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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Save Bandwidth by Disabling Windows Update Sharing over Internet

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Windows 10 includes a new feature called Windows Update Delivery Optimization that can download updates from other PCs instead of directly from Microsoft servers.  This can be beneficial if you have multiple Windows 10 computers on your local network because it reduces the amount of data transfer on your Internet connection.  After a Windows 10 PC downloads an update, it can share the update with other computers in your home instead of downloading additional copies over the Internet. This is an awesome new feature that can help users save bandwidth, especially those on metered or slow internet connections.  But there is one aspect of this feature I wish Microsoft disabled by default. 

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How to Block Specific Driver or Patch Updates in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has taken an aggressive approach to driver, functionality and security updates to simplify maintaining an up-to-date PC.  One of Microsoft's biggest headaches are the millions of Windows PCs that are missing patching resulting in a bad user experience and major security issues.  With Windows 10, Microsoft is automatically installing all patches and users can't easily defer or stop an update form happening.  The approach has been met with a lot of coverage from the press, but this really is no different than what has been going on for years in the mobile space. There is one aspect of the controversy that actually has some legs to stand on.  This is around driver updates as most of the time they are completely harmless and beneficial, but sometimes a new driver can bring system stability problems or even cause Windows to refuse to boot. 

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