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How To Disable Notification Ads In Windows 10 Creators Update

With the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update coming soon, users will start to see notification ads after they update. These ads inform you about various Windows features and appear as normal desktop notifications. For example, you might see a notification telling you to set up Cortana. Like other notifications, they’re also stored in [...]

By | 2017-03-24T14:52:38+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How To Disable Ads In File Explorer In Windows 10 Creators Update

While Windows 10 has been out for a while now, in recent months, we've started to see Microsoft push advertisements to the end users in various ways. Most of these ads started with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and included ads in the Start menu, taskbar popups, notifications and on the Lock Screen. Now that [...]

By | 2017-03-24T14:54:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update – How to Hide the All Apps Column in the Start Menu

The Windows 10 Start Menu has brought some mixed feelings among users. In my opinion, I'm glad they got rid of the full screen menu like they had in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The good news is that in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, you'll have a little more control over your Start [...]

By | 2017-02-14T15:13:14+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update – Automatically Free Up Disk Space with Storage Sense

Windows 10 Creators Update is introducing a new feature that could replace disk cleanup utilities like my favorite CCleaner. In all modern versions of Windows, Microsoft has included a Disk Cleanup Utility, and the only way to automate cleanup was to use Task Scheduler to create scheduled tasks. While it worked well once you configured [...]

By | 2017-02-14T15:01:00+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 10 Creators Update – Re-Enable Command Prompt Instead Of Powershell

If you’re recently upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update and you’ve used the Command Prompt shortcuts when you right-click on the Start Menu, you might be surprised to see that Command Prompt has been replaced by Windows PowerShell (resembling the left screenshot above). While Powershell has its place, I tend to use Command Prompt more [...]

By | 2017-02-14T14:48:13+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Fix Outlook 2016 Crashes At Startup Windows.UI.Xaml.dll or Mail (32-bit) Control Panel Doesn’t Work

I recently ran into an issue where Outlook 2016 would randomly crash either at startup or during normal operations. In my case, during the crash I could hover my mouse over the taskbar icon and see there was a hidden popup box asking for Windows Credentials, but I couldn't get the box to appear. While [...]

Fix: Rotation Lock Grayed out on Windows 10

If you own 2-in-1 Windows 10 device, like a Lenovo Yoga, rotation is one of the basic features that you’re going to use (or maybe you'll want to disable it). Unfortunately, users have reported the Rotation Lock option is grayed out and that rotation isn’t working on their devices. In my case, my Lenovo Yoga [...]

By | 2017-01-09T16:05:34+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fix Wireless Limited Access Default Gateway Not Available Windows 10

While using a Dell Latitude E7250 and even a Microsoft Surface 4 Pro, I recently came across an issue where the wireless connection would show the yellow exclamation point and say Limited Connectivity. While running the Troubleshoot Problems Windows troubleshooter, it would display The Default Gateway is not available. The Windows troubleshooter would reset the [...]

By | 2016-12-02T11:56:18+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

How To Disable Touch Mode In Adobe Acrobat

As more and more PCs are being manufactured with touch screens, one annoyance I found was how Adobe Acrobat would always enable Touch Mode by default. Acrobat would enable it every time I opened a document, even if I went to View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items > Uncheck Touch Mode. Luckily, you can go [...]

By | 2016-10-18T13:32:27+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Categories: Apps, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Reinitialize The Offline Cache in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10

Sometimes you just have too many conflicts when synchronizing your offline files in Windows that you have to start over. In my case, I upgraded the file server to a new host and some clients were left with duplicate entries in their Sync Center. DISCLAIMER: Always create a restore point before editing the registry! If [...]

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