Safe mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files, drivers, and services. If a problem doesn’t happen in safe mode, this means that default settings and basic device drivers aren’t causing the issue. Read more
Though the legacy Microsoft Edge has been entirely replaced by Edge Chromium, even on Windows 10 21H2 computers, you may see two “Microsoft Edge” entries in Default Apps. The first one in the above image is the New Microsoft Edge (Edge Chromium), and the second one showing a blank icon is the legacy Microsoft Edge. … Read more
The Windows Update service (
wuauserv) enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API.
If the Windows Update service is missing in the Services MMC console in your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer, use the registry fix in this article to restore it.
Microsoft recently introduced the Search Highlights feature in Windows 10 and 11. Search Highlights is designed to help Windows users discover more information and related content. Search highlights present noteworthy, informative, and interesting information about what’s special about each day—like holidays, anniversaries, and other moments in time both globally and in your region.Read more
The Local Group Policy Editor (
GPEDIT.MSC) is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in used to configure and modify Group Policy settings within Group Policy Objects. This tool is available only on Windows 10/11 Professional Edition and higher.
On Windows Home Editions, you’ll see the following error when you attempt to launch the Group Policy Editor (which is non-existent on Home Editions)
Fast Startup is a feature in Windows 8/10/11 that speeds up the boot process significantly. With the Fast Startup feature enabled, when the user shuts down the computer, what happens under the hood is a hybrid shutdown sequence.
However, on some computers, the Fast Startup and Hibernate features will be missing. When you open Power Options in the classic Control Panel, the “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” option may be missing.Read more