Microsoft introduced the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program in Windows Vista, and has made it a part of any version of Windows since. Designed to collect information about hardware and how software and services are used, it is used by Microsoft to identify trends and usage patterns. Microsoft states that personal identifiable information such as […]
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.
Nvidia released a new driver for its video card on Friday, and it turned out quickly that the driver caused all kinds of issues on Windows 10 machines. When it comes to the installation of new drivers, display drivers or others, it is usually a good idea to wait a couple of days before you […]
When it comes to opening command prompt windows or Windows Explorer / File Explorer windows, there is often a way to accomplish this faster. How would you for instance open a command prompt window that uses the same path as the open Explorer window quickly? Would you select File > Open command prompt > Open […]
Microsoft switched how updates are delivered to the client operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 -- and also server operating systems -- in October 2016. Updates were provided as individual patches, and classified as security or non-security updates in the past. This meant that users and administrators could pick what they wanted to install […]
If you have the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool installed on your machine, either by having installed it manually or because it shipped with Windows, you may have noticed already that it is sending out so called Heartbeat Reports after certain scans. These reports are not linked to any of the major telemetry services […]
Microsoft released a new update for its Windows 10 operating system today under KB3199209. If you run the release version of windows 10 and have installed the Anniversary Update already, then you may see the new update when you run a check for updates on the operating system the next time. The update's full title […]
Microsoft plans to release two feature updates for its Windows 10 operating system in 2017. That's all the company communicated so far. A feature update will be similar in size and shape to the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 which Microsoft pushed out in August to Windows 10 devices. Rumors suggest that Microsoft might aim […]
While most Windows 10 machines probably run fine after updates have been installed, there is a growing number of reports of update related issues. This ranges from non-critical issues to issues that send the device in a never ending install and reboot cycle, or worse. Some systems are still plagued by freezes and disappearing drives […]
The most recent Windows 10 Insider Build ships with an option to change the font face of the Registry Editor. We have talked about the newest Insider Build already; it introduces a much requested feature to the Windows Registry Editor: an address bar. This enables you to paste Registry paths instead of navigating to folders […]
So you tried to upgrade your Windows machine to Windows 10 and it did not work. Got the cryptic error code 0x80070070 thrown at you, for instance when you check the Event Viewer, but have no idea what it means. A search on the Internet shows that other users experienced the same issue, but most […]
It is unclear how many Windows users and administrators run into updating issues on Windows machines regularly or occasionally. Updating issues can be frustrating, especially if the system lands in an endless cycle of downloads, installs, reboots and rollbacks that frustrate many users and system admins. The past year alone has seen several borked updates […]
Sometimes, I feel like Microsoft's right hand does not know what the left hand does. It does not help if communication is often minimal or non-existent. Vital information are often missing, and it is up to guesswork and not facts when it comes to changes. As you may know, Microsoft announced a major change coming […]
Windows and Office Genuine ISO Verifier is a free program for Microsoft Windows operating systems that enables you to verify the authenticity of Windows or Office ISO images. You may want to verify ISO images before you use the image to install a version of Microsoft Windows or Office. While you could say that this […]
Microsoft configured its Windows 10 operating system to update installed applications -- read Store apps or Universal Windows Platform apps -- automatically. While that is comfortable, as you can be sure to always run the latest version of an app or game on the Windows 10 device, it is not ideal if you want control […]