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.

windows as a service timelines

Microsoft senior program manager Chris Riggs revealed information about the company's Windows 10 update and upgrade in a presentation at the WinHEC technical conference in Taiwan. While Riggs addressed business and Enterprise customers in the Windows As A Service presentation, some of it is also interesting to Home users. Microsoft plans to release single cumulative […]


windows iso downloader

Windows ISO Downloader is a free program for Windows that allows you to download Windows operating system ISO images from Microsoft servers. Downloading an ISO image of the operating system that is already installed on devices you are working with is always a good idea in case you need to reinstall the operating system or […]


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Microsoft has started to roll out an update for the native OneDrive implementation of Windows 10 that allows users to set download and upload transfer rate limits. Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system ships with OneDrive synchronization built-in, and it is used automatically if users sign in to the operating system using a Microsoft Account. While […]


windows 10 share clipboard

Copying content, be it text or images, to the clipboard is a built-in feature of every version of Windows. Simply select the content you want to copy and use Ctrl-C to copy it to the Clipboard: works with all programs that you can select content from including Windows apps. If you are using Windows Apps, […]


windows store library hide apps

Microsoft published a Windows Store update yesterday for Windows 10 that brings along with it a design refresh and the much requested option to remove applications from the library. My Library is a collection of all apps and games that you have installed from Windows Store on devices you own. The main idea behind the […]


microsoft convenience rollup package

Microsoft announced three upcoming changes to update procedures of previous versions of the company's Windows operating system today. The company created what it calls rollup packages for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 which are designed to bring the operating system to the newest patched version without having to install all updates released for […]


great windows 10 upgrade scheduled

Microsoft has been very pushy in regards to getting devices that run the previous operating systems Windows 7 or Windows 8.x to upgrade to Windows 10. The company has been experimenting with various prompts and installation notices so far which seem to get less user friendly with every iteration and the end of the free […]


windows tpm

Microsoft announced recently that all new devices that ship with Windows 10 once the operating system's Anniversary Update comes out need to support the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM) and have it enabled by default. While this won't affect existing devices or devices that you build yourself, the majority of devices that OEMs produce, including […]


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Windows Spy Blocker is a regularly updated collection of firewall, hosts file and Proxifier rules that block Windows 10 phone home functionality. While Microsoft collected telemetry data in previous versions of the Windows operating system as well, data collection was intensified with the release of Windows 10. The default installation has most telemetry data settings […]


third party apps windows 10

When Microsoft launched Windows 10, it did so mostly with company created applications. These applications, from Mail and Photos to obscure apps like 3D Builder were all listed under all apps in the start menu, and many of them were also highlighted in the start menu as tiles as well. Next to that were five […]


windows 10 games

Microsoft announced two changes today that will improve the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) experience for gamers on Windows 10. The company rolled out a number of features in the past to make Windows 10 the platform for gamers. One of those features was to make DirectX 12 a Windows 10 exclusive which may remind you […]


winja virustotal scanner

Winja is a redesigned version of Phrozensoft's classic Virustotal Uploader that has been released as a release candidate build recently. Virustotal is without doubt one of the go-to services when it comes to scanning a file for viruses online. Its appeal is mainly based on the fact that it is using dozens of antivirus engines […]


windows 10 free upgrade accessibility

Microsoft revealed this week that the free ride to grab an upgrade to the company's new operating system Windows 10 will indeed be over at the one year launch mark. This means that devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can only be upgraded for free to Windows 10 before July 29th, 2016, and that […]


windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft announced today that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 29th, 2016. The company has been tight lipped about what happens after the one year free upgrade period to Windows 10 expires with rumors ranging from an infinite continuation of the free upgrade offer to paid subscriptions for all users who took […]