Archive | Tutorials

Welcome to our tutorial and troubleshooting section here on Ghacks. As active computer users we often run into issues that we fix eventually. Instead of keeping the knowledge for us, we post it here on the site to share it with other users who may also experience those issues.

We are not only posting tutorials here though. You also find guides here, for instance how to stay safe on the Internet or how to handle a specific task better, and also tips on how to improve your privacy while you are working with PCs.

Last but not least, we also cover Windows troubleshooting posts, explain how you can revert changes that site operators made to their websites, or how you can repair broken features of your computer systems.

reduce file history size

File History is a useful feature of recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system that backs up files regularly when enabled. You may want to check out our how to use File History guide if you have never used it before. File History offers additional protection against data loss, but does not replace backups […]


migrate evernote onenote

The following guide walks you through the process of migrating all of your Evernote notebooks to Microsoft's OneNote service. Evernote's recent announcement that it would limit basic users to syncing two devices, and increase pricing of the service for all paying customers, will certainly lead to users leaving the service behind. One Evernote alternative is […]


true key by intel security

The following guide walks you through the steps of removing True Key by Intel Security from your operating system. True Key by Intel Security¬† is a password manager by Intel that is available as a limited free version and a premium subscription version. Many users may come in contact with the program without really wanting […]


fix-windows 10 start menu problems

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 […]


windows hello

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system supports a whole array of biometric login and authentication options. Instead of having to log in typing a username and password, Windows 10 users can use their fingerprint, face, or other biometric information to sign in. Microsoft calls these biometric sign in options Windows Hello, and they are only available […]


microsoft xps document writer

Microsoft XPS Document Writer is a printer that is installed on all recent versions of the Microsoft operating system by default. The printer enables you to create XPS documents that use the .xps file extension. The XPS format was created by Microsoft a long time ago as an alternative to Adobe's popular PDF format but […]


I'm not a hardware guy. While I'm capable of building a PC from scratch by selecting compatible components and putting it all together, I'm only interested in hardware when I'm about to build a new PC and not the other time of the year. One of the first things I do each morning is to […]


customize this pc folder

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system provides virtually no option to change what the "This PC" in File Explorer displays. The menu displays all drives by default as well as default system folders like My Documents, Downloads or My Pictures. While you could use the Favorites menu instead to add links to custom folders to the […]


find registry keys by date

The default Windows Registry editor, much like many other default programs that ship with the operating system, is functional but severely lacking when it comes to features that it provides. Search for instance is bare bones and does not provide you with an overview of all hits found, and there is no way to enter […]


spotbright

Windows Spotlight is a fairly new feature that is exclusively available on devices running Windows 10 that changes the lockscreen experience by displaying new images on a regular basis with options to leave feedback for each image displayed this way. These wallpaper images are similar but not necessarily identical to the images that Microsoft displays […]


emet add application protection

The Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, short EMET, is an optional download for all supported client and server versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system that adds exploit mitigation to the system's defenses. Basically, it has been designed to prevent attacks from being carried out successfully if they have breached system defenses such as antivirus solutions […]


detection protection

There seem to be two camps of users when it comes to Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware application for the Windows operating system. Some users swear on it and believe it is one of the best security programs for the operating system currently while others think it is snake oil and not useful at all. The company itself […]


java update did not complete error code 1603

I have received the error message "Java update did not complete. Error Code: 1603" for months whenever I tried to update the Java installation on a PC running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. The error would come up at the end of the installation after Java files were downloaded and the software was seemingly installed on […]