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.
Aero Snap is a feature introduced in Windows 7 that lets users position and resize desktop windows by dragging them to the edges of the screen or double-clicking their title bars. But sometimes Aero Snap is more of a pain than a convenience, and some users may want to fully control the size and position of their desktop windows themselves, without the well-intentioned but often incorrect “help” from Windows. Thankfully, you can disable Aero Snap in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 with a quick trip to the Control Panel. Here’s how to do it.
Microsoft Remote Desktop gives a user virtually all of the power and capabilities in a remote session that they would enjoy if sitting in front of the remote computer directly, with one notable exception: shutdowns and reboots. Here’s how to use Command Prompt and the shutdown command to easily shut down and reboot remote PCs.
All modern versions of Windows include a built-in Administrator account with unparalleled access to your PC. Although these accounts are disabled by default, they represent a potential security risk because hackers and malware know their default name. But if you change the name of your built-in Administrator account, you can slightly increase your PC’s security. Here’s how to do it.
User Account Control in Windows limits the ability of applications to access critical parts of Windows without administrator privileges. Users can always set an app to run as administrator as needed, but for those who frequently run apps that require this setting, here’s how to always have an app run as administrator by default.
Windows HomeGroup is a feature in Windows 7 and 8 that lets consumers and small businesses easily set up ad hoc networks to share documents and media between computers. But if you don’t want to use HomeGroup, the feature merely takes up space and resources. Here’s how to disable HomeGroup with a quick trip to the Windows Services utility.