System and Maintenance

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

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.

5 Common Annoyances in Windows 8 and How to Fix Them

As is commonly the case when upgrading to a new operating system, particularly one as controversial as Windows 8, many users are understandably concerned about some of the changes. Windows 8, like its predecessors is certainly not a perfect operating system and most people will likely experience some of the following common annoyances when it comes to getting used to the new platform. With its completely redesigned interface, Windows 8 brings about some of the most profound changes to Microsoft's line of operating systems since the launch of Windows 95. If you find yourself facing some of the major changes with frustration, here are some workarounds that you may want to try.

Windows 7 Fixes: How to Troubleshoot Aero Transparency and Control Open Window Movements

Windows 7 has many excellent new features and Aero is definitely one of them. But whilst Aero can be a blessing, enabling you to move to and from the desktop without closing or minimising open windows using Aero Peek and move and resize open windows with ease with the Aero Snap feature, Aero can be a real pain if it misbehaves.

Two of the most common problems are with Aero’s transparency feature and the control of open windows. Here are two simple fixes for solving both these problems.

4 Things to Consider when Upgrading to Windows 8

Upgrading to a new operating system can be a major undertaking, particularly for businesses which have an extensive network of computers. Windows 8 has proven to be one of Microsoft's more controversial releases mostly due to its apparent bias towards tablet computers and other devices with touchscreens. However, there are still many reasons why users of traditional desktop and laptop computers may want to consider upgrading as well. Windows 8 presents a wide range of new and improved features – it is not all about the completely new Start Screen interface. With faster boot times, a vastly improved task manager, an improved Windows Explorer and much lower upgrade prices than previous operating systems, Windows 8 does present a range of benefits for everyone. Regardless of your reasons for upgrading, there are various preparations that you should make beforehand. Consider the following factors before you purchase and install the new operating system.

Upgrading to Windows 64-bit

A few years ago, upgrading to a 64-bit operating system was something that only enthusiasts would do. These days, 64-bit is the industry standard and virtually any computer should be running a 64-bit operating system. There are various reasons to upgrade, but it is also not a decision to take lightly. The following tips serve to better prepare you for making the step from Windows Vista or Windows 7 to a 64-bit edition. For maximum compatibility and future-proofing, you should ideally install Windows 7 64-bit.

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