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How to Change the Default File Explorer View in Windows 8

How to Change the Default File Explorer View in Windows 8

When you launch File Explorer in Windows 8, you are automatically taken to your Libraries view. But what if you don’t want this and instead you want File Explorer to default to the Computer view or perhaps even to a specific folder on your hard disk?

You can do this by modifying the shortcut for the File Explorer icon on the Windows 8 taskbar.

1. Ping the File Explorer to the taskbar. From Start screen type File Explorer,...

How to Assign Keyboard Shortcuts for Programs

How to Assign Keyboard Shortcuts for Programs
Application can be assigned a shortcut key in Windows. The application would launch when the combo of keys is pressed which you entered as the Shortcut Key for that application.

To create Shortcut key for any application in Windows:

1. Right-click the program shortcut icon and select Properties.
2. Select the Shortcut tab
3. Click in Shortcut key textbox
4. Enter the keyboard shortcut for that...

How to Clean Up the Open With Context Menu Options

How to Clean Up the Open With Context Menu Options
When you right-click a file in Windows Explorer, you see the Open command. If more than one product is associated with an extension, you see an "Open With" submenu, which provides a list of programs for you to open the file with.



This list changes according to the type of file you’re clicking, the list can get long because programs frequently add themselves to this list...

How to Remove DLLs from Cache Memory

How to Remove DLLs from Cache Memory

If you notice your system running slowly after Windows has been running for some time, or if your RAM seems to be getting low for some reason, the culprit might be left-behind DLLs from programs that are no longer running. Sometimes Windows keeps Dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) in cache memory even when the program that required them is no longer running, and this cuts down on the memory available to other applications.

1. Open the Start menu, enter regedit...

Change the Names of the Registered User and Company in Windows

How to Change the Names of the Registered User and Company in Windows

When you install Windows or when it comes factory-fresh on a PC, a username and company name are entered as the owner of the system. And that’s the way it stays, like it or not.

Typically, you'll only see this information on About Windows, but while there are still a lot of apps that look for these names to customize the experience on Windows, or your computer is part of an organization, it's a good idea to add the correct...

How to Tweak Taskbar Preview Delay in Windows

How to Tweak Taskbar Thumbnail Preview Delay in Windows

In Windows, when you hover over a taskbar button of a running app or group of apps, a thumbnail preview appears on the screen. Users biggest complaint is the delay before the taskbar previews are shown. If you want to use the new features but the amount of time you have to hover over a taskbar application is too long then this registry tweak is for you.



This registry tweak...

How to Modify System Sounds in Windows

How to Modify System Sounds in Windows

Sounds can be assigned to many events in Windows, such as logging on, logging off, minimizing a window, and maximizing a window.

Changing the event sounds is simple. Just follow these steps to launch and configure the Sound properties:

1. Launch the system Sound properties by typing mmsys.cpl, into Start Menu search box or Run dialog box.

2. After the Sound properties load, click the Sounds tab.

How to Boost the Windows Boot Time Speed

How to Boost the Windows Boot Time Speed

If you have more than one operating system installed on your computer, by default, the Windows Boot Manager gives you 30 seconds to select an operating system before it reverts to the default operating system.

If you use one operating system the majority of the time, you will definitely save time if you set that operating system as the default and lower the Timeout value, making your boot time much faster.

Changing the Timeout value is simple...

How to Disable Services in Windows

How to Disable Services in Windows
A service is a software application that runs continuously in the background while your computer is on. The Windows operating system has numerous services that run in the background that provide basic functions to the system. Network connectivity, visual support, and external device connectivity such as printer services are all examples of the types of services that the Windows services provide.

Each service that is running in the background takes up system resources,...

How to Disable 8.3 Legacy File name Creation in Windows

How to Disable 8.3 Legacy File name Creation in Windows

The 8.3 legacy file name creation is a feature of NTFS that is included in Windows for backward compatibility with older applications. The old MS-DOS file system limited file names to a maximum length of eight characters plus a three-character extension. Eventually, these limitations were expanded with the release of Windows 95, which bumped up the maximum file name limit to 255 characters.

The NTFS file system has to support both the...

How to Disable the File Access Timestamp in Windows

How to Disable the File Access Timestamp in Windows

Every time you or an application accesses a file on your computer, the file system records the access date and time and stores the timestamp in two locations. Simply accessing a file requires the system to write to the master file table (MFT) and the directory in which the file is located, which results in two writes for every file read.

All these file reads add up to extra timestamp writes, resulting in slower performance.

Disabling...

How to Adjust NTFS Memory Allocation in Windows

How to Adjust NTFS Memory Allocation in Windows

NTFS caches the files that are open in physical memory for the fastest possible access to the raw data. It does this by first reading the data from the hard drive and then transferring it to physical memory. Depending on the amount of RAM in your computer, portions of the open files may be paged to disk in the paging file because the entire file cannot fit in the available physical memory.

The file system allocates only a certain amount of physical...

How to View Windows Reliability History

How to View Windows Reliability History
The Reliability Monitor snap-in for Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provides a system stability overview and details about events that impact reliability. Windows Reliability Monitor displays a horizontal scrolling view with each column in the display a different day when the PC has been in use.

If any errors, crashes, or information events have occurred then they will be highlighted by (i) or (x) symbols on the relevant day.

How to Reset Internet Explorer to its Default Settings

How to Reset Internet Explorer to its Default Settings

If Internet Explorer (IE) is failing to open, or is misbehaving or crashing, it’s not possible to uninstall it or install a newer version, but you can completely reset it.

1. Open Control Panel --> Internet Options



2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Reset.

How to Never Combine and Hide Labels on the Taskbar

How to Never Combine and Hide Labels on the Taskbar

The Windows 7 and Windows 8 Taskbar is missing a view that permits open apps to appear as separate icons without their descriptive text.

You can add this, by changing the behavior of the Never Combine Hide Labels option.



1.  Open Registry Editor by typing regedit into Start Menu search box.

2. To do this, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control...

How to Change Taskbar Program Preview Icons Size in Windows 7, 8 and 10

How to Change Taskbar Program Preview Icons Size in Windows 7, 8 and 10

When you hover your mouse over an icon for a running app on the Taskbar, the thumbnail image that appears can be resized to any pixel size you specify.



1. Type Regedit.exe into Start Menu to launch Registry Editor and navigate to the following registry key:

Code:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

How to Change Taskbar Icons to Reopen Last Active Window

How to Change Taskbar Icons to Reopen Last Active Window

In Windows 7 and later version of Windows OS, when you click a Taskbar icon and more than one instance of a program is running, you will be presented with thumbnails of all the running instances.



You can change this behavior so that clicking the icon automatically displays the last running instance on the desktop (you can use Alt+Tab to switch to the others).

1....

How to Change Aero Peek Operation Time in Windows

How to Change Aero Peek Operation Time in Windows
You can use Peek (aka: Aero Peek) to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar. This can be useful for quickly viewing desktop icons and folders, or when you don't want to minimize all open windows and then have to restore them.

You can change the time it takes for Aero peek to display when you hover over its icon in the far right of the Taskbar.

1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit...

How to Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10

How to Reinstall and Re-register Cortana in Windows 10

If Cortana is not working, then reinstalling the app package for Cortana and re-registering Cortana may help fix it.

This tutorial will show you how to reinstalling and re-registering Cortana for only your account (current user) in Windows 10.

Reinstall and Re-register Cortana using the following procedure:

1. If the Cortana search not working open the Windows PowerShell by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc...

How to Pin Folders to the Start Menu in Windows

How to Pin Folders to the Start Menu in Windows

In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows OS, you can pin a folder to the Start Menu.



1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in to Start Menu search box.

2. Navigate to following registry key:

Code:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers


3. Right click "ContextMenuHandlers"...

How to Remove “Shortcut” Text from Shortcuts

How to Remove “Shortcut” Text from Shortcuts



In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows OS when you create a shortcut to a file or folder the text - Shortcut is automatically appended to its name.



You can change this behavior by following below instructions.

1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit into Start Menu search box.

2. Navigate to following registry key:

How to Remove Arrows on Shortcut Icons in Windows

How to Remove Arrows on Shortcut Icons in Windows
In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows OS arrows on the icons of shortcuts are seen by many people as annoying, but you can remove them.

1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit into Start Menu search box.

2. Navigate to following registry key:

Code:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons


3. Right-click...

How to Hide Drives in File Explorer

How to Hide Drives in File Explorer

You can hide any hard disk drive in File Explorer. The drive is still accessible to Windows, technically, and you could access it from the run dialogue or from the command line, but it won't appear to non-invasive users on your machine.

In order to hide a specific drive (or drives), follow the steps below:

1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit into Start Menu search box.

2. Navigate to the following location:

How to Show Recycle Bin in Computer Folder of File Explorer

How to Show Recycle Bin in Computer Folder of File Explorer

To add Recycle Bin to the “This PC” section of File Explorer—or the “My Computer” section of Windows Explorer if you’re running Windows 7—you just need to add one new key to the Windows Registry.



1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit into Start Menu search box.

2. Navigate to following registry key:

Code:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

How to Remove the “Use the Web Service to Find the Correct Program” Dialog Box

How to Remove the “Use the Web Service to Find the Correct Program” Dialog Box

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, when Windows doesn’t have a program or application associated with a specific file, Windows asks if you want to go on the Internet and download an appropriate program to use to open the file.

This tutorial will cover the removal of this annoying dialog so that, when you double-click on a file type without a default program, you will be greeted with a list from which you can select...
 
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