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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu?

Several days ago, a new build 10565 for Windows 10 was made available to all those participating in the Insider Program. Since a stable build is expected to be released to the public as an update in November, this build is presumed to be close to the upcoming stable release. One noticeable change from the current RTM version is the addition of something resembling ads to the Start Menu.

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Five Useful Tips and Tweaks to Make Windows 10 Run Better

Every new operating system needs configuring to suit an individual user’s preferences and here are five tweaks of Windows 10 that many will find useful

Change the default File Explorer page to "This PC"

The default setting for File Explorer opens in the so-called Quick Access view. Many people prefer to display This PC (once known as My Computer) instead. Here is how to get File Explorer to show This PC when it is opened.

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New Free Adobe iOS App with Many of the Features of Photoshop

Photoshop Fix

For a long time, Adobe Photoshop and its multitude of features has been just about the ultimate in software for editing images. It even became a verb as in, “That picture was photoshopped”. It also cost a fortune and has been primarily used by professionals. But now there is a just-released iOS app from Adobe called “Photoshop Fix” that provides many of the Photoshop features for free.

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Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7

As posted previously, Microsoft recently introduced a new tracking service into Windows 7. Exactly what this tracking is watching is not completely clear.  Although not everybody feels it is a privacy issue, there has been a lot of concern expressed. If you are one of those who would just as soon not be tracked by Microsoft, here is how to disable the service in Windows 7. (You will need administrative privileges.)

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Be More Efficient and Productive with All the Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Ever Wanted to Know

Windows logosKeyboard shortcuts are a great time-saving favorite with PC users and there are many articles at Gizmo’s with examples of shortcuts. For your convenience, I have made a list of some of these very useful articles. I have also listed some external sites with extensive compilations of shortcuts.

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How to Check and Edit the Privacy Settings for Accounts at Microsoft and Google

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about possible privacy intrusions in Windows, especially Windows 10. Of course, Microsoft isn’t alone in gathering data about us and Google is no slouch at tracking what we do. With all the concern that people have about privacy, I think it is useful to point out that there is a way for those with a Microsoft and/or Google account to configure a number of individual privacy settings and this tip gives some details.

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Twelve Top Articles with Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

The debut of Windows 10 with its free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and 8.1 systems has gotten a lot of attention. However, not everybody will be rushing to upgrade and many are continuing to use their current system while waiting to see how the new OS works out. For those who are currently sticking with Windows 8.1, here are a dozen of the many very useful articles previously given at Gizmo’s. They will help make you a better user of Windows 8.1.

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How to Stop Windows 7/8.1 from Nagging You to Upgrade to Windows 10

One of the updates that Microsoft installed on Windows 7/8.1 systems installs something called GWX that resides in the tray and periodically pops up to suggest that you upgrade to Windows 10. A previous tip discussed a way to temporarily disable this notification. The procedure isn’t that complicated but it does involve several steps and some PC users would prefer a little utility to do the job.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind

Many PC users made a reservation to get Windows 10 when it was first offered but have changed their mind and now want to defer or even skip the upgrade. The problem is that sooner or later Windows 10 will automatically be downloaded and its installation scheduled unless action is taken. Even if you don’t go through the upgrade process, your system may be locked down so that no other updates can be installed.

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