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 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 defender engine

Microsoft published the Security Advisory 4022344 yesterday which informs customers about a security vulnerability in the Malware Protection Engine. The Microsoft Malware Protection Engine is used by various Microsoft products, including Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials on consumer PCs, and products such as Microsoft Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Forefront, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection, or […]


language pack available

Speech recognition, and text-to-speech engines, have come a long way since Microsoft's infamous Vista speech recognition presentation. Microsoft ships text-to-speech engines with its Windows operating systems, and uses it in some of its tools such as Narrator. Other programs may use the voices as well, for instance to provide users with text-to-speech capabilities. The default […]


only allow apps store

The Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a new feature that allows you to restrict software installations to apps from the Windows Store. The feature looks similar on first glance to Microsoft's Windows 10 S operating system that the company introduced last week. While similar on paper, things are not nearly as identical when you […]


In an effort to streamline release terminology of Windows 10 and Office 365, Microsoft plans to replace the current terms "Current Branch" and "Current Branch for Business" with "Semi-Annual Channel (Pilot)" and "Semi-Annual Channel (Broad). Current Branch (CB) is the servicing option that is offered to the majority of windows installations by default. Pro, Enterprise […]


fileexplorer.exe

File Explorer is the default file browser on Windows 10. It is more or less a renamed Windows Explorer, as it looks and behaves pretty much like the decade old file browser. The new File Explorer is launched on desktop PCs and notebooks that run Windows 10. That's usually not a problem unless you happen […]


application guard

Microsoft pushed the Windows 10 Build 16188 to the Fast Ring Insider channel today that is already available via Windows Update. The new build comes with plenty of new features and changes., including more PDF capabilities of Microsoft Edge, the moving of Cortana's options to the Settings application, updated Magnifier settings, and the Enterprise-only Windows […]


windows store

Consumers have three core Windows 10 editions that they may run on their systems: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and the recently revealed Windows 10 S. Before you make a purchase, be it a copy of Windows 10 directly, or a PC that runs Windows 10, you need to know about the differences between […]


net framework 4.7

Microsoft has released the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7, a new version of the company's popular framework for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and all Windows Server versions starting with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Please note that the .NET Framework 4.7 is already part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, and does not need to […]


windows 10 s

Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 S, a new cloud-based edition of the company's Windows 10 operating system designed specifically for Education. We talked about the-then called Windows 10 Cloud before here on Ghacks, and much of what we have said back then held true during the presentation. Windows 10 S is a cloud-based operating system that […]


msmg toolkit

You have two core options when it comes to creating custom Windows 10 installations. Either start from scratch by manipulating a Windows 10 ISO image directly, or modify a running system instead. MSGM Toolkit falls in the former category, as it will modify a source image and not the running system. Note: It is highly […]


automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode

The Windows 10 taskbar is probably displayed on most users systems all the time. The core reason for that is likely that many are unaware that the taskbar can be hidden, and that others prefer a less dynamic interface. Hiding the taskbar makes room for a tiny bit of extra space on the desktop that […]


unsupported hardware

Microsoft's decision to block security and non-security updates on customer PCs running Windows 7 or 8.1 (or the server variants) with "next-generation silicon" is as customer unfriendly as it gets. What makes this all the more problematic is the fact that Microsoft's detection routines, those that identify the processor of a PC to determine whether […]