If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8, the previous Windows installation folder (Windows.old) is retained for 30 days. After 30 days, the folder will be wiped out automatically by Windows. In case that doesn’t automatically happen, or Disk Cleanup doesn’t show up the Previous Windows installation option, there is another GUI option (that’s often overlooked) in Windows 10 to do the job easily.
Are you very often getting the message Windows Defender needs to scan your computer in the Action Center even though you’ve run a scan recently and updated the definitions? Also, when you open Windows Defender, it might read Potentially Unprotected and that You haven’t run a scan on your computer for a while..
The Base Filtering Engine (BFE) service is an important network component that’s targeted by many malware. If the BFE service doesn’t start, many services such as Windows Firewall, Routing and Remote Access and other services fail to start.
Should the BFE service be missing from the Services MMC, or if the Action Center warns you that the Windows Firewall isn’t enabled, then it’s highly likely that your system is under attack. Have it checked thoroughly using a reputed anti-malware tool or you may seek professional help to eliminate malware. Trying to repair these services when a malware is on-board your system, isn’t going to help in most cases.
I’m sure most users would have more than one web browser installed in their systems. People may prefer Internet Explorer for browsing certain types of sites – say for official or intranet sites, and a different browser for casual web browsing. Double-clicking a .URL (website shortcut) always launches the browser that’s configured as the default. By adding different browser options in the right-click menu for URL files, you can choose a non-default web browser from the list and quickly launch the website in it. One way to make this possible is by adding the Open with… context menu option, which does not exist by default for .URL files. Apart from Open with… there are many ways to launch a website shortcut using a non-default web browser, of which some of the methods are covered in this post.
Registry edits are inevitable these days, to customize settings or to fix a broken setting in Windows. And here at this blog, we discuss registry hacks in many of our articles to fix problems or to make Windows function the way you want. RegJump is a super tool from Windows SysInternals that exists for a very long time, launches the Registry Editor automatically and jumps to the specified registry path. The registry path needs to be mentioned as a command-line parameter for RegJump.