1. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:15 PM
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    A video on YouTube, Twitch or Facebook stutters? You experience frame drops in your favorite game or video chat, or notice other performance issues on your system?

    While old or less capable hardware may be the reason for that, performance issues may sometimes be caused by less than optimal settings.

    If you run a Windows PC with Nvidia hardware, you have some options to tweak the system...
  2. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Jan 22, 2018 at 5:35 PM
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    The Settings application is one of the central locations in Windows 10 to manage and customize the operating system.

    It is still largely a work in progress, as Microsoft announced back in 2015 that it wanted to migrate all Control Panel applets to the Settings application eventually.

    Windows 10 users still juggle between the Control Panel and Settings app more than two years after the...
  3. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Jan 19, 2018 at 2:23 PM
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    The recently discovered Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities can only be patched fully with BIOS updates. Depending on your system, you may have installed the operating system, web browser...
  4. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Dec 29, 2017
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    Microsoft added a bunch of smaller features and improvements to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

    One of the new features displays the GPU performance in the Task Manager provided that a compatible driver is installed.

    You can launch the Windows Task Manager with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc. If this is the first time opening the Task Manager, you need to switch from the -- completely...
  5. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Dec 29, 2017
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    The Windows operating system comes with plenty of built-in tools to analyze resource usage. The most prominent one is probably the Windows Task Manager, as it highlights resource usage of individual processes, and gives admins and users options to kill any misbehaving ones.

    The Performance Monitor and Resource Monitor are two additional tools that admins and experienced Windows users...
  6. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Dec 29, 2017
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    Win32 programs have a lot of flexibility when it comes to the installation process. Programs may install in various directories, may write to the Registry, or run on system start without asking the user about it.

    Most programs install in one of the "official" program folders. There is c:\Program Files\ for 64-bit applications, and c:\Program Files (x86)\ for 32-bit programs.

    It often...
  7. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Dec 1, 2017
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    Microsoft Office uses the language of the system to display interface elements usually. That's usually what users of the program want, but some users may want it to use a different language instead.

    I for instance prefer to run the English version of Microsoft Office. The reason is simple: whenever I write an article about Office, I need to use the English terms for menus and...
  8. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Dec 1, 2017
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    For about a week now, I experienced an issue when double-clicking on Excel spreadsheets to load them in Microsoft Excel 2016. Excel would open as expected, but instead of loading the selected spreadsheet, the application opened a blank document instead.

    More precisely, it did not open a spreadsheet at all, not even a blank one, but displayed no document in its interface.

    I tried...
  9. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Nov 24, 2017
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    I tried to download a file recently on a Windows 10 Fall Creators Update system using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox, and could not because all blocked the file download because of a virus that was detected during the security scan.

    Chrome displayed "Failed - Virus detected", Microsoft Edge "[filename] contained a virus and was deleted", and Firefox simply...
  10. RGiskardR
    Created by RGiskardR
    Nov 17, 2017
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    Windows Update works for the most part pretty reliable. It is an automated system of Microsoft's Windows operating system that handles the downloading and installing of updates for the operating system.

    At best, it is a silent service that runs in the background; it may ask you to restart the PC every now and then though as that is still required for many updates.

    When you run...