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Add Windows Backup & Restore To The Right Click

Be It family photos, work documents or user account credentials, given you own a PC, the chances are you'll have some type of sensitive files stored on the hard disk. Computers are renowned to corrupt and lose functionality at the best of times, thus backing up your Important files on a regular basis, Is Imperative. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the Windows Backup and Restore option to the right-click context menu.

View Detailed Info Of All Devices On Your Network

Whether at home or In a work environment, If you're running a network of devices and/or workstations, It's very Important to know the details of each and every connection. To do this, you'd need a tool that will automatically scan your local area network for IP-based devices, and return the results thereafter. In this tutorial, I will Introduce you to a tool that allows you to view detailed Information of every device on your network.

How To Identify USB 3.0 And USB 2.0 Ports

As technology keeps moving forward rather quickly, so too has the advancement of USB ports and devices, such as USB Flash Drives. Generally speaking, the transfer speed of a given USB Stick, Is only as fast as the port It's plugged Into. So how do you know whether your USB 3.0 device, Is operating at It's full potential? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you a number of ways to Identify USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

Add Compact OS To The Right Click Context Menu

In order to save hard disk space on your computer, Windows 10 has a hidden native feature named Compact OS. As opposed to the built-In NTFS compression option that can only be applied to specific files & folders, Compact OS targets the entire operating system, by compressing files to free up space. Wouldn't It be great to have this at your fingertips? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add Compact OS to the right-click context menu.

Add App Mode Light Or Dark Theme To Right Click

If you're the type of computational user who utilizes your PC for many hours on a daily basis, you'd want your environment to be as comfortable as possible. You may need to adjust your settings when working during the day In a well-lit area, to that of a nighttime, when performing tasks In artificial lighting. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add App Mode light or dark theme to the right-click context menu, hence you can switch between light & dark themes as needed.

Protect Your Computer From Ransomware Attacks

One of the most effective malicious attacks used by hackers to take over your sensitive files and folders on your computer, Is named Ransomware. In simple terms, It encrypts them (and sometimes locks down your entire PC) and the only way you can gain access, Is to pay a fee to the attackers. Most antivirus software are useless In defending this type of Infection, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to protect your computer from Ransomware attacks.

Grab All Files When A USB Stick Is Plugged In

Irrespective of your computing environment, for security purposes, you'd want to keep a close eye on the activity performed on your PC. Having an antivirus software Installed Is one thing, but what about those who Insert their USB Flash Drive with malicious Intent (or otherwise) while you're away? How do you know the device has been Inserted to begin with? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to grab all files the moment a USB Stick Is plugged In.

Disable Windows 10 Tracking & Remove Traces

Since the Initial launch of Windows 10, privacy has been a major concern for those utilizing the operating system. The OS collects Information such as the types of Installed apps, the nature of registered user accounts, location details, and data from It's default search engine, namely Bing. I'm certainly not comfortable with this, and I'm sure you feel the same. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to disable Windows 10 tracking & remove digital traces.

How To Shutdown Your PC Using A USB Stick

When you hear someone mention a USB Stick (that Is, a USB Flash Drive), one of the first things that comes to mind, Is storing your files and folders. After all, It's defined In many websites such as Wikipedia, as a data storage device, but did you know that It can also be used as a tool to Instantly turn off your PC? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to use a USB Stick to shutdown your computer In a flash.

How To Actively Monitor Web Pages For Changes

Whether you're Interested In viewing the latest updates on your favorite website, or you have one of your own and want to keep an eye out for unauthorized changes, It's difficult to physically sift through every detail on the web page In question. Wouldn't It be great, If you had a tool that can do the job for you? Well, In this tutorial, I will Introduce you to a monitoring tool that actively monitors changes In web pages.

How To Clear Memory And Free Up Ram

If you're the type of user who always keeps the computer up and running without restarting or shutting down, over time, you'll find that the amount of available Ram (Memory), starts to gradually decrease. If It declines to a certain level, It can cause system Instability and/or loss of functionality to some degree. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to clear your PC's memory and Increase the available Ram.

How To Take A Snapshot Of Your PC And Rollback

The fact Is, computers are far from being perfect In every aspect, and the more activity you perform such as downloading, Installing and executing an array of applications, the greater the chance of corruption. The last thing you need, Is to lose Important files due to a system crash, or a nasty virus Infecting your PC. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to take a snapshot of your computer and rollback to a previous (working) state.

Use OCR To Extract Text From Image & PDF Files

OCR, which Is an abbreviation of Optical Character Recognition, Is a technology used to Identify text In Image files. It can then translate It, by extracting the text Into an edible form and save It to a digital document. Whether It's at home or at your workplace, sometimes there Is the need to only utilize or edit the text contained In the Image, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to use OCR to extract text from Image & PDF files.

Add The Briefcase Feature To Windows 10

Since the release of Windows 95 right through to Windows 7, a built-In utility named Briefcase allows you to store and synchronize files between two or more computers, as well as removable media such as a USB flash drive. In Windows 10 however, It's no longer available but It can still be created. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the Briefcase feature back Into Windows 10.

How To Hide Or Show Any Hidden File & Folder

In order to prevent users from modifying certain files and folders, particularly those critical to the operating system, by default, Windows hides them from view. You can however, display them by using the native setting In File Explorer named Show hidden files, folders, and drives. What It lacks, Is the option to be selective with Individual files/folders. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to hide or show any hidden file & folder of your choice.

Convert A Virtual Disk Image To Another Format

The term Virtual Disk Image (often abbreviated as VDI), Is referred to as an Image of a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) that's commonly used with a Virtual Machine. If you have a VM up and running on your host computer, and plan to mount a Virtual Hard Disk that's obtained from an unsupported disk format, It must be converted to suit your setup. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to convert aVirtual Disk Image to another format.

How To Add An Existing Virtual Disk To VMware

Upon creating a Virtual Machine (VM) on your physical computer, one of the good things about It, Is that It's not dedicated and tied to the device Itself. As long as the Virtual Hard Disk file Is compatible, you can move It to any other PC that's running a VM, and add It thereafter. Although It's a simple process, It does fail at the best of times. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add an existing Virtual Hard Disk to VMware Workstation.

Add Windows Defender To The Right Click Menu

Default to Windows 10, Is an antivirus & anti-malware tool/app named Windows Defender that helps protect your PC from an array of threats, such malware, viruses, trojans and spyware. From time to time, there Is the need to access It's settings when performing and configuring certain tasks, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the Windows Defender option to the right-click context menu.

Monitor The Heath Status Of Your SSD Or HDD

Let's face It, computers do not last forever and the more they're used, the greater the chance of a hardware component or device failing at some point. SSDs (Solid State Drives) and the traditional spinning HDDs, are certainly part of this equation. Whether you're running the former or the latter, It's very Important to make sure It's functioning correctly. In this tutorial, I will show you how to monitor the heath status of your SSD or HDD.

How To Disable The Taskbar Properties Dialog Box

The Taskbar, that's been around since Windows 95, Is a utility located on the bottom of your computer screen. Among many other functionalities, you can combine/hide buttons, relocate It to the left, right or top of the screen, change the button size to small and the list goes on. This also means that other users sharing your PC, can do the same and mess up your configuration. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to disable the Taskbar Properties dialog box, thus help prevent access to the above features.

Disable Encrypted File System In Windows 10

From Windows 2000 onwards on supported editions, a native encryption tool named Encrypting File System (EFS), allows you to securely encrypt files and folders, thus keep them safe from unauthorized access. This also means that other users sharing your PC, can do the very same and encrypt as many files as they please. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely disable EFS In Windows 10.

Block Executable Applications From Launching

One of the first things you do after purchasing your computer, Is begin to Install programs and applications according to your usability. This Is all well and good for yourself, but If you have multiple users sharing your PC, sometimes you'd want to restrict access to a number of Installed programs. As a result, In this tutorial, I will show you how to block any executable application from launching.

Password Protect & Encrypt PDF Files With Ease

We all use PDF files at some point during our computational tasks, and will Inevitably continue to do so. Some files may hold sensitive data, such as those generated at your work containing transaction or Identification details, hence anyone with physical access can view the document without restrictions. As a result, In this tutorial, I will show you how to password protect PDF files with Incredible ease.

How To Change Folder Colors In Windows 10

It's quite a simple process to change folder Icons, by choosing from a collection In the folder properties window, but the same can't be said when you want to apply a differentcolor. Unlike the macOS that allows you to change the color of Individual folders, there Is no native option to do It on the Windows platform. As such, I will Introduce you to a third-party tool that does the job with Incredible ease.

Set Disk Quota To Limit Storage Per User Account

On the grounds that you have multiple user accounts up and running on your computer, each user can basically do as they please by storing files and folders on the hard disk. This will eventually lead to your PC running out of storage space, hence can cause a number of Issues, such as high disk usage or loss of functionality to some extent. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to set a disk quota to limit the amount of storage space on any user account.

Create The Latest Windows 10 Installation Media

If you're planning to perform a clean Installation of Windows on your physical machine or on a VM (Virtual Machine), you must have either a bootable USB stick or an ISO file- both containing the operating system. Whilst there are quite a few online sources to download the OS file, not many offer the very latest release, nor Is the file's Integrity ensured. As a result, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Windows 10 Installation media with the very latest version via Microsoft.

How To Manage User Accounts Via Task Manager

When the Windows Task Manager comes to mind, for the most part, we see It as a tool to view running processes, memory consumption, CPU usage, hard disk read & write operations and the list goes on. Whilst this Is absolutely spot-on, did you know that you can also manage the behavior and resources of local user accounts to some degree? In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how to do this with Incredible ease.

How To Test An ISO File Without Installing It

Once you've downloaded an ISO file containing an operating system with the Intention to Install It on either a virtual machine or physical PC, It must be In a bootable format and obviously In working condition. Rather than burning It to a DVD disc or firing up your VM by configuring It and mounting the ISO, thus wasting time and resources, In this tutorial, I will show you how to test an ISO file without the need to Install It.

How To Perform a Clean Boot In Windows 10

In the event your computer Is not booting properly Into the Windows environment, or you're receiving error messages during the boot process and you've exhausted every troubleshooting option to no avail, It's time to do what's called a clean boot. This helps Identify Issues that're preventing Windows from starting normally. In this tutorial, I will show you how to perform a clean boot In Windows 10.

How To Encrypt Only A Single File In Windows 10

There are countless encryption software available on the net, with many offering more features and encryption algorithms than others, and vice versa. Whilst they do the job well In fulfilling their objective, not too many allow you to encrypt a single file. For Instance, BitLocker that's native to Windows, only encrypts drives and volumes. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to password-protect and encrypt a single file.

Uninstall Stubborn Apps With A Microsoft Tool

Upon first purchasing your computer, one of the first things you do, Is begin to Install your favorite programs and applications. As time moves forward, so too does the need to add newer versions that're released by the developer and as such, the older application(s) must first be removed. However, not everything always goes according to plan, hence some apps refuse to uninstall. In this tutorial, I will show you how to uninstall stubborn applications by using a Microsoft uninstall tool.

Add VBScript To The Right Click Context Menu

Just like JavaScript, a VBScript (Visual Basic Script), Is a client-side scripting language containing code that can be executed within the Windows environment, or Internet Explorer. Put simply, It was originally developed by Microsoft, and Is basically a lighter version of Microsoft Visual Basic. If you work with VBScripts quite often, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add It to the right-click context menu with Incredible ease.

View In Depth Hardware Specs Using PowerShell

At some point In time, you will have the need to check the hardware specifications on your computer, particularly when replacing or upgrading a hardware component, or checking whether It can run a game that you're looking to purchase. The same applies when troubleshooting a problematic Internal device. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to obtain detailed specs of all major hardware components.

Create A System Repair Disc In Windows 10

Regardless whether your PC Is running at It's optimal state, you never know If and when the operating system will corrupt to the point of not being able to boot Into the Windows environment. If you don't have a backup plan In place, you may well lose all your data stored on the hard disk. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a bootable System Repair Disc that will help get your computer up and running again.

Securely Run Programs Using Avast Sandbox

When navigating online and downloading files from various websites, or opening email attachments received from work colleagues, you never know for sure whether they are In fact malicious-free. The same applies when executing tools and applications from unknown sources. Wouldn't It be great If you could do It without affecting your PC? In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely run programs using Avast Sandbox.

Encrypt And Password Protect USB Sticks

Irrespective of your computing tasks, you will have some type of sensitive and personal data stored on your USB stick. Be It family photos, login credentials to your Facebook account, work documents- they all contain Information that can be used against your wishes, namely by those with malicious Intent. As such, It's crucial to protect your USB flash drive and In this tutorial, I will show you how to do It, by using a very effective third-party tool.

Remove The Security Tab From Files & Folders

Upon viewing the Properties window of files and folders on the Windows platform, there's a number of tabs that allow you to view and modify certain attributes. Inclusive, Is the Security tab that contains settings to change the permissions and ownership of the file or folder In question. This also means that anyone sharing your PC, can do It without restrictions. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you the best method to securely remove the Security tab In It's entirety.