System and Maintenance

System and Maintenance in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10.

Disk Defragmenter

Disk Defragmenter is one of the applications that hasn't been changing much over the years. Unlike other applications that were modified, Disk Defragmenter was simplified to a bare minimum. You no longer have menus or the colored graphs showing you how the data is arranged on your hard drive. The application offers only two options: "Defragment now" and "Modify schedule". Even though some people will miss the old interface and the configuration features, others will welcome the change. One thing is for sure - working with the Disk Defragmenter is easier than ever.

In this article I will go through the new interface and the available options and you will see for yourselves how easy it is to use the new Disk Defragmenter.

System Restore

System Restore is a feature that allows users to restore their system to a previous state. It offers a way to undo all the changes in the system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc, to a previous state, without affecting personal files such as documents, photos or e-mails.

By default, Windows creates the so called "restore points" every day. The restore points are created automatically, before any significant system event such as the installation of a program, device or system update. Also, restore points can be created manually by the user.

When something goes terribly wrong with your system you can restore it to a previous state and you will be able to use it again. In this tutorial we will show you how to do that using System Restore.

Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool is a very useful troubleshooting application included in the Windows operating system. There are times when your computer might start to fail and freeze or reboot on its own. This tool can help you to detect if these problems are caused by memory errors or not. It tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer and reports the errors that are found.

In this guide we will show you how to use this tool for troubleshooting memory problems.

Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup is one of the applications that haven't change much over the years. It's functionality has remained pretty much the same except a few interface changes here and there. Disk Cleanup scans your disks, finds unnecessary files and helps you remove them to cleanup some space and make your computer run a bit faster. In this article we will show you how to work with it and save some valuable space from your hard disk.

A Beginner's Guide to Updates in Windows 10

Windows 10 marks a turning point in the history of the world's most popular desktop operating system in that it is effectively distributed as a software-as-a-service platform. As such, it is often referred to as the very last truly independent edition of Windows. Instead, updates large and small will constantly be delivered to this dynamic and versatile operating system to such an extent that no computer will be left running an out-of-date platform. In accordance with this new approach, it is impossible to disable automatic updates in Windows 10. In fact, Windows Update has completely vanished from the old desktop control panel to make way for its new home as part of the Settings app.

Customizing Windows 8 with the Local Group Policy Editor

If you use the Pro or Enterprise edition of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, there will be an application on your computer called the Local Group Policy Editor. This tool provides users with a range of advanced system settings and personalisation options, most of which are not available from the control panel or by other means (other than editing the system registry). To access the Local Group Policy Editor, press the Windows key and "R" on your keyboard to bring up the Run command, type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes) and press Enter.

Installing Your Drivers in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is something between a major service pack for Windows 8 and an entirely new edition of the operating system altogether. For this reason, it is generally best to start from scratch when installing the update, although most users should not have any problem simply downloading it from Windows Update and installing it on top of their existing original edition of Windows 8. Though this is what Microsoft intended, there may still be problems with some of your drivers, in which case they will likely need to be reinstalled.

Tweaking the File Explorer in Windows 8

Windows Explorer has long been a core element to the Windows line of operating systems, since it is the number one application to use for browsing through the contents of your computer and managing your hard disk contents and that of any other storage devices in your computer. Windows 8 introduces a number of new changes to Windows Explorer. The most noteworthy of these is that the program is now called File Explorer, and it uses the ribbon interface which was introduced with many built-in applications in Windows 7. Those upgrading from Windows 7 will also notice that the Libraries feature has been removed. However, other than these factors, File Explorer offers much the same functionality as its predecessor.

Windows 8 System Recovery Tools

Microsoft claims that Windows 8 is the fastest and most reliable version of the world's most popular operating system so far. While this might be true, there are always things that can go wrong. One day, you might find that your computer refuses to boot into Windows due to a problem with a critical system file or something similar. Perhaps a new driver installation went wrong or malicious software was responsible for damaging your Windows installation folder. Regardless of the reason, Windows 8 includes a variety of tools to help you recover your system and get it up and running again. Some of these tools are very similar to their Windows 7 counterparts, although there are also some improvements and changes across the board. The following takes a look at the system recovery tools in Windows 8 and explains how to use them to their fullest.

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