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Although hard drive capacities are constantly increasing, all of those extra partitions do seem like a bit of a waste of space. A new computer that ships with Windows 10 preinstalled typically comes with at least two extra partitions in addition to the one you use every day for storing your files and programs. However, even if you carry out a clean installation on a formatted hard drive, Windows will still create several small additional partitions for various purposes. Some of these partitions are required for the operating system to work correctly, but others may be safely deleted under certain circumstances.
Like all of the operating systems before it, Windows 10 is chock full of lesser known features that can enhance your experience, help to safeguard your privacy, protect your data and much more. Given the enormous complexity of the software, there are many functions and features that you probably have yet to discover. Following are eight of the most exciting:
In Windows 10 many of the settings can be managed and changed using the new "Settings" window which you can find when you click the little Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of your screen and then click "Settings".
Many of us who's used previous versions of Windows probably finds the old-style Control Panel more familiar and would prefer to use it. You can easily find it by clicking the small search icon (magnifying glass) in the bottom-left corner of your screen and then typing: "Control Panel".
When Windows 8 launched in October, 2012, it faced a storm of controversy, particularly from desktop and laptop users lamenting the loss of the start menu and the very obvious bias towards tablet and touchscreen functionality. A year later, Microsoft addressed many consumers' concerns with the launch of the free Windows 8.1 update, followed in April, 2014 by Windows 8.1 Update 1. While Windows 8 has no doubt improved immensely over its earlier editions, it still leaves something to be desired. Fortunately, with a few simple tweaks and third-party programs, there are ways to get Microsoft's latest operating system working just how you want it.
Some people might have problems reading the text of the icons and menus in Windows Vista and Windows 8. The font size can be too small and making it bigger might help. Windows gives users the possibility to make the text and other items easier to see by making them larger.
This can be done by increasing the so called Dots per inch scale or DPI. To adjust it, just follow the steps outlined below.
In previous articles we've shown how to use the Sync Center to synchronize your files with mobile devices or across network locations. When this tool is used, you will see either a Sync Center icon in your taskbar or a mobsync.exe process running at each Windows Vista startup. However, if you stop using it Sync Center will continue to run at each startup. In order to free up memory for other processes, it is best to disable it when no longer used. In this article I will show you how to do this and optimize your Windows Vista startup.
One of the most popular extensions for Firefox 3 is Adblock Plus. This extension allows users to block ads and banners from the sites they navigate to. Even though Internet Explorer 7 & 8 both have add-ons such as Firefox, there is no free Adblock Plus for them. Fortunately for Internet Explorer 8 fans, now there is a way to build your own adblock filters. In this article I will show you where to find those filters and how to import them into your Internet Explorer 8.
The right-click context menu is one of the most helpful interface elements in Windows, but sometimes, especially when we have lots of applications installed, it can be slow and filled with shortcuts we don't actually use. I always wanted to simplify it so that it would include only the options I want to use. After a bit of research, I found three freeware tools which allow you to clean up and customize the right-click context menu and have it as you want it to be. In this article I will show you where to find them, what they do and how to use them.
One of the most important novelties in Internet Explorer 8 is the InPrivate Filtering feature. This new feature gives users increased security and control over their browsing sessions. However, there is one downside to it: InPrivate Filtering is turned off each time you start Internet Explorer 8 and you have to manually turn it on each time you want to use it. In this guide I will show how you can turn it on so that it remaines on at all times. There will be no need for you to manually activate it.