How To Free Up Gigabytes of Disk Space Fast

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

It happens every few months.  My operating system drive runs out of space, and I must begin the hunt for things to delete or move to another drive. As a first step using a cleanup utility such as CCleaner is helpful, but it only finds the easy targets such as temporary files. Unfortunately, deleting these files does not typically result in a major impact on free space.  For the more difficult second step, I like to use storage space utilization tools to manually determine what I can delete or move.

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Save Disk Space by Compressing Applications on Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Did you know the NTFS file system used by Windows 10 can transparently compress your files to save disk space? Windows included compression in the NTFS file system for years but the complex options that provide the real value were hidden in a command line utility known as compact.exe. If you are a command line ninja I suggest taking a look at compact.exe /? to learn about the options.  For everyone else, there is a very useful graphical interface called Compact GUI

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Watch local TV Channels on your Windows PC

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8 by Steve Sinchak

If you are among the millions of “cord cutters” that are saying goodbye to cable and satellite, or if you just want to gain access to the dozens of free channels broadcast over-the-air then this article is for you.  Similar to tuning in over-the-air channels on a TV you will need an antenna and a tuner to receive local TV channels. In order to watch TV on Windows 10 I like to use HD Homerun network tuners along with the Windows 10 universal app. I prefer the HDHomeRun network tuners made by SiliconDust because they can be used by multiple people within your home, you just need to plug them into your home router.  No need to install any extra hardware in your PC. 

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Sleep Better with Night Light in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Do you use Windows late and night or before bed? Studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light before bed can make it harder to fall asleep.  And if you are working in a dark room, this bright blue light can cause eye strain. Windows 10 Creators Update includes a new feature called Night Light to solve this problem. Night light automatically adjusts the amount of blue light your screen displays in the evening.

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Download the Windows 10 Creators Update Now

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update (AKA version 1703, build 15063) to the public on April 5th, 2017. The fully automated update via Windows Update is not yet available (you must wait until April 10th), but you can trigger the update manually now.  In addition, you can create bootable USB media or a DVD ISO file for a fresh install. 

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Building the Ultimate Windows 10 Micro Gaming PC

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

I previously wrote about building the ultimate micro PC that performed great in just about every benchmark except for graphics. At that time, graphics performance was not very important to me, my Xbox One was my primary gaming device.  But as of today, that is no longer the case.  I have returned to the world of PC gaming and will take you step-by-step through building the ultimate Windows 10 micro gaming PC!

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