How to create a Windows 10 Install USB Flash Drive

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Physical DVD drives have become a thing of the past as the size of our PCs continue shrink and new form factors have emerged. Microsoft distributes Windows 10 online as ISO images that are typically burned to physical DVD media. This has become problem as a number of laptops and tablet PCs no longer ship with DVD drives. The best way to install Windows on these devices is to use a USB flash drive that contains the Windows installation files.  As an extra benefit, modern USB flash drives are typically much faster than DVDs resulting in a quick install.

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Free up disk space by cleaning the Windows.old folder

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

If you participated in the Windows Insider preview program for Windows 10, you likely will find a Windows.old folder on the root of your hard drive from old preview builds.  This folder can take up a significant amount of space (12 GB on my PC) and is no longer needed after you have upgraded to a new build, such as the final RTM build 10240. If you are looking to free up disk space, cleaning this folder is the perfect candidate. Unfortunately, deleting it is more complicated than deleting a normal folder.

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Enable new Command Prompt features in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Command Prompt in Windows 10 includes a number of new and very useful features that are disabled by default for compatibility reasons.  When enabled, these new features allow you to use standard copy and paste keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V), easily select text across multiple lines, resize the console width beyond 80 characters, add transparency to the Command Prompt window, and much more. 

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Resize the new Start Menu in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

The return of the Start menu in Windows 10 brings a brand new design that mixes elements of the past with brand new usability features and live app tiles from Windows 8.  The size of the Start Menu is highly customizable and can be adjusted horizontally and vertically. You can even completely remove the app tiles from the Start Menu for a modern version of the Windows 95 start menu. 

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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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