System and Security
Although Task Manager's Processes tab offers detailed information about how programs use system resources, it is the Details tab that allows you to find out everything you need to know about running processes (and more). Task Manager's Details tab provides generous data about each process running on your Windows 10 computer or device, and it can come in handy during advanced troubleshooting. In this tutorial, we go over the massive amount of information that it offers and what it can do:
Starting with May 2019 update, Windows 10 has some exciting options that allow you to change the mouse pointer size and color, to anything you wish. Now you are no longer stuck with using a dull white or black mouse pointer. You can make it pink, red, blue, green, or any other color you choose. You can also make the mouse pointer as large as you want. Here is how to change the mouse pointer size, and color, in Windows 10:
File History is a useful app that is built into Windows 10 and Windows 8. It can be used to automatically back up personal files and folders, like your documents, pictures, and videos, without any user intervention, except for turning it on, and configuring how it works. If you use Windows 10, you can interact with File History both from the Settings app and the Control Panel. In each of these places, you get access to different settings and options for File History.
Windows 10's Task Manager can be a gold mine of information when it comes to apps and how they use your computer's resources. While most of the tabs display real-time data, the App history tab collects and reports usage statistics for the apps and programs running on your computer or device over the last month. This feature is useful, especially for users of mobile devices, like laptops, tablets, or 2-in-1 gadgets, because it helps identify apps that hog the more limited resources of such devices.
Having multiple user accounts logged in on your Windows 10 computer can make swapping between them faster, but it can also waste resources as your computer is forced to maintain two separate environments in memory. If you want the chance to weigh the benefits of this action against the costs, the Task Manager can help. Do you know which tab of the Task Manager shows you the online users? It's the Users tab: it lets you view which user accounts are logged in and also see how much of the computer's resources are being used to keep them online.
Android smartphones have a USB port that you can use to charge them, but also to transfer files such as pictures or documents to your computer. Although the steps you need to take to do that are rather simple and intuitive, there are a few things to which you should pay attention. If you want to make sure that you do everything by the book when you connect your Android smartphone to your Windows 10 PC, read this guide. It applies to all Android smartphones, no matter which company made them (Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Nokia, ASUS). Let's get started:
Windows Update is an essential part of running Windows 10, regardless of which edition or version of this operating system you are using. Windows Update is the way Microsoft releases not only the so-called feature updates, but also regular bug fixes and security patches. If you want to know everything there is to know about Windows Update in Windows 10, including how to open it, how to use it, how to install or how to block updates, read this guide:
Each SIM card you plug into a smartphone has a PIN code. For your device to use the SIM card, you need to enter its PIN. Some mobile providers use standard PIN codes for all their SIM cards, like 0000 or 1234. Others generate unique PIN codes for each SIM. Whatever the case, you may want to personalize this PIN and use a code that you choose. Or, you may want to disable having to enter the SIM PIN each time you start your smartphone. Read this tutorial and see how both tasks are performed:
Regardless of how new or old your Windows 10 computer is, at times, you might find that it starts lagging and stops being responsive. That usually means that something is hogging its resources. It might be an app that takes up all your processor, one that consumes all your graphics resources, makes your hard drive spin at maximum speed, or sends massive amounts of data online. Whether it is one or the other, read this tutorial, and see how to identify the Windows 10 apps that hog system resources:
With Windows 10, Microsoft has improved the startup time of our PCs. However, performance degrades over time, slowing down your device. As you install more and more desktop apps, they sneak themselves or their agents onto the startup list, lengthening the list of startup applications and services. As a result, Windows 10 is forced to load more apps and background processes, before it can take input from you. The Startup tab of the Task Manager helps you handle things, allowing you to monitor and manage startup apps.