How To Update Windows Subsystem For Linux On Windows 10

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update added Linux to the Windows platform. The Windows Subsystem for Linux is an optional Windows feature. You can choose to enable it but there's no way to update it even though it does get updates. Simply upgrading to the Creators Update will not automatically update Windows Subsystem for Linux. You have to do it manually. Here's how you can update Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10.Read More

How To Get Game Mode In Windows 10 Pro N

Game mode is one of the highlight features in the Windows 10 Creators Update. It's basically a system optimization feature that helps games run better on your system. You can access it from the Settings app and it's easy to turn On or Off. If you like games, this is probably one of the features you were most interested in. If you're running Windows 10 Pro N however, you're going to be disappointed. The Creators Update for Windows 10 Pro N does not include Game mode. In order to get Game Mode in Windows 10 Pro N, you need to install Media Feature Pack from Microsoft.Read More

How To Reverse Scroll Direction In Windows 10

Windows 10, used to have an easy to access reverse scroll direction option. It allowed you to reverse the direction your trackpad scrolled in. It was in the Settings app under Devices>Mouse & Trackpad and was a simple little switch that users had to flip. Windows 10 removed the reverse scroll direction option, probably through an update. This has left Windows users with no simple way to reverse scroll direction in Windows 10. The good news is, it's still possible but you have to know where to look. Here's how you can reverse scroll direction on the touchpad and for a mouse wheel in Windows 10.Read More

How To Disable Driver Signature Enforcement In Windows 10

Windows is not exactly synonymous with security. It tires, and it tires hard but PCs are subject to almost every imaginable digital malady such as malware burrowing its way into your kernel under the guise of harmless software. As a counter-measure, Windows attempts to keep your system secure by having hardware manufacturers digitally sign their drivers and have them verified by Microsoft for mass distribution. If you are a developer looking to install an older driver, or a self-made driver, or a custom tweak that is unlikely to be signed you won't be able to. In order to install an unsigned driver, you need to  disable driver signature enforcement.Read More

Fix The Disk Structure Is Corrupted And Unreadable In Windows

There are times when we want to access parts of our disk and Windows simply refuses to comply. Sometimes it just freezes until explorer crashes, or the disk isn't physically removed. Sometimes, you get the message 'The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable'. That is a sign that your device has incurred some physical problems that might need addressing. This is a common occurrence with removable media such as USB Drives, Memory Cards, or older mechanical hard drives. This can be brought on by simple corrupt data, or it can be as bad as  a damaged Master File Table (MFT). Whatever the cause, the result is the same. Here are all the ways you can overcome this problem.Read More

How To Run A JAR File On Windows

Windows apps are mainly packaged as installers or executable files. An app installer has the MSI extension and an executable file has the EXE extension. At times, a developer may choose to zip an EXE file. This is done because browsers will block an EXE from downloading thinking it is malicious. Similarly, some email services and clients may not let users attach or download an EXE file. Windows users are therefore, used to extracting an EXE from a zipped folder in order to run it. While normal, this can be confusing if you've downloaded a JAR file. The JAR file will be associated with the 7zip or Winzip apps. The archive app will be able to extract the JAR file but there isn't going to be anything in it that you can run. Here's how you can run a JAR file on Windows.Read More

How To Enable Spatial Sound In Windows 10 For Headphones & Home Theater

The Windows 10 Creators Update has added spatial sound. If you're unfamiliar with what spatial sound is, it's basically 3D sound. With Spatial Sound enabled, it seems as though the music is playing around you as opposed to through your ear buds. True spatial sound is a combination of three things; audio composed to deliver a spatial listening experience, headphones or speakers configured for spatial sound, and software to support it. The Creators Update lets you enable Spatial Sound in Windows 10. Here's how.Read More

How To Configure The Power Button To Turn Off The Display In Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update is rolling out to users now. If you don't want to wait for the roll out, you can upgrade to the Creators Update now. There are several new features in the Creators Update that make the update worth it. The ability to hide the apps list from the Start Menu is at the top of that list. That said, there are also quite a few minor improvements in the Creators Update that you will love. One new, mostly undocumented, addition is a new action for the power button. Users can sleep, hibernate, or shut down Windows 10 by pressing the power button. The Creators Update now lets you configure the power button to turn off the display. Here's how to set it up.Read More

How To Switch To Mini View In The Movies & TV App In Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update has a new feature called Mini View. It's limited to the Movies & TV, and Skype Preview apps for now. This feature lets you pin the app to a corner of your screen on top of all other apps. Think picture-in-picture mode that lets you continue watching a movie while you work. Mini View in the Movies & TV app is a feature added with the Creators Update. If you're still running the Anniversary Update, you won't be able to use it. An update to the app alone will not enable Mini View in the Movies & TV app. Here's how you can switch to the mini view in the Movies & TV app in Windows 10.Read More

Move The Current Window To A Virtual Desktop With A Hotkey [Windows 10]

Virtual desktops in Windows 10 are a bare-bone feature. Third-party apps allow you to name virtual desktops and jump straight to one without cycling through them all. The built-in keyboard shortcuts for the virtual desktops are basic. To move a window to a virtual desktop, you have to first go to the Task View. zVirtualDesktop is a Windows app that lets you move the current window to a virtual desktop with a hotkey. You don't have to go to Task view first. You can move the current window to a virtual desktop and switch to it. Alternatively, you can just move the window and remain on the current desktop. The app also supports hotkeys for pinning apps and lets you set a different wallpaper for each desktop.Read More

How To Use Location Based Features Without Enabling Location Access [Windows 10]

Windows 10 has a few features that require access to your current location. You can enable location access from the Settings app under Privacy>Location. When you turn on location access, Windows 10 is able to give you the current weather and Cortana can find places nearby. Third party apps can request access to your current location. It is entirely up to you to select which apps can and cannot access your current location. If you want to use location based features without enabling location access for the OS, you can. The solution comes built-in with Windows 10. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Get The Windows 10 Creators Update

It's April and the Windows 10 Creators Update is happening. Microsoft formally announced the release date for the Creators Update and shed a little light on how the roll out will take place. As with the Anniversary Update, the roll out will be slow. Users on newer devices will get the update first. You can choose to wait for the update to roll out to you but that could take as long as two months. The good news if you're already running Windows 10, you can force the update with the Update Assistant or you can get the ISO. Here's how.Read More

Automatically Switch To The Dark Theme At Night In Windows 10

Windows 10 has a dark and light theme. It applies to all UWP apps. Users can switch to the dark or light theme from the Settings app. What they can't do is schedule when Windows 10 will automatically switch to a dark or light theme. The Creators Update expected to arrive this month has a Night Light feature that will tint your screen a warm color. You can schedule Night Light but it isn't the same as switching to the dark theme at night. Here's how you can automatically switch to the dark theme at night in Windows 10 using a little script and a scheduled task.Read More

How To View And Clear The Printer Queue In Windows 10

In Windows 7, when you print a document a little printer icon appears in the System Tray. This icon lets you access the printer's queue. From the printer queue you can pause or cancel a print job. This has changed in Windows 10. When you connect a printer and print a document no icon appears in the System Tray. As such, there doesn't seem to be any way to view or clear the printer queue in Windows 10. It's still possible if you know where to look. You can view and clear the printer queue and you don't need to connect the printer to your system to do so. Here's how.Read More

How To Download Netflix Content On Windows 10

At the end of 2016, Netflix introduced a download feature in its iOS and Android apps. The feature lets users download select content to their phone or tablet. The feature helps reduce data consumption on a cellular plan. Netflix users can download content when a WiFi connection is available and watch it when they are offline. This same feature is now available on the Netflix app for Windows 10. The Netflix app is only available through the Windows Store which means this feature is for Windows 8 and Windows 10 users. Here's how you can download Netflix content on Windows.Read More

Fix Pinned Apps Not Opening In Place On The Taskbar In Windows 10

When you open a pinned app from the Taskbar, it opens exactly where it is pinned. A line appears under the icon to show that the pinned app is running. This is what happens when the Taskbar shortcut is pinned correctly. It will likely work that way on older versions of Windows but not on Windows 10. It seems there's an odd sort of bug that makes it so apps open separately from their pinned icons. You have an entire row of icons, and then a second icon showing its active window. The second icon showing the running app should not be there. The pinned icon should show you the app is running. If your app icons do otherwise you have a problem. Here's how you can fix pinned apps not opening in place on the Taskbar in Windows 10.Read More

How To Fix Red Screen Of Death In Windows

Windows has garnered a bit of reputation of being such an unstable platform since Windows 10 was released. While not true for all versions of Windows, the OS has its problems at times. Windows errors usually bring us to the much dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). However, there is a phenomenon known as Red Screen of Death (RSoD) and we all know that red is considerably more maniacal than blue. A red screen fatality does not occur as frequently as a blue one but it signifies more trouble than the blue screen of death. On the off-chance you were unfortunate enough to have received the Read Screen of Death, here are a few things you can try to fix it.Read More

How To Fix Black Desktop Background In Windows

The desktop wallpaper is a standard feature in any desktop. It's easy to change in Windows and you can set a static image, a slideshow, or a solid color as your background. It's rare for this feature to ever break but it's not impossible. Sometimes when you try to change the wallpaper in Windows you get a black desktop background. This can happen regardless if you're trying to set a wallpaper or a slideshow as your background. Normally, this doesn't just happen if you had a perfectly normal Windows installation. A change in your display settings usually through a third-party app is often the cause. Here's how you can fix black desktop background in Windows.Read More

Shut Down Windows When You Close Your Laptop Lid

If you have a laptop running Windows, you have the option to customize what the power button does. You also have the option to customize what happens when you close your laptop's lid. This feature has been part of Windows for a very long time. Most people use it to put their laptop to sleep or in hibernate mode. If however, you prefer to shut down your system at the end of the day and want a faster way to do it, you can shut down Windows by closing the laptop lid. This of course only works for laptops and not desktops but it's a no-click way to shut down Windows. It's also really simple to set up. Here's what you need to do.Read More

Run Bash As Admin From The Context Menu In Windows 10

The Anniversary Update added Bash to Windows 10. The feature in and of itself was the major highlight of the update. This feature is for developers and not the average end user. Bash in Windows 10 makes developing on the Windows platform much easier. It's also a great way to get developers to upgrade to Windows 10 because you can't get Bash natively on older versions of Windows. This is a Windows 10 only feature. Bash in Windows 10 is an optional feature so it isn't integrated like the Command Prompt. If you want to run Bash as admin from the context menu, and be able to open it in any folder location you have to tweak the registry a bit. Here's how.Read More