Here’s how to make Windows File Explorer open arbitrary files types in apps installed from the Microsoft Store. Includes common troubleshooting steps.
Windows 10 has a built-in program called Internet Browser (not to be confused with Internet Explorer) that helps you open link files in your preferred web browser.
The new Microsoft Edge doesn’t currently support Windows Timeline. Here’s an extension that reintegrates the browser with Windows Timeline/Task View.
Get instructions for how to configure your computer lock itself at a specific time (such as your bedtime) for macOS, Windows 10, and Linux.
A 3-years retrospective of EdgeDeflector. The tiny utility program that lets you take back control over the default web browser setting in Windows 10.
My aging PC’s processor didn’t support a new Windows 10 security feature, enabled by default, causing it to become slow and unstable.
Amazon Canada sells dirt cheap copies of Microsoft Windows 10. The product listings openly advertise “pirate key” as a product feature!
Set up multiple network time protocol servers on Windows to increase system reliability.
New browser extension integrates Firefox and Chrome browser histories with Windows Timeline. Well-received by the press despite negatively impacting user privacy.
Windows 10’s built-in Backup program can’t directly backup to Backblaze B2 on its own. Helper programs can help you get the job done.
Popular software vendors inject unique tracking identifiers when you download their installers to track you all the from the web and onto the desktop.
You can resize the EFI partition size from within the Windows Setup program. However, it requires a quick detour to the Command Prompt. Here’s how.
How to change the language and keyboard layout used in the BitLocker Device Encryption pre-boot environment.
I simply don’t get the characters and symbols I use every day with the default Windows keyboard layout.
Take some precautions, have a backup plan, and you can leave your Windows partition encrypted alongside a Linux distribution with secure boot enabled.
Free Windows extension from Microsoft adds support for three more open-source multimedia codecs and container formats.
In some situations, a background network auto-configuration protocol can show as your Windows 10 device’s number one bandwidth hog.
Windows 10 adds support for three new open-source multimedia codecs and container formats.
The Windows Settings app will refuse to download additional language packs if you’ve locked a language in the legacy Control Panel.
Report Windows SmartScreen false-positives to Microsoft when the security suite gets your software wrong.
Update to the latest version of EdgeDeflector for compatibility with Windows 10 build 16241 onwards.
Windows Search still doesn’t understand partial matches, favors Microsoft products, and struggles with finding newly installed programs.
A look at Microsoft’s next-generation Resilient File System (ReFS) in Windows 10: what works, and what doesn’t.
Is Ookla Speed Test or Microsoft Network Speed Test the best for speed testing app for your Windows 10 device?
Get rid of the Cortana digital assistance and reinstate traditional Windows Search in your Windows 10 Start menu.
Windows Store app lets you earn some Bitcoin pocket-change to be part of crypto-currency future.
Fluxfonts — the open-source anti-font-fingerprinting program — is now available for Windows 10.
The OneDrive app comes pre-installed in Windows 10. Sometimes it can be useful to reinstall it to fix issues.
Microsoft finally gives in and gives customers more choice regarding when to reboot their devices to apply software updates.
Windows 10 supports syncing email, contacts, and calendars with all major providers. However, Microsoft chooses to close it down to a handful of providers.
Set up syncing with your CalDAV and CardDAV accounts with the built-in Windows 10 Calendar and Contacts apps.
New Windows Calendar feature is just standard webcal subscriptions but interestingly you can’t add your own webcals.
Learn how to work-around Windows 10 limitations to add iCal and webcal calendars to the Windows Calendar app through Outlook.com.
My contribution to the FSFE’s 2017
EdgeDeflector stops Windows 10 from forces-opening links in Microsoft Edge, and makes Windows respect the system-wide default web browser setting instead.
Learn how to log in to and take control of Windows 10’s new SSH Server.
Adobe’s Acrobat Update service remains on your computer even after uninstalling Acrobat Reader. Here is how to uninstall it.
Plenty of third-party firewalls and similar programs can break Windows 10’s Data usage counting. Here is how to make it count your data again.
Microsoft insists on rebooting your PC every day. Active Hours control gives users up to eight hours a day without reboots. Is this enough?
I tested multiple eSATA port-multipliers in Windows 10 but all of them refused to show more than one connected disk.
Software updates are incredibly important, but end users don’t have to suffer to do them right.
How to reconnect the Winndows Backup/File History drive when it’s complaining that is has been disconnected for too long (even when it hasn’t).
Lenovo’s contender to the stick-PC market runs Windows 10 but doesn’t even have enough storage space to perform upgrades. Linux may be the better option.
Windows 10 Home has remote desktop access (RDP) built-in. You need to get RDP Wrapper, a free program, to unlock the remote desktop server. But is it legal?
BriskBard is a new proprietary web layout engine with a near-perfect Acid2-test score. Can it reignite the web browser engine wars?
Software updates should happen automatically in the background without requiring constant restarts or pestering the user.
How to link to the Windows license upgrade page on the Windows Store.
Windows Backup doesn’t support encrypted backups in itself. However, you can still get encrypted backups using built-in tools in Windows 10.
Apple abandoned my 3-year old iPod and I don’t think I’ll buy another Apple product ever again.
I’d connected my DualShock 4 controller to my PC, but ended up making an accidental purchase from the PlayStation Store while gaming on the PC.
The Linux desktop aligns more with my values; as Windows and macOS seek to restrict ever-more user freedoms.
WSL doesn’t protect your system if you try to do something stupid.
The Windows Task Scheduler doesn’t behave as documented. Here is how to create an idle trigger for your scheduled task using PowerShell.
You can run X11 graphical Linux applications under an X Server (like xming) on Windows 10 using WSL!
WSL’s new LxRun management program lets you download and install Linux on Windows 10.
The screen is off. You type your password out of habit and hit Enter. You may now accidentally have sent it somewhere it doesn’t belong.
Windows 10 runs great in GNOME boxes, but there are a few issues you may need to fix manually to get it working properly.
Windows 10 users may have seen “TWINUI” when opening links and files. TWINUI is a Windows component that is often mistaken for an email client or a PDF reader.
Windows 10 is working on adopting widely deployed network-discovery protocols used by every other device class.
Popular mDNS-utility Avahi sees first update in three years address multiple issues.
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; Xbox; Xbox One) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/46.0.2486.0 Safari/537.36 Edge/13.10553
Review of the excellent FileLocator (Agent Ransack) desktop search tool for Windows.
Windows developers should stop installing program shortcuts in Start menu subfolders. It’s so Windows 98 and reduces their app’s exposure.
A review of what Lenovo OneKey Optimizer is, how it works, whether it does anything useful, and should you uninstall it?
Learn how to open the Windows Settings app from the Run dialog, Command Prompt (cmd), and PowerShell.
Windows Mail app doesn’t support everyday IMAP features like LIST SPECIAL-USE and prefers old-school TLS over STARTTLS.
Windows 10 introduces a new feature that freely shares all your Wi-Fi passwords with your Outlook, Skype, and Facebook contacts.
Which file formats are supported in which version of Microsoft Word 2016 on which platform?
How Digital Rights Management technology has impacted my life.
Review of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro 1370 hybrid tablet/laptop.
Windows has long had a My Games folder, but many games insist on saving your game-progress to My Documents instead.
Windows has become your password manager, but it also syncs all your credentials to Microsoft. Should you trust it with the keys to your digital kingdom?
You shouldn’t use a Windows Administrative account for your everyday use. Setup one basic and one admin account to increase security.
Set up your Nikola-powered blog to work with Windows Live Tiles using my new plugin.
My Lenovo laptop’s battery discharged and it caused Windows 8 to believe the current year was 2126.
Microsoft should let paying customers download Windows as an ISO-file instead of forcing them to purchase it on physical media.
Office apps support different file formats depending on your operating system. They don’t interoperate with each other. Here’s a format comparison.
I compared six Markdown editors from the Widows Store. The results weren’t overly impressive.