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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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 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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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

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

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 07/28/2019 – Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

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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.

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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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NEW – A Great Free Alternative For Paid Video Editing Software (by Icecream Apps)

I have always been a fan of Icecream Apps (for Windows). Today I want to share a new software application that they have released, that is a must-have in my book, called Icrecream Video Editor.

Icecream Video Editor is an alternative to paid video editing software that is NEW from Icecream Apps. The Icecream Video Editor is a Windows-based software application that allows you to edit videos and create new ones from both videos and photos in minutes. Icecream Video Editor has easy-to-use editing options where you can trim a video, add a transition, insert some background audio, insert titles and apply visual effects. You can also rotate, speed up, blur videos and much more.

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Source: Video Editor: Edit videos fast and free – Icecream Apps

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

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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.

How to search in Windows 10. Ten tips to become a Pro | Digital Citizen

In Windows 10, the search field found on your taskbar lets you look for apps, settings, documents, settings, music, and so on. To start searching, click or tap on the search field first. When you do that, the search home screen shows up. The search home screen lets you filter the search right from the start, by selecting to look for Apps, Documents, Settings, Email, Folders, Music, People, Photos, or Videos.

The Search home screen from Windows 10

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Quick Tip: How to “Pin To Taskbar” In Windows 10

I like to keep the desktop on my Windows 10 computer pretty much clear of any icons. Typically, if a program icon shows up on the desktop that I need to use frequently or get to quickly, I will pin it to the taskbar (the bar located at the bottom of the screen); then, once I know the program icon is on the taskbar, I will delete the program icon on the desktop.  I do this so that I can access the program from anywhere on the computer without having to go back to the desktop or go to the Start Menu. So, how do you pin a program icon (or folder, etc…) to the taskbar?

It is actually pretty basic. If you “right mouse click” the icon item, you will see an option to “Pin to taskbar”. Click on that option and the icon item will then be seen on the taskbar. To delete a pinned item on the taskbar, “right mouse click” the icon and click on “unpin from taskbar”. This same process will work on many program items that are on your Windows “Start Menu”, as well.

 

What’s new with the Settings app for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update | Windows Central

In addition to the new features and enhancements bundled with the May 2019 Update (version 1903), Windows 10 is also introducing a slew of changes to the Settings app to help users customize and modify system settings.

Starting with version 1903, the Settings experience revamps the homepage with a new header design (controlled feature) similar to the one found in the Microsoft account page online, and you’ll find many new settings and tweaks.

Source: What’s new with the Settings app for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update | Windows Central

How to properly update device drivers on Windows 10 | Windows Central

Usually, Windows 10 can detect and install drivers automatically using the array of product drivers built into the system and Windows Update. However, on occasion, you may have to update a device manually for a number of reasons. For instance, when a particular piece of hardware isn’t recognized automatically, stops working after an upgrade, Windows Update installs a generic package, or you need to access a new feature or bug fix.

Source: How to properly update device drivers on Windows 10 | Windows Central

Quick Tip: Most Important Process You Can Learn In Windows is “Cut, Copy and Paste”

To this day, after over 30 years in computing, people still do not know how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”; and, I have found it to be one of the most difficult things to teach people. I consider it the most important process you can learn in order to master the computer that will increase your productivity immensely. I encourage you to learn how to “cut or copy and paste”; you will not regret it.

To explain how this works… In simple terms, when you select text, a graphic, or a file in whatever it is you are working in, you can cut or copy that text, graphic or file from one location to another, by using the paste command. Whatever it is you cut or copy will be saved to the area of the computer (that you do not visually see) called the Windows clipboard. When you go to use the paste command, it will take whatever it was you cut or copied (saved) to the clipboard and allow you to paste (insert) it at another location. When you copy something, it does just that, it makes an exact copy. When you cut something, it removes it from the location you are cutting from.

For example, I could highlight and select text in a document, right mouse click, select copy from the menu; then, go to another document I may be composing, right mouse click and select paste (and the text will be copied or pasted at that location). If you select the cut command, it would remove the text from the source document location, be copied to the clipboard where you can then paste it in the document you are composing. In file management, cut or copy and paste is very useful when moving files from folder to another.

Typically cut or copy and paste can be used from the “right mouse click menu” after you select the text, graphic or file you desire to use.

You can also can use the keyboard commands: Ctrl+X (cut); Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste)…

As I mentioned, difficult to grasp, but learn how to do this and it will change how you use your computer forever and you will soon see it is actually very easy to master. If anything, learn how to “copy” and “paste” first until you get a good understanding of how this works; then, go to “cut” and “paste’. As an added note, “cut or copy and paste” are used on other operating platforms too, like your Android smartphone…

34 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for the Windows Command Prompt | How-To Geek

The Command Prompt is a powerful tool in Windows, giving you access to all kinds of useful commands you can’t get any other way. By its very nature, the Windows Command Prompt relies on a lot of keyboard use–and with that comes handy shortcuts. Most of these shortcuts have been around since the Command Prompt’s early days. Some are new with Windows 10 (especially some of those that use the Ctrl key) and you’ll need to enable them before you can use them. When you’ve done that, you’re ready to unleash your full-fingered keyboard fury.

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Source: 34 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for the Windows Command Prompt

Quick Tip: How To Find What Version Of Windows 10 Is On Your Computer

With Microsoft periodically sending out major Windows 10 updates (i.e. spring and fall) it is a good idea to learn how to find what version of Windows 10 is on your computer.

To do this:

  1. Right mouse click on the “Start Button” at the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. On the menu that pops up, click on “System”
  3. When the “System” window appears, click on “About” (if it is not already showing).
  4. On the right side of this window, under “About”, scroll down and you will see “‘System Specifications” where you will find the version of Windows 10 you are running. For example, on my PC, I am running version 1809 of the Windows 10 Home Edition.  You will also find the install date and the OS build.

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update @ Ars Technica

Both 32- and 64-bit requirements have been increased.

Previously, 32-bit Windows had a minimum storage requirement of 16GB, and 64-bit Windows needed 20GB. Both of these were extremely tight, leaving little breathing room for actual software, but technically this was enough space for everything to work. That minimum has now been bumped up: it’s 32GB for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows.

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update

Source: Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update | Ars Technica

Quick Tip: How To Enable “Slide To Shutdown”

This is more a trick than a tip; but, once implemented, it is a quick way to shut down your Windows 10 computer.

Here’s how to do this:

Right-click on the desktop, and select  “New”, then select “Shortcut”. In the windows that pops up, paste the following line of code: %windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

THEN, select “Next”, THEN “Finish”… The shortcut will be created on your desktop. If you click on the shortcut a slide down of the screen will appear from the top. If you grab the slide down with the mouse pointer and pull down, the computer will shut down.

What I did on my PC was “right mouse click” on the shortcut I created, pinned it to the taskbar and then deleted the shortcut from the desktop. This makes it handy to perform the shutdown without having to go directly to the desktop.

 

How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode | Android Authority

If you’re trying to troubleshoot problems with your Windows 10 PC, one option is to enter Safe Mode. In Windows 10 Safe Mode you can safely uninstall troublesome programs, resolve driver issues, diagnose hardware conflicts, and more. But how to boot in Safe Mode is less obvious in Windows 10 than we’ve seen in older Windows releases. In this guide we’ll show you how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode using version 1809 (October 2018 Update).

Windows 10 Safe Mode options

Source: How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Quick Tip: Right Mouse Click On The Windows 10 “Start Menu Button”

This one is for the folks at home and is something that I use all of the time. If you go to the bottom left corner of your screen and “right mouse click” on the Windows 10 Start Menu Button it will cause a menu to appear. This menu is a quick way to get into the various (commonly used) background settings and options in Windows. This also serves as a great way to explore and learn about these settings in a more user-friendly way.

 

Latest Windows 10 Update Causing Freezes, Sluggish Performance | ExtremeTech

To summarize the article from “ExtremeTech” on this issue:

Microsoft has mucked something up again. The latest patch update (KB 4493470) released on Patch Tuesday, April 9, appears to have caused significant performance problems for multiple groups of users.

Some users are reporting freezes upon login, while others claim lengthy times to boot to desktop. It sounds as if either the same issue is causing both, or that some individuals may be rebooting before the desktop has loaded, thinking the machine is permanently frozen.

The issues seem linked to the use of antivirus products from specific manufacturers, including Avast, AVG, and Sophos, with Sophos coming in for particular problems.

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Source: Latest Windows 10 Update Causing Freezes, Sluggish Performance – ExtremeTech

You can upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update right now (but you shouldn’t) | gHacks Tech News

To my reader’s at “What’s On My PC”, this update is a major update and will come to you, as suggested and recommended. You can update now but beware of the risks involved.

Microsoft plans to release the May 2019 Update for Windows 10 at the end of May 2019. The update will be rolled out slowly to devices at that point and it will take months before a good percentage of devices has been upgraded.

Source: You can upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update right now (but you shouldn’t) – gHacks Tech News

Quick Tip: How To Use The “Show Desktop Button” in Windows 10

Using the “Show Desktop” button to show the Windows desktop is one of those options in Windows, that is right before your eyes, that most people do not know exists.

If you move your mouse pointer to the very bottom right corner of your screen, to the taskbar, next to the time and date you should see a line or a sliver (actually called a button).

If you hold your mouse pointer on that button the desktop will appear. You can actually click on that button to go directly to the desktop. You can also toggle back and forth from the desktop and whatever application you are in by clicking on that button. This is handy when you need to get to the desktop to quickly launch another app, document, etc… I personally have found this to be quite useful.

If this button is not allowing you to peek at the desktop, it may be turned “off”. To turn it “on”, right mouse click on the “Windows Start Button”, click on “Settings”, then click on “Personalization”, then click on “Taskbar”. On the right side of the screen, you will see an option to toggle the desktop peek preview on and off.

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