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Managing Window 10 Hard Drive Partitions Without Third-Party Software

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There are numerous third-party software managers for Microsoft Windows partitions, but the with Windows included Disk Management wizard, none others are needed. You can create, resize, format, and delete partitions and volumes, including changing drive letters.

Disk Management Tool Access

Quickly access the Disk Management wizard by selecting Start and entering “partition”. In option list, select “Create and format hard disk partitions”.

The window pane for Disk Management is in two parts. A list of your computers volumes is shown in the top, while a graphical picture of the disks and volumes are shown on the bottom.

Resizing a Volume

In some cases, you may find it necessary for a volume to be resized. Perhaps, you have one large volume that you’ve decided to divide into two.

Shrink

In either window pane, right-click and choose Shrink Volume. Enough space much is available to shrink a volume. For example, the single volume containing 1 TB with nothing stored upon it, can be shrunk by almost the entire 1 TB.

So, enter the amount you want to be shrunk in the only option available. The current volumes new size after shrinking is also shown in the window. The new volume is now shown on the left side, with the amount of freed unallocated space shown on the right side.

Extend

A computer’s volume may only be extended if it contains unallocated space located to the right.

To open the Extend Volume Wizard, right-click the current volume and select Extend Volume. Then choose Next. The appropriate disk will already be displayed in the Select Disks and the volume size as well as maximum available space. After you choose to Select the amount of space in MB hit Next > Finish.

Creating a New Volume

Free space may be used to create an additional volume if you have unallocated space located on a disk. Begin by right-clicking on the pane with the unallocated space then hit New Simple Volume to open the New Simple Volume Wizard and hit Next. After specifying the volume size, you wish to create, hit Next. Accept the default drive letter in the box, or assign one and hit Next. Prior to using the volume, the partition must be formatted. You can choose to do this right away by choosing a file system and assigning a volume letter followed by Next > Finish.

Delete

It may be necessary at times to delete an existing volume. This space will then return to the unallocated pool. Keep in mind, all data in the volume is deleted when the volume is deleted. This frees up more space.

In either pane of the Disk Management tool window, right-click and hit Delete Volume. A warning window pops up where you must hit Yes to continue.

Managing Windows 10 partitions and volumes are simple with the Disk Management tool.

Setting Up Bluetooth on Your Windows 10 Personal Computer

Bluetooth technology allows users to connect devices wirelessly to a Windows 10 computer. Without the use of USB ports, devices such as keyboard and mouse can be added. Many smartphones can be connected wirelessly through Bluetooth for the use of the computers internet access. Bluetooth technology lets users remove much of the clutter from their desktop by connecting.

Set-up Bluetooth to Computer, Tablet, or Laptop with These Steps:

1. Be sure the Bluetooth device is powered on and ready to pair

The majority of Bluetooth devices are equipped with an ON/OFF switch. However, it is slightly more difficult to tell the Bluetooth device to begin pairing. In some cases, flipping a switch is all that is needs to be done. While others require the user to hold a button down until a light begins to flash.

The Bluetooth device is ready to be paired with another, such as the computer when you notice a flashing light.

2. Start>Settings>Devices

Select the Start button on the personal computer, choose Settings, and select the Devices app shown in the computer settings. A list of devices currently installed is shown on the Devices page.

3. From the left side of the Devices app page, select the Bluetooth option

The personal computer quickly starts to search for any Bluetooth devices located in the nearby vicinity that you want to be connected, otherwise known as paired.

If the device you want to be paired fails to appear, return to Step 1 to ensure the Bluetooth device has been powered on and is ready to be paired. Many devices power themselves off after thirty seconds of waiting to pair and may need to be ready again.

4. Select the name of the Bluetooth device when it appears beneath the Add a Device button

5. If necessary, enter the Bluetooth device’s code while also selecting the Pair button if requested

This is when setup may become slightly complex. Due to security reasons, you are required to prove that you are not a stranger attempting to hack and that you are, in fact, sitting in front of your personal computer. However, to prove your innocence, many Bluetooth devices use somewhat different strategies.

In some cases, users are required to enter a passcode into both the personal computer and the Bluetooth device. Usually, the passcode is located in the devices user’s manual. The passcode must be entered quickly to ensure the other device is still waiting.

Some devices, such as Bluetooth mice, require a small push button located on the underside to be held in during this step. Sometimes, cell phones require users to select a Pair button when identical passcodes appear on both the cellphone and computer.

When unsure, type 0000 and hit enter on the keyboard for a universal passcode.

The name and icon appear in the Setting app once a Bluetooth device is successfully paired.

Make sure to check out some more useful Windows 10 tips to make your PC continue to run strong while giving you even more productivity.

Common Features with Linux and Windows

Windows and Linux have many common features allowing both operating systems to effective and complete. The following are some of the biggest similarities shared between the two:

Alt + Tab Keys

Microsoft introduced Alt + Tab key feature back with Windows 1.0 in their year 1985. Back then, this feature was called “CoolSwitch” however it was later changed in Windows 95 to “Task Switcher” and for Windows Vista “Windows Flip”. Thanks to the usefulness of this feature, Linux later incorporated a version of their own into their operating system.

Users Account

For both productivity and organization, Linux and Windows give great control with user accounts. Users can create a different account for work, home, play, and also one for administration to make managing their accounts simple. This is a great feature for both operating systems.

Task View

It tends to be always said that one operating system steals features from another. Linux took Alt + Tab from Windows, but Task View began with Linux.

Linux users were given awesome features for window management in 2006 with Compiz. This included the ability to spread any open windows across the screen and switching between them easily with just a click. Something similar was introduced in Windows 10 with the Task View feature. Users can get a quick look using shortcut Windows key + Tab. This feature is indispensable for users with several active apps. 

Cross-Platform

Software availability is one of the larger differences between Linux and Windows. Many commercial games and business apps run on the Windows operating system only. Also, there are many exclusive apps for Linux. However, this exclusiveness no longer matters for many users with cross-platform software.

For the rare instances when an app is found that is available on one platform, an alternative is easily found.

Desktop OS and Server OS

Many people think of Windows as a desktop OS while Linux is more for servers. In fact, these OS can be used for both purposes.

Since the year 2003 Windows Server has been used and has upgrades approximately every 4 years. Windows Server 2016 is Microsoft latest version. Several businesses use this version of Windows Server with great stability.

Additionally, many people use Linux for only writing papers or email and not as a server.

Vulnerabilities with Security

First and foremost, security with Windows is better than what many believe. Also, many people assume Linux is more secure than what it actually is.

Yes, Linux is safer than Microsoft Windows. Additionally, the amount of malware Windows computers receive has reduced in recent years.

With effective antivirus software, both these operating systems share the same amount of security issues.

Whether you’re a Windows user or Linux, you are sure to find needed features.

Free Disk Space in Windows 10 with These Quick Easy Tips

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Free Up Some Extra Disc Space on Windows 10

No matter what size hard drive we may have, it seems to fill up quickly. High-definition movies, high-resolution photos, songs, games tend to take up space faster than we might think, making you reach the limit of space on your hard drive before you know it. However, by utilizing some quick easy tips, you can reclaim some of that needs space.

1. Remove Older Versions of Microsoft Windows

When upgrading Microsoft Windows, data from the older version of Windows is saved automatically. By saving this data, users have the ability to return to the previous version is desired. However, this saved data uses up a ton of space on your hard drive. To delete these files, go to Settings > System > Storage then select your primary drive. You will notice several categories and how much space each one is using. Look for Temporary Files and select it. Next, put a check mark in the box Previous Versions of Windows then select Remove Files

2. Cleaning Update Cache

Copies are stored in the update cache of the installation files. If the time ever comes that an update needs to be reapplied, the OS will use these without the need of downloading them once again. But, these files take up a lot of space of your hard drive. To remove them, first, the Windows Update service must be stopped. Go to Services then select the top result by right-clicking on it to Run as administrator. Head down the list until you find Windows Update and right-click on it and select Stop.

Next, to delete these files the run box needs to be opened by pushing Windows Key + R. Now you want to type C:\Windows\SoftwareDistibution\ then select Enter. Everything within the download folder can be deleted. When finished be sure to re-enable Windows Update by heading back to Services.

3. Delivery Optimization Files Removal

With the introduction of Windows 10, a new update feature was added. This feature is called Delivery Optimization and allows your PC to take updates from nearby machines. This feature has received several complaints stating there is increased usage of memory and bandwidth, however, this is to allow for faster delivery of updates.

To remove these files, the feature needs to be disabled first. Without doing so, accumulation of these files will continue to occur. First, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Advanced Options > Choose How Updates Are Delivered and ensure slider is in the OFF position.

Next, open Disk Clean-up. Go to Delivery Optimization File and put a check mark. Lastly, hit OK.

After using these tips for your Windows 10 PC, if you still lack hard drive space, it may be time for an upgraded hard drive. If you’re not yet to Windows 10, use these Windows 8 tips to your advantage.

Best New Features of Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Around the time of Windows 10 one-year anniversary, Microsoft released a major update for the OS. Due to the timing of the update, it is being called ‘Windows 10 Anniversary Update’. This update includes some minor polishing to fix some hated annoyances, as well as adding some amazing new features.

Smart Cortana

Almost everyone knows Cortana on Windows 10 can be quite useful. Cortana allows users to set reminders, check your schedule, find and keep notes, receive answers to questions simply spoken, along with much more. Now, Cortana has become more intelligent. Cortana is now available on the lock screen. Also, the gap between your phone and PC is no longer an issue with the Anniversary Update. Notifications from your phone, such as missed calls or low battery can be mirrored to your PC. Other apps are also able to be mirrored to your PC thanks to Cortana new update feature.

Microsoft Edge Extensions

Microsoft’s Edge browser has extensions, finally! Some of these include Adblock Plus, OneNote Web Clipper, Translator for Microsoft Edge, Evernote Web Clipper, and LastPass: Free Password Manager.

In addition to extensions, Microsoft Edge also received the click-to-play Flash feature in which Chrome and Firefox users enjoy. Users can enjoy watching a piece of video now while junk plugins and ads are blocked.

There is now the ability to pin certain tabs with Edge, giving you more room in the tab bar. When restarting the browser, all pinned tabs come back. This includes when you choose to quit the browser by selecting “Close all tabs”.

Action Center Customization

The Windows 10 Action Center can now be customized for setting and notifications you need. Having your notifications organized in one location can be extremely helpful. There are Quick Action tiles already in place in the panel allowing users to quickly get to setting or activate many features such as Quiet Hours or Tablet Mode.

Users also have the option of customizing the Action Center by going to Settings > System > Notification > Actions. By clicking and dragging on the display of Quick Tiles located on the top of the window, users can rearrange tiles. Also, by selecting “Add or remove quick actions” they have the ability to disable tiles not needed.

Active Hours

Stop being angered by Microsoft’s updates interrupting you to apply them while you are actively working on your PC. Users can set up Active Hours, during which time automatic updates will never be applied, with Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The timeframe for Active Hours can be up to twelve hours. However, Windows still informs you of needed updates and you have the ability to update then instead of waiting for non-active hours.

With Windows 10 Anniversary Update and its many new features, Microsoft is beginning to finally make the OS bridge the gap across multiple devices. For additional questions answered about your Windows 10 software, check out other posts from IQ Computer Services.

How to Work Windows 10 Battery Saver

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Battery saver is a great feature that was introduced with Windows 10. This feature adjusts hardware settings and limits background activity allowing you to conserve your computer’s battery. With the different settings, you can turn on Battery saver manually or you can set it to automatically turn on. Also, there are additional options that allow you to change settings of apps to “Always allowed in background”, “Managed by Windows”, or “Never allowed in background”. All these options work whether or not Battery saver is turned on.

Windows 10 Battery mode is, by default, turned off. However, you can set it to turn on automatically when battery life goes below a specific percentage, which is set by you. Battery saver can be turned on manually as well. Settings set for Battery saver is per user account not for all users.

Manual Setting for Battery Saver

Go to Settings and select System.

To turn Battery saver on select Battery. Next, there is a slider below Battery saver until next charge, turn this on.

To turn Battery saver off select Battery. Move the slider to the off position.

Select on or off for Lower screen brightness while in battery saver according to what you like. By default, this setting is turned on.

Keep in mind, during the time your computer is using AC power, settings for Battery saver will be grayed out.

Automatic Setting for Battery Saver

Go to Settings and select System.

To turn on automatic settings, select Battery and check the box Turn battery saver on automatically if my battery falls below. Next, the percentage level in which Battery saver will turn on needs to set. Set this according to your wants, but the default setting is at twenty percent.

To turn off automatic settings, select Battery and uncheck the box Turn battery saver on automatically if my battery falls below. 

App Battery Usage Management

Go to Settings and select System.

Select Battery and hit the link Battery usage by app located below Overview. Here you are able to set different options per app for battery usage management.

Under Time the options of six hours, twenty-four hours, and one week are available for you to sort your apps. After selecting a Time, select an app to choose one of the available option listed below its name.

Settings and their function:

Always allowed in the background: With this selected, the app runs continuously in background. Also when you have Battery saver turned on.

Managed by Windows: During time Battery saver is turned on, this app will not run in background. This option also turns apps off temporarily (until the apps are launched again) that are not pinned or you have not used for some time that has high battery drainage.

Never allowed in background: While battery saver is turned on, this app will not run in background.

Simply close setting when finished with any option.

Have You Tried Windows 10 Task View & Virtual Desktop Yet?

Try Windows 10 Virtual Desktop for Yourself

Task View & Virtual Desktop are features introduced in Windows 10, with many people not knowing about them or believing they are useless. Your overall productivity will be enhanced from Task View and when used with Virtual Desktop your thoughts will improve on Windows 10.

Take a look at why and how Task View & Virtual Desktop can be useful for you:

Abilities of Task View & Virtual Desktop

Task View has a job of taking all windows currently open and spreading them out for you to view at one time. Some believe this is a useless feature added due to one available since Windows 3.0, Task Switcher, which does the same. If they are able to alt + tab why use Task View?

Task View is more beneficial than Task Switcher depending on how many applications are running at one time. If running only 3-4 windows at one time, these are equal. However, when running five or more, Task Viewer is more beneficial.

Another benefit is Task View is integrated with Virtual Desktop, unlike Task Switcher. With Virtual Desktop, users are able to create several desktops with each of them having their own set window application. Switching in real-time between desktops is simple and quick.

Stay organized with Virtual Desktop. An example would be by keeping all window relating to work on Desktop 1, and on Desktop 2 keep windows such as music, email, calendar, and keep your leisure time windows on Desktop 3. Easily switch back and forth between Desktops when needed.

Using Task View & Virtual Desktop

Bottom left-hand corner of your screen, next to Start Menu, there is a button for Task View located in the Taskbar. To open it, either select that button or use keyboard shortcut Windows Key + tab 

While Task View is open, switch to any window by clicking on it or using the up/down/left/right arrows on the keyboard.

Virtual Desktop Creation

Looking at bottom right-hand corner of the screen while Task View is open, you see + New Desktop. Clicking on this or hitting tab then enter will create a new desktop. When having more than one desktop, there will be a bar on the bottom of the screen allowing you to switch between them.

Another way of creating a Virtual Desktop is by dragging an application located in Task View to + New Desktop. 

Useful Shortcuts

Windows Key + tab: Task View opens or closes.

Windows Key + ctrl + D: create and switches to the new virtual desktop.

With the use of Task View & Virtual Desktop on Windows 10 become more productive than ever before. Give them a try and find out for yourself!

Make sure you’re also up to date on your maintenance for Windows 10.

Convenient Windows Tricks Everyone Should Know

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Check Out These Easy Windows Tricks

There are so many features within Windows that bring convenience to one’s life, but some people do not know they even exist. Microsoft did not hide them, many people just tend to overlook them.

Alternative Start Menu

With Windows 10 came the big overhaul of the Start Menu, one of the many reasons why someone should upgrade. Many people tend to forget they can right-click on the Start Menu, and this brings up an alternative Start Menu. This has many shortcuts that are quite useful, such as Control Panel, Power Options, and Device Manager.

Bypass Login Screen on Startup

Many people see typing their password each time their PC starts up as an inconvenience, unless of course they are used in public areas. But if you have a desktop or laptop that is unshared and security is not an issue, boot directly into Windows without having to deal with a login screen.

Push Windows Key + R this bring the Run window up. Next, enter netplwiz and push Ok. Go to Users tab, choose your account, and look for option Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. Unclick box and push Apply. Enter your username and password this one time. This is last time you see this until you re-enable this feature.

Quick Tasks with Windows Keys

Windows keys does more tasks than opening the Start Menu. Example, Win + E opens up Windows Explorer, Win + D shows the desktop and hides all windows, and Win + X open up the alternative Start Menu. One for Windows 10 users Win + C to activate listening mode for Cortana.

Administrator Account Unlocked

During the day of Windows XP and before, Windows had Administrator accounts that full control over the whole system. In Windows 8, Microsoft added User Account Controls, and they no longer had Administrator accounts, which is when the ability “Run as Administrator” was given to us.

However, Administrator accounts are not actually gone, they are just hidden. Keep in mind so unlocking this is a huge security risk.

In the search bar type CMD , on Command Prompt, right-click and then choose Run as Administrator. Next, type this entire line:

net user administrator /active:yes

When you restart your PC or log out next time, you will see you have Administrator account to use. If you plan on using this, set a password. There are security vulnerabilities with this, unless this account is needed for specific reasons it is recommended not to use it as your primary account.

There are many more tricks that are lost or forgotten out there, and more are being discovered all the time! Here are some more you might be interested in!

Disable Microsoft Office Upload Center on Windows

Remove the upload center with ease.

Remove the upload center with ease.

Easily Disable the Microsoft Upload Center

A feature introduced in Microsoft Office 2010 is Microsoft Office Upload Center. This feature still lives on in Office 2013 and 2016.

Older versions of Microsoft Office were made to save documents, along with other Office files to the local hard drive. With the incorporation of OneDrive and cloud storage having so much emphasis in modern versions, Microsoft has included Upload Center. The purpose of it is to help when uploading documents to cloud storage, basically OneDrive.

When on default setting, if Save is clicked on a document, a copy is saved on your system while Microsoft Office tries to upload it to your OneDrive account. You may not notice anything unless you have a slow connection.

If you are one that uploads tons of documents to OneDrive at one time or you are frequently having to deal with weak wireless connections, MS Upload Center is most likely useful for you and you should probably not disable it. However, if you work only occasionally on a file in Office or never use OneDrive, t is irrelevant and to save resources you can disable it.

Removal of Notification Icon

If you want the icon removed from your system tray but do not mind Upload Center running in the background, you do not have to stop the program to remove the icon. Right-click Upload Center icon and select Settings, under Display Options, uncheck Display icon in notification area. Keep in mind that it is still running, use the start menu to access this program now.

Disabling Upload Center

There are different processes for disabling the Upload Center depending on what version Windows and Office you are using.

If you are in use of Office 2010, type into the Search bar MSConfig on Startup tab check and disable the entry MSOSYNC. If any instance of Microsoft Office 2010 is noticed here, you can disable is since there is no reason for it to run at startup.

Another method reported to work for users on Windows 7, Office 2010 is editing the registry. This needs to be done with caution as to avoid damage to your computer.

Go to this location on the Registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Now you need to delete the value OfficeSyncProcess and restart.

For users of Office 2013, you can use Task Scheduler to attempt to remove Upload Center. In the Start menu enter Task Scheduler for it to open. In the left pane click Task Scheduler Library. Browse for Microsoft Office 15 Sync Maintenance for USERNAME and once found rick-click on it to disable.
Hopefully you have found a solution to disable Upload Center, however if you have not there are benefits of keeping your documents saved in the cloud.