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How to identify the dependencies of Windows services and change how they start

How to identify the dependencies of Windows services and change how they start

The services are a vital part of Windows, without which the operating system could not function properly. They are the small minions that do most of the work in the background and make things happen. Services are not doing their jobs on their own, as they often need one another to achieve their goals. When a Windows service needs another service, for it to function
8 ways to start System Configuration in Windows (all versions)

8 ways to start System Configuration in Windows (all versions)

The System Configuration tool is also known by its msconfig.exe executable file. This app is useful to people who want to manage the Windows startup and the boot options, as well as troubleshoot stability and performance issues. You can do all that from this handy little tool, but before that, you first have to open it. In this article, we show you eight ways to
8 things you can do with Computer Management in Windows

8 things you can do with Computer Management in Windows

Modern versions of Windows offer many tools that you can use to manage different aspects of the operating system. One lesser known administrative tool in Windows is named Computer Management. Few people know of its existence, and even fewer use it. Over the years, we have come to love Computer Management, and we use it more often than other similar tools from Windows. In this
2 ways to create a partition, in Windows (all versions)

2 ways to create a partition, in Windows (all versions)

When you get your hands on a new hard disk or solid state drive, the first thing you have to do is partition it. That means that you must create one or more partitions so that you can then store data. Although you could use third-party tools for this task, the Windows operating system includes tools that can handle partitioning disks just as well. So
How to set aside tabs in Microsoft Edge, and use them later

How to set aside tabs in Microsoft Edge, and use them later

Microsoft Edge has a neat little feature that allows users to store their opened tabs for later so that they can quickly get back to them in the future. This may be useful when you work on something, you need to go somewhere, and want to resume your work later, as quickly as possible. Here is how to set tabs aside in Microsoft Edge, how
Simple questions: What is FAT32 and why is it useful?

Simple questions: What is FAT32 and why is it useful?

If you ever used a Windows PC or a storage device like a USB memory stick or an SD card, it is almost impossible that you have not heard about FAT32. It is one of the most popular file systems ever used on storage devices of all kinds. If you want to learn more about its history, its purpose and uses, read on. In this
Fix problem: Google Chrome uses a lot of processor (CPU) when I visit a website

Fix problem: Google Chrome uses a lot of processor (CPU) when I visit a website

A new trend on the internet is that of using websites to mine cryptocurrencies without the knowledge of their visitors. As a result, the visitor's web browser gets slow, and the web browsing experience becomes incredibly frustrating. If you use Google Chrome and your computer's processor usage goes up a lot, when visiting a specific website, then you must read this article. We explain why
What is SSD TRIM, why is it useful, and how to check whether it is turned on

What is SSD TRIM, why is it useful, and how to check whether it is turned on

In the last couple of years, solid state drives have increasingly gained popularity. It is also probable that you have read or at least heard someone else talking about how fast an SSD (Solid State Drive) is compared to traditional hard drives. If you are already using one or you want to buy an SSD to improve your computer's performance, you should know that TRIM
What are libraries in Windows, and how to use them for organizing your files

What are libraries in Windows, and how to use them for organizing your files

Libraries are one of the most misunderstood and, at the same time, the most useful features in Windows. They can help users organize their files and folders efficiently. By using libraries, you can build a system so that you can always find what you want in seconds. Not only that, but you can also sort, tag or edit files and folders with just a few
How to work with custom views in Event Viewer (all Windows versions)

How to work with custom views in Event Viewer (all Windows versions)

Event Viewer is one of those tools in Windows that are hidden treasures. It can show logs about pretty much everything that happened on your computer, and it can help you troubleshoot any problems your computer might have. However, the information it shows can often be overwhelming in amount and details. Fortunately, it also offers ways of sorting and filtering all that information so that
Set up two-step verification for your Microsoft account with Google Authenticator

Set up two-step verification for your Microsoft account with Google Authenticator

Microsoft offers two-step verification for your Microsoft account. However, when you try to enable it, the company tries to force you into using their Microsoft Authenticator app. While using this app has some benefits, some users might prefer using another two-step verification app, like Google Authenticator. Here is how to enable two-step verification for your Microsoft account and use any third-party authenticator app you prefer
What are disk quotas and how to use them to limit the space of each user

What are disk quotas and how to use them to limit the space of each user

If you are not the only person using your computer, you might want to limit the amount of storage space that every user can use. If you do that, you ensure that the storage space on a specific drive or partition is never filled up by only one user account. Everybody has their personal space to fill, and nobody can trespass his or her limits.
Make Windows correctly display characters from languages other than English (set non-Unicode programs)

Make Windows correctly display characters from languages other than English (set non-Unicode programs)

Do you use Windows in English, and run apps, files and multimedia files in other languages with different characters? Have you ever had problems with apps or content written in languages which use different characters from those found in English? Languages like Spanish, German, Polish, Arabic, Russian, Romanian or Hebrew? If you do, then you should read this article and understand how to make Windows
How to work with the Event Viewer in Windows

How to work with the Event Viewer in Windows

Some of our readers have asked themselves "What on Earth is the Event Viewer, and why would I want to work with it?" Windows starts to keep track of what it is doing as soon as you start it up, and continuously saves log files that can provide a wealth of information when something goes wrong, and even when everything is fine. The Event Viewer
How to change the language for your Microsoft account, Outlook, Office Online, etc

How to change the language for your Microsoft account, Outlook, Office Online, etc

Many people use Microsoft services in their web browsers. Millions of people use the Outlook.com e-mail and calendar service. Some use OneNote online, others OneDrive, and so on. You may use these online services in English and need to switch to another language, like Spanish, German, or French. What do you do in this case? Fortunately, all of Microsoft's online services can be used in
Simple questions: What is NTFS and why is it useful?

Simple questions: What is NTFS and why is it useful?

If you have ever formatted a drive, be it removable or internal to your computer, then you have seen the term NTFS displayed as an option for formatting. You may have asked yourself what NTFS meant and, if you landed on this article, you are looking for the answer. If you want to know what the NTFS file system is and why you should format