A Guide to the Windows 10 Start Menu Since the release of Windows 95, the Start Menu has been the primary way for users to access their files and applications. Microsoft attempted to move away from this setup with Windows 8, creating a serious backlash. Now the Start Menu is back and better than ever for Windows 10. However, there have been a few changes since the last time we saw the Start Menu. There’s more functionality and customization options packed in than ever before, but the best way to take advantage of it might not be immediately obvious. Use this guide to get a firm grasp of the basics, and you’ll soon be using the Start Menu like a true Windows 10 expert. Getting Started The Start Menu in Windows 10 aims to offer the best of the classic Windows Start Menu mixed with the modern Metro interface introduced in Windows 8. As you can see, the leftmost column offers quick access to apps and utilities, much like the traditional Start Menu, whereas the rest is populated with Live Tiles. Access Start Menu Settings
Windows 10 Drivers Not working? Uninstall and Reinstall | Windows 10 content from SuperSite for Windows Late last week, when Build 10162 of Windows 10 started rolling out, I noticed that there were several in the communities having hardware driver related issues. Some struggled often and long, while others seemed to fix problems pretty quickly by just uninstalling and reinstalling the hardware drivers associated with the specific issues. I'm glad that I caught those threads prior to installing Build 10162 myself. Here's why… Over the weekend, I took the time to install Build 10162 on my original Surface Pro. During troubleshooting, I noticed that the Bluetooth applet in Settings would turn on, turn off, and then turn back on again. Using my knowledge from the pre-weekend community threads, I uninstalled the Bluetooth driver (Marvell) completely, rebooted, and allowed Windows 10 to reinstall the driver based on hardware discovery. Voila! Bluetooth was my issue, but there are many others affected by hardware driver issues in other areas. Here's hoping that RTM is flawless.
Digging into and Understanding Windows 10’s Privacy Settings Windows 8 introduced privacy settings and Windows 10 adds a bunch more. If you are interested in protecting your privacy while using Windows 10, you’re going to want to read further. In Windows 8.1, you could access the Privacy options from the PC settings, which contain five categories: General, Location, Webcam, Microphone, and Other devices. Windows 10 greatly increases the number of privacy options to twelve. In some cases, you can disable many things ahead of time by using the customized setup versus the express. There’s quite a bit to go over, so let’s carve into each category one by one and explain what you should expect to find, and some important things you need to know. The Privacy options are available in the Settings as their own group. In the Privacy group, you’ll find the aforementioned twelve categories, the first of which are the General settings. The Location settings should be familiar to you. Camera and Microphone Do you have a camera on your laptop? Again, less is more.
How To: Import Internet Favorites into Windows 10's Microsoft Edge from Other Browsers Microsoft Edge is a fantastic new web browser that comes with a Windows 10 installation (new or upgrade). It’s a speedy browser and completely compatible with most web sites. Over time many Windows users have been lured away to other browsers like Chrome and Firefox for no fault of their own. Microsoft allowed the Internet Explorer experience to become degraded in performance and value, so you can't blame anyone for trying out a new web browser. With Edge, Microsoft is intending to that turnaround. The brand new Internet browser is sleek, stylish, and built to take on the modern web. One of the best ways to try out any web browser is to visit your favorite web sites to watch how quickly they load and how well they look. To get there: With Microsoft Edge open, tap or click the ellipsis at the top right to display the dropdown menu, then navigate down to Settings. Additional web browser installed on the device will show up in the Import favorites list.
Drawboard PDF Updated In Windows Store With Completely Revamped UI And More Drawboard PDF is the best PDF app in Windows Store to read, annotate and mark up your PDFs. it is ideal for replacing pen and paper; avoid printing documents ever again, making annotating your documents a breeze. Open existing PDFs or create a new PDF, annotate using our extensive array of tools, then save your document back as a compatible PDF. This app got updated to v4.0 in Windows Store with revamped UI and more. Highlights: Completely revamped user interface with new brand colorRemoved app bars – all menu items and app options are now in a brand new left-hand-side menu system, in preparation for Windows 10 design guidelinesDrawboard Online Premium tier no longer exists – Pressure Sensitive Inking and Audio Inserts now standardNo more 5-tab limitationNew rectangle cloudy toolLaser Inking – it’s like a laser pointer for your pen! Complete Change Log: Download it here from Windows Store.
Is Your Windows 10 Activated? Here's How to Check Windows 10 has been out for a little over a week now, and a good portion of Windows users have already utilized their free Windows 10 upgrade. As soon as you upgrade your system, Microsoft automatically activates your Windows 10 copy in the background, assuming that you’ve upgraded from genuine Windows 7 or 8 versions. Since the Windows system doesn’t display any “Successfully Activated” type of messages, there will be a bit of confusion whether the installed or upgraded version of Windows is activated or not. The confusion is particularly true if you’ve reinstalled Windows 10. So, if you ever need to, here is how you can check to see if your Windows 10 system is activated or not through different methods. One of the easiest ways to check the Windows 10 activation status is to look at the System applet window. Once the System window has been opened, scroll down and you will find the wording “Windows is activated” under the Windows Activation section if your system is activated.
Preparing for the Windows 10 Upgrade: What Your PC Needs | Windows 10 content from SuperSite for Windows Any version of Windows just performs better on newer equipment. That's a given. But, with Windows 10 so close to its official upgrade rollout, you might be wondering if your old PC can work adequately with the upgrade. The last thing you want (and Microsoft wants) is to have a horrible experience with this reported fantastic new operating system. Here's the minimum specs you need for the upgrade: A PC running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update A processor that is at least 1 GHz Depending on your PC architecture: 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit Also, depending your PC architecture: 16 GB of hard disk space for 32-bit or 20 GB of hard disk space for 64-bit A graphics card that supports DirectX 9 or later with a WDDM 1.0 driver A display that supports at least 800x600 Remember, these are minimum specs.
Take A Look At The New iTunes 12.2 For Windows From Apple Apple recently released their updated iTunes for Windows users. iTunes 12.2 is now a 64-bit application on 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and 7. iTunes allows you to organize and enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows you already have — and shop for the ones you want to get from iTunes Store. With Apple Music, You can even tune in to free, on-demand music stations that have been totally revamped by Apple Music experts. This is quite a major update for iTunes with lots of new features. For You: Get playlist and album recommendations you’ll love, selected just for you based on your musical tastes. The more you listen, the better For You gets.New: Discover the best new music, handpicked by our music editors. Explore mixes created just for activities like exercising, or find great handcrafted playlists in a wide variety of genres. Apple Music subscription costs $9.99/month and family membership costs $14.99. Download iTunes here from Apple.
Windows 10 Upgrade: First 5 things to do after Windows 10 download Windows users, it’s time to breathe a collective sigh of relief. After what seemed like an eternity trapped in the clutches of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system is finally here to save us. Tech bloggers the world over have sung Windows 10 praise. Is it really that great, or is it just that anything is better than the nightmare that was Windows 8? In a recent post, we told you how to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now. DON’T MISS: 5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10 Kill Wi-Fi sharing By default, Windows 10 is set up to share your Internet connection over Wi-Fi. Open the Settings app from the taskbar or Start Menu, then open Change Wi-Fi settings and click Manage Wi-Fi settings. You may also want to slide the toggles to off underneath “Connect to suggested open hotspots” and “Connect to networks shared by my contacts.” Customize the Start Menu Ahhhhhhhhhhh! It’s OK, you can get excited. Manage restarts This happens all the time.
Five free apps for dealing with hardware problems Although computer hardware has become something of a commodity item, there are still situations that require troubleshooting. Fortunately, a number of free utilities can help you with the process. This article discusses five good choices. Note: This article is also available as an image gallery and a video hosted by TechRepublic columnist Tom Merritt. 1: 3DP Chip Sometimes hardware problems can be attributed to bad or missing device drivers. 3DP Chip (Figure A) can help you locate drivers for your computer. Figure A 2: CrystalDiskInfo CrystalDiskInfo (Figure B) helps you assess the state of your hard disk. Figure B 3: Unknown Device Identifier Like CrystalDiskInfo, Unknown Device Identifier (Figure C) tries to help you locate missing device drivers. Figure C 4: Memtest86 I've used Memtest86 (Figure D) on a number of occasions. Figure D 5: Nero InfoTool Figure E Also read... Your picks? What diagnostic tools do you turn to when you're troubleshooting a hardware problem?
Blogs Who’s ready for even more FREE Microsoft eBooks??? If you are, then I’m happy to let you know that once again, I am putting up my collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks, User Guides, Deployment Guides, Step-By-Steps, etc. and more here on the blog for all of you to take advantage of and download for FREE! As you may know, over the past few years I have been posting collections of FREE Microsoft eBooks (close to 500 total so far) on my blog for people around the world to use and these have been a HUGE success. In fact, two years ago, there were over 3.5 MILLION free eBooks downloaded throughout the year. Then last year, we gave away over 1 MILLION FREE eBooks in just 2 days, and over 2 MILLION in less than a week! Below is the collection I am posting this year (which includes a ton of new eBooks & resources, as well as some of the favorites from last year), but be sure to take a look at my previous collections as well to see if you want any of those as well: and other FAQs
Windows 10 Steals Your Internet Bandwidth to Send Updates to Others, Disable It Here Long back in March, fossBytes reported that Windows 10 will be downloading and distributing updates to others using peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol. Now that Windows 10 is released, and you can grab with even without any upgrade icon, Windows 10 is busy using your internet connection to distribute updates to other people on the Internet. Actually, Microsoft has done this to reduce the stress on its servers. Earlier, it was expected that this feature will only work for PCs on your local networks. Windows 10 steals your internet bandwidth due to a feature called Windows Update Delivery Optimization. It is enabled in Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro versions. Just like torrents, everyone having Windows 10 on their PCs, by default distributes some updates to the people who need it. Also read: How to Regain Up To 20GB Disk Space After Windows 10 Upgrade For those who are having a limited data connection, this feature will use lots of your allotted data and you won’t even realize it.
10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems. Bonus: Some are free! 1 of 11 Wireless networks are valued by end users for their convenience and ease-of-use. If you're looking for ways to streamline your WiFi operations, we've got 10 tools that help track down channel conflicts, find rogue WLANs, perform network diagnostics, and more. Most IT pros are familiar with the classic free NetStumbler utility, which can be used to detect 802.11 a/b/g WLANs and can help in the verification of configuration and identifying weak signals within a wireless network. Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. More Insights