Learning How To Pause Windows 10 Updates At Home

For people at home, Microsoft Windows 10 (Home Edition) has an advanced built-in feature that allows you to “temporarily” delay or pause Windows updates for up to 35 days. For your IT Network Managers in the business world, you are most likely running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, etc…; and, in those instances, updates can be delayed up to a year.

Microsoft Windows is an extremely complex operating system, the target of the criminal enterprise, and as a result, updates are necessary in order to maintain the integrity of the operating system. Often though, these updates run into compatibility issues or the coding of the update may be off just enough that it causes widespread problems. As a result, a good strategy here is to delay the updates; especially if you know beforehand the update is one that is a major OS “feature” update where potential stability problems often occur.

So, how do you delay the updates? I found a good tutorial on this, which is a quick read, and for you folks at home, you will learn where and how to pause updates in a matter of minutes. There are also instructions included for anyone else who has the higher Windows 10 version options.

I do want to add that it is vitally important to allow updates to eventually take hold in order to protect your data and the integrity of the operating system.


How to delay Windows 10 updates, like the November 2019 Update

Windows Update

Do you want to stop Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) from downloading and installing on your computers and other similar devices? The good news is that, if you have Windows 10 Pro or a superior edition such as Enterprise, you can postpone updates for up to an entire year. Even if you only have Windows 10 Home, you can still change some settings and make it delay updates for up to 35 days. Here is how to postpone Windows 10 updates such as November 2019 Update.

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When is owning a Chromebook a worthy choice vs. owning a Windows Laptop?

Below my post here is an article from c|net explaining the differences between a Chromebook vs. a Windows laptop and how Chromebooks have progressed to the point that they are a worthy choice; but, when is that choice really worthy.

In my opinion (and experience), a Chromebook is a choice for someone that is pretty much limited to being tied to the internet. From what I am seeing out there in the “real world” of home computing, a Chromebook will suffice for the kids growing up and the parents that are retired. The Chromebooks are lower in cost, simple to operate and very low maintenance. There are no antivirus software to install and updates are transparent. I own a Chromebook and let me tell you, I love it. For what I do these days (i.e. blogging, writing letters, exploring the internet) it gets the job done and gets it done at a lower price point than a full-blown Windows-based laptop. Once you get past the low learning curve, you will be dragging your Chromebook everywhere through the house.

Examples of Chromebooks and Their Prices

Now again, using real-world thinking here, if you are the high school student, the college student or the working business person, go with a Windows-based laptop. The reason for that thinking is that people in those life categories are using power-intensive applications (Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Video Conferencing, etc…) that are the industry standards. There are ways to use a Chromebook to run these standard applications, but you will get frustrated; whereas, the Windows-based laptop is engineered to handle these applications with ease. With a Windows-based laptop be prepared, as you probably already know, for a higher cost, with a higher learning curve, and a higher level of maintenance.

Examples of Windows Based Laptops and Their Prices

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Microsoft Cautions Against Installing the Latest Windows 10 Update | Digital Trends

For folks at home… This does not apply and only applies to “Microsoft’s enterprise-based customers”.


Before going on a red alert, this issue pertains to Microsoft’s enterprise-based customers. Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection is a paid service for detecting, investigating, and responding to “advanced threats.” It’s built into Windows 10 but unrelated to the Windows Security platform found in Windows 10 Home and Pro.

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Tech Video: Follow These Steps When Getting Rid Of Your Windows 10 Computer

Below is a video for you folks at home that will walk you through the proper steps of resetting a Windows 10 computer that you are intending on selling, donating, recycling, etc… Manually deleting files and uninstalling software will not remove all your personal data. The reset method, as outlined in this video, will wipe the drive and reset Windows back to factory specs. If you want a more aggressive option, check out “Powerful Software That Allows You To Destroy Data On Your Computer” that will remove everything, including the operating system.

Two things to know:

  1. Backup your personal files to another drive, export your bookmarks in your browser, and make sure you have the license keys to any software that you have installed (such as Microsoft Office).
  2. The reset process where all data is removed will take hours depending on the size of the drive. In the video, you will see that it took over 3 hours, but you can leave the computer unattended while it is performing the reset.

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Windows 10 Fresh Start | Reset | Refresh | Clean install | In-place Upgrade – Posted by “The Windows Club”

For you folks at home, I suggest bookmarking this article by “The Windows Club”.  You will eventually need it… I added this article to the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection (a speed dial collection of quality tech sites and blogs).


Windows 10 Fresh Start | Reset | Refresh | Clean install | In-place Upgrade

Windows 10 Advanced Recovery option offers recovery solutions which can help you bring back Windows 10 to a working condition. These are extreme solutions when nothing else can be done. That said, before one uses one of these solutions, its a good idea to understand the differences between them. Windows 10 offers Fresh Start, Refresh, and Reset options. Towards the end we also mention the difference between a Clean install and In-place upgrade.

Refresh Windows Tool

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How to use Windows 10’s Cloud Download Recovery Feature? | Windows101Tricks

In 2020, Windows 10 is getting a new feature that will allow users where they can download their operating systems from the cloud and increase the speed of a recovery process. This new cloud recovery or cloud reinstall feature is going to be very useful for Windows 10 users and will make the life of the user with the high-speed internet connection super simple.

Cloud Download

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How To Change The Theme On Your Windows 10 Computer

When we paint a room in our house we get that feeling that we have something anew. You can do the same thing with your Windows 10 computer by changing the theme. I have found over the years by assisting people with computers that they will stay with the same color schemes, backgrounds, etc… during the entire life of owning their computers. Much of it has to do with being fearful that they may mess up the operation of their computer.

With Windows 10 you are given many options (themes) to change the appearance of what you are seeing and I encourage people to take advantage of that to give you that feeling of anew.

In Windows 10, the simplest way to get started with changing the theme on your computer is to simply go to the desktop, right mouse click, and select “Personalize” on the menu.

  • Once the “Personalization” window loads, select “Themes” from the sidebar menu.
  • Once the “Themes” window loads, you will have options where you can customize make changes to the current theme (background, color, sounds and mouse cursor); BUT, I highly recommend that you jump down to where it says “Change Theme”.

  • At that point, you may see 3 or 4 themes, including the current theme you are using, that shipped with Windows 10. You are not limited to just those themes.
  • Under “Themes” you will see “Get more themes in Microsoft Store”. If you click on that, you will be taken to the store where a whole new world of themes is available.

  • When selecting a theme from the Microsoft Store, read the reviews, etc… The theme you select will show up in the “Themes” window on your computer and will become part of your collection. You can change the themes anytime by following the steps outlined above.

In Summary, all-in-all, this is a simple process that you can easily learn to make using your computer a more enjoyable experience.


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Display System Information On Your Desktop With Desktop Info

This post is more for those that are geeks at heart, manage test servers, or multiple PC’s in a network setting. This utility, called Desktop Info, is a portable app (just download, unzip and run), that allows you to display and monitor every kind of metric about a Windows-based system. You can actually configure this portable app to run as a screensaver. Instructions on doing that and other configuration options are included in a manual that is packaged in the zip file.

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Once the Desktop Info is running you can kill it via the right click context menu or from Task Manager. Open the desktopinfo.ini file or select Configuration from the right click context menu and adjust each item in the items section to control visibility, refresh times, colors and other properties. The display updates itself automatically when you save the ini file. Desktop Info ships with a sample configuration file. The first time you run the application, the sample ini file will be copied to the working ini file. You are now free to modify it as needed using any text editor.

Source: Glenn’s Page – Desktop Info


How To Set Up Your Personal Vault In OneDrive | What’s On My PC

If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive, did you know there is a personal vault (protected area) in OneDrive where you can store your most important or sensitive files?  I totally forgot about the newly added “personal vault” and happened across it while browsing my OneDrive files. It was at this point I needed to know the basics in setting up my “personal vault”.

Here is what you need to do:

Personal Vault is a special folder in your OneDrive that’s protected by an extra layer of security. You’ll need to set it up separately on each device where you want to use it.

  1. The first time you see Personal Vault in your OneDrive, you’ll see a message where you can select Get started.Personal Vault get started

    If you don’t see the message or you dismissed it, browse to your OneDrive and select the Personal Vault folder.

  2. Read about Personal Vault and select Next.
  3. In the Verify your identity dialog box, verify your account info and make note of your email address in case you want it for the next step. Then select Verify.
  4. Choose a verification method. For example, select Text and follow the instructions to send yourself a text message on your phone.

    If you’re using text or email, you’ll need to find the text or email message and type in the code that you were sent.

Click the source link below to learn more about uploading files to your personal vault; moving files to your personal vault; and/or, unlocking or locking your personal vault…

Source: Microsoft

Windows 10 Version 1903 Now in Broad Deployment, Available to Everyone | Bleeping Computer

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 version 1903 has now been added to the broad deployment channel and will be available to everyone via Windows Update. While the release of Windows 1903 has not been nearly as bad as version 1809, it has been a rough couple of months for some people since it was released in May. With numerous bugs causing audio problems, high CPU usage, Visual Basic app problems, bluetooth issues, and more, Microsoft has finally determined that Windows 10 version 1903 is ready for broad release to everyone.

Windows 10

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11 Tips to Help You Fix the Windows Blue Screen Error | MakeUseOf

What is a blue screen in Windows? How do you fix blue screen errors? Here are several fixes for this common Windows problem.

What’s commonly called a blue screen of death is technically known as a stop error or fatal system error. This occurs when the operating system crashes, meaning it ran into some issue that prevented it from running safely. When this happens, Windows displays a blue screen with some information about the problem and then restarts.

Old Windows Blue Screen

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ZDNet Reporting That You Can Still Get A FREE Windows 10 Upgrade

As of September 20, 2019, ZDNet is reporting that the upgrade process to Windows 10 still works. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 I would give this a shot ASAP!

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Today, more than three years after the free upgrade offer supposedly ended, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital entitlement, without being forced to jump through any hoops.

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The Windows Club Shows You “How to schedule a Windows Defender scan in Windows 10”

Why buy Antivirus Software when it is included in Windows 10? I would not have said that a couple years back. Windows Defender has progessed to the point that it is the only antivirus software I have installed on my PC. CLICK HERE to see why. With that being said, learn how to schedule a Windows Defender scan (see source link below).

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Microsoft has provided Windows 10/8 with built-in security software, Windows Defender. It’s free, easy to use, and has great features like other competitor antivirus software in its class. In this post, we will see how to schedule a full scan in Windows Defender

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Learn How To Setup and Use The Backup Utility In Windows 10

I bet you did not know there is a backup utility built into Windows 10. It is called File History… File History actually was first introduced in Windows 8. It gives you the ability to backup your personal files on your computer and restores them in the event of an issue. Below are the initial steps to setting up File History. You will need an external drive in order to back up your files. The main thing I personally was looking for in this built-in utility was whether I could select specific folders to backup and the answer to that is, you can select specific folders. You can also select specific times you want the backups to occur. If you want a more detailed description of “How to Set Up and Configure File History on Windows 10”, CLICK HERE, to see the writeup at Groovy Post by Brian Burgess.

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Use File History to backup and restore in Windows 10

  • Backup your PC with File History 
  • Use File History to back up to an external drive or network location. Select Start​  > Settings  > Update & Security  Backup Add a drive , and then choose an external drive or network location for your backups.
    Image of File History backup in Windows 10
  • Restore your files with File History

If you’re missing an important file or folder that you’ve backed up, here’s how to get it back:

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type restore files, and then select Restore your files with File History.

  • Look for the file you need, then use the arrows to see all its versions.

  • When you find the version you want, select Restore to save it in its original location. To save it in a different place, right-click Restore, select Restore to, and then choose a new location.


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Quick Tip: Use The Update Assistant To Get The May 2019 Windows 10 Update

If you are seeing that your Windows 10 version is no longer going to be supported after November 2019, don’t fret… You simply need to update to the current version which is 1903. To get your computer up-to-date, click on the link below to, look for the update assistant, and click on “Update Now”. Please realize, this type of update may take time for the update to complete; especially, if you are several versions behind. Also, I would be concerned that my computer did not auto-update to the current version(s).

Source: Microsoft – Download Windows 10


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Geek Uninstaller – The Best FREE Program Uninstaller For Windows

If you are someone that assists others when computer problems develop, Geek Uninstaller is one software utility program (portable app) that you should have with you in your tech toolbox. I personally have followed and used this program since its’ inception and it is the one program I go to when I need to uninstall programs from Windows computers. I totally avoid the built-in uninstaller that ships with Windows due I have found it will not do a thorough cleanup. This is where Geek Uninstaller shines. This program will perform a deep and fast scanning (after the uninstall) to remove the leftovers. Efficient and Fast, Small and Portable. 100% Free…

Geek Uninstaller

Source: Geek Uninstaller – the best FREE uninstaller


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Quick Tip: The Different Types of Windows 10 Updates

by Mayank Parmar @ Bleeping Computer

Most folks at home that own Windows-based computers typically learn about Windows updates early on in the ownership of their computers. The update process, most of the time is transparent to the user; but, there are the times when they are very evident to user, such as when Windows 10 performs a feature update (which is actually an upgrade in my opinion) where the update process can consume a lot of time before completion. I know myself, I keep my fingers crossed when updates roll out. In this article, at Bleeping Computer, I encourage you to read so that you will quickly learn about Windows updates and the different type of updates. Yes, there is more than one type of update…  Rick @ What’s On My PC

Microsoft pushes out a variety of monthly updates that fix bugs, compatibility issues, performance enhancements, and security updates. Windows 10 is also updated twice a year with new “Feature Updates” that aim to modify the Windows 10 experience in a significant way.

Windows Update

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Tech News: Windows 10 will let you reinstall the OS from the cloud

by Jon Fingas @ Engadget

To date, reinstalling Windows has meant using a local copy — either something already stored on your PC (and thus at risk of going bad) or something external. Soon, though, it might just be a matter of grabbing it online. On top of changing tablet mode, the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build on the Fast ring includes a “download Windows” option when you want to reset your PC. Much like the feature Macs have had for years, you can use your broadband connection to grab a fresh install from the cloud. You don’t need a backup partition or a thumb drive to get back in business.

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“Desktop vs. Microsoft Store Apps: Which Should You Download?”

by Ben Stagner @ MakeUseOf

What caught my eye in this article, by Ben Stagner @ MakeUseOf (see source link below) is that “many apps are available as both “traditional desktop apps” and modern apps in the Microsoft Store. I want to research this more to determine how many “traditional desktop apps” are actually promoted and how are they channeled to your computer if you select a “traditional desktop app”. Typically, “traditional desktop apps” are in a format where an “exe” (executable) is launched to install and to launch the software. I have found that the apps in the Microsoft Store are often large in file size compared to the “traditional desktop apps”. I would love to see Microsoft set up a store, similar to Google Play, that would serve as the gatekeeper to software applications for Windows. It would help improve security (I think)… Good article on Ben’s part… Rick @ What’s On My PC

Microsoft Store Platform Availability

Should you get your Windows apps from the Microsoft Store, or use traditional desktop programs? Here are the main differences.

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Tech Deal: Use This Mini PC To Turn Your TV Into A Windows Computer

I am starting to see more and more of these mini computers. As a matter of fact, I currently use one as my daily computer (ACEPC AK1 Mini PC) and have not experienced any issues thus far; and, have been quite pleased with the performance.

Today, I noticed Amazon has a mini pc deal ($30 off the regular price) that you may want to take a look at (CLICK HERE). If I were buying this, I would research it out further; but, for the price and for what you are getting, this may be a good computer to hook up to that big screen. As I mentioned, I currently own a mini pc (similar to the one on sale) and I have it connected to my flat-screen TV (32 inch) in my garage. — Rick @ What’s On My PC

Desktop Mini PC Quad-Core Intel Celeron J3160 Processor (up to 2.24GHz),4G DDR3/NVMe 128GB SSD Pre-Installed with Windows 10 Pro 4K HDMI&VGA Display with Silent Cooling System USB 3.0/BT 4.2


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Quick Tip: 10 truly helpful Windows 10 tools you might not know about

by Brad Chacos @ PCWorld

Windows 10 offers many other power tools for enthusiasts—if you know where to find them. Some are older, yet still obscure. Others are relatively new, added during the twice-annual major upgrades Microsoft’s been pushing out since Windows 10 launched nearly four long years ago (though the second update looks to be minor this year). But all 10 of these little-used tricks and tools can help hardened PC users save time or eliminate headaches.

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Robocopy: Best practices for working with this helpful Windows utility | TechGenix

As someone who grew up using the old DOS “copy” command, copy is often my go to when I only need to copy a few files. However, Windows includes another file copy utility called Robocopy. Robocopy is far superior to the old copy command, and is well-suited to the task of performing large or complex file copy operations.

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Source: Robocopy: Best practices for working with this helpful Windows utility

Quick Tip: Creating A Windows Desktop Shortcut With Google Chrome

Creating a desktop shortcut using Google Chrome is quite easy. By creating a shortcut on your Window’s desktop to a favorite site will get you to the site quickly by simply clicking on the shortcut. I personally have shortcuts on the desktop to my Gmail, my calendar, my notes, my Google Drive, etc…

Here are the steps to create a Windows desktop shortcut with Google Chrome:

  • Open Google Chrome and go to the site you desire to create a shortcut for. In my case, I went to my site at www.whatsonmypc.net.
  • Once the site loads, go to the top right corner of the browser and click on the three vertical dots to open the Google Chrome Menu.
  • When the menu opens, click on “More Tools”; then click on “Create Shortcut”

  • When the “Create Shortcut” dialog box appears, you can name the shortcut whatever you want to name it. In this case, I named the shortcut “What’s On My PC”. I typically keep the name of the shortcut to a short easily identifiable name.

  • You will also see an option where you can open the shortcut as a Window if you desire. My advice, leave the box unchecked.
  • Click on “Create” and the shortcut will be created on your Windows desktop where it makes it easy for you to go directly to the site.
  • If you decide you no longer want the shortcut, simply delete it from the desktop.

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Microsoft Patches Two Critical Windows 10 Security Flaws | Digital Trends

If you’re running any version of Windows 10, you should update your computer as soon as possible. Microsoft recently alerted users that it patched two critical remote code execution (RCE) “wormable” vulnerabilities, which could have allowed hackers to spread malware to both your — and others — PCs without your knowledge or any interaction.

Source: Microsoft Patches Two Critical Windows 10 Security Flaws | Digital Trends

Quick Tip: When getting rid of your iOS, Android or Windows devices it is important to wipe the data. Here’s how…

What I have found that most people when they get rid of their devices they neglect to erase or wipe the device clean of their personal information (files, pictures, contacts, messages, etc…). The National Cyber Security Centre,  UK’s independent authority on cybersecurity, has a nice tech writeup on resetting (wiping clean) and reprovisioning your iOS, Android and Windows Devices (see source link below).

Quick Reference

For each platform, the most useful restore methods are explained in full, alongside the risks of using them. We then recommend one of the methods to use for the following four common scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: Sanitising a device believed to be compromised with malware
  • Scenario 2: Preparing a device which has not previously been managed
  • Scenario 3: Reissuing a device to a different user in the same security environment
  • Scenario 4: Sanitising a device for release to lower security domain or sale

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Windows 10 Version 1903 Will Be Coming Soon, Microsoft Warns | Redmondmag.com

Here at ‘What’s On My PC’ I am hearing the version 1903 feature update this is starting to show up on Windows 10 computers at home. As with any Windows 10 update, expect the process to be time-consuming (and leave the computer “on” during the update process).

Windows 10 version 1903 will be arriving soon for many of those individuals and organizations not presently using it.

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Software Selection for 08/06/2019 – System Scheduler 5.16

System Scheduler 5.16

Source: Splinterware

(Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP)

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The free version of System Scheduler is fully functioning with no embedded advertising or other software. Includes basic functions to run an application, popup reminders and send keypresses. The Pro version is $30.00 and further includes:

  • Runs as a system Service (run jobs while logged off)
  • Send Email Notifications on task run or failure
  • Detect Application Exit Code Errors
  • Process Watcher, File Watcher and Service Watcher Events
  • Shutdown/Reboot local and REMOTE computers
  • Auto Logoff Computer
  • Auto Lock Console
  • Run Programs/Tasks on Logon and Logoff/Shutdown
  • Schedule Missed Events to run on Startup/Logon
  • Wake Up Local (Standby/Hibernate) and Remote Computers (Wake On LAN)
  • Run Sequence of Events, with timed delays
  • Extra Scheduling Options such as ‘On Idle’, ‘On Cease Idle’, ‘On Wakeup’
  • Advanced credentials control using ‘Run As…’
  • Terminal Services/Remote Desktop support
  • On Windows Vista/7 and higher can automatically use highest credentials
  • Create desktop shortcut to run events immediately
  • Priority Email Support from Splinterware

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Software Selection for 08/03/2019 – Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Downloader Tool 8.16

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Downloader Tool 8.16

Source: FreewareFiles

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Microsoft removed the disk images of its Windows operating system from Digital River, making it difficult to get untouched ISO files. Now, you can now use Microsoft Windows ISO Downloader Tool to easily download genuine disk images for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. Additionally, you can download Office images for Windows and Mac. The handy software connects directly to Microsoft’s server.


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Software Selection for 07/28/2019 – Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

Source:  Freewarefiles.com

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is a tool designed help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including; registry errors, file permissions, issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Updates, Windows Firewall and more. Malware and poorly installed programs can modify your default settings resulting in your machine working badly – or worse.

With Tweaking.com Windows Repair you can restore Windows original settings fixing many of these problems.

Screenshot for: Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

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Quick Tip: Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Sign Out, Sleep, Shutdown and Restart

  • Press the Windows key + X (at the same time, then release), then tap U, then tap I to SIGN OUT
  • Press the Windows key + X (at the same time, then release), then tap U, then tap S to SLEEP
  • Press the Windows key + X (at the same time, then release), then tap U, then tap U again to SHUTDOWN
  • Press the Windows key + X (at the same time, then release), then tap U, then tap R to RESTART

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Change Mouse pointer and cursor size, color, scheme on Windows 10 | The Windows Club

The mouse pointer and cursor in Windows 10 are very important aspects of the operating system. This can be said for other operating systems as well, so in truth, they are not unique to Windows. Many users of the popular operating system may have no idea of some of the customization can perform on the mouse pointer and the cursor. If you’re someone who is sick and tired of looking at the same old thing every day, then continue reading.

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Quick Tip: Save Paper and Use Windows 10’s “Microsoft Print To PDF”

On most occasions, the documents we desire to print do not need to be in paper form. The print jobs are usually something we just want to save (like a packrat). To save paper, when you go to print in Windows 10, select “Microsoft Print To PDF” and save the print result to a folder on your computer. When you do this the end result is saved as a PDF file on your computer and will look just like the print result on paper; except, it is now in electronic form. You can even email the PDF to someone else if need be; and, if you find in the future you do need an actual hard copy of the file, just pull it up and print it to your printer. Great way to save paper and I can guarantee you, if you start doing this, you very seldom will use your printer.

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Quick Tip: How To Zip (Compress) and UnZip (Decompress) Files In Windows 10

You may have seen those files, called “zip” files, that have the “zip” extension. When you encounter those types of files, what you are seeing is a file that is typically compressed that contains many files inside the zip file. I know, for the beginner, this is hard to understand.

Below (courtesy of Microsoft) is how you create or compress files into a “zip” file and how you decompress a “zip” file to reveal what is inside. Typically, the home-based user most likely will be decompressing or opening a zip file, so it is best to grasp that concept first.

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In the search box on the taskbar, enter file explorer. From the search results, select File Explorer. Right-click the file you want to zip, and then select Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder. 

Zipping a file by selecting Compressed (zipped) folder

Unzip

Open File Explorer, and find the zipped folder.

To unzip the entire folder, right-click to select Extract All, and then follow the instructions.

To unzip a single file or folder, double-click the zipped folder to open it. Then, drag or copy the item from the zipped folder to a new location.

 

Quick Tip: How To Quickly Lock Your Windows 10 Computer

When I was managing a computer network and teaching others, one of the first things I would teach people is how to lock their computer when they walked away from the computer for an extended period of time. In the work environment, this is especially important from a privacy and security perspective.

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With Windows 10 the easiest method is to hit the Windows Key + L . When you return to your computer to start working again you will be required to enter your password or pin.

A more modern automated method is also available in Windows 10 and it is called “Dynamic Lock” where you can pair your PC and your Smartphone via bluetooth; providing, your computer is bluetooth ready. You can setup “Dynamic Lock” by going to Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options

Quick Tip: How to use the “Windows Snap” feature with the keyboard…

Snap with the keyboard

Aero Snap Windows Side by Side

To snap a window with the keyboard:

  • Select the window you want to snap and press the Windows Logo Key  + Left Arrow to snap that window to the left of your screen or the Windows Logo Key  + Right Arrow to snap that window to the right.
  • If you want to move it to a corner after snapping it, then with the window selected, press the Windows Logo Key  + Up Arrow or the Windows Logo Key  + Down Arrow to get it into the desired corner.
  • After you move the window to a corner, the window is in its smallest possible state, which is a quarter of the screen. Then you can use the Windows Logo Key  + Arrow Keys to move it wherever you want.

ACEPC AK1 Mini PC – Review Update

Purchased the ACEPC AK1 Mini PC back in February; and, as promised, here is a periodic update. I purchased this mini pc to connect to a 32 inch Insignia TV in my garage (my workspace, my cave). So far, so good! I use this PC on a daily basis and usually leave it on all day. At this point, I can recommend using this PC as a desktop computer; providing, you are not running memory intensive software that would tax the cpu and memory. I pretty much use this computer for all that I do (word processing, internet, videos, graphics editing, blogging, etc…) One thing I did, to save internal drive space, is I connected an SSD drive. This Mini PC has an option where you can install a drive (easily) inside the case. Software and files that I use are saved on that drive and use the main drive for pretty much the operating system. After 3 months of hard usage, this mini pc has not given me a minutes problem and with Windows-based PC’s these days, having less than a minutes problem is a miracle.

If interested, check out the ACEPC AK1 Mini PC, at Amazon, by clicking on any of the links below:

ACEPC AK1 Mini PC

  • 8GB RAM+120GB SSD –ACEPC AK1 built-in Intel Celeron J3455 processor at 1.50Ghz up to 2.3Ghz in Turbo mode and Intel HD Graphics, Pre-installed with Windows 10 (64-bit) and loaded with 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, set up is effortless.
  • Dual Display –Equipped with dual output display ports (2*HDMI port). 4K Ultra HD video playback, delight in producing stunning visuals.
  • Expand Storage Support– It’s expandable with the addition of up to 2 TB of 2.5 inch SSD or HDD fitted in the base expansion box.
  • Multifunctional Wireless Support — 5G+2.4G Dual Band WiFi, Ethernet Gigabit 1000MB/s LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, very convenient to connect other devices to the mini desktop computers.
  • Designed with 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x HDMI port, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port, 1 x Micro SD Card port, 1x Headphone Microphone Port.

Source: Amazon – ACEPC AK1 Mini PC

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