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|Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update||4 years 12 months ago||v.laurie||I am certainly sorry to hear that you are having problems. From what you say I don't know what went wrong with your system. Removing it should be in Contriol Panel. Did you back up before installing EMET? Try posting your problem at the Microsoft EMET forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet. You can also try our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ I am not familiar with this tool http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/EMET-99230-program.aspx but you can take a look at it.||view|
|Five Small Free Utilities to Help with Windows Tasks||5 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||You are welcome BearPup. It's always nice to hear about a good use of a tip.||view|
|Prevent Spam and Theft of Your Email Address with this Browser Extension||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||Thanks for letting us know about this.||view|
|How to Deal with the Ransomware Called CryptoLocker||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||Thanks for pointing out the omission.||view|
|Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||Various different .NET Framework versions are used by many applications. Usage varies widely from system to system. Unless you have a specific problem with a particular version, it is probably best to just leave things alone.||view|
|Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||The listing in Add/Remove Programs is often incomplete.||view|
|How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||As the article says, this is for one-time use to clean an infected system. If it finds ransomware, it removes it and decrypts any encrypted files. If it finds nothing wrong, then it gives a message to uninstall it. As the article says it isn't for preventing infection but for removing an infection and there is another app for prevention. Why you can't just leave it installed, I don't know.||view|
|How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||Depending on the nature of the infection, you may or may not be able to access the play store. For more information, try going to this Avast site where you can leave comments: https://blog.avast.com/2014/06/17/avast-kills-android-ransomware-with-ne...||view|
|How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||I have seen a clarification of what Avast was referring to as remote log in and will add it to the article.||view|
|How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||I have added to the article to clarify what to do when the mobile device can't be used to access Google Play.||view|
|Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft||5 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||This app was also the subject of this tip: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/use-single-mouse-copy-paste-drag...||view|
|Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1||5 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||Will the person who gave this article a rating of "1" please tell us why such a poor rating? If a utility that is described is not good or the article is incorrect, it would be a courtesy to us all to have the details. Exchanging information is very important.||view|
|Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure||5 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||In the short format used for Tech Tips, it isn't possible to go into all the details. That is why the link to the tutorial is given. If you read that, you can get the kind of information you are asking about. Here again is the tutorial http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-emet-v4.html. Added: There is also a forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet||view|
|Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||There are some people who might feel EMET is a sufficient defense but the general answer to your question is that it does not replace antivirus programs.||view|
|Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||Thanks for noting that. You are right that Microsoft does not include XP in the list of supported systems. However,EMET 4.1 is still available for download.||view|
|Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||The article referred to is about an earlier preview version of EMET 5 that was released months ago, not the latest version.||view|
|Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||Rick, it is true that the Winkey+I opens a somewhat different Charms bar depending on whether you are on the Desktop or Start screen. However, the procedure described in Tips 1 and 2 works from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Tips 4 and 5 give explicit directions about where to begin. You mention RT. These tips were not tried on Windows RT.||view|
|Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||Did you click "Change PC settings" at the bottom of the Charms bar?||view|
|Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||I appreciate that you want to be helpful and I don't want to drag this out but your reference to RT is puzzles me. Also. I have no problem starting from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Maybe you could send me an email?||view|
|Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||Yes, that is correct. That is why the first step in Tip 4 says explicitly, "Go to the Start screen".||view|
|Give Your Gmail Messages a New Look with this HTML Formatting Tip||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||My face is red. I goofed big time and left out a crucial point. You can't enter HTML into a Gmail message directly but have to copy and paste from a browser or HTML editor. I will correct the tip. Thanks, Mike, for waking me up. Firefox should work then.||view|
|Severe Problems with Windows August Updates||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||There are several ways to get to the settings. Here is one: Control Panel--System and Security--Windows Update--Change Settings Also see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/turn-automatic-updating-on-of...||view|
|Severe Problems with Windows August Updates||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||The only place I know of that routinely and systematically reports on the updates to avoid is in the paid version of a well-known newsletter. Maybe some of our members know of a free one. However, there are numerous forums and blogs where problems with updates are often reported. This is not done in a systematic way but here are some suggestions: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us http://www.infoworld.com/blogs/infoworld-tech-watch http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/ There are many others and readers may have other suggestions.||view|
|Severe Problems with Windows August Updates||4 years 7 months ago||v.laurie||Unfortunately, we can't provide individual support in the comments. Try describing your problem in our forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/.||view|
|Ten Top Windows Tips||5 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||Many thanks, Sgluber.||view|
|Ten Top Windows Tips||5 years 3 weeks ago||v.laurie||The list was not specifically directed at Windows 7. It is based on popularity as measured by number of reads. Windows 7 is considerably more popular than Windows 8. If you are interested in Windows 8 tips, you can find plenty of them by looking at past Tech Tips or doing a site search.||view|
|Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find||5 years 2 weeks ago||v.laurie||File Meta enables a capability for certain metatags already built into Windows. You cannot create new ones with it. However, there are several useful editable fields that will be added to context menu. One is called "Comments" and gives you plenty of flexibility. Other useful ones are "Tags", "Subject", "Categories". Hope that answered your question.||view|
|Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility||4 years 7 months ago||v.laurie||Since I don't know how you "lost" the program, I can't comment on what happened to your settings. As far as I can see, the program does not provide a way to export settings. Wish I could be more helpful but offhand I don't know where the program stores settings. A quick search of the Registry didn't reveal anything obvious.||view|
|Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC||4 years 11 months ago||v.laurie||I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems.||view|
|Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors||4 years 11 months ago||v.laurie||Malwarebytes on my system says the program is clean. Winaero is a well-known site. VirusTotal does raise one flag out of 54 scans but these false positives happen. Naturally, if you are uneasy about the program, you should skip it.||view|
|Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors||4 years 11 months ago||v.laurie||CursorFX is not compatible with Windows 8 according to the Stardock site.||view|
|Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1||4 years 11 months ago||v.laurie||Doesn't work in Windows 7 and does not boot directly to Safe Mode in 8.1 but opens a screen where you can choose some troubleshooting options.||view|
|Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1||4 years 11 months ago||v.laurie||It's a useful trick and worth knowing about.||view|
|Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger||4 years 10 months ago||v.laurie||It works for me.||view|
|Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger||4 years 10 months ago||v.laurie||Privacy Badger is different. Which of the various add-ons to use is a matter of personal choice. Personally, I still use Adblock Plus.||view|
|Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger||4 years 10 months ago||v.laurie||Offhand, I don't know of conflicts with other add-ons but it is always possible. I have tried it on FF with Ghostery, ABP, and No Script all running without noticing any conflicts. On Chrome, I have it and ABP running together. On another subject, there are comments at Mozilla that say Privacy Badger breaks Reddit. I haven't personally looked into this. Privacy Badger is labeled "beta" so problems are always possible.||view|
|How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1||4 years 10 months ago||v.laurie||Thanks, Anupam.||view|
|12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems||4 years 8 months ago||v.laurie||A number of the sites given in the article's list have threads for Linux and Macs. Just as one example, Tom's Hardware has a forum, "Linux/Free BSD", with over 33 thousand posts.||view|
|Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC||4 years 8 months ago||v.laurie||Unless you are familiar with drivers, you should probably leave them alone. Drivers have many functions and should be uninstalled only by someone who is knowledgeable about its specific purposes. The yellow icon on a driver in the list created by this utility does not mean the driver should be uninstalled. Added: Here is a little discussion about "kernel mode" http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff554836%28v=vs...||view|
|Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC||4 years 8 months ago||v.laurie||For help with questions about individual systems and drivers, please post in our forum for general computer support: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/||view|
|How to Disable the New User Profile Menu in the Chrome Browser||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||
This link has a variety of GMail tips.
|Need To Browse The Characters In A Font? Here's How.||4 years 7 months ago||v.laurie||Also see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-easily-insert-special-symbol...||view|
|How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist||4 years 7 months ago||v.laurie||I don't have a copy of IE9 to look at but the procedure is likely to be similar to that for IE11. Maybe someone with IE9 can verify.||view|
|Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory||4 years 7 months ago||v.laurie||You can add additional filters or rules.||view|
|Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory||4 years 7 months ago||v.laurie||The extension was originally written for Chrome and only later offered for Firefox. The FF version is still labeled beta and is not yet offered at the Mozilla repository. I have the impression that the FF version may not yet be as good at blocking as the Chrome version. I am using the extension mostly on Chrome so don't have much experience with it on FF. Thanks for relating your experience using it on FF. Anyone else have experience on FF where ads get through?||view|
|Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory||4 years 7 months ago||v.laurie||The extension is now available at Mozilla: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock/||view|
|A Superb PC Troubleshooting Tool||4 years 7 months ago||v.laurie||Also see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-find-out-which-windows-proce... and this previous article http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/powerful-free-windows-system-too....||view|
|Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update||4 years 6 months ago||v.laurie||There is a link to a 64-bit 2.2.0 version on this page: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html||view|
|Excellent Free Media Player VLC Gets Substantial Cross-Platform Update||4 years 6 months ago||v.laurie||Download the vlc-2.2.0-win64.exe file and run it. It should install as an update to your existing version of VLC. However, some people prefer in general to first uninstall older versions before installing a new one and that is another option. In any event, back up your system first before installing any new software.||view|
|Another Easy Way to Make Dozens of Tweaks to Windows||4 years 6 months ago||v.laurie||The tip says explicitly that.NET Framework 4.5 is required.||view|
|How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1||4 years 6 months ago||v.laurie||Whoops! I am becoming dyslexic in my old age. Thanks, Joe.||view|
|How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1||4 years 6 months ago||v.laurie||Thanks for your interesting comments, johnvk. I am a molecular spectroscopist, not a computer professional, so my computer science friends may need to correct me but here is my understanding of hard links. Hard links are just addresses in the underlying file structure system so mentioning which folder actually contains a file is probably not what I should have referred to. Both folders C:\Windows\system32 and WinSxS can have a reference to the same file. There may be only one collection on the disk of bits called the file but it will be listed by File Explorer as being present in both folders.||view|
|How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1||4 years 6 months ago||v.laurie||This article (as it says) is for Windows 8.1. If you want something for Windows 7, the article points to http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-free-more-space-your-hard-dr....||view|
|How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1||4 years 6 months ago||v.laurie||I understood you to be trying the Dism method. Sorry, if I misunderstood. The method for Windows 7 uses Disk Cleanup and if that is not working for you, more information about what is happening might help. Please post your problem in the forum where help with individual problems can be given.||view|
|How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1||4 years 6 months ago||v.laurie||Yes, dism.exe is in Windows 7 but they added new switches in Windows 8.1. These commands are not available in Windows 7.||view|
|A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite||4 years 5 months ago||v.laurie||VirusTotal and WOT both give the site a clean grade.||view|
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||
I have seen no information on this. If anyone knows more, please let us know.
Update: According to this link, prices will be 119.99 for Windows 10 Home, $199.99 for Windows 10 Pro
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||It has been announced that there is no Windows Media Center for Windows 10. I don't know exactly how an existing system with Windows Media Center will be upgraded. Anyone else know?||view|
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||As far as I understand it, Windows 8.1 with Bing is basically the same as other 8.1 systems. Microsoft says larger tablets (8" and up) will get the free Windows 10 upgrade. If you have an ARM processor I don't know where that leaves you.What OEMs will offer is unknown. At this time, much is still up in the air.||view|
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||I assume more or less when the PC version is released (end of July?)||view|
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||A lot of things already changed with Windows 8/8.1. Features were added, features were dropped. Windows 10 has more changes and is still in development. If there is a particular feature you are interested in, try asking about it from someone who is running a trial copy or ask at our forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14857-free-upgrade-to-windows-10-a.html||view|
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||I don't know if the Windows 10 upgrade will have Bing as the default search. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft made it the default in all upgrades but I don't know.||view|
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||
This article has more news about phone updates- http://www.pcworld.com/article/2923085/microsoft-will-bypass-carriers-pu...
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||Remah, I do not have access to a "Windows with Bing" system. If you are familiar with it, then maybe you can help caktus.||view|
|Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||This link(http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/regarding-windows-8-sl-64-bit-os/6a7c460a-1031-43b9-b0b0-36417495b8e9) has some information about Windows 8 SL. You will need Windows 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10.||view|
|Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||Thanks for the link, budchekov. One of the posts there gives an alternate test site that I am adding to the article.||view|
|Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||What happens if you run the test using FF in safe mode?||view|
|Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable||4 years 4 months ago||v.laurie||Joe, I don't know if if an add-on is interfering with the test or may actually be protecting you. Maybe somebody who knows more can tell us. As for the settings in about:config, I am not sure exactly what they do but it seems reasonable to change them. If the change causes trouble, they can be reset.||view|
|What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||You have to either enter the command with the full path for the file Coreinfo.exe or run it in a command window referenced to the same folder that contains Coreinfo.exe. See this article - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-open-windows-command-prompt-any-folder.htm.||view|
|What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||As the article says, the UEFI and secure boot requirement is applicable only to new systems and upgrades can be applied to existing systems that use the older BIOS instead of UEFI||view|
|All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||
A typical upgrade has the option for a clean install or for retaining personal files. I do not personally know what happens to a dual boot system but this link says Windows 10 upgrade keeps the Linux partition but removes grub.
BTW check this link for some old Windows features that get removed when you upgrade.
|All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||
Nobody knows. Microsoft has not been clear. See this post
|Produce A System Health Report For Your PC||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||
Perfmon reports for Windows 7 systems were described in a previous TSA article.
|Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||
Yes, Microsoft added a low-power state to the shut down options in Windows 8.1. See this discussion: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/12944-method-of-sh...
|Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||A typical PC user is unfamiliar with things like services and will find rebooting to be easier.||view|
|Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users?||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||Thanks, Joe. I have made note of this in the article.||view|
|Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users?||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||
In this post, Greg Keizer comments:
|Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users?||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||Personally, I would not upgrade immediately. There is no rush. When Windows RTM comes out at the end of July, I suspect it will still have bugs. Let the dust settle for a couple of months and see what people are experiencing. If you are happy enough with Windows 7, you might even want to wait until it is time for you to buy a new computer. Then you can get Windows 10 already installed. Upgrades can be a hassle.||view|
|Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users?||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||Yes, I saw that and updated the article a little while ago. Thanks.||view|
|Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users?||4 years 3 months ago||v.laurie||You are right, of course. Thanks once more.||view|
|Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users?||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||Microsoft has recently stopped new enrollments in the insider program. Whether they will re-open the program is unknown at this time.||view|
|How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||Windows 10 will bring back some features of AeroGlass built in.||view|
|This Gem Of A Freebie From Microsoft Creates Panoramas From Video Or Stills||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||
There was an article about this program a few months ago: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/microsoft-image-composite-editor.html
|How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||The article is clear that removing or keeping Flash is up to the individual user. It says, "It is time to assess whether you should keep it." If you need it, that's your choice. It's clear that systems without Flash are more secure and the article gives ways to uninstall Flash for those PC owners who decide that they do not need Flash. If you want to keep Flash, that's your decision.||view|
|How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||
Several of the comments ask questions about HTML5. HTML5 is the current standard markup language for web sites. Among other improvements, it contains support for multimedia. All modern browsers support it although Internet Explorer is not fully compliant. That means, for example, that video can be displayed seamlessly on web pages without any need for plug-ins or special APIs. The browser does the work of display. The PC user does not have to install anything extra. Many sites, including YouTube, are using HTML5. For more information, there is a Wikipedia article here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5
|How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||Usage patterns vary. I know many people who almost never need Flash. Your figure of 60% Flash reflects your particular interests. Also, anyone who uses mobile platforms will see far less Flash. Almost any web site that is designed these days is using HTML5. It is the current standard.||view|
|How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||
If you need to use sites with Flash, then you might want to use a browser that has a plug-in or extension that lets you selectively enable and disable Flash. For example, NoScript for Firefox will let you block Flash except for the specific sites you want to use. There are also a number of general security suggestions in this article that are worth looking at. Also, be sure to update your Flash player every time Adobe releases another security patch.
Added later: Flashblock is another Firefox add-on.
|Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10?||4 years 2 months ago||v.laurie||
As I understand it, you don't have to install the upgrade as soon as it is downloaded to your system but can install later. Others are asking similar questions and some answers are at this Microsoft site.
|How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10||4 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||I haven't actually done it but I think you should be able to go back to Windows 7 with your system image. You probably have to do it with a bootable USB key or DVD since I suspect the image won't work directly from Windows 10 but I could be wrong. Be sure your PC will recognize whatever medium you are using. Another thing I don't know is how activation will work when you try to downgrade after the 30-day period. Your Windows 7 license is converted to a Windows 10 license when you upgrade. Microsoft licensing is always murky so it is conceivable that you might have to do a telephone activation.||view|
|How to Defer Installing Updates in Windows 10||4 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||
You are right, Joe. This tool is of limited use but I thought it should be pointed out. Microsoft needs to come up with something better. Although (as you pointed out in the forum) those who have the Pro version of Windows 10 can use the Group Policy Editor to block updates, owners of the home version are up the creek if Microsoft botches an update.
|Free Windows 10 Training Videos||4 years 1 month ago||v.laurie||
Rob, I confess I am puzzled by your request. I have recently written a number of tips about Windows 10. They cover a variety of topics and also include a list of articles to get more information.
|Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You?||4 years 3 weeks ago||v.laurie||What is the source of your "understanding"? Do you work for Microsoft? Could you please document the exact purpose of the updates? Can you tell us what the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) actually does? How does the "experience' of a customer get "improved"? Wouldn't monitoring what the customer does be necessary in order to "improve" their experience? Labeling concerns as FUD without explanation is not helpful. Instead you could do the PC community a service by making it clear for average users what these updates are for. And no - vague terms like CEIP are not an explanation.||view|
|What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind||4 years 3 weeks ago||v.laurie||The upgrade is certainly optional. As the title says, this article applies only to those who reserved a copy of Windows 10 back in earlier days. If you reserved a copy, Microsoft assumes you want it. If you didn't specifically reserve a copy, you may be nagged to upgrade but nothing will be downloaded unless you agree to it.||view|
|What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind||4 years 1 week ago||v.laurie||
Well. it seems I was wrong to assume that Microsoft would not download Windows 10 unless you indicated you want it. It has been reported that anyone who gets Windows updates automatically may get Windows 10 downloaded to their system whether they asked for it or not. It doesn't get installed but it takes up a lot of space.
|Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7||3 years 11 months ago||v.laurie||I should have mentioned that not everybody installed the Windows updates that created the service. They seem to have been KB 3075249, KB 3080149, and KB 3068708. You may have avoided them. Thanks for reminding me that not everybody will have the service.||view|
|Increase Your Privacy by Turning off the Diagnostics Tracking Service in Windows 7||3 years 11 months ago||v.laurie||This sort of thing always requires administrative privileges but I have added a note to the article as you suggest.||view|
|Five Useful Tips and Tweaks to Make Windows 10 Run Better||3 years 11 months ago||v.laurie||The build shown here is the stable build that everyone on the regular track has. If you are an insider you got build 10565 today. It does have a somewhat different start menu.||view|
|Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows||3 years 10 months ago||v.laurie||
The home page for the program says, "Spybot Anti-Beacon comes in two flavours; as a standard installation or as a Portable Edition compatible with ." Can you give us a link to the stand-alone version 1.5?
Added later: OK, someone has pointed out the section on the home page called "Safer-Networking Download Section", which I overlooked.