Quick Tip: How to use the “Windows Snap” feature with the keyboard…

Snap with the keyboard

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To snap a window with the keyboard:

  • Select the window you want to snap and press the Windows Logo Key  + Left Arrow to snap that window to the left of your screen or the Windows Logo Key  + Right Arrow to snap that window to the right.
  • If you want to move it to a corner after snapping it, then with the window selected, press the Windows Logo Key  + Up Arrow or the Windows Logo Key  + Down Arrow to get it into the desired corner.
  • After you move the window to a corner, the window is in its smallest possible state, which is a quarter of the screen. Then you can use the Windows Logo Key  + Arrow Keys to move it wherever you want.

How to search in Windows 10. Ten tips to become a Pro | Digital Citizen

In Windows 10, the search field found on your taskbar lets you look for apps, settings, documents, settings, music, and so on. To start searching, click or tap on the search field first. When you do that, the search home screen shows up. The search home screen lets you filter the search right from the start, by selecting to look for Apps, Documents, Settings, Email, Folders, Music, People, Photos, or Videos.

The Search home screen from Windows 10

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Quick Tip: How to “Pin To Taskbar” In Windows 10

I like to keep the desktop on my Windows 10 computer pretty much clear of any icons. Typically, if a program icon shows up on the desktop that I need to use frequently or get to quickly, I will pin it to the taskbar (the bar located at the bottom of the screen); then, once I know the program icon is on the taskbar, I will delete the program icon on the desktop.  I do this so that I can access the program from anywhere on the computer without having to go back to the desktop or go to the Start Menu. So, how do you pin a program icon (or folder, etc…) to the taskbar?

It is actually pretty basic. If you “right mouse click” the icon item, you will see an option to “Pin to taskbar”. Click on that option and the icon item will then be seen on the taskbar. To delete a pinned item on the taskbar, “right mouse click” the icon and click on “unpin from taskbar”. This same process will work on many program items that are on your Windows “Start Menu”, as well.

 

What’s new with the Settings app for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update | Windows Central

In addition to the new features and enhancements bundled with the May 2019 Update (version 1903), Windows 10 is also introducing a slew of changes to the Settings app to help users customize and modify system settings.

Starting with version 1903, the Settings experience revamps the homepage with a new header design (controlled feature) similar to the one found in the Microsoft account page online, and you’ll find many new settings and tweaks.

Source: What’s new with the Settings app for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update | Windows Central

How to properly update device drivers on Windows 10 | Windows Central

Usually, Windows 10 can detect and install drivers automatically using the array of product drivers built into the system and Windows Update. However, on occasion, you may have to update a device manually for a number of reasons. For instance, when a particular piece of hardware isn’t recognized automatically, stops working after an upgrade, Windows Update installs a generic package, or you need to access a new feature or bug fix.

Source: How to properly update device drivers on Windows 10 | Windows Central

Quick Tip: Most Important Process You Can Learn In Windows is “Cut, Copy and Paste”

To this day, after over 30 years in computing, people still do not know how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”; and, I have found it to be one of the most difficult things to teach people. I consider it the most important process you can learn in order to master the computer that will increase your productivity immensely. I encourage you to learn how to “cut or copy and paste”; you will not regret it.

To explain how this works… In simple terms, when you select text, a graphic, or a file in whatever it is you are working in, you can cut or copy that text, graphic or file from one location to another, by using the paste command. Whatever it is you cut or copy will be saved to the area of the computer (that you do not visually see) called the Windows clipboard. When you go to use the paste command, it will take whatever it was you cut or copied (saved) to the clipboard and allow you to paste (insert) it at another location. When you copy something, it does just that, it makes an exact copy. When you cut something, it removes it from the location you are cutting from.

For example, I could highlight and select text in a document, right mouse click, select copy from the menu; then, go to another document I may be composing, right mouse click and select paste (and the text will be copied or pasted at that location). If you select the cut command, it would remove the text from the source document location, be copied to the clipboard where you can then paste it in the document you are composing. In file management, cut or copy and paste is very useful when moving files from folder to another.

Typically cut or copy and paste can be used from the “right mouse click menu” after you select the text, graphic or file you desire to use.

You can also can use the keyboard commands: Ctrl+X (cut); Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste)…

As I mentioned, difficult to grasp, but learn how to do this and it will change how you use your computer forever and you will soon see it is actually very easy to master. If anything, learn how to “copy” and “paste” first until you get a good understanding of how this works; then, go to “cut” and “paste’. As an added note, “cut or copy and paste” are used on other operating platforms too, like your Android smartphone…

34 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for the Windows Command Prompt | How-To Geek

The Command Prompt is a powerful tool in Windows, giving you access to all kinds of useful commands you can’t get any other way. By its very nature, the Windows Command Prompt relies on a lot of keyboard use–and with that comes handy shortcuts. Most of these shortcuts have been around since the Command Prompt’s early days. Some are new with Windows 10 (especially some of those that use the Ctrl key) and you’ll need to enable them before you can use them. When you’ve done that, you’re ready to unleash your full-fingered keyboard fury.

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To learn more, click on the source link below to go to “How-To Geek”…

Source: 34 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for the Windows Command Prompt

Quick Tip: How To Find What Version Of Windows 10 Is On Your Computer

With Microsoft periodically sending out major Windows 10 updates (i.e. spring and fall) it is a good idea to learn how to find what version of Windows 10 is on your computer.

To do this:

  1. Right mouse click on the “Start Button” at the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. On the menu that pops up, click on “System”
  3. When the “System” window appears, click on “About” (if it is not already showing).
  4. On the right side of this window, under “About”, scroll down and you will see “‘System Specifications” where you will find the version of Windows 10 you are running. For example, on my PC, I am running version 1809 of the Windows 10 Home Edition.  You will also find the install date and the OS build.

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update @ Ars Technica

Both 32- and 64-bit requirements have been increased.

Previously, 32-bit Windows had a minimum storage requirement of 16GB, and 64-bit Windows needed 20GB. Both of these were extremely tight, leaving little breathing room for actual software, but technically this was enough space for everything to work. That minimum has now been bumped up: it’s 32GB for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows.

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update

Source: Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update | Ars Technica

Quick Tip: How To Enable “Slide To Shutdown”

This is more a trick than a tip; but, once implemented, it is a quick way to shut down your Windows 10 computer.

Here’s how to do this:

Right-click on the desktop, and select  “New”, then select “Shortcut”. In the windows that pops up, paste the following line of code: %windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

THEN, select “Next”, THEN “Finish”… The shortcut will be created on your desktop. If you click on the shortcut a slide down of the screen will appear from the top. If you grab the slide down with the mouse pointer and pull down, the computer will shut down.

What I did on my PC was “right mouse click” on the shortcut I created, pinned it to the taskbar and then deleted the shortcut from the desktop. This makes it handy to perform the shutdown without having to go directly to the desktop.

 

How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode | Android Authority

If you’re trying to troubleshoot problems with your Windows 10 PC, one option is to enter Safe Mode. In Windows 10 Safe Mode you can safely uninstall troublesome programs, resolve driver issues, diagnose hardware conflicts, and more. But how to boot in Safe Mode is less obvious in Windows 10 than we’ve seen in older Windows releases. In this guide we’ll show you how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode using version 1809 (October 2018 Update).

Windows 10 Safe Mode options

Source: How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

Quick Tip: Right Mouse Click On The Windows 10 “Start Menu Button”

This one is for the folks at home and is something that I use all of the time. If you go to the bottom left corner of your screen and “right mouse click” on the Windows 10 Start Menu Button it will cause a menu to appear. This menu is a quick way to get into the various (commonly used) background settings and options in Windows. This also serves as a great way to explore and learn about these settings in a more user-friendly way.

 

Latest Windows 10 Update Causing Freezes, Sluggish Performance | ExtremeTech

To summarize the article from “ExtremeTech” on this issue:

Microsoft has mucked something up again. The latest patch update (KB 4493470) released on Patch Tuesday, April 9, appears to have caused significant performance problems for multiple groups of users.

Some users are reporting freezes upon login, while others claim lengthy times to boot to desktop. It sounds as if either the same issue is causing both, or that some individuals may be rebooting before the desktop has loaded, thinking the machine is permanently frozen.

The issues seem linked to the use of antivirus products from specific manufacturers, including Avast, AVG, and Sophos, with Sophos coming in for particular problems.

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Source: Latest Windows 10 Update Causing Freezes, Sluggish Performance – ExtremeTech

You can upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update right now (but you shouldn’t) | gHacks Tech News

To my reader’s at “What’s On My PC”, this update is a major update and will come to you, as suggested and recommended. You can update now but beware of the risks involved.

Microsoft plans to release the May 2019 Update for Windows 10 at the end of May 2019. The update will be rolled out slowly to devices at that point and it will take months before a good percentage of devices has been upgraded.

Source: You can upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update right now (but you shouldn’t) – gHacks Tech News

Quick Tip: How To Use The “Show Desktop Button” in Windows 10

Using the “Show Desktop” button to show the Windows desktop is one of those options in Windows, that is right before your eyes, that most people do not know exists.

If you move your mouse pointer to the very bottom right corner of your screen, to the taskbar, next to the time and date you should see a line or a sliver (actually called a button).

If you hold your mouse pointer on that button the desktop will appear. You can actually click on that button to go directly to the desktop. You can also toggle back and forth from the desktop and whatever application you are in by clicking on that button. This is handy when you need to get to the desktop to quickly launch another app, document, etc… I personally have found this to be quite useful.

If this button is not allowing you to peek at the desktop, it may be turned “off”. To turn it “on”, right mouse click on the “Windows Start Button”, click on “Settings”, then click on “Personalization”, then click on “Taskbar”. On the right side of the screen, you will see an option to toggle the desktop peek preview on and off.

Did you know that “Windows 10 now lets you pull out USB drives without ‘safely removing’ them”? | The Next Web

Been seeing this on numerous sites where you can now safely yank out that USB drive (so long as the drive is not being written to) on Windows 10.  Most people do not know (prior to now) that you should use the “safely remove hardware” option when yanking out that USB drive so as not to risk data loss and corruption of the drive. Heck, I’ve been yanking those drives out for years and don’t remember any issues. Just have to make sure the drive is not being written to.


We all know that one person who annoyingly reminds you to use “Safely Remove Hardware” before pulling the USB drive out of the slot. They shouldn’t bother you anymore. As Betanews first noted, Microsoft has introduced a new policy that allows you to remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process – as long as you’re not writing data to it.

Source: The Next Web – Windows 10 now lets you pull out USB drives without ‘safely removing’ them

Quick Tip: Using The Windows Logo Key

Many folks at home are unaware of keyboard shortcuts. There are many shortcuts for many applications. Today, I want to tell you about the Windows Logo Key (for Windows 10) and provide a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use in combination with the Windows Logo Key. If you press the Windows Logo Key, which is located on the bottom left side of the keyboard between the “CTRL” key and the “ALT” key, the “Start Menu” will open and close. If you press the “Windows Logo Key” in combination with other keys, as reflected on the list below, you can quickly open (and close) various components of Windows without having to navigate menus.

Continue reading “Quick Tip: Using The Windows Logo Key”

How to use notifications in Windows 10 | Android Authority

Many folks at home see these notifications popping up, often causing confusion… In this article, “Android Authority” will provide insight on how to use notifications.

Windows 10 new notification icon - How to use notifications in Windows 10

Notifications in Windows 10 can be a great tool, like flashing quick social updates, work-related messages, email alerts, reminders, and more. But they can be a pain as well, popping up during video conferences or heated shootouts in your favorite PC game. In this Windows 10 tips article we’ll show you how to use notifications in Windows 10 to get the best experience out this handy feature.

Source: How to use notifications in Windows 10

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC Your Way To The Windows Task Manager

Most folks at home are not familiar with the Windows Task Manager and/or don’t want to know because the term “task manager” sounds like something that is above their level of comprehension. I encourage people to “at least” take a look at the task manager and know that it is there. Where it typically has helped me is when I have a program or task that is no longer responding and basically has a program locked up. With the Windows Task Manager, you can often stop or end the process (or program) that may be causing the issue so that your computer can safely recover.

The Windows Task Manager is a great troubleshooting tool… To open the Windows Task Manager there are many ways to get to it, but the most common methods that I use are:

  1. Hit “CTRL + SHIFT + ESC” on your keyboard
    OR
  2. “Right Mouse Click” the Windows Start Button (located at the bottom right corner of your screen) and click on “Task Manager” on the screen. This is the easiest method of the three that I am showing you
    OR
  3. “CTRL + ALT + DEL” on your keyboard. I call this option the nuclear option when my computer has completely locked up. When using this option you will see the “Task Manager” on the list, along with other options (such as shutdown and restart).

Again, be familiar with the “Windows Task Manager”. Use one of the options above to launch the “Task Manager” to at least familiarize yourself with it. Someday you may need it…

Tech News: Microsoft Makes Major Changes to Windows 10 Updating – Thurrott.com

When this kicks in (most likely in May), Windows 10 user’s at home will be able to manage when updates are installed. Windows updates, especially major version updates, have a bad rep of causing potential problems to end-users (until the bugs are worked out). I know as a former IT Manager, I would cringe when updates were released and would wait to unleash them (then pray).

Beginning with Windows 10 version 1903—the feature update for which Microsoft is now calling the May 2019 Update—the software giant will actually allow its customers to decide when updates are installed.

Source: Microsoft Makes Major Changes to Windows 10 Updating – Thurrott.com

Tech News: Windows 10 Features Update Will Soon Be Rolling Out — Learn More

Just to make you aware at home, Microsoft will soon be rolling out a Windows 10 features update, this month (April 2019). From my experience, these updates often take a while to roll out and when it does hit your computer at home, be patient and let the computer perform the update (which can/could take a while).

If you are curious as to what packaged in this update, click on the source link below (at Addictive Tips) to learn about the 15 best new features in the Windows 10 April 2019 19H1 update…

Source: 15 best new features in the Windows 10 April 2019 19H1 update

Windows 10 Update v1903 New Features List

The Windows 10 v1903 update will be rolling out soon (April 2019). Instead of using the word “update”, I like to use the word “upgrade” due that this is more than the typical Windows 10 “update”. So; you folks there at home, be ready for some change coming your way.

Typically, at home, sit back and wait for the update to come to you (via the Windows updates). If you can’t wait to get the update, follow the instructions HERE to get the update by using the Windows 10 Update Assistant. I highly recommend that you wait in case there are some bugs that Microsoft may need to work out.

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Here is the list followed by complete details of Windows 10 v1903 features, as provided by “The Windows Club”. You can visit the site (see source link below) to learn more about each feature:

Blurred Background on Login Screen
Search, and Cortana are no longer together
Sleeker Start Menu & Start Menu Service
Action Center & Quick Buttons changes
Light Theme for those who dont like too much black.
Improved Storage settings.
Search changes & details
Voice Activation settings
Windows Update Feature with auto-rollback
Reserved Storage
Automatic Troubleshooting
Windows Sandbox
Windows Security
Linux on Windows enhancements
Other features.

Source: Windows 10 v1903 New Features List

How to view installed updates in Windows 10?

An update history is available on your computer so you can see which updates were installed, and when. To see the update history on your Windows 10 computer, do the following:

Right Mouse Click on the Windows 10 Start  button (at the bottom right corner), then select Settings  > Update & Security  > Windows Update  View update history.

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When you are at the “View update history” window you will see a listing of the updates installed on your computer. If you click on any of the updates your browser will launch and you will be taken to the Microsoft website where a summary of what the update is about will be presented.

Viewing the update history list is a good troubleshooting tool when an update fails to install and/or you are experiencing a problem with an installed update. Although this is not recommended, you can also use this list to remove (uninstall) specific updates; but, sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

A Preview of the NEW Microsoft Edge Browser That Is Coming To Windows 10

Just to let folks know, the browser that ships with Windows 10 is called Microsoft Edge. The developer and underlying code of the Microsoft Edge browser is a Microsoft engineered product.

It appears, in the near future, we are going to see a change in the Microsoft Edge browser in appearance and in the underlying code (the foundation) that makes the browser work. The appearance and underlying code are going to be based on Chromium, which is a (see Wikipedia) Google open-source web browser project. It is a fully functional browser on its own and supplies the vast majority of code for the Google Chrome browser.

So what does this mean to you at home?  It means you should eventually see a new web browser still called “Edge” that will replace the current version of “Edge”; that will have a cleaner and faster interface (see video below)…

An early build of Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser has recently leaked online. This browser, which despite carrying the same name as it’s predecessor, will be built from a completely different foundation, and therefore, provide a completely refreshed experience for those who are already familiar with the current manifestation of Microsoft Edge. This new browser…

Source: Microsoft’s got a new Edge- and it’s made of Chromium (Hands-on video) OnMSFT.com

Instructions and Video On How To Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive In Windows 10

Below you will find a source link to Technobezz and a video by Haig Dickson on the steps to take to create a bootable USB flash drive in Windows 10. This is useful when you need to deploy or reinstall Windows 10.

Creating a bootable USB flash drive in Windows 10 is easier than on Windows 7 or 8.1. The fact is that Microsoft has released a useful tool called «MediaCreationTool», which makes downloading of Windows 10 ISO-files much more convenient and easier. This guide (see source link below) will show you how to create a bootable USB Flash Drive in Windows 10.

Source: How To Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive In Windows 10 | Technobezz


How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive
by Haig Dickson

In this video, learn how to create a Windows 10 bootable drive.  Some things to add to this. Good idea to use a drive that is greater than 8GB’s; format to NTFS and you may need your Windows 10 Activation Key.

Make Tech Easier Shows Us “How to Clone Windows 10 to an SSD” Using Popular FREE Software

Cloning an exact copy of your hard disk is a good move and is a good (fast) method in restoring the Windows OS when things get messed up. Keep in mind, when you clone a disk, it is the exact copy of the disk on the date that you made the copy and is a good idea to do this on a regular basis.  I typically update and keep available a cloned copy of my hard disk at least once a year. My routine file backups I do on a more aggressive schedule. Cloning is also an excellent option when you want to move your current Windows 10 OS to a new drive that you have decided to upgrade and install.

Make Tech Easier will walk through the cloning process using the FREE software options of EaseUS or AOMEI Backupper (see source link below). Both of these software options are excellent choices.

So you bought an SSD drive, and you want to move your Windows 10 OS to the new drive. Here are a few ways you can clone and swap the OS install to an SSD.

Source: How to Clone Windows 10 to an SSD – Make Tech Easier

Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 7 support ends about nine months from now, on January 14, 2020—and if you’re a Windows 7 user, you’ll see more than this story reminding you of that date. In fact, according to Microsoft, you could see several pop-up reminders warning you to upgrade to Windows 10 before the year is out.

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Source: Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 10: “We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.”

Why were recently installed updates removed?

Windows 10 has the ability to detect when a Windows 10 update is not playing well and will automatically remove the update. When these updates are removed and fail to install, this is an indication of an incompatibility issue and may end up requiring troubleshooting on your part (or could actually be a bad update from Microsoft).

From what I understand, the update that was removed will not try to reinstall for 30 days. This window of time gives Microsoft and their partners the opportunity to fix the update if it is, in fact, a problem created on their end.

You can read more about this at the source link below.

Source: Why were recently installed updates removed?

How To Turn “ON” and Use The NEW Windows 10 Clipboard Tracking Utility

Did you know that following the Windows 10 October 2018 update, a new Windows clipboard feature has been added that allows you to track and maintain a history of the items (text and images — up to 4MB) that you copy to the clipboard?  This new feature is not turned on by default; however, I will outline below how to turn it on.

Why would you want to maintain a history of your copy (and paste) operations?

This new feature is a Godsend to me. If you are a blogger, graphic designer, and/or write numerous documents at work, you have most likely learned how to use the “Copy (Ctrl-C)” and “Paste (Ctrl-V”) operation in Windows where you copy a line of text or an image and paste it into another location. The problem with this is once you do this more than one time, it erases any previous items you may have copied.

With the NEW Windows 10 clipboard tracking utility, this problem is resolved where once you copy an item (text or image) to the clipboard it is added to a list of previous items you copied. If you copy/paste the same item on multiple occasions you can pin that item to the list so that it is not removed from the list. Another feature with this clipboard is that you can sync the clipboard timeline so that it is available on other computers you may access. You will need a Microsoft account for this feature to work.

Before I go any further in explaining how to turn on this NEW clipboard utility, I want to sort of back into this by telling you that to invoke or launch the clipboard history, hit the “Windows + V” keys in combination on your clipboard. Once the clipboard appears on the screen you can double mouse click on an entry and it will auto paste in the location you select.

How do I turn on this clipboard utility?

  • Go to the “Windows Start Button” at the bottom left corner and “right mouse click”
  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on Clipboard.
  • Turn on the “Clipboard history” toggle switch.
  • Turn on the “Snyc across devices” toggle (optional)

That is all there is to it…  Remember to launch this utility you must hit the “Windows + V” keys…

Source: How to use the new clipboard on Windows 10 October 2018 Update | Windows Central

Windows 10 Recovery Troubleshooting Guide

I pulled this Windows 10 recovery troubleshooting guide, links and all, directly from Microsoft’s website that is very helpful in determining what recovery option to pursue when Windows 10 starts to go belly up or has went belly up (and won’t start) .

If you’re having problems with your PC, the following table can help you decide which recovery option to use. For help with black screen or blue screen errors, see Troubleshoot black screen problems or Troubleshoot blue screen errors.

 Problem  See this section
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an app. Restore from a system restore point
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an update. Remove an installed Windows update
Your PC isn’t working well and it’s been a while since you installed an app, driver, or update. Reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you’ve created a recovery drive. Use a recovery drive to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you haven’t created a recovery drive. Use installation media to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start, you haven’t created a recovery drive, and resetting your PC didn’t work. Use installation media to reinstall Windows 10
You want to reinstall your previous operating system. Go back to your previous version of Windows

Source: Recovery options in Windows 10

Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?

I had this very question in mind as I was setting up a new computer, “Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?”. In the past, Microsoft’s antivirus (Window’s Defender) was low on the totem pole; however, I am now finding it may be a good choice (see source link below). I will probably layer my protection with Malwarebytes, but right now I am going to give Windows Defender a shot since it is already baked into Windows 10.

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Microsoft has invested a great deal of time and effort in improving Defender in recent years, though, and it’s clearly paying off, with Defender climbing the test rankings and now outperforming some big security names.

Source: Windows Defender review : Is this free antivirus good enough on its own? | TechRadar

Can’t wait to setup this ACEPC AK1 Mini PC

Just purchased this Mini PC at Amazon. Can’t wait to get this setup. One thing that sold me on this computer is that you can install a 2.5″ SD/HD drive in the base of it to expand the storage capacity; EVEN MORE, there is a mSata slot available to go even further in storage capacity.

ACEPC AK1 Mini PC Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Processor(up to 2.3GHz)
Windows 10 (64-bit) Desktop Computer
[8GB RAM/120GB mSATA SSD/2.4G+5G Dual WiFi/Gigabit Ethernet/4K]

  • 8GB RAM+120GB SSD –ACEPC AK1 built in Intel Celeron J3455 processor at 1.50Ghz up to 2.3Ghz in Turbo mode and Intel HD Graphics, Pre-installed with Windows 10 (64-bit) and loaded with 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, set up is effortless.
  • Dual Display –Equipped with dual output display ports (2*HDMI port). 4K ultra HDvideo playback, delight in producing stunning visuals.
  • Expand Storage Support– It’s expandable with the addition of up to 2 TB of 2.5 inch SSD or HDD fitted in the base expansion box.
  • Multifunctional Wireless Support — 5G+2.4G Dual Band WiFi, Ethernet Gigabit 1000MB/s LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, very convenient to connect other device to the mini desktop computers.
  • Designed with 2 x USB 2.0 ports,2 x USB 3.0 ports,2 x HDMI port,1 x Gigabit Ethernet port,1 x Micro SD Card port,1x Headphone Microphone Port.

Source: Amazon – ACEPC AK1

 

ZDNet Recommendation: Bookmark The Windows 10 Version 1809 Update History Page

I do have to agree with ZDNet’s recommendation on bookmarking this page which is the support resource Microsoft created to improve transparency after the problems experienced in the rollout of version 1809. Version 1809 is the Windows 10 October 2018 release.

The Windows 10 version 1809 update history page alone has over one million page views and counting and if you are like me, somewhere along the line you have experienced an issue with a rogue update. Highly recommended for troubleshooters to bookmark this page, “Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 update history

Source: Microsoft: You really should bookmark this Windows 10 update history page | ZDNet

How To Open The “Command Prompt” From An Open File Explorer Window

Thanks to MSPoweruser for sharing this power user tip… I love tips like this; plus, I have always been a fan of using the Command Prompt.

Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

To open a CMD window in the same directory as the folder you are viewing, you simply need to type CMD in the directory path area of the File Explorer. There is also a tip which goes in the opposite direction.  If you want to open an File Explorer window in the same directory as your command prompt, merely type Start . with the full stop.

Source: Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

Learn “How to Install (or Move) Apps to Another Drive on Windows 10” at How-To Geek

I ran into this situation with my Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini PC where I am limited in internal hard drive space (32GB) and wanted to install (or move) apps to an external drive. With Windows 10, it is possible to do exactly that. The only apps that I could not move were the apps already baked into the OS.

To learn how to install (or move) apps to an external drive I encourage you to follow the instructions that are posted at How-To Geek (see source link below). If you need an external hard drive, click here to see the wide array of options available.

Windows 10 allows you to install apps from the Store on any drive you like. You can also move apps you’ve previously installed to a new location without uninstalling and reinstalling them.

Source: How to Install (or Move) Apps to Another Drive on Windows 10

The next big Windows 10 update is coming in April

It is important to know when major updates are going to transpire. As a former IT Manager, Windows Updates would make me cringe; knowing that a well-intended update could have negative consequences. Now that I don’t have that worry, on a grand scale, I still pay attention to the update schedule, even with my PC’s at home.

Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Windows 10 updates are always free. You’ll be able to download the April 2019 via Windows Update at no charge once Microsoft determines it is compatible with your computer. Roll-outs of major Windows 10 updates are gradual to ensure the best quality experience, so you might not see it on your PC right away.

windows 10 october update

Source: Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Learn this neat trick on “How to create a slide-to-shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC” | TechRepublic

By copying and pasting the command below, as a new shortcut on your desktop, you can create a slide to shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC… Much faster and better than shutting down the PC from the Start Menu. To get full details on how to do this, click on the source link below.

%windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

Source: How to create a slide-to-shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC – TechRepublic

TechRepublic Shows You “How to find, use, and modify the Windows 10 Show Desktop button”

The Show Desktop button on a typical Windows 10 Desktop is in an odd position. So much so, that many users may not know it is there. Drag your mouse all the way down to the very bottom right corner of the Taskbar—all the way to end (Figure A).

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Figure A Figure A The button is just a thin sliver, and unless it is configured for it, hovering over the button may not be acknowledged by Windows 10 at all. Click the button and all of the currently open application windows will close to give you access to your Desktop. Click it again to re-open the application windows.

Source: How to find, use, and modify the Windows 10 Show Desktop button – TechRepublic

Learn How “Windows Sandbox is a safer way to run programs you don’t trust”

Sandboxing applications are nothing new but is nice to see Microsoft bake an option into the OS… As a reader of the blog noted, after I posted the article, “The feature is available for users of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise running Build 18301 or later, and requires AMD64 and virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS.” So, this is not an option in the home version of Windows 10. 

Microsoft is introducing a new solution that brings it in line with a standard already found on other operating systems: Windows Sandbox.

The feature creates “an isolated, temporary desktop environment” (and lightweight, at 100MB) on which to run an app, and once you’ve finished with it, the entire sandbox is deleted — everything else on your PC is safe and separate.

Read More @ Engadget

Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them | by ZDNet

I don’t like the idea of these updates (major updates) causing issues. Here is an option, as suggested by ZDNet, to recover files in the event you encounter this issue.

For some unknown reason, moving up to Windows 10 version 1809 may delete all the files in user folders. The folders remain, but the files within them are gone, leaving users in potentially a worse pickle than ransomware victims experience. However, there is a chance that early Windows 10 upgraders who encountered this problem might be able to recover lost files by using the free version of Avast-owned Recuva recovery software.

Source: Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them | ZDNet

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