Disable Start Menu Ads in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

After using Windows 10 for a few days you may begin to notice suggested app advertisements right on your Start Menu. Microsoft decided to use a small portion of the Start Menu to promote apps in the Windows App Store. This has become a controversial feature that many users want to disable simply because they don’t want ads in their Start Menu. This article will show you two easy methods to disable Start Menu ads on your PC. 

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Run Bash, SSH and other Linux Apps on Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

This sounds like an April fool’s day joke, but I am going to show you how to run Bash and other Linux apps on Windows 10 using a hidden feature in the Windows 10 Anniversary release (version 1607).  Running Linux on Windows has been possible for a long time with virtualization software, but with the new “Windows Subsystem for Linux” Ubuntu Linux binaries can run directly on Windows without the need for the Linux Kernel running in a VM. 

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Monitor your PC with Sidebar Diagnostics

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

Keeping an eye on your system performance is a must for any power user but using Task Manager or Resource Monitor can be inconvenient.  In Windows Vista Microsoft created sidebar gadgets that displayed useful performance information on the right side of your screen.  Unfortunately, Microsoft pulled the feature from Windows due to “serious vulnerabilities.”   Picking up where Microsoft left off, a new utility was created by Ryan K. (ArcadeRenegade) on GitHub called Sidebar Diagnostics.  This free utility displays all of the important system performance stats on a sidebar with a simplistic design. 

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Windows 10 Release Notes

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

After saying it was not possible because of the massive amount of changes associated with the rapid Windows 10 releases, Microsoft has reversed course responding to user feedback and is now providing update release notes  Published on a special Windows 10 website, the release notes are updated with every major public release and highlight items that were fixed, improved, or are new.

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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 Micro 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 micro PC. 

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