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How to Make Windows 10 Start Faster

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In the past, figuring out which programs were slowing down your computer was not an easy task. You had to poke around and use advanced tools for disabling startup items. Windows 10 makes things easier. It has a tool for managing your startup applications. This tool is very easy to use and it even gives you the information about the programs that are slowing you down. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windows 10: How to Move an App to a Different Drive

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When you’re installing apps to your Windows 10 OS from the Windows Store, they all get installed on the C drive by default. That’s OK if you have a large C drive and don’t want to change the default settings. But what if you’re using an SSD and have limited space? Or simply want to keep your apps separate from your OS installation? Luckily, Windows 10 has the option to move already installed apps to a different drive provided they are Metro apps. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app (you can do that from the Start menu if your Windows 10 build is not too outdated)
  2. Now go to System and navigate to the Apps & features tab
  3. Click on the app you want to move. If it’s a Metro app, you’ll see two buttons: Move and Uninstall
  4. Click on Move
  5. You get a drop-down menu showing the drives where you can move the app without having to uninstall and reinstall it
  6. Select the drive and click on the Move button

You may need to wait for a while for the app to get moved depending on the app size.

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How to Automatically Run Programs as Administrator

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Have you ever been annoyed by inability to run programs as administrator automatically? While this is not a PC error that needs fixing, there are situations where you might prefer to run programs automatically as an administrator of your computer and not have to right-click on them and select “Run as administrator…”. In this post we’re going to show you how to do that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Disable Thumbnail Generation in Windows to Fix File in Use Errors

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You’re trying to delete a file on your Windows PC only to get a “File in Use” error. This is one of the most annoying errors that has been nagging Windows users since the very early days and, even though Microsoft made tremendous progress with the OS, still hasn’t been fixed. In this post we’re going to show you how to fix the “File in Use” error without the help of any software. Read the rest of this entry »

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Optimize Google Chrome for Using Less Memory and CPU on Windows

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Have you noticed that Google Chrome is not as fast and light as it used to be? That’s because Chrome transformed from being a simple browser into a whole Web apps platform and it’s only natural that it needs more system resources that it used to originally. But what if you’re on an older computer and can’t afford to have a memory and CPU hungry app installed? You could always switch to a lighter browser, or you can follow these steps and optimize Google Chrome for using less system resources.

Prevent Chrome from Running Apps in the Background

Even after you exist Chrome, it usually continues to run in the background, which means that it continues using RAM and CPU resources. In addition to that, having too many background apps shortens your battery life if you’re on a laptop. Read the rest of this entry »

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