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How to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 permanently

Windows Defender is the default antivirus solution of Windows 10 just like it has been on Windows 8. The program is enabled by default and will turn itself off if another antivirus […]

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Should you run Windows Defender and the Malicious Software Removal Tool?

Microsoft has created several security solutions in the past that are either available as standalone downloads or integrated in Windows directly. The most common ones are Windows Defender, which Microsoft included in […]

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Fixing "the application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000018)" in Windows

I have received the error message "the application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000018)" twice already ever since I upgraded one of my machines to Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10. A […]

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Pin Windows Settings to the Windows 10 Start Menu

Microsoft reintroduces a proper start menu in its upcoming operating system Windows 10 after throwing the start menu to the trash in Windows 8 and reviving it in an unloving way in […]

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How to enable Developer Mode in Windows 10 to sideload apps

If you are running a recent version of the Windows 10 operating system then you may have noticed a new "For developers" option in the operating system's settings. This configuration option allows […]

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How to block Windows 10 Upgrade notifications in earlier versions of Windows

Windows 7 and 8.1 users who have started their system today may have noticed a new update notification in the operating system's system tray area that allows them to reserve an upgrade […]

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How to move Windows 10 apps to another drive to save space

While most apps for Windows 10 are considerable small in size, there are some games and larger apps available for the system that occupy hundreds of Megabytes or even more than that. […]

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How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft will ship Windows 10 later this year and with it comes an offer to upgrade existing versions of Windows to the operating system for free. Since the majority of Windows users […]

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How to block wisptis.exe from running on Windows PCs

Wisptis.exe, the Microsoft Pen and Touch input component, is a process that may be running on your system even if it is not connected to a touch screen or has no pen […]

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How to verify that system drivers are digitally signed

Device drivers are important files as they allow you and the operating system to interact with hardware connected to the system. Drivers, just like executable files, can be digitally signed to improve […]

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Display a program's startup impact on Windows 8 or 10

It is common sense that any program that autostarts with the Windows operating system extends the startup process. Depending on the program, its impact may be small and barely noticeable or high […]

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Turn older versions of Windows into Windows 10 with a transformation pack

Whenever a preview of a new operating system is shown chance is good that someone will create a transformation pack that turns older versions of an operating system into the new one. […]

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Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

It takes some getting used to time to get accustomed to the new start menu that Microsoft ships with its Windows 10 operating system.  While there is still enough time for changes, […]

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VLC for Windows 8 is now also compatible with Windows 8.1 and 10

When Microsoft launched Windows 8 several companies, Google, Mozilla and VLC for example, decided to create app-versions of their desktop programs. While that did not turn out to well for most who […]

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How to download core Windows 8 apps manually

Microsoft ships the Windows 8 operating system with a set of apps that provide core functionality such as reading news, opening emails or managing photos. The company has added more apps with […]

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Find out which version of Windows 8 you are running

Back when I worked in tech support I encountered many customers who did not know a thing about the computer they were using. It took a while usually to find out which […]

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Disable "you have new apps that can open this type of file" in Windows 8

Whenever you install a new application on Windows 8 that can be used as the default handler for file types or protocols, and you open a file of that type afterwards or […]

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How to share an optical drive in a local network

Most desktop PCs ship with an optical drive, usually either a DVD drive or a Blu-Ray drive while mobile PCs may not always ship with one. Especially tablets, netbooks and other low […]