How to Get Microsoft Edge ADMX Group Policy Templates

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You can use group policy objects (GPO) to configure policy settings for Microsoft Edge on all versions of Windows. To configure Microsoft Edge with group policy objects, you install administrative templates that add rules and settings for Microsoft Edge to the Policy Definition template folder on individual computers. Get Edge … Read more

[Fix] Cumulative Update KB5003173 Error 0x800f0922

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When you install the Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 20H2 (KB5003173), it may roll back at 90% and displays the following error:

We couldn't complete the updates

Undoing changes

Don't turn off your computer.

After restarting Windows, the Windows Update page shows the error 0x800f0922.Read more

[Firefox] Restore Missing “View Image” Menu Option

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In Firefox v88, some context menu options have been removed. One of the most useful options that is removed is the “View Image” context menu. It’s now replaced by “Open Image in New Tab,” which opens the image in a new tab (or a new window if the Shift key is pressed) instead of the same tab.

If you’re wondering how to get back the View Image menu option back in Firefox, a simple Firefox extension is available.Read more

How to Clear Background (Wallpaper) History in Windows 10

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When you change the desktop wallpaper, Windows remembers the file name and path of the last four wallpapers. The Personalize page (“Choose your picture”) displays the thumbnail image of five wallpapers; first thumbnail image is usually the current background, followed by thumbnails of previous four background images. This post tells you how to clear the wallpaper history using Registry Editor.Read more

Add “Settings” Cascading Context Menu on the Desktop in Windows 10

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Microsoft has moved most of the Control Panel features into the Settings UI in Windows 10, and at some point the classic Control Panel may be removed altogether. The Settings panel has different categories: System, Devices, Phone, Network & Internet, Personalization, Apps, Accounts, Time & language, Gaming, Ease of Access, Cortana, Privacy, Update & security, and Mixed reality.Read more

Pin Any File or Folder to the Taskbar in Windows 10

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Windows 8 and Windows 10 lets you pin folders to the Start screen, but pinning data files and folders to the taskbar is not allowed. The context menu entry Pin to Taskbar never exists for data files and folders. However, here is a neat little trick that lets you pin any file or folder (directory) to the taskbar.Read more

How to Replace Notepad With Notepad++ or Other Editor

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If you’re looking at how to replace Notepad with Notepad++ or any third-party editor, this post explains how to do it. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Let’s see how you can replace Notepad with Notepad++ without replacing any system files.

Notepad is a lightweight program suitable for users who need only very minimal text editing features. For additional features and functionalities, third-party editors like Notepad++ and Sublime Text are awesome with many features built-in.

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How to Reset a Windows 10 App When it Fails to Work

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Windows 10 includes a feature where you can quickly reset a store app without having to uninstall and reinstall it. Universal Apps store their settings in per-app registry hives and resetting the app is probably the only way you can clear the settings.Read more

How to Clear Customize Notifications (System Tray) Icons in Windows?

Over time, many invalid or obsolete taskbar notification icons may show up in the “Customize notifications” or the “Select which icons appear on the Taskbar” page with invalid or missing icons.

Customize Notifications Dialog with obsolete entries

This article describes how to clear the past and current items list in the Customize Notifications dialog in Windows. Information and the script here apply to all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.Read more

Fix Spooler Service Error 1068 “The dependency service or group failed to start”

When you attempt to start the Print Spooler service (via services.msc), one of the following error messages may appear and the Print Spooler service fails to start:

Could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer.
Error 1075: The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion.
Could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer.
Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start.

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How to Change the Default Character Encoding in Notepad

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This post explains how to change the default character encoding in Notepad (e.g., UTF-8 to ANSI) on Windows 10.

ANSI has been the default encoding in Notepad in earlier versions of Windows 10. Since Windows 10 version 1903, the default Notepad encoding is UTF-8.

When you launch notepad.exe, the default encoding is shown in Notepad’s status bar in Windows 10 v1903 and higher.

When saving a file in Notepad in any version of Windows 10, you can choose one of these character encoding types:

  • ANSI
  • UTF-16 LE
  • UTF-16 LE
  • UTF-8 (default)
  • UTF-8 with BOM
(Refer to Character encodings at w3.org.)

UTF-8 is preferred if you want to use Unicode characters like Č, Ć, Š, ä, ö, ü, ß in your text file. Some of these accented characters will be lost if you save the file as ANSI. Notepad also warns you when you do so:

This file contains characters in Unicode format which will be lost if you save this file as an ANSI encoded text file. To keep the Unicode information, click Cancel below and then select one of the Unicode options from the Encoding drop down list. Continue?

Some users need ANSI to be the default

There are users who want to change Notepad’s default encoding from UTF-8 to ANSI. For example, VBS/WSH script coders may want ANSI as the default – because CScript.exe or WScript.exe can’t run UTF-8 encoded .vbs files.

Let’s see how to change Notepad’s default encoding to ANSI or another encoding in Windows 10.
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Buy Logitech Folio Touch keyboard for iPad Air 4 in India

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If you have an iPad Air 4th generation device and looking to buy a touch keyboard folio case, you have two options. One is the Apple Magic Keyboard, and the other (affordable for most) is the Logitech Folio Touch keyboard Case for iPad Air (4th gen).

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Air 4 sells for Rs. 27,900 (MRP), and Logitech’s product sells for almost half the price. Many people wonder where to buy a Logitech Folio Touch keyboard Case for iPad Air (4th gen) in India.

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How to Prevent Auto redirection from IE to Edge for unsupported sites

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Since Windows 10 version 20H2, Internet Explorer redirects users to Microsoft Edge (Chromium) when they visit websites that don’t support Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge Chromium version 84 and higher have this feature. Many modern websites have designs that are incompatible with Internet Explorer. When the Internet Explorer user visits an … Read more

Latest Cumulative Update Direct Download for Windows 10

This post contains the most recent Windows 10 Latest Cumulative Update’s (LCU) direct download .msu/.cab links.

Latest Cumulative Update for v21H1, 20H2 & v2004

July 13, 2021—KB5004237 (OS Builds 19041.1110, 19042.1110, and 19043.1110)
Applies to: version 2004, 20H2, 21H1

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What is PortableBaseLayer Partition in Windows 10 Disk Management

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After upgrading to Windows 10 version 1903 (Codenamed “19H1”), the Disk Management window may show an additional drive named PortableBaseLayer of size 8191 MB (8 GB) When the PortableBaseLayer drive is right-clicked, all the options (except Properties) are grayed out. PortableBaseLayer also shows up in the defragmenter (“Optimize drives”) window … Read more