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Tutorials, how-to guides, and blog posts about using Windows. How to use laptops, tablets, PCs, and other gadgets with Windows.

How to factory reset Windows 10 and delete everything

How to factory reset Windows 10 and delete everything

Do you want to give your computer a fresh start? Wiping everything is the way to go if you’re selling it or just want a thorough cleaning. In case you’re not sure how to do it, that’s what this guide is for. I’ll walk you through the steps to completely wipe Windows 10 and restore it to its factory settings. This is also perfect if
What is PPI? Does pixel density matter?

What is PPI? Does pixel density matter?

Have you ever wondered what PPI is? Maybe you’ve heard companies discussing high PPI screens and wanted to know what that is. Why are some manufacturers bragging about their high-end devices with huge pixel-density screens? Why does PPI matter so much, especially when referring to smartphones? Read this article, and you’ll find out what it means, whether PPI and DPI are the same, and whether
How to set up the search engine in Google Chrome

How to set up the search engine in Google Chrome

The address bar in Google Chrome can be used as a search box, and the default search engine is Google. Do you want to know how to change Chrome’s search engine from Google to something else, like Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, or Qwant? Does your Chrome already use a different search engine as default, and do you want to get back to Google? Here’s how to
How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode (8 ways)

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode (8 ways)

So, you have Windows 11 installed on your computer, but apps misbehave, and system features are constantly acting up, causing you headaches? If that’s the case, you’re probably looking for a way to troubleshoot and fix your system. Lucky for you, Windows 11 comes with a neat tool called Safe Mode that can help with the whole troubleshooting process. Now, you might be wondering, “How
How to reset Windows 10 without losing your files

How to reset Windows 10 without losing your files

If Windows 10 breaks and nothing’s working right, you might be thinking about a clean install. However, reinstalling it from scratch is quite a hassle and would mean that you must go through a rather elaborate process in order to save your files and reinstall Windows 10. Fortunately, you don’t have to do so because Windows 10 has a great trick up its sleeve. It
How to remove the Lock screen widgets from Windows 11 and Windows 10

How to remove the Lock screen widgets from Windows 11 and Windows 10

At the end of March 2024, Microsoft started deploying a new update for Windows 11 (KB5035942), followed by Windows 10 (KB5035941). This update addressed many issues and bugs but also introduced a new feature: the ability to display widgets on the Lock screen for things like sports, traffic, and finance content, along with the weather forecast. This feature was not turned on immediately for all
How to download Chrome 32-bit or 64-bit

How to download Chrome 32-bit or 64-bit

If you download Google Chrome from places other than its official website, you might download the wrong version, with bundled extras you might not want. For example, you may have Windows 10 on 64-bit and install Chrome on 32-bit. Also, you may use an older version of Windows, like Windows XP or Windows 7, and you may want a Google Chrome version that still works
How to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10

How to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10

Windows 10 is officially the most used operating system in the world, outranking even Windows 11. However, some people still use Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 on their computers and devices. If you are one of them, you might want to upgrade to Windows 10 for a better operating system experience. If you have a license key for Windows 10, you can upgrade
How to enable third-party cookies in Chrome, Edge, Firefox & Opera

How to enable third-party cookies in Chrome, Edge, Firefox & Opera

Cookies are small pieces of data stored in your browser by the websites you visit. Third-party cookies, on the other hand, originate from websites other than the one you intended to visit. Typically, these cookies are used by advertising services to deliver targeted ads based on your browsing history and online searches. However, there are instances where you might want to enable third-party cookies. This
How to block third-party cookies in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera

How to block third-party cookies in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera

The World Wide Web relies on cookies to function properly. There are different types of cookies, such as session and first-party cookies, that are created by the websites you visit. However, there are also third-party cookies that are used for advertising and tracking your activity across websites. Some of them can even be used maliciously. As a result, many people are concerned about the security
24 free PC games to download from Microsoft in 2024

24 free PC games to download from Microsoft in 2024

Trying to discover the best free PC games available in the Microsoft Store in 2024, I researched and compiled a fairly long list of games that are completely free to download and enjoy on Windows 10 and Windows 11. This selection includes games from a wide range of genres like high-speed racing, strategic puzzles, family-friendly games for children, classic arcade fighting, and even massively multiplayer
How to change brightness in Windows 11

How to change brightness in Windows 11

One of the things every computer user does relatively regularly is to adjust the brightness of the screen, especially when working on a laptop. That’s true for Windows 11 users, too, as many want to either increase the brightness on their laptop because of glare or reduce brightness to lessen the burden on their eyes during the night. Regardless of your reasons, here are eight
Windows 10 sucks! Here are the reasons to stop using it

Windows 10 sucks! Here are the reasons to stop using it

While Windows 10 is overall a good operating system, it does have its flaws, and some of them are only going to get worse with time. These issues often lead people to frustrated remarks like “Windows 10 sucks” or leave them questioning why “Windows 10 is so bad.” Some complaints are minor nuisances, others are major concerns, and they can all become adequate reasons to
How to change brightness in Windows 10

How to change brightness in Windows 10

Knowing how to turn up the brightness and lower it can be useful if you spend a lot of time on your Windows 10 computer or device. This setting is especially important when you use a laptop or a tablet because, whether you are indoors or outdoors, you might need to increase or decrease the display’s brightness according to your surroundings. Fortunately, most laptops have
How to downgrade Windows 11 and revert back to Windows 10

How to downgrade Windows 11 and revert back to Windows 10

Some people decide to take Microsoft’s advice and upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 using Windows Update or the Windows 11 Installation Assistant. Then, after a couple of days, they might discover they don’t like the new user interface and have trouble adapting, or they need some of the Windows 10 features that were removed from Windows 11. Others may buy a new laptop
How to check scheduled tasks in Windows

How to check scheduled tasks in Windows

The Task Scheduler is a Windows tool that’s been around for over 20 years. Its main job is to plan when certain tasks should happen on your computer, like running programs or scripts at specific times or in response to certain events. In this guide, I’ll show you how to view the scheduled tasks set up on your computer in order to understand what they
What does RGB mean? How is it used? What about RGB lighting?

What does RGB mean? How is it used? What about RGB lighting?

If you have ever used a gaming computer, image editing applications, or a graphic tablet for creating illustrations, it is impossible for you not to have met with the term RGB. Are you curious about the meaning behind RGB, its applications, or the reason why it frequently pops up in discussions about computers, gadgets, or displays? In this article, I’ll try to make this all