Microsoft switched how updates are delivered to the client operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 — and also server operating systems — in October 2016. Updates were provided as individual patches, and classified as security or non-security updates in the past. This meant that users and administrators could pick what they wanted to install on the system; excellent to avoid any Telemetry updates or other updates designed to introduce unwelcome functionality or changes to the operating system.

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Google Intensifies Tracking: Check Your Privacy Settings

Monday, October 24th, 2016

If you’d rather not be served ads for everything that you search for and mention on Google, you might want to take a look at the privacy settings recommended by this article.

Google made a significant change to the company’s privacy policy recently which changes in a significant way how the company is tracking users on the Internet. Previously, the company kept its DoubleClick advertising engine apart from its core user services such as Gmail, Search or YouTube. While users could give Google consent to use the information for advertising, it required users to become active and opt-in for that.

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