Posts Tagged ‘windows registry’

How to Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Permanently

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Although one should only disable Windows Defender as a last resort, sometimes it’s the only choice when Defender conflicts with another program on your system.

Windows Defender is the default antivirus solution of Windows 10 just like it has been on Windows 8. The program is enabled by default and will turn itself off if another antivirus solution is installed provided that it is recognized by the operating system. One core difference between the implementation on Windows 8 and 10 is that you cannot turn off Windows Defender completely anymore using the preferences provided in the application.


Windows 10 Update KB3081424 Causing Issues for some Users

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

If your PC has been acting strange since the last Windows 10 update, this will probably help to explain why …

Microsoft pushed out the Windows 10 update KB3081424 last week. It is a cumulative update for Windows 10 that contains fixes released previously and new fixes. The Microsoft Knowledge Base article does not reveal the features that got patched, only the files that change when the update is installed on Windows 10 machines. While the update did install fine on most machines, a small number of users ran into reboot issue during installation.


Windows 10 – Accessing Program-Specific Volume Controls

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

This seems like a long overdue feature; some programs are louder than others, and it’s always kind of a shock when you open a program that’s louder than you expect it to be (especially if you’re at work!)

Microsoft modified how system tray controls such as Volume work in recent builds of Windows 10. While the company is not finished yet with the update, the design itself is final which means that Windows 10 will ship with those new controls and not the old ones. While it is possible to access and restore the old controls currently, it is possible that Microsoft will remove that option from Windows 10 before the final version of the operating system ships.


Registry Alert Monitors the Windows Registry for Unwanted Modifications

Monday, May 6th, 2013

This sounds like a useful tool … it would be nice if Windows itself incorporated a feature like this.

Some programs that you install on your version of Windows add entries to sensitive locations in the Windows Registry. One of those places are the startup locations in the Registry that programs can make use of to autostart with Windows. While that is sometimes wanted, for instance for security software, it is often unwanted as the gain from doing so is minima, and that only if the program is trustworthy. Malware and spyware is often added to an autostart location so that it is autorun with the system.


Add Search the Internet to the Windows Start Menu

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Here’s a relatively simple trick that allows users of earlier versions of Windows to add a “Search the Internet” feature to the Windows Start Menu …

One of the things that I like about the search in Windows 8 is the option to load websites automatically from the interface. Just search for a site url, do not forget www. or http:// in front, and tap on enter afterwards to open the website in the default system browser. You can’t do the same when you are running a previous version of Windows. Even Windows 7 does not offer you the option to load websites or search on the Internet for a search term that you enter into the search form.


Fix Java Error 1723. There is a Problem with this Windows Installer Package

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

You might want to check this out if you’ve been getting Java error messages while trying to install Windows …

One of the biggest issues with Java, or more precisely the Java Runtime Environment, is that multiple versions of the software can be installed on the same system. This can be solely attributed to a lack of checks during installation to avoid that multiple versions of the Java Runtime Environment are installed on the system. Third party software that ships with a JRE installer adds to that problem.


How to Disable the Caps Lock Key Permanently

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Here’s an interesting trick that I wasn’t aware of before; if people always accuse you of yelling on forums, then this might come in handy …

When I was working in IT I sometimes dealt with support requests that involved the caps lock key. Users were complaining that they could not enter their password, or that they locked their account even though they were sure that they had entered the right password, or that their username was displayed in upper case letters.


Remove Applications from the Context Menu in Windows Manually

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

If your context menu is cluttered with unused applications, here’s how to clean it up …

Windows accumulates context menu items any time you install several applications. Not all applications end up on the context menu but enough do so over time that the menu can become cluttered. You might find yourself wondering, “How did that get there?” You may not want it on the context menu, but it is there and you are stuck with it. Or are you? No, you are not. If it is something that you use, perhaps you should leave it on the context menu. If you do not use the application very often and prefer to access it from a different location, there is no reason to leave it there.


Windows Run History Editor

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Here’s an interesting diagnostic tool for Windows PCs …

The Windows operating system saves the information that you enter into the run box. Run box? The handy program starter that you can launch with the keyboard shortcut Windows-r. The log is limited to 26 entries, at which point the first entry that got saved into the list is removed from it, which is called first in first out in computing.


Registry Commander – Advanced Windows Registry Editor

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

In the right hands, this could be a very useful tool; especially for virus recovery …

Most Windows users make use of the built-in Registry editor when they need to change settings in it. The Registry editor does have a few shortcomings that only become obvious on second glance. Users who just use it to change a single key that they know the path of won’t see those, administrators and tech savvy users on the other hand might.