Windows 10

The Best Utilities to Customize Windows 10

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By itself, Windows 10 doesn’t look so bad. It’s got a modern interface where everything is mostly flat and colorful. The Start Menu is a mix of Windows 7 and Windows 8. The taskbar is simple and straight-forward. The desktop consists of your icons and a wallpaper. For most people, the default settings are just […]

[Guide] How to Secure Windows 10

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If you’ve recently bought a Windows 10 machine or upgraded your PC to Windows 10, you might be wondering how secure the operating system is. Luckily, by default, Windows 10 is more secure than Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. It has a lot of new security features that help block viruses and malware infections. This is […]

Set Default Folder When Opening Explorer in Windows 10

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After upgrading to Windows 10 recently, I noticed that whenever I opened Explorer, it would always show me Quick Access. I like the new Quick Access feature, but I preferred to have Explorer open to This PC instead. For me, being able to access the different drives on the computer and my network devices was […]

Troubleshoot Windows 10 Does Not Go to Sleep

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I’ve already written about how to fix issues with Windows 7 not going to sleep and Windows 8 not going to sleep, but I haven’t talked about sleep issues in Windows 10. Due to the wide number of machines and huge variety of hardware that Windows can run on, every single version of Windows will […]

Change Default Search Provider in Microsoft Edge to Google

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Windows 10 comes with an entirely new web browser from Microsoft called Edge. It’s actually surprisingly fast and works with all the websites I normally use. That being said, it also has some really annoying problems. For one, it doesn’t yet support add-ons or extensions, but will soon. Another annoying issue is that it defaults […]

How to Disable Adobe Flash in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

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If you’re using Windows 10 and Microsoft’s new Edge browser, you might be wondering how you can turn off Adobe Flash? By default, Microsoft Edge has built-in support for Adobe Flash, so it’s basically enabled all the time. If you need to use Flash while browsing the web, then you don’t have to worry about […]

8 Windows 10 Task Manager Tips

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As I mentioned previously in an article comparing Windows 7 to Windows 10, the Task Manager has been completely redesigned. It’s now a lot simpler to use by default, but if you really want to get all the details like before, you can still get those! There are a couple of other little shortcuts and […]

OTT Explains – UAC (User Account Control) in Windows 10

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User Account Control is one of those features in Windows that many people really don’t understand. Most people just find it annoying that you keep getting pop up dialogs asking for permission to do things like install apps, change settings, etc., etc. A lot of people even disable UAC just so they don’t have to […]

5 Ways to Speed up Windows 10

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Windows 10 is pretty darn fast compared to older versions of Windows like Windows Vista and Windows 7, especially on boot up. If you replace your hard drive with an SSD (solid state drive), it’s even more ridiculously fast! But I’m always about optimizing the system to make it even faster! I’ve been using Windows […]

The Online Tech Tips Guide to Chkdsk in Windows 10

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Chkdsk has been one of those great little tools built into just about every version of Windows that help fix NTFS file system errors, corruption in file system metadata, or hard disk errors. Before Windows Vista and Windows 7, chkdsk hadn’t changed much at all. In Windows Vista and 7, there were some significant speed […]