Assign Permanent Drive Letters To A Removable USB Drive In Windows

Windows assigns drive letters by progressing through the alphabets. Apart from letters A and B, drives are named C, D, etc. You have no doubt seen that the letters for the partitioned drives on your system do not change. If you have a DVD drive, it's letter doesn't change either but the same doesn't hold true for USB drives. Windows assigns the drive letter to a USB drive dynamically so that a drive that was labeled F drive might later be labeled G if another drive(s) is connected. Normally this isn't a problem unless you need the USB drive to always be assigned specific letter to keep certain paths functional. Here's how you can assign a permanent drive letter to a USB drive in Windows. Read More

Adjust Your PC Volume By Scrolling The Mouse Wheel [Windows]

Most keyboards, if not all of them, have dedicated keys for managing the volume and brightness on your system. For anyone who doesn't have these keys, you can use controls in Windows to manage volume and brightness. If you're looking for an even easier way to manage volume, one which involves no clicks and is super convenient, meet WheelsOfVolume. It's a free Windows app that lets you increase or decrease the system volume by scrolling the mouse wheel over an active area. Read More

Remove Libraries, Network, And Favorites From Windows Explorer Navigation Pane

The libraries and other locations in the Windows Explorer navigation pane can collapse and expand to give you a cleaner and easier to manage navigation pane. They are there to make accessing your favorite folders, network locations, and libraries easy. That said, not everyone finds them useful, or they can do with some of the options, and without others. Meet Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Configuration; it's a simple command line utility that lets you remove any one of the elements in the Windows Explorer navigation pane with a single command. You can just as easily bring them back. The utility has only one drawback and that is that it effects all user accounts on your system. Read More

Directly Connect To A Steam Game Server With A Desktop Shortcut

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Steam is one of the most popular gaming platforms out there. The game selection available is pretty good and the user base of players is massive. If you're an avid gamer, it's likely you've set aside a special time every day, or every week to play your favorite game(s). To launch a game on Steam, you can either launch it from it's own desktop shortcut, or you can launch Steam and then run your game. A lot of the games are played online with other players and in order to play, you have to connect to a server. Imagine, if you could launch a game and connect to a preferred server all with one desktop shortcut. It's possible and incredibly easy to set up. Here's how. Read More

How To Natively Mount And Burn ISO Images In Windows 10

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File Explorer in Windows 8 was revamped and the new look made its way to Windows 10. File Explorer got a new name; Windows Explorer and it bid farewell to the controls bar just below the address bar. The new UI features three basic ribbons that mimic the grouped controls you see in MS Office apps. The ribbon tabs have more or less the same controls you could access either from the control bar or the menus but some controls appear only when a specific type of file is selected. In Windows 7, regardless of what type of file you selected, you could always see a 'Burn' option at the top that allowed you to burn the file to a disc. With Windows 10, the option has not only migrated to a different tab, it's also only available for certain file types. It gives the impression that you can no longer burn or mount disc files in Windows 10 when in fact, you can. Here's how. Read More

How To Limit CPU Usage Of A Process In Windows

Computers are getting more and more powerful as time passes and because they can do so much more than their early predecessors, we find that programs are now more resource hungry than they used to be. It's to be expected since a powerful computer is wasted if you don't have programs that can take advantage of its capabilities. That said, sometimes a program or process consumes too much of the system's resources and there isn't much you can do to dictate how much resources are allocated to a particular process. BES, Battle Encoder Shirase is a free Windows utility that you can use to limit and monitor the CPU usage of any process. Read More

How To Rearrange Pinned Items On The Taskbar Jump Lists In Windows 10

Jump lists in Windows is a feature that has survived the past two versions of Windows. Microsoft knew that this one feature was much loved by its user base. Jump lists are a great way to access both your favorite and frequently used files and folders. Every program you have pinned to your taskbar, and every program that's currently running has its own jumplist ensuring that frequent and favorite files and folders remain separated by the programs they are accessed in. Windows 10 has kept jump lists unchanged for the most part but it's done away with the drag & drop feature that allowed you to rearrange items pinned to the Jumplist. Here's how you can rearrange items on a jump list in Windows 10. Read More

Set A Picture Slideshow As Your Lockscreen In Windows 10

Slideshows on the desktop have long been a part of Windows. They make for more versatile themes and they keep the desktop looking fresh. You can argue that they drag down system resources and slow down processing but the difference they make is very negligible. In Windows 10, you can select any folder full of pictures that the OS will cycle through on your desktop and this feature has been extended to the Lock Screen as well. Instead of being subject to the same image over and over when you lock your system, you can have it cycle through a personally selected folder of photos. Here's how. Read More

Fix The MSVCR120.dll Is Missing From Your Computer Error [Windows]

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Missing files have often prevented the installation of many a games and programs in Windows. The missing files are often .dll files with names so vague the average user can't even begin to figure out where said file might have gone missing. A DLL file is a library file that will execute functions or it might contain certain variables or resources. Since these files are associated with the frameworks they belong to, and apps are built on certain frameworks, their absence on your system prevents an app that is dependant on a DLL file from installing or running. The fix isn't difficult; you just need to get the file back on your system. If you're getting the 'MSVCR120.dll Is Missing From Your Computer' error during installation or execution of an EXE file on Windows, here's how you can fix it. Read More

Get Aero Glass & Blur Effect In Windows 10

Microsoft is one of those companies that learn by trial & error. Its saving grace is that it listens to its users and tries to give them what they want/need. Window 8 and the debacle of the axed Start menu is one example of Microsoft killing a much loved feature much to the dismay of its users. Microsoft has been trying to change the look of Windows and in that attempt it has killed yet another much loved visual aspect of Windows i.e. the Aero theme and gaussian blur that made Windows Vista and 7 look nice. Naturally, people have been coming up with ways to bring it back and here's one very good attempt that we've tried out. Read More

How To Watch The September 2015 Apple Event Online

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Apple September 9, 2015 event where the next iPhone and iPad models will be announced is only hours away. Apple invites the media to witness and report the event live but it also lets anyone who's interested in viewing the event and owns an Apple device to watch it live. Here's where you can watch the event live and which devices you can watch it from. Read More

What Is The $WINDOWS.~BT Folder On My Hard Drive?

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If your C drive (or whichever drive it is you've installed Windows to) is taking up more space than it should even though you haven't installed anything new, or added any large files, you might be wondering what's going on. For anyone running Windows 7, 8/8.1/10, this sudden space consumption can be as high as 6GB and it might be attributed to a folder called $WINDOWS.~BT that exists on your drive. Here's a look at where that folder came from, why you may or may not need it, and if it's safe to remove from your system without causing any trouble. Read More

How To Change Where OneDrive Saves Files In Windows 10

OneDrive comes pre-installed on Windows 10. It won't sign you in even if your PC is linked to your Microsoft account but once you do sign in, it by default puts your OneDrive folder at the root of your User folder. OneDrive will then sync files to that folder and depending on how big and how many files you've synced, it might take up substantial space on your hard drive. If you prefer to move the files to a different drive and change where OneDrive saves files, here's how you can do just that. Read More

How To Disable Clickable Links In Notepad++

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Notepad++ is an app that needs no introduction. It has a huge following for basic to intermediary editing needs. The app was updated at the end of August this year and while it came with improvements and bug fixes it also made a small not-so-great functional change. Previously, when editing an HTML document in Notepad++ you could click a URL and edit it. This was super easy and the functionality made sense because you're more likely to click a link to edit it then to open it when you're inside a text/code editor. Come version 6.8.2 and the links are now clickable. If you click inside a link, instead of being able to edit it, the link is opened. Fortunately, this new 'feature' can be disabled. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable & Disable The Shadow In Windows 10

Shadow effects in operating systems exist purely for aesthetics reasons; if you do not like what you see on your screen you will not enjoy using it. The effect while minor and sometimes hard to see lends some utility as well; it makes an app window appear to float above the rest of the interface. The effect might just make the operating system look cool or it might help you tell one window apart from the other. Regardless, shadows have been used in both Windows and OS X for a while now. If you're not fond of the shadow in OS X, a Terminal command is required to disable it. In Windows 10, you need only uncheck one option in the Control Panel. Read More

Look Up The Definition For A Word In Cortana In Windows 10

Personal assistants are fast becoming a defining feature of operating systems. For smartphones and the operating systems that they run, it's always a question of what a personal digital assistant can accomplish and whether or not it's actually useful or just a gimmick. Siri is one noteworthy example of a popular digital assistant that can do one or two useful tricks but is limited in the information she proactively provides and the actions she can perform. Google Now fares better with always available traffic, weather, and sports updates. Then we have Cortana; it's not just a digital assistant for Windows Phone; it's debuted for Android and even before that it became a part of the desktop with Windows 10. Cortana can do a lot of really useful things one of which is defining a word for you. Here's how. Read More

Transfer Files And Settings From An Old PC To A New One

Moving from one PC to another, while often necessary, carries the same pain that comes from moving to a new house. There are so many things to move and you're afraid you might lose something in the process, something very important might break, or you might accidentally leave something behind and not realize it for months until you need it. With the launch of Windows 10 and it's very warm reception, Windows users have been upgrading to the new OS in droves. Many are utilizing the free upgrade and upgrading through the Media Creation Tool that Microsoft released. That said, there are also many users who will be upgrading their laptops simply because the old ones are too old and will not be compatible with the new operating system. To help ease the transition, Microsoft has partnered with LapLink to bring you their PC Mover tool for free. Here's where you can get it, and how you can use it to transfer your files and settings from an old computer to a new one. Read More

50 Best Wallpapers For Windows 10

Windows 10 handles colors a whole new way compared to its predecessors and we've touched on how those limitations effect the colors we can choose for the interface, as well as which UI elements we can modify when it comes to customizing it. With limitations like that, it's rather tricky to find a good wallpaper that will suit the design, and set the right accent colors to go with it. We've compiled a list of 50 great wallpapers that pair excellently with Windows 10; you can choose to let the operating system pick an accent color to go with these wallpapers, or you can set a custom color of your own.  Read More

Set A Default Size For The Save As Window [Windows]

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The Save As window that pops up when you save a file in any program has a mind of its own or more precisely, it just doesn't listen to you much. If a program remembers the last place it saved a file to, it's something a lot of us are grateful for. The programs that allow us to set a default save location of our choice are less rare but these choices have to do with the save location and not the Save As window itself. If you're unsatisfied with the size the Save As window opens in, here's a simple way to resize it and have a program remember your preferred size for all future save actions. This works for Windows 7 and up. Read More

Create A Custom App Tile For The Windows 10 Start Menu

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Windows 10 is missing a pretty important and rather obvious feature; it doesn't let you customize the color of an app tile. For app tiles that feature only an icon in a box, that box often looks ugly against whatever color has been set for the Start menu. If you're looking for a way to create a custom app tile, image, color and all, there's a little app that lets you do just that. Meet Better StartMenu an app that will let you create a custom icon for any app of your choice, and through its Windows Store version, you can pin it to the Start menu. The app costs $2.99 but as of a recent update, there are no differences between the paid and trial version with the developer only asking you to donate if you like the app. Read More