How to Join the Windows 10 Beta

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

The Windows Insider program allows technical enthusiasts that ability to test out pre-release versions of Windows 10 on both the PC and phone.  Different from traditional beta programs, the Windows Insider program is open to the public and provides participants with frequent updates at various points of the development process. 

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Building The Ultimate Windows 10 Tiny PC - Part 1

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

I have built and customized numerous desktops over the years. Each more powerful and smaller than the last. Starting out with mini towers, shuttles, and finally a highly customized Mac Mini, I have always been driven by the challenge of building a small yet powerful Windows PC. As my current PC is starting to show its age, it is time to begin a new journey and build the ultimate Windows 10 tiny PC. 

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Make Windows Easy on your Eyes

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP 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 lite can make looking at your screen difficult.  A unique free app called f.lux was designed to solve this problem by automatically adjusting the amount of blue light your screen displays throughout the day. 

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Act Now to Keep 15 GB Free OneDrive Storage and Camera Bonus

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

Early November Microsoft made the controversial decision to cut the amount of free OneDrive storage from 15 GB to just 5 GB.  In addition, Microsoft also decided to eliminate the camera roll bonus.  This has caused a number of users to abandon ship, but that may be unnecessary as Microsoft is offering current users of OneDrive to opt out of the upcoming changes and keep the 15 GB of free store and the camera roll bonus. 

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The truth about WiFi Sense in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Wi-Fi Sense is a new feature in Windows 10 designed to make it more convenient and secure to share your wireless network.  Instead of sharing your wireless password with visitors, if they have a Windows 10 PC, Windows will automatically setup and connect them to your network automatically.  This new feature created a mini uproar when it was first announced because it was not well explained.  Let’s dive in and I’ll tell you everything you need to know to configure it.

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Memory Compression in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Windows 10 includes a new memory compression feature designed to improve the performance of applications.  Typically when the physical memory on a PC is consumed, the operating system kicks applications out of memory into a file on your hard drive called the paging file.  The location the paging file is stored has much lower performance than physical memory so there is a significant penalty to this behavior.

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Enable Dark Mode Theme on Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Hidden away in the registry is a secret setting that will activate a special dark mode theme.  This new look applies to many of the new Windows Run-time apps including the Settings app.  A simple registry tweak and sign off and back on is all that is required and you will transform many of the Windows 10 screens to something more friendly in the dark.

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