Microsoft plans to release the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the next feature update for Windows 10 in a couple of months. The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 will introduce new functionality but also remove some that was available in previous versions of the operating system. Microsoft published a Support article that highlights removed […]
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Microsoft plans to roll out a change in the coming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that aims to reduce the time the computer is installing the update. The new feature shifts some processes which are currently processed during installation of the update. Microsoft separates Windows 10 updates into online and offline phases. The process begins […]
When you delete huge folders in Windows, you will notice that the process takes quite a bit of time to complete. I keep backup folders of Ghacks locally on a platter-based drive, and these folders come close to 30 Gigabytes in size with more than 140,000 files and 350 folders. When I need to delete […]
Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC is an error message that Windows 10 may throw during the update to a newer version of the operating system. Microsoft moved away from the classic service pack / new version of Windows update scheme of the past to Windows as a Service with the company's […]
Microsoft and LinkedIn announced today the release of the new LinkedIn application for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. The app, which will be rolled out gradually until the end of the month to the Windows 10 population is LinkedIn's first application for Windows 10. The company announced earlier that it made the decision to retire […]
Microsoft Windows ships with a set of so-called optional features that users may enable or disable using the "turn Windows features on or off" control panel applet. This works well for the most part, but requires that you open the Control Panel on the operating system unless you load the Features window directly by typing […]
Microsoft published a new build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today to the Fast Ring Insider channel. While users should not expect major features being integrated into the new version of Windows 10 at this stage in development, new builds do feature gradual improvements over previous ones. The last build featured for […]
Windows creates the folder Windows.old on a PC running Windows when you upgrade the PC to a new version of the operating system. The Windows.old folder contains files and folders of the old installation of Windows, and the main reason it is there is that it is used to restore the old system if the […]
Microsoft 365 is a new subscription-based service by Microsoft that includes Windows,Office 365 and Windows Mobility in a single package. Announced officially on July 10, 2017 by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team on the official Office blog, Microsoft 365 is the next step in Microsoft's transformation to a company that moves […]
Microsoft added a new feature to the Windows Update functionality of the most recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Insider build that allows you to limit the Windows Update bandwidth. Microsoft did not mention the new feature in the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16237 post on the official Microsoft website. Note: This is a […]
Microsoft added new entries to the File Explorer context menu in Windows 10 that some users of the operating system may like, and others may call bloat. If you right-click on files in the most recent release build of Windows 10, the Creators Update, you get up to three additional context menu items. You may […]
Microsoft has pushed out another build of its upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update feature update to the Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring channel. Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16237 brings new features to Microsoft Edge, the default browser of Windows 10, and improvements to Windows Shell, Input, gaming, Task Manager, Hyper-V, and a truckload […]
Data usage is a handy feature of the Windows 10 operating system that reveals the data transfer totals from the last 30 days. Besides displaying the total amount of data that was transferred in the last 30 days, it may also highlight data for different connection types -- e.g. Ethernet and Wireless -- and list […]
Microsoft announced this week that it is testing a new update targeting framework for the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release. When Microsoft releases feature updates to Windows 10, these are delivered as staged roll outs and not pushed instantly to the whole Windows machine population. There are several reasons for doing so, including […]
Microsoft revealed new security features of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update yesterday to improve Windows 10 device security. The company revealed a new set of tools, all build around Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection: Windows Defender Exploit Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard, and improvements to Windows Defender Device Guard and Windows Defender Antivirus […]
Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 2016 RS3 update won't support syskey.eye anymore. Syskey.exe was introduced in Windows 2000, backported to Windows NT 4.0, and has been part of any version of Microsoft Windows released since then. The tool was designed to improve the security of the Windows boot process by […]