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.
Recently, we needed to install Windows and Ubuntu on several computers. For the ones that needed Windows 10, we could have used the Media Creation Tool offered by Microsoft. However, for non-Microsoft operating systems, that doesn't work. We wanted a tool that was able to create a bootable USB memory stick with Windows, but also with Linux or other operating systems such as FreeDOS. The tool we like most is called Rufus and, in this article, we show how to use it to make your own bootable USB drive with any operating system you wish:
At some point, you might want to sell your iPhone or iPad, or you might want to give it to someone else. Before doing anything like that, you should reset it to its default factory settings and delete all the content on it. After all, you do not want to gift all your personal data as a present, right? If you want to know how to make a factory reset of your iPhone or iPad, read this tutorial:
If you receive a computer with Windows 10 from someone else, and you want to start using it like it was new, making sure there are no leftovers, a Remove Everything type of reset is what you need. You may also want to reset your Windows 10 PC and wipe out all data on it when you want to sell it or give it to someone else. If you are sure that the data in your Windows 10 PC is no longer needed, here is how to reset Windows 10 to its factory settings:
Windows 10 has made the headlines with the fact that it sends all kinds of data to Microsoft. To alleviate suspicions of wrongdoing, and increase transparency, Microsoft released the Diagnostic Data Viewer app which anyone can use to see what data Windows 10 sends to its parent company. One other convenient use of Diagnostic Data Viewer is for troubleshooting. With this app, you can see what does not work on your Windows 10 PC or device, what is causing the problems, and take measures to fix them. Here's how:
There are many situations in which you might want to boot your computer using a USB flash drive. Maybe because you need to install Windows on your PC or maybe because you want to try the latest version of your favorite Linux distribution. Whatever reasons you might have, here are three different ways to use a bootable USB flash drive to start your computer:
If Windows 10 breaks and nothing seems to work well anymore, you might be tempted to contemplate reinstalling it from scratch. However, that would mean that you must go through a rather elaborate process to save your files and then to reinstall Windows 10. Fortunately, you do not 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. The advantage is that it is a lot faster than formatting your system partition and installing Windows 10 from scratch. Resetting can also improve the performance of your Windows 10.
If you want to boot Windows 7 into Safe Mode, it means that there is probably something wrong with your computer. Safe Mode can help you diagnose and sometimes even repair issues. However, before doing so, you must first know how to boot your Windows 7 computer into Safe Mode. In this article, we discuss what Safe Mode is and how it works, and we walk you through the methods of getting in and out of it, in Windows 7:
Are you struggling to boot Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 into Safe Mode? Have you tried pressing both F8 and Shift + F8 and they do not work? That is because the boot procedure in Windows 8 is different compared to older versions of Windows such as Windows 7. The boot is so fast that it literally cannot be interrupted by any of your keypresses. Here are nine different ways in which you can boot into Safe Mode, that do not involve any special hacks or manual configuration:
If you have used Windows 10 for a while, you might have noticed that pressing the F8 or the SHIFT + F8 keys on your keyboard to enter Safe Mode no longer work. These methods stopped working because the Windows 10 start procedure became faster than ever before. However, that does not mean that Windows 10 has no Safe Mode. It is just that to get to it you have to follow other procedures. Here are all the ways you can start Windows 10 in Safe Mode: