In Windows 10, if you have multiple printers (including virtual printers such as Microsoft Print to PDF or Foxit PDF), and set your preferred one as the default, the default printer keeps changing automatically when you print to a non-default printer the next time.Read more
Is your hard drive showing up full, and wondering how to find the biggest consumers of disk space? It’s probably the Disk Cleanup tool that comes to mind at this situation. While Disk Cleanup is an excellent utility, it lists items only from fixed locations, although fully serving the purpose it was originally written.Read more
The Recent Places shell folder that showed up under the Favorites area in the navigation pane in earlier Windows OS, is not shown by default in Windows 10. Windows 10’s Quick access (which replaces Favorites in earlier Windows OS) shows the "Frequently" used folders rather than the "Recently" opened folders, even though the Recent Places shell folder still exists in Windows 10.Read more
You may be wondering why Windows Photo Viewer which previously opened images in a single window instance when multiple files were selected and previewed, is now opening up separate windows one for each image file selected. The Windows Photo Viewer multiple instances problem that’s seen usually in Windows 10, is not due to any design change and no functionality is broken. It’s a simple file type association setting and fixing it that can straighten things up.
Selecting multiple files in a folder, right-clicking and selecting preview should open a single Windows Photo Viewer window and the user can cycle through the chosen set of images using the arrow keys. This is the expected behavior, and that’s how Windows Photo Viewer worked in earlier OS.Read more
The File Explorer in Windows 8 and 10 by default displays at the top those six shell folders, and a couple of shell folders pinned on to the navigation pane.
The six shell folders namely Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos show up above the fold not only cluttering the area but pushing the disk drives category down, which some users dislike.Read more
The Windows Defender command-line utility MpCmdRun.exe is prominently used for scheduling scans and updating the signature or definition files. The MpCmdRun.exe command usage info can be obtained by running MpCmdRun.exe with "/?" or without any parameter. However it doesn’t mention a useful switch that updates Windows Defender signatures and runs a Quick Scan at once. And this switch is not documented anywhere thus far.Read more
When right-clicking a file and clicking the Send To menu in Windows 10, only the Bluetooth Device shortcut may be displayed, although the other shortcuts including the default ones, such as Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Mail Recipient, are intact in the user’s Send To folder.
The title bar color in Windows 10 is plain white by default, both for active windows as well as for inactive windows. Using the Personalize app, one can change the accent/color of the active title bar, but inactive title bar remains white as usual. However there is a registry setting to change inactive title bar color easily.Read more
If you prefer solid color desktop background instead of a shiny desktop wallpaper, note that the new Personalization settings page in Windows 10 displays only 24 color choices for background color, and the color picker is no longer available. Color picker is a valuable tool wherein you can choose you preferred shade, as well as input the Red : Green : Blue (RGB) values to make up a custom color. This is missing in the new user interface, but there are some excellent workarounds for this problem.
The Windows 10 Services configuration defaults is provided in this page. The settings below are gathered from a Windows 10 Pro PC (clean install, rather than upgrade). In case you want the default settings in a registry file (.reg), tab-delimited text file (.txt), or in the form or an excel sheet (.xls), download W10-Services-Defaults.zip, which encloses these three files in it: