Category Archives: Windows 10

Retrieve the product key in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 with this command

Retrieve the product key in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 with this command

If you lost or forgot where you had stored your Windows product key, here is a solution for you. Today we will see how to retrieve the product key in an installed copy of Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 with a single command. It is a simple solution to extract your product key from the OS installed on your PC without using any third party software. Here we go.

Reduce hibernation file (hiberfil.sys) size in Windows 10

Reduce hibernation file (hiberfil.sys) size in Windows 10

When hibernation is enabled in Windows 10, the operating system creates a file called hiberfil.sys in the root of your C: Drive. This hiberfil.sys stores the contents of memory (RAM) when you hibernate your PC. When you resume from hibernation, Windows reads this file again and transfers its contents back to memory. Because memory capacities on modern PCs are always increasing, the hibernation file takes up considerable disk space. Here is how you can compress the hibernation file and reduce its size in Windows 10.

Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607

Disable Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607

Cortana is a digital assistant bundled with Windows 10. You can control it using voice commands or type into its search box to find various information from the web or automate certain tasks on your computer. If you do not plan to use Cortana, then you can be surprised that the option to disable Cortana has disappeared in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607.

Change network card MAC address in Windows 10

Change network card MAC address in Windows 10

Every network adapter you have installed in your PC, laptop or tablet has a physical address called the "MAC address". The MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to each network interface for communication on the physical network segment. There are a number of situations when you need to change your network card's MAC address in Windows 10. Let's see how it can be done.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update build 14393.5 is available

Windows 10 Anniversary Update build 14393.5 is available

Next week, Windows 10 Anniversary Update is expected to be released to stable branch users. Currently, Microsoft is releasing cumulative updates to fix minor bugs and increase the stability of Windows 10 build 14393, which is the RTM build of Windows 10 version 1607 "Anniversary Update". Today a new cumulative update has been released, which bumps the build version to 14393.5.

Create elevated shortcut to skip UAC prompt in Windows 10

Create elevated shortcut to skip UAC prompt in Windows 10

User Account Control, or just UAC is a part of the Windows security system which prevents apps from making unwanted changes on your PC. When some software tries to change system-related parts of the Registry or the file system, Windows 10 shows an UAC confirmation dialog, where the user should confirm if he really wants to make those changes. Usually, the apps that require elevation are related to the management of Windows or your computer in general. A good example would be the Registry Editor app. If the application you are using frequently requires a UAC request every time you start it, confirming the prompt on every launch can get a bit annoying. In this article, we will see how to create a shortcut to run apps elevated without a UAC prompt in Windows 10.

Enable or disable the Hibernate option in Windows 10

Enable or disable the Hibernate option in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with the Fast Startup feature which performs a hybrid shutdown of your PC by logging you out of your user account and then hibernating the PC when you click Shut Down. Because fast startup is essentially logoff+hibernation, the regular Hibernate option which turned off the PC without logging out is hidden and disabled by default. In this article, we will take a look at how you can enable the Hibernate option so you can hibernate without logging out and don't have to use the Shutdown option in Windows 10.

Paste plain text in Windows 10

Paste plain text in Windows 10

Sometimes you need to remove all formatting from text that you have copied and only paste the text content in some application. This can be a text from some text editor, from a web page or from some e-book. In this article, I will show you some quick and useful ways to paste formatted text from the clipboard as plain text in any app.

Context menu to install CAB updates in Windows 10

Context menu to install CAB updates in Windows 10

Many users find it hard to install updates from the command line which come in the form of CAB files. They prefer a context menu to install *.cab updates directly with one click. It is easy to achieve this with a simple Registry tweak Here is how it can be done.

How to uninstall and remove Connect in Windows 10

How to uninstall and remove Connect in Windows 10

There is a Connect app bundled with Windows 10. Using that app, you can bring the Continuum experience from your phone to the PC without needing a dock or Miracast adapter. If you have no use for the Connect app, here is how you can remove it completely in Windows 10.