Windows 11

Quick Tip: Hide Clutter in Windows 11 Desktop Search

By Kevin / May 10, 2024

The search box on the taskbar and the pop-up search both have “highlights” that recommend all kinds of distractions, including shopping content, games, and more. Here’s how to turn that off.

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Quick Tip: Get Rid of Notification Ads and Full-Screen Upsells in Windows 11

By Kevin / May 10, 2024

Windows will occasionally send you notification pop-ups with “tips and suggestions.” These tips can include messages pushing the Microsoft Rewards program and other things.

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Tech News: Microsoft Confirms It Can’t Fix The KB5034441 0x80070643 Error On Windows 10

By Kevin / May 3, 2024

Back in January, Microsoft released an update for Windows 10 that could not be installed due to specific conditions that exist on certain computers (many of them). The issue has persisted, but the suggested solutions are NOT worth the risk. Please hide or ignore the update.

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Windows 11 Settings to Change Immediately [Premium]

By Kevin / May 2, 2024

In this blog post exclusive to paid subscribers, I’m going to show you settings you should change immediately in Windows 11 to improve security, including showing file extensions, advanced options in Windows Update, improving malware protection, and ensuring the built-in antivirus working the way it should be.

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Quick Tip: Turn Off Suggested Notifications (ads) in Windows 11

By Kevin / April 12, 2024

Suggested (Microsoft ads) notifications appear by default in Windows 11, even on the Lock (login) screen. These may not appear if you’re not signed in with a Microsoft account. Here’s how to turn them off.

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Quick Tip: How to Use A Password Instead of a PIN in Windows 11

By Kevin / April 6, 2024

In this Quick Tip, I’m going to describe how to change your Windows PIN to a much more secure password. By default, Windows 11 asks for a PIN to login to your account, but this is a convenience at the sacrifice of good security. Better than nothing, but barely.

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Quick Tip: Clean Up Search Suggestions and Permissions in Windows 11

By Kevin / March 14, 2024

Microsoft likes to clutter up search results with their “suggestions” (ads). To remove these, you’ll want to disable some settings in Privacy & Security, Here’s how to do that.

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Quick Tip: Turn Off Data Collection and Content Suggestions in Windows 11

By Kevin / March 12, 2024

Microsoft collects certain data right out of the box that you likely want to disable. Even if you disabled all the data collection options when setting up Windows 11, I suggest disabling these four items as well.

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Quick Tip: Customize The Windows 11 Taskbar

By Kevin / March 12, 2024

You may want to customize the behavior of the Windows Taskbar to turn off settings you find annoying or that you don’t want to use. In this Quick Tip, let’s take a look at those.

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Tips On How To Make Windows 11 Less Annoying and Intrusive By Disabling Upsell Notifications and Other Messages

By Kevin / March 9, 2024

You can do several things to change more Windows settings to minimize the number of annoying upsell notifications and “it’s time to finish setting up your PC” messages you see. What you leave on or off is up to you, but generally, these changes should make Windows feel less annoying and intrusive.

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Kevin’s Picks: Windows Toolbox

By Kevin / March 6, 2024

Windows 11 comes bundled with several Microsoft apps that you may not have any need for, and it’s a real pain to get rid of them.

The best program I’ve found to do this so far is called the Windows Toolbox from Chris Titus Tech. It’s $10US, but I consider that a very fair bargain for what it does.

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System Cleanup Series: Uninstall (Remove) Apps and Programs in Windows 11 [Premium]

By Kevin / February 9, 2024

This more detailed blog post exclusive to paid subscribers is part of my System Cleanup series. One of the best ways to free up some space in Windows 11 is to remove programs and apps you’re not using or no longer want, some of which may have come pre-installed when you purchased your computer and you might not even know are there.

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System Cleanup Series: Uninstall (Remove) Apps and Programs in Windows 11

By Kevin / February 8, 2024

This blog post is part of my System Cleanup series. One of the best ways to free up some space in Windows 11 is to remove programs and apps you’re not using or no longer want, some of which may have come pre-installed when you purchased your computer and you might not even know are there.

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How To Change Sleep and Hibernation Settings in Windows 11 [Premium]

By Kevin / February 4, 2024

In this more detailed blog post exclusive to paid subscribers, I’m going to talk about what it means for your computer to be “going to sleep”, and why it’s different then “hibernation”. I will also talk about whether or not it’s actually beneficial to turn these settings on, even though Microsoft turned them on by default.

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How To Use System Restore in Windows 11 [Premium]

By Kevin / February 3, 2024

In this more detailed blog post exclusive to paid subscribers, I’m going to cover how to navigate to System Restore settings in Windows 11, and the process of creating a Restore Point to allow you to tell Windows to revert settings to a previous point in time, which may be necessary if a newly installed program is causing you grief, but uninstalling it isn’t resolving the issue.

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System Cleanup Series: Antivirus [Premium]

By Kevin / February 2, 2024

In this more detailed blog post exclusive to paid subscribers, I will talk about which antivirus programs I use and recommend. This post is part of my System Cleanup series.

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System Cleanup Series: Antivirus

By Kevin / February 1, 2024

In this blog post, I will talk about which antivirus programs I use and recommend. This post is part of my System Cleanup series.

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System Cleanup Series: Startup Items in Windows 11 [Premium]

By Kevin / January 30, 2024

In this blog post, I will talk about how you can check to see what applications are running in the background as soon as you turn your computer on and log into Windows, and how to disable them.

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