Today’s PCs are typically powered by monster CPUs packing four or more cores, and Windows generally does a good job of divvying all of that power up between your apps. But sometimes you want just a bit more control over which processor-hungry apps should be tamed, and that’s where something called processor affinity comes in. Here’s how to restrict specific apps to individual CPU cores for better system-wide responsiveness and, for older apps, stability.
The Windows Task Manager lets you see which programs and services are configured to load when you log in to Windows, but the identity and purpose of some of these programs is not always clear. Here’s how you can quickly find out exactly where your Windows startup programs came from and what they’re doing at boot.
Windows has a handy “Open With” option that lets users open an image file with an application other than the one set as the default for that file type, but this feature doesn’t work when multiple files are selected. One workaround is to use the “Edit” option, but this opens your images MS Paint. Thankfully, you can change which program is associated with the “Edit” option by modifying the Windows Registry. Here’s how to do it.
Having trouble reading text or making out fine details in Windows? Instead of lowering your resolution to make everything bigger, which can introduce image quality issues, use the built-in Windows Magnifier utility to selectively zoom in on certain portions of your screen while leaving everything else at native resolution.
If Windows Search stops working for you and no longer returns search results for files that you know exist, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue. Here’s how to fix Windows Search issues in all versions of Windows from 7 to 10.
The notification area of the Windows taskbar is a useful and important place to keep track of crucial system and app notifications while you work, but if you have too many apps it can get cluttered. Here’s how to manage and hide notification icons in the Windows taskbar, allowing you to focus only on the notifications that matter to you.
After suffering through the end of support for Windows XP last April, there has been some recent alarm over a misinterpreted Windows 7 deadline. But don’t panic! Today is only the end of “Mainstream Support” for Windows 7. Microsoft’s popular operating system will continue to receive free security updates under “Extended Support” until January 14, 2020.
The goal of efficient and safe computing is to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible, thereby avoiding frequent reaches for the mouse or trackpad that can contribute to repetitive stress injuries. With that in mind, we’ll show you how to launch, minimize, and manage your most frequently accessed Windows programs without ever having to take your hands off the keyboard.
Windows updates are important, but sometimes certain updates aren’t applicable to particular systems, or troubleshooting calls for delaying updates. In Windows, you can hide unneeded or unwanted updates, but it’s still a good idea to revisit hidden updates to ensure the latest security patches and bug fixes are applied. Here’s how to view and restore hidden updates in Windows.