The SmartScreen Filter warns the user when running unrecognized programs or files downloaded from the internet. When you download files using Microsoft Edge, the file download is blocked if the source URL is blacklisted or the downloaded program fails the application reputation check by Microsoft SmartScreen filter. However, Edge allows users to download the unsafe file regardless of the warning.Read more
When you start Microsoft Edge, the Start page shows the “Where to next?” text box where you can type a web address or use it to search the web using Edge’s default search engine. To see the address bar instead of the “Where to next?” search box on new tabs and in the Start page, you need to click on the gray area where the address bar is supposed to appear.
To make things easier, here is a registry edit to make Microsoft Edge always show the address bar (by default).Read more
Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14971, PowerShell replaces Command Prompt in the Win + X menu, and in the File menu of File Explorer. As Microsoft puts it in their blog post:Read more
The Personalization options such as Background, Colors, Lock Screen, Themes, Start, and Taskbar are grayed out if Windows is not activated. This post discusses two ways to change the desktop wallpaper in an unactivated Windows installation.Read more
As per the latest news, the Creators Update or Redstone 2, which is the upcoming feature update for Windows 10 may be released in April 2017.Read more
The Advanced Security Settings dialog allows you to configure NTFS special permissions for a file or folder along with the sub-folders (recursively), enable or disable inheritance, change ownership of an object etc. To quickly access the Advanced Security settings dialog, you can add it to the right-click menu for files and folders.Read more
When you make changes to the Windows registry using the Registry Editor, script or any other automation tool, you may have to logoff and login back for the changes to take effect.
That’s especially true if you’re altering the UI element metrics or changing the shell namespace folder icons etc. — as Explorer caches these settings when you log in.Read more
First, thank you very much for reading my articles. I’ve been posting tips, fixes and customization ideas online for Windows, since 2003 when I was given free hosting by the generous folks at MVPS.org, as I was a Microsoft MVP then (2003 to 2012).Read more
In File Explorer, you can hide or show selected files using the “Hide selected files” toggle button in the Ribbon interface. This command can be added to the context menu using the method described in article Add any Ribbon Command to the Right-click Menu in Windows 10.Read more