If you are seeing error 0x80073701, after cumulative update KB4512508, for Windows 10 (1903); according to BetaNews, Microsoft is working to fix error 0x80073701 in Windows
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If you are seeing error 0x80073701, after cumulative update KB4512508, for Windows 10 (1903); according to BetaNews, Microsoft is working to fix error 0x80073701 in Windows
I don’t know about you, but I am liking my Chromebook, more and more!
If you’re running any version of Windows 10, you should update your computer as soon as possible. Microsoft recently alerted users that it patched two critical remote code execution (RCE) “wormable” vulnerabilities, which could have allowed hackers to spread malware to both your — and others — PCs without your knowledge or any interaction.
Windows 10’s reset feature is found in the primary Settings menu. This feature returns your Windows 10 installation to the default state it was in when Windows 10 was first installed. Note that this might be technically different from a “factory reset” depending on your machine’s manufacturer.
Here at ‘What’s On My PC’ I am hearing the version 1903 feature update this is starting to show up on Windows 10 computers at home. As with any Windows 10 update, expect the process to be time-consuming (and leave the computer “on” during the update process).
Windows 10 version 1903 will be arriving soon for many of those individuals and organizations not presently using it.
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Windows is a vast operating system with plenty of features you might never stumble upon. Make the most of Windows 10 with these expert tips.
The mouse pointer and cursor in Windows 10 are very important aspects of the operating system. This can be said for other operating systems as well, so in truth, they are not unique to Windows. Many users of the popular operating system may have no idea of some of the customization can perform on the mouse pointer and the cursor. If you’re someone who is sick and tired of looking at the same old thing every day, then continue reading.
I have always been a fan of Icecream Apps (for Windows). Today I want to share a new software application that they have released, that is a must-have in my book, called Icrecream Video Editor.
Icecream Video Editor is an alternative to paid video editing software that is NEW from Icecream Apps. The Icecream Video Editor is a Windows-based software application that allows you to edit videos and create new ones from both videos and photos in minutes. Icecream Video Editor has easy-to-use editing options where you can trim a video, add a transition, insert some background audio, insert titles and apply visual effects. You can also rotate, speed up, blur videos and much more.
Once a PC is updated with the latest version of Windows 10, an option becomes available to “Make your device passwordless”.
“Enabling passwordless sign in will switch all Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device to modern authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN.”
Is there a case for having more than 16GB or more of RAM in a Windows 10 PC? Sure there is, but the bang for the buck trails off.
Open File Explorer, and find the zipped folder.
To unzip the entire folder, right-click to select Extract All, and then follow the instructions.
To unzip a single file or folder, double-click the zipped folder to open it. Then, drag or copy the item from the zipped folder to a new location.
When I was managing a computer network and teaching others, one of the first things I would teach people is how to lock their computer when they walked away from the computer for an extended period of time. In the work environment, this is especially important from a privacy and security perspective.
With Windows 10 the easiest method is to hit the Windows Key + L . When you return to your computer to start working again you will be required to enter your password or pin.
A more modern automated method is also available in Windows 10 and it is called “Dynamic Lock” where you can pair your PC and your Smartphone via bluetooth; providing, your computer is bluetooth ready. You can setup “Dynamic Lock” by going to Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options
To snap a window with the keyboard:
In Windows 10, the search field found on your taskbar lets you look for apps, settings, documents, settings, music, and so on. To start searching, click or tap on the search field first. When you do that, the search home screen shows up. The search home screen lets you filter the search right from the start, by selecting to look for Apps, Documents, Settings, Email, Folders, Music, People, Photos, or Videos.
Right about now (or in the next few days) you should be seeing the latest major update for Windows 10 hitting your computer—and here’s an overview of all the new features and settings that you can start playing around with once the installation is finished, from launching apps in VR to pausing Windows updates.
Those using System Center Configuration Manager or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to patch their systems need to make a one-time change to the settings around getting updates and patches for Windows 10 1903 and Server 1903 or later, as Microsoft noted in its blog post today.
I like to keep the desktop on my Windows 10 computer pretty much clear of any icons. Typically, if a program icon shows up on the desktop that I need to use frequently or get to quickly, I will pin it to the taskbar (the bar located at the bottom of the screen); then, once I know the program icon is on the taskbar, I will delete the program icon on the desktop. I do this so that I can access the program from anywhere on the computer without having to go back to the desktop or go to the Start Menu. So, how do you pin a program icon (or folder, etc…) to the taskbar?
It is actually pretty basic. If you “right mouse click” the icon item, you will see an option to “Pin to taskbar”. Click on that option and the icon item will then be seen on the taskbar. To delete a pinned item on the taskbar, “right mouse click” the icon and click on “unpin from taskbar”. This same process will work on many program items that are on your Windows “Start Menu”, as well.
In addition to the new features and enhancements bundled with the May 2019 Update (version 1903), Windows 10 is also introducing a slew of changes to the Settings app to help users customize and modify system settings.
Starting with version 1903, the Settings experience revamps the homepage with a new header design (controlled feature) similar to the one found in the Microsoft account page online, and you’ll find many new settings and tweaks.
Usually, Windows 10 can detect and install drivers automatically using the array of product drivers built into the system and Windows Update. However, on occasion, you may have to update a device manually for a number of reasons. For instance, when a particular piece of hardware isn’t recognized automatically, stops working after an upgrade, Windows Update installs a generic package, or you need to access a new feature or bug fix.
To this day, after over 30 years in computing, people still do not know how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”; and, I have found it to be one of the most difficult things to teach people. I consider it the most important process you can learn in order to master the computer that will increase your productivity immensely. I encourage you to learn how to “cut or copy and paste”; you will not regret it.
To explain how this works… In simple terms, when you select text, a graphic, or a file in whatever it is you are working in, you can cut or copy that text, graphic or file from one location to another, by using the paste command. Whatever it is you cut or copy will be saved to the area of the computer (that you do not visually see) called the Windows clipboard. When you go to use the paste command, it will take whatever it was you cut or copied (saved) to the clipboard and allow you to paste (insert) it at another location. When you copy something, it does just that, it makes an exact copy. When you cut something, it removes it from the location you are cutting from.
For example, I could highlight and select text in a document, right mouse click, select copy from the menu; then, go to another document I may be composing, right mouse click and select paste (and the text will be copied or pasted at that location). If you select the cut command, it would remove the text from the source document location, be copied to the clipboard where you can then paste it in the document you are composing. In file management, cut or copy and paste is very useful when moving files from folder to another.
Typically cut or copy and paste can be used from the “right mouse click menu” after you select the text, graphic or file you desire to use.
You can also can use the keyboard commands: Ctrl+X (cut); Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste)…
As I mentioned, difficult to grasp, but learn how to do this and it will change how you use your computer forever and you will soon see it is actually very easy to master. If anything, learn how to “copy” and “paste” first until you get a good understanding of how this works; then, go to “cut” and “paste’. As an added note, “cut or copy and paste” are used on other operating platforms too, like your Android smartphone…
The Command Prompt is a powerful tool in Windows, giving you access to all kinds of useful commands you can’t get any other way. By its very nature, the Windows Command Prompt relies on a lot of keyboard use–and with that comes handy shortcuts. Most of these shortcuts have been around since the Command Prompt’s early days. Some are new with Windows 10 (especially some of those that use the Ctrl key) and you’ll need to enable them before you can use them. When you’ve done that, you’re ready to unleash your full-fingered keyboard fury.
To learn more, click on the source link below to go to “How-To Geek”…
The best thing to do is to wait for a couple of hours and see if that helps. If it does not, then the following methods will help you fix this issue:
Use System Restore.
Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode
Reset Windows 10.
With Microsoft periodically sending out major Windows 10 updates (i.e. spring and fall) it is a good idea to learn how to find what version of Windows 10 is on your computer.
To do this:
To help IT leaders quickly get up to speed on Windows 10, we compiled the most important details and related resources on Microsoft’s latest operating system into this guide, which we’ll periodically update as new information becomes available.
Both 32- and 64-bit requirements have been increased.
Previously, 32-bit Windows had a minimum storage requirement of 16GB, and 64-bit Windows needed 20GB. Both of these were extremely tight, leaving little breathing room for actual software, but technically this was enough space for everything to work. That minimum has now been bumped up: it’s 32GB for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows.
This is more a trick than a tip; but, once implemented, it is a quick way to shut down your Windows 10 computer.
Here’s how to do this:
Right-click on the desktop, and select “New”, then select “Shortcut”. In the windows that pops up, paste the following line of code: %windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe
THEN, select “Next”, THEN “Finish”… The shortcut will be created on your desktop. If you click on the shortcut a slide down of the screen will appear from the top. If you grab the slide down with the mouse pointer and pull down, the computer will shut down.
What I did on my PC was “right mouse click” on the shortcut I created, pinned it to the taskbar and then deleted the shortcut from the desktop. This makes it handy to perform the shutdown without having to go directly to the desktop.
If you’re trying to troubleshoot problems with your Windows 10 PC, one option is to enter Safe Mode. In Windows 10 Safe Mode you can safely uninstall troublesome programs, resolve driver issues, diagnose hardware conflicts, and more. But how to boot in Safe Mode is less obvious in Windows 10 than we’ve seen in older Windows releases. In this guide we’ll show you how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode using version 1809 (October 2018 Update).
This one is for the folks at home and is something that I use all of the time. If you go to the bottom left corner of your screen and “right mouse click” on the Windows 10 Start Menu Button it will cause a menu to appear. This menu is a quick way to get into the various (commonly used) background settings and options in Windows. This also serves as a great way to explore and learn about these settings in a more user-friendly way.
To summarize the article from “ExtremeTech” on this issue:
Microsoft has mucked something up again. The latest patch update (KB 4493470) released on Patch Tuesday, April 9, appears to have caused significant performance problems for multiple groups of users.
Some users are reporting freezes upon login, while others claim lengthy times to boot to desktop. It sounds as if either the same issue is causing both, or that some individuals may be rebooting before the desktop has loaded, thinking the machine is permanently frozen.
The issues seem linked to the use of antivirus products from specific manufacturers, including Avast, AVG, and Sophos, with Sophos coming in for particular problems.
To my reader’s at “What’s On My PC”, this update is a major update and will come to you, as suggested and recommended. You can update now but beware of the risks involved.
Microsoft plans to release the May 2019 Update for Windows 10 at the end of May 2019. The update will be rolled out slowly to devices at that point and it will take months before a good percentage of devices has been upgraded.
Using the “Show Desktop” button to show the Windows desktop is one of those options in Windows, that is right before your eyes, that most people do not know exists.
If you move your mouse pointer to the very bottom right corner of your screen, to the taskbar, next to the time and date you should see a line or a sliver (actually called a button).
If you hold your mouse pointer on that button the desktop will appear. You can actually click on that button to go directly to the desktop. You can also toggle back and forth from the desktop and whatever application you are in by clicking on that button. This is handy when you need to get to the desktop to quickly launch another app, document, etc… I personally have found this to be quite useful.
If this button is not allowing you to peek at the desktop, it may be turned “off”. To turn it “on”, right mouse click on the “Windows Start Button”, click on “Settings”, then click on “Personalization”, then click on “Taskbar”. On the right side of the screen, you will see an option to toggle the desktop peek preview on and off.
Click on the source link below to see a great compilation of Windows 10 “How To’s” by TechRadar…
Whether you’re trying to make a recovery disk or you’re trying to do something more complex like a remote desktop, we’ll show you how to use Windows 10 like a pro.
The Redmond, Wash. developer largely abandoned efforts to distribute the October 2018 Update, aka 1809 in its four-digit yymm format, last month, apparently deciding that it would, like many of its corporate customers, simply skip one feature upgrade to solve the problem of two on a collision course.
Been seeing this on numerous sites where you can now safely yank out that USB drive (so long as the drive is not being written to) on Windows 10. Most people do not know (prior to now) that you should use the “safely remove hardware” option when yanking out that USB drive so as not to risk data loss and corruption of the drive. Heck, I’ve been yanking those drives out for years and don’t remember any issues. Just have to make sure the drive is not being written to.
We all know that one person who annoyingly reminds you to use “Safely Remove Hardware” before pulling the USB drive out of the slot. They shouldn’t bother you anymore. As Betanews first noted, Microsoft has introduced a new policy that allows you to remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process – as long as you’re not writing data to it.
Many folks at home are unaware of keyboard shortcuts. There are many shortcuts for many applications. Today, I want to tell you about the Windows Logo Key (for Windows 10) and provide a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use in combination with the Windows Logo Key. If you press the Windows Logo Key, which is located on the bottom left side of the keyboard between the “CTRL” key and the “ALT” key, the “Start Menu” will open and close. If you press the “Windows Logo Key” in combination with other keys, as reflected on the list below, you can quickly open (and close) various components of Windows without having to navigate menus.
Many folks at home see these notifications popping up, often causing confusion… In this article, “Android Authority” will provide insight on how to use notifications.
Notifications in Windows 10 can be a great tool, like flashing quick social updates, work-related messages, email alerts, reminders, and more. But they can be a pain as well, popping up during video conferences or heated shootouts in your favorite PC game. In this Windows 10 tips article we’ll show you how to use notifications in Windows 10 to get the best experience out this handy feature.
Most folks at home are not familiar with the Windows Task Manager and/or don’t want to know because the term “task manager” sounds like something that is above their level of comprehension. I encourage people to “at least” take a look at the task manager and know that it is there. Where it typically has helped me is when I have a program or task that is no longer responding and basically has a program locked up. With the Windows Task Manager, you can often stop or end the process (or program) that may be causing the issue so that your computer can safely recover.
The Windows Task Manager is a great troubleshooting tool… To open the Windows Task Manager there are many ways to get to it, but the most common methods that I use are:
Again, be familiar with the “Windows Task Manager”. Use one of the options above to launch the “Task Manager” to at least familiarize yourself with it. Someday you may need it…
When this kicks in (most likely in May), Windows 10 user’s at home will be able to manage when updates are installed. Windows updates, especially major version updates, have a bad rep of causing potential problems to end-users (until the bugs are worked out). I know as a former IT Manager, I would cringe when updates were released and would wait to unleash them (then pray).
Beginning with Windows 10 version 1903—the feature update for which Microsoft is now calling the May 2019 Update—the software giant will actually allow its customers to decide when updates are installed.
Just to make you aware at home, Microsoft will soon be rolling out a Windows 10 features update, this month (April 2019). From my experience, these updates often take a while to roll out and when it does hit your computer at home, be patient and let the computer perform the update (which can/could take a while).
If you are curious as to what packaged in this update, click on the source link below (at Addictive Tips) to learn about the 15 best new features in the Windows 10 April 2019 19H1 update…
The Windows 10 v1903 update will be rolling out soon (April 2019). Instead of using the word “update”, I like to use the word “upgrade” due that this is more than the typical Windows 10 “update”. So; you folks there at home, be ready for some change coming your way.
Typically, at home, sit back and wait for the update to come to you (via the Windows updates). If you can’t wait to get the update, follow the instructions HERE to get the update by using the Windows 10 Update Assistant. I highly recommend that you wait in case there are some bugs that Microsoft may need to work out.
Here is the list followed by complete details of Windows 10 v1903 features, as provided by “The Windows Club”. You can visit the site (see source link below) to learn more about each feature:
Blurred Background on Login Screen
Search, and Cortana are no longer together
Sleeker Start Menu & Start Menu Service
Action Center & Quick Buttons changes
Light Theme for those who dont like too much black.
Improved Storage settings.
Search changes & details
Voice Activation settings
Windows Update Feature with auto-rollback
Linux on Windows enhancements
An update history is available on your computer so you can see which updates were installed, and when. To see the update history on your Windows 10 computer, do the following:
Right Mouse Click on the Windows 10 Start button (at the bottom right corner), then select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View update history.
When you are at the “View update history” window you will see a listing of the updates installed on your computer. If you click on any of the updates your browser will launch and you will be taken to the Microsoft website where a summary of what the update is about will be presented.
Viewing the update history list is a good troubleshooting tool when an update fails to install and/or you are experiencing a problem with an installed update. Although this is not recommended, you can also use this list to remove (uninstall) specific updates; but, sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
Just to let folks know, the browser that ships with Windows 10 is called Microsoft Edge. The developer and underlying code of the Microsoft Edge browser is a Microsoft engineered product.
It appears, in the near future, we are going to see a change in the Microsoft Edge browser in appearance and in the underlying code (the foundation) that makes the browser work. The appearance and underlying code are going to be based on Chromium, which is a (see Wikipedia) Google open-source web browser project. It is a fully functional browser on its own and supplies the vast majority of code for the Google Chrome browser.
So what does this mean to you at home? It means you should eventually see a new web browser still called “Edge” that will replace the current version of “Edge”; that will have a cleaner and faster interface (see video below)…
An early build of Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-based Edge browser has recently leaked online. This browser, which despite carrying the same name as it’s predecessor, will be built from a completely different foundation, and therefore, provide a completely refreshed experience for those who are already familiar with the current manifestation of Microsoft Edge. This new browser…
Below you will find a source link to Technobezz and a video by Haig Dickson on the steps to take to create a bootable USB flash drive in Windows 10. This is useful when you need to deploy or reinstall Windows 10.
Creating a bootable USB flash drive in Windows 10 is easier than on Windows 7 or 8.1. The fact is that Microsoft has released a useful tool called «MediaCreationTool», which makes downloading of Windows 10 ISO-files much more convenient and easier. This guide (see source link below) will show you how to create a bootable USB Flash Drive in Windows 10.
How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive
by Haig Dickson
In this video, learn how to create a Windows 10 bootable drive. Some things to add to this. Good idea to use a drive that is greater than 8GB’s; format to NTFS and you may need your Windows 10 Activation Key.
Cloning an exact copy of your hard disk is a good move and is a good (fast) method in restoring the Windows OS when things get messed up. Keep in mind, when you clone a disk, it is the exact copy of the disk on the date that you made the copy and is a good idea to do this on a regular basis. I typically update and keep available a cloned copy of my hard disk at least once a year. My routine file backups I do on a more aggressive schedule. Cloning is also an excellent option when you want to move your current Windows 10 OS to a new drive that you have decided to upgrade and install.
Make Tech Easier will walk through the cloning process using the FREE software options of EaseUS or AOMEI Backupper (see source link below). Both of these software options are excellent choices.
So you bought an SSD drive, and you want to move your Windows 10 OS to the new drive. Here are a few ways you can clone and swap the OS install to an SSD.
Reinstalling or upgrading Windows 10 has never been easier. With a few keystrokes, admins may refresh, update, or erase existing installations.
Windows 7 support ends about nine months from now, on January 14, 2020—and if you’re a Windows 7 user, you’ll see more than this story reminding you of that date. In fact, according to Microsoft, you could see several pop-up reminders warning you to upgrade to Windows 10 before the year is out.
Windows 10 has the ability to detect when a Windows 10 update is not playing well and will automatically remove the update. When these updates are removed and fail to install, this is an indication of an incompatibility issue and may end up requiring troubleshooting on your part (or could actually be a bad update from Microsoft).
From what I understand, the update that was removed will not try to reinstall for 30 days. This window of time gives Microsoft and their partners the opportunity to fix the update if it is, in fact, a problem created on their end.
You can read more about this at the source link below.
Did you know that following the Windows 10 October 2018 update, a new Windows clipboard feature has been added that allows you to track and maintain a history of the items (text and images — up to 4MB) that you copy to the clipboard? This new feature is not turned on by default; however, I will outline below how to turn it on.
Why would you want to maintain a history of your copy (and paste) operations?
This new feature is a Godsend to me. If you are a blogger, graphic designer, and/or write numerous documents at work, you have most likely learned how to use the “Copy (Ctrl-C)” and “Paste (Ctrl-V”) operation in Windows where you copy a line of text or an image and paste it into another location. The problem with this is once you do this more than one time, it erases any previous items you may have copied.
With the NEW Windows 10 clipboard tracking utility, this problem is resolved where once you copy an item (text or image) to the clipboard it is added to a list of previous items you copied. If you copy/paste the same item on multiple occasions you can pin that item to the list so that it is not removed from the list. Another feature with this clipboard is that you can sync the clipboard timeline so that it is available on other computers you may access. You will need a Microsoft account for this feature to work.
Before I go any further in explaining how to turn on this NEW clipboard utility, I want to sort of back into this by telling you that to invoke or launch the clipboard history, hit the “Windows + V” keys in combination on your clipboard. Once the clipboard appears on the screen you can double mouse click on an entry and it will auto paste in the location you select.
How do I turn on this clipboard utility?
That is all there is to it… Remember to launch this utility you must hit the “Windows + V” keys…