Author Archive | Melanie Gross

windows 10 critical process died

If you’re here because a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) with the error Critical_Process_Died message popped up on your screen, interrupting your work and causing your computer to reboot, then you can let out a sigh of relief: we have some solutions for you. BSoDs, also known as STOP errors or STOP codes, are part […]

windows 10 safe mode boot

Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode of the Windows operating system including on Windows 10. It is a troubleshooting tool intended to fix many problems that you encounter when you run the operating system. Has your Windows 10 PC ever acted on you when in the middle of a major project? It can be so […]

windows restart

Windows Boot Manager, abbreviated as BOOTMGR is a small piece of software that initiates the Windows boot sequence. Bootmgr is loaded from the volume boot record. It executes winload.exe (Windows boot loader) with the purpose to load essential device drivers and a core part of the Windows operating system. Bootmgr was introduced in Windows Vista […]

look up partition style

Have you ever wondered how a computer boots up? Regardless of hardware or operating system, all computers start up using either the traditional BIOS-MBR or the more recent UEFI-GPT method employed by the latest versions of Operating Systems available. In this article, we will compare GPT and MBR partition structures; GPT stands for GUID Partition […]

bing search download

When you search for a software download on most search engines the official site of the program may be listed as the first result there. Sometimes, that is not the case and this happens often for lesser known applications. Instead, you may see download portals listed there with the developer site nowhere in sight. That's […]

changelog droid

Android apps that you have installed from Google's Play store update automatically, usually. It is a background process that you have no control over. While you find information about updates later in the notifications list, the list itself does not reveal any information on the update itself. You do not really know what has been […]

https facebook

Facebook back in 2011 introduced an option under Account Security that allowed you to enable https whenever possible on the site. The feature back then was an optional one, and users of the social networking site were not required to log in or use the site via https up until now. Enabling https on the […]

internet explorer 10

Internet Explorer 10 has been a Windows 8 exclusive ever since the first public preview version of the operating system was released by Microsoft. The final version of Internet Explorer 10 has been released by Microsoft alongside the Windows 8 operating system on October 26. The company a few weeks ago announced that it would […]

reader mode

Mozilla implemented Reader Mode in the Android version of the Firefox web browser some time ago. Reader Mode at its core tries to improve the readability of content on a web page by removing all page elements but the elements that belong to the main article on the page. Extensions and userscripts like Evernote Clearly […]

monitor windows explorer changes

We here at Ghacks Technology News have reviewed several applications in the past that allow you to monitor specific areas of the operating system. SpyMe Tools for instance lets you monitor the installation process of a software, while Reg from App and What Changed keep an eye on the system's Registry. Windows Explorer Tracker concentrates […]

opera 12.02

Norwegian company Opera Software has released a new version of its desktop web browser Opera to the public. The new version is an update to the stable version of the web browser brining the version of it to 12.02. Opera Software as you may now is iterating releases between smaller updates and larger feature-rich updates. […]

greasemonkey 1.0

Greasemonkey is one of the most popular extensions for the Firefox web browser. The add-on adds support for JavaScript code, userscripts,  that can be loaded to manipulate one, some or all web pages that you visit in the browser. These userscripts customize a page's functionality or layout, for instance by removing advertisement, adding download options […]

windows 8 desktop gadgets

One of the features missing in Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8 is desktop gadget support. Gadgets are programs that make their functionality directly available on the desktop. They were first introduced in Windows Vista limited to a sidebar area on the desktop, and then improved under Windows 7 where they can be placed anywhere […]

vc redist installer

Sometimes when yo try to install or run a program on your Windows system you may get an error message that a component it depends on is missing. This can for instance be the case if you do not have a particular version of the Microsoft .Net Framework or a Visual C++ Runtime installed. Some […]

opera tab stack

One of the coolest recent features of the Opera web browser is its tab stacking functionality. You can use it to stack tabs on top of each other to save space on the tab bar. To create a stack of tabs in the browser simply drag and drop one on top of another on the […]

windows 8 expiration

Microsoft has released three previews of its upcoming operating system Windows 8 to the public. The Windows 8 Developer Preview, Consumer Preview and Release Preview have been, and in many cases are, used by millions of users to test the functionality of the Windows 8 operating system. These versions will expire eventually and you will […]

windows 8 installation

If you have installed the final version of Windows 8 on a PC recently, you have noticed that you had to enter a valid product key at one time during setup to continue with it. That's different from previous versions of the Windows operating system where you had the option to install the system without […]