Microsoft Windows Tweaks, Tips and How-To Articles - Page 4

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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Disable all Ads in Windows 10 Creators Update

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

The Windows 10 "Creators" update (spring 2017) delivers a number of advancements and new benefits, but many believe the amount of ads are starting to get out of control. I previously wrote about how to disable Start Menu ads in earlier versions of Windows 10, but with the Creators Update you may notice ads on the lock screen, app tiles, action center, and even in file explorer. If you have had enough of these "suggestive" ads, then this article is for you. I'm going to show you how to quickly disable these ads for good. 

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Quick Tip: Windows Storage Space Maintenance

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

If you use Storage Spaces in Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 you may have to perform maintenance on the pool when you add or remove drives to a storage pool. Shortly after adding a third drive to my storage pool I started receiving insufficient disk space errors when trying to copy files to the storage space virtual drive. 

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Remotely Manage a Non-Domain Hyper-V Server from Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

I have grown to be a fan of Hyper-V over the years.  It has broad hardware support, costs nothing extra,  and can easily be enabled on Windows Server.  This makes it a prime candidate for anyone with a home lab.  My setup is built on Windows Server 2016 and I use Hyper-V to host a number of virtual servers and workstations for testing.  But like most home labs, and the rest of the PCs in my house, they are not joined to a domain which can make remotely managing Hyper-V difficult. To work around the problem I would typically RDP to the server to use the Hyper-V Manager on the server.  But this is not the best solution. 

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Quick Tip: Change the Network Location from Public to Private

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8 by Steve Sinchak

I always set my network location to public when Windows prompts me to classify a network the first time my PC is connected.  This works well most of the time but there are certain Windows features that require the network location to be set to private to function such as PowerShell Remoting.  If you need to change your network location setting from public to private, the easiest method is to use the HomeGroup settings window. 

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How to Reliably Store Files with Storage Spaces in Windows 10

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Every day we use more and more data.  I’m talking about all the messages, documents and pictures we create or receive from others. A lot of this data is highly valuable, such as family videos and pictures or even your tax documents. All of this must be stored securely and safely. After all, we don’t want a disk drive issue to result in a loss of this valuable data. So how do we protect it?

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Share your entire Windows Desktop Screen with Chromecast

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

If you own a Google Chromecast streaming device, you can easily share a browser tab in Chrome browser or even your entire desktop.  This can be very useful when presenting from your laptop or if you just want to watch something on a big screen that is only on your PC.  The only requirement is you must be on the same network as your Chromecast device and using a recent version of the Chrome browser. 

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Configure Windows 10 to Prompt for Update Installs

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

Keeping your Windows PC up to date is the most important thing you can do to keep your personal information secure. In addition, an up-to-date PC is less likely to be infested with malware which is not just bad for you, but its bad to everyone else in the world if it ends up in a botnet.  That is why I'm very happy that Microsoft has taken an aggressive approach by automatically installing updates when they become available by default.  This is perfect for the average consumer that doesn't want to worry about maintaining yet another thing. But for advanced users that prefer more control, it can be incredibly annoying. So rather than disable automatic updates completely which is just a terrible idea, how about configuring Windows 10 to prompt when an update is ready to be installed?

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