When you perform Windows upgrade over your existing Windows operating system, or when you reinstall Windows without formatting the system disk, or when you Refresh/Reset your Windows, the system creates a special Windows.old folder. The special Windows.old folder holds copies of apps, programs, and files from the earlier Windows installation. Thus the folder takes a huge chunk of disk space, in some cases around 10 GB to 25 GB.
The Windows.old folder helps you downgrade to the earlier version of Windows safely if the newer installation is not working properly. It is also helpful if you are not happy with suppose the new Windows 10 operating system and you want to roll back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
What if you do not want to revert back to the earlier edition of Windows and you are happy with Windows 10? Windows.old folder still keeps the space occupied. It may be overlooked by users who have TBs of hard disk space. But if you are running low on space or use a SSD with limited space, you may want to delete the Windows.old folder and recover the valuable few GBs it is holding up.
Easier said than done. You cannot simply use the Del button or press Shift + Del button to delete the Windows.old folder. So how to delete Windows.old folder to free up disk space in Windows 10? (Although this post is written for Windows 10 users, any Windows operating system user can refer to it. The steps to remove Windows.old folder remains same.) You do not need to worry or use any third-party tools as the native Disk Cleanup tool can easily delete Windows.old folder from your hard disk.
Microsoft introduced User Account Control back when it launched Windows Vista. User Account Control or popularly known in its abbreviated form UAC still continues to be a part of Windows, from Windows 7, to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and in the latest Windows 10. UAC is a security feature in Windows that keeps the user in control and warns them when any program tries to make changes to the system that requires administrator-level permission. If a user account is not a part of the Administrator group, it asks the user to give an administrator user’s password to continue. Thus protecting the Windows PC from malicious or unwanted system wide changes.
The UAC dialog box displays the “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” message. It also provides details about the program trying to make the changes like its name and the publisher’s name of the program. The user can then either allow the changes by clicking on the Yes button or deny it by clicking on the No button.
Starting from Windows Vista and up (Windows 7, 8.1, 10), Microsoft introduced a feature known as Superfetch. In Windows XP a lesser capable similar feature was available which was known as PreFetcher. The work of Superfetch is to keep often-accessed data in the RAM in cached form so that applications can run faster and responds faster. A very good explanation of what Superfetch is, is given by Thom Holwerda at OSNews. You can go through it for some good insight. Coming back, here we will show you how you can enable or disable Superfetch in Windows. This how to article can be referred by Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 users to manage Superfetch settings.
How To Enable or Disable Superfetch In Windows?
There are two ways by which you can change Superfetch settings. Follow any one of them and you will be good.
Enable or Disable Superfetch Using Services In Windows
- Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box.
services.msc and press Enter to open the Services window.
- In the Services window, find Superfetch and double-click on it to open Superfetch Properties window.
- In the Superfetch Properties window, click on the Stop button.
- To permanently disable Superfetch, select Disabled in the Startup type drop down menu.
- Click on Apply button and then on the OK button to complete the steps. You may restart Windows.
To enable Superfetch, follow the first three steps. Next, in the Superfetch Properties window, set the Startup type to Automatic and then click on the Start button. Click on Apply button and then on the OK button to complete the steps. You may restart Windows.
Enable or Disable Superfetch In Windows Using Registry
Only follow this method if you are confident editing Windows Registry entries. If you are not, you should only follow the first method.
- Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box.
regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor. If you receive a UAC prompt, click on Yes.
- In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
- Now, in the right-pane, double-click on the EnableSuperfetch DWORD key to edit its value.
If this DWORD value does not exist, right-click on an empty space in the right-pane of the PrefetchParameters
folder, select New
> DWORD Value
. Give it the name EnableSuperfetch and set its value according to your requirement. Reference the meaning of each value as given below:
- 0 Disable Superfetch.
- 1 Enables Superfetch when the application starts up.
- 2 Enables Superfetch when the device starts up.
- 3 Enables Superfetch when the application or device starts up.
- Edit the value of EnableSuperfetch according to your requirements and click on OK.
- Close the Registry Editor and restart Windows.
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Performing any tasks related to hard disk is a daunting task for majority of computer users. All operating systems are equipped with a built-in disk management software that provides basic functions like creating new partitions or deleting existing ones. Microsoft Windows is no exception here. The flagship operating system by Microsoft comes bundled with a Disk Management function accessible from the Computer Management window. It provides very basic functions like create new partition, delete partition, etc. What if you need to do some advance tasks like splitting an existing partition or resizing one? Truly speaking, not everyone wants to invest money to buy some expensive software that they are going to use very less. How about if we tell about a software which does more than what you want and still is free? Here, we are going to review AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It’s a freeware hard disk management software for Windows that has some impressive features under its sleeve. Enough of talking, lets dive in to find out how it performs in our tests.
Microsoft, clearing all doubts and confusion, has officially announced that all Windows Insider testers will receive free Windows 10 upgrade. We all know that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will get free Windows 10 upgrade. Yes, you do have to upgrade within a year of Windows 10 release on July 29, 2015. The latest announcement puts a smile on the faces of all Windows Insider program tester. So, now to receive Windows 10 free of charge, all you need to do is clean install the latest preview of Windows 10 build 10130 on your computer. Login with your Microsoft Account that’s registered for the Windows Insider program and wait for the final version of Windows 10. It doesn’t matter which Windows edition you had, after you receive Windows 10, it will stay genuine.
For a long time Windows operating system lacked any proper application manager also known as a package manager. A central hub so you can manage all installed applications, get new ones and keep them updated. Mainly, Linux distributions had some form of a package manager. Apple came up with Mac App Store from where users can buy Mac apps, install them and keep them up to date. Having a package manager always made the job easy. It automatically installs all dependencies in case the operating system missed them. With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft came up with Windows Store but it wasn’t that good in managing your desktop apps. It did let users easily manage Modern UI Applications, made to run in the new Modern UI (user interface) only. Filling the gap, many package managers emerged which were developed by enthusiastic developers or companies trying to profit from it. Here, we are going to look into one such package manager that sounds very sweet when anyone hears it, Chocolatey.
Earlier we heard the rumor about Microsoft offering Windows 9 (aka Windows Threshold) to Windows 8 users free of cost. Now another rumor is brewing about Windows 9, the successor of Windows 8.1. Rumor is, Microsoft may go as far as offering Windows 9 free upgrade to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users? Expected to land in spring 2015, Windows 9 is now one of the most anticipated Windows next edition. Microsoft is also expected to offer a minor update, dubbed Update 2 to all Windows 8.1 Update 1 users.
Microsoft, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, issued a security advisory warning users of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could allow “remote code execution.” The latest Internet Explorer vulnerability affects all versions of the web browser, which includes Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. As of writing this article, Microsoft didn’t issue any patch to fix the Internet Explorer vulnerability.
(we will update the page as soon as an official patch is issued)
Every other day we hear news about reputed websites being hacked or user data are stolen. Although a normal user won’t be able to find out about the security practices used by their favorite websites like Dropbox, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, etc. But as a user they should definitely try to keep their own passwords strong and unique for each websites. This way, even if one site gets hacked, you can be sure that your other online accounts are safe. You may say, okay that’s a good suggestion but it’s insane to even trying to remember all unique username and passwords combinations for each websites. Well, that’s why we have password managers to do the task and save us. Sticky Password is one such password manager application which promises to keep your passwords safe, secure and organized. Let’s dive in and see if Sticky Password is really worthy or not. In the end there’s also a giveaway exclusively for all My Technology Guide readers.
Microsoft has released advanced notification for the second Tuesday of the month, July 9, 2013, which is the tradition the Redmond software giant follows every month, popularly known as Patch Tuesday. In the advanced notification of July 2013’s Patch Tuesday, seven bulletins, out of which six are classified as Critical by Microsoft and the remaining one is Important.
The six bulletins rated Critical addresses vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, .NET Framework, Silverlight, Internet Explorer and GDI+. The single bulletin which is rated Important will address an issue in Microsoft Security Software. All versions of Windows operating system are affected by at least three of the critical vulnerabilities. All versions of Internet Explorer are affected by a critical flaw which will be addressed by one of the fixes.