From Windows 2000/XP through Windows 10, you can add custom shell folders as well as hide specific shell folders from appearing in Explorer environment or Desktop using the Registry Editor or with GPOs. There are two new ways to do exactly the same task, in Windows 10.Read more
The Windows 10 File Explorer opens to Quick access by default. Quick access is a section where you can place shortcuts to your favorite folders. It also displays recently viewed files and frequently used folders. If you’re not a fan of the Quick access feature and want File Explorer to default to “This PC”, Downloads or any other custom folder by default, this post tells you how to do it.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update (codenamed “Redstone 2”) Preview Build 14942, the way in which services are hosted has changed. In Windows 10 v1703 systems with more than 3.5 GB of RAM, each service would get its own service host (svchost.exe), instead of running under a shared service process. This lets you view the resources usage by each individual service. Resources here mean network, memory, disk and CPU usage.Read more
Windows Spotlight brings some amazing wallpapers for the Lock Screen, which you can save and use as your desktop background. By now, I’m pretty sure most users know how to view and store the lock screen images collection from the Assets folder.
Then I made a post on how to find the exact file name of the current lock screen wallpaper image in use, using the Registry Editor or a script to find the image file and save it to your Pictures folder automatically.Read more
When you click the Share button in File Explorer’s Share tab, or invoke sharing option from a UWP app, the sharing pane opens on the right side of the screen displaying the list of apps with “Share target” support. To name a few, apps like Twitter, Mail and OneNote have this feature, and appear by default in the right pane.
Update (2021): The registry edit mentioned in this article no longer works in the latest Windows 10 releases (2004, 20H2, etc.)
Installing updates via Windows Update can be problematic sometimes. For example, downloads may stall at a specific stage due to problems with the Windows Update server or the Content Delivery Network (CDN) that hosts the update in your region. It could also be possible that the Windows Update or BITS Services configuration on the local computer is at fault.Read more
After upgrading to Windows 10 version 1607 (known as “Anniversary Update” or “Redstone 1”) released in August 2016, some users are wondering if Windows Defender is running alongside their main antivirus program, as the icons for both programs are visible in the Notification area.
Isn’t Windows Defender supposed to turn itself off when it detects a 3rd party antivirus program in the system?Read more
The Windows 10 Action Center displays app & system notifications and provides quick actions buttons so that users can get to the commonly used settings pages easily.
By default, the Windows 10 Action Center panel closes automatically once it loses the active window focus — when the user clicks a program window or anywhere else. Here is a registry hack which makes the Action Center panel always remain on the screen until you close it manually.Read more
The useful Sticky Notes program is a Universal and Trusted Windows Store App with Pen support, since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607). After installing the Anniversary Update or one of the cumulative updates for v1607, some users are seeing the following error when launching the Sticky Notes app.Read more
If you’re still using the good, old Notepad to craft essays or content for your Website, and want to know the number of characters used in a text file, here is a PowerShell cmdlet that will help.Read more