main – dotTech https://dottech.org Professional Technologians Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 How to hide or show Windows updates in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205207/how-to-hide-or-show-windows-updates-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205207/how-to-hide-or-show-windows-updates-in-windows-10/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:28 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205207

Although we’ve just gone over all of the ways people can uninstall Windows updates and even stop them from rolling out to a computer entirely, most people are unaware that those two options even exist and will continue to receive and leave…

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How to set wireless network as metered/non-metered connection in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205314/how-to-set-wireless-network-as-meterednon-metered-connection-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205314/how-to-set-wireless-network-as-meterednon-metered-connection-in-windows-10/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:17:08 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205314

Few things relating to your devices are as important as keeping a working internet connection. A working internet connection allows users to browse the World Wide Web freely, receive Windows OS updates, and application updates. If you’ve…

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How to turn on/off system protection for drives in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205323/how-to-turn-onoff-system-protection-for-drives-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205323/how-to-turn-onoff-system-protection-for-drives-in-windows-10/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:35:29 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205323

Windows 10 is a lot different to older versions of Windows since Bill Gates is no longer in charge; however, you’ll still find many of the same features available that you have known for a long time—one of those is System Restore.…

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How to uninstall a Windows update in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205202/how-to-uninstall-a-windows-update-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205202/how-to-uninstall-a-windows-update-in-windows-10/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:11:31 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205202

On the odd occasion, you might find that you need to roll back or uninstall an automatic update that arrived on your computer from Windows. These events will prove rare due to Microsoft always rolling out updates slowly for the sake of preventing…

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How to read Event Viewer log for Chkdsk in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205151/how-to-read-event-viewer-log-for-chkdsk-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205151/how-to-read-event-viewer-log-for-chkdsk-in-windows-10/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:52:27 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205151

Windows comes with a system tool called Check Disk (know as Chkdsk for short) that can periodically check the integrity of your computer’s disks. That advice comes directly from Microsoft themselves, just in case you need to fix some…

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How to clear and reset Windows Store cache in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205095/how-to-clear-and-reset-windows-store-cache-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205095/how-to-clear-and-reset-windows-store-cache-in-windows-10/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:57:52 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205095

Most things that you view on the internet have some type of cache supporting them. On the web, that can help with what you are viewing being delivered quicker among other things. The Windows Store has a cache also that can be cleared. If you are …

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How to open a Command Prompt in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205099/how-to-open-a-command-prompt-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205099/how-to-open-a-command-prompt-in-windows-10/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:32:29 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205099

The Command Prompt has been around in Windows for a long time. It’s worth getting to know many of the different ways you can open it because it is a useful tool that can help make your time with Windows a lot easier. Most techies know quite …

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How to open Task Manager in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205104/how-to-open-task-manager-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205104/how-to-open-task-manager-in-windows-10/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:24:13 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205104

Every time you use Windows, certain processes are started up. Some of those processes are essential to the Windows operating system and its functionality while others are programs you can choose to disable. Back in the day when versions of …

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How to stress test CPU in Windows 10, 8, 7 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205077/how-to-stress-test-cpu-in-windows-10-8-7/ https://dottech.org/205077/how-to-stress-test-cpu-in-windows-10-8-7/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:47:33 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205077

If you’re anything like me, you won’t typically enjoy hearing the computers fan kick at all because you’ll understand that means the CPU is under stress. But apparently, there is some upside, after all, to put your CPU under…

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How to turn on/off fast startup in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/205063/turn-onoff-fast-startup-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/205063/turn-onoff-fast-startup-in-windows-10/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:47:35 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205063

The Fast Startup feature that comes with Windows 10 is also known as a few other names—some call it the Hybrid Boot or the Hybrid Shutdown. You might have already noticed your computer that runs Windows 10 shuts down pretty quickly, and…

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How to change your WiFi network’s name and password [Tip] https://dottech.org/205010/how-to-change-your-wifi-networks-name-and-password/ https://dottech.org/205010/how-to-change-your-wifi-networks-name-and-password/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:50:38 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=205010

Your WiFi network automatically is given a name when you first set it up. The network typically includes the name of the internet service provider that is providing for your network (likely for taking advantage of the self-advertising opportunity,…

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How to connect to a wireless network in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204988/how-to-connect-to-a-wireless-network-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204988/how-to-connect-to-a-wireless-network-in-windows-10/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:26:46 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204988

As soon as you get used to staring at that desktop of yours after installing Windows 10, you’ll probably want to get your WiFi connection working. Not only is WiFi required before you can start browsing the web, but even the Windows 10 operating…

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How to enable and disable Driver Verifier in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204967/how-to-enable-and-disable-driver-verifier-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204967/how-to-enable-and-disable-driver-verifier-in-windows-10/#respond Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:33:47 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204967

One of the diagnostic tools that is built into Windows 10 is the Driver Verifier. The Driver Verifier verifies Microsoft drivers as well as third-party drivers. The way the verification process works is an interesting one. Windows puts drivers…

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How to add/remove most used apps on Start menu in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204936/how-to-addremove-most-used-apps-on-start-menu-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204936/how-to-addremove-most-used-apps-on-start-menu-in-windows-10/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 01:11:18 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204936

The Start menu in Windows 10 comes with a “Most used” section. The idea here is to be able to show you the apps you use the most with the assumption that it might be doing you a favor by displaying that again, preempting that you will …

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How to turn on/off spell checking in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204923/turn-onoff-spell-checking-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204923/turn-onoff-spell-checking-in-windows-10/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 01:10:48 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204923

Most of us who have been using Microsoft products for a long time remember how welcomed the added inclusion of a spellchecker was to Microsoft Word. You don’t need to open up Microsoft Office these days to have the bonus of spell checking…

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How to auto-hide taskbar in desktop mode or tablet mode in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204906/how-to-auto-hide-taskbar-in-desktop-mode-or-tablet-mode-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204906/how-to-auto-hide-taskbar-in-desktop-mode-or-tablet-mode-in-windows-10/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 14:18:40 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204906

The taskbar has been around in versions of the Windows operating system for a long time. It’s the bar that is always there at the bottom of the screen—whether or you have the Settings open, a browser or anything else. It’s …

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How to turn on/off location services in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204886/how-to-turn-onoff-location-services-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204886/how-to-turn-onoff-location-services-in-windows-10/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 17:20:49 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204886

If you have ever bought a new device and thought twice before turning on the Location Serves when the software asks if you would like to allow it to know where you are in the world, your gut instincts were probably right. There are some obvious question…

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How to change workgroup name in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204831/how-to-change-workgroup-name-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204831/how-to-change-workgroup-name-in-windows-10/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 13:15:54 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204831

Part of what makes Windows such a great operating system is its ability to manage groups. No other operating system has managed to do it quite as well (although some might argue Linux has). Through my years of living, one thing I’ve noticed…

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How to add Control Panel to Start menu in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204720/how-to-add-control-panel-to-start-menu-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204720/how-to-add-control-panel-to-start-menu-in-windows-10/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 13:15:52 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204720

There’s significant evidence mounding up that Microsoft might want to get away from the old Control Panel that people weren’t able to use very easily. The new version of the Settings app that was initially available in versions…

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How to reinstall and re-register all default Windows apps in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204787/how-to-reinstall-and-re-register-all-default-windows-apps-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204787/how-to-reinstall-and-re-register-all-default-windows-apps-in-windows-10/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 17:05:21 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204787

All versions of Windows 10 come with universal apps out of the box called default or stock apps. You’ll notice many of these default apps available from Windows 10’s Start menu in the All Apps section. Apart from the Start menu, …

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How to bring back last opened tabs in Chrome and Microsoft Edge [Tip] https://dottech.org/204789/how-to-bring-back-last-opened-tabs-in-chrome-and-microsoft-edge/ https://dottech.org/204789/how-to-bring-back-last-opened-tabs-in-chrome-and-microsoft-edge/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 16:05:11 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204789

It happens to the best of us: we lose focus for a split second, or the environment around us causes us to panic and temporarily lose our minds. And then before you know it, you’ve accidentally closed the web browser. Upon opening up the browser…

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How to delete and block a user account in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204489/how-to-delete-and-block-a-user-account-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204489/how-to-delete-and-block-a-user-account-in-windows-10/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 15:21:37 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204489

Everybody who wants to use the Windows 10 operating system needs to have a user account. Users can choose between creating a Microsoft account or a local user account. Back when Windows 10 was new, the Microsoft account had a huge advantage in…

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How to open Local Users and Groups in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204731/how-to-open-local-users-and-groups-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204731/how-to-open-local-users-and-groups-in-windows-10/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 17:20:25 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204731

The Local Users and Groups in Windows 10 is an area where you can secure and manage user accounts or groups. These user accounts or groups must be stored locally on Windows 10 for you to be able to manage them.

The Local Users and Groups area in Windows…

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How to fix “Try that again. Something happened on our end. Waiting a bit might help” in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204589/fix-try-that-again-something-happened-on-our-end-waiting-a-bit-might-help-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204589/fix-try-that-again-something-happened-on-our-end-waiting-a-bit-might-help-in-windows-10/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 15:09:12 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204589

Through no fault of your own, sometimes the Windows Store can let you down. If you are signed up to be a Windows Insider, you might think that it has something to do with you running an unstable version of the operating system, but you can quickly…

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How to reset Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204512/how-to-reset-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204512/how-to-reset-windows-10/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 14:32:58 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204512

If you are finding an issue with Windows 10 and don’t know how to fix it, you always have the option of resetting Windows 10 instead. Think of the Windows 10 reset as like a factory reset on your Android or iOS mobile device. After all, who …

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How to open Settings menu in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204643/how-to-open-settings-menu-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204643/how-to-open-settings-menu-in-windows-10/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 17:04:10 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204643

Windows operating systems have historically had the Control Panel made available to give you most of what you need for adjusting settings. In the most recent version of Windows (Windows 10) there is a new Windows Settings hub available that…

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How to turn on/off Game Mode in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204580/how-to-turn-onoff-game-mode-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204580/how-to-turn-onoff-game-mode-in-windows-10/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 16:35:44 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204580

The Windows 10 Creators Update, otherwise known as the Windows update with codename Redstone 2, is now slowly rolling out to all Windows 10 operating systems. It’s expected that the Creators Update will take a good couple of months before…

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How to turn on Game bar in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204612/how-to-turn-on-game-bar-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204612/how-to-turn-on-game-bar-in-windows-10/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 16:37:53 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204612

The Game bar is a new feature that you can bring up on the computer’s display when you are in the middle of playing games so you can get access to general settings, game DVR settings and record or take screenshots of your gaming experience.…

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How to stop OneDrive from opening at login in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204565/how-to-stop-onedrive-from-opening-at-login-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204565/how-to-stop-onedrive-from-opening-at-login-in-windows-10/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 16:12:41 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204565

More often than not, people who use a computer regularly like that same computer to start up as quickly as possible to help save time. As time goes on, versions of Windows get better at this automatically thanks to the developers working out ways…

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How to update to latest version of Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204516/how-to-update-to-latest-version-of-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204516/how-to-update-to-latest-version-of-windows-10/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 16:25:36 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204516

Many of you might have been around yesterday and watched the launch of the new Windows 10 S version of operating system that is going to be available on the new range of Microsoft Surface laptops. The new Microsoft Surface laptops sure do look …

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How to restore default location of folders for a user account in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204543/how-to-restore-default-location-of-folders-for-a-user-account-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/204543/how-to-restore-default-location-of-folders-for-a-user-account-in-windows-10/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 15:48:50 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204543

Every time you create a new Microsoft user account you get a bunch of folders available by default from the File Explorer. It is possible to change the location of these personal folders to suit your needs better if the default layout isn’t…

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How to open programs from login screen in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/203892/how-to-open-programs-from-login-screen-in-windows-10-tip/ https://dottech.org/203892/how-to-open-programs-from-login-screen-in-windows-10-tip/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 15:02:45 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=203892

The Windows 10 login screen is a relatively straightforward place: you can pick your Microsoft account and then sign in with its username and password and then your session is underway. That describes what most people do each time they turn …

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Turn on/off user first sign-in animation in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204018/turn-onoff-user-first-sign-in-animation-in-windows-10-tip/ https://dottech.org/204018/turn-onoff-user-first-sign-in-animation-in-windows-10-tip/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 15:02:33 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204018

When you setup your version of Windows 10 for the first time, you get a first sign-in animation playing on the screen. You would be forgiven if you thought that this animation on the computer’s display was only there to fill in time while…

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How to open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/204425/how-to-open-local-group-policy-editor-in-windows-10-tip/ https://dottech.org/204425/how-to-open-local-group-policy-editor-in-windows-10-tip/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 14:59:50 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=204425

The Local Group Policy Editor is a Microsoft Management Console snap-in that provides an area where administrators can manage all of the settings that are available for the computer’s configuration and user configuration.

The user…

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How to disable ads in File Explorer in Windows 10 [Tip] https://dottech.org/203888/how-to-disable-ads-in-file-explorer-in-windows-10/ https://dottech.org/203888/how-to-disable-ads-in-file-explorer-in-windows-10/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:48:19 +0000 https://dottech.org/?p=203888

All versions of the Windows 10 operating system are free to upgrade for many people to install. One of the ways they are making money from all of those free copies is by putting in advertising in parts of the operating system. There are quite a few…

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