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 10 messaging everywhere

Microsoft announced today the release of a new Windows Insider Build for Fast ring users that removes the Messaging Everywhere feature from the operating system. Messaging Everywhere allowed users to browse, send and receive Windows mobile text messages on a PC running Windows 10. Basically, what it did was keep the messages in sync between […]


windows10 anniversary update august 2

Microsoft announced today that the much awaited Anniversary Update for Windows 10 will be available on August 2. The Anniversary Update will introduce a massive set of new features and improvements to Windows 10. This includes among many other things Linux Bash support, extensions for Microsoft Edge, Windows Ink for better ink support, Cortana updates […]


decline windows 10

Better late than never. Microsoft is about to release an update to the company's Get Windows 10 application for Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices that includes a decline option. Microsoft has been criticized heavily for its aggressive push of the Windows 10 operating system. The company's offer looks like a good one on first […]


install offer

One of the most frustrating experience when it comes to software is how some companies won't accept no for an answer when it comes to software. A prime example of this is how Microsoft advertises Windows 10 on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Instead of displaying a one-time dialog to users with clearly […]


windows activation

Microsoft introduced a new feature in windows 10 Build 14371 that allows you to link the digital license of the operating system to a Microsoft Account. Even though Microsoft stated in the announcement that the feature is available starting with Build 14371, things look different currently than how Microsoft describes them. Considering that this is […]


namespace is already defined error

The error message Namespace is already defined may be displayed when you open the Group Policy editor on Windows 10, or try to edit an affected policy. As an example, the following error message was displayed twice when I opened the Group Policy Editor on a Windows 10 machine: Namespace 'Microsoft.Policies.Sensors.WindowsLocationProvider' is already defined as […]


repair tasks

Repair Tasks is a free program for the Windows operating system to resolve "the task image is corrupt" issues of the Windows Task Scheduler. The Task Scheduler is one of the core components of the Windows operating system. Microsoft and third-party software use tasks to run programs or commands on schedule. Task corruption is a […]


print document services

Microsoft operating systems ship with features, several of them enabled by default, that many Windows users may not need when it comes to running the computer. These features are enabled for compatibility purposes, and while that is a good thing, may use memory, cpu cycles, or even expose the device to attacks or security issues. […]


group policy

Microsoft released 16 security bulletins as part of the June 2016 Patch Day of which one, MS16-072, is causing serious issues on some computer configurations. The security update patches a vulnerability in Windows that could result in elevation of privilege during a man in the middle attack. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if […]


refresh windows

Refresh Windows is a new program for Windows 10 that enables you to reset Windows by downloading it and installing it on the PC. Microsoft revealed back in May 2016 that it was working on a new tool to refresh an installation of Windows. The only built-in option that Windows 10 features prior to this […]


windows store drive selection

A new version of Windows Store featuring a new layout and features will be released alongside the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. One of those new features is the option to install large applications on another drive. It is rather interesting to note that app management options are rather limited right now, and that the […]


vdesk

VDesk is a free, open source, program for the Windows 10 operating system that extends a system's virtual desktop functionality. Microsoft added a virtual desktop feature to Windows 10 that is completely optional to use. It adds options to Windows 10 to create a number of virtual desktops that users can switch between to separate […]


custom windows 10 tiles

Win10Tile is a free open source program for the Windows operating system that enables you to create and set custom tiles for any Windows 10 start menu program. Microsoft brought the start menu back in Windows 10 which looks like a crossbreed between the Windows 7 start menu and the Windows 8 start screen interface. […]


checking for updates

It can take hours or even days to update a freshly installed version of Windows 7 using Windows Update. Windows Update displays a "checking for updates" prompt when you run the first update check after installation that seemingly does nothing at all. This can be extremely frustrating, especially since it is not recommended to run […]