Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 have a new network sharing setting that is not documented by Microsoft. This setting says “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices” and it is found in the list of advanced sharing settings that are available for private networks. What does this setting mean and what does it do? Should you turn in On or Off? We have done some trial-and-error based experiments and we have finally figured out what it does. Here it is:
Do you need to know how to print from any app in Windows? Unfortunately, printing is not as easy as it should be. It depends on the version of Windows that you are using, whether you are using apps designed for touchscreens or for the desktop and so on. To make things simpler, here’s our guide that shares all the ways to print from Windows, using touch or the mouse and the keyboard:
Some of our readers asked how they can find out when a certain Windows program or app was installed on their computers and/or devices. This is a legitimate question so we thought that it was worth a bit of research to find the right answer. In this article we will show you how you can determine when a desktop or a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application was installed in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Let’s get started:
When you look at the technical specifications for modern gaming keyboards and mice, do you notice that many manufacturers provide life span estimations like: this keyboard will last 80 million keypresses or this mouse will last 30 million clicks? But what do these metrics actually mean? Can you use them to estimate how many years these products will last? I wanted to answer these questions and I have performed my own experiments, using software that tracks my day-to-day computer usage patterns. Here’s what I have learned:
The Homegroup is a feature that was first introduced in Windows 7 and is also present in Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10, where it still works the same way. The idea behind the Homegroup is simple: to provide an easy way for sharing libraries, folders and devices on small networks such as that from your home. Accessing stuff that's shared with the Homegroup is easy and doesn’t require users to type in usernames and passwords. In this article we will explain how the Homegroup works, how to create one, how to join a Homegroup and how to recover its password in case you no longer remember it.
The Task Manager has always been a quick first stop for technicians trying to diagnose performance issues on Windows computers and devices. That’s because Task Manager has always provided useful information about the performance of our Windows computers. In Windows 10 and in Windows 8.1, the Task Manager offers you detailed graphs and charts that you can use to see precisely what resources are being taxed, and which apps are bogging your computer down. This makes diagnosis much easier and faster, as you’ll see in this guide:
One of the most important elements when working with images, video and even when playing games, is color. Every monitor has a different color profile, rendering it slightly different from other displays. It's important to make sure that the colors your monitor displays are as close to reality as possible. That’s why you should always install a color profile that’s suited for your display. In this tutorial, we will explain what color profiles are, why they matter and how to install them on any computer with Windows. If we made you curious enough to learn more, don't hesitate to read on.
Very few people think about the safe way of making financial transactions when online. Some connect to public WiFi and purchase items on Amazon or do online banking. Such behavior exposes you to many risks and it makes it easy for others to steal your financial data like your credit card details and use it to harm you. That’s why we decided to write this guide in which we will show you the best practices for making safe financial transactions when online, both on desktop computers and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Let’s get started:
Do you need a quick and easy way to schedule when your Windows computer or device shuts down or restarts? Do you want to schedule other things like when it enters Sleep mode? Luckily, we have found a way to do all this, with the help of a simple app that’s free to download and use. You don’t have to use complicated tools like the Task Scheduler or the Command Prompt. Here’s how it all works:
If Windows 10 breaks and nothing seems to work well any more, you might be tempted to contemplate reinstalling it from scratch. However, that would mean that you must go through a rather elaborate process in order to save your files and then to reinstall Windows 10. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to do so, because Windows 10 gives you the option to reset it to its initial state, and keep your personal files in the process. Given the fact that this is also a lot faster than formatting your system partition and installing Windows 10 from scratch, what more could you ask? Here’s how to restore Windows 10 to its initial state and keep your files, using the Reset feature: