Archive | Windows

Welcome to the Microsoft Windows category of Ghacks.net. This section of the website lists all Windows-related articles that we have published. The main focus of our site are software reviews, but we also feature operating system related news, tips and tricks or tutorials that help you get the most out of your PC.

You may especially be interested in some of our overview articles and guides that help you understand and use core Windows features and concepts such as Windows Update, software to backup Windows or our latest Windows software reviews

Windows XP was the state of the art operating system when we launched our website and we have followed development of the operating system closely thereafter. This means that you will find articles covering Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 here on the site as well as coverage of server versions of the Windows operating system.

We make sure that our software reviews always highlight compatibility with versions of Windows so that you know if applications are compatible with your version of the OS or not.

I suggest you check out our Windows tips section, our software reviews or the list of portable programs that we have reviewed in the past.

pen shortcuts

The following guide explains to you how to change digital pen shortcuts on devices running Windows 10. Windows 10's Anniversary Update brought along with it a new home for digital pens called Windows Ink. It is the new Hub for digital pens, and if you have ever connected a pen to your device, you will […]


microsoft software repair tool

Software Repair Tool is a free program for Windows 10 by Microsoft that you may be asked to run when contacting Microsoft Support. It has been designed to run a series of checks and fixes on a machine running Windows 10. The tool provides little information about what it does. In fact, the first screen […]


choose default apps type

Windows 10 ships with a new interface to choose default applications on the system. While the classic control panel applet is still there, most users of Windows 10 are probably exposed to the options in the new Settings application first. To get there, press Windows-I to open the Settings app on a machine running Windows […]


windows 10 new start menu

Windows 10 ships with a truckload of system applications that are installed by default. Most of those are created and maintained by Microsoft. Some replace functionality of legacy programs of previous versions of Windows, others are unique to Windows 10. If you go through the listing of installed system apps, you may notice one or […]


windows 10 update delivery optimization

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system ships with a feature that Microsoft calls (update) Delivery Optimization. The feature uses local network or Internet sources to deliver updates to machines running Windows 10. Basically, peer to peer assisted update delivery. Delivery Optimization is turned on by default on all editions of Windows 10. There is however a […]


cumulative windows patches

Microsoft announced yesterday that it plans to change how patches for previous versions of the company's Windows operating system are made available. The change affects all client and server versions of Windows prior to the release of Windows 10: Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 on the client side, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server […]


action center icon windows 10

The Windows 10 Action Center is a central location that collects notifications and gives users control over certain features of the operating system. It is very similar to the notification system on mobile devices that inform users about new events and offer toggles to turn features like WiFi or Mobile Data on or off. The […]


windows 10 add a microsoft account

You may link a Microsoft account to a Windows 10 license on a device on Windows 10 version 1607 and later (Anniversary Update). The main benefit of doing so is that it may help you reactive Windows 10 on the machine if you make a "significant" hardware change. Windows 10 remains activated if you change […]


cortana search windows 10

Cortana and search are more or less merged on Windows 10. You may use search to find programs, apps, web results, settings, and local files. Windows 10 uses indexing for locations, and will only return results of indexed locations when you run searches using the Windows 10 start menu. Default locations that are indexed automatically […]


stordiag

StorDiag.exe is a new command line drive tool to analyze storage on devices running Windows 10 that Microsoft added silently to the Anniversary Update. The program is a diagnostic tool that you may use to identify storage related issues. Issues that it may detect including corruption of the NTFS file system. There is more to […]


windows-10

Microsoft announced back in January that future processors would only be supported by the company's Windows 10 operating system and not previous versions of Windows. This came as a surprise to many users and businesses, as Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are still supported by the company. In fact, Windows 8.1 is still on its […]


analyze disk space

10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows lists ten methods to analyze and clear used hard drive space on Windows computer systems. While you might say that such a guide is no longer necessary, as we are in the age of the Terabyte hard drive, I respectfully have to disagree. First, older […]


window auto tuning

If you noticed an Internet speed drop after upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10, the following troubleshooting guide may help resolve it. It may be particularly useful if the Internet speed was fine on previous versions of Windows, and is no longer after the upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update edition. Microsoft introduced […]


windows defender notification

Windows Defender is the default antivirus solution that ships with Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. It is turned on by default unless antivirus solutions are installed that Windows Defender recognizes. Despite contrary reports, it is still possible to turn off Windows Defender if it does not recognize another antivirus solution or none is installed on […]