How To Slim Down The Start Menu In Windows 10

The return of the Start Menu is a major highlight of Windows 10 though it may not sound too impressive to those upgrading from Windows 7. Regardless of whether you upgrade from Windows 7 or 8/8.1, the Start menu isn't what it used to be in either of these versions of Windows. It's different and it's something between the modern Start Up Screen that was widely criticized in Windows 8 and the smaller much more useful Start Menu that was worshipped in Windows 7. It also features live tiles. If you aren't a fan of this new Start menu, you can get the old Windows 7 Start menu back with the help of an app, or you could adapt to the new one by tweaking the default one so that it takes up far less space and is super thin. This requires no extra apps to achieve. Here's how it's done. Read More

How To Change The Lock Screen Background In Windows 10

Windows 10 has three different types of backgrounds; the desktop background, the login screen background, and the lock screen background. The desktop background isn't new nor is it unique to Windows because every single operating system, even the mobile ones feature this by one name or the other. The login screen background is the one you see on the screen where you enter your password to log in to your computer. There are no official ways to change the login screen background although there is an app that lets you do it (it comes with risks though), and finally there is the lock screen background. It's the one that slides up to reveal the login screen. It also houses notifications from other apps, and should you leave your PC unattended, the image on it is what people see when they walk by. It's exceptionally easy to change. Read More

Make Cortana Search For Apps In Windows 10

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It's been about two weeks since Windows 10 rolled out and the number of people who have upgraded is easily in the millions. Overall the operating system is being received well but there's no denying that it is still buggy. The bugs aren't the only problem. A recent Windows 10 update has actually created more problems that it meant to solve and users are rolling it back. Unfortunately the operating system is so new that solutions to these problems are still being discovered and Microsoft isn't exactly keeping up with them. One problem new users are facing is Cortana or the Windows search not searching for apps. The search bar, if working properly should be able to list an app and let you launch it from the search results. If it isn't doing that, you've got a problem and here's how you can solve it. Read More

How To Enable & Disable Information Cards In Cortana In Windows 10

Cortana in Windows 10 manages search on your device but it isn't simply limited to being a search feature. Like on Windows for mobile, Cortana acts as your personal assistant and tries to give you relevant information without you asking for it. One way Cortana actively presents you with information is through the many information cards it supports. It can give you the latest weather report for your current location, or for multiple locations, find places to ear nearby, give you reminders, and much more. It also gives you news and sports updates which may or may not be important for you. If you're looking to edit the info cards you see in Cortana so that only the ones relevant for you show up, here's how you can do it. Read More

Get Weather For Multiple Cities In Cortana In Windows 10

Microsoft has brought its digital assistant from its mobile operating system to the desktop in Windows 10. It's too soon to say just how intelligent Cortana is as far as the desktop is concerned but it can do a few basic tricks like tell you the weather, set reminders, and give you local news. By default, Cortana gives you weather for your current location only but it's been built to give you weather for multiple locations if you want them. Here's how to add another city to Cortana's weather card in Windows 10. Read More

Remove OneDrive From The Sidebar In File Explorer In Windows 10

Microsoft has integrated OneDrive in Windows 10 so that it's hard to avoid. It's no surprise that Microsoft is aggressively pushing all its products and services on to users in this operating system; Bing, Cortana, Edge, Bing news, Bing Sports, etc. As part of this integration, OneDrive is now a quick access location in the sidebar in File Explorer. Much like you would have Dropbox added as a location to the sidebar in older versions of Windows, OneDrive exists the same way with one major difference; you can't get rid of it, at least not with a simple UI switch or check box. A registry edit is what it takes to make it go away. Read More

Stop Windows 10 From Letting Your Friends Use Your WiFi

We divide friends into categories; work friends, school friends, help-me-move friends, come-to-my-wedding friends, we-work-together-and-I-hate-you-the-least friends, Facebook friends, and friends we share our WiFi with. That last category is is probably the one with the fewest people in it. It's a privileged group of people and Microsoft thinks you ought to expand it. Windows 10 has taken it upon itself to share your WiFi password with your network of friends with a feature called WiFi Sense. It shares your network with people added in Outlook, Facebook, and your Skype contacts. The default behavior of Windows 10 is to give these people access to your shared WiFi network. Here's how you can stop this travesty from happening. Read More

How To Forget A WiFi Network In Windows 10

Settings in Windows 10 are managed from two different apps; the Modern UI Settings app, and the Control Panel that we're far more familiar with. Between these two apps, there are some settings that overlap i.e. you can change them from both apps. For other settings, you can only manage them from one of the two apps. In addition to these two apps, Windows 10 has made an effort to make certain settings and toggles more easily accessible through the notification panel. While these changes have made it easier for users to find and manage the more frequently used settings, it's also made some other settings a little hard to find. Case in point; how to forget a WiFi network. Here's how to make Windows 10 forget a WiFi network that you've previously connected to. Read More

How To Uninstall An Update In Windows 10

All updates are not made equal; some of them can break things on your system even if they come from Microsoft and are marked super important. When installing updates, we don't usually create a restore point for our system because it's a very routine task that generally isn't meant to break any functionality. That said, updates can and do come with inconveniences; if they don't break something they might take away a feature that you really really loved and are willing to give your right arm to get back. If you're using Windows 10 and are experiencing problems after a recent update was installed, you can roll it back. Here's how. Read More

How To Change The Color Of The Title Bar In Windows 10

When Windows 10 was still pending release, the many screenshots from its technical preview featured windows with greyish title bars. To anyone seeing them for the first time, they look like an out of focus window. Now that the final version of Windows 10 has rolled out, those title bars have turned out to be part of the new UI and not some bug. The new Windows 10 doesn't have colored title bars anymore and instead only has a thin one pixel border that is the same color as the taskbar and the Start menu. There's a little hack going around to fix this though and we decided to test it out and see if it worked, and how well it worked. Read More

How To Schedule When Windows 10 Restarts To Install Updates

When Windows 10 downloads updates, it installs them at a time when you usually do not use your PC. This is how it's set to install updates by default. If this inconveniences you, you can have Windows ask you when to install updates instead of automatically installing them. Between this automatic and manual method of installation is a third option that you won't normally see unless you have an update downloaded and waiting to be installed. This third option is the schedule option which lets you set a day, upto seven days in advance, and a time for the system to restart and install an update. Here's how to set it up. Read More

Stop Windows 10 From Automatically Installing Updates

You shut-down or restarted your system and it began installing updates. After sitting through the mind numbing long period that Windows takes to install updates before it actually shuts down, you have to wait for it to finish installing them when you boot your system again. If this is something that happens to you too often, you can have Windows 10 notify you when it's ready to install updates so that it's opt-in installation instead of automatic and forced. Here's how. Read More

Stop Recent Files & Folders Appearing In Quick Access [Windows 10]

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One of the most unfortunate stories that came out after Windows 10 was released was one of a man who let his system upgrade overnight. Once it had upgraded, the new Photos app promptly displayed a slideshow of his photos which were not only unsuitable for work, but also his marriage. The photos app was really just showing off. Windows 10 has a few features like this that are designed for convenience but can backfire on a user. If you've been using Windows 10 for a few days you must have noticed the new Quick Access location (not an actual location) that File Explorer opens to. It populates with your recent files and folders which I personally find useful. If you, however, find it to be annoying and pretty much a breadcrumb of what files you're working on, here's how you can turn it off. Read More

How To Reset Windows 10 From The Login Screen

Windows has made it very easy to reset your system in the event something terrible, awful happens to it; a virus or perhaps a bit too much tinkering with the Registry, or maybe a particularly malicious app. Resetting allows you to keep all your files and apps, and return Windows to its original default settings. To do so, go to the Settings app and visit the Recovery group of settings where you will see an option to reset the PC. If things are a bit too messed up and you aren't able to get to the Settings app, you might need to reset it before it boots to the desktop which you can from the login screen. Here's how. Read More

How To Remove Default Windows 10 Apps Using PowerShell [Guide]

Windows 10 is bundled with a lot more apps than any of its predecessors. Some of those apps are plain pointless; Bing sports, Bing News, etc. Depending on how you look at them, they might be really useful and innovative, or they might be bloated junk that you would love to free your system of. Here's the complete guide to removing these apps from your system, selectively, or absolutely using PowerShell commands. Read More

How To Create Windows 10 Installation Disk Or Bootable USB

Most users who upgrade to Windows 10 will be doing so from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Both will be able to upgrade directly to the new operating system but if you're curious or in genuine need for an installation disk for Windows 10, Microsoft has you covered. You can create a bootable disc or a bootable USB with the media creation tool that you used to upgrade to Windows 10. Here is a step-by-step walkthrough of the entire process. Read More

Find Your Windows 10 Product Key After Upgrading From Windows 7/8

After upgrading your Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation to Windows 10, you might be wondering what product key you will use in case you want to do a clean install of Windows 10. We've already tried using the Windows 7 (or 8 if that's your case) key during a fresh install, and it didn't work. When you upgrade to Windows 10 from an older Windows version (one that lets you upgrade for free), you rely on the operating system's old (and authentic) product key to carry you through the upgrade. After that upgrade, that key is not upgraded itself so that it will work on Windows 10 clean installs. What happens is that you're secretly assigned a new product key for your new operating system, and you need to find it before you initiate a clean Windows 10 install. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Off The Windows 10 Tips Notifications

If it ever comes to a point where you need to introduce a tips app as part of the operating system, you might need to step back and look at what you've done. Things are either too complicated, poorly designed, or extremely unlikely to be found by the average user. All this means you have a long way to go as far as user experience is concerned. Apple introduced a Tips app in iOS and now Microsoft has introduced one in Windows 10. Not only is there a Tips app to help you get to know the new features in Windows 10, you also get regular tip notifications that try and point out alternative ways of getting things done. If the tips annoy you, you can easily turn them off from the Settings app. Read More

How To Make Cortana Use Google Search In Chrome And Firefox

Cortana is one of the major features introduced in Windows 10 and as predicted, it is tied to Bing. Everyone knew Cortana would use Bing and Edge by default but we were optimistic that it would come with a customization tool that would let us use our browser and search engine of choice. Now that Windows 10 has been released, we realize the error of our ways. If you set a different browser as your default browser in Windows 10, Cortana will route all web searches to it but it will still use Bing. Here's a work around for Chrome and Firefox users that will force Cortana to not just use your preferred browser but to use Google instead of Bing. Read More

Can You Use Your Windows 7 Product Key For Fresh Windows 10 Install

Windows 10 is free for anyone wanting to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8. That's what we all know and as more and more of us continue to upgrade our older Windows version to the newer one a fresh question is doing the rounds; is your Product key now tied to Windows 10 or is it still tied to Windows 7 (or 8)? The question is important because if at any time in the future you want to do a fresh Windows 10 install, you will want to know whether or not you can do so from an install disk or USB and give it the same product key that you used for Windows 7/8, or if you will have to upgrade Windows 7/8 all over again after activating it with its original product key. The simple answer here is 'No'. You will need to upgrade from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10. More details inside. Read More