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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.

microsoft emet 5.5 beta

If you use Microsoft EMET on Windows 8.x or Windows 10 machines, or the new Windows Defender Exploit Guard on Windows 10 version 1709, your system may not have been protected properly by a protective feature called Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). Security researcher Will Dormann of the CERT/CC discovered an ASLR implementation issue on […]


uninstall updates epson printer

Microsoft confirmed today that November 2017 updates for the Windows operating system affect the printing functionality of some Epson printer models. Print jobs are terminated with the error message "Win32 error code returned by the print processor: 2147500037" on affected devices. The issue seemed to affect Epson dot matrix printers, and users reported issues with […]


windows delete cached updates

Windows Update works for the most part pretty reliable. It is an automated system of Microsoft's Windows operating system that handles the downloading and installing of updates for the operating system. At best, it is a silent service that runs in the background; it may ask you to restart the PC every now and then […]


edge windows 10 build 17035

Microsoft published a new Insider Preview build today to the Fast Ring channel that brings the build number of Windows 10 to 17035. Work on the next feature update of Windows 10 began some time ago, and new features and changes are slowly being introduced by Microsoft. Windows 10 Build 17035 features a couple of […]


windows sonic spatial sound windows 10

Windows Sonic was one of the features that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 Creators Update that did not receive a lot of attention. Windows Sonic is Microsoft's solution for introducing spatial sound support on Windows 10 devices. The functionality is available to Universal Windows Platform applications and Win32 desktop programs, and developers may use […]


autoruns hide security

Autoruns is a popular program for Windows to analyze all the different files, programs, and other items that run on system startup. It is probably the most used tool for that purpose, and includes lots of nice to have features such as scanning files on Virustotal, hiding Microsoft entries, or management of autorun files to […]


microsoft store turn off video autoplay

Microsoft Store is the main hub of the Windows operating system to download apps and games, and make purchases. Some apps and games, but mostly games, play videos automatically when you open their Store page. The game Kholat does so for instance when you open it in Microsoft's Store (but not when you open the […]


Microsoft-KB4052234 KB4052233 windows updates

Microsoft released a whole bunch of non-security updates for its operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and several versions of Windows 10 yesterday. Update: Microsoft pulled KB4052234 and KB4052234. It is unclear right now why the company did so. KB4052234 is out for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack […]


kb4051613 flash player update

KB4051613  -- Update for Adobe Flash Player: November 1, 2017 -- is a new Windows Update that resolves Adobe Flash Player issues. The update is available for all versions of Windows that include Adobe Flash Player natively. What's particularly interesting about that is that Microsoft released the patch not only for Windows versions that it […]


Windows customers have two options right now when it comes to upgrading previous versions of the operating system to Windows 10. They can either upgrade a Windows 7 or 8 system directly to Windows 10 for free, or use Microsoft's offer for customers who use assistive technologies to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The […]


svchost service host

High CPU usage of a process on Windows can slow down other operations to snail like pace. While that is sometimes caused by user run programs, say a taxing computer game or video rendering program, it may sometimes be caused by Windows processes such as Service Host. Service Host is a svchost.exe process; Recent versions […]


network protection group policy

Network Protection is a new security feature of Windows Defender that Microsoft introduced in the Fall Creators Update for its Windows 10 operating system. It extends Windows Defender SmartScreen by blocking outbound (HTTP and HTTPS) traffic connecting to resources that have a low reputation. The feature is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard, and it […]


add application to controlled folder

Add Application to Controlled Folder is a handy PowerShell script which you may use to whitelist blocked programs by Windows 10's Controlled Folder Access feature. Controlled Folder Access is a new security feature of Windows Defender that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The feature is not turned on by default; we […]


windows block programs reloading

Microsoft made a fundamental change in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 that changes how the operating system handles program windows that were open during the last shutdown or restart. Previous versions of Windows closed open programs on shutdown or restart, and kept them closed when you'd boot into the system the next time. […]


exploit protection windows defender

Exploit protection is a new security feature of Windows Defender that Microsoft introduced in the operating system's Fall Creators Update. Exploit Guard is a set of features that includes exploit protection, attack surface reduction, network protection, and controlled folder access. Exploit protection can best be described as an integrated version of Microsoft's EMET -- Exploit […]


controlled folder-access windows defender app

Controlled Folder Access is a new feature introduced in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 that is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard. The security feature protects files from being accessed by malicious code running on the Windows machine, and Microsoft advertises it specifically as a protection mechanism against ransomware. The feature requires Windows […]


attack surface reduction policy

Attack Surface Reduction is a new security feature of Windows Defender Exploit Guard on Windows 10 that Microsoft introduced in the Fall Creators Update. Attack Surface Reduction may prevent common actions of malicious software that is run on Windows 10 devices that have the feature enabled. The feature is rules based, and designed to target […]