Posts Tagged ‘Start Menu’

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.


Windows 10 – Turn Off Ads in File Explorer

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

If you’re getting tired of seeing advertisements in File Explorer, here’s how to put an end to them.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system differs in several regards from previous versions. It is the last version of Windows according to Microsoft, was offered as a free upgrade to existing license holders, and its core powers not only desktop PCs but also the company’s Xbox, mobiles, and other devices. Advertisement in Windows is not an entirely new concept, but it is being pushed in Windows 10 like never before.


Restore the Control Panel Link in Windows 10’s Win+X Menu

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here, but I hate it when new software versions either take away or hide useful capabilities that were easily available in previous versions of that software. Fortunately, there’s usually a way around situations like that though.

Microsoft added the Windows-X menu to Windows 8 in an effort to bring back some of the missing start menu links that it removed when it redesigned the start menu. The Windows 8 or Windows 10 start menu does not contain a link to the Control Panel for instance. The most likely explanation is that Microsoft removed it because it wants to move all Control Panel items to the new Settings application eventually.


Add Favorite Programs to the Top of Windows 10’s Start Menu

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

This is a neat trick. I’d been wondering how to move my favorite programs to the top of the start menu, but hadn’t taken the time to figure it out yet.

The following guide explains how you can stick your favorite programs and applications to the top of the program listing in the Windows 10 start menu. Microsoft’s Anniversary Update, released on August 2, 2016 shipped with a number of changes. A start menu redesign was one of the changes. Microsoft moved the shutdown button to the bottom position for instance, and decided to display all installed application shortcuts directly on the first page of the start menu.


Fix Windows 10 Start Menu Problems

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

If you’re having troubles with your Windows 10 Start Menu, then this might help …

Microsoft’s Start Menu troubleshooter has been designed to fix start menu problems that you experience when running devices with Windows 10. While the start menu may have lost some of its appeal in recent years thanks to the rise of other options to launch programs, most notable the taskbar upgrade introduced in Windows 7, it is still one of the central access points not only for programs but also for search and new features such as Cortana on Windows 10.


How to Turn Off Windows 10 Start Menu Ads

Monday, October 5th, 2015

So far, these “suggestions” are just a trial feature, but given the general ad-delivery direction in which many software companies seem to be headed, I wouldn’t be surprised if ads continue to plague start menus and other user interfaces from here on out.

If you are using the default start menu of Windows 10 you may have noticed that ads may be displayed in it from time to time. The ads are displayed in the same location that recently added apps are shown in (if there are any) and highlight Windows Store apps for now. Microsoft calls them suggestions but that seems to be just a friendly word for advertisement these days.


Latest Windows 10 Insider Build Fixes Start Menu, Search and Other Issues

Monday, September 21st, 2015

I’m so old, that I can remember when Microsoft used to fix these kinds of problems before they released new software to consumers …

Microsoft continues its work on Windows 10 and has just released a new build to the Fast Ring channel. The company has changed how operating system updates are created and deployed significantly with the release of Windows 10. Instead of releasing big Service Pack or Feature updates, it is pushing out smaller updates to select channels.


Make Sure your Windows 10 Start Menu does not Exceed 512 Items

Friday, September 18th, 2015

512 items might seem like a lot, but don’t forget that also includes all of the items in folders on the start menu.

Windows 10 feels in some regards like an incomplete system as there are things that don’t work properly yet or are yet delivered the way Microsoft wants them to be made available. This includes prominent features such as the Settings/Control Panel “where is that damn setting issue”, Windows apps that sometimes crash without you knowing why, or the Windows Start Menu which, while better than the Start Screen abomination (on desktop systems), lacks customization options.


Five Windows 10 Configuration Tips for New or Upgraded Systems

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10, you might find a few of these tips to be pretty useful.

Millions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines will be upgraded to Windows 10 at the end of July 2015 thanks to Microsoft pushing upgrade offers as Windows updates to machines running those previous versions of Windows. While the upgrade may retain some functionality and customization from the previous version, it is likely that at least some things need to be configured again. This guide looks at a couple of improvements for Windows 10 that you may find useful. All improvements start with a general explanation first before the actual tweak or modification is listed.


Latest Windows 10 Preview Download Available, Featuring Cortana and New Apps

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Yet another chance to take a sneak peek at Windows 10 before the official release …

Are you following the development of windows 10? If so, you know that Microsoft mentioned two days ago that it would release a new preview build of the operating system next week. In a surprising move, updates and downloads are already available. If you have installed Windows 10 already you can run a check for updates in the PC Settings to download and install the new build.