Archive | Tutorials

Welcome to our tutorial and troubleshooting section here on Ghacks. As active computer users we often run into issues that we fix eventually. Instead of keeping the knowledge for us, we post it here on the site to share it with other users who may also experience those issues.

We are not only posting tutorials here though. You also find guides here, for instance how to stay safe on the Internet or how to handle a specific task better, and also tips on how to improve your privacy while you are working with PCs.

Last but not least, we also cover Windows troubleshooting posts, explain how you can revert changes that site operators made to their websites, or how you can repair broken features of your computer systems.

visual c++ redistributable

If you check the list of installed programs on a Windows PC that you have used for some time, you may notice that it has several, often a lot, Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable installation listings. The PC that I use to write this article for instance has three Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable, eight Microsoft […]


get-command powershell

PowerShell is more than just a command line shell. It is a configuration management framework that the command line shell is part of, but also a scripting language. It is more powerful than the Windows command prompt but also more intimidating. While it has been there for more than a decade, most Windows users are […]


free online pdf editor

The following guide provides you with information on how to edit PDF documents using tools that are available for free online or as desktop programs. The PDF file format, originally created by Adobe, is a popular format for a wide variety of documents from presentations and invoices over forms and legal documents, to comics and […]


avast sounds

The following guide offers instructions on how to turn off sounds and voiceover audio notifications in Avast Free Antivirus for Windows. Avast Free Antivirus is a popular security software for Windows which, even for free antivirus, is pushing extra stuff such as browser extensions, the company's SafeZone browser, various tools, and a VPN service to […]


autoruns

Now that we have made it successfully into 2017, even with that leap second scare and all, it seems like a good time to run maintenance related tasks on your PC to cut excess fat, free up storage, make it faster, and just make sure everything is in working order. While many of you have […]


windows 32-bit 64-bit

If you have bought a computer in recent years, chance is you run a 64-bit version of Windows on it. While Microsoft is still producing 32-bit copies of Windows 10, those are sold and deployed considerably less than 64-bit copies. Microsoft itself has not released statistics about the distribution of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. […]


merge video audio windows

It is relatively easy to merge a video and an audio stream on Windows provided that the source files are not too obscure. I made the decision recently to try a couple of things on YouTube. One of them had me record video, and get someone else to do the talking. You would not want […]


spotify monitor

Spotify is a popular music service that is available as a web version, desktop clients and as applications for various platforms. Some Spotify users noticed back in June that the client was causing excessive writes on the disk. While the reported write amount varies a lot, some stated that they were seeing 10Gb/hour writes on […]


nvidia telemetry

Telemetry -- read tracking -- seems to be everywhere these days. Microsoft pushes it on Windows, and web and software companies use it as well. While there is certainly some benefit to it on a larger scale, as it may enable these companies to identify broader issues, it is undesirable from a user perspective. Part […]


clear windows clipboard command line

The following guide provides you with three methods to clear the Windows Clipboard from content that it holds at the time. Microsoft has not improved the clipboard functionality of its Windows operating system in a long time. Even the Windows 10 version allows you to only hold one entry in the Clipboard at all times. […]


notepad find in files

Notepad++ is quite the versatile text editor for Windows even if you ignore the program's plugin system for a moment which extends it even further. One of the features that I make use of regularly is the program's ability to search for text in all files of a folder that I specify. Today for instance […]


windows 10 favorites start menu

The following guide explains how you can stick your favorite programs and applications to the top of the program listing in the Windows 10 start menu. Microsoft's Anniversary Update, released on August 2, 2016 shipped with a number of changes. A start menu redesign was one of the changes. Microsoft moved the shutdown button to […]


windows 10 accounts

You are asked to enter an account password on most Windows 10 machines before you get access to the operating system. Windows 10 users may choose a variety of authentication options: from traditional passwords to a Pin, or biometric authentication options called Windows Hello that let you sign in with your fingerprint or face. Most […]


windows explorer sync icons

Many file synchronization services display overlays on icons that indicate a file's or folder's sync status. This is useful as it provides direct information on whether files are available on the local system, currently in sync, or not available at all. If you have installed several sync clients on your Windows PC, or tried several […]