Enable System Restore in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

The classic System Restore feature that allows you to easily jump back in time to undo system changes is mysteriously disabled in Windows 10.  It is not yet clear if this is the intended behavior, but if you end up in a situation where an app install, driver update or other type of update causes a problem, System Restore can be a life saver.  Rather than reset your PC to a clean install state, just revert the most recent system change with System Restore. 

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Enable Dark Mode Theme in Microsoft Edge

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Windows 10 offers many customization features that allow you to personalize the way Windows looks.  The new Microsoft Edge browser is no exception and offers a light and a dark theme that is easy to switch.  Just open up Microsoft Edge and follow the steps below to enable Dark Mode.

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How to get Windows 10 for free!

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

For the first time in the history of Windows, Microsoft is making the upgrade to Windows 10 absolutely free for consumers.  There are a few requirements but overall it is a very good offer.  First, you must be running a fully activated and up-to-date version of Windows 7 or Windows 8. That means you must be running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1.   A consumer edition is also required such as Home or Pro.  Sorry Enterprise Edition users.  Your hardware must also meet the minimum requirements for Windows 10, which are very low.  Finally, you must request you free upgrade within one year of the release of Windows 10 (July 29th 2016). 

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Easily Evaluate Windows 10 on Microsoft Azure

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Would you like to play around with Windows 10 without the hassle of reloading your PC or installing virtualization software?  Microsoft Azure offers the Windows 10 preview build in a virtual machine image that makes building a cloud VM very simple.  Just create a Microsoft Azure trial account, and provision a virtual machine following this guide.  Then you will be able to remotely connect to your virtual machine using Remote Desktop from anywhere. 

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Speed up your Browser with Namebench

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 by Steve Sinchak

DNS (Domain Name Service) plays a critical role in the operation of all web browsers.  When you type in a domain, such as Tweaks.com, your browser must resolve the address into an IP address so your computer can talk to the site's server and download the web page.  Once the page is downloaded, it is processed by the browser, which then can trigger hundreds of downloads as the various resources on the page are fetched. Many of these requests for resources go to different domains which also must be resolved before the browser can download the file.  The result is a lot of domain resolutions, which makes the performance of your DNS provider critical to your web browsing speed.

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Free Office 365 for Students and Teachers

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 by Steve Sinchak

Microsoft now offers students and teachers of qualifying organizations a free Office 365 Education subscription.  Office 365 Education includes includes Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, and OneNote. Users can install the software on up to five PCs or Macs and five mobile devices such as an iPad or Android tablet.  Users also receive a 1 TB OneDrive online storage drive for the life of the subscription. 

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