Create a shortcut for Windows Defender Quick Scan in Windows 10

Create a shortcut for Windows Defender Quick Scan in Windows 10

Windows Defender is the built-in security app bundled by default with Windows since Windows Vista. Although Microsoft claims that it offers only baseline antivirus protection, it's better to have it preinstalled and running than to have no anti-malware at all. If you have Windows Defender enabled, you might find it useful to create a shortcut to start a Quick Scan.

Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10

Change Lock Screen Background in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the lock screen image is shown in a number of cases. For instance, if you locked your user session using Win+L or by clicking the user image in the Start Menu, the lock screen image will appear and show a background image. If you are signing in to Windows 10, you need to dismiss the Lock screen to proceed with the sign-in screen. Here is how you can change the Lock screen background image to a custom image in Windows 10.

Remove “3D Print with 3D Builder” from the context menu in Windows 10

Remove “3D Print with 3D Builder” from the context menu in Windows 10

If you have Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed, you might notice that it has a new context menu item for images. It is called "3D Print with 3D Builder" and launches the bundled app "3D Builder". If you are not going to use 3D Builder, you might find it useful to get rid of the context menu command. Here is how.

Enable startup sound in Windows 10

Enable startup sound in Windows 10

Every release of Windows since as far back as I can remember (Windows 3.1) has played a welcome sound at startup. In Windows NT-based systems, there is a startup sound as well as a separate logon sound. But the logon sound event is removed starting with Windows 8. The startup sound still works. Let's see how to enable the startup sound in Windows 10.

Windows 10 build 14393.82 stable has been released

Windows 10 build 14393.82 stable has been released

Microsoft today released build 14393.82 for Windows 10 stable branch. Users of this production branch who run Windows 10 Anniversary Update are getting a new cumulative update, KB3176934. It bumps the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version to 14393.82.

How to see your IP address in Windows 10

How to see your IP address in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are a number of ways to find your current IP address. It can be useful to find it for accessing your computer remotely or for network diagnostics. Let's see how to find it.

Check if your USB 3.0 device supports USB Attached SCSI (UAS) Protocol

Check if your USB 3.0 device supports USB Attached SCSI (UAS) Protocol

As you may or may not be knowing, older USB standards used a Bulk-Only Transport (BOT) protocol to transfer data between devices. When USB 3.0 was introduced, the BOT protocol was retained but a newer USB Attached SCSI protocol (UASP) was defined in the spec which uses the SCSI command set and allows for faster, multi-threaded parallel transfers with command queuing. However, due to low awareness, only a few USB 3.0 mass storage devices adopted UAS. Here is how you can find out if your USB 3.0 device supports UASP.

Remove old driver versions in Windows 10

Remove old driver versions in Windows 10

When a new version of a device driver is available in Windows 10, the operating system keeps the older version after installing the recent one. This behavior is implemented to allow the user to roll back the device driver in case something goes wrong with the updated driver version. Old driver versions fill your disk drive space. To reclaim free disk space, you might want to remove them. Here is how.