Easy Ways To Fast-Track Your Windows 10

Among all the Windows operating systems that Microsoft has released, Windows 10 is by far the most capable and competent. Debatably. But it truly is a notable and impressive operating system from Microsoft. Do note that it will take up much space and other things on your PC or laptop. But Microsoft always has succeeded in making operating systems efficient. More so with the Windows 10.

 

Some time ahead, you will feel your computer slowing down. A lot of things can cause it to slow down. But the good thing is that along with it are the fixes and other things you can do to turn things back to how they were, and even make the speed faster.

 

Who knew restarting your computer can actually be a good thing? If your computers are constantly on and working, the actions that were started before will still continue. This can actually slow down the computer.

You can fix this issue by shutting down your PC each day once you have finished using it, by clicking on the Windows button and

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How To Prevent Windows 10 Updates

Updates are important for your computer to run smoothly and efficiently. Updates are designed to not only keep your device and its programs to their latest versions. In addition, they are developed to fix errors and address issues on your computer. But updates can sometimes take a long time to start and finish. And in case you haven’t noticed, Windows 10 has an update almost every week. Sometimes less almost every less than a week if that makes sense.

 

One simply can’t stop Windows 10 from updating. It’s just a fact. However, you can delay it. Here’s what you can do.

 

Pause the automatic updates. A few years ago, this option wasn’t available. To attempt to stop an update from installing on that day, all you can do is assign a time for it to make the changes. But now, we finally have that saving button.

Click the Start menu, then the Settings cog. Now go to ‘Update & Security’, click ‘Windows Update’ on the left-hand side, then click ‘Advanced options’. Under ‘Pause Updates’, toggle the switch to

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How To Deactivate Push Notifications In Your Browsers

Browsing the web can both be delight and a nightmare. It is a delight because you will always have answers for your questions. The internet is a gold mine of information, after all. You’ll always see what you are looking for and more. But sometimes, it is a total disaster. One thing, you’re just surfing the net and the next, a pop-up video shows up along with a series of notifications. You didn’t want to do away with them so you closed the website only to find out that you still are receiving pop-up notifications. Sounds familiar? Say hello (or not) to push notifications.

Push notifications are messages that a website sends you in order to engage you with them. Their goal is to inform you of all things new about them so maybe you’ll take interest. For example, subscribing to a newsletter from a blogging site. You can get them even if the website that sent it to you is not open in your browser. They won’t have access to any of your contact details. However, they are still …

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How To Turn Off or Mute Your Windows Notifications

Notifications are there for a reason and that is to let us know of meetings, upcoming events, new emails, installed applications, updates, and more. They help you get more organized and up-to-date. However, if you have been using Windows 10, you’ll know that the notifications can sometimes be overwhelming and distracting.

 

If you get a lot of emails every day and you have of apps, tendency is that you’ll get a lot of notifications as well. Even clicking an ad through a web page will prompt your anti-virus or web security to tell you not to proceed. Fortunately, notifications can be turned off or managed in the settings.

 

To turn off notifications, open the Windows Settings.

Open the Windows Settings menu by pressing the Windows Key and I or alternatively search for Settings in the Windows search bar and click the corresponding result.

(Via:https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-turn-off-notifications-in-windows-10/)

 

Click on Notifications and Actions option.

Click Notifications & Actions in the left-hand menu. This will take you to a screen providing access to all of the settings related to notifications

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What Influences Computer Efficiency?

When you get a new computer, be it a desktop computer or a laptop, everything runs at lightning speed. All smooth, all fast. After a few months of usage, you observe that its performance is starting to slow. What could have caused it?

 

Several factors can cause slow computer performance. What your computer is made of and the maintenance you do are major factors. But you have to remember that a computer is a machine. It is made of parts that can eventually wear out. Damage caused by infiltrating viruses and malware can also cause adverse changes in the system and in your files.

 

Hard Disks. These guys store all the files and data of your computer. ALL of them. It affects computer efficiency through its read/write speeds.

Your hard disks store all of the data on your computer, from program files to documents or photos. The space available on the hard drive doesn’t have a very large affect on the computer’s performance, but the read and write speed do. A hard disk that spins at 7200RPMs will

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Why Use Google Drive When Taking Notes

Taking down notes is vital because first, ideas are important. And if you are one of those who easily forget things, then a note is perfect for you. Second, it helps with organization. It also helps illustrate, describe, or narrate what we have seen, heard, or read. This is especially true in meetings, school lectures, and other discussions. If you have a lot to write down, wouldn’t it be just great if you can access your notes all in one place?

 

When it comes to taking notes, there are a lot of apps to choose from. Take for instance Google Drive. Yes, you read it right. But how?

First of all, all of your docs (or notes in this case) are saved in Google Drive, which has the best search capabilities around, hands-down. That makes it easy to find the note your looking for in a flash. Evernote’s search is good, but not as good as Google’s.

You also can use Drive’s excellent collaboration feature to write and share notes with others in real-time—an especially useful scenario if you’re

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Are You Destroying Your Computer?

There’s a reason why electronic devices are being upgraded almost on the regular. It’s because they don’t last forever. This means your TV, air conditioner, smartphones, computers, and others. It’s one thing when you are neglecting them. It’s another when you are aiding them in getting damaged.

Computers can last a significant amount of time, provided that you take good care of them. This includes keeping them clean, safe, and well-maintained not just inside but outside as well. Remember that computers, especially laptops, are highly sensitive. There are parts inside that once damaged, can be hard to fix. Repairs to the shop can cost you a lot of money. If you want to save your money and more importantly your computer, better avoid the things that can cause harm to your computer and your files before it’s too late. Your computer is what’s helping you get your work done. Do it a favor and help it as well.

 

Heat is not a friend. It causes your computer and the components inside to wear out faster than they should if …

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Protect Your Family With Windows 10

Children today need more parental control especially now that digital content is more accessible to them than ever before. A lot of information is on the web. One click of your child can transfer him or her to an unwanted page or a page inappropriate for children. Good thing, Windows (8 and 10) is equipped with Microsoft Family Safety as a form of parental control over your child’s web use. Other than that, it also gives you control over whether or not your child can play games, download, or use chat. This is a very good feature to use and make the most of.

Before anything else, you as the admin need to put a password on the administrator account so only you can access and make changes within. The next thing to do is to add other users.

Before starting with the Family Safety parental controls in Windows 10, we need to make sure your computer is properly set up. If you’re sharing a single user account between your family, it’s time to change that and use one account

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Steps On How To Manually Free Some Space In Your Windows 10

If you come to think about it, your Windows 10 computer is like the streets and roads in your city and your files are the vehicles on the road. In order for the vehicle you need for the day to reach you, it needs to go through traffic. If traffic is heavy, then it can be delayed on its way. But if the road is clear, then it can get to you as fast as it can. There’s no use for a fast car if the road is in heavy traffic.

In the same manner, your computer needs some good free space for it to go on about its tasks, so you can too. To do this, you need to know what is taking a lot of space in your storage.

First of all, put on your detective’s hat (if you have one – if not, an imaginary one will do). Find out exactly what’s taking up all the room on your hard drive by launching the Settings app from the Start menu then clicking ‘System’ and then ‘Storage’.

Select

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How To Set Up A Microsoft Account

Don’t you hate or maybe dislike it when you have to create an account for each and every tool, app, or program you want to use? It’s one of those days when you feel torn between using a familiar if not the same password for all accounts but advised not to, or, creating a newer, stronger, and longer password. And if you chose the latter for each and every one of your accounts, you ended up forgetting all of them. If this sounds like you, then there is good news for you. Windows 10 offers one account for all. Now that’s one less problem out of your head.

What then is the next thing to do if you have a Windows 10 or after getting a Windows 10 update on your computer? Create an account, of course. This Microsoft account can give you access to a lot of things including your Windows 10, the Microsoft store, your email, OneDrive, Office 365, Skype, and more. Now you can get a lot of things done and done fast with just one account.…

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Why Own A USB OTG Flash Drive

A lot has changed since the standard USB 2.0 flash drive that everyone owned since its release in the early 2000. It now has a newer version, the USB 3.0. They’re still great and all. But the problem with them is that connecting devices together is not possible. You have to connect to a computer in order to gain access to the USB drive and what’s inside. Now, things have definitely changed. What’s impossible before is no longer the case today. The USB OTG (On-The-Go) is the answer to this dilemma.

A USB OTG supports interconnection between devices. Two devices can now connect even without a computer. In fact, you can connect several.

It’s not just about inter connectivity of the two devices. USB OTG also allows you to take control of everything using a single device, which may be anything. By enabling your smart phone (for the sake of an example) as the host, you can now use a dozen of peripheral devices including keyboards, mouse, musical instruments and even a game pad! There’s no limit to the numbers

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Things You Need To Know About The New iOs 13

Apple has come a long way with its operating system for iPhones and iPads. Just this recently, the new iOS 13 has arrived. While built mainly for iPhones, the newest operating system can be downloaded and used by iPads (iPad now has a separate operating system called iPadOS 13). So, what does the new iOS 13 have in store?

Although Android has the upper hand when it comes to newer features like 5G, iPhones are being built better than they were. Apple continues to work on what they’re good at: cameras and apps. And the new iOS 13 will make it even better.

This may not be significant for some users but it can be crucial for others. iOS 13 can now prevent unknown callers from contacting you and you can stop them from calling you for good.

With a single button, you can effectively stop unknown callers from making your iPhone ring ever again. With the feature enabled, iOS 13 will only allow calls through from your contacts and numbers found in Mail or Messages. Everyone else will go

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Several Types of Storage Devices

Computers function pretty much the same way that we do. Like us, they too need a place to store information. The same goes for your smartphones. There are three types of storage: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Among these, only the first two are widely and commonly used.

If compared to us, the primary storage is much like our short term memory (STM). It’s the memory that a home cook uses to remember what she needs in the storage room and forgets about it when she’s back in the kitchen after fetching what she needed. In other words, it’s a temporary memory. The secondary storage, on the other hand, is what is known to be the lasting memory. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Primary storage is basically the internal storage of your computer or smartphone. You will recognize them as the RAM or random access memory in your device’s setting.

Primary storage, which is also referred to as internal memory, is accessed by a computer’s central processing unit (CPU). It is usually the fastest and most expensive

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Different Types Of Secondary Storage Devices

If there’s one good thing about the world today, it’s about options and how we get to have quite a few of them. And when it comes to freeing up disk space, there are a few things you can do.

Storage space, particularly in your disk (hard drive), is especially important for your computer to perform its tasks with the utmost efficiency. Imagine having stacks of paper works on your desk at your office. You have to go through a lot just to find the one thing you need that happened to be located beneath all the piles. Wouldn’t it be better if your desk only has one short pile? The same goes for computers. The more files the storage has, the slower and less efficient the turnover of work is. So, what can you do to free up space in yours?

Other than deleting files and uninstalling apps manually, you can also do other things. For one, you can ask for help from Windows’ Disk Cleaner for automatic file deletion.

Windows includes its own Disk Cleaner utility that will

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Other Ways You Can Free Up Disk Space In Windows 10

If there’s one good thing about the world today, it’s about options and how we get to have quite a few of them. And when it comes to freeing up disk space, there are a few things you can do.

Storage space, particularly in your disk (hard drive), is especially important for your computer to perform its tasks with the utmost efficiency. Imagine having stacks of paper works on your desk at your office. You have to go through a lot just to find the one thing you need that happened to be located beneath all the piles. Wouldn’t it be better if your desk only has one short pile? The same goes for computers. The more files the storage has, the slower and less efficient the turnover of work is. So, what can you do to free up space in yours?

Other than deleting files and uninstalling apps manually, you can also do other things. For one, you can ask for help from Windows’ Disk Cleaner for automatic file deletion.

Windows includes its own Disk Cleaner utility that will

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How To Customize Your Windows 10 Taskbar

Windows 10 has brought many good things to Windows users. Though this should not come as a surprise since Windows 10 has been around for some years now. Proof that changes and improvements can wait because the current operating system is working great. What you can actually do is personalize and customize some of the current user interface. For example, you can customize the taskbar according to your liking.

 
We all have a preferred command or better accessibility and usage according to our needs. Windows 10 gives this option to users for improved use and more efficient work. Let’s take a look at some of them.

 

Now you can choose between the search icon or the input search box.

The Windows 10 Taskbar displays a rather lengthy input box on the left. From here you can search files, settings, apps and the web – and even access Cortana – using simple search terms and phrases.

But if you don’t use it often, it can reduce to an icon or disappear completely. Right-click the Taskbar, hover over Search then

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How Do Internal And External Hard Drives Differ?

Both internal and external hard drives share a common function of storing data. Both have ample amounts of storage for all your needs. You can store just about anything in both of them. While their names indicate a lot, more can be discussed about their differences. But what you must understand is that internal storage is a given in devices such as computers and smartphones. Without it, such a device simply wouldn’t function.

Simply put, internal storage is the main storage for permanent files – files that you want to keep for long. External storage is more of complement storage for your already existing storage. To shed more light on this matter, let’s discuss the differences of each.

If you haven’t already noticed, their names give away their location which is their main difference. An internal hard drive is built within the computer. An external hard drive is not. You need to connect it to the computer using a cable to have access to it.

The main difference between an internal hard drive and an external hard drive is location.

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Mac Pro: Made In The USA To Stay, Says Apple

Considering the non-stop race to the bottom we’re seeing where corporate America continues to cut or eliminate jobs despite massive profits (we’re looking at you, GM), or participate in hardcore union busting (still looking at you, GM), Apple has made a decision that will likely surprise a lot of Americans (it surprised us, without a doubt). Apple, mostly in fear of tariffs, but also continuing a current agreement, will continue to assemble its Mac Pro computers in none other than Austin, TX. The whole thing, naturally, is not completely American:

The world’s largest technology company said Monday that it can continue assembling the device in Austin, Texas, where a contractor has made the Mac Pro on Apple’s behalf since 2013, after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last week exempted partially assembled circuit boards, graphic cards and other Chinese-made components from the tariffs.

(Via: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/made-in-the-usa-mac-pro-will-be-made-in-austin-texas-apple-says/)

In a very odd, but likely unintended consequence of President Donald Trump’s tariffs, a recent Wall Street Journal article claimed they were considering moving the Mac Pro production to China in order to …

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5 Easy Steps To Reset Your MacBook Pro

You can reset your MacBook Pro. As a matter of fact, you should. If you want to sell or give it to someone, you should reset it back to factory default. That way, all your personal data, photos, and videos aren’t exposed. It’s also a good idea to reset your MacBook Pro if it’s slowing down a bit.

If your MacBook Pro is performing very slowly or you want to sell it or give it to someone else, you may want to reset it to factory conditions.

In plain English this means restoring your MacBook Pro to how it worked when you took it out of the box.

(Via: https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-reset-a-macbook-pro)

Here are the steps to reset your MacBook Pro. You’d be surprised how easy it is to do. Before you actually start to reset your MacBooK Pro, you have to be crystal clear with the reason why you’re doing it. Are you giving the unit away? If you are, the first thing you would have to do is to unlink your MacBook Pro from your Apple ID.

Here’s how …

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5 Horrifying Scenarios That Lead To Data Loss

Everyone has experienced data loss. No one is spared from it. You have probably experienced it already. The question is, did you learn from the painful experience of losing valuable data?

Maybe you did learn a thing or two but to think that it’s never going to happen is wishful thinking. Data loss can happen again and again and again. That’s how serious data loss is.

According to Small Business Trends, 140,000 hard drives fail in the United States every week, while Data Loss itself is up 400% since 2012. Yet, 68% of SMBs do not have a disaster recovery plan.

(Via: https://interestingengineering.com/always-be-prepared-5-annoying-scenarios-of-data-loss-and-how-to-recover-your-data)

You don’t really have to be a small business owner to have a disaster recovery plan in place. But if you are, you better have one. You can’t afford to be part of the 68% of SMBs that don’t have any kind of recovery plan. Don’t wait for a disaster to happen when you need data recovery. You need to protect your business with a solid recovery plan.

Truth is, data loss could be just …

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5 Reliable External Hard Drives Available Now

We all need an external hard drive. It’s very convenient to have one because it allows us to carry all our data everywhere, we go.

The advantage of having an external hard drive is that you can easily carry large amounts of data anywhere and simply upload or download them from multiple computers/laptops at once. The traditional disc based hard drive is still in use, but there are many SSD’s that you could buy these days. They are more reliable and long-lasting.

(Via: https://www.technobezz.com/best/best-external-hard-drives-buy/)

Fortunately for us, external hard drives have become a lot sturdier. This is not to say that they’re not prone to fail because they are. Even if they’re long-lasting, they will eventually fail. It just takes a longer time for them to fail.

Then again, who are we to complain? External hard drives have come a long way.

There are ones designed to be used static as backup servers in home or office. Similarly, there are portable ones that are compact and easy to carry. Major brands like Seagate, Samsung, Western Digital, Toshiba, Kingston, Corsair

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Affordable AI-Powered Software Can Help Prevent Malware Attacks

Hackers are smart people. They figure out codes for the sheer purpose of infecting our computers. The reason why they do it is because they want to steal critical information from our computers.

The Internet is a dangerous place. With just a few lines of code, hackers are able to infect your devices with an increasingly large number of powerful malware bots that can compromise everything from your browsing history to your entire hard drive, and they’re only becoming craftier by the day.

(Via: https://www.windowscentral.com/protect-your-pc-against-malware-ai-powered-software-now-just-40)

How can we protect our computers from these crafty hackers? Luckily for us, there is an AI-powered software that can stop viruses and malware from attacking our computers.

Heimdal Thor Foresight Home Malware Protection is an award-winning program that uses AI technology to block viruses and malware. Right now, thanks to Windows Central Digital Offers, a lifetime subscription for your PC is currently available for 20 percent off the regular $51 price, bringing the total down to just $40.

(Via: https://www.windowscentral.com/protect-your-pc-against-malware-ai-powered-software-now-just-40)

For just $40, we can get comprehensive protection. That’s a very affordable …

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Fatal Errors On External Hard Drives: Here’s How You Can Fix Them

It’s a message you dread to see. When you plug in your external hard drive and see a fatal error message on your screen, you wonder what could possibly be wrong? With your crucial data stored in your external drive, you just hope against hope that everything is going to be okay. The last thing you need is for your external hard drive to fail you.

Well, the good news is that this error is not necessarily a death sentence- as most people think and it’s always possible to not only restore the data but also fully recover the hard drive.

(Via: https://windowsreport.com/fatal-error-external-hard-drive/)

Understanding why fatal errors occur can help you do the right thing. Here are the possible reasons why fatal errors occur on your external hard drive.

1. The hard disk may no longer be recognized by the disk management utility in windows may be because of an invalid partition table.
2. For many external hard drives, an incompatible/malfunctioning USB cable will, on occasion, introduce this error.
3. Major performance problems as a result of factors such

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Get To Know The Features Of The iPadOS

Apple never fails to excite us. It always gives us something new to look forward to. With their latest iPadOS, we’re, again, tickled with excitement but what is it really about? How different is it from the operating system that we’ve all gotten used to?

So, if you’re confused about Apple changing the iPad’s operating system from iOS to iPadOS, you’re not alone. Announced at WWDC 2019, the change is meant to signify that the iPad’s operating system is different from the iPhone’s — even though iPadOS is fundamentally similar to what this operating system used to be when it was called iOS 12.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

We’ll go through each feature of the iPadOS but before we get right into it, here’s something to take note of.

First of all, let’s clear up a likely misconception about iPadOS: the iPad’s newly found support for the mouse isn’t an exclusive feature in iPadOS. The iOS 13 beta has also brought this feature to the iPhone. This definitely proves the feature is more about accessibility for those with different needs than

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Practical Ways To Clean Up Your Mac

Need more space on your Mac? Well, it’s probably time to clean it up. You could do it manually or use a couple of programs that can help you save some of your precious time. Either way, you can clean up your Mac to have more space.

If your Mac’s hard drive is bursting at the seams—slowing things down and leaving no room for new music, photos, and documents—it’s time to do a little cleaning. You could try your hand at manually weeding out unnecessary files, or you can turn to a few programs that will automate much of the process.

(Via: https://sea.pcmag.com/gallery/33096/how-to-free-up-disk-space-on-your-mac)

The first thing you can do is to check all your files. This way, you’ll know what’s taking up so much space and you can delete the files that you don’t really need.

The bigger the files you can delete, the more space you can free up—so let’s go hunting. Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the menu bar and choose About This Mac.

If that overview says you’re running macOS 10.12 Sierra

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