Category: About Computers

10 Ways to open File Explorer in Windows 10

File Explorer is one of the most used apps from Windows 10. Whether you need to copy or move files, or delete some, there’s always one thing you need to do first: open the File Explorer. So, we thought it would be a very good idea to write this roundup article, which contains all the ways in which you can open File Explorer in Windows 10. They involve everything from search, to keyboard shortcuts, to using speech and so on. Let’s get started:

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How to set when Windows 10 is allowed to install updates and restart your PC

Up until now, Windows 10 users had no control over how and when their computers or devices chose to reboot in order to automatically install operating system updates. That’s not exactly what you’d call a friendly approach and, even more, it can be quite unhelpful for people using Windows 10 at work. Just imagine what would it mean for you to have a meeting on Skype with an important client and your Windows 10 computer decides to restart and install updates. Not to mention those apocalyptical situations when updates encounter errors: all your work is on that Windows 10 computer and troubleshooting takes forever. Starting with Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft finally took some steps towards correcting these issues with the help of two small and helpful features: Active hours and custom restart times. Read on to see where you’ll find these settings and how to configure them:

NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of August 2, 2016.

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How to get the Linux Bash in Windows 10, in 3 steps

It’s been a while now since Microsoft declared its love for Linux and, at first, it felt strange to see Windows 10 embrace the Tux penguin. However, the fact that Windows 10 is able to run native Linux applications directly, without having to resort to using virtual machines, is a proof of Microsoft’s new strategy of embracing other ecosystems. Microsoft teamed up with Canonical and now you can install the Ubuntu software subsystem in Windows 10. That allows you to run Bash directly from Windows 10. Strange times we’re living in, right? They are also interesting times, so let’s see how to enable the Linux Bash in Windows 10:

NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of July 2016.

Conclusion

Enabling the Linux Bash on Windows 10 is not very hard and it implies changing just a few settings. However, working with Bash might be something that’s not quite for everybody. If you are a developer, if you love running commands in a text environment, or if you have some experience in working with Linux, then you’ll probably be very excited with the love Windows 10 how shows to Linux users.

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Ubuntu’s bash and Linux command line coming to Windows 10

Microsoft built a Linux subsystem for Windows for Project Astoria, its system for running Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile.

But in February the company confirmed that Astoria was dead, as it rather undermined the Universal Windows Platform concept. At the time, we speculated that portions of Astoria might live on, as portions of it had mysteriously started showing up in Windows Insider Previews. And today, that has come to pass, with Microsoft saying that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include the ability to run the popular bash shell from Unix, along with the rest of a typical Unix command-line environment.

We’re still trying to get the inside story on what Microsoft has done here, but what we’ve known for several months now is that the company has developed some Windows kernel components (lxcore.sys, lxss.sys, presumably standing for “Linux core” and “Linux subsystem,” respectively) that support the major Linux kernel APIs. These components are not GPLed and do not appear to contain Linux code themselves; instead, they implement the Linux kernel API using the native Windows NT API that the Windows kernel provides. Microsoft is calling this the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL).

A kernel API is one thing, but to be useful you need user mode applications. For Astoria, this would have been a version of the Android Open Source Project, Google’s mostly BSD-licensed code that provides a Java-like runtime and various applications and system services. For WSL, however, Microsoft is turning to Canonical, creators of Ubuntu, for help. Canonical has provided a system image containing the Ubuntu versions of the various command-line tools that are typically found in a Linux distribution.

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Five free anti-malware products to safeguard your PC

There’s plenty of free, effective anti-malware protection available. Just don’t let it push your browser around.

Although malware was once predicted to become extinct, it remains a constant threat. Thankfully, countless tools are available to help protect your PC against such security threats—including the popular (and free) anti-malware products on this list.

Have any of you had any experiences with any of these ??  Please share your experiences with others in the group. 

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Photos: Building a Raspberry Pi laptop

Box of delights

This is the Pi-Top – a laptop in a box that you build yourself.

Assembling a laptop sounds daunting but in reality the Pi-Top is about as easy to put together as a piece of flat-pack furniture. No soldering is required, as the parts just slot together, and with some patience it can be pieced together in an afternoon.

Here’s how it’s done.

Read our full review of the $299 Raspberry Pi 3-based kit.

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Pi-Top review: A Raspberry Pi laptop for tinkering on the go

The Raspberry Pi 3 may fit in your pocket but in its simplest form it’s not a computer you can use on the move.

However, the Pi is nothing if not flexible and the Pi-Top kit gives you everything you need to turn the $35 computer into a laptop.

At $299 – including the Pi 3 – the build-your-own-laptop kit obviously adds to the cost of board. However, beyond just turning the Pi a mobile computer, the Pi-Top is designed to ease the novice user into tinkering with software and hardware. This user-friendly ethos is evident throughout the Pi-Top, in both its customised OS and its simple to slot together components.

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How to use the Contact Support app from Windows 10 to get help from Microsof

Microsoft has included a brand new app dedicated to helping it’s customers get fast tech support when theyencounter problems. It’s a new universal app that works both in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app is named Contact Support and acts as a portal for reaching the appropriate support service for the specific problem that you are having. As you will see in this guide, it helps you get to the right place faster and more easily, depending on your need. Let’s see how the Contact Support app works:

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Be prepared: Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive

A Recovery Drive lets you boot your system and easily access a number of recovery and troubleshooting tools to revive a failing Windows 10 system. If you haven’t done so yet, you need to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive. That way, you’ll be prepared should you encounter a problem with your Windows 10 installation.

In Windows 10, you can create a Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive as well as on an optical disc. While both procedures produce the same recovery tool, they are created from different user interfaces. The USB flash drive version is created using a stand-alone tool; the optical disc is created from the Backup And Restore (Windows 7) user interface. Why Microsoft didn’t unify the process under one roof, I don’t know. In this article, I’ll show you both ways to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive.

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