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  Win 10 Tip -  How To Add Desktop Sidebar To Windows 10   

MetroSidebar is a free software to add desktop sidebar to Windows 10 in which you can add custom Live tiles. You can add weather, launcher, clock, music player, battery indicator, and some other tiles that you use on daily basis.

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Published on March 10, 2017 by James Calkins
  Win 10 Tip -  How To Download The Official Windows 10 ISO From Microsoft   

Microsoft distributed Windows 10 through a special media creation tool. The new OS was free to existing Windows 7 and 8 users for one year. The media creation tool downloads the required files needed to install Windows 10. Users have the choice to use it to update their current system or create an installation disk. The media creation tool takes care of everything but it doesn't give you an ISO file for Windows 10. There is no simple forward way to download the official Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. There is however, a slightly complicated way to download the official Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. Here's what you need to do.

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Published on March 9, 2017 by James Calkins
  Windows (all) Tip -  Webcam on-off v1.2   

Webcams allow us to stay in touch with family and friends, or perhaps record and stream video from your computer to the internet or to a file. When not in use , you may wish to disable your
webcam to ensure it is not making unwanted recordings. Malware can take over webcams, so there is potential for spying. Hackers can utilize trojan-horse attacks, enabling them to take control of your webcam, allowing them to record you or take pictures of you without your knowledge.

If you're a parent, you may also wish to disable your webcam for safety reasons.

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Published on March 6, 2017 by James Calkins
  Win 10 Tip -  Fix: Keyboard Not Working At Windows 10 Login Screen   

Occasionally, when you at Windows 10 login screen, your PC's keyboard stops responding or working. The mouse or touchpad continues to work without any issues. The keyboard doesn't respond especially when you resume your PC from hibernation or sleep mode.

This is a serious problem for users who need to enter a password to sign-in to Windows 10. If you are also experiencing the issue, you will be glad to know that it has nothing to do with your keyboard or touchpad.

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Published on March 3, 2017 by James Calkins
  Windows (all) Tip -  The No More Ransom Project - Tools   

Great place to visit if ransomware encrypted all of your files.

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Published on March 2, 2017 by James Calkins
  OS X Tip -  How to Use Screen Lock on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar   

Locking your Mac screen with password protection when you step away from the computer is always a good idea, but the newer MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models do not support the traditional lock screen keyboard shortcut.

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Published on March 1, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  Windows (all) Tip -  The Best Free Software of 2017   

Windows and macOS don't get the attention they used to in today's mobile world. But we have not fully abandoned the desktop. The real work (and a lot of the play) of computing requires a full personal computer system. To get the most out of that, you need software.

Some amazing finds such as Shade for sandboxing and photo editors nearly as powerful as Adobe Photoshop.

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Published on February 21, 2017 by James Calkins
  Win 10 Tip -  Activate God Mode in Windows 10   

God Mode is one of our favorite tweaks for previous versions of Windows, and it's alive and well with Windows 10.

To enable it, you do the same thing as previously: Create a new folder on your Windows desktop (New > Folder) and save it with the text below:


When you open that folder, you'll have god-like access to 260+ functions and tools, some of them different from previous Windows versions.

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Published on February 20, 2017 by James Calkins  --  Revised on February 21, 2017
  Windows (all) Tip -  How to use the Command Prompt to fix issues with your PC's boot records   

You can use system recovery tools to fix most of your computer problems. However, there are times when you'll need to address such issues in a manual way, like, for example, when your Windows computer won't boot. In these cases, you can use a tool named Bootrec.exe. It can help you troubleshoot and repair things like the master boot record (MBR), the boot sector or the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store. Here's how it works, in all modern versions of Windows:

NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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Published on February 15, 2017 by James Calkins  --  Revised on February 15, 2017
  Windows (all) Tip -  Download AVG Antivirus Free 2017 Offline Installer   

If you visit the AVG website and download the setup of AVG Antivirus Free 2017, AVG Antivirus or AVG Internet Security, you get the web setup of AVG instead of the full or offline installer.

Although there is nothing wrong in downloading the web setup and then running the same to download and install the product, many users who want to install AVG on an offline PC might want to download the offline installer.

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Published on February 15, 2017 by James Calkins
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