In Windows 10, you have the option to install and run classic desktop software as well as Modern Windows apps (aka. Modern apps). When you install Windows 10, Microsoft installs a lot of Modern Windows apps for you. You may not want them all but a few are useful. Over the time you may also install various third-party Windows apps from the Windows Store. If you are wondering how to keep Windows apps updated, follow the quick tutorial we have described below.
Windows Apps may fail to automatically update if you have disabled Windows Updates or if you have turned off automatic updates in Windows Store. In these situations, it is recommended to manually check for app updates. Read on to find out how to manually keep your Windows apps up to date through the Windows Store.
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 bundles Windows Defender as the default antivirus in Windows 10 to provide basic security against common threats like virus, spyware, trojan and other malware. Since, Windows Defender is deeply integrated with the operating system, the virus definition updates are delivered via Windows Update. So, if you have made changes to Windows Update settings it is possible Windows Defender is not getting automatic updates regularly. You will learn how to manually update Windows Defender if your PC is online and you have disabled Windows Update. If your PC is offline, you will learn how to get Windows Defender offline update in Windows 10.
If you follow the Windows 10 upgrade process, you can keep your old files, settings, and programs from your earlier Windows edition. What if you want a completely fresh Windows 10 system? What are your options then? If you want a completely fresh system, you have a few options available. These options are also useful if you have purchased a new Windows 10 PC and you want to get rid of all the bloatware included by the manufacturer. Or, if you want to clean install Windows 10 on your existing PC.
Before Microsoft released Windows 10 Threshold 2 version 1511, which allowed users to activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key, the company used to force users to upgrade to Windows 10 before they could do a clean install. The whole process was very annoying, time-consuming and complicated for most users. As everything is easy now, here’s the various options you have, to do a clean install of Windows 10.
USB Network Gate allows sharing and accessing USB devices over LAN, WAN and Internet. It facilitates both server and client components. Once you share a USB device, you can perform file operations on them like they are plugged into the local computer.
For example, imagine you need a large file from your friend’s external hard drive. Instead of asking him to upload the file online so you can download it, you can ask him to share the drive with you.
USB Network Gate offers simple sharing. You can connect two or more machines together using the IP address, or host name (LAN) and a preferred port. You do not need hard to configure settings to use it. USB Network Gate offers minimal configuration.
Microsoft has released 13 security patches for this month’s Patch Tuesday, fixing vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer. Out of the 13 security patches, 5 are rated as critical and should be installed by every Windows users. These critical patches are essential fixes for vulnerabilities discovered in Windows.
Microsoft introduced a new boot loader “Boot Options Menu” since the release of Windows 8 that decreased the boot time much. The new boot loader remains even in Windows 10. Unfortunately, while doing so Microsoft removed the function that allowed access to the Advanced Boot Options when you press F8 key when Windows boots. This means you cannot quickly access the Safe Mode by pressing the F8 key when Windows boots. Instead, you have to go the other way round to access Windows Safe Mode. You need to either start Windows 10 (or Windows 8.1/8) and then use the Settings app to restart into safe mode or if Windows fails to start, Windows will reboot again into safe mode. It does not matter how you do it but it is no longer a single step operation. It now involves 2 or 3 steps to access the Windows 10 Safe Mode.
Microsoft has released a new cumulative update (KB3140743) for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. The latest cumulative update includes a number of bug fixes and performance improvements for both the Windows OS editions. This update will replace the previously released update KB3140742. Along with the cumulative update, Microsoft also released Servicing stack update (KB3139907) for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. KB3139907 makes stability improvements for Windows 10 Version 1511 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 servicing stack.
Microsoft announced Project Centennial during its Build 2015 developer conference. Project Centennial aims to help developers publish their .NET and Win32 desktop applications to the Windows Store. Project Centennial is a toolkit that will enable desktop developers to package and publish their existing .NET and Win32-based Windows applications to the Windows Store. Developers can also use Centennial to call common UWP APIs and services.
So far Microsoft already has two big projects for developers, namely, Project Astoria and Project Islandwood. Don’t worry if you do not know about them. We will explain them before moving on to explaining Project Centennial.
Kaspersky Lab is well-known security software maker famous for their flagship products Kaspersky Antivirus, Kaspersky Internet Security. Kaspersky Lab recently released Kaspersky Free, their free edition of Kaspersky Antivirus. Now, they are offering another free tool, Kaspersky Cleaner for Windows operating system. Let’s check out what it offers and if it’s really worth installing on your PC.